• Submitted / The Ocean City Theatre Company and the Ocean City Pops Orchestra present “Swing! The Musical” at the Ocean City Music Pier this weekend. The show features professional singers and dancers and local high school students.

    OCEAN CITY — The Ocean City Theatre Company will close out its summer shows this weekend with a collaboration with the Ocean City Pops. “Swing! The Musical” combines music and dancing from the jazz era 7:30 p.m. Aug. 31 and Sept. 2 and 5 at the Ocean City Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace.

    “It’s really exciting, a true celebration of music and dance,” said Michael Hartman, artistic director for the Ocean City Theatre Company. “It’s high energy, and it’s going to have people dancing in their seats. The show is packaged well and really captures what the swing era was all about.”

  • Jen Marra / Children wearing blue wristbands enjoy a ride on the Moby Dick amusement during an afternoon of unlimited rides Monday, Aug. 25, at Gillian’s Wonderland Pier in Ocean City. The occasion was the final Wonder’s Charitable Magical Monday of the year to benefit Hope for Care – A Cause for Nikki May, which is raising money for an Atlantic County woman battling stage 4 metastatic breast cancer.

    OCEAN CITY — Children wearing blue wristbands enjoy a ride on the Moby Dick amusement during an afternoon of unlimited rides Monday, Aug. 25, at Gillian’s Wonderland Pier in Ocean City. The occasion was the final Wonder’s Charitable Magical Monday of the year to benefit Hope for Care – A Cause for Nikki May, which is raising money for…

  • Church supporters Richard Cohen, Anne Peterson Martin and Robert P. Subrianni are anxious to see the restoration projected at Church of the Redeemer fully completed.LONGPORT – The historic restoration at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer is nearly completed. The congregation will hold its last service of the summer season at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 31.

    The church, which was a summertime place of worship for wealthy Philadelphia families since 1908, burned down to the sand beneath it during the freakish derecho storm on June 30, 2012.

  • A new school year begins in Ocean City

    OCEAN CITY — Summer vacation comes to end next week for students in the Ocean City School District. The first day of school for students is Thursday, Sept. 4 and there is plenty to look forward to.

  • Project out to bid, mayor says

    Bill Barlow / The beach at 58th Street (seen here Monday, Aug. 25) will be one of several beaches in Ocean City’s south end to be included in a federal beach replenishment project.

    OCEAN CITY — The long-awaited beach replenishment project for Ocean City’s south end is out to bid, Mayor Jay Gillian announced Friday, Aug. 22 in his latest letter to city residents.

    The project is expected to be completed this fall by the US Army Corps of Engineers as part of a 50-year agreement to fill the beaches from 34th to 59th streets as necessary.

Ocean City Gazette

At $4.3B, federal school funding an enormous waste

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Written by Ann Richardson Thursday, September 09, 2010 12:15 pm

 

Teachers have a tremendous impact. Through the years they help not just educate, but mold, shape and encourage children to become successful adults and more importantly, good people.

After all, what good is it if a child can memorize facts and figures and pass a test, but has never learned what it means to be kind and compassionate, to take turns, work well with others, share or be a good friend and a caring person?

My first teacher at the old Wesley Avenue School was “Mrs. Ritter.” Anna Ritter, the warm and wonderful kindergarten teacher touched a lot of lives. She wore her white hair in a bun and with a hefty dose of kindness, helped every one of her students get off to a good start.

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American Legion and Ladies Auxiliary donate $2,500 to Walk for the Wounded 

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, August 30, 2010 08:25 pm

American Legion and Ladies Auxiliary donate $2,500 to Walk for the Wounded  American Legion and Ladies Auxiliary donate $2,500 to Walk for the Wounded 

OCEAN CITY - The second annual Walk for the Wounded is well on its way to surpassing the outstanding financial results of last year’s event.
The 2010 Walk, which will take place on the Ocean City Boardwalk on Saturday, Oct. 2, has already received the support of several local organizations, including the Ocean City American Legion and Ladies Auxiliary, who signed on as Silver Star Sponsors of the event with a $2,500 donation.

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Local fishermen say President needs to cut bait on ocean protection order

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Written by Ann Richardson Monday, August 30, 2010 03:16 pm

More than two dozen strong, they blasted their air horns as they entered the harbor in Martha’s Vineyard last Thursday. The flotilla, a mix of recreational and commercial fishermen from coastal communities across the Northeast, was in Massachusetts to protest restrictions on fishing imposed by President Barack Obama through executive order that they say creates needless layers of bureaucracy while threatening their livelihood.

Leading the parade was Jim Hutchinson, managing director of the New Jersey Recreational Fishing Alliance, in a 45-foot trawler with the NJRFA flag atop the wheel house. Another, the Gadsden flag, delivered the message: “Don’t tread on me.”

“It was awesome,” Hutchinson said. “It was a wonderful day. New Jersey was well represented.”

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Summer is almost over, but confusion over new pedestrian law still remains

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Written by Ann Richardson Tuesday, August 24, 2010 08:02 am

Relax. Take a deep breath, it’s almost over. Labor Day is around the corner, ushering in a slower pace and hopefully, beautiful Indian Summer weather.

Waiting in the wings, however, is the culmination of that giant $400 million bridge project, which could bring unprecedented off-season traffic nightmares. But the construction project is a column for another day. 

It’s been a long, hot summer. Like an unending full moon and the requisite loony behavior, it’s been more difficult than any in recent memory. The confusion surrounding the state’s pedestrian laws and an increase in erratic bicycle behavior has made navigating the island pretty difficult.

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Is there such a thing as too much sun for downtown merchants?

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Written by Ann Richardson Monday, August 23, 2010 03:11 pm

 

OCEAN CITY – You would think a long, hot summer marked by an abundance of sunshine would be considered perfect “Chamber of Commerce” weather.

But many retail merchants prefer those long stretches be interrupted by weather inclement enough that it lures visitors off the beach in search of alternate activities.

Downtown merchants finally got their wish last week when the weather drove people to Asbury Avenue to check out the more than 100 unique shops, galleries and restaurants.

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Absentee landlords beware, police aim to tame local animal houses

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Written by Ann Richardson Tuesday, August 17, 2010 11:21 am

We’ve all seen it: a group of young adults - mostly under-aged – in full “party mode,” swarming a rental unit. Spilling out across the porch and onto the sidewalk, they’re giddy with excitement and oblivious to those around them.

The keg is tapped, and red cups in hand, they’re having a grand old time at the expense of their neighbors. Loud and obnoxious, senior week continues through the summer.

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Johnson’s expansion aims to keep business popping

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Written by Ann Richardson Wednesday, August 11, 2010 10:23 am

Pictured from left to right is chamber president Scott Halliday; chamber executive director Michele Gillian; Johnson’s owner John Stauffer; manager Becky Juzwiak; and Mayor Jay Gillian. Pictured from left to right is chamber president Scott Halliday; chamber executive director Michele Gillian; Johnson’s owner John Stauffer; manager Becky Juzwiak; and Mayor Jay Gillian.

OCEAN CITY – Johnson’s Popcorn employees have worked in tight quarters for years, so when a neighboring business vacated, affording the boardwalk business the opportunity to expand, it didn’t let a sour economy stand in their way.

Owner John Stauffer said the boardwalk landmark has churned out the famous caramel popcorn for 70 years and weathered worse storms than the recent recession.

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Conservative talk show hosts predict Republic sweep in November

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Written by Ann Richardson Tuesday, August 10, 2010 02:54 pm

Oblivious to the federal government’s $1.4 trillion deficit, Speaker Nancy Pelosi was calling the House of Representatives back into session to pass a $26 billion stimulus bill as I headed to Atlantic City with my friends to see Bill O’Reilly and Glenn Beck last Thursday.

Part of a summer-long lecture series, the conservative talk show hosts appeared at the Hilton and it was awesome. The sold out crowd – “We the People,” freedom-loving folks fearful of socialism on the move with the takeover of American industry from banking to automobiles, ObamaCare, cap and tax and unending stimulus – gave the Fox News duo several standing ovations.

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Despite new law, eye contact and common sense are still key for pedestrians

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Written by Ann Richardson Tuesday, August 03, 2010 01:35 pm

Lured by all the seashore has to offer, a bumper crop of visitors poured into town on Saturday. More are expected next week; tourism officials predict a very, very busy August.

We’re at full capacity and you can feel the energy and enthusiasm as people hit the beach and the boards.

Cash registers are ringing and that’s a good thing. Much to the relief of local merchants, visitors are letting loose, unleashing the power of their collective pocketbooks.

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Home Bank sponsors Ocean City Pops meet and greet

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, August 02, 2010 01:48 pm

Debbie Clark, Ocean City Home Bank branch manager, presents a check to Barbara Parsons, board member of the Friends of the Ocean City Pops, to sponsor a meet and greet event held after the Tuesday, Aug. 3 Pops concert. Debbie Clark, Ocean City Home Bank branch manager, presents a check to Barbara Parsons, board member of the Friends of the Ocean City Pops, to sponsor a meet and greet event held after the Tuesday, Aug. 3 Pops concert.

Debbie Clark, Ocean City Home Bank branch manager, presents a check to Barbara Parsons, board member of the Friends of the Ocean City Pops, to sponsor a meet and greet event held after the Tuesday, Aug. 3 Pops concert.

   

For want of a nail: Keep an eye out for popping boards this summer

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Written by Ann Richardson Tuesday, July 27, 2010 01:00 am

Anxiously awaiting a houseful of company for the Fourth of July weekend, Pat O’Callaghan had nothing but happy thoughts as she walked the boardwalk on the morning of July 1.

With guests due to arrive that evening, she was contemplating the dinner menu as she headed south on the wooden way. “What a beautiful day,” she thought, as she noticed the sun bouncing off the ocean. It was, she said, one of those “Life is good” moments.

“I was speed-walking at a pretty good clip,” she said, adding that she regularly completes the five-mile round trip with a smile on her face and kick in her step. “I was in such a happy mood.”
Fate intervened when she hit one of those infamous popped nails that I have written so much about in the past few years.

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The ‘fat police’ are coming and local traditions could be on the line

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Written by Ann Richardson Thursday, July 22, 2010 02:40 pm

I was in the home gym with my daughter and visiting daughter-in-law on Sunday when the newscaster made the announcement – it was National Ice Cream Day!
We were joyful, a holiday near and dear to our collective hearts. When we finished working out we celebrated – with a dish of ice cream.

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