• knight's tale OCEAN CITY - King Arthur, played by Oliver Trout, and Patsy, played by Brendan Haddon, visit with the Knights who say Ni, the tallest knight played by Matt Popp, and encounter another problem after handing over the shrubbery the knights demanded as the students perform Monty Python’s “Spamalot” Saturday, April 5 in the Hughes Performing Arts Center at Ocean City High School.  

  • OCEAN CITY — The five Republican candidates for U.S. Senate — Brian Goldberg, Rich Pezzullo, Murray Sabrin, Robert Turkavage and Jeff Bell — will each make a presentation at the Ocean City Republican Club meeting 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 15 in Lecture Room 110 at the Ocean City Public Library, 1735 Simpson Ave.

  • District says students never turned away for parents’ lack of photo ID

    OCEAN CITY — The Ocean City School District is among 138 districts statewide where enrollment requirements include photo identification, prompting the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey to threaten litigation if the policy doesn’t change.

  • Claire Lowe/ King Arthur, center, portrayed by Oliver Trout, and the Knights of the Round Table, with Brother Maynard, at left, portrayed by Parker Guariglia, and Arthur’s horse Patsy, in center, portrayed by Brendan Haddon.

    OCEAN CITY — Ocean City High School Drama Guild will present “Monty Python’s Spamalot,” a musical lovingly ripped off from “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” by Eric Idle and John DuPrez, April 3-5 at the Hughes Performing Arts Center.

  • newAlstonEighteen players from area high schools will put on their basketball uniforms one last time on Saturday, March 29 to play in All Star Saturday at the Dixie Howell Memorial Gymnasium in Ocean City.

    Prime Events All Star Saturday will be held at Ocean City High School on Saturday with the best seniors from the Cape-Atlantic League facing off in the final two basketball games of four that celebrate the present and future of the CAL.

Cape Canaveral on the Lagoon

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A replica of the recently grounded Space Shuttle Atlantis at the Dorney home was a winner.  A replica of the recently grounded Space Shuttle Atlantis at the Dorney home was a winner.

Dorney family outdid itself with Space Shuttle decor

A lot of families go all-out to make Night in Venice special for their guests and neighbors. With the theme of “Under the Sea,” the McGowan family hosted a party on the Gardens Lagoon. The McMahon family hosted “Back to the Future,” the latest in a string of 22 annual events. Bill and Donna Dorney’s “Time to Say Goodbye” project on the 17th Street lagoon, featuring a replica of the Space Shuttle, won first place for decorated homes.

The Dorneys have been decorating for more than two decades. Rising more than 35 feet in the air, Atlantis was a real showstopper.

“We knew the shuttle program was coming to an end,” said Dorney, “So we thought it would be a great tribute to the men and women in the space program. I’ve watched a few launches at Cape Canaveral, and every one of them made me feel proud to be an American.”

Dorney, a longtime veteran of the Ocean City Beach Patrol, said his Stenton Place stand partner, Jack Brooks, challenged him.

“We always try to top what we did the year before, make it bigger and better,” said Dorney. “I think we were successful.”

The Dorneys stopped at the Kennedy Space Center on their way home from Florida in the spring and took pictures. They studied the launch pad and created a scaled-down version for the lagoon, complete with external fuel tanks.

“We tried to make it as authentic as we could,” Dorney said. “We started Memorial Day. I spent at least six solid days and lots of hours after work. We were really excited about this project.”

The song “Time to Say Goodbye” brought tears to many eyes as the music, with Amy Lu singing live, blasted across the lagoon.

“It was mesmerizing,” said Dorney. “It was so moving, very, very emotional. We even had NASA headquarters, with mission control. We were wearing official NASA uniforms; all the kids got official patches. I had a Hazmat suit on. We had lots of help with this one. The Kennedy Space Center on the 17th Street Lagoon! We had a great time.”



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