• PETERSBURG – Members of the Upper Township Board of Education said last week that they are still seeking to restore some of their voting rights on the Ocean City school board.

    Three Upper Township school board members serve on the Ocean City school board. They are permitted to vote on issues affecting Upper Township students, but since 2010 they have not had a say in the election of the Ocean City Board of Education president, vice president or solicitor.

  • Ocean City High School senior Devon Grisbaum did something on Saturday that only one other runner in Cape-Atlantic League history has done - she won the NJSIAA Meet of Champions.

    Grisbaum ran the Homdel Park course in 18 minutes, 19.26 seconds to finish a little more than 2.5 seconds ahead of Mainland freshman Alyssa Aldridge. Grisbaum had finished third and Aldridge fourth in the State Group 3 Meet a week earlier and have run one-two all season.

  • Ocean City named third smartest small town by Forbes

    According to a new list by Forbes, Ocean City – and the rest of Cape May County – was named one of America's smartest cities. The metropolitan statistical area was ranked third on the list of small towns by contributors Joel Kotkin and Mark Schill.

  • Claire Lowe / Ocean City High School and Intermediate School students work together on posters that depict the negative effects of smoking to celebrate the Great American Smokeout Thursday, Nov. 20.

    OCEAN CITY — To celebrate the American Cancer Society’s annual Great American Smokeout, Ocean City High School’s REBEL and SADD clubs presented to over 80 students in Renee Bendig’s health classes on Thursday, Nov. 20 on the negative effects of tobacco use.

    Latching on to the city and school district’s Did You Know? campaign, members of SADD, which stands for Students Against Destructive Decisions, and REBEL, formerly SCAT or Student Coalition Against Tobacco, traveled to the Ocean City Intermediate School to encourage their younger cohorts to stay away from smoking.

  • Ocean City holiday events calendar 2014

    Horse and carriage rides and photos with Santa

    Noon-3 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 22 through Dec. 21 will be horse and carriage rides in front of City Hall, Ninth Street and Asbury Avenue, and photos with Santa at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace.

  • St. Peter's United Methodist Church was one of several Ocean City historic properties awarded $1.3 million in Sandy Relief grants

    OCEAN CITY — Several historic Ocean City properties were named recipients of Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief Grants Wednesday, Nov. 19, with awards totaling over $1.3 million.

    Recipients include St. Peter's United Methodist Church at $145,229; First Presbyterian Church at $151,000; and My Shore House at $335,879, as well as the city-owned Ocean City Transportation Center at $501,000; US Life Saving Station 30 at $143,031; and City Hall at $230,000.

  • OCEAN CITY — The city is hosting a public meeting to discuss phase II of the northend road improvement project 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25 at St. Francis Cabrini Church in Culliney Hall, 114 Atlantic Ave. in Ocean City.

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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