• The Ocean City Community Team’s new bill board on the westbound side of Roosevelt Boulevard sports an anti-drug and -alcohol abuse message. The billboard was unveiled during a ceremony Monday, Sept. 29.

    OCEAN CITY — With a newly unveiled billboard sporting an anti-drug and alcohol message behind him, Len Desiderio, the mayor Sea Isle City – one of four communities involved in a new program at Ocean City High School – said students like those involved in the school’s Student Coalition Against Tobacco (SCAT) and the Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) have the right idea. 

  • Submitted / The Ocean City High School girls soccer team will participate in the fourth annual HERO Walk and the Hats Off to HEROES promotion Sunday, Oct. 5. Here, they practice tossing their hats in the air.

    OCEAN CITY — The HERO Campaign will launch the inaugural Hats Off to HEROES promotion during its fourth annual HERO Walk Sunday, Oct. 5 at the Ocean City Civic Center.

    During the opening ceremony, organizers will distribute baseball hats with the HERO Campaign logo and participants will simultaneously toss them into the air. They expect over 2,000 hats to take flight.

  • Asbury Avenue was named the southern New Jersey winner in the New Jersey Chapter of the American Planning Association 2014 People's Choice Awards for outstanding downtowns in New Jersey.

    OCEAN CITY — Asbury Avenue was named the southern New Jersey winner in the New Jersey Chapter of the American Planning Association 2014 People's Choice Awards for outstanding downtowns in New Jersey.

    Ocean City went up against Millville and Collingswood, and received 4,996 votes, or 63.5 percent. In second place, Collingswood received 1,987 votes. Millville came in third with 882 votes.

  • Veterans receive support through annual event

    Sgt. Robert Gordon, who served five years in the US Army Airborne Rangers and then joined the US Army, talks about how Operation First Response helped him and his family as the keynote speaker during the sixth annual Walk for the Wounded Saturday, Sept. 27 on the Ocean City Boardwalk.

    OCEAN CITY — Sgt. Robert Gordon had just completed Army Ranger training when terrorists attacked the United States on Sept. 11, 2001. After five years and three tours as an airborne Ranger in Afghanistan and Iraq, he returned home only to be diagnosed with thyroid cancer, a result of exposure to radiation.

  • GALLOWAY – In recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Atlantic Medical Imaging is offering free screening mammograms in October to women age 40 or older who are uninsured.

    Eligible women must have no current or previous breast health issues.

  • OCEAN CITY — A campaign aimed at preventing drug abuse and promoting a healthy lifestyle will kick off with a billboard unveiling noon Monday, Sept. 29 on the south side of the 34th Street Bridge in Marmora.

    The campaign is called “Did You Know,” and the billboard will host a different message each month. Organizers hope that the message on the billboard will spark conversation between parents and teenagers.

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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