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Pirates and princesses meet to party

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Written by Staff Reports Sunday, April 20, 2014 12:00 am

 St. Peter’s Trustees, Dick Strang, Bill Bateson and Phil Young, pose for a picture with Disney Princesses Ashton Flora, Miranda Bishop and Erica Rolls. St. Peter’s Trustees, Dick Strang, Bill Bateson and Phil Young, pose for a picture with Disney Princesses Ashton Flora, Miranda Bishop and Erica Rolls. It was raining Saturday morning when children arrived in the Stainton Room at St. Peter’s United Methodist Church dressed up for the second annual Princess and Pirate festivities.

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Again renamed ‘Snow Ball’ was the ‘Spring Fling’ this year

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Written by Cathy Finnegan Monday, April 14, 2014 04:49 pm

 Ron and Midge Grunstra, Bob and Kathleen Dusz, Patricia and Ed Devlin and Susy and Burt Wilkins enjoy Rotary Spring Fling.   Ron and Midge Grunstra, Bob and Kathleen Dusz, Patricia and Ed Devlin and Susy and Burt Wilkins enjoy Rotary Spring Fling. The Rotary Club of Ocean City-Upper Township held its 18th annual 50-50 raffle at the Greate Bay Country Club. Originally called the Fall Fling, it was changed to the Snow Ball last year when it was moved to January after Hurricane Sandy wiped it out. This year the Snow Ball was postponed due a burst pipe flooding the country club, moving the raffle to March 28 and thus being called the “Spring Fling.”

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Spaghetti dinner welcomes spring

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Written by Cathy Finnegan Sunday, April 06, 2014 12:00 am

 Ozzie and Sue Jordan, Don and Andrea Paul and Cathy and Jim Finnegan show off their St. Patrick’s Day attire. Ozzie and Sue Jordan, Don and Andrea Paul and Cathy and Jim Finnegan show off their St. Patrick’s Day attire. Twas the wearing of the green and the eight inches of snow that fell in South Jersey didn’t deter a crowd from gathering at the Tuckahoe Inn to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. The Exchange Club brought their favorite ladies to their dinner meeting that night. Andrea Paul and this columnist staked out a table in the dining room then joined our husbands in the lounge to enjoy the social hour.  Warren Iredell and Bill Culp told me the Exchange Club has resurrected their Shrimp and Beef Night that will be held April 26 at the Seaville Fire Hall. I almost didn’t recognize Ron Denney who sported a green plaid tam with red hair and a mustache to the party. Frank McCall, who wore a cream color hand knit sweater he got when visiting Ireland in 2005, liked Ron’s hat so much that Ron gave Frank an extra one he brought with him. David Powell gave these guys a run for their money in his tall green and white stripe Cat in the Hat style hat. 

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Fans come out to support Ocean City surf team

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Written by Cathy Finnegan Sunday, March 30, 2014 12:00 am

Mike Lukens, Christina Wilson, Don Pileggi, Charlie and Jen Bowman, Mark Miedema and Steve Beseros line up for a picture at Surf tem benefit. Mike Lukens, Christina Wilson, Don Pileggi, Charlie and Jen Bowman, Mark Miedema and Steve Beseros line up for a picture at Surf tem benefit.

A large crowd gathered at the Ocean City Yacht Club on a warm sunny evening to enjoy the Ocean City surf team benefit.

I caught up with Jen Bowman running from her home a block away to the yacht club with a couple of boxes to finish setting up for the benefit she had been working on all afternoon.

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Fun and friends at Mr. OCHS pageant

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Written by Cathy Finnegan Sunday, March 23, 2014 12:00 am

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The Hughes Performing Arts Center rocked when 14 Ocean City High School students hit the stage to compete for the title of Mr. OCHS. Cheryl Clearkin took time out from collecting tickets to wave to this columnist as I walked by to join fellow judges, Pete Madden, Michael Martirone and Megan Maguire, at the judges table in front of the stage.

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Ocean City Realtors earn sales award at annual ceremony

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Written by Cathy Finnegan Sunday, March 16, 2014 01:00 am

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The Ocean City Board of Realtors honored their own at the annual Circle of Excellence sales award ceremony held recently at The Flanders.

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Tuesdays are terrific at St. Peter's in Ocean City

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Written by Cathy Finnegan Tuesday, March 11, 2014 01:00 am

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St. Peter’s United Methodist Church is a busy church and Tuesday afternoons are no exception when members and friends of the community gather for Terrific Tuesday activities, fellowship and dinner.

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Ocean City Exchange Club members celebrate Valentine’s Day

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Written by Cathy Finnegan Sunday, March 02, 2014 01:00 am

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Love was in the air when the Ocean City Exchange Club members arrived at the Tuckahoe Inn with their favorite Valentines. Red was certainly the color of the night as most chose outfits to celebrate a night of love.

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Friends and family support annual Charles Knox benefit

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Written by Cathy Finnegan Sunday, February 23, 2014 01:00 am

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The ninth annual Charles Knox Memorial Scholarship Foundation Benefit was held recently at The Flanders. Helena Hamilton closed her popular boutique on Asbury Avenue early so she could check in guests when they walked up the stairs to the second floor lobby to enjoy the social hour.

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McMahon Agency comes out in force for Ocean City Chamber installation dinner

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Written by Cathy Finnegan Sunday, February 16, 2014 01:00 am

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The Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce held its 2014 installation of officers and board of directors last week at the Ocean City Yacht Club. It was a clear, cold evening when I waved to Tom Heist talking on his cell phone as I walked into the yacht club with Kim Davidson and we stopped to check our coats with Aimee Repici.

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Ocean City comes out to celebrate King with annual service, dinner

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Written by Cathy Finnegan Sunday, February 09, 2014 01:00 am

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A celebration of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was held at the Ocean City High School Hughes Performing Arts Center the weekend of Martin Luther King Day.

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Garden Club and Exchangettes meet in January in Ocean City

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Written by Cathy Finnegan Sunday, February 02, 2014 01:00 am

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The Ocean City Garden Club postponed their luncheon meeting for a week due to extreme cold weather only to have it rain the next week when I arrived at the Episcopal church.

I caught up with Barbara Welden sporting a unique rain hat to keep her hair dry while this columnist opted for an umbrella. Joanne Romano greeted me when I arrived and Jeanne Robinson took my coat and pointed out my seat at her table. When I complimented Jeanne on the snowmen decorations on the dessert table, she admitted she got them at CVS and Rite Aid.

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Epiphany concert and Goldcoast grand opening kick off 2014 in Ocean City

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Written by Cathy Finnegan Sunday, January 26, 2014 01:00 am

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Snow was melting on a warm Sunday afternoon when the Cape Shore Chorale presented an Epiphany concert at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. 

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Friends head to Hayeses’ for holiday bash

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Written by Cathy Finnegan Sunday, January 19, 2014 01:00 am

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The full moon was shining bright over Marie and Lloyd Hayes’ lagoon home when guests arrived for their holiday party. Marie wore her Santa apron and spiral Santa hat when she greeted Carol Heenan, Eric Wakabayashi and Jim and I at the door while Ryan and Evan Jones took our coats and stored boxes and bags of canned goods everyone brought for the Food Cupboard.

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Visitors flock to The Flanders for holiday high tea

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Written by Cathy Finnegan Sunday, January 12, 2014 01:00 am

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The Flanders Hotel was decorated for Christmas when guests arrived for the holiday English high tea held in the Crystal Ballroom. Karen Bergman and Denise Sammartino greeted guests and showed them to their tables when they arrived.

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Community gathers for Ocean City Home Bank tree lighting

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Written by Cathy Finnegan Sunday, December 22, 2013 01:00 am

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The Ocean City Home Bank postponed their tree lighting for a week due to rain, but it was worth the wait as it was a beautiful evening when a large crowd gathered in the bank parking lot.

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Holiday parties begin in Ocean City

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Written by Cathy Finnegan Sunday, December 15, 2013 01:00 am

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The sights and sounds of Christmas are everywhere and The Title Company of Jersey got a jump on the season and put everyone in the holiday spirit when they held an open house the week before Thanksgiving at their newly renovated offices at Seventh and West.

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Fun and Friends and The Flanders’ 90th anniversary gala

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Written by Cathy Finnegan Sunday, December 08, 2013 01:00 am

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It was the social event of the season when The Flanders Hotel celebrated their 90th anniversary. It felt like we were stepping back in time we arrived in 1920s attire and posed for pictures in front of antique cars provided by Jersey Cape Region Antique Automobile Club lined up in front of the hotel.

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Ocean City business owners gather to celebrate award winners

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Written by Cathy Finnegan Sunday, December 01, 2013 01:00 am

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The Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce held their Citizen of the Year and Outstanding Business and Beautification Awards dinner recently at the Ocean City Yacht Club. When Carol Heenan and I arrived, we waited to be greeted by the chamber staff as JT Williams was busy posing Shawnda McGinnis, Rose Savastano, Caitlin Greene, Nancy Neal and Barbara Brown for a photo.

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Friends meet at Author’s Luncheon in Ocean City

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Written by Cathy Finnegan Sunday, November 24, 2013 01:00 am

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It was a beautiful warm sunny day when guests arrived at The Flanders for the annual fall Author’s Luncheon presented by the Ocean City Free Public Library Board of Trustees and Friends and Volunteers.

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Benefit by the Bay raises funds for Ocean City education

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Written by Cathy Finnegan Sunday, November 17, 2013 01:00 am

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Guests arrived at the Ocean City Yacht Club lined with bright colored mums along the walkway for the Ocean City Education Foundation’s Benefit by the Bay. President Dave Allegretto and Vice President Mary Beth Snow were seated near the door and thanked everyone for coming.

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Ocean City Chamber roasts Sea Isle mayor

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Written by Cathy Finnegan Sunday, November 10, 2013 01:00 am

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The Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce held their annual Roast at The Flanders Hotel with Freeholder and Sea Isle City Mayor Lenny Desiderio as roastee.

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Ocean City Community Center benefits from ‘Endless Summer’

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Written by Cathy Finnegan Sunday, November 03, 2013 12:00 am

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The Ocean City Community Center Association held their annual “Endless Summer” benefit at Café Luciano Lamberti in Seaview Harbor on a beautiful September evening. The harbor was still filled with boats at docks and the sunset glistened on the water.

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All aboard the pirate ship for Ocean City Exchange Club members

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Written by Cathy Finnegan Monday, October 28, 2013 08:46 am

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With the threat of rain, Ocean City Exchange Club members and guests set out on a three-hour tour on the Jersey Shore Pirate Ship in the back bay of Ocean City. Jim and I met up with Toni and Fred Marcell as we walked out on the dock to board the ship. Fred sported a black top hat with his shorts and sandals on the last day of summer.

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