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New Book by Local Author Spreads Message of Hope to Children

While on extended bed rest with her second set of twins, Kelley Osborne Faust of Ocean City had plenty of time to think. It was a trying time. But a strong determination to meet her challenges and support of family and friends pulled her through. “I realized that facing these challenges, we can either feel sorry for ourselves or deal with the accompanying pain,” she said. “Fortunately I learned from the challenges and moved on. I found that sharing my experiences with others made me realize that I was not alone. It made the load lighter and easier to handle.” Kelley was so inspired that in 2007, while a resident of Ocean City, she founded Sunshine Hope, an organization designed to bring a positive message to school children and people of all... Read More

Canine Celebrity and Best Friend to be Honored at Doo Dah Parade

[caption id="attachment_893" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="Elwood and Lyle"][/caption] Elwood, the winner of the 2007 World’s Ugliest Dog Contest, has become a media sensation throughout the world. Guided by Karen Quigley of Sewell, the Chinese crested Chihuahua mix has made appearances at hundreds of gatherings projecting a simple message: “You don’t have to be beautiful to be loveable.” The story begins when Karen rescues Elwood from his breeder who can find no buyers for the puppy. The Chihuahua is endowed with a seemingly endless tongue, long pointy ears, virtually no fur and sports what most resembles a Mohawk haircut. But his personality is sweet and he is very loveable. After winning the prestigious contest in Petaluma, CA., Elwood became an international sensation.... Read More

Basset Hounds Love Doo Dah; Valentine Shows Set For This Weekend – By Mark Soifer, Ocean City Publicist

For the 11th consecutive year The Tri-State Basset Hound Rescue League will hold its Boardwalk Waddle as part of the Doo Dah Parade set for Sat., April 14. This is one of the largest aggregations of the floppy eared canines in the United States. Over 600 navigate the downtown and Boardwalk, many in costume. It is a pawesome spectacle! But that’s not all. On Fri. April 13, the Rescue League will stage its Basset Hound Olympics at 1 p.m. on the Tabernacle Grounds, 6th and Asbury Ave. This is a hilarious competition well worth seeing if you can take off from work without getting fired. The good natured hounds compete in sprints, hop over or trot around hurdles, muddle through tunnels and often stray from the course to sniff the... Read More

Doo Dah Grand Marshal Named; Valentine Programs Set – By Mark Soifer, Ocean City Publicist

DOO DAH GRAND MARSHAL NAMED; VALENTINE PROGRAMS SET The Grand Marshal of the Ocean City Doo Dah Parade on April 14 will be Chuck McCann, who has conquered every medium in the entertainment industry, starring in film, television, recordings, stage and as a man of many voices in the world of animation and commercials. McCann, 77, is still active today. He will appear in a comedy show during Doo Dah Weekend honoring the late Soupy Sales, who attended many Doo Dah events in Ocean City. He and Soupy were good friends. Mc Cann, like Sales, first made his mark in New York TV with a series of top rated children’s programs and then moved on to California where he began his movie and commercial career. His... Read More

Night in Venice Theme Announced; Travel Channel Commends City

“Do You Remember When?” will be the optional theme for NIGHT IN VENICE 2012. The nostalgic theme will give boaters and homeowners plenty of flexibility. For instance, decorations could recall your favorite song, past eras like the ‘50s, the ‘60s, even the ’20s if you want to go back to the Flapper days, your favorite movie of all time, Ocean City memories, etc. The theme is just a suggestion. You are free to select any theme you wish. The Night In Venice Committee began providing suggestions five years ago when it began receiving numerous requests for decorative ideas. Night in Venice will be held on Sat., July 28 starting 7:30 p.m. by the Longport Bridge. This will be the first year in the history of the event when there will be... Read More

Theater Groups, Library, Art Centers Holding Events in Ocean City By Mark Soifer, Ocean City Publicist

Plenty of events are scheduled in Ocean City this winter, thanks to our Theater groups, Art Centers, Library and other organizations. (Through January) The Ocean City Free Public LIBRARY, 17th and Simpson Ave., offers a winter Women of Jazz Series produced and sponsored by the Library and the Somers Point Jazz Society. The three part series started last week and continues on Sun., Jan. 22 at 2 p.m. with May Lou Newnam, a saxophone/Flutist with a performance and discussion featuring Women Pioneers in Jazz. It will highlight some of the most important women in jazz from the 1930s to the present. Instrumentalists and vocalists from this era will be highlighted. Mary Lou will be joined by George Rabbai on trumpet and others. On Sun., Jan. 29 at 2 p.m. guitarist Monnette Sudler... Read More

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Ceremony set for Saturday at High School – By Mark Soifer, Ocean City Publicist

Members of the Community will gather on Saturday to honor the memory and deeds of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The annual tribute is set for 1 p.m., Sat., Jan. 14 at the William and Nancy Hughes Performing Arts Center, Ocean City High School, 6th and Atlantic Ave. The afternoon will feature music and personal tributes to Dr. King plus a recitation by Rev. Gregory Johnson of the inspirational “I Have a Dream” speech. Music will be provided by The Levites, a gospel group. A number of area residents will be honored with Dr. Martin Luther King Awards for their service to the community. They include Scott Halliday, Jr., Thomas Heist lV, Patricia Jackson, Ernestine Bell and Cora Wright. Ocean City was first in Cape May County to hold... Read More

If You Live in Ocean City, You’re Not Likely to be Angry!

If you live in Ocean City, you are less likely to be angry or depressed. That’s what a recent Gallop-Health Ways survey reported after polling a million households throughout the country. Ocean City scored twice as a “Best Performer” in the survey to determine the nation’s well being index. Included in the report is data on physical and emotional health, financial stability and access to basic necessities. Ocean City was the only community in New Jersey that scored in the index and one of two in the nation that was rated “Best Performers” twice. For over 100 years Ocean City has promoted itself as “America’s Greatest Family Resort. It has been named the number one Family Beach Resort in the nation by the Travel Channel. The atmosphere has always been comfortable here, a place... Read More

20th First Night Celebration Rings in the New Year in Ocean City – By Mark Soifer, Ocean City Publicist

(Dec. 31) This resort’s 20th Annual First Night Celebration will ring in the New Year in a big way! Activities begin 4 p.m. with opening ceremonies at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace and conclude with fireworks at midnight. In between you can choose from over 70 varied entertainment programs at central locations plus access to free rides and miniature golf at Wonderland facilities. Food will be available at the Civic Center, 6th and Boardwalk and High School Cafeteria, 6th and Atlantic Ave., featuring A Taste of Ocean City by our Restaurant Assn. Refreshments will also be available at the Ocean City Senior Center, 17th and Simpson Ave. ,  the Primary School, 6th and West Ave. and St. Peter’s Church, 8th and Central Ave. Parking will be free in all Municipal... Read More