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 where families and individuals can relax and still have plenty to do. The fact that we don’t have many angry or depressed people here is probably directly related to these atmospheric conditions.

Here’s what a few prominent locals had to say about the survey:

Fred Miller, Ocean City Historian: “The residents are so friendly here. They say smile and say ‘Hi’ whether they know you or not. You’ll receive a pleasant reception any time of year on the Boardwalk or in the downtown. I believe the ocean has a calming effect. Gazing at that vast expanse of water and horizon seems to put things into a positive perspective. People have told me for years that when they drive over the bridge into Ocean City, they experience a special, gratifying feeling.”

Miller has written numerous best selling history books about Ocean City. A new one, “Ocean City Legends,” will be out this spring.

Michele Gillian, executive director, Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce: Most of our businesses are family owned and operated. Many of the merchants live here, have raised there families here and have a sincere interest in the community and their customers. They act as ambassadors for the community. They know how important our visitors are. They appreciate the business. They don’t get angry. They get the job done.

“We are also fortunate to have many residents who volunteer to help make our special events successful. We had over 80 for our recent First Night celebration, more than 60 for the Baby Parade and so it goes. If people weren’t happy with the community, you would never get that type of cooperation.”

Martin Z. Mollusk, Weather Predicting Hermit Crab: I moved here over 40 years ago from Tepid Swamp, Louisiana. It was the best move I’ve ever made. The people of this City are very animal and creature friendly. They treat you like human beings. The Ocean City Humane Society was named one of the best shelters of its size in the nation.(Martin’s message was translated from Hermit Crab Squeak by his spiritual advisor and chef, Mark Soifer.)

To see complete information on this Gallop Study access http://www.well-beingindex.com/findings.asp.

COMING SOON: Ocean City’s Annual Memorial Service honoring the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 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.

Ocean City was the first community in Cape May County to hold a ceremony. It was organized by the late Rozelia Cobb, a beloved school teacher at the Intermediate School.

Rev. Gregory Johnson will recite Dr. King’s inspiring “I have a Dream Speech.” A group of local residents will be honored with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Awards for their service to the community.

Attendees are invited to a Soul Food Dinner following the program prepared by Mary Miles and Portia Thompson. The Shiloh Baptist Church, Macedonia Methodist Church and St. James AME are all involved with the dinner. The dinner is free, donations will be accepted to support the churches.

Also in keeping with Dr. King’s legacy of service, Ocean City in cooperation with the Clean Communities Program is holding a city-wide clean-up, Mon., Jan. 16 from 10 a.m. till noon. The event honors the memory of Dr. King on his birthday.

All families, individuals and groups are invited to volunteer.
Supplies may be picked up 9 a.m. at the Henry S. Knight Building, 115 12th St. Volunteers should wear appropriate clothing and footwear. Gloves and trash bags will be provided. After the clean-up, participants are invited to the Stainton Senior Center, 17th and Simpson Ave., for food and warm beverages.

The Ocean City FINE ARTS LEAGUE, 608 Asbury Ave., has a new show in its gallery for January, Call (609) 814-0308.

The Ocean City ARTS CENTER, 17th and Simpson Ave, also has a new show, call (609) 399-7628.

The Ocean City LIBRARY, 17TH and Simpson Ave. has continuous programs that entertain, educate, assist and amuse the community. Call the Reference Desk,  (609) 399-2434-ext. 5231 or email newsletters@oceancitylibrary.org. to receive newsletter updates.

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