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Second straight South Jersey title captured before national audience

OCEAN CITY — “Another solid year for OCBP, highlighted by SJ championship” was the headline in the Sept. 1, 2005, edition of the Ocean City Sentinel. The article began, “The wide beach, good weather, and warm water which drew record crowds (watch for a record number from the beach-taggers) to our eight-mile long oceanfront made the summer of ’05 a very busy season for the Ocean City Beach Patrol. The 150-member squad, nationally known for their lifesaving skills and athletic prowess, was prepared.”  

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Thursday 09/03/2015
34th Street Market offers tourists a taste of days long past
Posted: September 03, 2015

OCEAN CITY — The hustle and bustle of one of Ocean City’s busiest intersections is hard to miss on the corner of 34th Street and West Avenue. 

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Wednesday 08/26/2015
St. Damien Parish has annual Blessing of the Sea
Updated: September 03, 2015 - 2:04 pm

OCEAN CITY – As vacationers laid on beach towels and rode on boogie boards, an Ocean City Parish participated in a Catholic tradition, which included lowering a wreath with a wedding ring attached into the Atlantic Ocean, as watchful parishioners gathered the salt water, now considered holy water, into bottles. 

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Thursday 08/13/2015
Reunion Weekend celebrates top guards with dinner, races
Posted: August 13, 2015

OCEAN CITY — The Ocean City Beach Patrol Alumni Association will be hosting the OCBP Reunion Weekend on Aug. 14-16. Three events are held throughout the weekend: the South Jersey Lifeguard Championship, the Reunion/Hall of Fame Dinner and the Alumni Races.

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Artists’ Cooperative Gallery presents Murphy-Leary, Quiggle works in Aug.
Posted: August 13, 2015

During the month of August, the Cape May Artists’ Cooperative Gallery features the work painter Barbara Murphy-Leary and clay and paper artist Janis Quiggle. For this exhibit they’ve chosen “first impressions” as a theme. Barbara is showing her acrylic and mixed media work; Janis displays pottery and boxes. A meet-the-artist reception will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8. 

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West End Garage to merge with Cape May Bakers
Posted: August 13, 2015

CAPE MAY — In unanimous votes for variances and waivers, the city’s Zoning Board gave preliminary and final site plan approval to connect West End Garage at 484 Perry St. with neighboring Cape May Bakers by means of two breezeways.

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Ocean City Parasail rises to occasion both literally and figuratively
Updated: August 13, 2015 - 10:48 am

OCEAN CITY — It’s a beautiful, clear summer day in Ocean City. My wife and I have already been pleasantly greeted and checked-in by the Ocean City Parasail staff and now we watch vacationers playing on the waters of the bay. People are on the bay racing wave runners, a pirate ship full of pre-adolescent scoundrels sails by and the boat that will launch us 500 feet in the air pulls into dock. There are 12 passengers, all helped aboard by the two good-natured guys who will act as our guides for this adventure. 

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Paramount Air Service marks 70 years of high-flying service
Posted: August 13, 2015

CAPE MAY COUNTY — Paramount Air Service, the nation’s oldest and largest aerial advertising firm, celebrated its 70th year of service to the Jersey Shore community Aug. 4. 

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Polish Water Ice a creamy alternative to frozen Italian fare
Updated: August 13, 2015 - 10:21 am

It all started in Tom Curyto’s kitchen. An inventor and engineer of Polish descent, Curyto had wanted to make his own version of Italian water ice. After much experimenting, Curyto created something distinctive that had never been seen before — a product with a creamy texture almost like soft-serve ice cream or custard with no fat, cholesterol or dairy. 

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Baby Parade a moving spectacle enjoyed by children, adults
Posted: August 13, 2015

OCEAN CITY — Parades are often enjoyed most by the youngest spectators. Glancing up at the floats with wonder and awe, and reveling in the dazzling colors of the spectacle and in the excitement that a parade brings, many children hope to be in a parade of their own one day. Ocean City not only gives young children that opportunity, but also dedicates an entire parade to them with the annual Baby Parade. 

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Wednesday 08/12/2015
New Little Miss Ocean City will be crowned at Music Pier this Friday; there will be 24 girls competing
Updated: August 13, 2015 - 10:28 am

OCEAN CITY – The Music Pier will light up on Friday night as a new Little Miss Ocean City will be crowned.  

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Ocean City Theatre Company’s ‘Shrek, The Musical’ on stage this Wednesday and Thursday
Updated: August 13, 2015 - 10:25 am

OCEAN CITY – A 14-foot-long fire-breathing dragon, the night sky on the ceiling, a talking gingerbread man and a singing ogre: No, it’s not a movie (although it is based on one), it’s Ocean City Theatre Company’s very own production of “Shrek the Musical.” 

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Wednesday 08/05/2015
OCBP guard chosen for national team
Updated: August 13, 2015 - 10:37 am

OCEAN CITY – Lexi Santer, an Ocean City Beach Patrol lifeguard and Duquesne University swimmer, has spent her summer navigating the surf to compete against lifeguards throughout Atlantic and Cape May counties. 

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Gulf Stream pushes jellyfish closer to shore; they swim shallow, deep
Updated: August 13, 2015 - 12:48 pm

CAPE MAY — The appearance of jellyfish on ocean beaches is not common, but a change in the Gulf Stream this year brought more of the stinging pests closer to shore, according to Montclair State University Marine Biology and Coastal Sciences Director Paul Bologna.

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Toast with locally produced beer and wine
Updated: August 13, 2015 - 10:54 am

Without a doubt, beaches and boardwalks are big tourist attractions during the summer at the shore. But, as it turns out, so are locally brewed beer and wine produced at Cape May County wineries.

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Artifacts range from stagecoach to lighthouse lens
Updated: August 13, 2015 - 10:38 am

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE — Admit it. You drive by the property all the time as you are zipping up or down Route 9 on your way to somewhere else. You know the one, with the sprawling lawn that has all those lovely buildings on it. There is a big sign out front, so it must be important. I’ll bet you have even said once or twice out loud to yourself, “One day I am going to stop in there and see just what it is.”

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Wednesday 07/22/2015
Splash, Whale’s Tale Gallery to celebrate sea glass Aug. 8
Updated: July 22, 2015 - 1:52 pm

Splash, Whale’s Tale Gallery, will host “In Celebration of Seaglass” from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8. 

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Cape May jeweler takes first place in 51st annual Promenade Art Show
Posted: July 22, 2015

CAPE MAY — The city of Cape May has announced the winners in the 51st annual Promenade Art Show.

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Lazy Eye craft distillery in Wildwood offers taste of history
Posted: July 22, 2015

WILDWOOD — A new business on Spicer Avenue guarantees to not only give visitors a taste of history but also promises to raise the spirits of this seaside city. With a tasting room and two on-site stills, Lazy Eye Distillery has brought the concept of craft libations to a new level. 

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Creating lasting memories at the shore
Posted: July 22, 2015

Full-time and part-time residents have many ways of expressing their love for the region. 

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Wednesday 07/15/2015
Ocean City man learns to survive, thrive with rare form of autism
Posted: July 15, 2015

OCEAN CITY — The lawn at Stephen Wright’s home has to be mowed. 

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Wednesday 06/24/2015
Average age of lifeguards drops following end of World War II
Posted: June 24, 2015

OCEAN CITY — “Alert Beach Patrol Safety Insurance” was the headline in the 1945 Spring Edition of the Ocean City Sentinel-Ledger. The article began, “Although the average age of Ocean City lifeguards has become considerably younger since the war began, there has been no noticeable difference in the high caliber of protection the top-notch Ocean City Beach Patrol offers to the resort’s thousands of bathers.”

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Hug a Mug Cafe serves comfort food with a twist in Ocean City
Updated: June 24, 2015 - 1:06 pm

OCEAN CITY — Being a new business owner requires a 4 a.m. wakeup and an hour-long commute to the Hug a Mug Café, the breakfast, lunch and coffee shop Peter Johnson opened this spring.

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Running marathons keeps 80-year-old young at heart
Posted: June 24, 2015

OCEAN CITY — A 26.2-mile run is 80-year-old Stephen Borgado’s elixir of life, and infuses excitement into Borgado’s golden years. 

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Wildwood hopes to unleash Dog Beach
Posted: June 24, 2015

WILDWOOD — A great day on this city’s beach may become even better for pooches and their people. Almost a year to the day that City Commission cut the ribbon opening Wildwood’s dog beach, it introduced an amendment to an ordinance that will allow dogs to be unleashed while enjoying the sun.

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People-watching a fun pastime at the shore
Posted: June 24, 2015

Without a doubt, there are no better places to people-watch than the boardwalk and the beach on a lazy summer day.

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Welcome to your childhood
Updated: June 24, 2015 - 11:51 am

OCEAN CITY – The scent of caramel corn mingles with the salty ocean air as night descends on the Boardwalk.

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Wednesday 06/17/2015
OCBP named best equipped, most efficient patrol in U.S.
Posted: June 17, 2015

OCEAN CITY — “Ocean City’s Beach Patrol is Held Most Efficient in United States; No Drownings In 15 Years Along Protected Beach; Lifeguards Admitted to Service Only After Grueling Test” was the headline in the 1935 Spring Edition of the Ocean City Sentinel-Ledger. The article reported the good news about the OCBP: “Today the United States government and the American Red Cross declared it to be the best equipped and most efficient beach patrol in the country. Its equipment is valued at $25,000, and it has the most modern life saving headquarters in America.”

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Atlantic County woman crowned Miss N.J.
Updated: June 24, 2015 - 11:36 am

OCEAN CITY — Broadway came to Ocean City on Saturday night with the excitement of the 82nd annual Miss New Jersey pageant. The show itself was a gleaming spectacle highlighting the beauty and talent of the top 11 contestants and all those involved with the pageant, but the singular sensation was Lindsey Giannini, who was crowned Miss New Jersey 2015.

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Linwood artist, student repainting traffic box in Ocean City
Updated: June 24, 2015 - 11:40 am

OCEAN CITY — Artist Nancy Palermo and her student, Elizabeth Sheffield, spent Friday re-painting a traffic signal box they had painted three years earlier, with a scene from a vintage Ocean City postcard.

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One Day Without Shoes a rainy affair in Ocean City
Updated: June 17, 2015 - 11:37 am

OCEAN CITY – The crowd gathered in front of Ocean City’s 7th Street Surf Shop in ponchos and holding umbrellas, but walked a few blocks along Asbury Avenue, drenched from the heavy rain, to gain an understanding of what it was like not to have shoes. 

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Workers replacing bulging brick facade on building at 8th Street, Asbury Ave.
Updated: June 24, 2015 - 11:39 am

OCEAN CITY — Work to repair a bulging wall is currently under way at the Bourse Building at 761 Asbury Ave.

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BERNIE’S BARBERSHOP: ‘If you can grow it, we’ll cut it’
Posted: June 17, 2015

OCEAN CITY – As Marc Reider prepares for the summer season at Bernie’s Barbershop, he spoke with the Ocean City Sentinel about the tradition of Bernie’s, his journey to becoming a barber and shop-owner, and the joy of a hot shave.

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Scallops key to Cape May’s status as coast’s No. 2 fishery
Posted: June 17, 2015

“The sea is large. The sea must know more than any of us.” — The Sea Hold, Carl Sandburg, 1918

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Shore hosts, hostesses have rules every guest would be wise to heed
Updated: June 17, 2015 - 12:53 pm

My friend, Nancy, a longtime Avalon resident, is a gracious host when family and friends stay with her in the summer.  A “mi casa es su casa” type of person. But she has one rule for summer visitors: “No sand in the apartment.” Nancy is unyielding on this, and she has the uncanny ability to detect even just a speck of sand should it drop from a flip-flop.

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Ocean City Arts Center looks at relationship between artists, postal carriers
Updated: June 17, 2015 - 11:38 am

OCEAN CITY – This year’s invitational show at the Ocean City Arts Center (OCAC) draws inspiration from the solitary life of the artist and the letter carrier as an artist’s contact to the outside world. 

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O.C. man plans second 100-mile run for charity
Updated: June 24, 2015 - 11:48 am

MANAHAWKIN — Ocean City resident Richard McCleary remembered his first attempt at running 100 miles, from Clifton to Manahawkin, as fighting sleep deprivation as the sun came up in Bayville, as fueling with pierogis (McCleary’s race food of choice), and being encouraged in the final two miles with an escort from fire and rescue vehicles.

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Ocean City Theatre Company gets new home
Updated: June 24, 2015 - 11:39 am

OCEAN CITY — Once the building on the corner of West Avenue and 15th Street housed lifeguard boats, the zoning and planning departments and a library annex. 

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Wednesday 06/10/2015
Heart of Surfing shows a different side of autism
Updated: June 17, 2015 - 11:31 am

OCEAN CITY — Cerulean waves, painted white by the foam, strike the baked, golden sands. On days like this, the shore feels completely alive. Some people walked the boards, while others lounged on the beach or swam in the ocean. There could not be a more beautiful day for Heart of Surfing’s inaugural surfing competition June 7 off the 7th Street beach.

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Monday 06/08/2015
U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary ready to train and assist
Updated: June 08, 2015 - 11:41 am

OCEAN CITY – Commanding their small boats, members of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 81 patrol the Intracoastal Waterway, respond to vessels in distress and teach boating-safety classes.

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O.C. Tabernacle: Speakers, concerts, programs for the family
Posted: June 08, 2015

OCEAN CITY – Jonathan Evans, former National Football League fullback-turned Dallas Cowboys Chaplain, will kick off the Ocean City Tabernacle’s first summer worship service on May 24. 

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Surfin’ safari around Ocean City shows three different shops that serve locals, visitors alike
Posted: June 08, 2015

OCEAN CITY — Ocean City has a long history with surfing, having two shops that have been around for more than 50 years and a third with nearly 30 years in the business.

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Thursday 06/04/2015
Lifeguards marked 6th year without drowning on guarded beach in 1925
Updated: June 04, 2015 - 4:45 pm

OCEAN CITY — “18 MEMBERS OF BEACH PATROL FIT AND READY” was the headline on the front page of the June 12, 1925, edition of the Ocean City Sentinel-Ledger. 

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Wednesday 06/03/2015
Challenging themselves in Ocean City to support this nation’s veterans
Updated: June 04, 2015 - 4:34 pm

OCEAN CITY – Some 600 children and adults rose early on Saturday to tackle Navy-SEAL approved obstacles on the Ocean City beaches. 

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2015 Ocean City Flower Show announces winners from around the area
Updated: June 17, 2015 - 11:44 am

OCEAN CITY – Ocean City Flower Show names winners in the 2015 show,  “Chic to Chic, Flowers and Fashion.” 

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O.C. woman gets Fulbright scholarship
Updated: June 17, 2015 - 11:44 am

OCEAN CITY – Ciara Barrick, a 21-year-old recipient of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program grant, said she wants to live a life in letters, of reading, writing and thinking.

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Miss Manners would be proud
Updated: June 04, 2015 - 4:48 pm

Miss Manners would be proud. 

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Johnson’s hasn’t changed its popular popcorn recipe since 1940
Updated: June 04, 2015 - 4:33 pm

OCEAN CITY – Johnson’s Popcorn is celebrating the 75th anniversary of the opening of its first store at Sixth Street and the Boardwalk. Since that happened in 1940, Johnson’s has opened a location at 13th and the Boardwalk and a store on the Wildwood boardwalk.

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Construction begins on site for new skateboard park between West, Asbury Aves.
Updated: June 04, 2015 - 4:48 pm

OCEAN CITY – Construction on a new skateboard park began Monday at the Fifth Street parking lot between Asbury Avenue and West Avenue.

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Wednesday 05/27/2015
Business Persons Plunge into ocean to mark start of resort’s season
Updated: June 04, 2015 - 4:32 pm

OCEAN CITY – On Friday, May 22, Mike Hrubos, of Keller Williams Realty, stood on the beach in a button-down shirt and suit pants, which were wet and sandy following a dip in the ocean. He questioned whether he could get the sand out of the pants. 

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