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Ocean City Coastal Storm October 5, 201 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jennifer Palermo   
Oct 30, 2015 at 09:18 AM

Coastal Storm October 5, 2015 did major beach erosion on Ocean City, NJ beaches, but surfers enjoyed the big waves.

Notice the dunes cut away near North Street in Ocean City.

The dunes by the Music Pier at 8th Street.

14th Street Fishing Pier, Ocean City, NJ



Last Updated ( Oct 30, 2015 at 09:41 AM )
"Soul Surfer" Bethany Hamilton Returns to Support Local After School Program at Ocean City Tabernacl PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jennifer Palermo   
Oct 30, 2015 at 08:45 AM

"Soul Surfer" Bethany Hamilton Returns to Support Local After School Program at Ocean City Tabernacle

Championship surfer Bethany Hamilton helped raise money for the Ocean City Tabernacle's "Son Club" After School Program at the sellout crowd at The Flanders Hotel. Bethany spent time meeting many of the young people and their parents and discussing with them what is was like to survive a shark attack and how she got back on her board and continues to surf at the Championship level. "We all will face challenges and problems in life", she told the over 300 people in attendance, "if you haven't you will in the future."  Her faith in God, finding something you are passionate about and setting goals have helped her overcome.

Bethany now has a 5 month old baby boy named Tobias with husband Adam Dirks. Changing the baby's diaper has been a challenge with only one arm, but she has learned to do it with the help of her feet!  Seems to me Bethany has what it takes to face any challenges life brings her way.

Bethany fondly remembers coming to Ocean City as a child since her dad grew up locally and she was "stoked to get to ride waves at Waverly." A Gardens beach!

Along with her husband Adam Dirks, they now have a ministry to help others who have lost a limb. According to their website    "We hold conferences and retreats in order to encourage those who have experienced limb-loss, or other difficult situations."

Aaron Palermo and Band added their soft sounds to the evening festivities. 

The Son Club is a ministry reaching over 200 kids at the Ocean CIty Tabernacle offering  a free after school program for kids up to 8th grade including help with homework, recreation, Bible Study and piano and guitar lessons. The Ocean City business community is very supportive of the work Eric Hitchner and his team are doing for the children of Ocean City.

Last Updated ( Oct 30, 2015 at 09:54 AM )
Food Network Star Guy Fieri in Ocean City to Check out Piccini's Italian Restaurant PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jennifer Palermo   
Oct 30, 2015 at 08:43 AM

Food Network Star Guy Fieri in Ocean City to Check out Piccini's Italian Restaurant

Guy Fieri from the Food Network's "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives" was filming at Piccini's Restaurant in Ocean City on Tues. Oct. 13th. Here is his Camaro that Guy brings in an 18 wheeler truck. Piccini's is a local favorite and now the rest of the world will hear how good their food is on an upcoming show!

Ocean City's Bounce House is Open! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jennifer Palermo   
Jul 01, 2014 at 09:38 AM

Ocean City's Bounce House is Open!

The Boardwalk Bounce is a great new family entertainment spot on Ocean City Boardwalk at 9th Street.

The kid friendly facility Includes bounce houses, a rock climbing wall, a Pirate Ship, huge slides, Candy Playland house, indoor movie area,  refreshments, popcorn, drinks and a movie theater up front. Bring the whole family. Free wifi too. Safe, fun, chaperoned environment.

Great location for your next Birthday Party! 10 am - 9 pm 900 Ocean City, NJ Boardwalk inside the Strand Theater 609 385-0855

Check out their website

This week's movies "Chef" and "Edge of Tomorrow"

Last Updated ( Jul 01, 2014 at 09:46 AM )
Celebrating the Jewel of the Jersey Shore- The Flanders Hotel PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jennifer Palermo   
Nov 20, 2013 at 08:47 PM

Celebrating the Jewel of the Jersey Shore- The Flanders Hotel

Ocean City's Flanders Hotel was alive with excitement Sunday for the 90th Anniversary Gala. 300 were in attendance for the Roaring Twenties soiree close to the number that were on hand for the original opening in 1923.

The delicious menu was based on the opening night menu from 1923 prepared by Chef Blake Young, son of Rich and Sue Shipp Young and included Beef consommé, Rockfish, Filet of sirloin, & Chocolate Mousee, as well as pastries from Blue Dolfin Sweets.

The event was sponsored by the Flanders Condo Association and the Ocean City Historical Museum. A brief history of the hotel was presented by Peter Voudouris from the Flanders Condo Assoc and prizes were awarded for the Best Dressed Costumes from the Roaring 20s. Noel Wirth won for best ladies costume and Mike Columbo won for his vintage bathing suit.

As we entered the red carpet we got to take photos with Vintage Antique cars on display. We had a great time catching up with many local business friends while we enjoyed amazing hors d'oeuvres including Beef Wellington and Bacon wrapped scallops.

Elwood Kirkman owned the hotel until his death in 1993 and James Dwyer bought the hotel in 1996. After many financial challenges the hotel is now owned by the Flanders Condo Association. The landmark is on the National Registry of Historic Places.

The Cape May County Clerk Rita Fulginiti presented the Association with the original Deed to the Flanders.

Some personal memories. We have enjoyed many wonderful memories of the Flanders Hotel including swimming lessons in the saltwater pool in the 60s. It was so exciting to see people dive from the high dive back then.

In 1973 we attended Ocean City High School's Senior Prom at the Flanders.  Our wedding reception was held in the Plate Room. The hotel hosted my Dad, Joel Mott's, retirement party, my sister's wedding reception, a church retreat in 2012 with Good Samaritan Church from Paoli PA

and most recently this summer a wonderful High Tea. (Now held the first Thursday of each month. Call 399-1000 for more info)

 We also had a blast at our 40th Class Reunion June 1, 2013 and have fond memories of the Charity League's Christmas Mart and many Chamber of Commerce and political events over the years.

We are grateful for all those who have sacrificed to keep this Grand Dame alive. May we all be here for the 100th Anniversary in 2023!

left- Paul & Jane Alvarez, Mary Lou Hayes & Rick Mendham, Gerry & Jennifer Palermo, Sandy Simpson

right- Mike & Kathy Allegretto with Amanda & Aaron Palermo

Last Updated ( Nov 20, 2013 at 06:08 PM )
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