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The Mystery of the Ocean City Sweatshirt: Barbara Osinski of Ambler, Pa. recently wrote to the Ocean City Public Relations Office and asked a question that has international implications: "Why is Academy Award Winning film star, Javier Bardem, wearing an Ocean City, New Jersey sweat shirt (one with crossed oars, yet!) in the movie Biutiful? How does that get onto the body on an international film star in a Spanish speaking movie which takes place in Barcelona? The director is Mexican, the actors are Spanish and from what I can tell, the production crew isn't American either," notes the inquisitive and semi-astounded Ms.Osinski. "How random is that?!" she concludes.

Long time City Public Relations Director, Mark Soifer, offered one unlikely answer: "Stories about our weather predicting hermit, Martin Z. Mollusk and also the Miss Crustacean Hermit Crab Beauty Pageant, have appeared on the Spanish TV network and also on national radio programs there. The Spanish seem to have a lively fascination for "It could be that Mr. Bardem is wearing the sweat shirt for two reasons," continues Soifer, "in honor of Martin's 35th Anniversary as an astounding weather prognosticator for Ocean City and to celebrate the republication of his critically acclaimed biography, Rhyme and Punishment. This seems to be the most plausible explanation to me."

However, the Ocean City Public Relations Division, known for its impeccable professionalism and constant pursuit of the truth, is taking nothing for granted. It is offering a reward for any information leading to the answer of this perplexing question. The reward will be a complimentary copy of Martin's biography that has been selling like crab cakes for months! Those in the know should call City Hall Annex, 609-525-9300, after hours, 609-364-4010 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

A Scavenger Hunt for 7th and 8th Graders will be held at the Community Center, 1735 Simpson Ave. on Thurs., Feb. 24 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. During this free activity, children will have fun looking for clues and learning about Center activities. There will be a warm up before the hunt with Aquatic and Fitness Center Staffers. Healthy snacks will be served and prizes will be awarded to the winning team. For information about how to sign up, call 609-398-6900.

A Black History Program and Ethnic Dinner will be held 3:30 p.m., Sunday Feb.27 at Macedonia United Methodist Church, 941 Simpson Ave. Guest speaker will be Nathan W. Davis III, historian and educator. The program is in memory of Kemry McFarland, Community Leader and Civil Right Activist. It is sponsored by the United Methodist Women, Joan Robertson President. Rev. Marcia Pankey is church pastor.

Musical Mondays:The Ocean City Repertory Theater, 813 Asbury Ave., is presenting a Cabaret series of Musical Mondays starting at 8 p.m. highlighting vocals where lyrics are the most important element. Performers will be telling a story through song. Andrew Hink, a local favorite, will accompany vocalists Angelica Mathis, Kameron Ghanavati and Rachel Ann McGettigan. Next performance will be February 28. Show will be followed by a dessert reception. Tickets are $10 at the door. For reservations and additional information, call 609-457-6686 or access www.ocrep.org.

A Fund Raiser for Betsy Young , beloved Ocean City Intermediate School teacher afflicted by illness, has been set for today Wed., Feb. 23 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Intermediate School, 18th and Bay Ave. Former students will perform musical tributes to Betsy. A dinner will follow the concert. Donation is $10. Call the Ocean City Intermediate School, 609-399-5611 for more information.