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OCIS4ME, O2BNOC-2, OCDRMN, AHHOC: 23 LICENSE PLATE WINNERS ANNOUNCED - By Mark Soifer, Ocean City Publicist

Ocean City’s License Plate contest attracted an array of entries. Judges selected those they considered the 23 best.

These were divided into two categories, Ocean City Promotional and Ocean City Affection. Winners and Runners Up have been named in both categories. The Winners in each category will receive framed plaques and the Runners Up, Certificates of Appreciation. The majority of entries were by email and many did not give hometown addresses. These winners will be notified by email.

Many of those who entered told stories of visiting Ocean City for years, then eventually buying second homes or permanent residences because they loved the community so much.

We’d like to thank all who entered the contest. We appreciate your interest and affection for Ocean City.

WINNERS (Hometowns are listed if provided) Ocean City Promotional: O2BNOC-2, Jane French of Ocean City; OCIS4ME, Diane Millon of Ocean City, GOVSTOC, M. Aslam Sheikh, Ocean City, HEDN2OC, Jackie Nicoletti, IGO2OC, Diane Fosco.

RUNNERS-UP, Ocean City Promotional: OCNME, John Rizzo, OCNJ4US, Frank D’Elia, Ocean City, CRUZ2OC, Eileen Gates, 2BNOCNJ, Joe Fanelli, ONWY2OC, The Kellies, GOING2OC, Frank D’Elia, Ocean City.

WINNERS, Ocean City Affection: OCDRMN, Erica Wolf-Parker, Virginia, OC FUN, John Parker, OCLVRS, Staci Sheetz, Gloucester County; ILOVEOC. Fred and Sue Glazere, Pennsylvania, AHHOC, Renate and Craig Johnson, GON2OCNJ, Pamela Kern, ILUVOC, Jane Smith, Ocean City.

RUNNERS-UP, Ocean City Affection: IMNOC, Linda Skutlin, OCNCITY, Joe and Kathy Merlino, 12BINOC, Maureen Morell, Pennsylvania, OC4ME, Doc Anderson, Ocean City, OCMOMMA, Gerry Johnson, Marlton, N.J.

The Ocean City REPERTORY THEATER, 813 Asbury Ave., presents an Irish Hooley on Thurs., March 17 at 8 p.m. to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Tickets are $10 per person. Proceeds benefit the Theater’s Artistic and educational programs. You are invited to join in the merriment which will include food, music, song, dance, story telling and good conversation. Rachel McGettigan, Angelica Mathis and Kameron Ghanvatti, accompanied by Andrew Hink, will perform audience favorites including Irish Ballads and songs. The Jersey Shore Irish Dancers led by Ed and Bonnie Quigley will entertain with jigs and reels. Repertory Theater Actors will read excerpts from Irish poetry, plays and short stories. There will be a desert reception following the performance. For information, call 609-457-6686 or visit www.ocrep.org. The event is made possible by the support of Thomas H. Heist Insurance.

The Repertory Theater also presents Oink! A Pig of a Tale, March 18,19,25, 26 at 7 p.m. and March 20 and 27 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $5. This is ideal entertainment for children. For reservations, call 609-457-6686. This event made possible by the support of Gillian’s Wonderland Pier.

The Ocean City Humane Society presents an ALL YOU CAN EAT Pancake Breakfast, Sat., March 19 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 30th and Bay Ave. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Society on Shelter Rd. off Bay and Tennessee Ave. Adults are $6, children two through 10 are $4. For information, call 609-399-2018. The Humane Society is a no-kill shelter named one of the best facilities for its size in the country. The Society also operates a Wellness Clinic and low cost Spay Neuter Clinic. Call for information.

The Ocean City Alumni Assn. presents We’ve Got Disco Fever, a night of dancing and fun on Sat., March19 from 7 to 10 p.m. at Diorio’s Café in Somers Point. Celebrate the 70’s. Wear Leisure Suits, Disco Shoes, any fashion of the 70s, prizes awarded. A $15 donation benefits the Association and covers a first beverage, the DJ and light food.

The Ocean City Library’s JAZZ SERIES continues with the Paul Jost Quartet and special guest, Michael Pedicin on Sun, March 20 at 3 p.m. Admission is free. Concerts are held in the Main Lecture Room of the Library. The series continues on March 27 and April 3.

The Library’s free Saturday movies series features the Academy Award nominated film, the Social Network, on March 19 at 2 p.m. in the Main Lecture Room. Refreshments provided.

Knock ‘Em Dead, a mystery show featuring the In House Players is set for Fri., March 25 at 7 p.m. and Sat., April 2 at 2 p.m. in the Main Lecture Room. Free. For information on Library events call 609-399-2434 ext.5231.

The SUPERCHICK Reinvention Tour comes to the Ocean City Tabernacle, 5th and Wesley Ave., on March 25 featuring Manafest, Bread on Stone and Corey Lamb. Tickets are $13, or $10 in advance, call 609-399-1915.

Citizens United For RENEWABLE ENERGY will host a presentation by Richard Dovey, President of the Atlantic County Utility Authority, on Sat., March 19 starting 1 p.m. at the Bayside Center, 520 Bay Ave. His topic will cover what is being done in South Jersey about renewable energy. The present power grid was built in the 1930s and is not geared to deal with the present massive demands on energy and the new modes of generation. What alternatives do consumers have?

INTERESTED IN ART? Stop at the Ocean City Arts Center, 17th and Simpson Ave. or the Ocean City Fine Arts League, 608 Asbury Ave. Work is on display all the time in the galleries.

NATURE AREA CLEAN-UP: The Ocean City Community Assn. invites you to join in a beautification and environmental clean-up of Crook Horn Creek Nature Area on Sun., March 20 from 1 to 4 p.m. Wear appropriate clothing and footwear and bring gloves if you have them. Some vests, signs, gloves, trash bags and trash pick up devices will be available. Meet Sun., 1 p.m. at 51st and Haven Ave. For information, call Teresa Coggshall 267-210-0114.

A GREAT EVENING WITH MEADOWLARK: World famous basketball player and entertainer, Meadowlark Lemon, will be grand marshal of our Doo Dah Parade on Sat., April 16 at noon. He will be honored at a dinner theater program on Fri., April 15 at the Flanders Hotel. Meadowlark will pose for photos, sign autographs and copies of his new book “Trust Your Next Shot.” Impersonators of legendary comedians will also pose for photos, sign autographs and entertain. The Ted Prior Band will be a feature of the evening. It will be an outstanding buffet dinner with prime rib, fish and chicken entrees, an array of condiments, a Brochette cheese table, desserts and non alcoholic beverages. Tickets are $55, available at City Hall Annex, 901 Asbury Ave., call 609-525-9300 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. On weekends or after hours, call 609-364-4010.