Once again, the Ocean city Gardens Civic Association is sponsoring scholarships for 2018 high school graduates.  In order to qualify for these awards, students must graduate from OCHS or other area high schools and reside in the Gardens year round. Applicants’ families must be members of OCGCA, and seniors must have been accepted to a certified two- or four-year college, technical school, or certification program. The criteria the Committee uses are based on the merits of grade point average and overall contributions to the school and community. Active participation in OCGCA events is strongly considered; thus, it is recommended that underclassmen involve themselves with the Association well before graduation.

Scholarship is a major aspect of the Association’s fund raising efforts, and OCGCA prides itself with this worthy endeavor to recognize and reward local outstanding high school seniors.  If interested in learning more about this program, contact Rich Bennett, at 609-287-8125, or email at This year’s deadline for submitting applications was May 1st, and winners will be introduced at the Ocean City High School June awards presentation.

2018 Scholarship Presentations in June 2018.  Dates TBD,  check back for more details. Rich Bennett, Greg Donohue, Pat Watts

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The Ocean City Gardens Civic Association will sponsor another beach cleanup in October. Our “adopted beach” is located between the Longport Bridge and Wesley Road, and can always benefit from  spring and fall combing. We meet at the parking lot next to the bridge,  the fall date is 10/28/17 at 10AM. ,  please join us.   We ask that volunteers bring gloves, trash bags will be provided. As always, you are encouraged to bring a friend to help with this worthy activity.  If you have any questions or plan to participate, please call Rich Bennett, at 609-287-8125, or Duane Sonneborn, at 609- 602-8482.

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The 2018 Yard Sale will be held on June 16th, 2018.   Residents are encouraged to donate items you no longer want, please put aside items over the winter for this event. The sale will again be held at the Cardiff Triangle, off the Gardens Parkway, commencing at 8:00 AM.  We ask that donated items are in decent and saleable condition.  And, as in the past, we will not accept any clothing.  If you have items to store or pick up, please call Rich Bennett, at 609-287-8125, email RDBOCNJ, or Duane Sonneborn, at 609-602-8482, email Duanesonneborn

We typically have refreshments, including homemade baked goods, for sale to satisfy your thirst and appetite. We would appreciate any baked goods you wish to donate. Thanking all donors and/or purchasers in advance, we look forward to seeing you at this worthy fund raiser, benefiting scholarships and local charities.

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Wednesday July 4, 2018 will be  our 42nd Annual Bike Parade. Once again, in conjunction with the intermediate school and bike safety, our design contest is underway. The winning student’s design will be reprinted on tee shirts available to all participants at the parade. Sgt. Hopely of the Ocean City Police Department is preparing his team, the Fire Department will again lead the parade, and our committee is organizing donors and treats. To volunteer, please call or email any of the following coordinators:  Rich Bennett, at 609-287-8125, email  Greg Donahue, at 609-576-3572, email;  Sally Raslavich, at 484-571-4550, e-mail  and Duane Sonneborn, at 609-602-8482  e-mail  Registration begins at 9:00 AM at the Longport Bridge parking lot, with the parade itself beginning at 10:00 AM. Spruce up your hikes, get out the RED, WHITE, and BLUE accessories, and help us celebrate our nation’s birthday at the parade!

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As you know, we were unable to conduct a theater trip to New York last October.

The trip was a sell out, but an unfortunate glitch precluded us from attending the Broadway musical, “An American In Paris.” It is hoped that we will conduct the trip this year- possibly to Philadelphia or New York. It looks very promising, so keep looking for an announcement regarding this highly popular annual event.