Ocean City

Miss Ocean City contestants sought

The Miss Ocean City Scholarship Pageant is seeking contestants.

The pageant will take place Aug. 10 on the Music Pier. More than $15,000 in scholarships will be awarded.

To be eligible to compete, contestants must be female, age 17 to 22, who attend or have graduated from Ocean City High School or whose parents own property in Ocean City or a sending district to Ocean City High School (includes Sea Isle City and Upper Township) that is their legal residence.

For an application or more information, call contestant coordinator Andrea Paul at 609-398-3905, pageant producer Maribeth Neall at 609-398-2743 or 609-369-0293, or pick up an application from Kathy Sykes or Peggy Doyle at Ocean City High School. Applications can be downloaded at ocexchangeclub.org. The deadline for filing applications is July 6.

TED Talk focuses on music therapy

The next TED Talk video features violinist Robert Gupta, starting 11 a.m. May 11 at the Ocean City Free Public Library.

Gupta, when caught between a career as a doctor and as a violinist, realized his place was in the middle, with a bow in his hand and a sense of social justice in his heart. Robert, joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the age of 19 — and maintains a passionate parallel interest in neurobiology and mental health issues. He tells a moving story of the power of music therapy, which can succeed where conventional medicine fails.

Everyone is welcome to these free sessions and to join the discussion after the talk.

Upper Township

Holden to speak to historical group

Bob Holden will be the speaker at the May 14 meeting of the Historical Preservation Society of Upper Township.

After retiring from the Ocean City Intermediate School in 2006 after 32 years, he has been teaching history part time as a senior adjunct professor at Atlantic Cape Community College’s Cape May County Campus, as well as an adjunct supervisor of student teachers through Rowan University.

His topic will be “When Did World War II Actually Begin? U.S. imperialism in the Pacific in the late 19th/early 20th century, Teddy Roosevelt, and the rapid unfolding of Japanese aggression in Asia 1898-1941.” This will be followed by a brief talk about the Nanking Massacre (1937) and Japanese atrocities committed in the Asia-Pacific War 1931-45.

Guests are welcome. The general meeting will be held at the Upper Township Branch of the Cape May County Library. Refreshments will be served at 7 p.m. and the meeting will start at 7:30 p.m.