WEATHERThe National Weather Service forecast calls for sun and a high of 72 degrees on Monday. The ocean water temperature is 60 degrees. Check our Daily Beach Report on for real-time reports on water temps, waves, wind and other beach conditions each morning this summer, starting Saturday. GUARDED BEACHES MAY 23 TO MAY 29The Ocean City Beach Patrol will staff lifeguards at the following beaches this week:Stenton PlaceSt. Charles PlaceBrighton Place8th Street9th Street10th Street11th Street12th Street26th Street34th Street58th StreetBeaches are guarded from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekends and holidays, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays. The Ocean City Beach Patrol strongly urges bathers to swim only at guarded beaches. If you have any questions, please call 525-9201 or 525-9200. Ocean City’s annual Memorial Day ceremony is at 11 a.m. Monday (May 25) at Veterans Memorial Park, between Fifth and Sixth streets off Wesley Avenue. The following is a schedule of events in Ocean City on Monday, May 25.Wreath Ceremony: At 9:15 a.m., Ocean City Beach Patrol lifeguards will place a memorial wreath in the waters off the Ninth Street Beach in memory of those who have given their lives in the service of our country.The Women’s Christian Temperance Union fountain in front of City Hall will be rededicated in a ceremony at 10 a.m. Monday, May 25.Rededication of WCTU Fountain: At 10 a.m., members of the WCTU, (Women’s Christian Temperance Union) and members of the Ocean City Historical Museum will re-dedicate the W.C.T.U. FOUNTAIN in front of City Hall and celebrate the 100th anniversary of the gift.Memorial Day Service: Ocean City’s annual Memorial Day Service will be held 11 a.m. on Mon., May 25 at Veterans Memorial Park, 5th and Wesley Ave. In the event of inclement weather, the service will be moved across the street to the Tabernacle Auditorium.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Jamal Coombs-McDaniel. (Photo: gohofstra.com)A Hofstra University basketball player was arrested in Brooklyn Friday morning on marijuana charges, according to the Kings County District Attorney office.The 23-year-old athlete, Jamal Coombs-McDaniel, who transferred from UConn where he helped the Huskies win the 2010-2011 National Championship, was driving when he was stopped by police because it appeared like he wasn’t wearing a seatbelt, a spokesman for the district attorney’s office said.Police allegedly found six “marijuana cigars” in the car’s cup holder and ashtray, the spokesman said.Coombs-McDaniel was charged with criminal possession of marijuana, unlawful possession of marijuana and driving without a license, the spokesman said.Coombs-McDaniel played two seasons at UConn before transferring to Hofstra, according to his bio on the university’s website. NCAA transfer regulations forced him to sit out the 2011-2012 season.The Massachusetts-native suffered through knee issues before the 2012-2013 season and didn’t appear in any games for Hofstra.His arrest comes four months after four other Hofstra basketball players were brought up on burglary charges. Nassau County police said the players allegedly committed multiple burglaries in campus dorms and made off with several Apple products.The players were suspended pending the outcome of the case.Coombs-McDaniel was expected to be arraigned Saturday. The district attorney’s spokesman didn’t have any updated information on the arraignment.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Msgr. Thomas Hartman, the Roman Catholic priest from Long Island nationally known as half of the God Squad, a popular television show about religion, died following a years-long battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was 69.Father Tom, as he was known, became a household name with Rabbi Marc Gellman following the success of the TV show they co-hosted for 20 years on Telecare, the faith-based cable network that Hartman ran for the Diocese of Rockville Centre. The show led to a nationally-syndicated newspaper column, as well as regular TV and radio appearances on shows with larger audiences than their own, such as Good Morning America. After his diagnosis, Hartman stepped back from the spotlight and founded a charity that donated millions to find a cure for Parkinson’s.“Our friendship produced many words, but it never needed words,” Gellman wrote in his Newsday column Wednesday eulogizing Hartman. “Tommy taught me that smiles are more important than words, and I do not need words now to remember that transformative wisdom.” Hartman grew up in East Williston before entering the Hempstead seminary when he was in the ninth grade after passing up his dream of becoming a baseball player and instead joining the clergy like his uncle, aunts and cousins before him. He was ordained in 1971 and eight years later graduated with a Doctor of Ministry degree from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkley.Hartman was also a parish priest at St. Vincent de Paul in Elmont and a chaplain for the Nassau County Police Department. Hartman joined forces with Gellman, the Rabbi Emeritus of Temple Beth Torah in Melville, after the two met while discussion religion on News12 Long Island. The next day, they formed the God Squad, in which the straight-laced Hartman and quick-witted Gellman discussed morality and religion.The duo eventually became LI’s best-known clergymen, making appearances on national cable news networks. They were even animated for an HBO children’s special based on their book of the same name, How Do You Spell God? But if they ever struggled to balance their fame and their duties, it never showed.”I’m definitely the straight man,” Hartman told The New York Times during the height of their fame in the ‘90s. ”Marc is much funnier than I and more vocal. I’m quieter. I want Marc to be the star. To some degree I’ve had more fame. Initially he had to gain it. So it was bigger in his mind. And in many ways he’s more talented than I.”In 2003, Hartman broke the news of his diagnoses in his newspaper column, which had only launched a year prior. He had kept it secret for four years by that point. Gellman still writes the column for Tribune Media Services, but visited Hartman weekly at the nursing home where Father Tom lived until his passing.Hartman’s charity donations led to the formation of the Thomas Hartman Foundation for Parkinson Research in the Department of Neurobiology & Behavior at Stony Brook University. Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced.