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Work Begins on First Landscaped Park for Ocean City’s Main Gateway

The gas-to-grass transformation that will turn Ocean City’s main corridor into a more inviting gateway is finally underway. The redevelopment strategy calls for converting three former gas station sites along the Ninth Street artery into green space. Construction work on the first park has begun, months after the blighted old BP gas station that once stood there was torn down. A decorative brick wall and metal fence have been added as the first part of the property’s makeover into a quaint park...

Snow Adds to Holiday Fun in Ocean City

Usually, the only white stuff found on the Ocean City Boardwalk is the beach sand that flakes off the feet of summer sunbathers while they are rushing to grab some ice cream or a slice of pizza. But on Sunday, Boardwalk strollers navigated through slippery patches of slushy snow left over from Saturday’s storm that turned the city into a winter wonderland...

New Art Exhibit Remembers Ocean City’s Legendary Sindia Shipwreck

Ed Wismer’s striking oil painting of the legendary Sindia gives you the sensation of being there on that fateful day in 1901, when the four-masted ship ran aground in Ocean City. It’s as if you can hear the ship’s sails flapping in the howling winds, feel the spray of the angry ocean on your face and see the crew members as they frantically tried to save the Sindia in its death throes...

Bestselling Author Rita Mae Brown Calls Book Lovers the Nation’s “Elite”

Rita Mae Brown, social activist and bestselling author of more than 50 books, believes that even ordinary people can become “elite” simply by doing one thing – reading. In wide-ranging and occasionally humorous remarks that touched on politics, the media, popular culture and gay rights, Brown urged a roomful of her fans Thursday night to emulate some of the world’s most accomplished leaders by picking up a good book...

Ocean City Police Focus on Making Local Roads “Safe for the...

Ptl. Brian Teeney was on the lookout for drivers talking on the cellphone, and it didn’t take long before he spotted one on Wednesday morning. Teeney had his Ocean City Police Department SUV parked on the shoulder of the intersection of 14th Street and Bay Avenue for just a few minutes when a man in a black pickup truck drove by with a cellphone held up to his ear...

Waves of Caring Toy Drive Collects Hundreds of Gifts for Needy...

A steady stream of people entering the lobby of the Port-O-Call Hotel on Tuesday night kept handing bags of toys and other gifts to Beth Pruzinsky. Pruzinsky, in turn, would stack the gifts on a pile of hundreds of toys that was growing higher and higher with each minute...

Santa and Mrs. Claus Make Ocean City’s Holiday Festival a Family...

The folks at the Ocean City Historical Museum and the Ocean City Free Public Library must have some serious clout up at the North Pole. Not only were they able to get Santa Claus to make a personal appearance Sunday at the annual Ocean City Community Center Holiday Festival, they also snagged Mrs. Claus. Santa made a dramatic entrance, shimmying and dancing his way down the stairs – sorry, no chimney was available – to greet all of the adoring children eagerly awaiting his arrival...

Ocean City Model Train Show Appeals to Railroad Buffs, Young and...

For one brief moment Saturday, 84-year-old Tom Eddis was a kid again. The model trains that chugged around the railroad tracks on the stage of the Ocean City Music Pier rekindled fond memories of the Christmases of his youth. He recalled that his now-deceased older brothers, Joe and Bill, had a train set that was taken out of storage just once a year...

Watch as Thousands of Spectators Enjoy Ocean City’s Christmas Parade

Sisters Grace and Jamison Stepp wanted to be among the first spectators to see Santa Claus, so they grabbed some prime seats on the sidewalk near the start of Ocean City’s Christmas Parade. They were hoping they would be close enough to draw Santa’s attention, perhaps even letting him know some of the gifts they would like to find under the tree on Christmas morning...

Developer Proposes Waterpark and Resort on Ocean City Boardwalk

Taking a cue from similar tourist attractions in the Poconos, an Ocean City real estate developer unveiled tentative plans to transform the heart of the Boardwalk into a year-round, indoor waterpark and resort hotel costing $250 million to $300 million. Justin Flood, a lifelong Ocean City resident whose family has been in the local real estate business for decades, outlined details of the proposed project in public remarks during a City Council meeting Thursday night...