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Ocean City Housing Authority Looks to Fill Vacancies With Local Residents

Amid its ongoing structural and management reforms, the Ocean City Housing Authority will now place a stronger emphasis on finding local residents to fill vacancies when they open up at its housing facilities for senior citizens and low-income families, the agency’s chairman says. Bob Barr, the city councilman who also serves as chairman of the authority’s board of commissioners, said there was “no urgency” in the past to place Ocean City residents in the Bay View Manor complex for senior citizens or the Pecks Beach Village housing site for families...

Cape May County Bridge Commission Adding E-ZPass on Five Spans

Motorists using the five bridges linking Cape May County’s seashore communities along the scenic Ocean Drive may not like the signs they see as they approach the toll plazas: “No E-ZPass,” they declare in red letters. Unfortunately, that means drivers have to fumble through their pockets for the $1.50 fare and then come to a complete stop to pay the toll collector. This slow and cumbersome process can lead to traffic backups...

100K+ Watch as Ocean City’s Bayfront Comes Alive for Night in...

There haven’t been this many rock stars together in one place since Woodstock or Live Aid. Look, there’s Bruce Springsteen! Did you see Jon Bon Jovi? Slash, Freddie Mercury, Prince, the Beach Boys and Kiss were at the party, too. So was Elvis. This glittering collection of the pantheon of the rock-and-roll world cruised into town on a flotilla of colorfully decorated boats that brought scores of cheering spectators to their feet Saturday evening....

Bayfront Homeowners Prep for “Rocking” Night in Venice Celebration

Ladies and gentlemen, step right up! Sue Hornyak is transforming her Ocean City bayfront home on North Point Road into the “Big Top,” a circus-sized tribute to Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey. A few doors down on North Point Road, Suzy Dolaway’s bayfront house will become a giant, disco-themed party featuring the quintessential silver dance ball and lava lamps. Groovy, baby, groovy...

Federal Investigators Probe Ocean City Housing Authority’s Finances

Armed with a newly completed audit of the Ocean City Housing Authority, federal investigators are looking deeper into the finances of the troubled agency following the guilty plea of its former top executive on embezzlement charges. Bob Barr, a city councilman who serves as chairman of the housing authority’s board, said the agency turned over a packet of documents to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, including some things that appeared “suspicious” during Alesia Watson’s former reign as executive director...

Customers’ Creations Shine at Potomac Bead Co. Store in Ocean City

There are beads everywhere – on the walls, on shelves, on tables, in display trays and in cups. Some are packaged in bags, while others lie loose like shiny, little baubles just waiting to be discovered. Bill Baumler took a look around and quizzically shook his head when asked exactly how many beads he has in his store. After pausing for a moment, he laughed and replied, “A lot.” Baumler then guessed he has about 100,000 beads...

Moving Ahead, Ocean City Prepares for Next Phase of $20 Million...

In a major development that will boost its $20 million dredging program, Ocean City has finally emptied out a disposal site where it has been taking muddy sediment removed from its shallow back bays for decades, representatives of a consulting firm told local residents during a town meeting Saturday organized by Councilman Bob Barr. Site 83, as it is known, had to be cleaned out before the city could move ahead with the next phase of the dredging program to deepen silt-choked lagoons and channels from one end of the barrier island to the other...

USO, Ocean City Pops Combine Forces for Concert Sunday Night

Both the USO and Big Band music helped keep the country dancing and swinging during the 1940s, even while it was in the grips of World War II. A concert Sunday night will revive the powerful sound of the Big Band era by combining performers from the USO Show Troupe with the Ocean City Pops in what is billed as a “sentimental trip down memory lane.”

Ocean City Antiques and Collectibles Fair Offers a Glimpse of the...

At the Ocean City Antiques & Collectibles Fair on Saturday, you could have bought men’s and women’s bathing suits at one booth and a beach tag at another. However, the beach tag was from 1976, while the bathing suits were a throwback to the early 1900s and included wool tops and bottoms that looked more like pajamas. These beach-themed mementoes were among thousands of vintage items on display that gave an intriguing glimpse of U.S. culture and etiquette in a bygone era, including the old-fashioned days at the Jersey Shore...

More Turtle-Crossing Signs May be on the Way in Ocean City

Tim O’Brien scooped up a diamondback terrapin that was crawling perilously in the middle of the road next to the marshlands along Dory Drive in Ocean City’s south end. Right after he placed the turtle safely on the side of the roadway on Friday afternoon, he spotted another one that had blundered under his parked pickup truck. “When I see them in the road, I’ll take them in my truck until I can find a safe spot to release them,” O’Brien, the owner of Gold Coast Landscaping in Ocean City, explained of his turtle rescues. “There’s always a lot of them down here.”