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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.”

New Bulkheads Sought to Prevent Flooding, Protect Neighborhood and Marinas

Ocean City officials met Thursday with marina owners in the 300 block of Bay Avenue to devise plans to alleviate the perennial flooding that leaves the surrounding neighborhood and roads swamped with stormwater. First Ward Councilman Michael DeVlieger, who organized the informal strategy session, said local residents and the marina owners are united in wanting to see a continuous bulkhead built at Third Street to prevent bayfront flooding...

Fin-Atics Sells Hooks, Lines, Sinkers and Everything Else for Fishing

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines the word fanatic as someone “marked by excessive enthusiasm and often intense uncritical devotion.” Although there is no listing in the same dictionary for the word fin-atic, we feel pretty safe in telling you that it is someone marked by excessive enthusiasm and often intense uncritical devotion – to fishing...

Ocean City’s Music Pier Getting Big-Screen Technology for Concerts

City Council is expected to award a contract Thursday night for large video screens that will enhance the experience for concertgoers at Ocean City’s Music Pier. The project will be paid for by a $151,000 donation from the fund-raising arm of the Ocean City Pops, the hometown orchestra. Jon Batastini, chairman of the Friends of the Ocean City Pops, announced the donation on June 8...

Ocean City’s Fourth of July Weekend Hits it “Out of the...

In Ocean City, the crowds during typical summer weekends can often be huge in their own right. But they’re usually forgotten by the time the next weekend rolls around. On Fourth of July weekends, though, the crowds can truly be epic. Memories of them may last for years, if not a lifetime. This Fourth of July weekend may fall into that never-forget category. Sun-splashed skies and temperatures in the low 90s Sunday proved to be an irresistible draw for people wanting to celebrate the holiday at the Jersey Shore...