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Ocean City Prepares to Start Largest Ever Flood-Mitigation Project

As Ocean City residents know all too well, one of the consequences of living on a low-lying barrier island is the epic battle against flooding. For the flood-prone neighborhoods between 26th and 34th streets in the midsection of town, it has been a particularly difficult struggle. However, the largest drainage project in the city’s history is about to get underway to ease flooding in a 24-block area of the Third Ward stretching from 26th Street to 34th Street between West Avenue and Bay Avenue...

UT Challenger Sports is a Field of Dreams for Children with...

As their son, Cameron, grew a little older, Daryl and Jennifer DiTroia wanted to find a sports program that was suited to his special needs as an autistic child. Put in the same situation, most parents probably would have enrolled their son in the local Little League or perhaps a soccer, basketball or football camp. After giving it some thought, what did the DiTroias do? They created their own program. From scratch...

Live With Regis: He’ll Take on Hosting Duties at Mr. Mature...

At 85, Regis Philbin says he’s pretty much accomplished everything he’s wanted to do in his personal and professional life. He’s teamed up with Kathie Lee Gifford and Kelly Ripa in his celebrated role as morning talk show personality, helped to make contestants rich as host of the game show “Who Wants to be a Millionaire” and spent more time in front of a TV camera than anyone else, according to Guinness World Records. So, after a 61-year career in show business, what possibly is left for Philbin to add to his entertainment resume?

Ocean City Shopping Bonanza Brings Out the “Girls” on Asbury Avenue

They attended a fashion show Friday night. On Saturday, they did some shopping, indulged in a massage and then went out for dinner. On Sunday, they topped it all off with some more shopping. For best friends Lynn Broderick and Lori Gilliam, it was a whirlwind weekend of fun and relaxation that cost them only $250 each, including their room at an oceanfront hotel...

“Star Wars” is a Blockbuster at OC-Con Show

John Kearney joked that he blames his mother for his obsession with a pop phenomenon that has continued for 40 years. “She took me to the movies in 1977,” he recalled. The movie he saw then was “Star Wars,” which led to Kearney’s penchant for dressing up like one of the imposing Imperial Stormtroopers, the ground forces of the evil Galactic Empire and Darth Vader. Shrouded in the distinctive white body armor and the sculpted helmet of a Stormtrooper, Kearney made the rounds at the OC-Con show Saturday at the Ocean City Music Pier on the Boardwalk...

Getty Ready – Gas to Grass Coming Soon

Say goodbye to Getty. For Ocean City officials eager to see the blighted, former Getty gas station demolished, it’s more like good riddance. The hulking building that was an eyesore marring the appearance of the city’s main gateway for years was torn down Wednesday as a prelude to transforming the property into a landscaped park...

Voters to Pick Best Alcohol-Free “Mocktail” in HERO Campaign Contest

Don’t be surprised this summer if you hear the patrons at your favorite Jersey Shore tavern or restaurant say, “Bartender, give me a HEROtini.” A HERO what? The Great HEROtini Mocktail Challenge is the trademarked name for a contest that will run from Memorial Day to Labor Day to promote the importance of responsible drinking and using a designated driver. Conceived by the John R. Elliott HERO Campaign for Designated Drivers, the contest will feature bars, taverns and restaurants at the Jersey Shore concocting a special alcohol-free “mocktail” and vying for top honors in an online poll...

Councilwoman Wants Ocean City to Consider Rules for Mass Balloon Launches

Whatever happened to just throwing hats into the air in celebration? The mass release of balloons, floating lanterns, doves and even butterflies has become an increasingly popular way to provide a picture-perfect ending at weddings, graduations, birthday parties and other festive events. But some people seem to have forgotten one thing: What goes up, must come down...

New Regulations Approved for Ocean City’s Boardwalk Performers

Singers, musicians and other performers who entertain the bustling summer crowds on the family-friendly Ocean City Boardwalk will have to play by a new set of rules starting on Memorial Day weekend. Culminating more than a year of debate, City Council unanimously approved new regulations Thursday night that designate special areas of the Boardwalk where entertainers will be allowed to perform five nights a week between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Mayor Jay Gillian originally had proposed the regulations last year as a way to prevent conflicts between the performers and the Boardwalk merchants, but withdrew the proposal twice to give negotiators more time to craft a compromise that would satisfy both sides...

Council to Vote on Upgrades for Ninth Street Corridor and Boardwalk

Ocean City’s main entryway and its top tourist attraction are both in line for major upgrades as part of separate projects scheduled for a vote by City Council at its meeting Thursday. The Ninth Street corridor, the principal artery into town, will be spruced up when the city acquires a blighted former Getty gas station and redevelops the site into green space. Council is expected to approve a $650,000 funding package to buy the old gas station at the highly visible corner of Ninth Street and Bay Avenue. Plans call for tearing down the abandoned Getty building to rid the Ninth Street corridor of one of its most notorious eyesores...