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Robots and Computer Coding: Child’s Play at the O.C. Primary School

Randy Kohr had eight very small and odd-looking assistants to help him teach a class of first-graders Friday at the Ocean City Primary School. The squat robots at Kohr’s feet resembled four oversized billiards balls that had been patched together to create a bizarre prop for a sci-fi movie. They whirled around on the floor, flashed different colored lights and made funny sounds.

Busy Night for City Council: Special Improvement District Budget; Boardwalk Performers;...

After several meeting with light agendas, City Council had a full docket this week...

Fresh, Homemade Chocolate is the Way Rauhauser’s Candy Shop Does it

In the 1971 fantasy movie “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory,” the finders of five “golden tickets” hidden inside some candy bars are promised a tour of the factory and a lifetime supply of chocolate...

Waves of Caring, Port-O-Call Hotel Team up for Ocean City Charity...

Port-O-Call Controller Beth Pruzinsky, left, joins Waves of Caring board members Jim Smith, Patricia Smith, Debbie Buckley, Dana Linthicum and Frank Donato.

Kay Jay’s Doll Shoppe is Pretty in Pink

Some people may not be aware that there is a hospital in the middle of Ocean City’s downtown business district. Patients are given great care when they are rushed in for emergencies. “We are a doll hospital. We repair dolls,” explained Katy Himes, owner and head “doctor” at Kay Jay’s Doll Shoppe at 737 Asbury Ave. “People come in and ask us, ‘Can you fix it for me right now? My child can’t sleep without it.’”

Mia’s Christmas Gallery Sparkles Over the Holiday

Shoppers entering Mia’s Christmas Gallery over the weekend were pleasantly surprised by the worker who greeted them at the door. “Santa!” some of them shouted when they spotted the smiling, rotund man wearing the fluffy white beard and velvety red suit...

Santa Thrills Thousands of Spectators at Ocean City Christmas Parade

He didn’t slide down the chimney or fly in on a sleigh pulled by his team of reindeer led by Rudolph’s shiny red nose. But Santa Claus nonetheless made a dramatic grand entrance Friday night at the Ocean City Christmas Parade in the heart of downtown. Resplendent in his flowing white beard and plush red suit, he glided down Asbury Avenue in a horse-drawn carriage amid the gleeful shouts of “Santa” and “Merry Christmas” from an adoring crowd of thousands of spectators lining the sidewalks...

Ocean City Tourism Campaign Gets Big Boost From E-Marketing

Visits to Ocean City’s vacation website have nearly doubled this year as e-marketing continues to generate more business for the beach town during both the peak summer months and the off-season, tourism officials said Thursday...

Historic Ocean City Life-Saving Station Becomes a Museum

Rescuers would peer out from the small “watch tower” on the roof of the Ocean City Life-Saving Station, searching the seas for any distressed or sinking ships. If one was spotted close to shore, the surf men, as the rescue crews were known then, would frantically take action, either launching their lifeboats or deploying a rope-operated system to save the ship passengers. Grueling, dangerous and dramatic, that is how shipwreck rescues unfolded from the late 1800s to the early 1900s at the Ocean City Life-Saving Station, a piece of maritime history that still stands at the corner of Fourth Street and Atlantic Avenue...

Shoppers Stream to Downtown Ocean City for “Small Business Saturday”

They don’t have free horse and carriage rides at the mall. Nor do they offer personalized service. And the store owner? Well, at the mall, it’s probably a big corporation. But in a small town like Ocean City, it’s probably your friend or neighbor...