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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...

Is Ocean City’s “Bland” Water Tower Ready for a Facelift?

Some Jersey Shore towns use their water towers as a whimsical canvas to promote themselves or feature their iconic landmarks. In Longport, a huge smiley face peers out over the town on one side of the water tower and the words, “The Best Port: Longport” are inscribed on the other side. Margate’s water tower is adorned with an image of Lucy the Elephant, the gigantic wooden pachyderm that started as a real estate gimmick in 1881 and has since become the town’s signature tourist attraction. Sea Isle’s water tower cheers people up with the sentiment, “Smile … You’re in Sea Isle City”...

Artisan Body Products Offers Great Scents and More in Downtown Ocean...

You would be hard-pressed to find another business that smells better than Artisan Body Products in Ocean City. Take a step inside and you’re greeted by an array of nose-pleasing fragrances drifting through the quaint soap and lotion shop at 918 Asbury Ave. “It pulls them in,” Artisan owner Ione Talese said of her customers. “But with the size of the store, it was a concern. I didn’t want it to overpower them.”

Antique Auto Show Draws Car Buffs to Ocean City

Roger Anderson spent three years searching for the car he wanted, a 1929 Ford Model A four door. When he finally found one, in Buffalo, N.Y., it was being auctioned off online and about 20 people were bidding on it. “My wife said, ‘Whatever you want,’” Anderson recalled of his desire to bid on the car. “So I did. I hit ‘click’ and I bought it.” On Saturday, Anderson brought his black Model A to the Jersey Cape Region Antique Automobile Club of America show in Ocean City, giving spectators a glimpse of the era when Al Capone was king of the Chicago mob, Herbert Hoover was president and America was just entering the Great Depression...

Ocean City’s Chatterbox Restaurant Celebrates 80th Anniversary

Bob and Maria Boyer, the owners of the Chatterbox Restaurant, threw a bash Friday to celebrate the 80th anniversary of their iconic, pink-hued eatery at the corner of Ninth Street and Central Avenue in downtown Ocean City...

Council Approves Ordinance to Repair Damaged Downtown Sidewalks

Some 20 years ago, Ocean City decided to enhance the appearance of the downtown shopping district by dressing up the sidewalks with decorative redbrick pavers and small metal grates for shade trees. But what was thought of as a good idea then has come back to haunt the city. Over the years, those redbrick pavers and tree grates have caused the sidewalks to shift, settle and sink. That, in turn, has created a tripping hazard resulting in slip-and-fall lawsuits being filed against the city...

Chatterbox Restaurant, Ocean City’s Pink-Hued Icon, Celebrates 80th Anniversary

Customers strolling through the doors of the Chatterbox Restaurant might think they have passed through a time portal transporting them back to the 1950s. The Platters croon their 1955 hit “The Great Pretender” over the loudspeaker, old 45 rpm records tacked on the walls serve as old-school decorations and a neon Pepsi Cola sign behind the counter is faintly reminiscent of the Eisenhower era. Yo, all we need are Richie and Fonzie from “Happy Days” to stop by to make this nostalgic atmosphere complete. Although the reproduction retro-chic look may be trendy in some modern restaurants, the Chatterbox is an authentic throwback to the 1950s. Actually, it traces its roots to 1937, when the original owner, Jean Campbell, opened the family-style eatery in downtown Ocean City...

Mailman Charged With Theft in Ocean City

A veteran postal worker has been charged with stealing cash and checks from the mail in Ocean City, authorities said. John R. Reese, 43, of Petersburg, was taken into custody June 7 by postal agents while on his mail route, Ocean City Police Department Capt. Steven Ang said. Authorities released details of the arrest on Tuesday...

Ocean City High School’s “Always Spectacular” Class of 2017 Graduates

Hiba Ahmad recalled how she clumsily walked into a door during her first-period class on her first day as a freshman at Ocean City High School four years ago. “Not through. Into,” she noted. “I was so embarrassed, I wanted to melt into the ground and disappear. If this was how high school would go, I thought, I’d never graduate.” But Ahmad, who is heading to Georgetown University, now stands on the threshold of walking “through” many doors. She graduated Thursday as valedictorian of the Ocean City High School Class of 2017 and assured her classmates that they, too, will join her in walking through those doors of opportunity during their lives.