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Ocean City to Host Countywide School Security Summit on Jan. 31

Visitors to Ocean City’s public schools simply can’t walk through the doors and have unfettered access to the buildings. Before they are allowed in, they must ring a doorbell at the front entrance and then pass through a contained area, where they are met by school staff...

Clark, McAlister Named to Leadership Posts on Ocean City School Board

Joseph S. Clark Jr. was reappointed president of the Ocean City Board of Education during the annual reorganization meeting Wednesday night, but he will have a new vice president sitting next to him this year. Veteran educator Jacqueline A. McAlister was named vice president after her predecessor, Thomas R. Oves Jr., stepped aside to let her take a leadership post with the board. Oves had served as vice president for the past three years...

See the Hero Campaign Plunge which Raised $22,000 for Sober Drivers

All that splashing, screaming and shivering by more than 1,000 bathers who took a madcap plunge in the chilly surf on New Year’s Day was for a good cause. The John R. Elliott HERO Campaign for Designated Drivers raised a record $22,000 in proceeds from its sponsorship of Ocean City’s annual First Dip event, said Bill Elliott, chairman of the nonprofit organization...

Brr! Thousands Brave Chilly Surf for First Dip on New Year’s...

Teri Nowell, of Warrington, Pa., sashayed on the Ocean City beach clad in a pinstriped, Roaring Twenties-style bathing suit and matching socks, hat and parasol. Her husband, Paul, rolled his eyes and poked fun at the garish, red-and-white outfit that his wife had insisted on wearing in public on New Year’s Day...

Ocean City Welcomes Big Crowds for New Year’s Eve Celebration

For Ryan Kelly, New Year’s Eve 2017 will always be magical. The 7-year-old boy from Harleysville, Pa., was pulled from the audience by illusionist Anthony Salazar and suddenly found himself on stage at the Ocean City Music Pier in the middle of some jaw-dropping magic tricks...

Ocean City’s Master of Mirth Prepares to Say Goodbye

If you were 84 years old and had just broken your hip in a fall, where do you think you would be spending your New Year’s Eve? In the hospital? At home, in bed? Not if you’re Mark Soifer...

Changes Expected With Proposed Ordinance to Regulate Ocean City’s Boardwalk Performers

Confronted with more complaints about plans for fingerprinting and criminal background checks, Mayor Jay Gillian indicated Thursday he is willing to revise a proposed ordinance that would regulate Ocean City’s Boardwalk performers for the first time.

Lobbying Firm Will Return to Aid Ocean City’s Dredging Program in...

Ocean City will once again bring in a lobbying firm to help steer it through a regulatory morass as it begins the next phase of a multimillion-dollar dredging program to clear out its clogged lagoons and channels along the back bays. Tonio Burgos and Associates of New Jersey LLC, a Trenton-based lobbying firm, will be paid $5,000 per month in 2017 under a contract scheduled to be awarded by City Council at its meeting Thursday. The contract is potentially worth up to $60,000, but the city has told Tonio Burgos that its services may not be required throughout the entire year.

The Spirit of Giving is Alive at Community Christmas Dinner in...

Joyce Popwell has been mourning the deaths of her mother and brother in the past two years and dreaded the prospect of spending this Christmas alone. The 72-year-old retired hotel executive lives by herself in an Ocean City condominium, but instead of celebrating the holiday in solitude, she decided to head over to St. Peter’s United Methodist Church for some company...

Ocean City’s Boardwalk Gets a Facelift for the New Year

How would you feel if someone walked all over you? Each year, Ocean City’s most popular man-made attraction must withstand the colossal weight of countless people walking, running and biking on it. The seashore’s whipping winds, salt water and beach sand also take a toll on the structure. So, it comes as no surprise that the old wood planks of the iconic Boardwalk must be replaced with new timber from time to time to accommodate the huge flow of foot and bike traffic along the 2.5-mile oceanfront promenade...