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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...

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...