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Ocean City Celebrates Dr. King’s “Dream”

Gospel music, prayers and expressions of hope filled the auditorium Saturday during Ocean City’s 27th annual celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. But the keynote speaker, the Rev. Darwin Ransom of the St. Paul Baptist Church in Vineland, delivered cautionary remarks about economic and racial equality in America by repeatedly asking the question, “Are we there yet?”

Ocean City Senior Citizens Learn How to Protect Themselves From Falls

Denise Tumelty always has her cellphone within reach. She also carries a list of her prescription medications whenever she steps outside her home. And in her house, she has installed grab bars in the shower and near the toilet. All of those precautions are part of the 72-year-old Tumelty’s transition into what she calls “senior living.” America’s growing aging population continues to put stress on the healthcare system, but some seniors, like Tumelty, are taking steps to protect themselves from falls and other medical calamities that could be fatal...

Mayor Plans to Craft New Version of Boardwalk Performers Ordinance

A proposed ordinance that represented Ocean City’s latest attempt to regulate the singers, musicians and other Boardwalk performers who entertain the summer crowds died Thursday night, but an encore is coming. Acting on a request by Mayor Jay Gillian, City Council allowed the ordinance to lapse while negotiations continue with the performers and Boardwalk merchants on a new compromise version...

Planning Board Denies Proposed Office Building on Ninth Street Corridor

Assailed as an oversized “monstrosity” by its critics, a proposed $2 million real estate office that would have been a new commercial centerpiece for the main gateway into town was rejected Wednesday night by Ocean City planners. The 7-2 Planning Board vote against the corporate headquarters proposed by the Keller Williams realty firm capped a two-hour hearing punctuated by strong opposition and harsh comments from members of the public...

Architectural Contract to Aid in Ocean City Life Saving Station’s Renovation

One of the final parts of the renovation of Ocean City’s historic Life Saving Station into a public museum this year will involve cleaning up the grounds that were swamped by flood waters from Hurricane Sandy in 2012. At its meeting 7 p.m. Thursday, City Council is expected to award a $31,000 architectural contract for design work and construction management for the removal of sand, stones and other debris from the site at Fourth Street and Atlantic Avenue...

Planning Board Hearing Wednesday Will Focus on Ninth Street Development Project

The developer of a proposed $2 million office building that would serve as a new centerpiece for Ocean City’s main gateway will seek planning approvals for the project during a hearing Wednesday night that is expected to draw some opposition...

Ocean City Police Officers Chosen for Trump Inauguration Security

On Jan. 20, officers from the Ocean City Police Department will protect their chief – the Commander in Chief. Fourteen local officers will participate in a historic event by providing security during the Washington, D.C., parade up Pennsylvania Avenue for President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration. Ocean City Police Capt. Jay Prettyman said the officers will help out with crowd control and traffic direction for the parade route...

Weekend Snow Storm Little More Than an Annoyance in Ocean City

Fortunately, there was no repeat of Jonas this time around. This weekend’s winter storm dumped about a half-foot of snow or more on Ocean City and we escaped without any major damage or significant tidal flooding, officials said...

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...