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Former Lifeguard Wins Age-Discrimination Verdict Against Ocean City

A former Ocean City lifeguard who lost his job after he narrowly failed a swimming test has been awarded nearly $128,000 by a Superior Court jury in his age-discrimination lawsuit against the municipality. Paul McCracken claimed in his litigation that city officials “concocted a scheme” to get rid of older lifeguards by imposing new fitness requirements that made the running and swimming tests required of the Beach Patrol members more rigorous...

Ocean City’s Boardwalk Becomes Picture Perfect During Art Show

One of Audrey Hepburn’s most iconic images, a publicity photo taken during her starring role in the 1961 romantic comedy “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” shows her puffing on a slender, foot-long cigarette holder. Artist Michael Kenney reimagined the same photo and created a striking, abstract portrait of Hepburn that makes it appear her face has been covered by colorful graffiti. Despite the dramatic facelift, it is still very clearly Audrey Hepburn...

Auto Buffs Marvel Over Exotic, Dream Cars at Ocean City Show

Matthew Gabriel paused for a moment while trying to estimate the value of all of the 122 exotic, luxury and vintage cars gracing the grounds of the Ocean City Tabernacle on Saturday. Certainly, it was in the millions, he acknowledged. Then, he set his sights higher, guessing that it was in the tens of millions. Finally, he settled on around $100 million. Gabriel, a 19-year-old college student who organizes the annual Ocean City Cars & Coffee Show, smiled when that staggering amount of money registered in his mind. But who’s counting?

New National Database Tells You the Quality of Your Drinking Water...

It appears to be clean, but is the water coming out of your tap really as safe as it looks and tastes? Consumers now have a new tool to check the quality of their drinking water simply by going online and doing a little research. The research group Environmental Working Group compiled information from nearly 50,000 public water systems in all 50 states and the District of Columbia in its database at...

Bleak Weather Doesn’t Stop Ocean City Vacationers From Having Fun

Shopping bags in hand, Mary Ellen Buono and Joan Cesarini stopped at an Asbury Avenue boutique Saturday afternoon to check out the sale items on a clothing rack outside the store. Buono noted she had already bought some pillows for her home and a top for her granddaughter. Next, she was looking for a birthday gift for her niece. She joked that Cesarini was her shopping “assistant.” “I’m helping to carry all of the items,” Cesarini quipped...

“Ho, Ho, Ho,” Christmas Comes Early to Ocean City

After spending long days and nights working over the winter, especially in preparation for Christmas, a visitor from the North Pole finally was able to get away for a much-needed summer vacation in Ocean City. But this was no ordinary tourist soaking up the sun on the powdery beaches. His flowing white beard, avuncular demeanor and penchant for calling out “Merry Christmas … Ho, Ho, Ho!” whenever he greeted children were a dead giveaway...

Ocean City Receives “Clean” Audit for Municipal Finances

Ocean City’s finances are well-managed and in strong shape as the municipality continues to keep its debt structure low through conservative spending, according to the results of an annual audit presented to City Council on Tuesday night. “I’m happy to report this is a clean audit,” said Michael Garcia, a partner with Ford-Scott Associates LLC, the Ocean City accounting firm that performed the 2016 financial review...

Ocean City Housing Authority Looks to Fill Vacancies With Local Residents

Amid its ongoing structural and management reforms, the Ocean City Housing Authority will now place a stronger emphasis on finding local residents to fill vacancies when they open up at its housing facilities for senior citizens and low-income families, the agency’s chairman says. Bob Barr, the city councilman who also serves as chairman of the authority’s board of commissioners, said there was “no urgency” in the past to place Ocean City residents in the Bay View Manor complex for senior citizens or the Pecks Beach Village housing site for families...

Cape May County Bridge Commission Adding E-ZPass on Five Spans

Motorists using the five bridges linking Cape May County’s seashore communities along the scenic Ocean Drive may not like the signs they see as they approach the toll plazas: “No E-ZPass,” they declare in red letters. Unfortunately, that means drivers have to fumble through their pockets for the $1.50 fare and then come to a complete stop to pay the toll collector. This slow and cumbersome process can lead to traffic backups...

100K+ Watch as Ocean City’s Bayfront Comes Alive for Night in...

There haven’t been this many rock stars together in one place since Woodstock or Live Aid. Look, there’s Bruce Springsteen! Did you see Jon Bon Jovi? Slash, Freddie Mercury, Prince, the Beach Boys and Kiss were at the party, too. So was Elvis. This glittering collection of the pantheon of the rock-and-roll world cruised into town on a flotilla of colorfully decorated boats that brought scores of cheering spectators to their feet Saturday evening....