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Ocean City Rolls With Beach Mat Program

City Council approved a nearly $11 million funding package on Aug. 11 for a series of capital projects that includes expanding the beach mats program. For the last five years or so, the city has made it a point to install mobility mats at each beach and the goal is to expand the program and put longer mats in at area beaches.

Cuteness Factor Soars at Ocean City Baby Parade

There was a whole lot of adorable on the boards Thursday for the 112th annual Ocean City Baby Parade. Babies dressed as ballerinas, as peacocks and even one in a miniature “Top Gun” fighter jet took center stage as hundreds of spectators lined the Boardwalk. People marveled at the cute sights and took pictures.

O.C. Police Dept. Selected as Partner in ABLE Training

The Ocean City Police Department has been accepted to join the Active Bystandership for Law Enforcement (ABLE) Project as a partner agency. Backed by prominent civil rights and law enforcement leaders, ABLE was developed by Georgetown Law’s Innovative Policing Program to provide practical strategies and tactics for officers to prevent misconduct, reduce mistakes, and promote health and wellness, according to a city release Wednesday. Ocean City is the first certified agency in the Cape-Atlantic Region and is one of just 17 of New Jersey’s 550 law enforcement agencies to be certified. “The people of Ocean City trust our officers to keep them safe, and we will always be committed to developing the best practices,” Police Chief Jay Prettyman said. “Our acceptance as an ABLE Project partner is an honor, and I’m excited to support the continued growth of our men and women as professionals and public servants.” The successful application through Georgetown Law was achieved with help from the entire Ocean City community. Ocean City’s application was backed by letters of support from Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6650 in Ocean City, American Legion Post 524 in Ocean City, and Ocean City Mayor Jay Gillian...

Beloved Ocean City Mother Remembered

There are some people in life who have touched the lives of so many others. Kim DeMarco was one of those people. The married, Ocean City mother of four, who lost her battle with cancer at 49 on July 6, was remembered Monday night in a celebration that brought hundreds of those who knew her and who loved her.

Scarborough Inn Partners to Offer Moms an Ocean City Retreat

Sometimes moms need some time to decompress and just relax. But sometimes there isn’t the opportunity, especially when caring for a child with disabilities. That is where "A Mother’s Rest" (AMR) comes in. It is a national network of non-profit, respite retreat inns created exclusively to serve mothers and other caregivers of children with special needs. Scarborough Inn at 720 Ocean Ave. in Ocean City has become a “Porch Partner,” as AMR refers to inns that offer vacations for mothers on AMR retreats.

Speed and Style at Ocean City Car Show

There wasn’t a racetrack. But if there was, there would be a whole lot of horsepower on it Saturday when exotic cars, sports cars and classic autos filled the Ocean City Tabernacle grounds. Virtually every high-end car from McLarens, Porsches, Lamborghinis, Ferraris, and even a Bugatti gave crowds a lot to ogle.

Ocean City Art Show Highlights Beauty of Shore

From seascapes to landscapes, oils to watercolor, to photography capturing the essence of the shore, artists showcased their talents at the 59th annual Boardwalk Art Show, which opened Friday and goes through the weekend.

Cleanup of Site Planned as Open Space Begins in Ocean City

An expansive piece of land that is part of Ocean City’s plan to create a corridor of open space near the Community Center is temporarily being used for a parking lot. The city is allowing people to use it for overflow parking. But in addition to cars, there are trailers, trucks and even a couple of small boats on the lot.

Ocean City Camp Puts Lacrosse Players “in the Game”

There’s a new camp offered in Ocean City for kids who want to learn how to play lacrosse, and from the looks of the first week of it, there are some stars in the making. Ocean City resident Laura Wheeler opened Jr. Raiders Lacrosse Camp this summer – this past Monday, actually. The camp for grades first through sixth runs through Thursday. Lacrosse clinics are already planned for the fall.

Ocean City Historic Commission OKs Condo Project

The Ocean City Historic Preservation Commission approved an upscale condominium project with a commercial component Tuesday night. It took revisions to get to the point that the commission would vote in favor of the project. But still, not everyone was pleased with the mixed-use building planned at 801 Wesley Ave.