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“Dancing For Hailey” Raising Thousands For Kids With Cancer

Hailey Parker was a little girl who loved to dance. She loved ice cream. She loved amusement rides. Above all, she loved her family and friends. In 2015, after a courageous fight, she lost her battle with brain cancer at age 11. Those dear to her, and even hundreds of others who didn’t even know her, will celebrate her life and her strength and hope to make a difference for others who suffer from pediatric cancer during “Dancing For Hailey,” a block party in Ocean City on June 9 with music, food and demonstrations to raise money for pediatric cancer.

Revamped Sindia Exhibit Shines at Historical Museum

The iconic Sindia shipwreck exhibit at the Ocean City Historical Museum was tucked away from view. For those who didn’t venture to the middle of the museum, they might miss it. Dim lighting made it difficult to take in the beauty and magnificence of some of the artifacts that came off the vessel so long ago. But now, with some rearranging, new display cases, brighter lights and a bit of restaging, the cargo ship’s artifacts are the centerpiece in a display that museum officials and patrons say really do it the justice it deserves.

O.C. Welcomes Summer With a Splash

It was wild. It was wet. And it was one heck of a way to kick off the Memorial Day weekend in Ocean City. Local businessmen and women donned formal attire and marched into the waves Friday to celebrate the start of the summer tourism season. Known as the Business Persons Plunge, the wacky annual tradition garners tons of free publicity and media coverage for the city.

New Ways to Enjoy Jilly’s Arcade – Fun Cards

Jilly’s Arcade soon will be offering its customers another way to enjoy the more than 118 retro and new games and amusements at the Ocean City Boardwalk staple tucked inside a historic landmark building with a distinctive dome ceiling. Fun Cards will be introduced this summer season as a way to play without coins or cash. A customer will “load” cash from a credit card onto the new card and never have to worry about getting change or the annoyance or costliness of ATM fees.

O.C. is Place to Be Memorial Day Weekend

Ocean City is smiling yet again as the "Happiest Seaside Town of 2018" just received another accolade from Coastal Living Magazine. The resort was just ranked one of the best places on the coast for Memorial Day weekend. So, if you plan on heading down, you made the right decision for the huge weekend that will showcase some zany fun, including Friday’s Business Persons Plunge. People attired in formal business wear take a brisk dip in the ocean to welcome the summer near the Music Pier as part of the annual tradition. The location is also the spot where city officials “unlock” the beach and the ocean with a giant, ceremonial key.

Ocean City Happenings: Unlock the Ocean Memorial Day Weekend, Take the...

In a long-standing Ocean City tradition, city officials will turn a ceremonial wooden key to officially “unlock the ocean” for the season at noon Friday, May 24. The free public event provides an early start to Memorial Day Weekend and welcomes a long-awaited summer. The Ocean City Beach Patrol will begin providing guarded beaches on Saturday, and Boardwalk and downtown businesses will be open and ready for the holiday weekend. After a cool and wet spring, the forecast for the weekend looks sunny and warm. The “Unlocking of the Ocean” includes a newer tradition: The march of fully clothed business persons into the chilly Atlantic Ocean for the first swim of the summer (to the strains of the Ocean City High School marching band playing “Pomp and Circumstance.” Everybody is invited to participate in the "Business Persons Plunge." It’s a chance to get some exposure for your business or organization or just to start Memorial Day Weekend with a splash...

Ocean City Boy Scout Troop 32 Holds Clothing Drive

Ocean City Boy Scout Troop 32 will host a clothing drive on Saturday May 25, between 8 a.m. and noon at Island Auto Repair 713 Haven Ave. in Ocean City. Proceeds will be used to acquire troop supplies, including tents and camping gear...

Ribbons Missing From Memorial Honoring Two Local Teens

A memorial plaque on the 34th Street Bridge honors two local teenagers who were killed by a drunken driver in 1991. Kathy Moretti, the mother of one of the teens, lovingly has been placing bows on the bridge railing next to the memorial for years. However, someone has been removing the bows recently, and now Moretti wants answers.

Brisk Sales for Preseason Beach Tags

Time is running out to get preseason Ocean City beach tags. So, for everyone who loves to bask on the beaches, enjoy the surf and spend time with friends and family on their favorite sandy spot, it only makes sense to save a few dollars by buying the badges early. Seasonal tags will be sold at a discounted price of $20 through May 31. After that date, the price goes up to $25. And if the revenue from preseason sales are any indication, it appears beachgoers are taking advantage of the savings, according to figures supplied by Frank Donato, the city’s chief financial officer.

New Lights to Brighten 34th Street Corridor

The 34th Street entryway in Ocean City will be spruced up with permanent decorative lighting under a new city initiative. City Councilman Bob Barr said residents of the Fourth Ward ask him about the lighting more than anything else, and it began when he was campaigning for his first term in 2016. “The number one question we get is if we could get permanent lights on the trees to the entryway,” Barr said in an interview Tuesday. “We are always looking for ways to make that area better.”