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Ocean City Down to Five Finalists for New Schools Superintendent

The Ocean City School District has narrowed down the schools superintendent search to five finalists. During a Board of Education meeting Thursday night, school board President Kevin Barnes gave a status report on the results of the search thus far that the search committee, which is made up of five board members, has undertaken since the beginning of last month.

Political Newcomer Amie Vaules to Run for Ocean City Council Seat

Businesswoman Amie Vaules has submitted her nominating petitions to run for the Third Ward Council seat in the Ocean City municipal election May 14. Vaules turned in her petitions to City Clerk Melissa Rasner on Thursday, with her husband, Michael, and friends and other supporters with her, including Mayor Jay Gillian and City Council President Pete Madden.

Ocean City to Expand Jitney Service for Seniors

The jitney service in Ocean City is not only returning for the 2024 summer season, but it is also expanding to offer stops at several senior citizen housing complexes throughout town. In a resolution that City Council is expected to approve during Thursday’s meeting, the contract will be awarded to the same company that has provided the jitney service over the past two summers. In addition, the service has provided riders a convenient and inexpensive way to head up to the Boardwalk.

Seal Pup Found in Ocean City Dies, Necropsy Ordered

A grey seal pup discovered wandering down West Avenue in Ocean City on Feb. 7 has died at the Marine Mammal Stranding Center (MMSC), according to the center Tuesday. The seal pup was between four to six weeks old, survived a journey possibly from Maine or farther north and was only 28.8 pounds when rescued by the Marine Mammal Stranding Center staff between 42nd and 43rd Streets in Ocean City.

Third Ward Councilman Levchuk Files to Run in May Election

Third Ward Councilman Jody Levchuk filed his nominating petitions for the Ocean City municipal election May 14. By all accounts, Levchuk has had an extremely busy first term – especially for someone who is new to elected politics. Levchuk, co-owner of the Jilly’s Boardwalk and downtown shops, has plenty more he wants to accomplish, which is why he would like to serve another four-year term on Council. Flood mitigation, parking issues, and overdevelopment top his list of things he will continue to focus on improving, he said. The Third Ward is an area that stretches from the south side of 12th Street to the north side of 26th Street...

Family-Friendly Events Highlight Holiday Weekend in Ocean City

Talk about a jam-packed Saturday of family-friendly fun. Families had some hands-on experiences during the annual Nature and Environmental Fun Day and first-ever Winter Warrior Festival. Families filled the Ocean City High School cafeteria, where it was all about nature. Kids got to see marine life up close, a snake and even a tarantula. Next door to the Environmental Family Fun Day was the Winter Warrior Festival at the Sports and Civic Center.

Former Councilman DeVlieger Turns in Petitions for Ocean City Election Bid

Former City Councilman Mike DeVlieger formally filed nominating petitions Thursday to run in Ocean City’s municipal election on May 14. DeVlieger is seeking to fill a vacancy created when At-Large Councilwoman Karen Bergman resigned in January to take a job as supervisor of Ocean City’s senior citizens center. The unexpired term is through 2026. DeVlieger, who is running on the campaign platform of “Proven Leadership for Ocean City,” said he wants to return to Council to finish some of the work he started when in office.

Ocean City to Host Mega-Fun Holiday Weekend

Ocean City is gearing up for a busy Presidents Day holiday weekend that will feature one new family-friendly event as well as an annual show focusing on nature and the environment. Dining and shopping at local restaurants and stores are expected to be other highlights during the extended weekend.

Ocean City Neighborhood to Get Relief From Flooding

Residents in the Merion Park neighborhood of Ocean City have had their share of flooding problems over the years. In 2014, the first phase of an ambitious flood-mitigation project by the city continues to offer some relief. But more needs to be done, officials and residents agree. A second phase of the project will cost upwards of $10 million and will include three new stormwater pumping stations to protect Merion Park, a south end neighborhood, from flooding. On Tuesday, construction bids for the project were opened.

Ocean City Musical Genius Featured in Black History Exhibit

When Loretta Thompson Harris researched the history of black residents in Ocean City for her book, “The Westside: Ocean City in True Color,” she came upon the name of a man who had a distinguished musical career outside of the resort, but is not known by many people from his hometown. Dr. Roland Wiggins, who died at age 87 in 2019, was an accomplished and acclaimed musical genius, yet he is not a household name in Ocean City, but should be.