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Dogs Take Plunge During Ocean City’s Humane Society Fundraiser

The Humane Society of Ocean City hosted a “Doggie Dip” and “Bathe to Save” fundraiser Sunday afternoon at the Fifth Street and Sixth Street beaches and a designated area of the Boardwalk. For a donation of $20 per dog, residents and their pooches got to take “the plunge” into the ocean and afterward, rather than hopping into cars all sandy and wet, dogs got squeaky clean with baths, courtesy of Anthony Amos and his family, from Australia.

Flower Show Brightens Day in O.C.

Ava Patterson, 7, of Medford, donned her purple sunglasses and excitedly beelined for a floral arrangement at the Ocean City Flower Show at the Music Pier Saturday. Well, she wasn’t particularly too concerned about the type of flower. “They have to be purple,” Ava’s mom, Angie Patterson, said with a chuckle about her daughter’s favorite color. Aside from that, Ava, and her older sister, Kailey, 9, seemed pleased marveling over brightly hued floral baskets, bouquets, centerpieces and even wreaths. The Flower Show continues Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Music Pier.

“Grace Kelly Tea” Celebrates Royal O.C. Summer Resident

She was a beauty. She was elegant. She was classy and one of the most sought after actresses of her day, albeit before she became a real-life princess. And for Ocean City residents, Grace Kelly, whose family had a summer home in the resort, she was a part of the community, and their own claim to royalty. “Grace Kelly was Ocean City's brush with royalty,” said Carol Dotts, interim executive director of the Ocean City Historical Museum. “She was an iconic beauty, had an amazing persona and delighted everyone with her breathtaking ability to captivate the audience.” In 2015, Dotts and other members of the Ocean City Historical Museum created “Grace Kelly Tea” to celebrate the life, movie career and the history of Ocean City’s most famous summer resident...

Blockbuster Memorial Day Weekend in O.C.

Memorial Day weekend in Ocean City was one of the best in years, officials say. With the perfect weather, inviting beaches, an abundance of events, activities, restaurants and amusements to choose from, “America’s Greatest Family Resort” had a spectacular holiday. “We saw record numbers of people all three days and we saw people enjoying all Ocean City has to offer throughout the weekend,” said Michele Gillian, executive director of the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce. “We had three days of incredible weather with sunny skies and temperatures over 70 degrees.”

Memorial Day Service Remembers the Fallen

Army Staff Sgt. Patrick Carney told an audience at the Ocean City Tabernacle on Memorial Day that he spent eight years of his military service in Iraq. In a heartfelt speech, he informed hundreds of people who filled the room that he learned something that he will carry with him for the rest of his life. “I learned that our flag doesn’t fly because the wind moves," he said. "It flies with the last breath of each soldier who died protecting it. Because of my time in the military, I am reminded of that lesson every day.” During the somber ceremony, veterans, dignitaries and others in the audience reflected on the lives lost in battle, paid tribute to their memory, and thanked those who continue to serve and protect the country.

“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.