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Fashion-Savvy Families Grace The Music Pier For Ocean City Easter Show

When it comes to the Easter Fashion Promenade in Ocean City, the Dole and Curran-Smith families turn to their most fashion savvy family member. “My family started putting us in this back in the ‘60s,” Kathleen Doles, of Absecon, said. “We do it every year. We have a lot of fun.” Doles’ two daughters Devon and Kelly and her granddaughter Mia love being in the show. But it is Devon who works out the details of what to wear. She corresponds with relatives who come for the holiday from Las Vegas...

Ocean City Boardwalk – The Fun Starts Now

Whether you live in Ocean City, or just come to visit, there will be a familiar theme in the spring and summer seasons - fun, with loads of activities and entertainment lined up. But what makes it even better – whether you’re heading to a show at the Music Pier, coming off the beach after a sun-splashed day or going to one of the action-packed amusement parks – you will be strolling down a new Boardwalk...

Mr. Mature America 2017 Matthew Allen Talks of Fun Reign

Matthew Allen is a financial advisor. So, when it comes to helping people prepare for the future, he has the expertise to guide them. But when it came to the best way to walk, interview and perform on stage, the 2017 Mr. Mature America Pageant contestant turned to his mentors, nieces Charlotte Erickson, 12, Little Miss Ocean City in 2016 and Julia Erickson, 20, a former Little Miss Ocean City and former Junior Miss Ocean City...

Gale Force Coaster Promises Smoother Ride

The Gale Force roller coaster is getting back on track – literally. On Wednesday workers were installing track at the Ocean City amusement in Playland’s Castaway Cove to recreate the thrills of last summer’s main attraction, but with a more comfortable ride. Brian Hartley, Playland’s vice president, said the 125-foot-high roller-coaster towering over 10th Street and the Boardwalk, brought thrills to riders, but Playland employees felt it was too bumpy...

Ocean City High School Seniors Heading Off to Play College Football

Four Ocean City High School seniors committed to colleges to play football Tuesday morning during a ceremony at the school. Jim Rice, 18, of Upper Township, is going to Southern Connecticut State University to be a defensive tackle. “I am really excited,” he said, with his dad Craig Mowers standing beside him. “He gave it thoroughly 100 percent,” Mowers said...

Ocean City School District Introduces Budget With Savings

The Ocean City Board of Education introduced a school budget for the 2018-19 school year with a slight decrease during a meeting Monday night. The total budget it $42.5 million and the bulk of the funding for the spending plan will come from $22.6 million in local tax revenue. That means, an owner of an average home assessed at $500,000 will pay $1,080 in local school taxes for the year, a decline of $10 compared to last year’s budget. That amounts to two-tenths of a penny decrease, School Business Administrator Timothy Kelley said in his presentation to the school board...

Ocean City High School Athletes Honored

Ocean City School District Athletic Director Vince Leavey said he wants the community to know that even if you don’t get to see some of the games, meets or matches, athletes in winter sports have a long season, travel to a lot of games and give it their all. That is why he, coaches and members of the Board of Education, honored the student athletes during a board meeting Monday night...

Ocean City Schools to Streamline Technology, Improve Security

As schools look to improve security measures nationwide, Ocean City is turning to technology to help protect its students and staff. At the Board of Education Monday night, the district approved a new communication system that will streamline all its technology to give teachers and administration better control of areas such as emergency alerts, the school public address system, security cameras, video and audio from one networked platform, Curt Nath, director of academic services, explained in a presentation...

Humane Society of Ocean City Benefit With Band Strikes Right Cord...

Roscoe, an Italian mastiff, looked menacing, peering from the bars of a pen at the Humane Society of Ocean City. His baritone bark matched his hulking, 145-pound frame. But when the gate opened, and the skilled dog trainer George Mueller led him out, the nearly 6-year-old dog was a bit puppyish, sniffing a stranger, welcoming pats, and attempting leaps at treats. Despite double hip dysplasia and a neurological condition, Roscoe seems to be content...

Addams Family Musical at Ocean City High School is Monstrously Good

While watching the Ocean City High School Drama Guild performance of “The Addams Family” it was hard to think that the cast was made up of teenagers. From the dancing, to the singing, to the acting, it was like the cast had been schooled in the theater well beyond their years. The audience seemed to agree. The matinee performance of the spring musical Saturday in the school’s Nancy & William Hughes Performing Arts Center kept the audience laughing, applauding and even cheering...