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Get Ready to Stroll Ocean City Boardwalk

Pat McWilliams and her daughters, Joan and Rose, from Drexel Hill, Pa., enjoyed a brisk morning stroll on the Boardwalk at 10th Street in Ocean City on Friday. “We are down for the weekend and we are trying out the new boards,” Pat McWilliams said, as they walked along the new, light-color and clean planks, which had a fresh smell. “It is beautiful,” she said. The McWilliams family wanted to take in some sights on a relaxing walk on the new boards that stretch from Fifth Street to 10th Street. Several other walkers, a few bicyclists and some joggers decided to take in the scenery. Others sat on benches and watched the waves and a lone paddle boarder who was off in the distance on the calm waters...

Ocean City Tourism Season Projection is Strong for 2018

Ocean City will make a bigger push to attract millennials as a centerpiece of the $750,000 marketing plan for 2018 to bring more tourists to town, members of the Tourism Development Commission said at a meeting Thursday. Michele Gillian, executive director of the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce, is a commission member. She said the city did very well in 2017, using a strong marketing plan and sees the city doing just as well, if not better, in the new year. “We are looking good for the season and we are going forward with all the advertising and marketing we talked about in the budget plan. We are ahead,” Gillian said...

Help Ocean City Win “America’s Happiest Seaside Town”

So, you think you’re in a happy place? If you’re not in Ocean City, you might not be. “America’s Greatest Family Resort,” with shops and restaurants galore, a 2½-mile Boardwalk, pristine beaches, rides and entertainment, was selected by Coastal Living Magazine as one of 10 "America's Happiest Seaside Towns" for 2018. “We are so excited to have the opportunity to participate in a contest like this because it recognizes all the fun and the diversity of Ocean City from the beach, to the Boardwalk, to the bay, to the boutiques and restaurants,” said Michele Gillian, executive director of the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce. “Ocean City has something for everyone to enjoy.”...

Brothers Craft Niche in Spirits Distillery

A diminutive copper still sits atop a shelf behind a bar at the Little Water Distillery in Atlantic City. It is only large enough to process five gallons of alcohol, a far cry from the 300-gallon still that sits just feet from it. But that small conversation piece is what started it all for brothers Mark and Eric Ganter, who got an idea and were soon on their way to becoming business partners, producing whiskey, rum, gin and vodka, and creating a brand that they say is authentic, delicious, and top quality...

Former Teacher Lorie Rice Makes New Profession a Family Affair

Lorie Rice found the perfect way for both she and her husband to work outside of the home and still manage to find quality time to raise their children in Ocean City. Rice quit her job as an art teacher in Atlantic City after 12 years, worked as a wellness coach for a while, and then, in October 2017, she began her journey into the life of real estate, to be alongside her husband Brad Rice. They work for Patrick Halliday Berkshire Hathaway Fox & Roach Realtors, 754 Asbury Ave...

Hundreds Turn Out in Ocean City For 2018 Women’s March

Colleen Loughlin and Joan Costello, with matching signs that said, “Jersey Strong Sisters,” headed to Ocean City Saturday morning because they had to stand for what they believe in. “I’m trying to help my country. I don’t want to see it destroyed” Loughlin, of Galloway, said. “What’s going on now affects all of us.” Costello, also of Galloway, remarked, “We are World War II babies. We don’t want to see everything that was built up over our lifetime, torn down.” The women were just a couple of about 600 people who attended a peaceful rally and march for Ocean City’s 2018 Women’s March, organized by Suzanne Forrest...

Zoo Comes to Ocean City Primary School

There weren’t any monkeys, giraffes, or tigers, but there was a skunk, a cavy and an alligator, some special guests that intrigued students at the Ocean City Primary School Friday at a special Parent Teacher Association-sponsored event. “Eyes on sides, time to hide. Eyes in front. It’s time to hunt,” Kendra Verity, from the Cape May County Zoo said into a microphone explaining to children how some of the critters may be timid because they are prey animals...

Ocean City Realtor, Maureen Schneider, Has Flair for Design

Maureen Schneider knows there is a lot that goes into selling a house, especially in Ocean City, where there are hundreds of realtors, limited housing stock, and all kinds of budgets. But Schneider, an agent at Patrick Halliday - Berkshire Hathaway Fox & Roach Realtors, 754 Asbury Ave., brings a special kind of experience. She has bought, remodeled and sold homes, and has her own interior design, renovation and home staging consulting company...

Ocean City Officials Honor Late Housing Authority Commissioner Ed Speitel

Ed Speitel loved Ocean City. He loved working at a pizzeria on the Boardwalk as a teen. He loved spending time on the beach with his teen sweetheart, who later became his beautiful bride, Diane, raising their two children, enjoying their four grandchildren. And he loved giving back to the community he called home because helping others to live a better life was his passion. Speitel, an Ocean City Housing Authority commissioner, died on Sept. 11 at just 61. His legacy will live on with a new affordable housing project to be named in his honor. He will also be remembered for all the ways he has touched the lives of those around him from praise, to advice, to guidance, to a laugh...

Judge Gives More Time in Ocean City’s Eminent Domain Keller Williams...

A legal fight over property at the corner of Bay Avenue and Ninth Street overlooking the main gateway into Ocean City will continue — at least for a couple more weeks. Superior Court Judge Julio Mendez told the city and the owner of Keller Williams, Paul Chiolo, who has plans to build a corporate office there, to try to reach an agreement, Chiolo said after a hearing in civil court in Atlantic City on Tuesday...