• OCEAN CITY — Interviewing Richard “Dick” Grimes after being named Citizen of the Year in 2010, I asked him how, at the age of 92, he was able to do so many things.

    “The good Lord will decide when it’s time for Dick Grimes to stop and I guess he’s telling me to keep going,” he said. 

  • A bicyclist at the intersection of Ninth Street and Haven Avenue where a HAWK signal was recently installed.

    OCEAN CITY — As summer hits its stride, clashes are inevitable as motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians share the roads. However, Capt. Steve Ang of the Ocean City Police Department says bicyclists are generating a lot of complaints. 

    “The majority don’t obey traffic devices, especially along the bike path on Haven Avenue,” Ang said.

  • The volunteers working with Our Children Making Change with the check showing how much they collected for charity this summer.

    OCEAN CITY — Another summer is in the books as Our Children Making Change participants, nearly 230 strong gathered at the Ocean City Civic Center Monday, Aug. 18 to hear what their collective effort over the last six weeks totaled in dollars and cents.

    OCMC founder and President Laura Dulac kept the total a secret until Monday afternoon when a large check totaling $25,782 was unveiled.

  • Delaware Hotel one of many buildings no longer standing

    photo courtesy of the Ocean City Historical Museum / The Delaware Hotel was built in 1925 on the beach between Third Street and Park Place. One of many grand hotels built in the 1920s, it was demolished in 1971 to make way for the Gardens Plaza high-rise condominium.

    OCEAN CITY — Built in 1925, The Delaware Hotel graced the north end of the boardwalk for 46 years before giving way to the more modern Gardens Plaza.

  • Claire Lowe / Ocean City’s 105th Baby Parade took off down the boardwalk Thursday, Aug. 14.

    OCEAN CITY — Dozens of babies and children dressed up in costume to compete for prizes as Ocean City’s 105th Baby Parade took off down the boardwalk Thursday, Aug. 14.

  • OCEAN CITY — It’s now up to the mayor to decide if the state can proceed with plans to build an elevated boardwalk in Corson’s Inlet, connecting West Avenue at 59th Street to the existing gravel path along a former railroad line in the wetlands.

    City Council voted 6-1, with Councilman Pete Guinosso dissenting, to approve a resolution asking Mayor Jay Gillian to sign off on permit applications required to build the raised walkway over the wetlands at its Aug. 14 meeting.

    Gillian said Thursday that he is not sure whether he will sign the permit applications because he is still researching the topic.

Ocean City Gazette

To BFE+2 or not? That is a moot question

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Written by Cindy Nevitt Friday, December 07, 2012 01:00 am

Last week, City Council unanimously introduced a proposed zoning change that would require the first floor of living quarters in new construction to be built two feet above base flood elevation.

The idea, which drew criticism pre-Sandy when the planning board adopted a master plan re-exam that contained recommendations supportive of more and bigger construction throughout the island, is getting a warmer reception post-Sandy.

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The Business at Hand >> Claims process a battle for some after Sandy

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Written by Ann Richardson Wednesday, December 05, 2012 01:00 am

The Business at Hand is a weekly column by Ann Richardson where she discusses her take on local issues

From the outside, the Pepe’s West Atlantic Boulevard home looks warm and welcoming. There are candles in the windows, a Christmas wreath on the front door.

A month after the bay washed in, rolled around and left a muddy mess, the inside of the beautiful home is nothing short of a disaster. The Pepes are caught in a quagmire between their insurance company and zoning laws dating back to 1974.

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Christmas is about love

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Written by Opinion Wednesday, December 05, 2012 01:00 am

To the editor:

Everyone would agree that Christmas is about love. God is love and love one another, but how do we love?

College catalogues have courses in applied physics and applied mathematics. This means making the discipline relevant to everyday life. What is applied Christmas and applied love?

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Recent zoning changes don’t match city’s goal

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Written by Opinion Wednesday, December 05, 2012 01:00 am

To the editor:

Two zoning ordinances passed at last Thursday’s council meeting. One had to do with the Fourth Street Wawa lot. The other was a hodgepodge. As for the Wawa, it was seen as a victory by some that, although a corner lot suitable for drive in business (in what is widely recognized as a business corridor) was lost, a 40-foot lot with no off street parking was preserved as commercial. When it comes to preserving commercial, maybe crumbs from the table are the best we can hope for.

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Port-O-Call offering contractor special

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Written by Claire Lowe Wednesday, December 05, 2012 01:00 am

File photo / The Port-O-Call hotel in Ocean City is offering a special room rate for contractors helping to restore Ocean City. File photo / The Port-O-Call hotel in Ocean City is offering a special room rate for contractors helping to restore Ocean City.

OCEAN CITY — The Port-O-Call hotel in Ocean City is offering an $89 room rate for all companies supplying material and working on repairs to homes and businesses in Ocean City that were damaged by Hurricane Sandy.

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Sandy’s latest gift to the shore: Disaster tourism

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Written by Cindy Nevitt Friday, November 30, 2012 01:00 am

 

A month after Frankenstorm hit, Ocean City has become a freak show for curiosity seekers.

We don’t have anything as jaw-droppingly awesome as a roller coaster in the ocean like SeasideHeights, but that doesn’t matter. We are a disaster zone, and by extension, a tourist attraction.

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Sandy proves need for BDZ

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Written by Opinion Wednesday, November 28, 2012 01:00 am

To the editor:

On Oct. 17, the Ocean City Planning Board voted unanimously to recommend to City Council that they approve, as part of the master plan, a change to the beach and dune zone, which would greatly reduce control over the size and scope of homes in the area encompassing properties on the east side of Beach Road (specifically 19, 21, 113, 233, and 237 Beach Road) and 4900 Wesley Avenue.

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The Business at Hand >> Christmas celebration a miracle for Ocean City

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Written by Ann Richardson Wednesday, November 28, 2012 01:00 am

The Business at Hand is a weekly column by Ann Richardson where she discusses her take on local issues

In the aisles of malls and big box stores across America, shoppers battled for bargains on Black Friday, which actually began before some had finished their turkey on Thanksgiving.

While Black Friday begins to bleed into Thanksgiving Thursday, Ocean City has remained true to its roots and built upon its popular, family-friendly “Old Fashioned Family Christmas,” which began appropriately on Friday.

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Coben is guest of honor at annual Author’s Luncheon

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Written by Cathy Finnegan Sunday, November 25, 2012 01:00 am

Harlan Coben is welcomed to the annual Author’s Luncheon by Karen Mahar, Evie Bachich, Sandy Crescenzo, Fred Marcell, Becky Greene, Chris Maloney and Leslie Clarke. Harlan Coben is welcomed to the annual Author’s Luncheon by Karen Mahar, Evie Bachich, Sandy Crescenzo, Fred Marcell, Becky Greene, Chris Maloney and Leslie Clarke.

It was a beautiful sunny day when guests arrived at the annual Author’s Luncheon at The Flanders Hotel featuring acclaimed writer Harlan Coben. I chatted with Cindy Donahue as we crossed the parking lot into the hotel where we met up with Mary Benson as she walked up the street. Evie Bachich greeted us at the door as she waited for Harlan Coben to arrive.

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Black Friday gives holiday shopping a black eye

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Written by Cindy Nevitt Friday, November 23, 2012 11:03 am

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Today is one of the year’s two biggest shopping days. In fact, Black Friday, acknowledged as the official start of the Christmas shopping season, arrived in stores so many hours ago it was still Thursday.

Before many turkeys were even served on Thanksgiving Day, some even bigger turkeys camped out in the cold in tents on sidewalks outside big-box stores for the chance to be first at the biggest sales.

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The Business at Hand >> After Sandy,there is still much to be thankful for

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Written by Ann Richardson Wednesday, November 21, 2012 01:00 am

The Business at Hand is a weekly column by Ann Richardson where she discusses her take on local issues

Barely two weeks after Hurricane Sandy ravaged the island, I had the pleasure of meeting with the leaders of the OCNJ CARE Housing Committee, Karin Gleason and Kathy Sykes. OCNJ CARE is the volunteer organization that has led the post-Sandy relief and recovery effort.

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Exchange club travels to Washington, D.C.

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Written by Cathy Finnegan Sunday, November 18, 2012 01:00 am

Brian Barry and Nicholas Hanson welcome Ron and Beverly Denney and Cathy and Jim Finnegan to lunch at the Marine training base. Brian Barry and Nicholas Hanson welcome Ron and Beverly Denney and Cathy and Jim Finnegan to lunch at the Marine training base.

On the road again. That’s right, Ron Denney put together another trip in a series of educational excursions sponsored by the Exchange Club of Ocean City to military training facilities.

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