• Ann Richardson / Brandon Connor, 4 of Gibbsboro, visits Sandy Claus on Saturday, Aug. 30 in Ocean City. Sandy Claus visits Ocean City every Labor Day weekend to add a little cheer to the sadness everyone feels at the end of the summer.

    OCEAN CITY — Labor Day signals the end of summer for vacationers and second homeowners, which can be somewhat depressing. Looking to lighten the mood, Jack Brooks, a veteran of the Ocean City Beach Patrol, came up with the perfect antidote.

    Each year, Sandy Claus makes a special appearance on the northend beaches and boardwalk throughout the holiday weekend.

  • Attorney and author D. William Subin and his wife, Petra “Petie” Subin, join investigator Manford Ridgeway at a book signing Friday, Aug. 24 at Ozzie’s Luncheonette in Longport.LONGPORT – Longtime attorney D. William “Bill” Subin of Margate spent three years writing a book about his successful defense of a New Jersey state trooper who Subin said should have never been criminally charged with causing the death of two teenage sisters.

    Subin, who self-published his memoir, “Closing the Gap: The Trial of Trooper Robert Higbee” in October 2013, greeted customers and supporters Friday, Aug. 24 at Ozzie’s Luncheonette, where Longport Media was broadcasting the day’s edition of Barbara Altman’s Front Porch radio show.

  • The Bongo Café and Grille on Bay Avenue in Ocean City has announced it will close on Saturday, Sept. 13.

    OCEAN CITY — The Bongo Café and Grille on Bay Avenue in Ocean City has announced it will close on Saturday, Sept. 13.

    According to a post by the owners on the Bongo Café Facebook page, the reason for the closure is the effect the roadwork on Bay Avenue has had on business.

  • A new school year begins in Ocean City

    OCEAN CITY — Summer vacation comes to end next week for students in the Ocean City School District. The first day of school for students is Thursday, Sept. 4 and there is plenty to look forward to.

  • OCBP announces more unguarded beaches

    OCEAN CITY — The Department of Fire and Rescue Services has announced the following beaches will be unguarded beginning Monday, Aug. 25:

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Ocean City Police promise zero tolerance for underage drinking

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Written by Ann Richardson Wednesday, August 06, 2014 04:47 pm

Submitted / Alcohol confiscated in June loaded into a pickup truck. Submitted / Alcohol confiscated in June loaded into a pickup truck.

OCEAN CITY — Ocean City officials say they’ve effectively cracked down on noisy underage parties in the resort.

“Our program is working,” said Police Capt. Steve Ang.

Summonses for noise violations have dropped steadily from 99 in 2005 to 46 in 2013; alcohol violations from 1,056 to 566 in the same period. That didn’t happen in a vacuum, Ang said.  

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Ocean City turns out for Night Out

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Written by Bill Barlow Wednesday, August 06, 2014 09:57 am

Jalissa Legette, 4, of Ocean City, gets a brief surfing lesson from Lisa Rumer of the Ocean City Aquatic and Fitness Center (not pictured) at Ocean City’s National Night Out Tuesday, Aug. 5 at the Dick Grimes Sports Complex behind the Primary School. 

Jalissa Legette, 4, of Ocean City, gets a brief surfing lesson from Lisa Rumer of the Ocean City Aquatic and Fitness Center (not pictured) at Ocean City’s National Night Out Tuesday, Aug. 5 at the Dick Grimes Sports Complex behind the Primary School.

Jalissa Legette, 4, of Ocean City, gets a brief surfing lesson from Lisa Rumer of the Ocean City Aquatic and Fitness Center (not pictured) at Ocean City’s National Night Out Tuesday, Aug. 5 at the Dick Grimes Sports Complex behind the Primary School.

photos by Bill Barlow

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OCBP warns of rip currents from Bertha

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Written by Ann Richardson Wednesday, August 06, 2014 08:47 am

Ann Richardson / Big waves and rip currents kept lifeguards busy on Tuesday as Tropical Storm Bertha made her way up the East Coast. At North Street, lifeguards made two rescues, requiring multiple guards to rescue several victims. Overall, lifeguards made more than 25 rescues. Ann Richardson / Big waves and rip currents kept lifeguards busy on Tuesday as Tropical Storm Bertha made her way up the East Coast. At North Street, lifeguards made two rescues, requiring multiple guards to rescue several victims. Overall, lifeguards made more than 25 rescues.

OCEAN CITY — Rough seas and rip currents kept lifeguards busy Tuesday, Aug. 5 as Tropical Storm Bertha made her way up the East Coast. The Ocean City Beach Patrol reported more than 25 rescues by 3:30 p.m.

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Cape Regional Auxiliary awards scholarships to OCHS seniors

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, August 06, 2014 12:00 am

Ocean City High School recipients of scholarships are Elias Guseman, Erica Johns, Erica Catanoso, Sabiha Chowdhury, Abigail Lyons, George Meyers and Lauren Vetter. Ocean City High School recipients of scholarships are Elias Guseman, Erica Johns, Erica Catanoso, Sabiha Chowdhury, Abigail Lyons, George Meyers and Lauren Vetter.

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE - Twenty students from seven area schools have received $18,000 in academic scholarships from Cape Regional Medical Center Auxiliary.

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Another reason to love Ocean City

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Written by Opinion Wednesday, August 06, 2014 12:00 am

To the editor:

Riding my beach cruiser on the boardwalk one morning, the faint strains of “God Bless the USA” came drifting through the air. I could see a crowd of people in the distance standing, facing a platform. As I drew closer, I spied an elderly man with an Army hat on his head, standing at attention on the platform, saluting. Two young men stood at flag poles on either side of him.

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Voting rights for non-residents

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Written by Opinion Wednesday, August 06, 2014 12:00 am

To the editor:

If you drop by City Hall, you can pick up a voter registration application that says, “6) If you are homeless, you can complete (the address section) by providing a contact point or the location where you spend most of your time.”

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What about marinas north of Ninth Street?

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Written by Opinion Wednesday, August 06, 2014 12:00 am

To the editor:

I read with special interest the article about the difficulties with the proposed bay dredging since I live on the bay at 4th street. The administration and the City Council have been seeking answers for this dilemma for several years and it appears that a solution may be in sight. However, nowhere in Mayor Gillian’s address to Council or the email I received from him on the eve of Night in Venice does he mention the numerous boat basins (Marinas) north of Ninth Street that require dredging.

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Art shows take over the Ocean City Boardwalk

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Written by Jen Marra Wednesday, August 06, 2014 12:00 am

Jen Marra / White tents line the edge of the Ocean City Boardwalk on a gloomy Saturday, Aug. 2, for the 52nd annual Boardwalk Art Show. There was a decent crowd despite the weather. Jen Marra / White tents line the edge of the Ocean City Boardwalk on a gloomy Saturday, Aug. 2, for the 52nd annual Boardwalk Art Show. There was a decent crowd despite the weather.

OCEAN CITY — Artists were out in full force last weekend in Ocean City as two long-running art shows took place. Tents lined the boardwalk for the 52nd annual Boardwalk Art Show Friday through Sunday, while the 14th annual Art of Surfing Festival took place at the Ocean City Music Pier Thursday through Saturday.

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Sand art at the Ocean City beach

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Written by Lauren Dickey Wednesday, August 06, 2014 12:00 am

Lauren Dickey / Tommy Wright from Havertown, Pa. helps his family build a sand castle during Ocean City’s Sand Sculpting Contest Wednesday, Aug. 6 at the Sixth Street beach. Wright’s family has been vacationing in Ocean City for the last 15 years. Lauren Dickey / Tommy Wright from Havertown, Pa. helps his family build a sand castle during Ocean City’s Sand Sculpting Contest Wednesday, Aug. 6 at the Sixth Street beach. Wright’s family has been vacationing in Ocean City for the last 15 years.

Tommy Wright from Havertown, Pa. helps his family build a sand castle during Ocean City’s Sand Sculpting Contest Wednesday, Aug. 6 at the Sixth Street beach. Wright’s family has been vacationing in Ocean City for the last 15 years.


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Ocean City Board of Education news in brief, edition of Aug. 6, 2014

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Written by Ann Richardson Tuesday, August 05, 2014 11:42 pm

Ocean City Board of Education news in brief, edition of Aug. 6, 2014 Ocean City Board of Education news in brief, edition of Aug. 6, 2014

OCEAN CITY — The following items were discussed during a Wednesday, July 23 meeting of the Ocean City Board of Education.

‘Battling for Public Education’

Steve Trauger, the school district’s technology expert, updated the board on the national school public relations conference, “Battling for Public Education,” which he attend.

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Walk for the Wounded returns to Ocean City Sept. 27

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Written by Lauren Dickey Tuesday, August 05, 2014 05:12 pm

Lauren Dickey / Patrick Carney speaks at the Walk for the Wounded press conference Tuesday at the Music Pier in Ocean City. After serving eight years in the Army, Carney was medically discharged and is receiving help from Operation First Response. Lauren Dickey / Patrick Carney speaks at the Walk for the Wounded press conference Tuesday at the Music Pier in Ocean City. After serving eight years in the Army, Carney was medically discharged and is receiving help from Operation First Response.

OCEAN CITY — Veterans, firefighters and supporters gathered at the Ocean City Music Pier Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 5, to build interest in the sixth annual Walk for the Wounded, planned for Sept. 27.

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Ocean City reports revenue up over last year

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Written by Ann Richardson Tuesday, August 05, 2014 12:00 am

Electronic meters that accept credit cards are seen as one reason city revenue is up this summer. Electronic meters that accept credit cards are seen as one reason city revenue is up this summer. OCEAN CITY — Sunny skies and warm temperatures through June lured more visitors to the resort, which meant more beach tag and parking revenue coming in.

Post-Sandy construction continues at a good clip, spurring another boost in revenue for construction permits through June. With more people in town, the city’s Aquatic and Fitness Center is going gangbusters.

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