July 27, 2015 |
IT'S BEEN years since Ocean City, N.J., proclaimed itself "America's Greatest Family Resort. " But it's been many more years - 136, to be precise - since four Methodist ministers set up a camp meeting beneath cedars and named streets after their denomination's prominent leaders. They called their al fresco spiritual outpost "the Tabernacle. " That tamed land still belongs to "the Tab," a nonprofit charged with upholding island tradition and drawing some of the town's 120,000 summer visitors away from the beach and into ample theater seats.
July 5, 2015 |
Ocean City has something that no other place in New Jersey has. And it doesn't have anything to do with boardwalk attractions or the town's famed dry status. No, the town has something unique to the state for another reason: Ocean City has the only true street cycle track existing in New Jersey. It's only for half a block, but it exists as part of Ocean City's bike path - a path that one day is expected to allow a biker to traverse the whole island in bike lanes. "Ocean City has the most extensive bike-friendly network [of any South Jersey Shore town]
June 18, 2015 |
A developer of former industrial spaces announced Tuesday that it will soon finalize a deal to purchase the closed Ocean Spray plant in Bordentown and that it already has lined up its first tenant - another beverage bottler. Modern Recycled Spaces of Hamilton, Mercer County, has reached an agreement valued "in excess of $10 million" with the Ocean Spray cooperative to buy the 480,000-square-foot plant, said Daniel Popkin, the developer. He said settlement is expected to be this month.
June 15, 2015 |
The view from Beverley Gill's Island Beach Gear in Ocean City has changed over the nine years since she opened the shop. In the summer, she can still see packed cars of vacationers coming over the Route 52 bridge, from Somers Point onto Ninth Street - Ocean City's main entryway. But she also sees the remains of three former gas stations: metal bolts sticking up from concrete where gas pumps once stood, towering signs with white sheets where gas prices used to be. The scene is incongruous with the image and reputation of the family-oriented Shore resort that lures thousands each summer to its bustling boardwalk, pristine beaches, and neatly kept motels.
May 16, 2015 |
There is a Wawa on the Coastal Highway in Ocean City, Md., one of a few things visitors from our region would find familiar about this beach town roughly a 150-mile ride southeast of Philadelphia. Another is the geography of the resort, which offers a nice, reasonably nearby change of pace from the Jersey Shore. Ocean City sits on a skinny barrier island, much like Jersey spots such as Long Beach Island, Wildwood, and Atlantic City. The other Ocean City is reached after traversing miles of flat land and crossing a bay on a causeway.
May 15, 2015 |
Antiques hunters and others who tire of baking on the beach or strolling the Ocean City (Md.) Boardwalk can head about nine miles west of town to the hamlet of Berlin, Md. This Victorian-era burg (population 4,500) has a main drag lined with redbrick buildings and bills itself as the antiques capital of Maryland's Eastern Shore. Quite a boast, considering the region's reputation in that department. But the quantity and quality of the antiques stores there certainly appear to back up that claim.
April 6, 2015 |
OCEAN CITY, N.J. - A beach-replenishment project on a 2.6-mile stretch along the south end of this popular vacation resort, originally scheduled to take all summer to complete, will likely be finished by midseason, according to officials. And the idea that the huge, noisy machines and pipes gushing sandy slurry will be gone from the shoreline by early July is making a lot of locals and visitors in this Cape May County beach town very happy. The process involves closing off the beach in two-block-long sections as the dredge and other equipment pumps the 1.6 million cubic yards of sand that will be pulled from an underwater borrow site about a mile offshore.
March 30, 2015 |
Priya Kavuru and Lauren Kolter both scored twice as visiting Cherry Hill East erased a one-goal halftime deficit to edge Ocean City, 8-6, Saturday in a nonleague girls' lacrosse game. Lexie Sharp scored three goals for the Red Raiders. Also in nonleague play: Gab Bodine and Jess Havers led the charge for Cherokee with four goals each as the Chiefs cruised to a 20-4 win over host Egg Harbor Township. The Chiefs, who jumped out to an 11-2 halftime lead, also had hat tricks from Kelsey Adam, Savannah Singer, and Brooke Yarsinsky.
March 7, 2015 |
Thursday's heavy snowfall did not deter Doug Maday, the South Jersey used-car dealer who has been plunging into the ocean at Seaside Heights every day since Labor Day, 187 days ago. With the air a brisk 23 degrees, and the water a bone-chilling 32.5, Maday took the latest plunge of his yearlong quest shortly before 4 p.m. Thursday. "It's usually the warmest time of the day," he said. He went in on the south side of Casino Pier, as he often does, because it provides some protection from the wind.
March 1, 2015 |
Lee Wachtstetter, an 86-year-old Florida widow, took her daughter's advice. She sold her five bedroom Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-area home on 10 acres and became a permanent luxury cruise ship resident after her husband died. Mama Lee, as she's known aboard the 11-year-old Crystal Serenity, has been living on the luxe 1,070-passenger vessel longer than most of its 655 crew members - nearly seven years. "My husband introduced me to cruising," she recalled. "Mason was a banker and real estate appraiser and taught me to love cruising.