May 17, 2013 |
LOOKING FOR a change of location for this summer's fun-in-the-sun family vacation? You might want to consider Ocean City. No, not that Ocean City. We're talking Ocean City, Md. A few clicks less than 150 miles southeast of Philadelphia City Hall, this Ocean City offers the familiar - but in a somewhat different setting. Visitors from the Delaware Valley will likely find the seaside town - which, like so many Jersey Shore resorts, is on a barrier island - most similar to Wildwood.
July 6, 2012 |
OCEAN CITY - Of red, white, and blue, there was endless variety. The colors adorned top hats, leis, sunglasses, ribbons, streamers, tiaras, and even little insect-style antennas. And, yes, the bikes. Hundreds of people showed up Wednesday for Independence Day's morning bicycle parade - the 36th time it has been held. It was a day for upholding traditions. Katie Jacoby of West Grove, Chester County, first rode in the parade 31 years ago, as an infant, on the back of her mother's bicycle.
May 19, 2011 |
If you didn't know better, you might think that "Mack & Manco" is how they say "pizza" in Ocean City. After all, for more than 50 years along the town's famed boardwalk, the name has been synonymous with what is arguably America's favorite fast food. You need look no further than the three - count 'em, three - Mack & Mancos on a mere four-block stretch in the heart of the wooden esplanade - a feat of market saturation that would make even Starbucks executives gnash their teeth in envy.
December 22, 2010 |
THE RAZOR WIRE atop the prison fence glistened yesterday morning and winter's first winds whipped tears from Sue Aitken's eyes. But the foreboding walls, the frigid air and almost two years of guilt did not dampen her mood. "I haven't woken up with a smile in a long, long time," she said, beaming with excitement as she went inside. An hour later, her son, Brian Aitken, 27, walked out of Mid-State Correctional Facility, in Burlington County near Fort Dix, less than 24 hours after New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie commuted to time-served his seven-year sentence for weapons possession.
June 1, 2010 |
OCEAN CITY, N.J. - Cynthia Donahue stopped her bike to take a sip of cool water as other cyclists whizzed by on the Ocean City Boardwalk on Monday morning. The other well-marked lanes were teeming with surrey riders, pedestrians, and joggers under a brilliant sun. But the 42-year-old Conshohocken woman said it was nothing compared with Saturday night's all-foot traffic. "It was mobbed," she said, describing long lines that snaked in front of Mack & Manco pizza stands and the ice cream places.
September 3, 2009 |
This has been a long summer. In fact, they don't come any longer than this one. Memorial Day was the earliest it could be, falling on the last Monday in May, which this year's calendar put on May 25. Then Labor Day falls on its most procrastinating, first-Monday-in-September day possible: Sept. 7. A lot of people have packed it in, back to school already. The crowds on the beach are noticeably lighter. But we're still chillin' at the beach ("happpyyy, home, chill," as my daughter put it recently on Facebook.
July 26, 2009 |
Standing across from the Ninth Street bed-and-breakfast, Christian Barth wondered in which room the two vacationing college women had slept hours before their murders near the Garden State Parkway in 1969 - the first slayings, some believe, by notorious serial killer Ted Bundy. "You can't help but think about the fact that those two girls and whoever actually killed them walked on these very same streets, on this very same boardwalk, maybe spent time on these very same beaches," Barth said, staring at the wide-porched former boardinghouse now called Serendipity.
July 9, 2009
It's hard to miss the stylish newcomer called Clancy's that has perched its Spanish-tile and trellised terrace alongside the Ocean City boardwalk near 12th Street. Connected to the Clancy's Pubs in Sewell and Brooklawn of pot pie fame, this is essentially a diner with a seaside view. As diner kitchens go, it still plays second-griddle to the frumpier standby, Cafe Beach Club next door. But still, these open-air tables are hard to beat for a relaxing morning meal with an ocean breeze.
May 26, 2008 |
When it's this nice outside at the Jersey Shore, they call it "chamber of commerce weather. " And so it was yesterday, and the day before. And - if the forecast holds out - as it will be today. Up and down the coastline, towns packed with tourists, vacation homeowners, day-trippers and locals enjoyed the flawless weather of the unofficial start of the summer season. "Everything we do here at the Shore is weather-driven. And the weather has certainly been working in our favor this weekend," said Diane F. Wieland, director of the Cape May County Department of Tourism.
July 23, 2007 |
Three adults and two children suffered minor injuries yesterday when the Canyon Falls Log Flume ride malfunctioned at an amusement park in Ocean City, police said. One of the log boats improperly slid backward about 1 p.m. and hit another at Gillian's Wonderland Pier on the boardwalk, police said. Those hurt were identified as Kimberly Aceto, 40, of Barrington, and Travis Lindenmoer, 27, and Danielle Summreil, 23, both of Lehighton, Pa. A 9-year-old boy and a 12-year-old girl were also injured, but police would not release their names, citing their ages.