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By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman, The Baltimore Sun | June 25, 2013
So far this season, Ocean City has seen brawls on the boardwalk, robberies and even a few stabbings. Town councilman Brent Ashley has had enough. The vocal advocate for Maryland's resort city says what's urgently needed is a return to decency. For a start, he said, people can pull up their pants or perhaps put on a shirt and shoes in the evening. Ashley is proposing a decency law for Ocean City that could be modeled on a recent law passed in Wildwood, N.J. That law calls for a $25 fine for wearing saggy pants - those that fall 3 inches or more from the waistline - on the boardwalk.
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By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | August 19, 2014
Pole dancing got a toehold on Ocean City's boardwalk over the weekend, and neither city officials nor area merchants seem too thrilled. Saturday night, an unidentified woman wearing a bikini set up a pole on the boardwalk and danced for onlookers. Police were powerless to do anything - a federal court recently ruled that street performers have a right to perform in public places like the boardwalk, apparently even if what they do is decidedly adult-oriented. And though she doesn't seem to have been back since, the dancer clearly made an impression.
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The Daily Times of Salisbury | May 22, 2012
OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) -- The Boardwalk has been a tourism nucleus for decades. And while it stays relatively the same year after year, with a multitude of stores, eateries and other attractions, each season brings a few changes. This season, visitors will notice the actual Boardwalk has received a facelift. During the off-season, some portions of the 2.5-mile span were reconstructed. It's easy to tell where upgrades were made, as the new boards are a lighter shade of brown.
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By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman, The Baltimore Sun | April 16, 2014
Is Ocean City the most dangerous place to live in Maryland? Even more dangerous than Baltimore? The surprising answer is yes, at least according to analysis by Movoto , a California-based real estate brokerage firm known for its data-based research of various trends and market conditions across the nation. The company this week released its list of the safest places to live in Maryland. Movoto said its report looked at places with populations of at least 5,000 and then ranked them based on FBI crime statistics in 2012.
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By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | August 19, 2014
Pole dancing got a toehold on Ocean City's boardwalk over the weekend, and neither city officials nor area merchants seem too thrilled. Saturday night, an unidentified woman wearing a bikini set up a pole on the boardwalk and danced for onlookers. Police were powerless to do anything - a federal court recently ruled that street performers have a right to perform in public places like the boardwalk, apparently even if what they do is decidedly adult-oriented. And though she doesn't seem to have been back since, the dancer clearly made an impression.
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By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman, The Baltimore Sun | April 16, 2014
Is Ocean City the most dangerous place to live in Maryland? Even more dangerous than Baltimore? The surprising answer is yes, at least according to analysis by Movoto , a California-based real estate brokerage firm known for its data-based research of various trends and market conditions across the nation. The company this week released its list of the safest places to live in Maryland. Movoto said its report looked at places with populations of at least 5,000 and then ranked them based on FBI crime statistics in 2012.
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December 20, 2005
On December 17, 2005, RICHARD W., Ret. Major Baltimore County Police Department and currently director of Risk Management Juvenile Services for the state of Maryland; beloved husband of Janice Williams (nee French); devoted father of Jay Williams and his wife Janie; dear brother of Doris Ashley; loving uncle of Brent Ashley and Colleen Copeland. Friends may call at the WITZKE FUNERAL HOME OF CATONSVILLE, INC., 1630 Edmondson Avenue (1 mile west of beltway exit 14), on Monday and Tuesday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 P.M., where Catholic Prayer Services will be held on Wednesday at 11 A.M. Interment in Loudon Park Cemetery.
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By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman and The Baltimore Sun | February 7, 2012
Make a reservation today and you could be horseback riding on Ocean City's beachfront by the weekend. The city's town council late Monday passed a proposal to allow horseback riding in the off-season, from Nov. 1 to March 30. Visitors will need to secure a permit at a cost of $50 for each horse, limited to two riders.  Additional riders could be added for $25.  At Monday's meeting, council members said they will also offer a $20...
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June 28, 2011
Developers and members of the http://www.baltimoresun.com/travel/beaches/ Council sure can come up with goofy ideas on how to "improve and promote" http://www.baltimoresun.com/travel/beaches/ ("Aerial tram proposed for OC," June 20). It was bad enough that Councilman Brent Ashley came up with the free gasoline give-away which was approved and then cancelled by the council. The council will hear similar complaints about the proposed aerial tram ride, rising 50 to 85 feet above the boardwalk and stretching from the inlet parking lot to 16th St. Wouldn't it be nice to look out the window of your high-priced condo or $250 a night hotel room and stare straight into cables, 6-to-8 passenger cable cars, and concrete pilings?
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February 21, 2003
On February 15, 2003, EDWARD CHARLES KASPER, SR.; devoted father of Cindi F. Dixon, B. Michele Peterson, Edward C. Kasper, Jr. and Heather M. O'Brennan; beloved companion of Denise M. O'Brennan loving father of the children of Carolyn Kasper Silverstein, dear grandfather of Trent, David, Casey, Sydney, Kendall, Brent, John, Ashley and Taylor; brother of Patricia Wilkerson; devoted son of the late Edward J. and Alice V. Kasper. Visiting at the Lassahn Funeral Home, Inc., 7401 Belair Road (Overlea)
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By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman, The Baltimore Sun | June 25, 2013
So far this season, Ocean City has seen brawls on the boardwalk, robberies and even a few stabbings. Town councilman Brent Ashley has had enough. The vocal advocate for Maryland's resort city says what's urgently needed is a return to decency. For a start, he said, people can pull up their pants or perhaps put on a shirt and shoes in the evening. Ashley is proposing a decency law for Ocean City that could be modeled on a recent law passed in Wildwood, N.J. That law calls for a $25 fine for wearing saggy pants - those that fall 3 inches or more from the waistline - on the boardwalk.
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The Daily Times of Salisbury | May 22, 2012
OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) -- The Boardwalk has been a tourism nucleus for decades. And while it stays relatively the same year after year, with a multitude of stores, eateries and other attractions, each season brings a few changes. This season, visitors will notice the actual Boardwalk has received a facelift. During the off-season, some portions of the 2.5-mile span were reconstructed. It's easy to tell where upgrades were made, as the new boards are a lighter shade of brown.
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By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman and The Baltimore Sun | June 23, 2011
Ocean City town council member Brent Ashley just can't let go of the pump. Ashley, a staunch supporter for the idea of giving away $100,000 in free gas to Ocean City visitors, now says he will give part of his town council salary to fund the effort. He has also created a Facebook page to drum up support. Working with other members of the OC business community, Ashley said he is spearheading a grass roots effort to make good on at least some of what he feels was pledged to guests of the resort town.
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By Liz F. Kay | May 18, 2011
An Ocean City councilman has proposed redirecting part of its tourism promotion budget toward subsidizing the fuel that brings most vacationers there. "If we don't do it, someone else will do it," said Brent Ashley, who said he brought up the idea at the end of the council's meeting this week. Ashley said he made the suggestion to use $1 million --- part of the room and occupancy taxes collected by the town --- to offer free gas as part of discussions of the budget for the next fiscal year, which starts July 1. That money is for "destination marketing" --- television and other advertising.
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