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Vacationers stay connected

Visitors now see Wi-Fi as a need, but is enough bandwidth even possible? 

Internet access is now seen as a need, whether at work or on vacation.

“It used to be you wanted a good, clean bathroom, a comfortable bed and a nice scene at the beach,” said Brian Welsh, a manager for Ocean City Hotels and Property Management, which operates the Impala, the Beach Club Suites and other properties near the boardwalk in Ocean City.

He and others in the business say visitors now expect wireless access at all times – and it is becoming difficult to keep up with the demand.

“We have people calling who won’t stay here if we don’t have Wi-Fi, and not just Wi-Fi but good Wi-Fi,” he said.

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Watching the tropics: A future ‘Cristobal’ beginning to form

 

A tropical disturbance that is forecast to “cause life-threatening flash floods” in Hispaniola today is aiming toward the east coast of the United States next week, according to the National Hurricane Center A tropical disturbance that is forecast to “cause life-threatening flash floods” in Hispaniola today is aiming toward the east coast of the United States next week, according to the National Hurricane Center A tropical disturbance that is forecast to “cause life-threatening flash floods” in Hispaniola today is aiming toward the east coast of the United States next week, according to the National Hurricane Center.

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Ocean City police now using Segways to patrol

Ann Richardson / Patrolman Thomas Runyon spends his shift Friday afternoon on one of the Ocean City Police Department's new Segways. Ann Richardson / Patrolman Thomas Runyon spends his shift Friday afternoon on one of the Ocean City Police Department's new Segways.

OCEAN CITY — Maneuvering along Asbury Avenue with ease on a new Segway Friday, Ocean City Patrolman Thomas Runyon was attracting quite a bit of attention.   

“People ask me a lot of different questions, they’re curious about the Segway,” Runyon said. “It definitely draws a lot of attention.”

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Three injured in accident aboard Cape May-Lewes ferry

LOWER TOWNSHIP – Three people were injured onboard the MV Delaware Friday as vehicles were disembarking at the North Cape May terminal, ferry officials said.

Around 9:40 a.m., a white 2012 Ford Explorer on the port side of the ferry vessel broadsided a silver Honda Civic on the starboard side. The impact pinned the Civic against the vessel’s starboard bulkhead, according to a release.

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Police seeks public’s assistance to find runaway teen

Darian Lehner Darian Lehner CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE - Middle Township Police Department has asked for the public's assistance in locating a teenager, Darian Lehner, 16, who reportedly ran away on Aug. 12.

He is described as white, 5 feet, 10 inches tall who weighs approximately 125 pounds and has blue eyes and brown hair.

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Mara Justine to perform in 'AGT' semifinals Aug. 26

GALLOWAY - Mara Justine Platt, the Galloway preteen who wowed judges on NBC’s "America’s Got Talent" with three singing performances, will be back on the stage for the semifinals Aug. 26.

The episode airs at 9 p.m. on NBC.

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1.65 percent electric rate increase takes effect Sept. 1

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP – Atlantic City Electric announced today (Thursday, Aug. 21) that base electric rates will increase by 1.65 percent effective Sept. 1.

“On August 20, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) announced its approval of a stipulation of settlement in the Atlantic City Electric (ACE) base rate case authorizing ACE to increase its electric distribution rates by $19 million.”

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One Kook’s Safari: Looking for a surfer-to-English dictionary?

A goofyfoot longboarder takes a backside ride off a point break. Some surf jargon sounds pretty gnarly, but most of it is just descriptive. A goofyfoot longboarder takes a backside ride off a point break. Some surf jargon sounds pretty gnarly, but most of it is just descriptive. A few days this summer, the waves rolled in too small to push a board. A couple of other days saw essentially no waves at all: a flat, blue expanse to the horizon.

It looked lovely, but there was nothing to ride.

A couple of other days were complete blowouts; there were strong waves, but they were breaking all over the place. Each wave was plenty strong enough for a ride, but it could break almost anywhere, and there was no form to the wave aside from that wash of whitewater.

I came back in after trying my luck on one such morning while the lifeguards were setting up for the day.

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Police arrest mother after 3-year-old wanders off in Wildwood Crest

WILDWOOD CREST — A Warminster, Pa. woman was arrested Thursday evening on child endangerment charges after her 3-year-old was allegedly “wandering on the sidewalk without supervision,” Wildwood Crest police said.

Police said that they were called to 6500 Ocean Ave. at 5:57 p.m. when a group of concerned citizens found the child.

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Galloway school board meeting Monday to include presentation on taxes

GALLOWAY – Taxpayers will have the opportunity to voice their concerns over the property tax increase that went into effect recently at a Galloway Township school board meeting 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 25 at the Middle School, 101 S. Reeds Road.

During a heated township council meeting Aug. 19, residents came out from the Four Seasons development and elsewhere in the township to question the council on why some of their tax bills went up by 30 percent.

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Local veterans see hope for medical services close to their homes

Veterans liaison Bob Frolow and Rep. Frank LoBiondo’s spokesman Mike Francis listen as Shore Medical Center CEO Ron Johnson explains new health care initiatives for veterans. Veterans liaison Bob Frolow and Rep. Frank LoBiondo’s spokesman Mike Francis listen as Shore Medical Center CEO Ron Johnson explains new health care initiatives for veterans.

 NORTHFIELD — Free health care screenings for veterans are being provided daily through Saturday, Aug. 23 at the three Shore Urgent Care Centers.
Local veterans met Tuesday, Aug. 19 at ShorePhysiciansGroupUrgentCareCenter on Shore Road to hear about inroads being made to provide those veterans with healthcare closer to home.
As the system stands now veterans, many of them aging, are forced to travel to Wilmington, Delaware for care and it is a hardship but changes are coming.

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Police: Driver fled after damaging boats in early morning crash

ERMA — Lower Township Police Department responded to a hit and run motor vehicle accident at the intersection of Seashore and Tabernacle Roads at 4:58 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20. 

Police say Ryan P. Freeling 19, of West New Jersey Avenue in Villas was driving his 2001 Ford Taurus south on Seashore Road when it left the roadway striking a traffic signal and proceeding through a chain link fence, surrounding Jersey Cape Marine, located at 656 Route 9 Erma.  Police do not know why the car left the road.

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County Zoo ranked 15th in U.S. by TripAdvisor.com

A cotton-top tamarin keeps an eye on the visitors at the Cape May County Zoo. The free zoo has ranked high in a recent national list. A cotton-top tamarin keeps an eye on the visitors at the Cape May County Zoo. The free zoo has ranked high in a recent national list. CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – Cape May County Zoo was recently honored by TripAdvisor.com when it received a certificate of excellence from the website, and was ranked 15th in the country, just behind metropolitan zoos such as the San Diego Zoo, according to a press release.

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