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Police marine unit enforcing education

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Written by Ann Richardson Wednesday, September 03, 2014 12:00 am

Ann Richardson / With the goal of promoting safety and common courtesy, police officers John Porecca, at right, and Michael Kebziora patrol the city's waterfront. Ann Richardson / With the goal of promoting safety and common courtesy, police officers John Porecca, at right, and Michael Kebziora patrol the city's waterfront.

OCEAN CITY — On a warm summer afternoon, lots of boaters, kayakers and personal watercraft can be seen in the bay enjoying their time on the water, and in the background is the Ocean City Police marine unit monitoring it all.

While they do write tickets, the marine unit officers say education is their focus.

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Downtown zoning changes move forward

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Written by Claire Lowe Wednesday, September 03, 2014 12:00 am

OCEAN CITY — Council introduced two ordinances at its Thursday, Aug. 28 meeting that would change the zoning in the downtown shopping area, allowing for residential structures south of 10th Street and allowing for more flexibility for commercial buildings.

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Sandy Claus brings holiday cheer to Ocean City beaches

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Written by Ann Richardson Tuesday, September 02, 2014 02:44 pm

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. 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.

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Ocean City Police blotter, edition of Sept. 2, 2014

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, September 02, 2014 09:48 am

Ocean City Police Blotter, edition of Sept. 2, 2014 Ocean City Police Blotter, edition of Sept. 2, 2014

Police Blotter information is supplied by local and other law enforcement agencies. Each person named is presumed innocent unless proven guilty.

Ocean City Police responded to 1,166 calls for service Aug. 24-30

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New evaluation program aims to improve student achievement

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Written by Ann Richardson Sunday, August 31, 2014 12:00 am

OCEAN CITY — The Ocean City School District is one of 34 New Jersey school districts testing a new instructional improvement system that gives educators tools designed to improve student achievement.

Known as edConnect NJ, the system was developed by the New Jersey Department of Education in partnership with Pearson Schoolnet. According to the NJDOE website, classroom teachers will receive timely access to student data through reports and resources such as lesson plans, assessments and professional development.

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New family and consumer science teachers in OC

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Written by Ann Richardson Saturday, August 30, 2014 12:00 am

OCEAN CITY — The Ocean City School District has found replacements for the three family and consumer science teachers who retired last spring.

Superintendent Kathleen Taylor said school officials spent the better part of the nine months replacing Mary Maguire, Linda Spengler and Kathy Simonetti.

“Let me tell you how hard that is,” she said.

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School board approves new athletic logo

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Written by Ann Richardson Friday, August 29, 2014 05:28 pm

Alumni upset over change

At left, the old athletic log for Ocean City High School, and, at right, the new logo approved by the Ocean City Board of Education at its Aug. 27 meeting. At left, the old athletic log for Ocean City High School, and, at right, the new logo approved by the Ocean City Board of Education at its Aug. 27 meeting.

OCEAN CITY — The Ocean City High School Red has a new logo for athletics, but not everyone is happy about it.

Featuring a red-tailed hawk flying above the words “OCHS” in red with a black outline, and “Red Raiders” in white with a black outline, the new athletic logo was approved 7-1 by the Ocean City Board of Education at its Wednesday, Aug. 27 meeting, with board member Bill Holmes casting the dissenting vote.

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Duplex debate heats up as neighbors oppose zoning change

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Written by Claire Lowe Friday, August 29, 2014 01:40 pm

Bill Barlow / The former Palermo’s Market at Fourth and Asbury was rezoned by City Council to make way for duplexes on 30-foot lots. Bill Barlow / The former Palermo’s Market at Fourth and Asbury was rezoned by City Council to make way for duplexes on 30-foot lots.

OCEAN CITY — Two-story duplexes on 30-foot lots will now be allowed to be built on the former Palermo’s Market site.

Several neighbors came out to protest the change, but to no avail. Council voted 5-1 to change the zoning on the 220-by-100-foot lot from neighborhood business to R-2-30, which will make way for seven residential duplex lots.

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Neighbors concerned about proof in new bamboo ban

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Written by Claire Lowe Friday, August 29, 2014 11:37 am

 A proposed ban on bamboo in Ocean City moved closer to becoming law Thursday despite concerns from several residents. A proposed ban on bamboo in Ocean City moved closer to becoming law Thursday despite concerns from several residents.

OCEAN CITY — A proposed ban on bamboo in Ocean City moved closer to becoming law Thursday despite concerns from several residents.

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Ocean City Council news in brief, edition of Aug. 28, 2014

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Written by Claire Lowe Friday, August 29, 2014 12:00 am

Ocean City Council news in brief, edition of Aug. 28, 2014 Ocean City Council news in brief, edition of Aug. 28, 2014

OCEAN CITY — The following items were discussed when Ocean City Council met Thursday, Aug. 28 at City Hall.

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