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County engineer: Bay Ave. nearly complete, West Ave. restriping set for spring

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Written by Claire Lowe Saturday, March 28, 2015 05:00 am

Ocean City Republicans hear about road and bridge projects

File photo / A sinkhole closed a portion of the 17th Street culvert July 21, 2013 in Ocean City. File photo / A sinkhole closed a portion of the 17th Street culvert July 21, 2013 in Ocean City.

OCEAN CITY — A yearlong project to resurface and improve drainage on Bay Avenue will wrap up after Easter, and a restriping project to create bicycle lanes on West Avenue in the south end will start in May, according to county engineer Dale Foster.

Foster presented a briefing on county-related infrastructure projects during the Ocean City Republican Club meeting Tuesday, March 24 at the library.

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Ocean City Council news in brief, edition of March 26, 2015

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Written by Claire Lowe Saturday, March 28, 2015 12:00 am

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OCEAN CITY — Ocean City Council discussed the following items when it met Thursday, March 26 at City Hall. Mayor Jay Gillian was not present.

Flashing lights approved for certain intersections

Council unanimously approved an ordinance that allows seasonal flash mode for traffic signals at the intersections of 18th Street and Wesley Avenue and 34th Street and Central Avenue.

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$8.3M bond ordinance to pay for capital projects

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Written by Claire Lowe Friday, March 27, 2015 05:49 pm

US Life Saving Station 30. US Life Saving Station 30.

OCEAN CITY — Council unanimously approved an $8.293 million bond ordinance that will pay for a variety of capital projects when it met Thursday, March 26.

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Haven Ave. flood mitigation study moves forward

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Written by Claire Lowe Friday, March 27, 2015 05:35 pm

OCEAN CITY — After a two-week delay, a flood mitigation study for the area around 29th Street and Haven Avenue was approved by council when it met Thursday, March 26.

After being tabled at its last meeting, council awarded a $44,720 professional services contract to Michael Baker Engineering of Hamilton (Mercer County) to study and come up with a flood mitigation plan for the area between 26th and 34th streets, from West to Bay avenues.

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Ocean City Council introduces $73M budget with slight tax increase

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Written by Claire Lowe Friday, March 27, 2015 01:37 pm

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OCEAN CITY — City Council unanimously introduced a $73.1 million budget for 2015 Thursday, March 26 that includes an increase in the tax rate of just less than one cent, slightly more than the mayor’s original proposal.

The total local purpose tax levy is $46.275 million, up $1.482 million over 2014. If approved, the local tax rate will be 40.96 cents per $100 of assessed value, up from 40.1 cents in 2014. This is a .865-cent tax rate increase, up from the .528-cent increase proposed by Mayor Jay Gillian in February.

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Ocean City southend beach fill to start mid-April

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Written by Claire Lowe Thursday, March 26, 2015 11:20 pm

File photo / The contractor for the Great Egg Harbor to Townsends Inlet beach replenishment project is Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Co. of Oak Brook, Ill. for a base bid amount of approximately $58 million. File photo / The contractor for the Great Egg Harbor to Townsends Inlet beach replenishment project is Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Co. of Oak Brook, Ill. for a base bid amount of approximately $58 million.

OCEAN CITY — The long-awaited southend beach replenishment project is expected to begin a half of a month earlier than expected, city administrator Jim Mallon announced at Thursday’s City Council meeting.

During administration reports at the March 26 meeting, Mallon said that the contractor, Great Lakes Dredge Company of Illinois, had already dropped pipe for the dredging at 43rd Street.

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Book of Golden Deeds nominations sought

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, March 26, 2015 09:04 am

Former Exchange Club President Jon Batastini presents the Book of Golden Deeds plaque to 2012 recipient Peggy Lloyd. Former Exchange Club President Jon Batastini presents the Book of Golden Deeds plaque to 2012 recipient Peggy Lloyd.

The Exchange Club of Ocean City is seeking nominations for the recipient of the 50th annual Book of Golden Deeds.

Past recipient and event chairman Bill Woods said this year’s event will take place April 27. Nominations for the city’s tireless volunteers, health and welfare organizations, civic planners, youth leaders and philanthropists are due no later than March 30.

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Lineup announced for Boardwalk Concert Series, tickets on sale

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Written by Claire Lowe Wednesday, March 25, 2015 11:32 am

File photo / G. Love at the Ocean City Music Pier as part of the 2014 Boardwalk Concert Series. File photo / G. Love at the Ocean City Music Pier as part of the 2014 Boardwalk Concert Series.

OCEAN CITY — The lineup for the 2015 Boardwalk Concert Series at the Ocean City Music Pier has been announced.

On Monday, June 22 will be Lucinda Williams; June 29 will be Robby Kreiger of The Doors; July 6 will be Get The Led Out; July 13 will be The Machine; July 20 Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue; and July 27 Dave Mason’s Traffic Jam.

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Ocean City salon seeking participants for St. Baldrick’s event

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Written by Claire Lowe Wednesday, March 25, 2015 06:55 am

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Claire Lowe / The staff at Divine Images Salon at The Flanders. Claire Lowe / The staff at Divine Images Salon at The Flanders.

OCEAN CITY — Deanna Curran and her co-workers at Divine Images Salon inside The Flanders are hoping their community will join them for a good cause. From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on April 9, the salon will host a St. Baldrick’s fundraiser, where participants raise money for childhood cancer research by shaving their head.

Curran, an esthetician from Upper Township, said she was inspired to host the fundraiser when she watched the journey of Egg Harbor Township resident Alexis Corey.

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Seven vie for title of Mr. Mature America

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Written by Claire Lowe Wednesday, March 25, 2015 12:00 am

Submitted / Frank Faralli, Mr. Mature America, visits Dietz and Watson to personally invite Ruth Eni, Momma Dietz, to the upcoming pageant to be honored on March 28. The popular Philadelphia Company is a major sponsor of the pageant and also the city’s Doo Dah Parade. Momma Dietz is shown here with her constant companion, Saba. Submitted / Frank Faralli, Mr. Mature America, visits Dietz and Watson to personally invite Ruth Eni, Momma Dietz, to the upcoming pageant to be honored on March 28. The popular Philadelphia Company is a major sponsor of the pageant and also the city’s Doo Dah Parade. Momma Dietz is shown here with her constant companion, Saba.

OCEAN CITY — Seven contestants will compete for the title of the best mature man in America as Ocean City hosts the second annual Mr. Mature America Pageant 7 p.m. Saturday, March 28 at the Ocean City Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace.

With the theme of “Memories,” contestants are George Ellis, 84, of Penn Valley and Ocean City; Tom Greeley, 66, of Manchester; Gary Sakas, 65, of Haddon Heights and Ocean City; Rene Sese, 73, of Ocean City; Joel S. Fogel, 70, of Somers Point; Kenneth Young, 76, of New York City; and William Paul Cage.

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Ocean City striving to create anti-bullying culture in schools, community

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Written by Claire Lowe Tuesday, March 24, 2015 12:00 am

OCEAN CITY — As the school district works to create an anti-bullying culture both in and outside its halls, school officials say they can see the program working.

“It has started and encouraged conversations in a whole new way,” Vicki Sheetz, a social worker on the district’s child study team, told the Ocean City Board of Education during its March 18 meeting.

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Ocean City community news, edition of March 25, 2015

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, March 24, 2015 12:00 am

Breast Cancer Awareness Walk

Cape May County Department of Health announces its fourth annual Breast Cancer Awareness Walk 10 a.m. Saturday, May 2 at Cape May County’s Park and Zoo. Registration, which is free, will begin at 9:30 a.m. The event is being coordinated by New Jersey Cancer Education and Early Detection.

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