• One resident said it sounded like a long, loud growl - another thought they'd acquired a ghost

    People in Cape May and Atlantic counties are reporting what some believe have been an earthquake, though others believe it may have been more akin to a sonic boom.

    Some have placed the time at about noon, while others say it was closer to 2 p.m.

    Ralph Walter, West Cape May, said he was fishing on Cape May Point Beach when he heard a rumble. “It was dark on the Delaware beach side, and at first I thought it was thunder,” he said. “But if it was thunder, it was weirdest thunder I've ever heard. It was more like a growl that went on for about four seconds.”

    Walter said he didn't catch anything today, but found some seaglass.

    In North Cape May and Cape May Court House, Becky Sargent and Jean MacCoy said they heard the rumble, though the ground didn’t shake.

  • The NJSIAA released the pairings Wednesday for the boys and girls soccer state tournaments, which are set to begin early next week. Most high school soccer teams from Cape May County will participate.

    In boys soccer, Ocean City is the No. 1 seed in South Jersey Group III. The defending sectional champions will host No. 16 Timber Creek in an opening-round game.

    Middle Township has earned the No. 4 seed in South Jersey Group II. The Panthers will host No. 13 Cedar Creek in their first playoff game. Also in Group II, Lower Cape May is the No. 16 seed and will go to top-seeded Sterling in the first round.

  • Ocean City High School field hockey team, ranked No. 2 in South Jersey and No. 3 in the state, lost to Eastern, the No. 1 ranked team in the nation, 6-1, Tuesday afternoon in Voorhees. Raider junior Maria Farnan scored the game's first goal with an assist from sophomore Alexis Paone to give Ocean City (18-1) a 1-0 lead.

    Cory Terry’s team begins its quest for a third straight state championship on Thursday at Trish LeFever Field when it hosts Mainland. The Mustangs defeated Winslow, 9-0, on Monday in the first round of NJSIAA Group 3. OCHS, the No. 2 seeded team, had a bye in the first round. Thursday’s game is a rematch of last season’s South Jersey final.

  • Superintendent says students, faculty were in safe viewing area when explosion occurred

    photos by Eugene Caffrey / The Antares rocket carrying a private, unmanned spacecraft to the International Space Station exploded shortly after liftoff on Tuesday, Oct. 28 from Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Va.

    OCEAN CITY — The Antares rocket carrying a private, unmanned spacecraft to the International Space Station exploded shortly after liftoff on Tuesday, Oct. 28 from Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Va.

    The rocket was carrying Orbital Sciences’ Cygnus spacecraft and 5,000 pounds of food, water and student science experiments, including one created by six Ocean City High School students.

  • Seats up for grabs on local school board, U.S. House and Senate

    From left are Joseph S. Clark Jr., Cecilia Gallelli-Keyes, Michael Allan James and Dale F. Braun Jr., the local candidates for the three open seats on the Ocean City Board of Education.

    OCEAN CITY — Four candidates are hoping to fill the three open seats on the Ocean City Board of Education in the Nov. 4 general election.

  • Halloween Parade marches down Asbury Thursday

    OCEAN CITY — Festive and fun, the Halloween Parade is one of Ocean City’s most beloved traditions. The 67th annual event will roll down Asbury Avenue on Thursday, Oct. 30 as darkness descends.

    The parade features string bands, local high school musicians - including the Red Raider marching band - decorated floats, modern and antique fire trucks, and hundreds of costumed children.

  • Gov. Chris Christie holds a press conference to announce the activation of a statewide Ebola preparedness plan at Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack Wednesday, Oct. 22. Administration officials, state agencies and departments will work in a coordinated manner to ensure the health and safety of New Jersey residents is protected and to execute on decisions in an efficient and effective manner. (Governor's Office/Tim Larsen)

    Gov. Chris Christie signed Executive Order 164 on Oct. 22, creating the Ebola Virus Disease Joint Response Team to implement the state’s Ebola preparedness plan. The plan covers airport travel, public transportation, schools and universities, and hospitals.

Ocean City Gazette

OCHS students not deterred by Antares rocket explosion

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Written by Ann Richardson Thursday, October 30, 2014 10:47 am

Ocean City High School student Mercy Griffith, one of six students who designed a science experiment that was chosen to be tested in space as part of the Student Spaceflight Experiment Program, speaks about watching the Antares rocket carrying their experiment explode, during a press conference Wednesday at the high school. Ocean City High School student Mercy Griffith, one of six students who designed a science experiment that was chosen to be tested in space as part of the Student Spaceflight Experiment Program, speaks about watching the Antares rocket carrying their experiment explode, during a press conference Wednesday at the high school.

OCEAN CITY — At a press conference in front of the school to discuss the rocket explosion on Wednesday, Oct. 29, Ocean City Superintendent Kathleen Taylor said school officials knew the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program would be a great learning experience for students.

“Sometimes, however, one never realizes what he or she might learn,” she said. “Our students are learning that the world of science is full of twists and turns; the line between success and disappointment can sometimes be blurred.”

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Sweet treats on Asbury Ave.

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Written by Jen Marra Thursday, October 30, 2014 12:00 am

Jen Marra / Owen and Ethan Dunn, 7 and 8 respectively, and Gianni and Dominic Badagliacco, 8 and 5 respectively, all of Ocean City, wear their Halloween costumes and visit the businesses along Asbury Avenue for Downtown Trick or Treat Saturday, Oct. 25. Jen Marra / Owen and Ethan Dunn, 7 and 8 respectively, and Gianni and Dominic Badagliacco, 8 and 5 respectively, all of Ocean City, wear their Halloween costumes and visit the businesses along Asbury Avenue for Downtown Trick or Treat Saturday, Oct. 25.

Owen and Ethan Dunn, 7 and 8 respectively, and Gianni and Dominic Badagliacco, 8 and 5 respectively, all of Ocean City, wear their Halloween costumes and visit the businesses along Asbury Avenue for Downtown Trick or Treat Saturday, Oct. 25.


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Bioswale project to ease flooding at West Ave. intersection

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Written by Ann Richardson Wednesday, October 29, 2014 12:00 am

The intersection of North Street and West Avenue where it meets East Station Road. The City received a $10,0000 grant to build a bioswale on the corner. The intersection of North Street and West Avenue where it meets East Station Road. The City received a $10,0000 grant to build a bioswale on the corner.

OCEAN CITY — A longtime safety hazard for motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists, the flood-prone intersection of North Street and West Avenue could soon be remedied.

The city was awarded a $10,000 grant from the New Jersey American Water Company to build a bioswale on the southwest corner of the problematic intersection.

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Students safe after Antares rocket explodes

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Written by Ann Richardson Tuesday, October 28, 2014 07:46 pm

Superintendent says students, faculty were in safe viewing area when explosion occurred

photos by Eugene Caffrey / The Antares rocket carrying a private, unmanned spacecraft to the International Space Station exploded shortly after liftoff on Tuesday, Oct. 28 from Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Va. photos by Eugene Caffrey / The Antares rocket carrying a private, unmanned spacecraft to the International Space Station exploded shortly after liftoff on Tuesday, Oct. 28 from Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Va.

OCEAN CITY — The Antares rocket carrying a private, unmanned spacecraft to the International Space Station exploded shortly after liftoff on Tuesday, Oct. 28 from Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Va.

The rocket was carrying Orbital Sciences’ Cygnus spacecraft and 5,000 pounds of food, water and student science experiments, including one created by six Ocean City High School students.

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General election Nov. 4

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Written by Claire Lowe Tuesday, October 28, 2014 05:14 pm

Seats up for grabs on local school board, U.S. House and Senate

From left are Joseph S. Clark Jr., Cecilia Gallelli-Keyes, Michael Allan James and Dale F. Braun Jr., the local candidates for the three open seats on the Ocean City Board of Education. From left are Joseph S. Clark Jr., Cecilia Gallelli-Keyes, Michael Allan James and Dale F. Braun Jr., the local candidates for the three open seats on the Ocean City Board of Education.

OCEAN CITY — Four candidates are hoping to fill the three open seats on the Ocean City Board of Education in the Nov. 4 general election.

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Ocean City Police blotter, edition of Oct. 28, 2014

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, October 28, 2014 10:58 am

Ocean City Police Blotter, edition of Oct. 28, 2014 Ocean City Police Blotter, edition of Oct. 28, 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 528 calls for service Oct. 19-25

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Space launch delayed

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Written by Claire Lowe Tuesday, October 28, 2014 10:07 am

Student scientists from Ocean City High School travel to Wallops Island, Va. to watch the launch of their experiment into space. Ocean City was one of only 20 high schools across the nation involved in this national Student Spaceflight Experiments Program project. Student scientists from Ocean City High School travel to Wallops Island, Va. to watch the launch of their experiment into space. Ocean City was one of only 20 high schools across the nation involved in this national Student Spaceflight Experiments Program project.

The launch of Mission 6 from Wallops Island, Va. was delayed from Monday evening to Tuesday at 6:22 p.m.

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Halloween Parade marches down Asbury Thursday

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Written by Ann Richardson Tuesday, October 28, 2014 12:00 am

Halloween Parade marches down Asbury Thursday Halloween Parade marches down Asbury Thursday

OCEAN CITY — Festive and fun, the Halloween Parade is one of Ocean City’s most beloved traditions. The 67th annual event will roll down Asbury Avenue on Thursday, Oct. 30 as darkness descends.

The parade features string bands, local high school musicians - including the Red Raider marching band - decorated floats, modern and antique fire trucks, and hundreds of costumed children.

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Ocean City events, edition of Oct. 29, 2014

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, October 28, 2014 12:00 am

Meet local businesses, local officials at chamber Welcome Night

Meet local businesses, local officials at chamber Welcome Night Meet local businesses, local officials at chamber Welcome Night

The Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Welcome Night 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29 at the Ocean City Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Welcome Night serves as a way for the chamber to introduce new and current residents to community, civic and social organizations; community leaders and city officials; and local businesses including restaurants, financial and insurance services, retail stores and medical offices.

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Ocean City community news, edition of Oct. 29, 2014

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, October 28, 2014 12:00 am

'Anything Goes’ at November art show

This November, it’s “Anything Goes” at the Art on Asbury Gallery Art Show and Exhibition, showcasing everything from the whimsical and surreal to the realistic and impressionistic. The Ocean City Fine Arts League invites all artists to submit up to two entries in the competition and exhibition. Maximum size is 50 united inches. Entry fee is $5 for members and $10 for non-members. Entries are accepted in all mediums and can reflect any theme. Entries can be dropped off from Friday, Oct. 31 through Tuesday, Nov. 4. A meet the artist reception and awards presentation will be held 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14 at the gallery, 608 Asbury Ave. Light refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public. The show runs through the end of November. For more information, call 609-814-0308 or see oceancityfineartsleague.org.

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Firefighters extinguish small fire at Playland’s

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Written by Ann Richardson Monday, October 27, 2014 03:31 pm

Amusements were not affected, cause under investigation

OCEAN CITY – The Ocean City Fire Department extinguished a small fire at Playland’s Castaway Cove on the boardwalk Sunday evening.

A passerby spotted the flames on the back deck of the amusement pier and called the fire department at 9:18 p.m. on Oct. 26.

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Volunteers clean beach, plant dune grass on sunny Saturday

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Written by Ann Richardson Monday, October 27, 2014 01:49 pm

A group of loyal 20th Street beachgoers cleaned their favorite beach during the biannual Clean Ocean Action Beach Sweep Saturday, Oct. 25.  From left are cousins Morgan DeCosta, Brittani Curtain, Shannon DeCosta and Maddy Presnall. A group of loyal 20th Street beachgoers cleaned their favorite beach during the biannual Clean Ocean Action Beach Sweep Saturday, Oct. 25. From left are cousins Morgan DeCosta, Brittani Curtain, Shannon DeCosta and Maddy Presnall.

OCEAN CITY — Monica Perri didn’t plan on spending her morning on the beach Saturday, Oct. 25, but a dune grass planting caught her eye as she cruised the Ocean City Boardwalk.

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