• PETERSBURG – Members of the Upper Township Board of Education said last week that they are still seeking to restore some of their voting rights on the Ocean City school board.

    Three Upper Township school board members serve on the Ocean City school board. They are permitted to vote on issues affecting Upper Township students, but since 2010 they have not had a say in the election of the Ocean City Board of Education president, vice president or solicitor.

  • Ocean City High School senior Devon Grisbaum did something on Saturday that only one other runner in Cape-Atlantic League history has done - she won the NJSIAA Meet of Champions.

    Grisbaum ran the Homdel Park course in 18 minutes, 19.26 seconds to finish a little more than 2.5 seconds ahead of Mainland freshman Alyssa Aldridge. Grisbaum had finished third and Aldridge fourth in the State Group 3 Meet a week earlier and have run one-two all season.

  • Ocean City named third smartest small town by Forbes

    According to a new list by Forbes, Ocean City – and the rest of Cape May County – was named one of America's smartest cities. The metropolitan statistical area was ranked third on the list of small towns by contributors Joel Kotkin and Mark Schill.

  • Claire Lowe / Ocean City High School and Intermediate School students work together on posters that depict the negative effects of smoking to celebrate the Great American Smokeout Thursday, Nov. 20.

    OCEAN CITY — To celebrate the American Cancer Society’s annual Great American Smokeout, Ocean City High School’s REBEL and SADD clubs presented to over 80 students in Renee Bendig’s health classes on Thursday, Nov. 20 on the negative effects of tobacco use.

    Latching on to the city and school district’s Did You Know? campaign, members of SADD, which stands for Students Against Destructive Decisions, and REBEL, formerly SCAT or Student Coalition Against Tobacco, traveled to the Ocean City Intermediate School to encourage their younger cohorts to stay away from smoking.

  • Ocean City holiday events calendar 2014

    Horse and carriage rides and photos with Santa

    Noon-3 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 22 through Dec. 21 will be horse and carriage rides in front of City Hall, Ninth Street and Asbury Avenue, and photos with Santa at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace.

  • St. Peter's United Methodist Church was one of several Ocean City historic properties awarded $1.3 million in Sandy Relief grants

    OCEAN CITY — Several historic Ocean City properties were named recipients of Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief Grants Wednesday, Nov. 19, with awards totaling over $1.3 million.

    Recipients include St. Peter's United Methodist Church at $145,229; First Presbyterian Church at $151,000; and My Shore House at $335,879, as well as the city-owned Ocean City Transportation Center at $501,000; US Life Saving Station 30 at $143,031; and City Hall at $230,000.

  • OCEAN CITY — The city is hosting a public meeting to discuss phase II of the northend road improvement project 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25 at St. Francis Cabrini Church in Culliney Hall, 114 Atlantic Ave. in Ocean City.

Ocean City Gazette

Discounted First Night buttons available until Dec. 1

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, November 27, 2014 12:00 am

photo courtesy of Donald B. Kravitz / From left are First Night committee members Jim Mallon, aide to the mayor; Bob Bleven, former city police chief; Jean Jacobson of Ocean City Home Bank; Walt Hohman of Ward's Pastry; Tricia Ciliberto of Ocean City Home Bank; Ocean City Publicist Mark Soifer; Rose Savastano of the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce; Sally Huff, city tourism commission member; Michele B. Gillian, chamber executive director; and Mayor Jay Gillian. Three full color banners announcing First Night have been donated to the city by Dietz and Watson, a longtime sponsor of city events. photo courtesy of Donald B. Kravitz / From left are First Night committee members Jim Mallon, aide to the mayor; Bob Bleven, former city police chief; Jean Jacobson of Ocean City Home Bank; Walt Hohman of Ward's Pastry; Tricia Ciliberto of Ocean City Home Bank; Ocean City Publicist Mark Soifer; Rose Savastano of the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce; Sally Huff, city tourism commission member; Michele B. Gillian, chamber executive director; and Mayor Jay Gillian. Three full color banners announcing First Night have been donated to the city by Dietz and Watson, a longtime sponsor of city events. First Night Committee members recently gathered at the Chamber of Commerce Information Center for a planning session. Admission buttons are now on sale for $15. They increase to $20 beginning Dec. 1.

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Guest Column: The cost of Black Friday is getting too high

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Written by Claire Lowe Thursday, November 27, 2014 12:00 am

It’s something we all have been thinking, but who will say it out loud: Black Friday deals aren’t just ruining Thanksgiving, they are ruining Black Friday.

I was one of those Black Friday shoppers. Not the crazy ones, who would wait in long lines in the freezing cold and push over old ladies in wheelchairs to get the best deal. But I did get up extra early on the Friday after Thanksgiving, no matter how much wine I drank or dessert I ate, to get to my favorite stores for doorbusters and major discounts.

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Santa kicks off Christmas in Ocean City Friday

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, November 27, 2014 12:00 am

File photo / Santa arrives in Ocean City during ‘Our Miracle on Asbury Avenue’ in November 2013. File photo / Santa arrives in Ocean City during ‘Our Miracle on Asbury Avenue’ in November 2013.

OCEAN CITY — An old-fashioned family Christmas in downtown Ocean City is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 28, the day after Thanksgiving. During “Our Miracle on Asbury Avenue,” the downtown from Sixth to 11th streets will be full of holiday spirit and entertainment to accompany everyone’s holiday shopping experience beginning at 2 p.m.

Features of the day will include visits with Santa in the gazebo at the Mark Soifer Park across from City Hall 2-4 p.m., a special appearance by the Phillie Phanatic 4-6 p.m., carolers in Victorian costumes and free horse and carriage rides 1-4 p.m. 

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Residents give input on northend traffic improvements

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Written by Claire Lowe Wednesday, November 26, 2014 11:49 am

Assistant engineer Art Chew shows which roads will be paved as part of phase II of a planned road improvement project. Assistant engineer Art Chew shows which roads will be paved as part of phase II of a planned road improvement project.

OCEAN CITY — Residents in Ocean City’s 1st Ward had a chance to give input on an upcoming road improvement project in their neighborhood, which will include traffic-calming measures in addition to paving and drainage work.

Ocean City engineer Roger McLarnon and assistant engineer Arthur Chew presented plans for the areas of Bridge Boulevard and Gardens Parkway, West Inlet Road and Battersea, and West Inlet Road at Crescent during a meeting Tuesday, Nov. 25 at Culliney Hall.

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Vegan challenges guinea pig at Quiet Festival

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, November 26, 2014 12:00 am

submitted / Lisa Rose, a feisty Vegan from North Jersey, heard about Ocean City's Quiet Festival and its lettuce-eating competition during the Quiet Pet Contest Saturday, Nov. 15 and couldn’t resist the challenge. submitted / Lisa Rose, a feisty Vegan from North Jersey, heard about Ocean City's Quiet Festival and its lettuce-eating competition during the Quiet Pet Contest Saturday, Nov. 15 and couldn’t resist the challenge.

Lisa Rose, a feisty Vegan from North Jersey, heard about Ocean City's Quiet Festival and its lettuce-eating competition during the Quiet Pet Contest Saturday, Nov. 15 and couldn’t resist the challenge.

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Marine unit Officer Porreca honored by Coast Guard

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Written by Claire Lowe Tuesday, November 25, 2014 10:14 am

Claire Lowe / Coast Guard Station Atlantic City and Station (Small) Great Egg Commander CK Moore presents Ocean City Patrolman John Porreca with a certificate of merit Monday, Nov. 24. Claire Lowe / Coast Guard Station Atlantic City and Station (Small) Great Egg Commander CK Moore presents Ocean City Patrolman John Porreca with a certificate of merit Monday, Nov. 24.

OCEAN CITY — For his efforts over the last two years operating the city’s marine unit, Ocean City Patrolman John Porreca was recognized with a certificate of merit from the United States Coast Guard Monday, Nov. 24 at the city police department.

Standing alongside police Capt. Jay Prettyman, Chief Chad Callahan, and Coast Guard Station Atlantic City and Station (Small) Great Egg Commander CK Moore, Porreca listened as Petty Officer 1st Class Anthony Procida read off his accomplishments.

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Ocean City Intermediate School honor roll

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, November 25, 2014 12:00 am

Ocean City Intermediate School honor roll Ocean City Intermediate School honor roll

The following students were named to the Ocean City Intermediate School honor roll for the first marking period of the 2014-2015 school year.

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Board and commission volunteer opportunities

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, November 25, 2014 12:00 am

The city of Ocean City has the following volunteer positions are available:

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More to be thankful for

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Written by Claire Lowe Tuesday, November 25, 2014 12:00 am

Ocean City Home Bank Employees collect food for Jewish Family Services Thanksgiving dinner packages

Submitted / Employees on the second floor of Ocean City Home Bank's Ocean City branch donate grocery bags filled with enough food to allow 20 area families to prepare Thanksgiving dinner. In addition, the bank collected food in each of its locations to donate to Jewish Family Services of Atlantic and Cape May Counties. Submitted / Employees on the second floor of Ocean City Home Bank's Ocean City branch donate grocery bags filled with enough food to allow 20 area families to prepare Thanksgiving dinner. In addition, the bank collected food in each of its locations to donate to Jewish Family Services of Atlantic and Cape May Counties.

OCEAN CITY — Ocean City Home Bank employees set out on a mission to help local families have Thanksgiving dinner this year and more than fulfilled their goal.

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Shoppers are up ‘Earlier than the Bird’ for good deals

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Written by Jen Marra Tuesday, November 25, 2014 12:00 am

Jen Marra / Haley Dalton, 16, of Mullica Hill spends the morning shopping in her pajamas with Brendan Haddon, 17, of Ocean City during the Earlier than the Bird Downtown Shopping Extravaganza Saturday, Nov. 22 on Asbury Avenue in Ocean City. Dalton carries a bag from Mew to You with a few Disney collectibles. Jen Marra / Haley Dalton, 16, of Mullica Hill spends the morning shopping in her pajamas with Brendan Haddon, 17, of Ocean City during the Earlier than the Bird Downtown Shopping Extravaganza Saturday, Nov. 22 on Asbury Avenue in Ocean City. Dalton carries a bag from Mew to You with a few Disney collectibles.

Haley Dalton, 16, of Mullica Hill spends the morning shopping in her pajamas with Brendan Haddon, 17, of Ocean City during the Earlier than the Bird Downtown Shopping Extravaganza Saturday, Nov. 22 on Asbury Avenue in Ocean City. Dalton carries a bag from Mew to You with a few Disney collectibles. 


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Leadership club ‘Picnic in Paradise’ raises funds for scholarships

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Written by Claire Lowe Monday, November 24, 2014 04:47 pm

Claire Lowe / The chefs who donated their time to the scholarship dinner, from left, are Alan Fen of Island Shore in Marmora, Joe Massaglia of Mama Mia’s in Seaville, Michael Carmody of OC Surf Café in Ocean City, Andrew Yoa of Island Grill in Ocean City, Stefan Zareba of Blue Dolfin in Marmora, and John Szabo of Positively 4th Street Café in Ocean City. Not shown are chefs Bill McGinnity of Cousin’s, David “Reds” Brigdens of Red’s Jersey Mex Café, Paul Stryker of Arlene’s on Asbury, Walter Hohman of Ward’s Pastry, Ralph Diclemente of Bennie’s Bread and Alfred Sacco of Sack O’ Subs, all in Ocean City. Claire Lowe / The chefs who donated their time to the scholarship dinner, from left, are Alan Fen of Island Shore in Marmora, Joe Massaglia of Mama Mia’s in Seaville, Michael Carmody of OC Surf Café in Ocean City, Andrew Yoa of Island Grill in Ocean City, Stefan Zareba of Blue Dolfin in Marmora, and John Szabo of Positively 4th Street Café in Ocean City. Not shown are chefs Bill McGinnity of Cousin’s, David “Reds” Brigdens of Red’s Jersey Mex Café, Paul Stryker of Arlene’s on Asbury, Walter Hohman of Ward’s Pastry, Ralph Diclemente of Bennie’s Bread and Alfred Sacco of Sack O’ Subs, all in Ocean City.

OCEAN CITY — Offering dishes from a dozen local chefs, students raised money for scholarships Thursday, Nov. 20 during the annual Ocean City High School Leadership Club Scholarship Dinner in the high school cafeteria.

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Ocean City Police blotter, edition of Nov. 25, 2014

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Written by Staff Report Monday, November 24, 2014 04:45 pm

Ocean City Police Blotter, edition of Nov. 25, 2014 Ocean City Police Blotter, edition of Nov. 25, 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 543 calls for service Nov. 16-22

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