• TRENTON – Gov. Chris Christie signed legislation Friday that reflects recent court rulings and removes prohibitions against sports wagering in New Jersey.

    “As I’ve said all along, I am a strong proponent of legalized sports wagering in New Jersey. But given earlier decisions by federal courts, it was critical that we follow a correct and appropriate path to curtail new court challenges and expensive litigation,” Christie said. “I believe we have found that path in this bipartisan legislative effort.” 

  • The staff at Cape Regional Medical Center is training to be ready if a case of Ebola arrives in Cape May County. There was a drill this week, and hospital officials say they are updating their procedures to be ready, just in case. (photo by Jen Marra)CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – Kevin Thomas has his hands full.

    The Cape May County health officer is meeting with emergency service providers, hospital staff and others, getting ready for the worst.

    He is also fielding call after call from reporters in the region.

    It seems like everyone in the county – everyone in the world – is scared of Ebola.

    “There’s nothing to be scared about. It’s a matter of being prepared,” Thomas said Friday.

  • MARMORA – An Upper Township man has been charged with possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute and unlawful possession of a weapon after the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office Gangs, Guns and Narcotics Task Force and New Jersey State Police executed a search warrant on his home Thursday.

    Angelo Cuculino, 48, of Marmora, was found with more than 28 grams of marijuana and an amount of alpha-pyrrolidinopeniophenone, a stimulant, at his home, according to Prosecutor Robert Taylor. He also had three firearms and $19,225 in cash, the prosecutor said.

  • Skeptics continue to push for privacy protections

    CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE — County officials are continuing to move toward bringing drone testing to the Cape May County Airport.

    Some skeptics say too quickly.

    Last week, Freeholder Will Morey met with Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership officials, along with representatives of the Delaware River and Bay Authority at the airport in Lower Township.

  • Carey Stadium at Ocean City High School as seen from the air.(photo by Matt Ulmer)

    OCEAN CITY — Citing the need for more study, Mayor Jay Gillian said Tuesday, Oct. 14 that the city will discontinue the planned artificial turf installation at Carey Stadium until further notice.

    “In light of recent news media accounts regarding possible health risks associated with certain types of artificial turf on athletic fields, I have directed my staff to discontinue the planned project to install this material at Carey Stadium,” Gillian said.

  • Ann Richardson / At left, Barbara Maloney assists Jennifer Shirk, president of the Ocean City Library Board of Trustees, and Ocean City Mayor Jay Gillian, in unveiling a portrait of her son, Chris, which will hang in the library.

    OCEAN CITY – Barbara Maloney, the mother of the late Christopher Maloney, had tears in her eyes as she recalled the love her son had for the Ocean City Free Public Library, the organization he led for a decade before his sudden death last December.

    At the unveiling of a portrait of her son and the dedication of the lecture hall now named for him on Monday, Oct. 13 at the library, Maloney said it was “a happy day,” despite her grief, “a happy occasion in a wonderful room in a wonderful building.”

Ocean City Gazette

School says no infection concern over family that arrived in Ocean City from Africa

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Written by Ann Richardson Tuesday, October 21, 2014 03:05 pm

OCEAN CITY — A family recently moved into the Ocean City School District from Africa, but Superintendent Kathleen Taylor said the arriving family was not from an Ebola-affected area and has been cleared of the potentially deadly virus.

“Before this family attended our schools, we checked with several medical professionals and a background check was completed on the family,” Taylor said.  “This family is not from the affected area and has not been in contact with any affected people.” 

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Longport gets a seat at the table in Ocean City

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Written by Ann Richardson Tuesday, October 21, 2014 11:12 am

OCEAN CITY —When he took a seat at the board table at a Wednesday, Oct. 15 meeting of the Ocean City Board of Education, Carl Tripician made history.

Tripician, of Longport, was representing the Longport School District, the result of a sending-receiving relationship established between the two districts this year. While permitted to participate in board discussion, the Longport representative will not be permitted to vote.

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Ocean City administrators pleased with state report card

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Written by Ann Richardson Tuesday, October 21, 2014 12:00 am

Full reports will not be available until January

Ocean City administrators pleased with state report card Ocean City administrators pleased with state report card

OCEAN CITY — Presenting the school district’s annual state report card at a Wednesday, Oct. 15 meeting of the Ocean City Board of Education, Superintendent Kathleen Taylor was all smiles.

“It was a stellar year,” she said, as student scores on a wide variety of assessments had increased from the prior year, exceeding both the state and national average in every category.

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Rough seas keep fish away from tourney participants

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, October 20, 2014 02:08 pm

Submitted / Team CTS, first-place winner in the Ocean City Fishing Club’s Invitational Surf Fishing Tournament, is ready for action. Submitted / Team CTS, first-place winner in the Ocean City Fishing Club’s Invitational Surf Fishing Tournament, is ready for action.

“Where are all the fish?” That was a frequent question asked by many of the 200 anglers participating in the Ocean City Fishing Club’s 47th annual Invitational Surf Fishing Tournament on Saturday, Oct. 18.

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Ocean City Schools prepared for virus season

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Written by Ann Richardson Monday, October 20, 2014 02:01 pm

OCEAN CITY —With enterovirus and ebola much in the news, and flu season approaching, Superintendent Kathleen Taylor sought to calm the nerves of worried parents at a Wednesday, Oct. 15 meeting of the Ocean City Board of Education.

“Every year at this time, viruses go around and this year is no different,” she said. “The custodial staff works very hard to make sure that the schools are clean and disinfected.”

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Veteran, Ocean City resident honored for service to warfighters

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, October 20, 2014 01:49 pm

photo courtesy of Ken Watson / From left are Anthony Afanador and his father, wounded warrior Ed Afanador, New Jersey Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve public affairs liaison Donna Clementoni, and Seven Seals recipient Noel Koch after Koch received his award Sept. 26 at Mays Landing Country Club. photo courtesy of Ken Watson / From left are Anthony Afanador and his father, wounded warrior Ed Afanador, New Jersey Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve public affairs liaison Donna Clementoni, and Seven Seals recipient Noel Koch after Koch received his award Sept. 26 at Mays Landing Country Club.

MAYS LANDING — Noel Koch, veteran and former Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for the Office of Transition and Care Coordination, was honored with the Seven Seals Award on Sept. 26 at the Mays Landing Country Club, where he was participating in the April C. Kauffman Memorial Golf Outing.

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Golfers gather for Sunshine Foundation Classic

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Written by Cathy Finnegan Monday, October 20, 2014 12:00 am

Beth Bowman and Cathy Finnegan get together with Roger “Dougie” Albright, Scott Raab, Harry Vanderslice, Joe DiMarco and Mike Dattilo at the Sunshine Golf Classic. Beth Bowman and Cathy Finnegan get together with Roger “Dougie” Albright, Scott Raab, Harry Vanderslice, Joe DiMarco and Mike Dattilo at the Sunshine Golf Classic.

Warm weather greeted golfers when they arrived at the Linwood Country Club for the Sunshine Foundation Cape Atlantic Chapter’s 19th annual Sunshine Golf Classic. Local Sunshine Foundation President Carmen D’Angelo and wife Norma, along with Bev Ayotte handed out assignments.

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Bids opened for southend Ocean City beach fill

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Written by Claire Lowe Friday, October 17, 2014 10:39 pm

City has secured all easements necessary to complete long-awaited project

According to project manager Dwight Pakan of the Army Corp’s Philadelphia District, which is overseeing the project, bids were opened Friday, Oct. 10 and the low bidder was Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Co. of Oak Brook, Ill. for a base bid amount of approximately $58 million. According to project manager Dwight Pakan of the Army Corp’s Philadelphia District, which is overseeing the project, bids were opened Friday, Oct. 10 and the low bidder was Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Co. of Oak Brook, Ill. for a base bid amount of approximately $58 million.

The US Army Corps of Engineers is almost ready to award a contract for the southend Ocean City beach replenishment project.

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Next phase of boardwalk reconstruction to start Monday

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Written by Ann Richardson Friday, October 17, 2014 10:37 pm

Next phase of boardwalk reconstruction to start Monday Next phase of boardwalk reconstruction to start Monday

OCEAN CITY — The second phase of a multi-year boardwalk reconstruction project from Fifth to 12th Street is scheduled to begin on Monday, Oct. 20.

Last year, the city replaced the boardwalk’s aging concrete substructure and decking on a stretch from Brighton Place to Sixth Street. This year, the work continues from where it left off north of Sixth Street to Seventh Street.

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Ocean City man indicted on drug charges in Warren County

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Written by Claire Lowe Thursday, October 16, 2014 02:45 pm

An Ocean City man was one of four men indicted by a Warren County grand jury on drug charges Wednesday, Oct. 15, according to recent media reports.

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Young and talented: Flanders head chef leaving an impression

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Written by Ann Richardson Thursday, October 16, 2014 07:31 am

Blake Young, executive chef at The Flanders Hotel, a 2003 Ocean City High School graduate, was headed for a career in finance, but after the market crashed, found his true passion in the kitchen. Blake Young, executive chef at The Flanders Hotel, a 2003 Ocean City High School graduate, was headed for a career in finance, but after the market crashed, found his true passion in the kitchen.

OCEAN CITY — Graduating Monmouth University with a degree in finance, Blake Young was headed for a career in accounting when fate intervened. The market crashed and unable to find a job in his field, the 2003 Ocean City High School graduate headed home and back to the kitchen at Uncle Bill’s where he had worked his way through college.

From there Young landed a job at The Flanders and discovered his true passion was not in crunching numbers. Now executive chef at the historic hotel, the 29-year-old is making a big name for himself.

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Exchange Club recognizes OCHS student scientists

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, October 16, 2014 12:00 am

Submitted / From left are Alison Miles, Kaitlyn Wriggins, Mercy Griffith, Exchange Club President Bill Culp, Lauren Bowersock, Kristina Redmond and Daniel Loggi. Submitted / From left are Alison Miles, Kaitlyn Wriggins, Mercy Griffith, Exchange Club President Bill Culp, Lauren Bowersock, Kristina Redmond and Daniel Loggi.

The Exchange Club of Ocean City hosted six Ocean City High School students at a recent dinner meeting and applauded their efforts to have their science experiment sent to the International Space Station.

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