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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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Know before you go: Council to introduce budget 7 p.m. Thursday

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Written by Claire Lowe Wednesday, March 25, 2015 08:02 pm

Know before you go: Council to introduce budget 7 p.m. Thursday Know before you go: Council to introduce budget 7 p.m. Thursday

OCEAN CITY — City Council will vote on introducing a municipal budget when it meets 7 p.m. Thursday, March 26 at City Hall. The budget document was not publicly available with the agenda packet Wednesday on the city’s website. However, during a budget workshop in February, the administration presented a $72 million budget with a slight tax increase of less than one penny.

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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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Ocean City High School takes top prizes in Math Mayhem at Stockton University

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

First place individual Ben Jargowsky of Ocean City High School. First place individual Ben Jargowsky of Ocean City High School.

GALLOWAY – Students from Ocean City High School earned first place in both the team and individual portions of the fourth annual Mathematical Mayhem.

The event brought more than 60 students from 10 South Jersey high schools to Stockton University on Saturday, March 21 to compete in individual and team exams designed to challenge the students and assess their current skill development.

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Ocean City man convicted in 2013 assault after concert

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, March 23, 2015 12:43 pm

An Ocean City man was convicted Thursday, March 19 for attacking two men outside a country music concert, Camden County Prosecutor Mary Eva Colalillo announced.

A jury found John T. Kernan, 21, guilty on third-degree counts of aggravated assault and endangering an injured victim.

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Sandy survivors welcomed to repaired homes

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Written by Claire Lowe Monday, March 23, 2015 10:37 am

Jen Marra / Kenneth Thompson of Ocean City, left, listens as his renovated property is blessed by Rev. Lou Strugala, construction director with A Future With Hope, Friday, March 20.  Jen Marra / Kenneth Thompson of Ocean City, left, listens as his renovated property is blessed by Rev. Lou Strugala, construction director with A Future With Hope, Friday, March 20.

OCEAN CITY — Three local families, displaced due to damage from Hurricane Sandy for nearly two and half years, were welcomed back to their homes on Friday, March 20 with a housewarming celebration.

Catholic Charities of the Camden Diocese, along with A Future With Hope, Inc., hosted the celebrations at the three houses for Kenneth Thompson and Yolanda Boyer of the 600 block of Haven Avenue and Gloria Legette of 700 block of Simpson Avenue.

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