• 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Ocean City Gazette

Black Friday gives holiday shopping a black eye

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Written by Cindy Nevitt Friday, November 23, 2012 10:03 am

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Today is one of the year’s two biggest shopping days. In fact, Black Friday, acknowledged as the official start of the Christmas shopping season, arrived in stores so many hours ago it was still Thursday.

Before many turkeys were even served on Thanksgiving Day, some even bigger turkeys camped out in the cold in tents on sidewalks outside big-box stores for the chance to be first at the biggest sales.

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Exchange club travels to Washington, D.C.

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Written by Cathy Finnegan Sunday, November 18, 2012 12:00 am

Brian Barry and Nicholas Hanson welcome Ron and Beverly Denney and Cathy and Jim Finnegan to lunch at the Marine training base. Brian Barry and Nicholas Hanson welcome Ron and Beverly Denney and Cathy and Jim Finnegan to lunch at the Marine training base.

On the road again. That’s right, Ron Denney put together another trip in a series of educational excursions sponsored by the Exchange Club of Ocean City to military training facilities.

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Responders from near and far aiding Ocean City in recovery from Sandy

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Written by Cindy Nevitt Friday, November 16, 2012 12:00 am

As Ocean City began the long process of recovery from Superstorm Sandy, many organizations and individuals pitched in to aid with the effort. The sense of community that has always been so strong in this town grew stronger, and many were rightfully commended for it.

What was less unexpected is the national response to this disaster. No matter where you go in town, you are likely to see a vehicle with an out-of-state license plate manned by out-of-state workers. Sandy has brought both people who love Ocean City and people who have never been to Ocean City here to help in our hour of deepest need.

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Supporters come out for Susan Sheppard

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Written by Cathy Finnegan Sunday, November 11, 2012 12:00 am

It was a beautiful clear fall night when friends of Susan Sheppard gathered on the outside deck at the Deauville Inn for a benefit to support Susan in her bid for Cape May County surrogate.

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An act of God becomes a religious recruiting tool

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Written by Cindy Nevitt Friday, November 09, 2012 12:00 am

Hurricane Sandy stopped being a natural disaster and turned into a religious event over the weekend.

The first time I noticed that happening was Sunday at the StaintonSeniorCenter, when someone I know mentioned he hasn’t seen me at church in awhile. If he volunteered on the four cooking committees I do, he would see me plenty. But I didn’t call him out on his lack of service in the kitchen.

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Hurricanes I have known

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Written by Cindy Nevitt Friday, November 02, 2012 12:00 am

The pictures from the last few days look very familiar. Boats piled on top of one another in marinas or on land, all where they don’t belong. Walls that have collapsed, roofs that are missing, houses that have been pushed off their foundations. Trees uprooted, sand in the streets, sodden personal belongings piled at the curb.

We’ve seen these pictures before, mostly after hurricanes that have made landfall in Florida and North Carolina. This time, though, the background is all wrong. This time, the destruction is here at the Jersey Shore.

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Community Center supporters celebrate success in Longport

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Written by Cathy Finnegan Sunday, October 28, 2012 12:00 am

Community Center Association gala committee members Ken Cooper, Laurie Howey, Karen Pratz, Drew Fasy, Cricket Frank, Pam Horn and Fred Marcell take a break for a picture. Community Center Association gala committee members Ken Cooper, Laurie Howey, Karen Pratz, Drew Fasy, Cricket Frank, Pam Horn and Fred Marcell take a break for a picture.

The Ocean City Community Center Association held an End of Summer Gala recently at Café Luciano. Board members Laurie Howie, Karen Pratz, Cricket Frank and Fred Marcell welcomed guests and made sure they purchased lots of 50/50 raffle tickets while Ken Cooper, sporting his shorts, circulated around the room chatting with everyone.

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The power of one

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Written by Cindy Nevitt Friday, October 26, 2012 12:00 am

The administration has been taking a beating lately from the residents of Merion Park.

On Oct. 23, six people from Merion Park – specifically, residents of Bartram, Oxford, Victoria and Westminster lanes and Argyle Place – opened the public comment portion of that night’s City Council meeting with one story after another regarding the ongoing, worsening issue of flooding in the neighborhood.  

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Lots of laughs at annual chamber roast

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Written by Cathy Finnegan Sunday, October 21, 2012 12:00 am

Around our Town with Cathy Finnegan Bill and Muriel Elliott, center, smile with Jay Gillian, Abby Crafts, Greg Gregory, and Caren and Brian Broadley.

When the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce roasted Bill Elliott at their annual event at Sandi Point, the sign outside the restaurant appropriately read “Special Tonight – Roasted Elliott.” Shawnda McGinnis, Barbara Brown and Caitlin Greene greeted guests when they arrived while Michele Gillian and Rose Savastano made final arrangements in the dining room.

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What’s the sense in speaking if no one is listening?

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Written by Cindy Nevitt Friday, October 19, 2012 12:00 am

Unfiltered After 18 of 22 speakers Wednesday night voiced concerns and negativity toward the master plan re-exam, the planning board voted unanimously to adopt it. In doing so, I feel the seven present members of the board showed a callous disregard for the general public it should serve.

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50th anniversary a reason to celebrate

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Written by Cathy Finnegan Sunday, October 14, 2012 12:00 am

The Finnegan clan is joined by Cathy’s brother John Maberry and family and Jim’s sister, Suzanne Ahnell and family at Cathy and Jim Finnegan’s anniversary party. The Finnegan clan is joined by Cathy’s brother John Maberry and family and Jim’s sister, Suzanne Ahnell and family at Cathy and Jim Finnegan’s anniversary party.

A 50th wedding anniversary is a special occasion, so for the past year this columnist has been planning a celebration of this milestone in our lives. After our children surprised Jim and I with a 40th anniversary party 10 years ago, I knew I wanted to be in charge of our 50th, so picking the venue was first.

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If you build it, will they come?

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Written by Cindy Nevitt Friday, October 12, 2012 12:00 am

“If you build it, they will come.”

So a voice whispered in “Field of Dreams,” the 1989 major motion picture that spawned the very catch phrase today being paraphrased by certain parties in Ocean City.

These parties believe that the mere act of building single-family homes will bring an influx of year-round residents to this island.

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