• 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.

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

    Several historic Ocean City properties were named the 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; Ocean City Transportation Center at $501,000; US Life Saving Station 30 at $143,031; Ocean City City Hall at $230,000; and My Shore House at $335,879.

  • 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.

  • PETERSBURG – Superintendent Vincent Palmieri said Monday that the school district is awaiting word from Ocean City on whether it will accept School Choice students in Upper Township at Ocean City High School.

    The Upper Township School District began accepting students through the Interdistrict Public School Choice Program starting this year. It was granted 35 seats through the program by the state Department of Education and filled them all, Palmieri said.

  • Ocean City holiday events calendar 2014

    Holiday craft show

    The Christmas Arts and Crafts Festival will be 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 22-23 at the Ocean City Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. This show features 75 booths with all new exhibitors designing and decorating. Call 800-822-4112.

Ocean City Gazette

Volunteers receive thanks at annual luncheon

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Written by Cathy Finnegan Sunday, October 07, 2012 12:00 am

Around our town with Cathy Finnegan Jay and Michele Gillian stand with volunteers Joe and Doris DiCorcia, Barbara and Bob Lautenschlager and Mike Dattilo at the Ecumenical Council luncheon.

The Ocean City Ecumenical Council held its annual volunteer’s luncheon at St. Peter’s United Methodist Church on a bright sunny day to thank those who work at the Food Cupboard and Clothes Closet. Sue Baker and Nancy Notaro greeted guests when they arrived and gave them their nametags. Don Paul was stationed outside St. Peter’s in the Wesley Avenue parking lot, which was filled with trucks of men working on the major renovations at the church, to direct volunteers to St. Peter’s lot on Central Avenue or the Presbyterian lot across the street.

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If it’s October, it must be Canada

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Written by Cindy Nevitt Friday, October 05, 2012 12:00 am

In Ocean City, Columbus Day is preceded by the annual Indian Summer Weekend and Block Party. In my life, it’s preceded by an annual trip to Canada.

The trek is not to see fall foliage, although by the first week of October, it’s not unusual to see the leaves on some trees turning colors. The trip is not to visit relatives because we truly know no one in Canada. The sole reason for going is to let my mother visit what she insists on calling her castle.

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Farewell to summer with museum’s annual luncheon

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Written by Cathy Finnegan Sunday, September 30, 2012 12:00 am

Dan Skeldon (center) is welcomed to Museum Luncheon by Jeff McGranahan, Jay and Michele Gillian and Floss and Ken Cooper.  Dan Skeldon (center) is welcomed to Museum Luncheon by Jeff McGranahan, Jay and Michele Gillian and Floss and Ken Cooper.

Bright sunshine and cool breezes off the ocean greeted guests when they arrived at The Flanders Hotel for the Ocean City Historical Museum’s 49th annual luncheon. Music filled the air as Steve Gring entertained at the grand piano in the upstairs lobby and Jean Robinsonand Carol Dotts welcomed guests and gave them name tags.

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Confessions from a Back to School Night flunkie

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Written by Cindy Nevitt Friday, September 28, 2012 12:00 am

Unfiltered Three years ago, I attended my last Back to School Night. My son was staring his senior year at Ocean City High School, and as I moved from classroom to classroom on that autumn night in 2009, it was with the sense that this was the last time I would ever do this.

And it was. Until the next year. And then again on Monday night.

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Ocean City residents head to Strathmere to celebrate Denise Jessel

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Written by Cathy Finnegan Sunday, September 23, 2012 12:00 am

  Gary and Denise Jessel pose for a picture with their family, Tricia and Paul Audino, Clay and DJ Rossiter and Sydney and Carley Rossiter. Gary and Denise Jessel pose for a picture with their family, Tricia and Paul Audino, Clay and DJ Rossiter and Sydney and Carley Rossiter.

There was a mass exodus out of Ocean City on a late summer Saturday night when over 200 guests made their way over the Corson’s Inlet bridge and converged on the beach outside the Deauville Inn to surprise Denise Jessel and celebrate this “party girl” turning 60.

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Happy 21st birthday, son. I got you just what you wanted

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Written by Cindy Nevitt Friday, September 21, 2012 12:00 am

Today, my son turns 21.

I have spent the last few weeks trying to think of a suitable gift to buy him, something that commemorates such a momentous occasion.

I have failed.

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Friends celebrate Bill Elliott’s retirement

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Written by Cathy Finnegan Sunday, September 16, 2012 12:00 am

Bill and Muriel Elliott, center, at Bill’s retirement dinner with Roy and Pat Gillian, Barbara and Rich Deaney and Pat Counsellor. Bill and Muriel Elliott, center, at Bill’s retirement dinner with Roy and Pat Gillian, Barbara and Rich Deaney and Pat Counsellor.

Friends and co-workers gathered at Greate Bay Country Club to wish a fond farewell to Bill Elliott for his successful years fundraising for Shore Medical Center Health Foundation. Guests were enjoying the social hour in the lounge where I sat down to talk to Doris and Joe DiCorcia, who have been married 64 years, have 11 grandchildren and are looking forward to the arrival of their first great grandchild in January.

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Back to school; Is it lunchtime yet?

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Written by Cindy Nevitt Friday, September 14, 2012 12:00 am

Last week, my children – like everyone else’s – went back to school. But mine are not children anymore. They’re adults.

They have been, for a number of years.

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Luncheon celebrates OC Pops

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Written by Cathy Finnegan Sunday, September 09, 2012 12:00 am

It was summer perfection as guests arrived at the Greate Bay Country Club for Friends of the Ocean City Pops 23rd annual luncheon. I stopped to chat with Joan Andrews, Schuy Wood – who got the cast off her arm an hour earlier – Marie Shafron and Carol Siwinski, who were waiting outside at the club entrance for Kathy Schwartz, who was parking her car.

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Excuse me, but are you going to eat that?

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Written by Cindy Nevitt Friday, September 07, 2012 12:00 am

For many, the end of summer signals the start of something else, most often the school year.

For me, the end of summer means no more Saturday mornings spent cleaning other people’s kitchens.

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Wood’s annual Ladies Night Out a fun night in

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Written by Cathy Finnegan Sunday, September 02, 2012 12:00 am

Schuy Wood chats with her guests, Judy Kolea, Marlin Craner, Kathie Hughes, Anne Dahme and Joan Walker. Schuy Wood chats with her guests, Judy Kolea, Marlin Craner, Kathie Hughes, Anne Dahme and Joan Walker.

Schuy Wood hosted her annual Ladies Night Out party at home on the Arkansas Avenue lagoon. Joan Walker, Marie Shafron and this columnist arrived at the same time in separate cars and, with parking at a premium, we joked about carpooling next time. Hazel Kavle didn’t have to worry as she walked over to the party. The ladies were gathered in the family room on the first floor of this triplex enjoying hors d’oeuvres with our hostess in the midst of the action.

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Summer’s done, but summer bucket list isn’t

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Written by Cindy Nevitt Friday, August 31, 2012 12:00 am

A few months ago, The Gazette published a Best of Summer Guide and invited local luminaries – some of whom work for this very paper – to contribute their wish lists for the summer. Shockingly, I was not one of them.

Undaunted, I made amends for the oversight and produced not one, but two lists of my own, answering the unasked question: What Would Cindy Do (WWCD)?

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