• Teen's suicide draws attention to district’s bullying, mental health policies

    Claire Lowe / Cassandra Rosamond, 19, of Ocean City reads anonymous stories from local students about bullying in Ocean City during a Wednesday, Dec. 17 Ocean City school board meeting.

    OCEAN CITY — Members of the community pressed the Ocean City Board of Education at its Wednesday, Dec. 17 meeting to make bullying and mental illness awareness priorities in the district in the wake of the death of Ocean City High School student Maliha Chowdhury.

  • Ocean City High School

    UPPER TOWNSHIP – School officials in Ocean City said they will not accept School Choice students from Upper Township’s middle school at Ocean City High School, Superintendent Vincent Palmieri said Monday.

    During the Upper Township Board of Education meeting Dec. 15, Palmieri said he and school board president Michele Barbieri met with high school principals and Ocean City Superintendent Kathleen Taylor on Thursday to discuss the issue, and were notified Friday that the students would not be admitted.

  • Jen Marra / Guests take a closer look at the names engraved on the glass plaques of the donor wall that was unveiled Friday, Dec. 12 in the lobby of the Ocean City Community Center. The wall was uncovered during the Ocean City Community Center Association’s Afternoon of Appreciation, recognizing the contributors who made the center possible.

    OCEAN CITY — The many volunteers who helped make the Ocean City Community Center a reality were honored Friday with the unveiling of a new Donor Wall during the Ocean City Community Center Association’s Afternoon of Appreciation.

    “That turned out so well. We couldn’t have been happier,” said Ken Cooper, chairman of the association.

  • Ocean City Downtown Holiday Dash Dec. 19

    A new race will take off in the downtown this month. The Ocean City Downtown Holiday Dash will begin 5:45 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19 on Asbury Avenue. The race begins at Fifth Street and finishes just beyond 14th Street. Race-day registration begins at 4:30 p.m. in the parking lot at Fifth Street and Asbury Avenue.

  • Strathmere, Sea Isle City dredging will start first, US Army Corps says

    Bill Barlow / A Dec. 9 nor'easter battered southend beaches in Ocean City, eroding some areas like here at 57th Street.

    A beach replenishment project in southend Ocean City, Strathmere and Sea Isle City is currently scheduled to begin in early March 2015, according to new information from the US Army Corps of Engineers, which is coordinating the project.

  • Projects could allow for water hook ups

    MARMORA – The Upper Township Zoning Board of Adjustment Thursday approved an amended site plan, conditional use and lot width and lot frontage variances for a New Jersey American Water project in Marmora that aims to increase water pressure in Upper Township.

    A new well facility there and a planned water tower in Seaville will be connected by a water main, potentially allowing residents to hook up to water service.

  • photos by Claire Lowe / Lawyer Solomon Rothschild (JoHannah Newman, a senior from Ocean City) protests as her client, Jacob Marley (TJ Rumer, a freshman from Marmora), is questioned by Ebenezer Scrooge (Justin Angelastro, a junior from Seaville).

    OCEAN CITY — Students in the Ocean City High School Drama Guild will put Jacob Marley and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future on the witness stand as they present “The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge” as their fall play next week.

    Making his directorial debut for the Drama Guild is Ocean City High School alumnus Don Toal Jr. A member of the class of 2003, Toal is also a substitute teacher and has worked in the arts for several years, directing shows and teaching classes for the Greater Ocean City Theatre Company.

Ocean City Gazette

The wheel’s already been invented, restaurant owners just need to ride it

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Written by Cindy Nevitt Friday, April 27, 2012 12:00 am

Since 70 percent of Americans drink alcohol, we can assume seven out of 10 adult visitors to Ocean City are inclined to imbibe. But due to archaic thinking, they can’t do so freely. Public consumption of alcohol here is a big no-no since a 1984 ordinance prohibited it, and it’s a bigger drain on the economy as carloads of happy hour habitués head out of town every day at sundown.

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Hospitals and holidays

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Written by Cindy Nevitt Friday, April 20, 2012 12:30 am

When her father ran over her foot with the car on Easter Sunday, it was just the latest in a long list of holidays my daughter has spent receiving medical attention.

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It’s Friday the 13th … again: triple the trouble, doubled this year

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Written by Cindy Nevitt Friday, April 13, 2012 12:30 am

This is a big year for Friday the 13th. There is always at least one Friday the 13th in a year; there are three of them in 2012. Today is the second Friday the 13th of this year. The first one was on Jan. 13. The next one is July 13.

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What doesn’t kill you …

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Written by Cindy Nevitt Friday, April 06, 2012 12:00 am

My life has become a Kelly Clarkson song.

“What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger,” the first American Idol brags in her latest top 10 hit. Yeah, girlfriend, you got that right.

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Leader of the pack

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Written by Cindy Nevitt Friday, March 30, 2012 02:00 am

If dogs are pack animals, how come all the stars are solo acts?

Lassie. Rin Tin Tin. Old Yeller.

Uggi, the four-legged star of this year’s Academy Award-winning Best Picture “The Artist.” “Air Bud.” The Taco Bell Chihuahua.

Scooby Doo. Snoopy. Marmaduke.

Dogs may be happier when they live in packs, but are we?

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Farewell, weird winter

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Written by Cindy Nevitt Friday, March 23, 2012 02:00 am

Tuesday was the first day of spring. You’re excused if you didn’t notice.

We’ve just ended the fourth warmest winter since recordkeeping began in 1895, a non-winter that, at an average 36.8 degrees, was just 0.4 degrees cooler than the warmest winter on record, 1999-2000, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climatic Data Center. Closer to home, the NOAA said Trenton had its warmest winter ever.

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Getting it together to get together

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Written by Cindy Nevitt Friday, March 16, 2012 12:45 am

We mark time with annual events. In my family, two of those events are my parents’ birthdays.

Every year in March and April, we struggle to find a date when five “mature” adult children, their spouses and their adult children can gather for the patriarch’s and matriarch’s birthdays. Every other year – perhaps not as often – we achieve success. The other years, we settle for some success.

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We’ve come a long way, baby. Backward!

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

Two decades ago, 90 percent of people judged women who did not take their spouse’s surname upon marriage. As might be expected, that number has since changed. Now, 97 percent of people hold a dim view of women who do not change their names.

How did that happen? How did we take such a giant leap backward?

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OC Unfiltered >> Stormy weather I have known

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Written by Cindy Nevitt Friday, March 02, 2012 12:00 pm

What’s the lowest point in Ocean City? It’s pretty much everywhere I’ve lived.

For the past 30 years, I’ve suffered flood damage and losses at three different addresses, have owned hip-waders, not as a fashion statement, but as a wardrobe necessity, and experienced the unparalleled joy of slogging through thigh-high water in search of a dry patch so my 4-pound dog can do its business without doggie paddling.

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OC Unfiltered >> Brave has a color: gray

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Written by Cindy Nevitt Friday, February 24, 2012 12:00 am

Two years ago, I decided to stop the farce of coloring my hair and let it do what it wants to do. It wants to be gray.

For 10 years, I’d done a terrible job at maintaining the color. In all honesty, because it was never my idea to color my hair, I wasn’t committed to maintaining it. My daughter, who was in fifth grade at the time, cajoled me into coloring my hair because she thought the gray made me look older than I was. Coloring your hair, like any other vice, is one of those things that you’re better off never starting.

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OC Unfiltered >> ShlOCals and others who call Ocean City home

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Written by Cindy Nevitt Friday, February 17, 2012 12:00 am

Two weeks ago, I wrote a column about the lOCal phenomenon. That led to my introduction to a word I’d never heard before: “Shlocal.”

Jim and Jen Cupit Jim and Jen Cupit

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OC Unfiltered >> Jury selection process is slow and antiquated

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Written by Cindy Nevitt Friday, February 10, 2012 12:00 am

Earlier this week, I had my first encounter with the American justice system, summoned to serve as a potential juror. I had successfully avoided stepping into the courthouse in Cape May County for 35 years, but not this time.

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