• Gov. Chris Christie holds a press conference to announce the activation of a statewide Ebola preparedness plan at Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack Wednesday, Oct. 22. Administration officials, state agencies and departments will work in a coordinated manner to ensure the health and safety of New Jersey residents is protected and to execute on decisions in an efficient and effective manner. (Governor's Office/Tim Larsen)

    Gov. Chris Christie signed Executive Order 164 on Oct. 22, creating the Ebola Virus Disease Joint Response Team to implement the state’s Ebola preparedness plan. The plan covers airport travel, public transportation, schools and universities, and hospitals.

  • Incumbents Joseph S. Clark Jr. and Cecilia Gallelli-Keyes are running for re-election with newcomers Michael Allan James and Dale F. Braun Jr. also seeking seats.

    OCEAN CITY — Four candidates are hoping to fill the three open seats on the Ocean City Board of Education in the Nov. 4 general election.

    Incumbents Joseph S. Clark Jr. and Cecilia Gallelli-Keyes are running for re-election with newcomers Dale F. Braun Jr. and Michael Allan James also seeking seats. Incumbent Tiffany Prettyman will not run for re-election.

  • Ocean City Halloween events 2014

    Ocean City Theatre Co. presents Halloween costume party

    The Greater Ocean City Theatre Company will host a spooktacular evening of fun at this year’s “Black and Orange” Halloween Costume Party 7-11 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24 at the Ocean City Yacht Club, 100 Bay Road in Ocean City.

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Kevin Gill, holding a proclamation, is honored by Upper Township Committee members (from left) John Coggins, Hobie Young, Richard Palombo, Anthony Inserra and Ed Barr.
PETERSBURG – Upper Township Committee last week honored Kevin Gill for winning the ocean swim event at the South Jersey Lifeguarding Championships this summer.

    Gill, 17, also helped the Upper Township Beach Patrol finish second overall at the Cape May County Championships by winning two events. He won the swimming events at the Beschen-Callahan Memorial Lifeguard Races, the Dutch Hoffman Memorial Lifeguard Championships and Margate Memorials.

  • TRENTON – The state Senate Judiciary Committee unexpectedly put a hold on two of Gov. Chris Christie’s nominees to the New Jersey Pinelands Commission last week.

    Committee chair Sen. Nicholas Scutari said at the beginning of the meeting on Thursday, Oct. 16 that he expected to have a vote on the nominees following their testimony and comments from members of the public. But after testimony from New Hanover Mayor Dennis Roohr and Robert Barr of Ocean City he adjourned the hearing.

  • 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.

  • Members of the Trail of Two Cities Committee visit the Ocean City Welcome Center overlooking the Route 52 causeway between the two cities where the event will be held on Nov. 1. Displaying Trail of Two Cities T-shirts are Sydney Somers and Peg Meidel of Somers Point and Mark Soifer, Karen Pratz and Wendy Moyle representing Ocean City.

    Trail of Two Cities Nov. 1

    The 25th annual Trail of Two Cities 5K Run/Walk over the causeway between Ocean City and Somers Point is set for 8 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 1. The event begins at the Ocean City Transportation Center, Ninth Street and Haven Avenue in Ocean City, and ends at JFK Park in Somers Point.

Ocean City Gazette

A tribute to Lafferty

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Written by Opinion Monday, July 23, 2012 08:57 pm

I remember as a boy of 16 how bigger than life Capt. Lafferty seemed to me. My mind has a very vivid memory of looking up at him, standing in uniform on the upper deck of the First Street beach patrol headquarters, reviewing the list that ultimately held the fate for the OCBP rookies of 1974. That day became the day that truly changed my life forever and started my friendships on the Ocean City Beach Patrol.

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Debbie Boone show a treat

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Written by Cathy Finnegan Sunday, July 22, 2012 01:00 am

Around Our Town Around Our Town

Hollywood came to Ocean City when Debby Boone was guest soloist at the Ocean City Pops Opening Night concert on the Music Pier. The daughter of Pat Boone, Debby became an overnight sensation with her recording in the early ’70s of “You Light Up My Life.” Debby had more hits on the charts and has appeared in musicals over the years, while raising four children, who are grown up now.

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Road tax should be paid by all who use our streets

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Written by Cindy Nevitt Friday, July 20, 2012 01:00 am

Last week, many Ocean City residents woke up to the news that one of their councilmen had suggested charging homeowners $125 a year to fix the city’s roads.

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OCPD should rethink its priorites

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Written by Opinion Wednesday, July 18, 2012 01:00 am

To the editor:

The Ocean City Police Department seems to have its priorities confused, in my opinion. I will admit that I made a mistake; however, I live in Ocean City, pay taxes here, vote here, etc.

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Who doesn’t want 50 percent more cash?

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Written by Opinion Wednesday, July 18, 2012 01:00 am

To the editor:

It was proposed, at the last council meeting to double the amount spent on road repair from $2.5 million a year (the current budgeted amount) to $5 million a year in order to accelerate the process of repairing city streets. It was also proposed that the extra $2.5 million be funded by a special tax assessment of (now) $125 per household (per year). When pressed on his proposal, Councilman Keith Hartzell raised the challenge of finding another way to fund $60 million of road improvements other than through a special tax assessment.

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The Business at Hand >> Hidden taxes in ObamaCare will harm the region

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Written by Ann Richardson Wednesday, July 18, 2012 01:00 am

As Congress was debating the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in early March 2010, former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said, “We have to pass the bill so you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of the controversy.”

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Club members get together at local barbecues

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Written by Cathy Finnegan Sunday, July 15, 2012 01:00 am

Sallie Eachus, Judy and Phil Kolea, Al Eachus and Michael Kolea pose for a picture at the Republican Club summer social and barbecue. Sallie Eachus, Judy and Phil Kolea, Al Eachus and Michael Kolea pose for a picture at the Republican Club summer social and barbecue. The Ocean City Republican Club welcomed summer with a social and barbecue on the bayside deck at Judy and Phil Kolea’s home. With parking at a premium,Cathy and John Flood and son Justin rode their bikes and were locking them when Jim and I walked up after parking down the street.

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It’s not the jobs or the businesses, it’s the perception Ocean City is closed

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Written by Cindy Nevitt Friday, July 13, 2012 01:00 am

Last week, when she was the featured speaker at a Fairness In Taxes meeting, Michele Gillian, the executive director of the Chamber of Commerce, said it is going to take jobs to make Ocean City a year-round community.

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Ocean City government at its worst

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Written by Opinion Wednesday, July 11, 2012 01:00 am

To the editor:

The Ocean City marina deal proposed by the administration, documented by solicitor Dottie McCrosson and approved by council was a terrible display of government in terms of process and substance.

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The Business at Hand >> Chamber of Commerce is vital to Ocean City’s success

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Written by Ann Richardson Tuesday, July 10, 2012 11:35 am

Gillian says it will take job creation to spur year-round growth

The Ocean City Chamber of Commerce represents 540 members of the business community, but as those gathered at a July 6 meeting of the civic group Fairness In Taxes learned, the chamber does far more than support local merchants.

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Friends gather for tribute to Pops supporters, the Mancos

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Written by Cathy Finnegan Sunday, July 08, 2012 01:00 am

Ivan Gomez, Kay and Frank Manco and Caitlin Bangle, seated, enjoy the dinner with Revs. Michael Rush and James Rush, Chuck and Mary Bangle, Kofi Wilson and Joan and Dave Kane. Ivan Gomez, Kay and Frank Manco and Caitlin Bangle, seated, enjoy the dinner with Revs. Michael Rush and James Rush, Chuck and Mary Bangle, Kofi Wilson and Joan and Dave Kane. It was a warm summer evening as guests arrived at the Greate Bay Country Club as the Friends of the Ocean City Pops honored Kay and Frank Manco for their support to the Pops Orchestra over the years. Judy Perkins and Ginny Coco welcomed Jim and I when we arrived and gave us our table assignment. Marie and Bud Knight were at the top of the stairs directing guests to their tables. Marie spent the past few days before the dinner arranging and rearranging table assignments trying to keep everyone happy.

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Heat can’t beat storm survivors

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Written by Cindy Nevitt Friday, July 06, 2012 01:30 am

The derecho that struck southern New Jersey last weekend flattened trees, downed power lines and smashed property, but was unable to do the same to the human spirit.

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