• Ann Richardson / Brandon Connor, 4 of Gibbsboro, visits Sandy Claus on Saturday, Aug. 30 in Ocean City. Sandy Claus visits Ocean City every Labor Day weekend to add a little cheer to the sadness everyone feels at the end of the summer.

    OCEAN CITY — Labor Day signals the end of summer for vacationers and second homeowners, which can be somewhat depressing. Looking to lighten the mood, Jack Brooks, a veteran of the Ocean City Beach Patrol, came up with the perfect antidote.

    Each year, Sandy Claus makes a special appearance on the northend beaches and boardwalk throughout the holiday weekend.

  • Attorney and author D. William Subin and his wife, Petra “Petie” Subin, join investigator Manford Ridgeway at a book signing Friday, Aug. 24 at Ozzie’s Luncheonette in Longport.LONGPORT – Longtime attorney D. William “Bill” Subin of Margate spent three years writing a book about his successful defense of a New Jersey state trooper who Subin said should have never been criminally charged with causing the death of two teenage sisters.

    Subin, who self-published his memoir, “Closing the Gap: The Trial of Trooper Robert Higbee” in October 2013, greeted customers and supporters Friday, Aug. 24 at Ozzie’s Luncheonette, where Longport Media was broadcasting the day’s edition of Barbara Altman’s Front Porch radio show.

  • The Bongo Café and Grille on Bay Avenue in Ocean City has announced it will close on Saturday, Sept. 13.

    OCEAN CITY — The Bongo Café and Grille on Bay Avenue in Ocean City has announced it will close on Saturday, Sept. 13.

    According to a post by the owners on the Bongo Café Facebook page, the reason for the closure is the effect the roadwork on Bay Avenue has had on business.

  • A new school year begins in Ocean City

    OCEAN CITY — Summer vacation comes to end next week for students in the Ocean City School District. The first day of school for students is Thursday, Sept. 4 and there is plenty to look forward to.

  • OCBP announces more unguarded beaches

    OCEAN CITY — The Department of Fire and Rescue Services has announced the following beaches will be unguarded beginning Monday, Aug. 25:

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TackleDirect, now in Egg Harbor Township, lures customers with service, expertise

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Written by Marjorie Preston Wednesday, December 14, 2011 01:00 am

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – In 1997, at the dawn of the internet era, father and son business partners Tom and Patrick Gill registered the domain name of their Ocean City store, “TackleDirect,” dubbing it the “world’s premier fishing outfitter.”

In 2011, that name seems prophetic. On a recent morning at the company’s new Tilton Road location, Patrick Gill checked on packages destined for Singapore, Hungary, the U.K., Norway, a U.S. military base, and Australia. TackleDirect, No. 566 on the list of Top 1000 Internet retailers, ships to 200 countries, and is “one of the fastest growing accounts for UPS in South Jersey,” said Patrick Gill.

Not bad for a onetime bait-and-tackle shop.

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Spinning Wheel to celebrate 40 years

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Written by Ann Richardson Tuesday, December 13, 2011 01:00 am

OCEAN CITY — With Christmas fast approaching, The Spinning Wheel is filled with red and white poinsettias, and a wide assortment of colorful coordinating holiday arrangements.

The seaside floral shop celebrates 40 years on Asbury Avenue in 2012; owners Mark and Linda Videtto worked hard to make that milestone, but it was a labor of love.

“The store is a joy to me, this town is a joy to me,” Mark Videtto said. “Every day we come to work together, and we work side by side all day. Linda enjoys being here as much as I do.

“We’re a real mom and pop shop, we know our customers by name; we’re like a family. We watch the children grow up: the proms, the weddings, all the happy moments. We are fortunate to have been able to offer a quality product for a reasonable price and build a loyal clientele.”

Linda and Mark Videtto met in Wildwood; Mark was managing seasonal businesses and Linda, then a recent University of West Virginia graduate, came to the Jersey Shore for a summer job. A teacher, she returned the following summer and never left.

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After 21 years, Calico and Cotton closes

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Written by Ann Richardson Monday, December 12, 2011 10:25 am

OCEAN CITY ---­­­­ Filled with fabric, cloth and other homey textiles – calico, cotton and otherwise – the Asbury Avenue shop was much more than a place where everyone knew your name.

For a small army of crafting enthusiasts, the crew at Calico and Cotton was family. Like the patchwork quilts they lovingly stitched together, they came from all walks of life, and indulging a shared passion, gathered daily at 715 Asbury Avenue. They would stitch to their hearts desire, sharing fabrics, ideas and patterns.

From the simple to the complex, there wasn’t a problem that couldn’t be solved, whether it involved a dropped stitch, a funky zipper, a busted button or a crying baby. Someone knew how to fix it, and they were more than happy to help.

So when the beloved shop - bursting at the seams with a passion for crafts and friendship ñ closed its doors after 21 years last month, more than a few tears were shed.

The faithful gathered on the last day to reminisce.

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Ocean City Business Briefs, Edition of Dec. 14, 2011

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Written by Staff Reports Sunday, December 11, 2011 01:00 am

Hinchman joins Goldcoast Sotheby's

Goldcoast Sotheby's International Realty in Ocean City announces Linda Hinchman, a native of Scranton, Pa. and a graduate of York College of Pennsylvania, as the firm’s newest broker-sales associate. Hinchman holds a designation from the Ocean City Board of Realtors as an Ocean City Real Estate Specialist, which is awarded to sales agents in recognition of the number of closed real estate transactions, commitment to real estate continuing education and dedication and service to the local community. Also a recipient of the NJ Circle of Excellence award for multiple years, Hinchman is committed to the highest standards of customer service, professionalism and ethics in the real estate market.

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Find a gift for everyone

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Written by Claire Lowe Saturday, December 10, 2011 01:00 am

Arlene Voudouris, owner of The Shoppes at The Flanders, in front of her stores located just off the boardwalk in Ocean City. OCEAN CITY — Arlene Voudouris, owner of The Shoppes at The Flanders, has combined three store spaces just off the boardwalk into a gift boutique with a variety of options that will suit almost everyone. From antiques to scarves to watches and jewelry, The Shoppes at The Flanders is a mish-mosh of great finds from all over the world.

“I operate them as one,” she said.

Voudouris bought The Shoppes about three and a half years ago.

“These were always stores in the past,” Voudouris said, recalling years past when coming to Ocean City on vacation and staring in the stores, wondering who would be lucky enough to own them.

“For many years, I would cry when I told this story because I can’t believe they’re mine,” she said.

Voudouris says she carries “pretty much anything you can think of.

“It has been a developing story,” she said.

First she filled one store, then another and then the third until all three were operational.

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The Wilkins Team sells family

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Written by Ann Richardson Tuesday, December 06, 2011 05:15 pm

Emily L. Wilkins, director of marketing, and her father, Burt Wilkins, owner of the Wilkins Team at Goldcoast Sotheby’s International Realty in Ocean City. OCEAN CITY — Buckled safely in her car seat, a young Emily Wilkins gladly accompanied her daddy from time to time as he brokered deals and tended to his budding real estate career. Later, at dinner, the family would share tidbits of their day and the little blond absorbed every detail.

At 26, Emily is still seated near her father, Burton “Burt” Wilkins, in a small office the two share at Goldcoast Sotheby’s International Realty. She’s still “daddy’s little girl,” but the grown up version is the younger half of the “Wilkins Team,” a father/daughter real estate duo.

Emily Wilkins made fast work of earning her real estate license when she turned 18. A 2003 Ocean City High School graduate, she headed for James Madison University, earning a degree in marketing. She worked at the Goldcoast office during the summer.

“After I graduated, I knew I wanted to sell real estate,” Wilkins said. Her father wanted her to experience the world, go out on her own for two years.

“I saw my brother go right into business with my father,” Burt Wilkins said. “The business got sold and he had never worked anywhere else. I didn’t want my kids to come in here and look back and wonder what else is out there. I wanted to make sure that Emily really wanted to be here.”

“I had to do my own thing, so I got a job at the Borgata and I loved it. I was in marketing, but I knew real estate was what I really wanted to do,” she said.

Two years later, she wanted to join the family firm.

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Get fit, meet people at Local Gym

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Written by Claire Lowe Tuesday, December 06, 2011 05:03 am

From left are Mark Impagliazzo, Patrick Carr and Fritz Hastings, owners of Ocean City Local Gym and Fitness on Asbury Avenue, which opened in October. Co-owner Russell Snow is not pictured. OCEAN CITY — When The Islander gym on Eighth Street closed two years ago, Patrick Carr and friends Mark Impagliazzo of Ocean City, Fritz Hastings of Linwood and Russell Snow of Beesleys Point felt there was something missing in the community.

Hastings and Impagliazzo were the former owners of The Islander, where Carr was a regular.

“We felt there was such a need for the community for a gym,” Carr said. “We know it’s more than a gym.”

He said it’s not only a place to work out and feel good, but it’s also a meeting place.

So in March, the group began working on Ocean City Local Gym and Fitness at 908 Asbury Ave. The gym was complete by the fall and doors opened Oct. 1.

The gym features a cardio area, light weight area, heavy iron area and a stretching area. A large garage door opens up onto the avenue when weather permits.

Local Gym and Fitness offers personal training with Hastings, Impagliazzo and Nancy Leary. Hastings is the head trainer with more than 40 years experience. Carr explained that Leary does TRX training upstairs in the loft.

“There’s a class every Wednesday night,” he said. “It’s rubber bands, using your own body weight.”

Classes are $10 for both members and non-members.

Students receive a discount at Local Gym and Fitness with an opening rate special of $40 for one month and $99 for three months. The gym is open 5:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 5:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday, 6 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, and 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.

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FIT hears details of Stainton’s plan

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Written by Ann Richardson Tuesday, December 06, 2011 01:00 am

Condo units, more retail set for Asbury landmark

OCEAN CITY — The owner of Stainton’s Square Mall said a proposed project to renovate the first floor of the former department store is moving forward as scheduled.

Appearing before a Dec. 2 Fairness in Taxes meeting, Harry Bassford said the first floor of the 100-year old Asbury Avenue landmark would soon become a shopping destination.

Hosting a bustling cooperative with 70 unique merchants, Bassford said the project would transform the ailing downtown.

“We’re going to bring the building back to life,” he said.

Renovated to house six large stores, the first floor renovation will provide for 10-by-10-foot areas where merchants will peddle candles, jewelry, perfume, children’s toys, gifts and art.

“The list goes on and on,” Bassford said.

The project would nearly double the current 100 shops along the avenue.

Dispelling talk of a “flea market,” Bassford said the “rumors flying” are not true. The project will be first class and high end, mirroring the Tea Berry project in Claremont, he said. The owners of “Tah Dah” on Asbury Avenue are signed up, as is Susan Conroy from Blind Design.

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Stay fit for the holidays with Local Gym and Fitness

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Written by Claire Lowe Monday, December 05, 2011 05:54 pm

Patrick Carr of Local Gym and Fitness in Ocean City discusses how to stay fit for the holidays.

 

OC Home Bank donates ‘Walk’ T-shirts to American Legion

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, December 05, 2011 04:51 pm

Bob England, center, of the American Legion, along with Bernadette Gizelbach and Tricia Ciliberto of Ocean City Home Bank, with some of the T-shirts the bank donated for the troops overseas. The shirts were left over from October’s Walk for the Wounded event, which raised money for wounded military and their families.   Bob England, center, of the American Legion, along with Bernadette Gizelbach and Tricia Ciliberto of Ocean City Home Bank, with some of the T-shirts the bank donated for the troops overseas. The shirts were left over from October’s Walk for the Wounded event, which raised money for wounded military and their families.

OCEAN CITY – On Oct. 1, at the third annual Walk for the Wounded on the Ocean City Boardwalk, Operation First Response sold souvenir T-shirts to raise money for injured soldiers and their families. The shirts that did not sell at the event will now help other military members. Ocean City Home Bank, which sponsored the walk, has donated approximately 100 extra shirts to the American Legion Morvay-Miley Post 524’s T-shirt drive for troops serving overseas.

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T-shirt donation helps troops overseas

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Written by STAFF REPORTS Tuesday, November 29, 2011 02:30 pm

OCEAN CITY — Just a few months ago, the Walk for the Wounded souvenir T-shirts served as an opportunity for Operation First Response to raise money for wounded soldiers and their families. Now, even the shirts that did not sell at the event have a chance to help the dedicated members of the military.

Ocean City Home Bank has donated approximately 100 Walk for the Wounded shirts to the American Legion Morvay-Miley Post 524’s T-shirt drive for troops serving overseas.

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Free week in OC brought smiles to eight lucky families

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, November 01, 2011 12:45 pm

The youngest member of the Reposa family enjoyed a week in Ocean City. The youngest member of the Reposa family enjoyed a week in Ocean City.

OCEAN CITY – It takes a lot more than good weather to lure visitors to the shore in the summer, especially when both an earthquake and a hurricane graze a resort within a week of each other during August.

City tourism officials said they were well-prepared for Mother Nature’s trials and tribulations with a weekly contest promotion that drove thousands of would-be visitors to the Ocean City Chamber of Commerce’s website despite the weather.

“The contest was huge,” said Nick Marotta, president of the Ocean City Board of Realtors and a member of the city’s tourism commission. “The contest went really well this year. One of the reasons why we started it last year was to interest visitors in checking us out.”

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