• One resident said it sounded like a long, loud growl - another thought they'd acquired a ghost

    People in Cape May and Atlantic counties are reporting what some believe have been an earthquake, though others believe it may have been more akin to a sonic boom.

    Some have placed the time at about noon, while others say it was closer to 2 p.m.

    Ralph Walter, West Cape May, said he was fishing on Cape May Point Beach when he heard a rumble. “It was dark on the Delaware beach side, and at first I thought it was thunder,” he said. “But if it was thunder, it was weirdest thunder I've ever heard. It was more like a growl that went on for about four seconds.”

    Walter said he didn't catch anything today, but found some seaglass.

    In North Cape May and Cape May Court House, Becky Sargent and Jean MacCoy said they heard the rumble, though the ground didn’t shake.

  • The NJSIAA released the pairings Wednesday for the boys and girls soccer state tournaments, which are set to begin early next week. Most high school soccer teams from Cape May County will participate.

    In boys soccer, Ocean City is the No. 1 seed in South Jersey Group III. The defending sectional champions will host No. 16 Timber Creek in an opening-round game.

    Middle Township has earned the No. 4 seed in South Jersey Group II. The Panthers will host No. 13 Cedar Creek in their first playoff game. Also in Group II, Lower Cape May is the No. 16 seed and will go to top-seeded Sterling in the first round.

  • Ocean City High School field hockey team, ranked No. 2 in South Jersey and No. 3 in the state, lost to Eastern, the No. 1 ranked team in the nation, 6-1, Tuesday afternoon in Voorhees. Raider junior Maria Farnan scored the game's first goal with an assist from sophomore Alexis Paone to give Ocean City (18-1) a 1-0 lead.

    Cory Terry’s team begins its quest for a third straight state championship on Thursday at Trish LeFever Field when it hosts Mainland. The Mustangs defeated Winslow, 9-0, on Monday in the first round of NJSIAA Group 3. OCHS, the No. 2 seeded team, had a bye in the first round. Thursday’s game is a rematch of last season’s South Jersey final.

  • Superintendent says students, faculty were in safe viewing area when explosion occurred

    photos by Eugene Caffrey / The Antares rocket carrying a private, unmanned spacecraft to the International Space Station exploded shortly after liftoff on Tuesday, Oct. 28 from Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Va.

    OCEAN CITY — The Antares rocket carrying a private, unmanned spacecraft to the International Space Station exploded shortly after liftoff on Tuesday, Oct. 28 from Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Va.

    The rocket was carrying Orbital Sciences’ Cygnus spacecraft and 5,000 pounds of food, water and student science experiments, including one created by six Ocean City High School students.

  • Seats up for grabs on local school board, U.S. House and Senate

    From left are Joseph S. Clark Jr., Cecilia Gallelli-Keyes, Michael Allan James and Dale F. Braun Jr., the local candidates for the three open seats on the Ocean City Board of Education.

    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.

  • Halloween Parade marches down Asbury Thursday

    OCEAN CITY — Festive and fun, the Halloween Parade is one of Ocean City’s most beloved traditions. The 67th annual event will roll down Asbury Avenue on Thursday, Oct. 30 as darkness descends.

    The parade features string bands, local high school musicians - including the Red Raider marching band - decorated floats, modern and antique fire trucks, and hundreds of costumed children.

  • 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.

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Ocean City Business News in Brief, edition of Aug. 15, 2012

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, August 13, 2012 01:00 am

Quintin team named top real estate team by Wall Street Journal

The Jeff Quintin real estate team of Prudential, Fox and Roach was named one of America’s top real estate teams by the Wall Street Journal and Real Trends. The Wall Street Journal/Real Trends “Thousand” is a ranking of the top 1,000 real estate teams and individuals based on transactions and sales volume in 2011. The Jeff Quintin team was ranked 162 in the nation with sales volume totaling $60,054,958. They are also the only team from South Jersey ranked in the top 200.

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Arts Center celebrates 50 years of boardwalk art with luncheon

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Written by Cathy Finnegan Sunday, August 12, 2012 01:00 am

Around Our Town with Cathy Finnegan Peggy Lloyd, center, enjoys the arts center luncheon with her guests Dennis and Joan Myers and Rosemary and Lewis Lloyd, seated, and Dot Turner, Martha Snellbaker, Sigrid Ware and Kathy Gale, standing.

The Ocean City Arts Center held their 21st annual summer luncheon celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Boardwalk Art Show on a beautiful, sunny day at the Greate Bay Country Club. Board members and former chairs of the luncheon, Jane Charles and Marion Talese, were in the foyer to greet guests and give out table assignments.

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Cry me a river, buy me a canoe

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Written by Cindy Nevitt Friday, August 10, 2012 01:00 am

From a city that sometimes makes Venice look like a puddle, you’d expect a list ranking the worst spots for flooding.

Your expectations would be unmet, however, because Ocean City does not have any such document.

Neither rain nor hail nor sleet nor dark of night can stay the U.S. Postal Service from its rounds. But what about flooding, such as this at the end of West 55th Street?	Neither rain nor hail nor sleet nor dark of night can stay the U.S. Postal Service from its rounds. But what about flooding, such as this at the end of West 55th Street?

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Will special assessment be tax deductible?

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Written by Opinion Wednesday, August 08, 2012 01:00 am

To the editor:

I question whether or not the suggested special $125 annual tax assessment for each Ocean City housing unit to accelerate the pace of funding capital improvements for street paving and drainage is deductible as a real estate tax on property owners' income tax returns. Deductible real estate taxes are those which are based on the assessed value of taxpayers' real property. A flat $125 assessment for each housing unit does not meet that requirement.

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Thoughts on the roads and drainage issue

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Written by Opinion Wednesday, August 08, 2012 01:00 am

To the editor:

Give credit to Keith Hartzell for galvanizing the public's attention on this issue. Let's objectivity say where we stand today. The city underinvested in its roads and drainage for 20 years. Mayor Perillo's administration spent approximately $1.7 to $1.9 million per year as compared to Mayor Gillian first two years of about $2.4 million per year. The Gillian administration also faces an additional major capital project over the next 5 to 10 years of replacing the boardwalk.

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Night in Venice ruined by unreported prank

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Written by Opinion Wednesday, August 08, 2012 01:00 am

To the editor:

I was extremely disappointed to see The Ocean City Gazette report that public safety officials reported no incidents on the water during the (Night in Venice) storm, but what about before the storm?

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Use ipe wood for the boardwalk

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Written by Opinion Wednesday, August 08, 2012 01:00 am

To the editor:

Before any decisions are made on the type wood to be used for the redecking of the boardwalk, I would suggest that the elected officials take time to walk the current boardwalk from about 20th Street to the southerly end and notice the great condition of the hardwood decking that has been screwed into place for at least 10-15 years.

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Christie approves ad lies

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Written by Opinion Wednesday, August 08, 2012 01:00 am

To the editor:

For the next several months, we are going to be bombarded with more and more political campaign rhetoric. I guess by now, we have all but closed our ears to these types of ads. However, after listening to one of the latest statements regarding Gov. Christie, I decided I had to express myself. In Christie’s ad, it is stated how he has balanced the budget without raising taxes. Well, Gov. Christie, how do you explain this? I just received my Ocean City tax bill. While expecting my property tax to either remain the same as last year or go down since my property value has declined, how do I express my surprise to read that my taxes actually increased?

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Use of rainforest wood not good for OC, the world

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Written by Opinion Wednesday, August 08, 2012 01:00 am

To the editor:

The drumbeat has begun; déjà vu all over again, as the lust for rainforest wood by the boardwalk merchants has begun in earnest. This time instead of the Amazon; the proposed wood will come from an equally fragile and unsustainable rainforest in Guyana. Lipstick on a pig! Is it now time for our elected officials and administration to step to the plate and pass an ordinance, once and for all, never to use taxpayers’ money to purchase wood from endangered forests.

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The Business at Hand >> Let’s put the boardwalk decking debate to rest

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Written by Ann Richardson Tuesday, August 07, 2012 01:00 am

The Business at Hand is a weekly column by Ann Richardson where she discusses her take on local issues.

So, the latest version of southern pine is a disaster and we’re back to square one with the boardwalk decking. The debate about what to put on the city’s famed boardwalk has raged for more than a decade. Environmentalists despise the more durable tropical hardwood, but advocates talk about a “new” product, greenheart hardwood that they claim is sustainable and renewable and would, in the long run, save taxpayers a lot of money.

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Contestants get ready for Miss OC pageant

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Written by Cathy Finnegan Sunday, August 05, 2012 01:00 am

Around our Town with Cathy Finnegan Tony Wilson, Michael Allegretto, Mike DeVlieger, Susan Sheppard, Bill Flynn, Keith Hartzell and Rita Fulginiti are ready to serve dinner. Miss Ocean City 2013 will be crowned this Saturday Night on the Music Pier. Recently, contestants, pageant coordinators and hostesses gathered for the annual ice breaker at the Ocean Reef Club House. David Nahan, pageant photographer, and Mary Rudloff were busy taking contestants head shots when this columnist arrived.

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Technology in a genteel world

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Written by Cindy Nevitt Friday, August 03, 2012 01:00 am

In a world ruled by technology, I think I have adapted pretty well.

I am computer literate. I use my smart phone to text, check email, research cruises to the Caribbean and read online newspapers. I have mastered the remote control to the television, including the On Demand feature. I have a Twitter account, but I don’t do Facebook.

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