• Alumni upset over change

    At left, the old athletic log for Ocean City High School, and, at right, the new logo approved by the Ocean City Board of Education at its Aug. 27 meeting.

    OCEAN CITY — The Ocean City High School Red has a new logo for athletics, but not everyone is happy about it.

    Featuring a red-tailed hawk flying above the words “OCHS” in red with a black outline, and “Red Raiders” in white with a black outline, the new athletic logo was approved 7-1 by the Ocean City Board of Education at its Wednesday, Aug. 27 meeting, with board member Bill Holmes casting the dissenting vote.

  • Labor Day heat is going to turn into the pro-longed heat wave of several days, smothering South Jersey and the rest of the Middle Atlantic States with hot and humid conditions just as the school year starts./Weatherbell Analytics, www.weatherbell.comLabor Day heat is going to turn into the pro-longed heat wave of the season, smothering South Jersey and the rest of the Middle Atlantic States with hot and humid air just as the school year starts.

  • According to Time Magazine, Cape May County is one of the most dangerous places in the nation for natural disasters. Atlantic County is safer, according to the magazine, but still makes the list of top 15 danger spots.

    In fact, it appears from Time’s data that New Jersey is an exceptionally disaster prone area.

  •  A proposed ban on bamboo in Ocean City moved closer to becoming law Thursday despite concerns from several residents.

    OCEAN CITY — A proposed ban on bamboo in Ocean City moved closer to becoming law Thursday despite concerns from several residents.

  • A surfer takes a turn off the lip on Thursday’s overhead waves. Surfers flocked to the water from throughout the region for the weekday swell. By Thursday morning, Hurricane Cristobal was passing well off the coast, and was expected to pass off Nova Scotia by Thursday night. In the meantime, the storm sent huge waves toward the beach from North Carolina to New England, with heavy waves throughout Cape May County. Some sets were well overhead, and there were steady waves throughout the morning.Well, that went quick.

    How did Labor Day weekend get here so fast? Well, I guess you blinked. Either that or they’ve changed the length of July and August…

  • Submitted / The Ocean City Theatre Company and the Ocean City Pops Orchestra present “Swing! The Musical” at the Ocean City Music Pier this weekend. The show features professional singers and dancers and local high school students.

    OCEAN CITY — The Ocean City Theatre Company will close out its summer shows this weekend with a collaboration with the Ocean City Pops. “Swing! The Musical” combines music and dancing from the jazz era 7:30 p.m. Aug. 31 and Sept. 2 and 5 at the Ocean City Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace.

    “It’s really exciting, a true celebration of music and dance,” said Michael Hartman, artistic director for the Ocean City Theatre Company. “It’s high energy, and it’s going to have people dancing in their seats. The show is packaged well and really captures what the swing era was all about.”

Ocean City Gazette

Checking the 2011 outlook for Cape May County tourism

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Written by Ann Richardson Wednesday, February 16, 2011 07:58 am

It’s all for one, one for all as municipalities, agencies join forces

Tough times bring lean budgets. For the Cape May County Tourism Department, that means spreading the message about all the area has to offer without blowing a big wad of cash.

The Jersey Cape is open for business, and Tourism Director Diane Wieland is working social networking such as Facebook, along with travel shows and anything else that showcases the seashore peninsula.

“We’re getting smarter,” said Wieland. “We know what has and hasn’t worked in the past. We can’t afford to go into new markets, so we’re concentrating on the people who know us. We’re reminding them that we’re here, encouraging them to come.”

For Cape May County, it’s all about location, location, location.

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Marotta is 2011 Board of Realtors president

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, February 03, 2011 05:41 pm

Marotta is 2011 Board of Realtors president Marotta is 2011 Board of Realtors president

Nicholas Marotta, right, is sworn in as 2011 president of the Ocean City Board of Realtors by Allen Deckert, president of the statewide association. Marotta, a Realtor since 1989, has been a member of the association’s board of directors since 1996. He served as president in 2006 and 2007, and was Realtor of the Year in 2006 and 2009. He also serves as the Realtor representative to the Chamber of Commerce and the Ocean City Tourism Commission. Marotta has worked at the state level on the NJAR Strategic Planning Committee and the Triple Play Convention Committee, as well as the Communications and Public Relations Committee.
   

Marotta takes helm at OC Board of Realtors

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, January 26, 2011 05:48 pm

Nicholas Marotta, right, is sworn in as 2001 president of the Ocean City Board of Realtors by Allen Deckert, president of the statewide association. Marotta, a Realtor since 1989, has been a member of the association’s board of directors since 1996. He served as president in 2006 and 2007, and was Realtor of the Year in 2006 and 2009. He also serves as the Realtor representative to the Chamber of Commerce and the Ocean City Tourism Commission. Marotta has worked at the state level on the NJAR Strategic Planning Committee and the Triple Play Convention Committee, as well as the Communications and Public Relations Committee. Nicholas Marotta, right, is sworn in as 2001 president of the Ocean City Board of Realtors by Allen Deckert, president of the statewide association. Marotta, a Realtor since 1989, has been a member of the association’s board of directors since 1996. He served as president in 2006 and 2007, and was Realtor of the Year in 2006 and 2009. He also serves as the Realtor representative to the Chamber of Commerce and the Ocean City Tourism Commission. Marotta has worked at the state level on the NJAR Strategic Planning Committee and the Triple Play Convention Committee, as well as the Communications and Public Relations Committee.

Nicholas Marotta, right, is sworn in as 2001 president of the Ocean City Board of Realtors by Allen Deckert, president of the statewide association. Marotta, a Realtor since 1989, has been a member of the association’s board of directors since 1996. He served as president in 2006 and 2007, and was Realtor of the Year in 2006 and 2009. He also serves as the Realtor representative to the Chamber of Commerce and the Ocean City Tourism Commission. Marotta has worked at the state level on the NJAR Strategic Planning Committee and the Triple Play Convention Committee, as well as the Communications and Public Relations Committee.

 

 

Economy is slowly improving, says bank CEO

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Written by Ann Richardson Wednesday, January 19, 2011 09:39 am

Steve Brady, CEO of Ocean City Home Bank, presents an economic retrospective, and the outlook for 2011, at a meeting of the regional business community at the Flanders Hotel. Steve Brady, CEO of Ocean City Home Bank, presents an economic retrospective, and the outlook for 2011, at a meeting of the regional business community at the Flanders Hotel.

Steve Brady predicts measured gains, many adjustments

Storm clouds and silver linings; the 2010 economy was a mixed bag. With a little luck, 2011 is looking better. But it will never be 2005 again.

“It’s the new normal,” said Steve Brady, presenting his 20th annual economic forecast to the business community at the Flanders Hotel last Thursday. Sponsored by the Ocean City Chamber of Commerce, Brady’s assessment of the past year and prediction for the future attracted a large crowd.

“Everyone is going to have to adjust,” he said. “Real estate will never be what it was; Atlantic City will never be what it was. Businesses have to adapt. It’s a new world and we can’t just assume that everybody is going to keep coming back.”

Cautiously optimistic, the CEO of Ocean City Home Bank said things are starting to stabilize, but a lot of factors could hamper incremental improvements.

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Uptick in local housing has sellers smiling

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Written by Ann Richardson Wednesday, January 19, 2011 08:00 am

Could this be the breakthrough we’ve been waiting for?

Nick Marotta says news about the island’s real estate market is so good, it’s like “Christmas all over again.”

“We’re up 5 percent,” said Marotta, president of the Ocean City Board of Realtors. “We had 640 closed sales at the end of 2010. When you compare that to 2009, we had 610 and that’s 30 more closed sales. That’s great news for Ocean City.”

Coming into the last quarter, Marotta, of Academy Real Estate, said he was nervous.

“We had 176 closed transactions in the last three months,” he said. “November and December were huge for us with closed sales. There was a period in the summer when we were really lagging. We thought we might end up behind 2009.

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Jeff Frost appointed to zoning board

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Written by Ann Richardson Wednesday, January 19, 2011 07:37 am

Appointments to the city’s zoning board of adjustments are generally routine, provoking little if any controversy. The appointment of local builder Jeff Frost at a Jan. 13 meeting of city council raised a few hackles.

Councilman Roy Wagner said it was “the process, not necessarily the person” that caused him to cast the lone vote against Frost.

A deadline snafu caused Frost to turn in the only application that could be considered.

“Only one candidate to consider is not normal nor is it desirable,” said Wagner. “We know that there are other candidates out there but they did not get their paperwork turned in on time. There are drop dead dates and the process yielded only one candidate. It’s unfair to the others. I feel that we should re-advertise. In previous years we always had multiple candidates.”

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FBK of Marmora opens Linwood office

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, January 18, 2011 05:32 pm

Fitzpatrick, Bongiovanni & Kelly PC, of Marmora, is opening an office in Linwood, at 2106 New Road, Suite A-7, in Linwood Commons. The Linwood office will provide business consulting, tax and accounting services to residents and businesses in Atlantic County. The firm has been serving Atlantic and Cape May counties for more than 20 years.

“Almost half of our clients are from Atlantic County, so we felt opening an office here would serve them better,” said Louis Bongiovanni. “It will also give our firm the opportunity to cultivate additional business in the area.”

Thomas J. Fitzpatrick said FBK is proud of its dedication to the community and supports many non-profits and charitable causes.

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At Christmastime, remember those who have secured our freedom

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Written by Ann Richardson Friday, December 24, 2010 01:00 am

Reasons for gratitude, resolutions for a more peaceful world

My mind was on many things when I came upon a poem on my Facebook page. Absorbed by Christmas festivities, shopping, family, friends, my dogs, work and the minutiae of “the season,” I was feeling happy, but a bit overwhelmed.

Then “A Soldier’s Silent Night, a heart-wrenching video everyone should see,” caused a little attitude adjustment.

Shared by a dear friend whose son, a young Marine, just left for Afghanistan, it said this:

“As we celebrate this Christmas season, let’s remember those who are in foreign lands serving our great country. God be with all of them.”

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Ever wondered where all those beach tags come from?

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Written by Ann Richardson Tuesday, December 14, 2010 05:34 pm

A Court House firm that employs the disabled makes most of the tags in the U.S., and First Night buttons too

Ocean City’s colorful First Night 2011 buttons, featuring hermit crab Martin Mollusk, kick off a year-long tribute to the city’s famous mascot and the multi-talented man who created him, city publicist Mark Soifer.

Manufactured for the first time in Cape May County, the buttons bring a lot of pride to a small army of disabled residents as they help launch a new venture for Jersey Cape Diagnostic.

Blending the merits of Jersey Cape Diagnostic with First Night, Ocean City’s popular alcohol-free celebration of the New Year, it brings much-needed good news.

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Midge Grunstra named OC Realtor of the Year

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, December 14, 2010 05:27 pm

Midge Grunstra of Ocean City has been selected as the Ocean City Board of Realtors’ Realtor of the Year for 2010. Grunstra is being recognized for her commitment to humanitarian services, and dedication to the association and the real estate profession.

“Year after year, winners of this award are recognized for committing themselves to the real estate industry, volunteer service and the Realtor organization,” said Nicholas Marotta, incoming board president. “This year’s winner is no exception. Midge possesses qualities that set her apart for going above and beyond in service and professionalism.”

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Quintin, Realtors recognized

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, December 09, 2010 03:54 pm

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Jeff Quintin and the team at Prudential Fox Roach Realtors in Ocean City were recently presented the Prudential Real Estate Affiliates, Inc. award for their performance for the third quarter of 2010 in the Northeast. The local team earned second place for residential units.
 

Proposed beachfront development perplexing for many reasons

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Written by Ann Richardson Thursday, December 09, 2010 01:40 pm

DEP’s unconscionable about-face could imperil the dunes

We’ll never know what motivated Charles and Helen Schilling to purchase three beachfront lots on 19th Street in 1954. The successful entrepreneurs might have sold them as they did other holdings over the years, but for most of the past half century the large parcel has been underwater.

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection says it’s “reasonable to assume that the Schillings, in purchasing the property, had an expectation to build a single family home.”

The former owners of Shriver’s, Seaside Baths, and the Village, Strand and Moorlyn Theatres are long gone. Fifty-six years after they purchased the 15,774-square-foot corner parcel for $14,000, the estate is waging a legal battle for a permit to build a 3,440-square foot-home and swimming pool.

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