• TRENTON – Gov. Chris Christie signed legislation Friday that reflects recent court rulings and removes prohibitions against sports wagering in New Jersey.

    “As I’ve said all along, I am a strong proponent of legalized sports wagering in New Jersey. But given earlier decisions by federal courts, it was critical that we follow a correct and appropriate path to curtail new court challenges and expensive litigation,” Christie said. “I believe we have found that path in this bipartisan legislative effort.” 

  • The staff at Cape Regional Medical Center is training to be ready if a case of Ebola arrives in Cape May County. There was a drill this week, and hospital officials say they are updating their procedures to be ready, just in case. (photo by Jen Marra)CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – Kevin Thomas has his hands full.

    The Cape May County health officer is meeting with emergency service providers, hospital staff and others, getting ready for the worst.

    He is also fielding call after call from reporters in the region.

    It seems like everyone in the county – everyone in the world – is scared of Ebola.

    “There’s nothing to be scared about. It’s a matter of being prepared,” Thomas said Friday.

  • MARMORA – An Upper Township man has been charged with possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute and unlawful possession of a weapon after the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office Gangs, Guns and Narcotics Task Force and New Jersey State Police executed a search warrant on his home Thursday.

    Angelo Cuculino, 48, of Marmora, was found with more than 28 grams of marijuana and an amount of alpha-pyrrolidinopeniophenone, a stimulant, at his home, according to Prosecutor Robert Taylor. He also had three firearms and $19,225 in cash, the prosecutor said.

  • Skeptics continue to push for privacy protections

    CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE — County officials are continuing to move toward bringing drone testing to the Cape May County Airport.

    Some skeptics say too quickly.

    Last week, Freeholder Will Morey met with Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership officials, along with representatives of the Delaware River and Bay Authority at the airport in Lower Township.

  • Carey Stadium at Ocean City High School as seen from the air.(photo by Matt Ulmer)

    OCEAN CITY — Citing the need for more study, Mayor Jay Gillian said Tuesday, Oct. 14 that the city will discontinue the planned artificial turf installation at Carey Stadium until further notice.

    “In light of recent news media accounts regarding possible health risks associated with certain types of artificial turf on athletic fields, I have directed my staff to discontinue the planned project to install this material at Carey Stadium,” Gillian said.

  • Ann Richardson / At left, Barbara Maloney assists Jennifer Shirk, president of the Ocean City Library Board of Trustees, and Ocean City Mayor Jay Gillian, in unveiling a portrait of her son, Chris, which will hang in the library.

    OCEAN CITY – Barbara Maloney, the mother of the late Christopher Maloney, had tears in her eyes as she recalled the love her son had for the Ocean City Free Public Library, the organization he led for a decade before his sudden death last December.

    At the unveiling of a portrait of her son and the dedication of the lecture hall now named for him on Monday, Oct. 13 at the library, Maloney said it was “a happy day,” despite her grief, “a happy occasion in a wonderful room in a wonderful building.”

Ocean City Gazette

Fishing is aplenty in Ocean City

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Written by Heather Holtzapfel James Friday, June 01, 2012 12:31 pm

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Fishing and crabbing aren't just for grown-ups, especially at the shore. Ocean City is a family-oriented town - from its clean beaches and boardwalk to bike paths and many safe, convenient fishing piers. Ocean City and its neighboring towns offer the most public choices when it comes to fishing and crabbing. All sites are all well-maintained, plenty of parking is available and all accommodate families of all ages.

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Ocean City specializes in special events all summer

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Written by Claire Lowe Friday, June 01, 2012 07:45 am

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In a town that can trace its roots back over 125 years, it may come as no big surprise that some of the highlights of the summer are also the longest running events on the island.

While Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of summer, the season really gets going in July. The Fourth of July celebration begins at the end of June with the July Jubilee. Each day at 11 a.m., Monday, June 25 through Friday, June 29 at the Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and Boardwalk, will be a different wacky contest, city publicist Mark Soifer explained. Contests leading up to July 4 include taffy sculpting, treasure hunts and more.

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An open letter to AT&T: Can you hear me now?

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Written by Cindy Nevitt Friday, June 01, 2012 01:00 am

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Dear AT&T,

When last we communicated (and by we, I mean me because you did not extend me the courtesy of a reply), I informed you of the lack of cell phone service here in my hometown and my frustration with such.

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Walking around town, there’s so much to see

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Written by Cindy Nevitt Thursday, May 31, 2012 11:47 pm

Get off the beaten path and take a walk on the wild side. Ocean City has miles of trails, sidewalks, beach and boardwalk for walkers to explore.

At the beach

Ocean City’s eight miles of beach are walkable at low tide and notable for a number of reasons. But the most famous sight along the shoreline is one you cannot see: the wreck of the Sindia.

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Frozen yogurt is on trend this summer in Ocean City

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Written by Cindy Nevitt Thursday, May 31, 2012 04:40 pm

 Trends often start in California and emerge a few years later on the East Coast. The latest fad to wash ashore: self-serve frozen yogurt stores.

The healthy dessert alternative to ice cream was introduced to Ocean City by native Tina Spadafora, who graduated from the University of San Diego in 2009 with a marketing degree. A self-confessed frozen yogurt addict, Spadafora opened Yoasis at 838 Asbury Ave. in March.

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Where to go in Ocean City

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, May 31, 2012 01:30 pm

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Parks and playgrounds and other spots to know in and around Ocean City.

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Hungry? Ocean City Boardwalk has lots of new choices to offer this summer

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Written by Cindy Nevitt Thursday, May 31, 2012 06:33 am

OCEAN CITY – For the most part, most of what’s new on the boardwalk for summer 2012 focuses on what to eat; however, two new retail shops have opened.

After one year on the boardwalk, Bryn & Dane’s packed up its healthy menu and vacated its spot at Gillian’s Wonderland in the 600 block. Philly Pretzel Factory has moved into the space with a menu of pretzel twists, cinnamon pretzels, and pretzel-wrapped hot dogs.

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Three protected beaches, several other breaks open to surfers in OC

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, May 31, 2012 06:24 am

Three protected beaches, several other breaks open to surfers in OC Three protected beaches, several other breaks open to surfers in OC

OCEAN CITY – Depending on where the waves are coming from, Waverly Boulevard has long been the top spot for long-board surfing in Ocean City.

Longtime Ocean City surfers say it remains a good break, depending on the tide, but it changed after a recent beach replenishment project; and a mild winter has meant there has not been extensive erosion to return it to its former shape.

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Nor’easters storm the soccer fields

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Written by Tom Williams Thursday, May 31, 2012 01:00 am

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The Ocean City Nor’easters soccer team plays in the Premier Development League of the United Soccer Leagues. The team features an impressive lineup of college players.

Four former Cape-Atlantic League all stars are on this year’s Nor’easters’ roster.

They include John Fogarty and Kevin Curran from Ocean City High School, Alex Weidman, a Mainland Regional graduate, and Junior Chapman from St. Augustine Prep.

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Tennis courts abundant on the island

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, May 31, 2012 01:00 am

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 Within a block of Ocean City High School, tennis will again be in the spotlight this summer.

Enter or watch any of the tennis tournaments put together by Phil Birnbaum, the longtime director of tennis for the resort and award-winning coach at Richard Stockton College. His programs begin in mid-June.

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The 2012 Sandie awards are in!

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, May 31, 2012 01:00 am

The Sandies are awarded to the best of Ocean City in the most obscure categories and for no reason in particular.

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Stainton’s is open for business, adding over 70 unique shops to the downtown

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Written by Ann Richardson Thursday, May 31, 2012 01:00 am

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It’s new and different, very exciting and it could be just what shoppers need to help revitalize Ocean City’s downtown in tough economic times.

Stainton’s: A Gallery of Shops is open for business, and despite the familiar location, it’s anything but your mother’s department store.

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