• Veterans receive support through annual event

    Sgt. Robert Gordon, who served five years in the US Army Airborne Rangers and then joined the US Army, talks about how Operation First Response helped him and his family as the keynote speaker during the sixth annual Walk for the Wounded Saturday, Sept. 27 on the Ocean City Boardwalk.

    OCEAN CITY — Sgt. Robert Gordon had just completed Army Ranger training when terrorists attacked the United States on Sept. 11, 2001. After five years and three tours as an airborne Ranger in Afghanistan and Iraq, he returned home only to be diagnosed with thyroid cancer, a result of exposure to radiation.

  • GALLOWAY – In recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Atlantic Medical Imaging is offering free screening mammograms in October to women age 40 or older who are uninsured.

    Eligible women must have no current or previous breast health issues.

  • OCEAN CITY — A campaign aimed at preventing drug abuse and promoting a healthy lifestyle will kick off with a billboard unveiling noon Monday, Sept. 29 on the south side of the 34th Street Bridge in Marmora.

    The campaign is called “Did You Know,” and the billboard will host a different message each month. Organizers hope that the message on the billboard will spark conversation between parents and teenagers.

  • Andrew Gesler gets airborne. (Image courtesy Dark Fall Productions)Can a hipster be cured?

    Andrew Gesler of Ocean City and Margate’s Alex DePhillipo have weighed in on the question with a new film, which premiered this summer, and the prognosis isn’t good.

    It’s called “Death 2 Hipsters,” and it’s a surf movie comedy.

    Being cool, and the attended marketing of whatever coolness is, seems to be taking over surfing, said Gesler in a recent interview. Major fashion companies are reaching into surf culture.

    The folks who put together the local surf movie “Dark Fall” wanted to try something new, a surf satire.

  • OCEAN CITY — Property owners in Ocean City are now prohibited from planting bamboo in their yards as council unanimously approved a ban on the invasive plant at its Sept. 25 meeting.

    The ordinance, introduced by council at its Aug. 28 meeting, will prohibit property owners and tenants from planting bamboo — described as running or clumping varieties — on any property in Ocean City. It also requires the owner and occupant of a property where bamboo currently exists to confine the plant to prevent it from spreading to neighboring properties.

  • OCEAN CITY — A new three-year contract with the Ocean City Education Association was unanimously approved by the Ocean City Board of Education at its Wednesday, Sept. 24 meeting.

    During the meeting, there was no discussion by the board regarding the memorandum of understanding with the teachers union, which is effective July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2017. However, details of the contract were released to The Gazette the following day.

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The Business at Hand >> Team Bunny and Bark for Life join the bassets for Doo Dah weekend

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Written by Ann Richardson Tuesday, April 10, 2012 01:00 am

So Easter is over and that beautiful weekend just a memory, but the fun is just beginning as the Doo Dah Parade comes to town this Saturday, April 14 at noon.

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Free ice cream, A La Mode

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Written by Claire Lowe Monday, April 09, 2012 12:39 pm

Ocean City's A La Mode free ice cream giveaway. Ocean City's A La Mode free ice cream giveaway.

OCEAN CITY — A La Mode on 55th Street and West Avenue hosted its 15th annual free ice cream giveaway outside of the store Saturday, April 7. Lines formed quickly for the complimentary treats on the sunny afternoon.

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Control of bullying must be done carefully

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Written by Tom Williams Saturday, April 07, 2012 08:25 pm

The discussion of bullying is very complex with a variety of opinions. We asked for some and here are three from different perspectives.

The first is from Ocean City Councilman Keith Hartzell.

“I was bullied in the first grade,” Hartzell said. “I came home and told my father. He instructed me to confront the bully, and I did. The bully wasn’t so tough after all and I was never bothered again. The lesson learned was that my father knew I could stand up for myself, and I did. I wonder what would have happened if my father thought I couldn’t stand up for myself, what he would have advised me to do. I wish he was alive to ask him. I am sure he would have had an answer. This is a different day and age. I’m not sure knocking the bully on his butt would fly in today’s world.”

He might be right. The confrontation approach may not work today, though it also seemed to work for this area school principal, who asked to remain anonymous.

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Born in the USA

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Written by Cindy Nevitt Saturday, April 07, 2012 01:00 am

OC to Shining Sea on Boardwalk sells American-made goods

OCEAN CITY — The easiest part of opening a store that sells products made in America is deciding to do so. The hardest part is doing so.

John and Kathy Settelen, whose first retail venture -- Onni at 1356 Boardwalk -- tapped into the growing national consciousness to buy American, decided last fall that they would expand the selection of homegrown merchandise they carried and open a new store devoted exactly to that.

Filling the store -- OC to Shining Sea, located at 1358 Boardwalk -- proved to be a challenge. Only a small percentage of the merchandise available at the gift shows the couple attended in January and February is made in America, John Settelen said. An even smaller percentage of clothing made in America is available.

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What doesn’t kill you …

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Written by Cindy Nevitt Friday, April 06, 2012 01:00 am

My life has become a Kelly Clarkson song.

“What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger,” the first American Idol brags in her latest top 10 hit. Yeah, girlfriend, you got that right.

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The Business at Hand >> Small businesses pay the price for big government

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Written by Ann Richardson Tuesday, April 03, 2012 01:00 am

Addressing members of the Ocean City Chamber of Commerce last month, U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo was anything but optimistic. If there is any hope we might overcome the nation’s economic challenges, he said it would be “small business” that would pull us from the abyss.

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Leader of the pack

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Written by Cindy Nevitt Friday, March 30, 2012 03:00 am

If dogs are pack animals, how come all the stars are solo acts?

Lassie. Rin Tin Tin. Old Yeller.

Uggi, the four-legged star of this year’s Academy Award-winning Best Picture “The Artist.” “Air Bud.” The Taco Bell Chihuahua.

Scooby Doo. Snoopy. Marmaduke.

Dogs may be happier when they live in packs, but are we?

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Farewell, weird winter

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Written by Cindy Nevitt Friday, March 23, 2012 03:00 am

Tuesday was the first day of spring. You’re excused if you didn’t notice.

We’ve just ended the fourth warmest winter since recordkeeping began in 1895, a non-winter that, at an average 36.8 degrees, was just 0.4 degrees cooler than the warmest winter on record, 1999-2000, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climatic Data Center. Closer to home, the NOAA said Trenton had its warmest winter ever.

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The Business at Hand >> The time for a new police headquarters is now

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Written by Ann Richardson Tuesday, March 20, 2012 01:00 am

Like all aging relics that served with dignity, it deserves to go out in a blaze of glory, rather than suffer the embarrassment of falling down on the job.

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Gabor joins McMahon Agency

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, March 16, 2012 05:56 pm

OCEAN CITY — Kristine Gabor was recently named marketing coordinator for the McMahon Agency Inc. The family-owned, independent insurance agency is also a principal member of the New Jersey Agents Alliance, which is a select group of New Jersey’s top independent insurance agents. 

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Getting it together to get together

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Written by Cindy Nevitt Friday, March 16, 2012 01:45 am

We mark time with annual events. In my family, two of those events are my parents’ birthdays.

Every year in March and April, we struggle to find a date when five “mature” adult children, their spouses and their adult children can gather for the patriarch’s and matriarch’s birthdays. Every other year – perhaps not as often – we achieve success. The other years, we settle for some success.

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Let me tell you about a friend of mine

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Written by Bill Barlow Tuesday, March 13, 2012 02:00 pm

There are a few immutable facts in local journalism. Some are obvious. For instance, there will always be deadlines, and there will always be typos. No matter how careful you are, the pernicious scourge of the misplaced letter will eventually sneak into print.

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