• 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:

Ocean City Gazette

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

Jeff Quintin Jeff Quintin

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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McCrosson named to bank board, Bertini to retire

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, December 03, 2010 05:34 pm

Dorothy F. McCrosson will join the board of directors of Ocean Shore Holding Co. and Ocean City Home Bank, effective Jan. 1. She will serve on the nominating/corporate governance committee.

McCrosson is currently the managing partner of Taht, Stanton & McCrosson, a general practice law firm that has provided counsel to Ocean City Home Bank for many years. She received her undergraduate degree from Boston College and her juris doctorate from Villanova University School of Law. She is the current president of the Cape May County Bar Foundation, past president of the Cape May County Bar Association, recipient of the 2010 Professional Lawyer of the Year Award for Cape May County, and city solicitor appointed by Ocean City Mayor Jay Gillian.

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Goldcoast Sotheby launches house-hunting app for mobile phones

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, November 17, 2010 05:20 pm

Goldcoast Sotheby’s International Realty of Ocean City has announced the launch of a mobile app for house-hunters that works on standard cell phones and smart phones across all mobile carriers. Users can download the app to their cell phones to view all homes for sale in Southern New Jersey.

The mobile app uses GPS when available to locate the user and display listings in the immediate area. Users can also search by address, city or zip code to see details for all homes for sale in a specific area, including price, square footage, estimated mortgage, taxes, etc.

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Latest smart phone feature could revolutionize marketing

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Written by Ann Richardson Wednesday, November 10, 2010 02:16 pm

Dona, Kyle and Mark Crego of MC Signs. Dona, Kyle and Mark Crego of MC Signs.

‘Quick response’ barcodes let businesses grab customers on the go

Local sign painter Mark Crego says smart phones are a lot smarter than he is. But he’s found a way to use that to his advantage.

The entrepreneur, who has made a living blending the craftsmanship of yesterday with the technology of tomorrow, says the matrix barcode system know as the QR code will revolutionize the seashore market.

QR, which stands for “Quick Response,” is here. Crego, who owns MC Signs, said business owners can use it to market everything from homes for sale to restaurants to retail. The sky’s the limit, he says, as savvy businesspeople grab the attention of mobile customers.

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Wilkins joins Goldcoast Sotheby's in Ocean City

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, October 22, 2010 01:59 pm

Wilkins joins Goldcoast Sotheby's in Ocean City Wilkins joins Goldcoast Sotheby's in Ocean City

Goldcoast Sotheby's International Realty in Ocean City recently welcomed Emily Wilkins, an Ocean City native, graduate of James Madison University, and the firm’s newest sales associate.

Wilkins grew up in the real estate industry, following in the footsteps of her father, Burt Wilkins, broker/owner of Goldcoast Sotheby’s at 18th Street and Asbury Avenue.

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Supermarkets targeted for closure do not include OC Superfresh

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, October 20, 2010 04:14 pm

The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co., owner of the A&P, Pathmark and Superfresh grocery store chains, announced earlier this year that it would close 25 supermarkets on the East Coast, and lay off about 2,000 workers.

Despite rumors to the contrary, that does not include the Superfresh at 800 West Avenue in Ocean City, said an A&P representative and Brian String, president of Local 152 of the United Food & Commercial Workers’ Union, based in Hammonton.

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