• HAMILTON TOWNSHIP – Atlantic City Electric announced today (Thursday, Aug. 21) that base electric rates will increase by 1.65 percent effective Sept. 1.

    “On August 20, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) announced its approval of a stipulation of settlement in the Atlantic City Electric (ACE) base rate case authorizing ACE to increase its electric distribution rates by $19 million.”

  • OCEAN CITY — Interviewing Richard “Dick” Grimes after being named Citizen of the Year in 2010, I asked him how, at the age of 92, he was able to do so many things.

    “The good Lord will decide when it’s time for Dick Grimes to stop and I guess he’s telling me to keep going,” he said. 

  • A bicyclist at the intersection of Ninth Street and Haven Avenue where a HAWK signal was recently installed.

    OCEAN CITY — As summer hits its stride, clashes are inevitable as motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians share the roads. However, Capt. Steve Ang of the Ocean City Police Department says bicyclists are generating a lot of complaints. 

    “The majority don’t obey traffic devices, especially along the bike path on Haven Avenue,” Ang said.

  • The volunteers working with Our Children Making Change with the check showing how much they collected for charity this summer.

    OCEAN CITY — Another summer is in the books as Our Children Making Change participants, nearly 230 strong gathered at the Ocean City Civic Center Monday, Aug. 18 to hear what their collective effort over the last six weeks totaled in dollars and cents.

    OCMC founder and President Laura Dulac kept the total a secret until Monday afternoon when a large check totaling $25,782 was unveiled.

  • Delaware Hotel one of many buildings no longer standing

    photo courtesy of the Ocean City Historical Museum / The Delaware Hotel was built in 1925 on the beach between Third Street and Park Place. One of many grand hotels built in the 1920s, it was demolished in 1971 to make way for the Gardens Plaza high-rise condominium.

    OCEAN CITY — Built in 1925, The Delaware Hotel graced the north end of the boardwalk for 46 years before giving way to the more modern Gardens Plaza.

  • Claire Lowe / Ocean City’s 105th Baby Parade took off down the boardwalk Thursday, Aug. 14.

    OCEAN CITY — Dozens of babies and children dressed up in costume to compete for prizes as Ocean City’s 105th Baby Parade took off down the boardwalk Thursday, Aug. 14.

Ocean City Gazette

Absentee landlords beware, police aim to tame local animal houses

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Written by Ann Richardson Tuesday, August 17, 2010 11:21 am

We’ve all seen it: a group of young adults - mostly under-aged – in full “party mode,” swarming a rental unit. Spilling out across the porch and onto the sidewalk, they’re giddy with excitement and oblivious to those around them.

The keg is tapped, and red cups in hand, they’re having a grand old time at the expense of their neighbors. Loud and obnoxious, senior week continues through the summer.

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Johnson’s expansion aims to keep business popping

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Written by Ann Richardson Wednesday, August 11, 2010 10:23 am

Pictured from left to right is chamber president Scott Halliday; chamber executive director Michele Gillian; Johnson’s owner John Stauffer; manager Becky Juzwiak; and Mayor Jay Gillian. Pictured from left to right is chamber president Scott Halliday; chamber executive director Michele Gillian; Johnson’s owner John Stauffer; manager Becky Juzwiak; and Mayor Jay Gillian.

OCEAN CITY – Johnson’s Popcorn employees have worked in tight quarters for years, so when a neighboring business vacated, affording the boardwalk business the opportunity to expand, it didn’t let a sour economy stand in their way.

Owner John Stauffer said the boardwalk landmark has churned out the famous caramel popcorn for 70 years and weathered worse storms than the recent recession.

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Conservative talk show hosts predict Republic sweep in November

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Written by Ann Richardson Tuesday, August 10, 2010 02:54 pm

Oblivious to the federal government’s $1.4 trillion deficit, Speaker Nancy Pelosi was calling the House of Representatives back into session to pass a $26 billion stimulus bill as I headed to Atlantic City with my friends to see Bill O’Reilly and Glenn Beck last Thursday.

Part of a summer-long lecture series, the conservative talk show hosts appeared at the Hilton and it was awesome. The sold out crowd – “We the People,” freedom-loving folks fearful of socialism on the move with the takeover of American industry from banking to automobiles, ObamaCare, cap and tax and unending stimulus – gave the Fox News duo several standing ovations.

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Despite new law, eye contact and common sense are still key for pedestrians

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Written by Ann Richardson Tuesday, August 03, 2010 01:35 pm

Lured by all the seashore has to offer, a bumper crop of visitors poured into town on Saturday. More are expected next week; tourism officials predict a very, very busy August.

We’re at full capacity and you can feel the energy and enthusiasm as people hit the beach and the boards.

Cash registers are ringing and that’s a good thing. Much to the relief of local merchants, visitors are letting loose, unleashing the power of their collective pocketbooks.

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Home Bank sponsors Ocean City Pops meet and greet

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, August 02, 2010 01:48 pm

Debbie Clark, Ocean City Home Bank branch manager, presents a check to Barbara Parsons, board member of the Friends of the Ocean City Pops, to sponsor a meet and greet event held after the Tuesday, Aug. 3 Pops concert. Debbie Clark, Ocean City Home Bank branch manager, presents a check to Barbara Parsons, board member of the Friends of the Ocean City Pops, to sponsor a meet and greet event held after the Tuesday, Aug. 3 Pops concert.

Debbie Clark, Ocean City Home Bank branch manager, presents a check to Barbara Parsons, board member of the Friends of the Ocean City Pops, to sponsor a meet and greet event held after the Tuesday, Aug. 3 Pops concert.

 

For want of a nail: Keep an eye out for popping boards this summer

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Written by Ann Richardson Tuesday, July 27, 2010 01:00 am

Anxiously awaiting a houseful of company for the Fourth of July weekend, Pat O’Callaghan had nothing but happy thoughts as she walked the boardwalk on the morning of July 1.

With guests due to arrive that evening, she was contemplating the dinner menu as she headed south on the wooden way. “What a beautiful day,” she thought, as she noticed the sun bouncing off the ocean. It was, she said, one of those “Life is good” moments.

“I was speed-walking at a pretty good clip,” she said, adding that she regularly completes the five-mile round trip with a smile on her face and kick in her step. “I was in such a happy mood.”
Fate intervened when she hit one of those infamous popped nails that I have written so much about in the past few years.

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The ‘fat police’ are coming and local traditions could be on the line

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Written by Ann Richardson Thursday, July 22, 2010 02:40 pm

I was in the home gym with my daughter and visiting daughter-in-law on Sunday when the newscaster made the announcement – it was National Ice Cream Day!
We were joyful, a holiday near and dear to our collective hearts. When we finished working out we celebrated – with a dish of ice cream.

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Health care reform will mean higher taxes on second home sales

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Written by Ann Richardson Wednesday, July 14, 2010 01:00 am

When House Speaker Nancy Pelosi infamously commented that legislators needed to pass the health care bill to “find out what’s in it,” she wasn’t kidding.
Turns out there’s all kinds of awful surprises tucked into those 2,700 pages. As many of us suspected, it’s going to cost a whole lot more than originally anticipated to inflict socialized medicine on a free people.  

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Home Bank CEO says financial reform could hurt community banks

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Written by Ann Richardson Wednesday, July 14, 2010 01:00 am


OCEAN CITY – Steve Brady said he and other small bankers are not against financial reform, but legislation about to be passed by Congress would generate 5,000 pages of new regulations for traditional banks.
The CEO of Ocean City Home Bank said this regulatory burden could mean the demise of community banking as we know it, as small banks are forced to allocate more energy and resources to regulatory compliance while possibly denying some loans to creditworthy borrowers.

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Ocean City Home Bank ranks eighth best publicly traded thrift for financial performance

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, July 14, 2010 01:00 am

OCEAN CITY – Ocean Shore Holding Co. (NASDAQ: OSHC) announced that SNL Financial, a financial services firm that publishes an annual list of the 100 largest publicly traded thrifts, ranked Ocean City Home Bank eighth in the United States among publicly traded thrifts and second in New Jersey.

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Inaugural prayer service is a reminder of Ocean City’s special tradition

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Written by Ann Richardson Tuesday, July 06, 2010 08:00 pm


I’ve been to many events at the historic Ocean City Tabernacle, but none more meaningful than the “Community Prayer Service” last Wednesday night.
Modeled after the traditional prayer service held at the National Cathedral the evening prior to the presidential inauguration, the service was a first for Ocean City. Hopefully it will become yet another time-honored tradition.

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Getting some Realtors to follow sign ordinance is like herding cats

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Written by Ann Richardson Tuesday, June 29, 2010 04:35 pm

Felines being what they are, it’s said that “herding cats” is an extremely difficult and often impossible task.
There’s a reason why communities have dog parks, but not kitty parks. Attempting to corral those resistant to control would be a fool’s errand.
Based on the mish-mash of real estate signs splattered about despite a city ordinance regulating them, it might be said that expecting a group of Realtors to police themselves is just as hard.

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