• 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

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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Where’s it, What’s it?

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

Identify the landmark or person in the photo.

Where’s it, What’s it? Ocean City

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At the Community Center, there is something for everyone

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Written by Ann Richardson Thursday, May 31, 2012 12:49 am

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 It’s bricks and mortar, a mix of new and old, and inside Ocean City’s Community Center, it’s all about opportunity.

With the Free Public Library, Arts Center, Historical Museum, Aquatic and Fitness Center and Senior Center under one roof, it’s a place where one can both explore and experience, a place to soothe and exercise body, mind and spirit.

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Best of Ocean City >> Local luminaries give their top 10

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, May 30, 2012 11:33 pm

Well-known faces in Ocean City, Tom Williams, Cathy Finnegan, Mark Soifer, Michele Gillian and Michael Hartman give their lists of the Top 10 things to do or see when visiting Ocean City.

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Golf by the bay

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Written by Tom Williams Wednesday, May 30, 2012 09:46 pm

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 Over near the bay, is the Ocean City Golf Course, where golfers can work on their short game on the 12 holes – 11 par threes and one par four.

The golf course, at 26th Street and Bay Avenue, has a fully equipped pro shop where you can rent bags and clubs or carts. It is adjacent to the airport on Bay Avenue and you can play for $12 a round, $10 if you are over 62 or under 14. The course was designed by Leo Fraser, former owner of the Atlantic City Country Club and member of the Philadelphia PGA Hall of Fame.

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New Route 52 Bridge is a destination in itself

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Written by Ann Richardson Wednesday, May 30, 2012 08:21 pm

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The ceremony was so big and so important that, like the bridge it was commemorating, it spanned two communities.

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Rentals are going fast, as Ocean City real estate market is on the upswing

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Written by Ann Richardson Wednesday, May 30, 2012 07:27 pm

It’s a magical mix; a mild winter, historically low interest rates and a gradual stabilization of pricing.

Local Realtors say it’s helped spur one of the best spring seasons they’ve had in a number of years.

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Playland and Gillian’s offering new attractions for the 2012 season

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Written by Ann Richardson Wednesday, May 30, 2012 04:34 pm

The Disk‘o’ at Wonderland Pier takes riders around and up and down at the same time. The Disk‘o’ at Wonderland Pier takes riders around and up and down at the same time.  OCEAN CITY — A visit to Ocean City’s famed boardwalk wouldn’t be complete without going on the rides, and America’s Greatest Family Resort doesn’t disappoint.

Offering two amusement parks, Ocean City doubles the fun with Wonderland Pier at Sixth Street and Playland’s Castaway Cove, between 10th and 11th Streets. Both parks boast over 30 rides and some new and exciting things to offer.

A mild winter allowed both parks plenty of time and opportunity to prepare for the upcoming summer season, so make sure you check out the action. At Wonderland, the 2012 season brings new rides. At Castaway Cove, the excitement comes in the form of animated, computerized characters on a miniature golf course. Pirates of the Golden Galleon will be the first in the area to offer these lifelike, realistic animals, which, in keeping with the pirate them, include a pair of alligators and a parrot.

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Exploring Ocean City’s past

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, May 30, 2012 01:39 pm

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Before the $17 million expansion and renovation of the Ocean City Community Center, completed in 2011, it was easy for visitors and even some residents to overlook the Ocean City Historical Museum, which houses artifacts of the island resort’s long and lustrous past.

In the community center’s prior incarnation, the museum entrance was nearly hidden; would-be guests often walked on by, unaware of the rich collection stored there.

Now, the museum – more visible and more inviting – is drawing many more guests to see its heirlooms, artifacts and memorabilia. A 50th anniversary program about the March 1962 nor’easter drew standing-room-only crowds.

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