• 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

Sonic closing permanent

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Written by Shaun Smith Thursday, October 07, 2010 12:13 pm

SOMERS POINT – After being open just a little more than a year, Sonic Drive-In on New Road has closed.

Late last week, passers-by began to notice that the menu boards had all been removed, outside chairs and tables had been stacked in a corner, and a pole-mounted sign read “Closed,” leaving many to wonder whether the closing was temporary or permanent.

According to Ken Moran, chief operating officer for Reyes Drive-ins, the closing is permanent.

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Business Summit in Ocean City Oct. 21

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, October 07, 2010 12:08 pm

OCEAN CITY—Learn to capitalize on today’s changing business environment at the Ocean City Regional Chamber’s fourth annual Business Summit, Thursday, Oct. 21. The summit is presented in conjunction with the Atlantic Cape Community College Center for Regional & Business Research, led by Dr. Richard Perniciaro, dean of administration, planning and research.

The purpose of the summit is to analyze current information on business throughout the community, so participants can make informed planning and marketing decisions for 2011. The data-gathering process began with a survey emailed to more than 700 members of the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce.

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Kate Logue joins Citizens Bank

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, September 29, 2010 10:42 am

Kate Logue of Ocean City has joined Citizens Bank as a mortgage loan officer. She originates loans in both northeastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey.     Logue has been in the mortgage business for 12 years. She came to Citizens from Philadelphia Mortgage Advisors, where she was a loan officer. Logue, a member of the Ocean City Board of Realtors, specializes in second-home and investment property financing, with a concentration in condominiums. Kate Logue of Ocean City has joined Citizens Bank as a mortgage loan officer. She originates loans in both northeastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Logue has been in the mortgage business for 12 years. She came to Citizens from Philadelphia Mortgage Advisors, where she was a loan officer. Logue, a member of the Ocean City Board of Realtors, specializes in second-home and investment property financing, with a concentration in condominiums.

Kate Logue of Ocean City has joined Citizens Bank as a mortgage loan officer. She originates loans in both northeastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey.   

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Repealing Bush-era tax cuts will have dire consequences

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Written by Ann Richardson Wednesday, September 29, 2010 09:18 am

Want to pay more to Uncle Sam? You will, if the Democrats get their way

Less than 100 days until the biggest tax hike in American history, with an election looming, economically clueless Democrats sit by as the economy tanks.

Polls show most Americans don’t want their taxes raised, yet Democrats continue to characterize an extension of the Bush-era tax cuts as a “giveaway to the rich.”

The sweeping cuts, enacted in 2001-03 under former President George W. Bush, helped propel and steer the economy through traumatic post-9/11 turbulence. If Congress takes no action by the end of the year, taxpayers at every income level—not just the so-called “rich”—face significant tax increases next year.

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The slippery slope of ObamaCare

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Written by Ann Richardson Wednesday, September 22, 2010 03:42 pm

When it comes to healthcare under the Dems, even Sheriff Andy loses credibility

Despite its best efforts to impose ObamaCare on a skeptical America, the dastardly legislation is proving wildly unpopular.

The devil is in the details. Democrats are facing a nationwide backlash as the unwelcome particulars, hidden in 2,700 pages of the giant boondoggle, unravel. Democrats in suddenly tight races are running for the hills as Election Day—the day of reckoning—approaches. Even Andy Griffith, who played Sheriff Andy Taylor of Mayberry—has apparently tanked in the polls. Since a “reassuring” ad about the healthcare law started last month, Griffith’s popularity has reportedly dropped 25 points.

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At $4.3B, federal school funding an enormous waste

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Written by Ann Richardson Thursday, September 09, 2010 12:15 pm

 

Teachers have a tremendous impact. Through the years they help not just educate, but mold, shape and encourage children to become successful adults and more importantly, good people.

After all, what good is it if a child can memorize facts and figures and pass a test, but has never learned what it means to be kind and compassionate, to take turns, work well with others, share or be a good friend and a caring person?

My first teacher at the old Wesley Avenue School was “Mrs. Ritter.” Anna Ritter, the warm and wonderful kindergarten teacher touched a lot of lives. She wore her white hair in a bun and with a hefty dose of kindness, helped every one of her students get off to a good start.

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American Legion and Ladies Auxiliary donate $2,500 to Walk for the Wounded 

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, August 30, 2010 08:25 pm

American Legion and Ladies Auxiliary donate $2,500 to Walk for the Wounded  American Legion and Ladies Auxiliary donate $2,500 to Walk for the Wounded 

OCEAN CITY - The second annual Walk for the Wounded is well on its way to surpassing the outstanding financial results of last year’s event.
The 2010 Walk, which will take place on the Ocean City Boardwalk on Saturday, Oct. 2, has already received the support of several local organizations, including the Ocean City American Legion and Ladies Auxiliary, who signed on as Silver Star Sponsors of the event with a $2,500 donation.

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Local fishermen say President needs to cut bait on ocean protection order

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Written by Ann Richardson Monday, August 30, 2010 03:16 pm

More than two dozen strong, they blasted their air horns as they entered the harbor in Martha’s Vineyard last Thursday. The flotilla, a mix of recreational and commercial fishermen from coastal communities across the Northeast, was in Massachusetts to protest restrictions on fishing imposed by President Barack Obama through executive order that they say creates needless layers of bureaucracy while threatening their livelihood.

Leading the parade was Jim Hutchinson, managing director of the New Jersey Recreational Fishing Alliance, in a 45-foot trawler with the NJRFA flag atop the wheel house. Another, the Gadsden flag, delivered the message: “Don’t tread on me.”

“It was awesome,” Hutchinson said. “It was a wonderful day. New Jersey was well represented.”

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Summer is almost over, but confusion over new pedestrian law still remains

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Written by Ann Richardson Tuesday, August 24, 2010 08:02 am

Relax. Take a deep breath, it’s almost over. Labor Day is around the corner, ushering in a slower pace and hopefully, beautiful Indian Summer weather.

Waiting in the wings, however, is the culmination of that giant $400 million bridge project, which could bring unprecedented off-season traffic nightmares. But the construction project is a column for another day. 

It’s been a long, hot summer. Like an unending full moon and the requisite loony behavior, it’s been more difficult than any in recent memory. The confusion surrounding the state’s pedestrian laws and an increase in erratic bicycle behavior has made navigating the island pretty difficult.

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Is there such a thing as too much sun for downtown merchants?

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Written by Ann Richardson Monday, August 23, 2010 03:11 pm

 

OCEAN CITY – You would think a long, hot summer marked by an abundance of sunshine would be considered perfect “Chamber of Commerce” weather.

But many retail merchants prefer those long stretches be interrupted by weather inclement enough that it lures visitors off the beach in search of alternate activities.

Downtown merchants finally got their wish last week when the weather drove people to Asbury Avenue to check out the more than 100 unique shops, galleries and restaurants.

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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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