• According to the plan presented in April, the proposed park would include a 4- to 6-foot deep bowl, ramps, a raised plaza, and other amenities.

    OCEAN CITY — A new skatepark in Ocean City is one step closer to becoming a reality as the Cape May County Board of Freeholders approved $500,000 in Open Space funding toward the project when it met Tuesday, Sept. 9.

    “I’m tickled. I am excited that the county sees as much value in the project as we do. I believe, to date, this is one of the biggest awards they’ve ever given. Their enthusiasm for the project is refreshing,” said Ocean City Councilman Mike DeVlieger.

  • AVALON – Authorities have determined that accidental drowning was the cause of death of Brett Fitzpatrick, whose body was found at the 23rd Street beach in Avalon on New Year’s Day.

    The cause of the drowning is undetermined, said Ken Super, chief of county investigators at the Cape May County Prosecutor's Office. However, a toxicology report “revealed a high level of alcohol in his system, which may have led to an accidental drowning,” he said.

  • Redevelopment may have to wait for stronger recovery, officials say

    MARMORA – The township’s largest commercial zone has seen some substantial development projects in recent years, but many vacant lots and empty storefronts remain.

    In some cases, the two stand side by side.

    Upper Township Committee members said last month that attaining Town Center status from the state seven years ago has helped foster commercial development here. But it will likely take a stronger economic recovery before new businesses replace empty lots and storefronts, they said.

  • Casinos and racetracks throughout New Jersey can now operate sports betting pools without fear of criminal or civil liabilities, according to a press release issued by Gov. Chris Christie.

    The announcement was the result of a statewide directive issued by the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office and a motion filed on behalf of Gov. Chris Christie in U.S. District Court. 

Ocean City Gazette

Foreclosures up in OC, says research firm

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, June 07, 2011 12:30 pm

Foreclosure rates in Ocean City have increased for the month of March over the same period last year, according to CoreLogic.

According to newly released data from the company, which provides consumer, financial and property information to business and government, the rate of foreclosures among outstanding mortgage loans in Ocean City was 4.73 percent for the month of March, an increase of 1.19 percentage points compared to March of 2010 when the rate was 3.54 percent.

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It’s a family affair at Ideal

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Written by Ann Richardson Tuesday, June 07, 2011 12:00 pm

Three Olivers, no waiting: the team of Tom, Trisha and Patrick Oliver at Ideal Hairstyling and Barber Shop, in Ocean City since 1969. Three Olivers, no waiting: the team of Tom, Trisha and Patrick Oliver at Ideal Hairstyling and Barber Shop, in Ocean City since 1969.

Hometown salon adds a second generation

High school sweethearts Tom and Trisha Oliver have been married 43 years and worked side-by-side almost every day since.

One haircut at a time, they built Ideal Hairstyling and Barber Shop at 1315 West Avenue into a thriving hair salon. With the addition of son Patrick, the mom-and-pop enterprise has become a family affair.

“We’re very excited,” said Trisha. “Having Patrick here will make the day even more fun and enjoyable.”

Having passed the requisite tests at Shore Beauty School and completed a rigorous 15-month, 600-hour evening program, Patrick is now working with his parents, but on his own. He will have the opportunity to serve walk-in clients and build his own clientele. The 1994 graduate of Mainland Regional High School is a late-blooming stylist. He went into the painting business after high school.

“I decided I didn’t want to hang off a ladder forever,” he said. “So about two years ago I looked into working with my mom and dad. It’s a great opportunity. I’m glad I waited; now that I’m older I’m more serious.

“I enjoyed painting, but I wanted a better life,” he said. “The program was a lot harder, a lot more complicated than I thought. It was quite a commitment.”

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Hoys are 25-year chamber members

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, June 01, 2011 01:19 pm

David Hoy and wife Jane Hoy (center) accept an award from the Cape May County Chamber of Commerce for 25 years of continuous membership and 75 years in business.   Hoy's 5 & 10 is celebrating throughout 2011 with special items marked 5 cents and 10 cents in each store in Avalon, Stone Harbor and Ocean City locations. David Hoy and wife Jane Hoy (center) accept an award from the Cape May County Chamber of Commerce for 25 years of continuous membership and 75 years in business. Hoy's 5 & 10 is celebrating throughout 2011 with special items marked 5 cents and 10 cents in each store in Avalon, Stone Harbor and Ocean City locations.

David Hoy and wife Jane Hoy (center) accept an award from the Cape May County Chamber of Commerce for 25 years of continuous membership and 75 years in business.   Hoy's 5 & 10 is celebrating throughout 2011 with special items marked 5 cents and 10 cents in each store in Avalon, Stone Harbor and Ocean City locations.

 

 

Spadafora’s is a 31-year tradition in OC

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Written by Ann Richardson Wednesday, June 01, 2011 01:16 pm

Deb Carmody of Ocean City brings out freshly breaded and fried softshell crabs with clam fritters and cole slaw. Deb Carmody of Ocean City brings out freshly breaded and fried softshell crabs with clam fritters and cole slaw.

Owners credit fresh seafood, simply prepared

There’s nothing fancy or trendy about Spadafora’s Restaurant and Clam Bar. A throwback to the past, the century-old white shack decidedly hasn’t kept pace with the latest fad.

For 31 years Tom and Cindy Spadafora have kept it simple, serving fresh seafood right from the docks. The formula – traditional recipes with fresh seafood and friendly service – has worked for Spadafora’s, with a restaurant at Ninth Street and Atlantic Avenue and a seafood market down the street on Haven Avenue.

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Purple Dune Buggy offers free donuts this summer

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, June 01, 2011 11:32 am

A specialty of the Fractured Prune: the Ocean City “sand donut.” A specialty of the Fractured Prune: the Ocean City “sand donut.”

The Fractured Prune, the donut shop that lets customers create their own donuts, is now open in Ocean City and store owners are using a classic beach cruiser to help spread the word about this family-friendly donut-making experience.

“Although the Fractured Prune donut has been a staple on Maryland’s shore community for over 25 years, the name is not well known in New Jersey, and we felt we needed something unique to spread the word throughout the entire island,” says owner Joanne Jenkins. The Prune Buggy, a street-legal purple dune buggy built on a 1972 VW Beetle frame, will be that unique tool used to spread the word.

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‘Unlocking’ the beach

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Written by Jen Marra Wednesday, June 01, 2011 10:41 am

The beach at Moorlyn Terrace is packed with onlookers as businesspeople with briefcases plunge into the water for the Unlocking of the Beach ceremony in Ocean City Friday. The beach at Moorlyn Terrace is packed with onlookers as businesspeople with briefcases plunge into the water for the Unlocking of the Beach ceremony in Ocean City Friday.

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Imagination sweetens her cupcake creations

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Written by SUZANNE MARINO Friday, May 27, 2011 12:53 pm

alt Sandcastle Cupcake owner and baker Katie Weigand of Galloway with several of her tasty confections: lemon meringue, chocolate vanilla, banana split, key lime and chocolate-covered strawberry.

Sandcastle Cupcakes opens on Asbury Avenue

OCEAN CITY – Sandcastles allow us to lift an idea from our imagination and, with careful sculpting hands, create something magical.  The same might be said for Sandcastle Cupcakes, a new shop along Asbury Avenue.

Owner Katie Weigand, 25, of Galloway had an idea of what she wanted to do with her passion for baking. A Culinary Institute graduate with a penchant for perfection, she was ready to hit the ground running with her grand plans.

Armed with recipes she has made her own through constant tweaking and hard work, Weigand found a spot smack in the middle of the shopping district and was welcoming her first customers over the Easter weekend.

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Sturdy Bank contributes to Community Center

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, April 28, 2011 01:00 am

Members of the board of directors of the Ocean City Community Center Association accept a $1,000 donation from Sturdy Savings Bank. Pictured, from left, are Joe Ney, Drew Fasy, Wendy Moyle, Pam Horn, Laurie Howey, Ken Cooper, Cricket Frank, Doug Grisbaum, board chairman John Shirk and Mike Lloyd of Sturdy Savings Bank. The Association supports the Community Center’s facilities and programs. The OCCCA will hold its second annual Summer Kick-Off Fundraiser on Friday, June 10 at the Flanders Hotel.   Members of the board of directors of the Ocean City Community Center Association accept a $1,000 donation from Sturdy Savings Bank. Pictured, from left, are Joe Ney, Drew Fasy, Wendy Moyle, Pam Horn, Laurie Howey, Ken Cooper, Cricket Frank, Doug Grisbaum, board chairman John Shirk and Mike Lloyd of Sturdy Savings Bank. The Association supports the Community Center’s facilities and programs. The OCCCA will hold its second annual Summer Kick-Off Fundraiser on Friday, June 10 at the Flanders Hotel.

Members of the board of directors of the Ocean City Community Center Association accept a $1,000 donation from Sturdy Savings Bank. Pictured, from left, are Joe Ney, Drew Fasy, Wendy Moyle, Pam Horn, Laurie Howey, Ken Cooper, Cricket Frank, Doug Grisbaum, board chairman John Shirk and Mike Lloyd of Sturdy Savings Bank. The Association supports the Community Center’s facilities and programs. The OCCCA will hold its second annual Summer Kick-Off Fundraiser on Friday, June 10 at the Flanders Hotel.
   

Recession continues to hit local economy

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Written by Ann Richardson Wednesday, April 20, 2011 01:00 am

Branding, niche called key to success

Local merchants don’t need a reminder that the recession is wreaking havoc on small businesses. But they do need help dealing with it.

Last Thursday, the Ocean City Chamber of Commerce presented its third annual marketing summit featuring Ocean City publicist Mark Soifer, Diane Wieland, the director of tourism for Cape May County, and keynote speaker Jamie Siracusa, who analyzed marketing and advertising information to help merchants make informed decisions for the summer.

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Guyon joins Title Company of Jersey in-house counsel

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, April 20, 2011 01:00 am

Kevin C. Guyon has been added to the staff of the Title Company of Jersey as in-house counsel. His position will have responsibilities in the company’s seven branch offices located throughout Atlantic and Cape May counties in title and settlement operations.

Guyon comes to the Company from Fidelity National Title in Omaha, Nebraska, where he was claims counsel. Over the past 19 years, Guyon has operated a title agency with a partner in Berlin, New Jersey, been employed as a manager, closer and counsel to a title agency in Freehold, New Jersey, and was a staff attorney for another title agency in Cherry Hill, New Jersey.

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Gas and Go

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Written by Allison Travers Wednesday, April 06, 2011 04:55 am

A new Sunoco station is under construction at the site of the old gas station at 34th Street and West Ave. The new gas station will include a convenience store. It is set to be complete by the summer tourist season. A new Sunoco station is under construction at the site of the old gas station at 34th Street and West Ave. The new gas station will include a convenience store. It is set to be complete by the summer tourist season.

A new Sunoco station is under construction at the site of the old gas station at 34th Street and West Ave. The new gas station will include a convenience store. It is set to be complete by the summer tourist season.

 

 

 

Mulford joins Catamaran Media

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, April 05, 2011 02:50 pm

Shawna Mulford Shawna Mulford

Catamaran Media, the publisher of The Gazette and Current Newspapers, is pleased to welcome Ocean City native Shawna Mulford to the Ocean City/Mainland-based sales team as an advertising sales representative.

Before joining Millennium Radio Group, Shawna held the title of director of sales and marketing for Shimberg Homes, LLC, a custom home builder with operations in Tampa, Florida.

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