• Alumni upset over change

    At left, the old athletic log for Ocean City High School, and, at right, the new logo approved by the Ocean City Board of Education at its Aug. 27 meeting.

    OCEAN CITY — The Ocean City High School Red has a new logo for athletics, but not everyone is happy about it.

    Featuring a red-tailed hawk flying above the words “OCHS” in red with a black outline, and “Red Raiders” in white with a black outline, the new athletic logo was approved 7-1 by the Ocean City Board of Education at its Wednesday, Aug. 27 meeting, with board member Bill Holmes casting the dissenting vote.

  • Labor Day heat is going to turn into the pro-longed heat wave of several days, smothering South Jersey and the rest of the Middle Atlantic States with hot and humid conditions just as the school year starts./Weatherbell Analytics, www.weatherbell.comLabor Day heat is going to turn into the pro-longed heat wave of the season, smothering South Jersey and the rest of the Middle Atlantic States with hot and humid air just as the school year starts.

  • According to Time Magazine, Cape May County is one of the most dangerous places in the nation for natural disasters. Atlantic County is safer, according to the magazine, but still makes the list of top 15 danger spots.

    In fact, it appears from Time’s data that New Jersey is an exceptionally disaster prone area.

  •  A proposed ban on bamboo in Ocean City moved closer to becoming law Thursday despite concerns from several residents.

    OCEAN CITY — A proposed ban on bamboo in Ocean City moved closer to becoming law Thursday despite concerns from several residents.

  • A surfer takes a turn off the lip on Thursday’s overhead waves. Surfers flocked to the water from throughout the region for the weekday swell. By Thursday morning, Hurricane Cristobal was passing well off the coast, and was expected to pass off Nova Scotia by Thursday night. In the meantime, the storm sent huge waves toward the beach from North Carolina to New England, with heavy waves throughout Cape May County. Some sets were well overhead, and there were steady waves throughout the morning.Well, that went quick.

    How did Labor Day weekend get here so fast? Well, I guess you blinked. Either that or they’ve changed the length of July and August…

  • Submitted / The Ocean City Theatre Company and the Ocean City Pops Orchestra present “Swing! The Musical” at the Ocean City Music Pier this weekend. The show features professional singers and dancers and local high school students.

    OCEAN CITY — The Ocean City Theatre Company will close out its summer shows this weekend with a collaboration with the Ocean City Pops. “Swing! The Musical” combines music and dancing from the jazz era 7:30 p.m. Aug. 31 and Sept. 2 and 5 at the Ocean City Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace.

    “It’s really exciting, a true celebration of music and dance,” said Michael Hartman, artistic director for the Ocean City Theatre Company. “It’s high energy, and it’s going to have people dancing in their seats. The show is packaged well and really captures what the swing era was all about.”

Ocean City Gazette

Smokers make it unpleasant on the beach

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Written by Opinion Wednesday, August 27, 2014 12:00 am

To the editor:

Last week on the beach, my grandchildren and I had the misfortune of sitting next to a family of smokers. Being downwind of this group only intensified the smell and second hand smoke.  By the way, our beautiful beach became their ashtray. We eventually had to move when the men broke out the cigars. A cigarette can be finished within a few minutes. A cigar lasts much longer.

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Maybe the support isn’t there

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Written by Opinion Wednesday, August 27, 2014 12:00 am

To the editor:

I agree with Irene Lorenzon’s argument published in your Aug. 20 edition that Ocean City would be better off if it had the benefit of input from “a larger, more diverse voting base,” which included second homeowners. Her suggestion to “register one person from each family” is an interesting alternative if Ocean City is determined to “keep it simple” instead of making it fair (unless you accept the premise that taxation without representation is fair).

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Building hope

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, August 26, 2014 05:30 pm

Submitted /Frank Siderio, 18, and Nick Dambrosio, 18, both of West Chester, Pa. built this sandcastle before they completed the ALS ice bucket challenge on Aug. 14 at the Seaspray Road beach in Ocean City. Submitted /Frank Siderio, 18, and Nick Dambrosio, 18, both of West Chester, Pa. built this sandcastle before they completed the ALS ice bucket challenge on Aug. 14 at the Seaspray Road beach in Ocean City.

Frank Siderio, 18, and Nick Dambrosio, 18, both of West Chester, Pa. built this sandcastle before they completed the ALS ice bucket challenge on Aug. 14 at the Seaspray Road beach in Ocean City.

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Beach Road house rebuilt after fire

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Written by Ann Richardson Tuesday, August 26, 2014 05:08 pm

Ann Richardson / The home at 110 Beach Road has been rebuilt after a fire destroyed the previous structure in May 2012, just after the owners completed a large renovation project. Ann Richardson / The home at 110 Beach Road has been rebuilt after a fire destroyed the previous structure in May 2012, just after the owners completed a large renovation project.

OCEAN CITY — More than two years after it was destroyed by a fire on May 20, 2012, the three-story beach cottage at 110 Beach Road has been rebuilt.

Situated on the corner of Morningside Road, the new house, like the one it replaced, was carefully designed to capture the ocean views.

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Ocean City community news, edition of Aug. 27, 2014

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, August 26, 2014 12:00 am

Spark a Reaction Film Festival

Wednesday, Aug. 27, the Ocean City Library presents new and classic science fiction films for young adults that will spark the imagination. Movies will begin at 6 p.m. in main lecture room N110 at the library, 1735 Simpson Ave. Snacks will be provided. For more information, contact Sara at 609-399-2434, ext. 5235 or visit the young adult department on the second floor of the library.

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Ocean City events, edition of Aug. 27, 2014

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, August 26, 2014 12:00 am

Diane Schuur to appear with OC Pops

Ocean City Pops Orchestra presents two-time Grammy Award winner, pop and jazz singer Diane Schuur plus saxophonist Andrew Neu 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27 at the Ocean City Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Schuur has built a stellar career embracing the jazz music of the 1940s to ’60s and her recording albums have been consistently at the top of the Billboard charts.  Tickets are $20 at www.ocnj.us/boxoffice.

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A new school year begins in Ocean City

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Written by Ann Richardson Tuesday, August 26, 2014 12:00 am

A new school year begins in Ocean City 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.

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Sand finally on its way to Ocean City's south end

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Written by Claire Lowe Monday, August 25, 2014 02:54 pm

Project out to bid, mayor says

Bill Barlow / The beach at 58th Street (seen here Monday, Aug. 25) will be one of several beaches in Ocean City’s south end to be included in a federal beach replenishment project. Bill Barlow / The beach at 58th Street (seen here Monday, Aug. 25) will be one of several beaches in Ocean City’s south end to be included in a federal beach replenishment project.

OCEAN CITY — The long-awaited beach replenishment project for Ocean City’s south end is out to bid, Mayor Jay Gillian announced Friday, Aug. 22 in his latest letter to city residents.

The project is expected to be completed this fall by the US Army Corps of Engineers as part of a 50-year agreement to fill the beaches from 34th to 59th streets as necessary.

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Ocean City Police blotter, edition of Aug. 25, 2014

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, August 25, 2014 10:23 am

Ocean City Police Blotter, edition of Aug. 25, 2014 Ocean City Police Blotter, edition of Aug. 25, 2014

Police Blotter information is supplied by local and other law enforcement agencies. Each person named is presumed innocent unless proven guilty.

Ocean City Police responded to the following calls for service Aug. 17-23

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Another Miss Ocean City crowned

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Written by Cathy Finnegan Sunday, August 24, 2014 12:00 am

Around our town with Cathy Finnegan Around our town with Cathy Finnegan

Miss Ocean City 2015 was crowned recently on the Music Pier stage, but not before 10 young ladies endured a week of rehearsals leading up to the big night. Monday through Thursday night, contestants rehearsed their talent routines and learned dance steps for the opening and closing numbers under the direction of former Miss Ocean City Devon Vanderslice.

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Vacationers stay connected

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Written by Bill Barlow Saturday, August 23, 2014 10:00 am

Visitors now see Wi-Fi as a need, but is enough bandwidth even possible? 

Internet access is now seen as a need, whether at work or on vacation.

“It used to be you wanted a good, clean bathroom, a comfortable bed and a nice scene at the beach,” said Brian Welsh, a manager for Ocean City Hotels and Property Management, which operates the Impala, the Beach Club Suites and other properties near the boardwalk in Ocean City.

He and others in the business say visitors now expect wireless access at all times – and it is becoming difficult to keep up with the demand.

“We have people calling who won’t stay here if we don’t have Wi-Fi, and not just Wi-Fi but good Wi-Fi,” he said.

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Ocean City police now using Segways to patrol

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Written by Ann Richardson Saturday, August 23, 2014 12:00 am

Ann Richardson / Patrolman Thomas Runyon spends his shift Friday afternoon on one of the Ocean City Police Department's new Segways. Ann Richardson / Patrolman Thomas Runyon spends his shift Friday afternoon on one of the Ocean City Police Department's new Segways.

OCEAN CITY — Maneuvering along Asbury Avenue with ease on a new Segway Friday, Ocean City Patrolman Thomas Runyon was attracting quite a bit of attention.   

“People ask me a lot of different questions, they’re curious about the Segway,” Runyon said. “It definitely draws a lot of attention.”

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