• Gov. Chris Christie holds a press conference to announce the activation of a statewide Ebola preparedness plan at Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack Wednesday, Oct. 22. Administration officials, state agencies and departments will work in a coordinated manner to ensure the health and safety of New Jersey residents is protected and to execute on decisions in an efficient and effective manner. (Governor's Office/Tim Larsen)

    Gov. Chris Christie signed Executive Order 164 on Oct. 22, creating the Ebola Virus Disease Joint Response Team to implement the state’s Ebola preparedness plan. The plan covers airport travel, public transportation, schools and universities, and hospitals.

  • Incumbents Joseph S. Clark Jr. and Cecilia Gallelli-Keyes are running for re-election with newcomers Michael Allan James and Dale F. Braun Jr. also seeking seats.

    OCEAN CITY — Four candidates are hoping to fill the three open seats on the Ocean City Board of Education in the Nov. 4 general election.

    Incumbents Joseph S. Clark Jr. and Cecilia Gallelli-Keyes are running for re-election with newcomers Dale F. Braun Jr. and Michael Allan James also seeking seats. Incumbent Tiffany Prettyman will not run for re-election.

  • Ocean City Halloween events 2014

    Ocean City Theatre Co. presents Halloween costume party

    The Greater Ocean City Theatre Company will host a spooktacular evening of fun at this year’s “Black and Orange” Halloween Costume Party 7-11 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24 at the Ocean City Yacht Club, 100 Bay Road in Ocean City.

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Kevin Gill, holding a proclamation, is honored by Upper Township Committee members (from left) John Coggins, Hobie Young, Richard Palombo, Anthony Inserra and Ed Barr.
PETERSBURG – Upper Township Committee last week honored Kevin Gill for winning the ocean swim event at the South Jersey Lifeguarding Championships this summer.

    Gill, 17, also helped the Upper Township Beach Patrol finish second overall at the Cape May County Championships by winning two events. He won the swimming events at the Beschen-Callahan Memorial Lifeguard Races, the Dutch Hoffman Memorial Lifeguard Championships and Margate Memorials.

  • TRENTON – The state Senate Judiciary Committee unexpectedly put a hold on two of Gov. Chris Christie’s nominees to the New Jersey Pinelands Commission last week.

    Committee chair Sen. Nicholas Scutari said at the beginning of the meeting on Thursday, Oct. 16 that he expected to have a vote on the nominees following their testimony and comments from members of the public. But after testimony from New Hanover Mayor Dennis Roohr and Robert Barr of Ocean City he adjourned the hearing.

  • OCEAN CITY —When he took a seat at the board table at a Wednesday, Oct. 15 meeting of the Ocean City Board of Education, Carl Tripician made history.

    Tripician, of Longport, was representing the Longport School District, the result of a sending-receiving relationship established between the two districts this year. While permitted to participate in board discussion, the Longport representative will not be permitted to vote.

  • Members of the Trail of Two Cities Committee visit the Ocean City Welcome Center overlooking the Route 52 causeway between the two cities where the event will be held on Nov. 1. Displaying Trail of Two Cities T-shirts are Sydney Somers and Peg Meidel of Somers Point and Mark Soifer, Karen Pratz and Wendy Moyle representing Ocean City.

    Trail of Two Cities Nov. 1

    The 25th annual Trail of Two Cities 5K Run/Walk over the causeway between Ocean City and Somers Point is set for 8 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 1. The event begins at the Ocean City Transportation Center, Ninth Street and Haven Avenue in Ocean City, and ends at JFK Park in Somers Point.

Ocean City Gazette

Colony Club recognized for work with mental illness

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, October 15, 2014 03:54 pm

Submitted / From left are Colony Club member Denise Szymanski, Mayor Jay Gillian and Colony Club President Jane Snyder. Submitted / From left are Colony Club member Denise Szymanski, Mayor Jay Gillian and Colony Club President Jane Snyder.

Mayor Jay Gillian recently presented a proclamation to members of the Ocean City Colony Club in recognition of Mental Illness Awareness Week, Oct. 5-11.

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Class of ’64 lauds Susan Rumer Peifer

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Written by Ann Richardson Wednesday, October 15, 2014 10:44 am

Members of the Class of 1964 gathered to celebrate their 50th reunion at The Flanders Hotel on Saturday evening. The class honored Susan Rumer Peifer. A committee raised money for a plaque to be placed next to the OCHS letters at Carey Field outside of Ocean City High School. The class, with Peifer's help, purchased the letters. From left are Frank Disciascio, Bart Russell, Linda Becotte Roberts, Peggy Rossi Pauch, Joyce Palermo Power, Susan Rumer Peifer and Michele Allegretto Iannace. Members of the Class of 1964 gathered to celebrate their 50th reunion at The Flanders Hotel on Saturday evening. The class honored Susan Rumer Peifer. A committee raised money for a plaque to be placed next to the OCHS letters at Carey Field outside of Ocean City High School. The class, with Peifer's help, purchased the letters. From left are Frank Disciascio, Bart Russell, Linda Becotte Roberts, Peggy Rossi Pauch, Joyce Palermo Power, Susan Rumer Peifer and Michele Allegretto Iannace.

OCEAN CITY —The Ocean City High School Class of ’64 gathered at The Flanders Hotel on Saturday, Oct. 11 for their 50th reunion.

Susan Rumer Peifer, the class treasurer, was the driving force behind numerous events and initiatives and classmate Linda Becotte Roberts said she deserved to be recognized for her efforts.

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Bernstein talks politics, Watergate at library luncheon

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Written by Ann Richardson Wednesday, October 15, 2014 12:00 am

Author and journalist Carl Bernstein, the guest speaker at the fall author’s luncheon, stands with acting Ocean City Library director Leslie Clarke Thursday, Oct. 9 at The Flanders. Author and journalist Carl Bernstein, the guest speaker at the fall author’s luncheon, stands with acting Ocean City Library director Leslie Clarke Thursday, Oct. 9 at The Flanders.

OCEAN CITY —The author of five books, including “All the President’s Men,” Carl Bernstein helped bring down a United States president and shared a Pulitzer Prize with Bob Woodward for his coverage of the Watergate scandal for the Washington Post.

On Thursday, Oct. 9 the icon of American journalism was the featured author for the Ocean City Free Public Library’s annual fall luncheon.

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Mayor pulls back on turf proposal at OCHS field

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Written by Claire Lowe Tuesday, October 14, 2014 12:52 pm

Carey Stadium at Ocean City High School as seen from the air.(photo by Matt Ulmer) 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.

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Rainy Saturday didn’t stop visitors to OC Block Party

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Written by Ann Richardson Tuesday, October 14, 2014 11:54 am

Jen Marra / Ocean City Block Party 2014. Jen Marra / Ocean City Block Party 2014.

OCEAN CITY — Despite a steady downpour that lasted throughout most of Saturday morning, the annual Fall Block Party still lured thousands of visitors to the island for an extended Columbus Day weekend. Merchants were pleasantly surprised that, for the most part, cash registers were ringing. 

“Considering the weather, everything went pretty decent,” said Walt Hohman, owner of Ward’s Pastry at 730 Asbury Ave.

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Ocean City Library keeps Maloney’s spirit alive

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Written by Ann Richardson Tuesday, October 14, 2014 11:28 am

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. 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.”

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Ocean City Police blotter, edition of Oct. 13, 2014

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, October 13, 2014 01:48 pm

Ocean City Police Blotter, edition of Oct. 13, 2014 Ocean City Police Blotter, edition of Oct. 13, 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 474 calls for service Oct. 5-11

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Third quarter real estate sales up in 2014

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Written by Ann Richardson Sunday, October 12, 2014 12:00 am

OCEAN CITY — Sales and rentals are up in Ocean City for the third quarter, the Ocean City Board of Realtors reports. Visitors are booking early for 2015, and Board of Realtors President Ken Sedberry predicts another banner year.

“It’s good news,” Sedberry said. “We’ve had a big increase with people, who rented this year, wanting to return and rent again next year, so based on the interest we’re seeing, 2015 should be a really good year.”

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Historic commission wants stricter demolition rules

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Written by Ann Richardson Saturday, October 11, 2014 12:00 am

Members would not discuss proposal to cut district

OCEAN CITY — Members of the Ocean City Historic Preservation Commission agreed to a compromise on proposed demolition requirements at a Tuesday, Oct. 7 meeting, but commission President Jack Ball said that a map, which proposed a nearly 40 percent decrease in the size of the historic district, would not be discussed.

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Ocean City Council news in brief, edition of Oct. 15, 2014

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Written by Claire Lowe Friday, October 10, 2014 03:22 pm

 Ocean City Council news in brief, edition of Oct. 15, 2014 Ocean City Council news in brief, edition of Oct. 15, 2014

OCEAN CITY — City Council discussed the following items when it met Thursday, Oct. 9 in City Hall. Mayor Jay Gillian was not present.

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Ocean City to state: ‘Leave our beaches alone’

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Written by Claire Lowe Friday, October 10, 2014 03:00 pm

Council opposes legislation to require free beaches where towns receive state and federal aid for replenishment

Ocean City to state: ‘Leave our beaches alone’ Ocean City to state: ‘Leave our beaches alone’

OCEAN CITY — Joining other shore towns in the state, Ocean City Council vehemently opposed a state bill that would require towns accepting state and federal money for beach replenishment to provide free beaches.

“I think it’s disgusting,” Councilman Mike DeVlieger said at the Thursday, Oct. 9 council meeting.

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Governor creates drug addiction task force

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, October 09, 2014 04:01 pm

Ocean City resident to serve on team

TRENTON – A 12-member team of leaders and experts from inside and outside of government have been assembled by Gov. Chris Christie to fight drug addiction through treatment and prevention. On Thursday, Oct. 9, Christie signed Executive Order No. 163 to create the Facing Addiction Task Force.

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