• 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

OCHS crew honors Coach Tracy with new scull

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Written by Ann Richardson Tuesday, October 07, 2014 10:48 am

Fundraiser highlights team’s desire for boathouse

Former Ocean City High School boys crew coach Greg Tracy, who helped start the crew program, christens the new scull, which is named the Greg T. Tracy and was purchased in his honor. Former Ocean City High School boys crew coach Greg Tracy, who helped start the crew program, christens the new scull, which is named the Greg T. Tracy and was purchased in his honor.

OCEAN CITY – At a fundraising event honoring the sport he helped start at Ocean City High School, former boy’s Coach Greg Tracy was honored with a new scull bearing his name.

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Jazz Society donates to OC schools

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Written by Submitted Tuesday, October 07, 2014 12:00 am

From left are Al Paramito, Somers Point Jazz Society treasurer; music teacher Janet Romano, Ocean City Primary School Principal Cathy Smith, sponsor Sally Godfrey, and Superintendent Kathleen Taylor. From left are Al Paramito, Somers Point Jazz Society treasurer; music teacher Janet Romano, Ocean City Primary School Principal Cathy Smith, sponsor Sally Godfrey, and Superintendent Kathleen Taylor.

The Somers Point Jazz Society recently made a donation of $500 to help support the arts and music program within the Ocean City School District. 

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Some facts on historic districts

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Written by Opinion Tuesday, October 07, 2014 12:00 am

To the editor:

Is the proposal recently put forth by members of the City Council to reduce the city’s historic district just another way to have more of the ugly duplexes that have destroyed the simple seashore community that Ocean City once was? This is a question that needs to be answered before any changes are thought of to adjust or modify the current historic district.

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Chamber focusing on year-round resident retention

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Written by Ann Richardson Monday, October 06, 2014 05:39 pm

OCEAN CITY — Beyond the need to attract tourists, is a need to attract more year-round families, Michele Gillian, the executive director of the Ocean City Chamber of Commerce told Fairness in Taxes members at its Oct. 3 meeting.

It is not a new idea, Gillian said, but one the chamber is focusing on.

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Three generations exhibit photos at Arts Center in October

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, October 06, 2014 04:32 pm

Photograph by Felicia Betts Photograph by Felicia Betts

The Betts family, three generations of Cape May County photographers, will exhibit their photographs at the Ocean City Arts Center throughout October.

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Ocean City Police blotter, edition of Oct. 6, 2014

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, October 06, 2014 02:04 pm

Ocean City Police Blotter, edition of Oct. 6, 2014 Ocean City Police Blotter, edition of Oct. 6, 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 641 calls for service Sept. 28-Oct. 4

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Ex-CIA agent guest speaker at Ocean City’s museum luncheon

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Written by Cathy Finnegan Sunday, October 05, 2014 12:00 am

Fred Miller welcomes Bill and Nancy Pugh, Pat and Jack Devine, the guest speaker; Sharon and Joe Grimes, and Karen and Tom Heist to the historical museum luncheon. Fred Miller welcomes Bill and Nancy Pugh, Pat and Jack Devine, the guest speaker; Sharon and Joe Grimes, and Karen and Tom Heist to the historical museum luncheon.

The Ocean City Historical Museum held their 51st annual luncheon recently at The Flanders Hotel on a warm, sunny day. Steve Gring was entertaining at the grand piano when I arrived while Jean Robinson, Noel Wirth and Carol Dotts greeted guests at the door. When I told Jean I missed her at the Ecumenical Council luncheon, she said she was playing golf.

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Firefighters host open house in honor of Fire Prevention Week

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Written by Ann Richardson Sunday, October 05, 2014 12:00 am

Hundreds participate in Ocean City Fire Department open house in 2013 Hundreds participate in Ocean City Fire Department open house in 2013

OCEAN CITY — Members of the Ocean City Fire Department take fire prevention seriously, but at the same time they like to have a little fun with their neighbors.

In honor of Fire Prevention Week Oct 5-11, the local firefighters will host the seventh annual Fire Prevention Open House 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9 at fire headquarters on Sixth Street and Asbury Avenue.

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Ocean City catering to bicyclists with more on-street bike racks

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Written by Ann Richardson Saturday, October 04, 2014 12:00 am

Ann Richardson / The new bicycle corral on the street in front of Ready's Coffee Shop. Ann Richardson / The new bicycle corral on the street in front of Ready's Coffee Shop.

OCEAN CITY —When approached about a bike rack in the street in front of his business several years ago, Doug Wing said he declined the city’s offer.

Because the on-street corral eliminates a parking spot, Wing, the owner of Ready’s Coffee Shop at 415 Eighth St., feared it could hurt business.

He needn’t have. One of three new on-street bike racks that appeared in the downtown area within the last few weeks, it is a big hit.

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Best Buddies to debut at HERO Walk

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Written by Ann Richardson Friday, October 03, 2014 12:00 am

Student program underway at OCHS

Matt Carey, Ocean City School director of special education, speaks to the Ocean City Board of Education about the high school's new Best Buddies program Wednesday, Sept. 24. Matt Carey, Ocean City School director of special education, speaks to the Ocean City Board of Education about the high school's new Best Buddies program Wednesday, Sept. 24.

OCEAN CITY — Students involved in the local high school’s new Best Buddies program, which helps students with disabilities acclimate, will make their debut Sunday, Oct. 5 on the Ocean City Boardwalk at the fourth annual HERO Walk. 

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Stranded buoy removed from Ocean City beach

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Written by Ann Richardson Thursday, October 02, 2014 05:02 pm

Ann Richardson / Members of the U.S. Coast Guard out of Philadelphia Thursday, Oct. 2 tie down a large navigational buoy that washed ashore near the Longport Bridge on Sept. 9. City public works officials hauled the buoy from the shoreline to a parking lot adjacent to the Longport Bridge last week and assisted Coast Guard officials in lifting the buoy from the parking lot to a flatbed trailer. Ann Richardson / Members of the U.S. Coast Guard out of Philadelphia Thursday, Oct. 2 tie down a large navigational buoy that washed ashore near the Longport Bridge on Sept. 9. City public works officials hauled the buoy from the shoreline to a parking lot adjacent to the Longport Bridge last week and assisted Coast Guard officials in lifting the buoy from the parking lot to a flatbed trailer.

OCEAN CITY — A navigational buoy that washed ashore near the Longport Bridge on Sept. 9 is now on its way to a U.S. Coast Guard facility in Portsmouth, Va. for repairs.

The buoy, which Coast Guard officials believe broke loose during a recent nor’easter, sat along the shoreline for more than two weeks before a crew from Ocean City Public Works hauled it up to the municipal parking lot next to the bridge last week. 

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Ocean City exploring options for dredge spoil disposal

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Written by Claire Lowe Thursday, October 02, 2014 03:29 pm

Dredging expected to begin in summer 2015

OCEAN CITY — Hoping to begin dredging the back bays in summer 2015, Ocean City officials say they are exploring a number of options for disposal of the spoils, among them using old or new spoils sites, or using the material to stabilize wetlands.

According to an update from the city administration dated Sept. 26 and released to the media this week, “Contingent on success with our ongoing permitting, we will next be allowed to dredge on July l, 2015.”

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