• photos by Claire Lowe / The Ocean City Exchange Club held its annual Halloween Parade on Thursday, Oct. 30 along Asbury Avenue.

    OCEAN CITY — The Ocean City Exchange Club held its annual Halloween Parade on Thursday, Oct. 30 along Asbury Avenue.

  • Date set for Night in Venice 2015

    OCEAN CITY — Night in Venice, one of the largest boat parades of its kind, will sail down the bayfront and through the lagoons on Saturday, July 11, 2015.

    The 62nd annual Night in Venice parade will begin at 6 p.m., according to Jim Mallon, assistant to Mayor Jay Gillian.

  • Ocean City High School student Mercy Griffith, one of six students who designed a science experiment that was chosen to be tested in space as part of the Student Spaceflight Experiment Program, speaks about watching the Antares rocket carrying their experiment explode, during a press conference Wednesday at the high school.

    OCEAN CITY — At a press conference in front of the school to discuss the rocket explosion on Wednesday, Oct. 29, Ocean City Superintendent Kathleen Taylor said school officials knew the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program would be a great learning experience for students.

    “Sometimes, however, one never realizes what he or she might learn,” she said. “Our students are learning that the world of science is full of twists and turns; the line between success and disappointment can sometimes be blurred.”

  • Seats up for grabs on local school board, U.S. House and Senate

    From left are Joseph S. Clark Jr., Cecilia Gallelli-Keyes, Michael Allan James and Dale F. Braun Jr., the local candidates for the three open seats on the Ocean City Board of Education.

    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.

  • Meet local businesses, local officials at chamber Welcome Night

    Meet local businesses, local officials at chamber Welcome Night

    The Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Welcome Night 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29 at the Ocean City Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Welcome Night serves as a way for the chamber to introduce new and current residents to community, civic and social organizations; community leaders and city officials; and local businesses including restaurants, financial and insurance services, retail stores and medical offices.

  • Presented during a council workshop meeting in April, the proposed Ocean City skatepark would include a 4- to 6-foot deep bowl, ramps, a raised plaza, and other amenities.

    (UPDATE 1 p.m. Oct. 30) The time of this meeting has been changed to 7-8:30 p.m.

    OCEAN CITY — Ocean City Council plans to hold a town hall meeting Wednesday, Nov. 5 on the proposed permanent skatepark to be constructed at Fifth Street near the Ocean City Fire Headquarters.

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Locks of love

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, October 22, 2014 12:00 am

Submitted / Shannon Oteri, a junior at Ocean City High School and a tennis team member, donates her hair in memory of her mother’s best friend, Kate Grady Pergola, who battled breast cancer. With her is Courtney Flasch, hair stylist at Esthetica Salon in Northfield, who donated her time to cut and style Oteri’s hair. Submitted / Shannon Oteri, a junior at Ocean City High School and a tennis team member, donates her hair in memory of her mother’s best friend, Kate Grady Pergola, who battled breast cancer. With her is Courtney Flasch, hair stylist at Esthetica Salon in Northfield, who donated her time to cut and style Oteri’s hair.

Shannon Oteri, a junior at Ocean City High School and a tennis team member, donates her hair in memory of her mother’s best friend, Kate Grady Pergola, who battled breast cancer. With her is Courtney Flasch, hair stylist at Esthetica Salon in Northfield, who donated her time to cut and style Oteri’s hair.

 

School says no infection concern over family that arrived in Ocean City from Africa

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Written by Ann Richardson Tuesday, October 21, 2014 03:05 pm

OCEAN CITY — A family recently moved into the Ocean City School District from Africa, but Superintendent Kathleen Taylor said the arriving family was not from an Ebola-affected area and has been cleared of the potentially deadly virus.

“Before this family attended our schools, we checked with several medical professionals and a background check was completed on the family,” Taylor said.  “This family is not from the affected area and has not been in contact with any affected people.” 

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Longport gets a seat at the table in Ocean City

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Written by Ann Richardson Tuesday, October 21, 2014 11:12 am

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.

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Ocean City administrators pleased with state report card

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Written by Ann Richardson Tuesday, October 21, 2014 12:00 am

Full reports will not be available until January

Ocean City administrators pleased with state report card Ocean City administrators pleased with state report card

OCEAN CITY — Presenting the school district’s annual state report card at a Wednesday, Oct. 15 meeting of the Ocean City Board of Education, Superintendent Kathleen Taylor was all smiles.

“It was a stellar year,” she said, as student scores on a wide variety of assessments had increased from the prior year, exceeding both the state and national average in every category.

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Rough seas keep fish away from tourney participants

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, October 20, 2014 02:08 pm

Submitted / Team CTS, first-place winner in the Ocean City Fishing Club’s Invitational Surf Fishing Tournament, is ready for action. Submitted / Team CTS, first-place winner in the Ocean City Fishing Club’s Invitational Surf Fishing Tournament, is ready for action.

“Where are all the fish?” That was a frequent question asked by many of the 200 anglers participating in the Ocean City Fishing Club’s 47th annual Invitational Surf Fishing Tournament on Saturday, Oct. 18.

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Ocean City Schools prepared for virus season

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Written by Ann Richardson Monday, October 20, 2014 02:01 pm

OCEAN CITY —With enterovirus and ebola much in the news, and flu season approaching, Superintendent Kathleen Taylor sought to calm the nerves of worried parents at a Wednesday, Oct. 15 meeting of the Ocean City Board of Education.

“Every year at this time, viruses go around and this year is no different,” she said. “The custodial staff works very hard to make sure that the schools are clean and disinfected.”

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Veteran, Ocean City resident honored for service to warfighters

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, October 20, 2014 01:49 pm

photo courtesy of Ken Watson / From left are Anthony Afanador and his father, wounded warrior Ed Afanador, New Jersey Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve public affairs liaison Donna Clementoni, and Seven Seals recipient Noel Koch after Koch received his award Sept. 26 at Mays Landing Country Club. photo courtesy of Ken Watson / From left are Anthony Afanador and his father, wounded warrior Ed Afanador, New Jersey Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve public affairs liaison Donna Clementoni, and Seven Seals recipient Noel Koch after Koch received his award Sept. 26 at Mays Landing Country Club.

MAYS LANDING — Noel Koch, veteran and former Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for the Office of Transition and Care Coordination, was honored with the Seven Seals Award on Sept. 26 at the Mays Landing Country Club, where he was participating in the April C. Kauffman Memorial Golf Outing.

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Golfers gather for Sunshine Foundation Classic

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Written by Cathy Finnegan Monday, October 20, 2014 12:00 am

Beth Bowman and Cathy Finnegan get together with Roger “Dougie” Albright, Scott Raab, Harry Vanderslice, Joe DiMarco and Mike Dattilo at the Sunshine Golf Classic. Beth Bowman and Cathy Finnegan get together with Roger “Dougie” Albright, Scott Raab, Harry Vanderslice, Joe DiMarco and Mike Dattilo at the Sunshine Golf Classic.

Warm weather greeted golfers when they arrived at the Linwood Country Club for the Sunshine Foundation Cape Atlantic Chapter’s 19th annual Sunshine Golf Classic. Local Sunshine Foundation President Carmen D’Angelo and wife Norma, along with Bev Ayotte handed out assignments.

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Bids opened for southend Ocean City beach fill

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Written by Claire Lowe Friday, October 17, 2014 10:39 pm

City has secured all easements necessary to complete long-awaited project

According to project manager Dwight Pakan of the Army Corp’s Philadelphia District, which is overseeing the project, bids were opened Friday, Oct. 10 and the low bidder was Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Co. of Oak Brook, Ill. for a base bid amount of approximately $58 million. According to project manager Dwight Pakan of the Army Corp’s Philadelphia District, which is overseeing the project, bids were opened Friday, Oct. 10 and the low bidder was Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Co. of Oak Brook, Ill. for a base bid amount of approximately $58 million.

The US Army Corps of Engineers is almost ready to award a contract for the southend Ocean City beach replenishment project.

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Next phase of boardwalk reconstruction to start Monday

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Written by Ann Richardson Friday, October 17, 2014 10:37 pm

Next phase of boardwalk reconstruction to start Monday Next phase of boardwalk reconstruction to start Monday

OCEAN CITY — The second phase of a multi-year boardwalk reconstruction project from Fifth to 12th Street is scheduled to begin on Monday, Oct. 20.

Last year, the city replaced the boardwalk’s aging concrete substructure and decking on a stretch from Brighton Place to Sixth Street. This year, the work continues from where it left off north of Sixth Street to Seventh Street.

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Ocean City man indicted on drug charges in Warren County

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Written by Claire Lowe Thursday, October 16, 2014 02:45 pm

An Ocean City man was one of four men indicted by a Warren County grand jury on drug charges Wednesday, Oct. 15, according to recent media reports.

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Young and talented: Flanders head chef leaving an impression

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Written by Ann Richardson Thursday, October 16, 2014 07:31 am

Blake Young, executive chef at The Flanders Hotel, a 2003 Ocean City High School graduate, was headed for a career in finance, but after the market crashed, found his true passion in the kitchen. Blake Young, executive chef at The Flanders Hotel, a 2003 Ocean City High School graduate, was headed for a career in finance, but after the market crashed, found his true passion in the kitchen.

OCEAN CITY — Graduating Monmouth University with a degree in finance, Blake Young was headed for a career in accounting when fate intervened. The market crashed and unable to find a job in his field, the 2003 Ocean City High School graduate headed home and back to the kitchen at Uncle Bill’s where he had worked his way through college.

From there Young landed a job at The Flanders and discovered his true passion was not in crunching numbers. Now executive chef at the historic hotel, the 29-year-old is making a big name for himself.

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