• Ocean City named third smartest small town by Forbes

    According to a new list by Forbes, Ocean City – and the rest of Cape May County – was named one of America's smartest cities. The metropolitan statistical area was ranked third on the list of small towns by contributors Joel Kotkin and Mark Schill.

  • Claire Lowe / Ocean City High School and Intermediate School students work together on posters that depict the negative effects of smoking to celebrate the Great American Smokeout Thursday, Nov. 20.

    OCEAN CITY — To celebrate the American Cancer Society’s annual Great American Smokeout, Ocean City High School’s REBEL and SADD clubs presented to over 80 students in Renee Bendig’s health classes on Thursday, Nov. 20 on the negative effects of tobacco use.

    Latching on to the city and school district’s Did You Know? campaign, members of SADD, which stands for Students Against Destructive Decisions, and REBEL, formerly SCAT or Student Coalition Against Tobacco, traveled to the Ocean City Intermediate School to encourage their younger cohorts to stay away from smoking.

  • St. Peter's United Methodist Church was one of several Ocean City historic properties awarded $1.3 million in Sandy Relief grants

    Several historic Ocean City properties were named the recipients of Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief Grants Wednesday, Nov. 19, with awards totaling over $1.3 million.

    Recipients include St. Peter's United Methodist Church at $145,229; First Presbyterian Church at $151,000; Ocean City Transportation Center at $501,000; US Life Saving Station 30 at $143,031; Ocean City City Hall at $230,000; and My Shore House at $335,879.

  • OCEAN CITY — The city is hosting a public meeting to discuss phase II of the northend road improvement project 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25 at St. Francis Cabrini Church in Culliney Hall, 114 Atlantic Ave. in Ocean City.

  • PETERSBURG – Superintendent Vincent Palmieri said Monday that the school district is awaiting word from Ocean City on whether it will accept School Choice students in Upper Township at Ocean City High School.

    The Upper Township School District began accepting students through the Interdistrict Public School Choice Program starting this year. It was granted 35 seats through the program by the state Department of Education and filled them all, Palmieri said.

  • Ocean City holiday events calendar 2014

    Holiday craft show

    The Christmas Arts and Crafts Festival will be 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 22-23 at the Ocean City Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. This show features 75 booths with all new exhibitors designing and decorating. Call 800-822-4112.

Ocean City Gazette

Ocean City filmmaker wins awards at Downbeach Film Fest

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Written by Claire Lowe Monday, November 10, 2014 12:00 am

Ocean City resident Pat Kazanjian’s film, “The Beacon,” a science fiction short film, won for Best Sci-Fi Short, Best Director Sci-Fi Short, and Best Actress (Paulette Freas) at the Downbeach Film Festival in October. Ocean City resident Pat Kazanjian’s film, “The Beacon,” a science fiction short film, won for Best Sci-Fi Short, Best Director Sci-Fi Short, and Best Actress (Paulette Freas) at the Downbeach Film Festival in October.

OCEAN CITY — Entering her first film contest, local filmmaker Pat Kazanjian was overwhelmed to be selected as the winner in three categories at the Downbeach Film Festival last month.

“It was crazy. I didn’t think I was hearing it right,” Kazanjian said. “It was really great. It was like Hollywood in South Jersey.”

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Ocean City student named to National Honor Society at Prep

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Written by Staff Reports Sunday, November 09, 2014 12:00 am

Submitted / Seven seniors at St. Augustine Preparatory School have been named to the National Honor Society. From left are Prep President Donald Reilly; George Steffa, of Sea Isle City; John W. O’Brien, of Ocean City; Robert Fralinger, of Bridgeton; Kyle DeMatte, of Sewell; Sean Carew, of Northfield; Steve Alvarez and Daniel Alvarez, both of Mays Landing; dean of academics Joseph Vandenberg, and dean of student life Kevin Burke. Submitted / Seven seniors at St. Augustine Preparatory School have been named to the National Honor Society. From left are Prep President Donald Reilly; George Steffa, of Sea Isle City; John W. O’Brien, of Ocean City; Robert Fralinger, of Bridgeton; Kyle DeMatte, of Sewell; Sean Carew, of Northfield; Steve Alvarez and Daniel Alvarez, both of Mays Landing; dean of academics Joseph Vandenberg, and dean of student life Kevin Burke.

John W. O’Brien of Ocean City was one of seven seniors at St. Augustine Preparatory School in Richland named to the National Honor Society.  

While most schools qualify their students with an 85 average, Prep students qualify after their first semester of junior year with a weighted cumulative average of 93. These seven students join the 60 Prep students who were inducted in the spring.

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Costello named Ocean City Citizen of the Year

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Written by Claire Lowe Saturday, November 08, 2014 12:00 am

Ocean City Chamber announces award winners

Leon Costello was named the 2014 Ocean City Citizen of the Year. Leon Costello was named the 2014 Ocean City Citizen of the Year.

OCEAN CITY — Leon Costello has been named Ocean City’s 2014 Citizen of the Year by the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce.

“I’m amazed,” Costello said of the honor. “I’m certainly thrilled and, again, amazed that I was picked.”

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Ocean City Police blotter, edition of Nov. 5, 2014

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, November 07, 2014 12:00 am

Ocean City Police Blotter, edition of Nov. 5, 2014 Ocean City Police Blotter, edition of Nov. 5, 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 550 calls for service Oct. 26-Nov. 1

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Newly elected board members say they are thankful and excited

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Written by Ann Richardson Friday, November 07, 2014 12:00 am

Joseph Clark, Cecilia Gallelli-Keyes and Michael Allan James were recently elected to the Ocean City Board of Education. Joseph Clark, Cecilia Gallelli-Keyes and Michael Allan James were recently elected to the Ocean City Board of Education.

OCEAN CITY – The two incumbents and one newcomer elected to the Ocean City Board of Education this week said they were grateful for their community’s support.

Voters went to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 4, re-electing current board President Joseph Clark and incumbent Cecilia Gallelli-Keyes, as well as Michael Allan James.

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Ocean City skatepark location finalized, design nearing completion

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Written by Claire Lowe Thursday, November 06, 2014 01:36 pm

Residents come out to support, ask questions on plan

Claire Lowe / The Ocean City Library was packed with residents and supporters of a skatepark in Ocean City during a town hall meeting on the subject Wednesday. Claire Lowe / The Ocean City Library was packed with residents and supporters of a skatepark in Ocean City during a town hall meeting on the subject Wednesday.

OCEAN CITY — A location has been finalized for the Cape May County Skatepark in Ocean City, Councilman Mike DeVlieger announced at a town hall meeting Wednesday, Nov. 5 at the library.

The meeting was hosted by DeVlieger and fellow Councilmen Michael Allegretto and Antwan McClellan, and city administrator Mike Dattilo. Over a hundred residents and supporters came out to the meeting. Many were wearing T-shirts that said “Cape May County Skatepark.”

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LoBiondo tells OCHS students that serving is harder now, but very rewarding

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Written by Deborah Patterson Thursday, November 06, 2014 10:27 am

Ocean City High School students gather around Rep. Frank LoBiondo after he spoke to the group about his position as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Student David Balic (to his left) invited LoBiondo to speak to his AP Government class. Ocean City High School students gather around Rep. Frank LoBiondo after he spoke to the group about his position as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Student David Balic (to his left) invited LoBiondo to speak to his AP Government class.

OCEAN CITY – Rep. Frank LoBiondo visited Ocean City High School on Wednesday, Oct. 29 and spoke with students in AP Government Contemporary World Cultures classes.

Senior David Balic invited LoBiondo, who said he accepted as part of his Teen Advisory Group's mission to meet with young people and let them know "he is not just someone in a book."

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Fall spaghetti dinner sets record

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, November 06, 2014 12:00 am

submitted / The semi-annual Knights of Columbus fall spaghetti dinner in October set an all-time record by treating almost 300 guests to a homemade Italian dinner, complete with salad, meatballs, spaghetti and deserts. Chef Angel Anes and sous chefs Barry Anes and Alfonso Malorani prepared the feast served by Council 2560 Knights and their significant others. According to council minutes, this semi-annual tradition dates back to 1954. submitted / The semi-annual Knights of Columbus fall spaghetti dinner in October set an all-time record by treating almost 300 guests to a homemade Italian dinner, complete with salad, meatballs, spaghetti and deserts. Chef Angel Anes and sous chefs Barry Anes and Alfonso Malorani prepared the feast served by Council 2560 Knights and their significant others. According to council minutes, this semi-annual tradition dates back to 1954.

The semi-annual Knights of Columbus fall spaghetti dinner in October set an all-time record by treating almost 300 guests to a homemade Italian dinner, complete with salad, meatballs, spaghetti and desserts.

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New book recounts Ocean City native’s missions during Vietnam War

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Written by Ann Richardson Wednesday, November 05, 2014 12:00 am

Bart Russell, a Vietnam veteran and former Marine, and his team leader in Vietnam, Col. Andrew R. Finlayson, who wrote “Killer Kane: A Marine Long-Range Recon Team Leader in Vietnam, 1967-1968,” about the elite team's experiences in the jungle. Bart Russell, a Vietnam veteran and former Marine, and his team leader in Vietnam, Col. Andrew R. Finlayson, who wrote “Killer Kane: A Marine Long-Range Recon Team Leader in Vietnam, 1967-1968,” about the elite team's experiences in the jungle.

OCEAN CITY — Sorting through old pictures and mementos of a distant and very unpopular war, Bart Russell said he harbors no bitterness, even against those who heckled returning soldiers.

Russell, 68, was a member of one of the most successful U.S. Marine long-range reconnaissance teams during the Vietnam War and is featured in a recently released book, “Killer Kane: A Marine Long-Range Recon Team Leader in Vietnam, 1967-1968,” by Andrew R. Finlayson.

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Clark, Gallelli-Keyes and James take seats on OC school board

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Written by Claire Lowe Tuesday, November 04, 2014 10:26 pm

School board candidates Joseph S. Clark Jr., Cecilia Gallelli-Keyes, Michael Allan James and Dale F. Braun Jr. School board candidates Joseph S. Clark Jr., Cecilia Gallelli-Keyes, Michael Allan James and Dale F. Braun Jr.

OCEAN CITY — Incumbents Joseph Clark and Cecilia Gallelli-Keyes have been re-elected to three-year terms on the Ocean City Board of Education.

Clark received 2,179 votes and Gallelli-Keyes received 2,145 votes, according to unofficial results Tuesday, Nov. 4.

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Runners weather the storm in Trail of Two Cities

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Written by Jen Marra Tuesday, November 04, 2014 02:57 pm

Jen Marra / Stephen Hoffman of Ocean City leads the pack taking first place overall in the annual Trail of Two Cities 5K Saturday, Nov. 1. The race began at 10th Street and Haven Avenue in Ocean City and finished in Kennedy Park in Somers Point Jen Marra / Stephen Hoffman of Ocean City leads the pack taking first place overall in the annual Trail of Two Cities 5K Saturday, Nov. 1. The race began at 10th Street and Haven Avenue in Ocean City and finished in Kennedy Park in Somers Point

Stephen Hoffman of Ocean City leads the pack taking first place overall in the annual Trail of Two Cities 5K Saturday, Nov. 1. The race began at 10th Street and Haven Avenue in Ocean City and finished in Kennedy Park in Somers Point. 


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Frankie’s on the Bay to open at former Bongo Café location

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Written by Ann Richardson Tuesday, November 04, 2014 12:00 am

The interior of the new Frankie’s on the Bay, at 1050 Bay Ave. in Ocean City, will be an ode to coal country. The interior of the new Frankie’s on the Bay, at 1050 Bay Ave. in Ocean City, will be an ode to coal country.

OCEAN CITY — Looking to bring a taste of the coal country to the Jersey Shore, Frankie’s on the Bay at 10th Street will open this month.

Located at 1050 Bay Ave., the site of the former Bongo Cafe, the newly renovated restaurant will be “set back in time,” according to co-owner Laura Sacco.

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