• 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

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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Exchange Club gives $5,000 to Tabernacle youth program

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, October 02, 2014 11:50 am

Submitted / Ocean City Exchange Club President Bill Culp, left, presents a donation check to Eric Hitchner, director of youth programs at the Ocean City Tabernacle. Submitted / Ocean City Exchange Club President Bill Culp, left, presents a donation check to Eric Hitchner, director of youth programs at the Ocean City Tabernacle.

At its Monday, Sept. 30 meeting, Exchange Club of Ocean City President Bill Culp presented a $5,000 donation to the Ocean City Tabernacle's youth program.

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Fallen but not forgotten

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Written by Jen Marra Wednesday, October 01, 2014 01:09 pm

Military heroes honored with three-day relay

 The Run for the Fallen Core Team runs south on Bay Avenue in Ocean City to Hero Marker No. 45, honoring Sgt. Keith Buzinski of Hamilton (Mercer County), located in front of the Ocean City Municipal Golf Course Friday, Sept. 26. The team was finishing up their first day of a three-day relay that includes stops every mile in tribute of fallen veterans with the final stop at American Legion Post 524 and a dinner at the senior center. The Run for the Fallen Core Team runs south on Bay Avenue in Ocean City to Hero Marker No. 45, honoring Sgt. Keith Buzinski of Hamilton (Mercer County), located in front of the Ocean City Municipal Golf Course Friday, Sept. 26. The team was finishing up their first day of a three-day relay that includes stops every mile in tribute of fallen veterans with the final stop at American Legion Post 524 and a dinner at the senior center.

The Run for the Fallen Core Team runs south on Bay Avenue in Ocean City to Hero Marker No. 45, honoring Sgt. Keith Buzinski of Hamilton (Mercer County), located in front of the Ocean City Municipal Golf Course Friday, Sept. 26. The team was finishing up their first day of a three-day relay that includes stops every mile in tribute of fallen veterans with the final stop at American Legion Post 524 and a dinner at the senior center.

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Frankenstein exhibit returns to library

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, September 30, 2014 05:32 pm

“He loved old horror movies, especially Frankenstein,” Priscilla Presley said to curator Ron MacCloskey of her husband, Elvis, when she autographed this drawing by English artist Paul Garner. “He loved old horror movies, especially Frankenstein,” Priscilla Presley said to curator Ron MacCloskey of her husband, Elvis, when she autographed this drawing by English artist Paul Garner.

Ron MacCloskey announces his second Frankenstein art exhibit “From Frightening to Funny Part II” beginning Oct. 1 through Nov. 1 at the Ocean City Library, 1735 Simpson Ave.

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‘Did You Know?’ campaign billboard unveiled

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Written by Ann Richardson Tuesday, September 30, 2014 05:22 pm

The Ocean City Community Team’s new bill board on the westbound side of Roosevelt Boulevard sports an anti-drug and -alcohol abuse message. The billboard was unveiled during a ceremony Monday, Sept. 29. The Ocean City Community Team’s new bill board on the westbound side of Roosevelt Boulevard sports an anti-drug and -alcohol abuse message. The billboard was unveiled during a ceremony Monday, Sept. 29.

OCEAN CITY — With a newly unveiled billboard sporting an anti-drug and alcohol message behind him, Len Desiderio, the mayor Sea Isle City – one of four communities involved in a new program at Ocean City High School – said students like those involved in the school’s Student Coalition Against Tobacco (SCAT) and the Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) have the right idea. 

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Ocean City Police blotter, edition of Oct. 1, 2014

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, September 30, 2014 10:19 am

Ocean City Police Blotter, edition of Oct. 1, 2014 Ocean City Police Blotter, edition of Oct. 1, 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 624 calls for service Sept. 21-27

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Three Brothers owner brought joy to OC

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Written by Opinion Tuesday, September 30, 2014 12:00 am

To the editor:

Three Brothers Pizza on the Ocean City Boardwalk has brought good food, friendliness, spiritual inspiration, and great fun to Ocean City for years. Owner Anna Santoro has helped thousands of people with her rock solid Christian faith.

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Sod isn’t better than rocks

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Written by Opinion Tuesday, September 30, 2014 12:00 am

To the editor:

Ocean City Council has reached the height of idiocy with the proposed “sod the island” ordinance. Do these people understand anything about our environment? We live on a sand pile. Lawn grass isn’t natural here. It’s less able to “pass water” than the unattractive stones so reviled by Keith Hartzell.

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Artificial turf v. natural grass: An artificial presentation

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Written by Opinion Tuesday, September 30, 2014 12:00 am

To the editor:

At a previous council meeting, the administration trotted out Jim Mallon to make its case for spending $1.75 million on artificial turf at Carey Field. Let's examine the issue in a fair and more complete way.

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AEDs, emergency response training now required at Ocean City schools

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Written by Ann Richardson Tuesday, September 30, 2014 12:00 am

Janet’s Law goes into effect

Ann Richardson / Erik Ortolf, Ocean City High School director of guidance, discusses Janet’s Law at a Wednesday, Sept. 24 meeting of the Ocean City Board of Education. Ann Richardson / Erik Ortolf, Ocean City High School director of guidance, discusses Janet’s Law at a Wednesday, Sept. 24 meeting of the Ocean City Board of Education.

OCEAN CITY — Ocean City is working to comply with a new state law that requires public and nonpublic schools to be equipped with automated external defibrillators and an action plan to use them when necessary.

Erik Ortolf, who serves as the director of guidance at Ocean City High School, discussed the challenges associated with Janet’s Law with members of the Ocean City Board of Education at a Wednesday, Sept. 24 meeting.

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