• Veterans receive support through annual event

    Sgt. Robert Gordon, who served five years in the US Army Airborne Rangers and then joined the US Army, talks about how Operation First Response helped him and his family as the keynote speaker during the sixth annual Walk for the Wounded Saturday, Sept. 27 on the Ocean City Boardwalk.

    OCEAN CITY — Sgt. Robert Gordon had just completed Army Ranger training when terrorists attacked the United States on Sept. 11, 2001. After five years and three tours as an airborne Ranger in Afghanistan and Iraq, he returned home only to be diagnosed with thyroid cancer, a result of exposure to radiation.

  • GALLOWAY – In recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Atlantic Medical Imaging is offering free screening mammograms in October to women age 40 or older who are uninsured.

    Eligible women must have no current or previous breast health issues.

  • OCEAN CITY — A campaign aimed at preventing drug abuse and promoting a healthy lifestyle will kick off with a billboard unveiling noon Monday, Sept. 29 on the south side of the 34th Street Bridge in Marmora.

    The campaign is called “Did You Know,” and the billboard will host a different message each month. Organizers hope that the message on the billboard will spark conversation between parents and teenagers.

  • Andrew Gesler gets airborne. (Image courtesy Dark Fall Productions)Can a hipster be cured?

    Andrew Gesler of Ocean City and Margate’s Alex DePhillipo have weighed in on the question with a new film, which premiered this summer, and the prognosis isn’t good.

    It’s called “Death 2 Hipsters,” and it’s a surf movie comedy.

    Being cool, and the attended marketing of whatever coolness is, seems to be taking over surfing, said Gesler in a recent interview. Major fashion companies are reaching into surf culture.

    The folks who put together the local surf movie “Dark Fall” wanted to try something new, a surf satire.

  • OCEAN CITY — Property owners in Ocean City are now prohibited from planting bamboo in their yards as council unanimously approved a ban on the invasive plant at its Sept. 25 meeting.

    The ordinance, introduced by council at its Aug. 28 meeting, will prohibit property owners and tenants from planting bamboo — described as running or clumping varieties — on any property in Ocean City. It also requires the owner and occupant of a property where bamboo currently exists to confine the plant to prevent it from spreading to neighboring properties.

  • OCEAN CITY — A new three-year contract with the Ocean City Education Association was unanimously approved by the Ocean City Board of Education at its Wednesday, Sept. 24 meeting.

    During the meeting, there was no discussion by the board regarding the memorandum of understanding with the teachers union, which is effective July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2017. However, details of the contract were released to The Gazette the following day.

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Tennis honors

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, September 16, 2014 04:18 pm

Phil Birnbaum of Ventnor was honored recently for his 38 years of outstanding service to Ocean City’s tennis program. Mayor Jay Gillian presented the administrator and coach with an Ocean City Piece of the ’Walk, the city’s highest honor. Birnbaum was also a successful and revered coach at Stockton College. Many of his players moved on to coaching careers throughout the country. Also honoring Birnbaum at the appreciation ceremony is Michael Dattilo, city business administrator. Phil Birnbaum of Ventnor was honored recently for his 38 years of outstanding service to Ocean City’s tennis program. Mayor Jay Gillian presented the administrator and coach with an Ocean City Piece of the ’Walk, the city’s highest honor. Birnbaum was also a successful and revered coach at Stockton College. Many of his players moved on to coaching careers throughout the country. Also honoring Birnbaum at the appreciation ceremony is Michael Dattilo, city business administrator.

Phil Birnbaum of Ventnor was honored recently for his 38 years of outstanding service to Ocean City’s tennis program. Mayor Jay Gillian presented the administrator and coach with an Ocean City Piece of the ’Walk, the city’s highest honor. Birnbaum was also a successful and revered coach at Stockton College.

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Ocean City Council news in brief, edition of Sept. 17, 2014

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Written by Claire Lowe Tuesday, September 16, 2014 04:09 pm

Ocean City Council news in brief, edition of Sept. 17, 2014 Ocean City Council news in brief, edition of Sept. 17, 2014

OCEAN CITY — City Council discussed the following items when it met on Thursday, Sept. 11 in City Hall. Council President Tony Wilson was not present.

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Ocean City student experiment scheduled to launch into space

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Written by Ann Richardson Tuesday, September 16, 2014 11:43 am

OCEAN CITY — Carrying a science experiment designed by six Ocean City High School students, Mission 6 is scheduled to blast off to the International Space Station this October.

The Ocean City School District is one of 20 districts from across the nation selected to participate in the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education’s Student Spaceflight Experiment Program (SSEP).

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Gallagher excited to head Ocean City community services

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Written by Ann Richardson Tuesday, September 16, 2014 12:00 am

Kristin Gallagher Kristin Gallagher

OCEAN CITY — Leaving the corporate world behind, Ocean City resident Kristin Gallagher will begin her new role as head of the Ocean City Department of Community Services on Sept. 18.

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Ocean City schools encouraging staff to stay healthy

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Written by Ann Richardson Tuesday, September 16, 2014 12:00 am

OCEAN CITY — Making a commitment to enrich and nourish the Ocean City School community, school district officials unveiled a revamped district wellness initiative at an Aug. 27 meeting of the Ocean City Board of Education.

“It’s full speed ahead for 2014-2015,” said Michelle Rundgren, the school district’s human resource manager.

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Howey selected as Valley ambassador

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, September 16, 2014 12:00 am

Dean R. Howey of Ocean City was one of 60 students selected to serve as a Valley ambassador for Lebanon Valley College. Howey, a graduate of Ocean City High School, is pursuing a bachelor of science in music education.

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Plousis reappointed as chairman of state parole board

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Written by Claire Lowe Monday, September 15, 2014 05:37 pm

Ocean City resident Jim Plousis was nominated by Gov. Chris Christie to be reappointed as chairman of the New Jersey State Parole Board, the governor’s office announced Monday, Sept. 15.

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Ocean City Fishing Club tournament set for Oct. 18

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, September 15, 2014 12:35 pm

Submitted / “Come on down to the beach and fish!” urges Kieth Van Laarhoven, chairman of the October 18th Ocean City surf fishing tournament. Submitted / “Come on down to the beach and fish!” urges Kieth Van Laarhoven, chairman of the October 18th Ocean City surf fishing tournament.

OCEAN CITY — The Ocean City Fishing Club is extending a broad invitation for anglers to participate in its 47th annual surf fishing tournament on Saturday, Oct. 18.

“This is an opportunity for anyone interested in fishing to come out and have fun competing in our tournament,” said tournament Chairman Kieth Van Laarhoven, of Ocean City and Browns Mills. “This event is open not only to members of the fishing clubs throughout our area, but also to individuals and families.”

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Ocean City Police blotter, edition of Sept. 15, 2014

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, September 15, 2014 11:42 am

Ocean City Police Blotter, edition of Sept. 15, 2014 Ocean City Police Blotter, edition of Sept. 15, 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 630 calls for service Sept. 7-13

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Friends of the Pops celebrate 25 years

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Written by Cathy Finnegan Sunday, September 14, 2014 12:00 am

Friends of the Pops Chairman Bert DeVries, center, chats with Kameron Ghanavati, Blake Epsy, Bill Scheible and Jeff Uhlig at the Friends of the Pops 25th anniversary luncheon. Friends of the Pops Chairman Bert DeVries, center, chats with Kameron Ghanavati, Blake Epsy, Bill Scheible and Jeff Uhlig at the Friends of the Pops 25th anniversary luncheon.

Friends of the Ocean City Pops held their 25th anniversary “Silver Serenade” luncheon at the Greate Bay Country Club on a warm, sunny day.

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Post 524 welcomes military family for final R and R vacation of 2014

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Written by Submitted by Doug Otto Saturday, September 13, 2014 12:00 am

Submitted / Air Force Master Sgt. Phil Pascoe, at left, of Hanover, Pa., with his children, Madison, 7, and Taylor, 4, and his wife, Laura. Pascoe and his family, including son Lance, 14, not shown, will be treated to a free condo and an array of gift certificates and entertainment packages courtesy of local merchants and Ocean City American Legion Post 524’s Rest and Relaxation Program. Submitted / Air Force Master Sgt. Phil Pascoe, at left, of Hanover, Pa., with his children, Madison, 7, and Taylor, 4, and his wife, Laura. Pascoe and his family, including son Lance, 14, not shown, will be treated to a free condo and an array of gift certificates and entertainment packages courtesy of local merchants and Ocean City American Legion Post 524’s Rest and Relaxation Program.

OCEAN CITY — Capping off its 2014 Veterans Rest and Relaxation Program, Ocean City American Legion Post 524 will welcome it’s final military family Wednesday, Sept. 17 for a complimentary one-week vacation in America’s Favorite Family Resort.

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FIT wants union contracts available publicly prior to vote

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Written by Ann Richardson Saturday, September 13, 2014 12:00 am

OCEAN CITY — As a new teachers contract is coming up for a vote, members of local watchdog group Fairness in Taxes said they wanted the details made public before the Ocean City Board of Education takes action.

The school board is scheduled to ratify an agreement with the Ocean City Education Association, representing school district teachers, at its Wednesday, Sept. 24 meeting.

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