• One resident said it sounded like a long, loud growl - another thought they'd acquired a ghost

    People in Cape May and Atlantic counties are reporting what some believe have been an earthquake, though others believe it may have been more akin to a sonic boom.

    Some have placed the time at about noon, while others say it was closer to 2 p.m.

    Ralph Walter, West Cape May, said he was fishing on Cape May Point Beach when he heard a rumble. “It was dark on the Delaware beach side, and at first I thought it was thunder,” he said. “But if it was thunder, it was weirdest thunder I've ever heard. It was more like a growl that went on for about four seconds.”

    Walter said he didn't catch anything today, but found some seaglass.

    In North Cape May and Cape May Court House, Becky Sargent and Jean MacCoy said they heard the rumble, though the ground didn’t shake.

  • The NJSIAA released the pairings Wednesday for the boys and girls soccer state tournaments, which are set to begin early next week. Most high school soccer teams from Cape May County will participate.

    In boys soccer, Ocean City is the No. 1 seed in South Jersey Group III. The defending sectional champions will host No. 16 Timber Creek in an opening-round game.

    Middle Township has earned the No. 4 seed in South Jersey Group II. The Panthers will host No. 13 Cedar Creek in their first playoff game. Also in Group II, Lower Cape May is the No. 16 seed and will go to top-seeded Sterling in the first round.

  • Ocean City High School field hockey team, ranked No. 2 in South Jersey and No. 3 in the state, lost to Eastern, the No. 1 ranked team in the nation, 6-1, Tuesday afternoon in Voorhees. Raider junior Maria Farnan scored the game's first goal with an assist from sophomore Alexis Paone to give Ocean City (18-1) a 1-0 lead.

    Cory Terry’s team begins its quest for a third straight state championship on Thursday at Trish LeFever Field when it hosts Mainland. The Mustangs defeated Winslow, 9-0, on Monday in the first round of NJSIAA Group 3. OCHS, the No. 2 seeded team, had a bye in the first round. Thursday’s game is a rematch of last season’s South Jersey final.

  • Superintendent says students, faculty were in safe viewing area when explosion occurred

    photos by Eugene Caffrey / The Antares rocket carrying a private, unmanned spacecraft to the International Space Station exploded shortly after liftoff on Tuesday, Oct. 28 from Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Va.

    OCEAN CITY — The Antares rocket carrying a private, unmanned spacecraft to the International Space Station exploded shortly after liftoff on Tuesday, Oct. 28 from Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Va.

    The rocket was carrying Orbital Sciences’ Cygnus spacecraft and 5,000 pounds of food, water and student science experiments, including one created by six Ocean City High School students.

  • 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.

  • Halloween Parade marches down Asbury Thursday

    OCEAN CITY — Festive and fun, the Halloween Parade is one of Ocean City’s most beloved traditions. The 67th annual event will roll down Asbury Avenue on Thursday, Oct. 30 as darkness descends.

    The parade features string bands, local high school musicians - including the Red Raider marching band - decorated floats, modern and antique fire trucks, and hundreds of costumed children.

  • Gov. Chris Christie holds a press conference to announce the activation of a statewide Ebola preparedness plan at Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack Wednesday, Oct. 22. Administration officials, state agencies and departments will work in a coordinated manner to ensure the health and safety of New Jersey residents is protected and to execute on decisions in an efficient and effective manner. (Governor's Office/Tim Larsen)

    Gov. Chris Christie signed Executive Order 164 on Oct. 22, creating the Ebola Virus Disease Joint Response Team to implement the state’s Ebola preparedness plan. The plan covers airport travel, public transportation, schools and universities, and hospitals.

Ocean City Gazette

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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Exchange Club recognizes OCHS student scientists

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, October 16, 2014 12:00 am

Submitted / From left are Alison Miles, Kaitlyn Wriggins, Mercy Griffith, Exchange Club President Bill Culp, Lauren Bowersock, Kristina Redmond and Daniel Loggi. Submitted / From left are Alison Miles, Kaitlyn Wriggins, Mercy Griffith, Exchange Club President Bill Culp, Lauren Bowersock, Kristina Redmond and Daniel Loggi.

The Exchange Club of Ocean City hosted six Ocean City High School students at a recent dinner meeting and applauded their efforts to have their science experiment sent to the International Space Station.

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Colony Club recognized for work with mental illness

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, October 15, 2014 03:54 pm

Submitted / From left are Colony Club member Denise Szymanski, Mayor Jay Gillian and Colony Club President Jane Snyder. Submitted / From left are Colony Club member Denise Szymanski, Mayor Jay Gillian and Colony Club President Jane Snyder.

Mayor Jay Gillian recently presented a proclamation to members of the Ocean City Colony Club in recognition of Mental Illness Awareness Week, Oct. 5-11.

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Class of ’64 lauds Susan Rumer Peifer

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Written by Ann Richardson Wednesday, October 15, 2014 10:44 am

Members of the Class of 1964 gathered to celebrate their 50th reunion at The Flanders Hotel on Saturday evening. The class honored Susan Rumer Peifer. A committee raised money for a plaque to be placed next to the OCHS letters at Carey Field outside of Ocean City High School. The class, with Peifer's help, purchased the letters. From left are Frank Disciascio, Bart Russell, Linda Becotte Roberts, Peggy Rossi Pauch, Joyce Palermo Power, Susan Rumer Peifer and Michele Allegretto Iannace. Members of the Class of 1964 gathered to celebrate their 50th reunion at The Flanders Hotel on Saturday evening. The class honored Susan Rumer Peifer. A committee raised money for a plaque to be placed next to the OCHS letters at Carey Field outside of Ocean City High School. The class, with Peifer's help, purchased the letters. From left are Frank Disciascio, Bart Russell, Linda Becotte Roberts, Peggy Rossi Pauch, Joyce Palermo Power, Susan Rumer Peifer and Michele Allegretto Iannace.

OCEAN CITY —The Ocean City High School Class of ’64 gathered at The Flanders Hotel on Saturday, Oct. 11 for their 50th reunion.

Susan Rumer Peifer, the class treasurer, was the driving force behind numerous events and initiatives and classmate Linda Becotte Roberts said she deserved to be recognized for her efforts.

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Bernstein talks politics, Watergate at library luncheon

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Written by Ann Richardson Wednesday, October 15, 2014 12:00 am

Author and journalist Carl Bernstein, the guest speaker at the fall author’s luncheon, stands with acting Ocean City Library director Leslie Clarke Thursday, Oct. 9 at The Flanders. Author and journalist Carl Bernstein, the guest speaker at the fall author’s luncheon, stands with acting Ocean City Library director Leslie Clarke Thursday, Oct. 9 at The Flanders.

OCEAN CITY —The author of five books, including “All the President’s Men,” Carl Bernstein helped bring down a United States president and shared a Pulitzer Prize with Bob Woodward for his coverage of the Watergate scandal for the Washington Post.

On Thursday, Oct. 9 the icon of American journalism was the featured author for the Ocean City Free Public Library’s annual fall luncheon.

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Mayor pulls back on turf proposal at OCHS field

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Written by Claire Lowe Tuesday, October 14, 2014 12:52 pm

Carey Stadium at Ocean City High School as seen from the air.(photo by Matt Ulmer) 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.

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Rainy Saturday didn’t stop visitors to OC Block Party

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Written by Ann Richardson Tuesday, October 14, 2014 11:54 am

Jen Marra / Ocean City Block Party 2014. Jen Marra / Ocean City Block Party 2014.

OCEAN CITY — Despite a steady downpour that lasted throughout most of Saturday morning, the annual Fall Block Party still lured thousands of visitors to the island for an extended Columbus Day weekend. Merchants were pleasantly surprised that, for the most part, cash registers were ringing. 

“Considering the weather, everything went pretty decent,” said Walt Hohman, owner of Ward’s Pastry at 730 Asbury Ave.

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Ocean City Library keeps Maloney’s spirit alive

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Written by Ann Richardson Tuesday, October 14, 2014 11:28 am

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. 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.”

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Ocean City Police blotter, edition of Oct. 13, 2014

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, October 13, 2014 01:48 pm

Ocean City Police Blotter, edition of Oct. 13, 2014 Ocean City Police Blotter, edition of Oct. 13, 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 474 calls for service Oct. 5-11

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Third quarter real estate sales up in 2014

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

OCEAN CITY — Sales and rentals are up in Ocean City for the third quarter, the Ocean City Board of Realtors reports. Visitors are booking early for 2015, and Board of Realtors President Ken Sedberry predicts another banner year.

“It’s good news,” Sedberry said. “We’ve had a big increase with people, who rented this year, wanting to return and rent again next year, so based on the interest we’re seeing, 2015 should be a really good year.”

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