• 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.

  • Incumbents Joseph S. Clark Jr. and Cecilia Gallelli-Keyes are running for re-election with newcomers Michael Allan James and Dale F. Braun Jr. also seeking seats.

    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.

    Incumbents Joseph S. Clark Jr. and Cecilia Gallelli-Keyes are running for re-election with newcomers Dale F. Braun Jr. and Michael Allan James also seeking seats. Incumbent Tiffany Prettyman will not run for re-election.

  • Ocean City Halloween events 2014

    Ocean City Theatre Co. presents Halloween costume party

    The Greater Ocean City Theatre Company will host a spooktacular evening of fun at this year’s “Black and Orange” Halloween Costume Party 7-11 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24 at the Ocean City Yacht Club, 100 Bay Road in Ocean City.

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Kevin Gill, holding a proclamation, is honored by Upper Township Committee members (from left) John Coggins, Hobie Young, Richard Palombo, Anthony Inserra and Ed Barr.
PETERSBURG – Upper Township Committee last week honored Kevin Gill for winning the ocean swim event at the South Jersey Lifeguarding Championships this summer.

    Gill, 17, also helped the Upper Township Beach Patrol finish second overall at the Cape May County Championships by winning two events. He won the swimming events at the Beschen-Callahan Memorial Lifeguard Races, the Dutch Hoffman Memorial Lifeguard Championships and Margate Memorials.

  • TRENTON – The state Senate Judiciary Committee unexpectedly put a hold on two of Gov. Chris Christie’s nominees to the New Jersey Pinelands Commission last week.

    Committee chair Sen. Nicholas Scutari said at the beginning of the meeting on Thursday, Oct. 16 that he expected to have a vote on the nominees following their testimony and comments from members of the public. But after testimony from New Hanover Mayor Dennis Roohr and Robert Barr of Ocean City he adjourned the hearing.

  • 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.

  • Members of the Trail of Two Cities Committee visit the Ocean City Welcome Center overlooking the Route 52 causeway between the two cities where the event will be held on Nov. 1. Displaying Trail of Two Cities T-shirts are Sydney Somers and Peg Meidel of Somers Point and Mark Soifer, Karen Pratz and Wendy Moyle representing Ocean City.

    Trail of Two Cities Nov. 1

    The 25th annual Trail of Two Cities 5K Run/Walk over the causeway between Ocean City and Somers Point is set for 8 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 1. The event begins at the Ocean City Transportation Center, Ninth Street and Haven Avenue in Ocean City, and ends at JFK Park in Somers Point.

Ocean City Gazette

Jazz Society donates to OC schools

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Written by Submitted Tuesday, October 07, 2014 12:00 am

From left are Al Paramito, Somers Point Jazz Society treasurer; music teacher Janet Romano, Ocean City Primary School Principal Cathy Smith, sponsor Sally Godfrey, and Superintendent Kathleen Taylor. From left are Al Paramito, Somers Point Jazz Society treasurer; music teacher Janet Romano, Ocean City Primary School Principal Cathy Smith, sponsor Sally Godfrey, and Superintendent Kathleen Taylor.

The Somers Point Jazz Society recently made a donation of $500 to help support the arts and music program within the Ocean City School District. 

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Some facts on historic districts

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Written by Opinion Tuesday, October 07, 2014 12:00 am

To the editor:

Is the proposal recently put forth by members of the City Council to reduce the city’s historic district just another way to have more of the ugly duplexes that have destroyed the simple seashore community that Ocean City once was? This is a question that needs to be answered before any changes are thought of to adjust or modify the current historic district.

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Chamber focusing on year-round resident retention

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Written by Ann Richardson Monday, October 06, 2014 05:39 pm

OCEAN CITY — Beyond the need to attract tourists, is a need to attract more year-round families, Michele Gillian, the executive director of the Ocean City Chamber of Commerce told Fairness in Taxes members at its Oct. 3 meeting.

It is not a new idea, Gillian said, but one the chamber is focusing on.

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Three generations exhibit photos at Arts Center in October

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, October 06, 2014 04:32 pm

Photograph by Felicia Betts Photograph by Felicia Betts

The Betts family, three generations of Cape May County photographers, will exhibit their photographs at the Ocean City Arts Center throughout October.

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Ocean City Police blotter, edition of Oct. 6, 2014

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, October 06, 2014 02:04 pm

Ocean City Police Blotter, edition of Oct. 6, 2014 Ocean City Police Blotter, edition of Oct. 6, 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 641 calls for service Sept. 28-Oct. 4

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Ex-CIA agent guest speaker at Ocean City’s museum luncheon

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Written by Cathy Finnegan Sunday, October 05, 2014 12:00 am

Fred Miller welcomes Bill and Nancy Pugh, Pat and Jack Devine, the guest speaker; Sharon and Joe Grimes, and Karen and Tom Heist to the historical museum luncheon. Fred Miller welcomes Bill and Nancy Pugh, Pat and Jack Devine, the guest speaker; Sharon and Joe Grimes, and Karen and Tom Heist to the historical museum luncheon.

The Ocean City Historical Museum held their 51st annual luncheon recently at The Flanders Hotel on a warm, sunny day. Steve Gring was entertaining at the grand piano when I arrived while Jean Robinson, Noel Wirth and Carol Dotts greeted guests at the door. When I told Jean I missed her at the Ecumenical Council luncheon, she said she was playing golf.

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Firefighters host open house in honor of Fire Prevention Week

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Written by Ann Richardson Sunday, October 05, 2014 12:00 am

Hundreds participate in Ocean City Fire Department open house in 2013 Hundreds participate in Ocean City Fire Department open house in 2013

OCEAN CITY — Members of the Ocean City Fire Department take fire prevention seriously, but at the same time they like to have a little fun with their neighbors.

In honor of Fire Prevention Week Oct 5-11, the local firefighters will host the seventh annual Fire Prevention Open House 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9 at fire headquarters on Sixth Street and Asbury Avenue.

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Ocean City catering to bicyclists with more on-street bike racks

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Written by Ann Richardson Saturday, October 04, 2014 12:00 am

Ann Richardson / The new bicycle corral on the street in front of Ready's Coffee Shop. Ann Richardson / The new bicycle corral on the street in front of Ready's Coffee Shop.

OCEAN CITY —When approached about a bike rack in the street in front of his business several years ago, Doug Wing said he declined the city’s offer.

Because the on-street corral eliminates a parking spot, Wing, the owner of Ready’s Coffee Shop at 415 Eighth St., feared it could hurt business.

He needn’t have. One of three new on-street bike racks that appeared in the downtown area within the last few weeks, it is a big hit.

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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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