• According to the plan presented in April, the proposed park would include a 4- to 6-foot deep bowl, ramps, a raised plaza, and other amenities.

    OCEAN CITY — A new skatepark in Ocean City is one step closer to becoming a reality as the Cape May County Board of Freeholders approved $500,000 in Open Space funding toward the project when it met Tuesday, Sept. 9.

    “I’m tickled. I am excited that the county sees as much value in the project as we do. I believe, to date, this is one of the biggest awards they’ve ever given. Their enthusiasm for the project is refreshing,” said Ocean City Councilman Mike DeVlieger.

  • AVALON – Authorities have determined that accidental drowning was the cause of death of Brett Fitzpatrick, whose body was found at the 23rd Street beach in Avalon on New Year’s Day.

    The cause of the drowning is undetermined, said Ken Super, chief of county investigators at the Cape May County Prosecutor's Office. However, a toxicology report “revealed a high level of alcohol in his system, which may have led to an accidental drowning,” he said.

  • Redevelopment may have to wait for stronger recovery, officials say

    MARMORA – The township’s largest commercial zone has seen some substantial development projects in recent years, but many vacant lots and empty storefronts remain.

    In some cases, the two stand side by side.

    Upper Township Committee members said last month that attaining Town Center status from the state seven years ago has helped foster commercial development here. But it will likely take a stronger economic recovery before new businesses replace empty lots and storefronts, they said.

  • Casinos and racetracks throughout New Jersey can now operate sports betting pools without fear of criminal or civil liabilities, according to a press release issued by Gov. Chris Christie.

    The announcement was the result of a statewide directive issued by the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office and a motion filed on behalf of Gov. Chris Christie in U.S. District Court. 

Ocean City Gazette

New Port-O-Call restaurant, Adelene, a hit

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Written by Ann Richardson Monday, September 01, 2014 12:00 am

Guests enjoy a taste of the menu at the new Adelene inside the Port-O-Call earlier this summer. Guests enjoy a taste of the menu at the new Adelene inside the Port-O-Call earlier this summer.

OCEAN CITY — Offering upscale dining with a view of the Atlantic Ocean and Ocean City Boardwalk, Adelene, which opened this summer at the Port-O-Call, has been an overwhelming success, management says.

It’s where the landmark hotel’s family-friendly environment meets sophistication, according to Deneen White, the hotel’s director of sales. 

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Pops performance sells out at Music Pier

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Written by Cathy Finnegan Sunday, August 31, 2014 12:00 am

Around our town with Cathy Finnegan Around our town with Cathy Finnegan

The Ocean City Pops presented “The Best of Rodgers and Hammerstein, and Andrew Lloyd Weber” at the Music Pier recently to a sold out crowd.

When Jim and I arrived on a late summer evening, I caught up with Bert DeVries and John Curto socializing with Pops patrons before going inside. I chatted with Judy Perkins as we headed to our seats in the front row with Marion and Ned McCaughey and Sue Koiro.

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New evaluation program aims to improve student achievement

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Written by Ann Richardson Sunday, August 31, 2014 12:00 am

OCEAN CITY — The Ocean City School District is one of 34 New Jersey school districts testing a new instructional improvement system that gives educators tools designed to improve student achievement.

Known as edConnect NJ, the system was developed by the New Jersey Department of Education in partnership with Pearson Schoolnet. According to the NJDOE website, classroom teachers will receive timely access to student data through reports and resources such as lesson plans, assessments and professional development.

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New family and consumer science teachers in OC

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Written by Ann Richardson Saturday, August 30, 2014 12:00 am

OCEAN CITY — The Ocean City School District has found replacements for the three family and consumer science teachers who retired last spring.

Superintendent Kathleen Taylor said school officials spent the better part of the nine months replacing Mary Maguire, Linda Spengler and Kathy Simonetti.

“Let me tell you how hard that is,” she said.

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School board approves new athletic logo

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Written by Ann Richardson Friday, August 29, 2014 05:28 pm

Alumni upset over change

At left, the old athletic log for Ocean City High School, and, at right, the new logo approved by the Ocean City Board of Education at its Aug. 27 meeting. At left, the old athletic log for Ocean City High School, and, at right, the new logo approved by the Ocean City Board of Education at its Aug. 27 meeting.

OCEAN CITY — Ocean City High School has a new logo for athletics, but not everyone is happy about it.

Featuring a red-tailed hawk flying above the words “OCHS” in red with a black outline, and “Red Raiders” in white with a black outline, the new athletic logo was approved 7-1 by the Ocean City Board of Education at its Wednesday, Aug. 27 meeting, with board member Bill Holmes casting the dissenting vote.

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Duplex debate heats up as neighbors oppose zoning change

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Written by Claire Lowe Friday, August 29, 2014 01:40 pm

Bill Barlow / The former Palermo’s Market at Fourth and Asbury was rezoned by City Council to make way for duplexes on 30-foot lots. Bill Barlow / The former Palermo’s Market at Fourth and Asbury was rezoned by City Council to make way for duplexes on 30-foot lots.

OCEAN CITY — Two-story duplexes on 30-foot lots will now be allowed to be built on the former Palermo’s Market site.

Several neighbors came out to protest the change, but to no avail. Council voted 5-1 to change the zoning on the 220-by-100-foot lot from neighborhood business to R-2-30, which will make way for seven residential duplex lots.

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Neighbors concerned about proof in new bamboo ban

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Written by Claire Lowe Friday, August 29, 2014 11:37 am

 A proposed ban on bamboo in Ocean City moved closer to becoming law Thursday despite concerns from several residents. A proposed ban on bamboo in Ocean City moved closer to becoming law Thursday despite concerns from several residents.

OCEAN CITY — A proposed ban on bamboo in Ocean City moved closer to becoming law Thursday despite concerns from several residents.

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Ocean City Council news in brief, edition of Aug. 28, 2014

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Written by Claire Lowe Friday, August 29, 2014 12:00 am

Ocean City Council news in brief, edition of Aug. 28, 2014 Ocean City Council news in brief, edition of Aug. 28, 2014

OCEAN CITY — The following items were discussed when Ocean City Council met Thursday, Aug. 28 at City Hall.

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Longport students to attend OCHS this fall

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Written by Ann Richardson Thursday, August 28, 2014 12:29 pm

OCEAN CITY — Ten Longport students will be attending Ocean City High School this fall as the Ocean City Board of Education unanimously approved a sending-receiving agreement with the Longport Board of Education on Wednesday, Aug. 27.

The board planned to take action on the agreement at its Aug. 6 meeting, but postponed the vote to discuss the issue in closed session.

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Family treasure hunt

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, August 28, 2014 12:00 am

From left are Jon Zelznick, Kevin Murray, Brandee Murray, Graceemae Murray, Megan Zelznick, Blackbeard, Nolan Biddle, Aleesha Murray, Abigail Nash, Joe Murray, Hannah Zelznick, Luke Murray, Lily Nash, Colleen Zelznick, Kristin Nash, Tim Nash, Colin Murray, Cormic Biddle, Shannon Biddle, Dennis Murray, Jack Murray, Shane Jacobsen, Betty Jo Murray, Mike Murray and Ruth Murray. From left are Jon Zelznick, Kevin Murray, Brandee Murray, Graceemae Murray, Megan Zelznick, Blackbeard, Nolan Biddle, Aleesha Murray, Abigail Nash, Joe Murray, Hannah Zelznick, Luke Murray, Lily Nash, Colleen Zelznick, Kristin Nash, Tim Nash, Colin Murray, Cormic Biddle, Shannon Biddle, Dennis Murray, Jack Murray, Shane Jacobsen, Betty Jo Murray, Mike Murray and Ruth Murray.

The Murray family of Philadelphia, Pa. conducted a “treasure hunt” on the beach at 31st Street for Blackbeard’s treasure. The family located the treasure and skull under the sand at the X.

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‘Swing!’ into the end of summer with Ocean City Theatre Company

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Written by Ann Richardson Wednesday, August 27, 2014 12:00 am

Submitted / The Ocean City Theatre Company and the Ocean City Pops Orchestra present “Swing! The Musical” at the Ocean City Music Pier this weekend. The show features professional singers and dancers and local high school students. Submitted / The Ocean City Theatre Company and the Ocean City Pops Orchestra present “Swing! The Musical” at the Ocean City Music Pier this weekend. The show features professional singers and dancers and local high school students.

OCEAN CITY — The Ocean City Theatre Company will close out its summer shows this weekend with a collaboration with the Ocean City Pops. “Swing! The Musical” combines music and dancing from the jazz era 7:30 p.m. Aug. 31 and Sept. 2 and 5 at the Ocean City Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace.

“It’s really exciting, a true celebration of music and dance,” said Michael Hartman, artistic director for the Ocean City Theatre Company. “It’s high energy, and it’s going to have people dancing in their seats. The show is packaged well and really captures what the swing era was all about.”

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A whale of a time at Gillian's Magical Monday

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Written by Jen Marra Wednesday, August 27, 2014 12:00 am

Jen Marra / Children wearing blue wristbands enjoy a ride on the Moby Dick amusement during an afternoon of unlimited rides Monday, Aug. 25, at Gillian’s Wonderland Pier in Ocean City. The occasion was the final Wonder’s Charitable Magical Monday of the year to benefit Hope for Care – A Cause for Nikki May, which is raising money for an Atlantic County woman battling stage 4 metastatic breast cancer. Jen Marra / Children wearing blue wristbands enjoy a ride on the Moby Dick amusement during an afternoon of unlimited rides Monday, Aug. 25, at Gillian’s Wonderland Pier in Ocean City. The occasion was the final Wonder’s Charitable Magical Monday of the year to benefit Hope for Care – A Cause for Nikki May, which is raising money for an Atlantic County woman battling stage 4 metastatic breast cancer.

OCEAN CITY — Children wearing blue wristbands enjoy a ride on the Moby Dick amusement during an afternoon of unlimited rides Monday, Aug. 25, at Gillian’s Wonderland Pier in Ocean City. The occasion was the final Wonder’s Charitable Magical Monday of the year to benefit Hope for Care – A Cause for Nikki May, which is raising money for an Atlantic County woman battling stage 4 metastatic breast cancer.


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