Ocean City Gazette

A family affair at Arts Center reception

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Written by Cathy Finnegan Sunday, February 08, 2015 12:00 am

Kris and Rich Gabor, Marie and Lloyd Hayes, Denise and Gary Jessel and Carol Heenan and Eric Wakabayashi celebrate New Year’s Eve. Kris and Rich Gabor, Marie and Lloyd Hayes, Denise and Gary Jessel and Carol Heenan and Eric Wakabayashi celebrate New Year’s Eve.

It was a cold winter night when guests gathered in the Ocean City Arts Center for a reception and exhibition of the art work of Lance Balderson, his daughter, Jody Wiker, and granddaughter Maddey Wiker.

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Grant helps Hammonton theater bring live shows to grade school children

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Written by Staff Reports Sunday, February 08, 2015 12:00 am

Submitted / From left are Tricia Ciliberto, Robin Stoloff, Sylva Bertini, and Fred Miller of the Ocean City Home Charitable Foundation; Zane Sebasovich, director of development for Eagle Theatre; Jean Jacobson, [resident of Ocean City Home Charitable Foundation; and Kathleen Rubba, vice president of Ocean City Home Charitable Foundation. Submitted / From left are Tricia Ciliberto, Robin Stoloff, Sylva Bertini, and Fred Miller of the Ocean City Home Charitable Foundation; Zane Sebasovich, director of development for Eagle Theatre; Jean Jacobson, [resident of Ocean City Home Charitable Foundation; and Kathleen Rubba, vice president of Ocean City Home Charitable Foundation.

OCEAN CITY – With the help of a grant from the Ocean City Home Charitable Foundation, the Eagle Theatre in Hammonton will be bringing professional live theatre to grade school children throughout the school year.

In December, the foundation presented the Eagle Theatre with a grant for $2,000 for its Theatre for Young Audiences program.

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Suttons bring birding lecture to Ocean City

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Written by Claire Lowe Saturday, February 07, 2015 12:00 am

photos courtesy of Pat and Clay Sutton / An adult bald eagle soars in the sky. photos courtesy of Pat and Clay Sutton / An adult bald eagle soars in the sky.

Great Backyard Bird Count starts Friday

Cape May County is known for many things, especially its beaches and boardwalks, but also for its birds. As a peninsula, the Cape is a stopping point for many migratory birds as they make their way south for the winter, as well as a popular nesting grounds for raptors and shorebirds, according to local naturalist and writer Pat Sutton.

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Ocean City High School improves on school report card

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Written by Claire Lowe Friday, February 06, 2015 05:21 pm

OCEAN CITY — Ocean City High School saw an improvement in its college and career readiness in 2013-14 over the previous school year, according to the latest school report card issued by the state Department of Education.

Superintendent Kathleen Taylor said she was pleased with the results of the report cards across the district.

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Mayor gives capital update

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Written by Claire Lowe Friday, February 06, 2015 04:21 pm

Ocean City Mayor Jay Gillian Ocean City Mayor Jay Gillian

OCEAN CITY — Several city projects are progressing, according to a public letter to residents issued by Mayor Jay Gillian Friday, Feb. 6.

As part of his weekly update on the city website, Gillian noted that several capital projects are moving forward, including a project to dredge the city’s back bay and lagoons.

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Ocean City High School 2nd marking period honor roll

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, February 05, 2015 12:00 am

Ocean City High School Ocean City High School

OCEAN CITY — The following students were named to the Ocean City High School honor roll for the second marking period of the 2014-2015 school year.

Ninth grade

Distinguished honors

Henry Adair

Christopher Bailey

Michaela Baker

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Environmental commission never planned curb strip sod ordinance discussion

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Written by Claire Lowe Wednesday, February 04, 2015 12:51 pm

OCEAN CITY — An agenda item on the city’s environmental commission meeting garnered much attention earlier this week, but the commission did not have a quorum when it met Tuesday, Feb. 3 at the Bayside Center.

According to the agenda posted on the city website, and revised on Monday, Feb. 2, the commission was set to hear an update on ordinance 14-34, a proposal from City Council to require sod and irrigation in the strip of land between the curb and the sidewalk.

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$5.6M contract awarded for Ocean City Primary School renovations

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Written by Claire Lowe Wednesday, February 04, 2015 12:00 am

Ocean City Primary School Ocean City Primary School

OCEAN CITY — The Ocean City Board of Education awarded a $5.6 million contract for renovations to the primary school, including a new roof, when it met Wednesday, Jan. 28.

Interim business administrator Mark Ritter said the contract was awarded to 3 R Painting and Contracting of Neptune for the base bid at $5.6 million, and two alternate bids at $16,000 and $25,000, for a total contract of $5.641 million.

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Vittorio’s offering authentic Italian on Asbury

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Written by Claire Lowe Wednesday, February 04, 2015 12:00 am

Claire Lowe / Executive chef Hiram Quintana and co-owners Claudio Mamo and Luigi Ottaviano inside Vittorio’s Italian restaurant at 1018 Asbury Ave. in Ocean City. Claire Lowe / Executive chef Hiram Quintana and co-owners Claudio Mamo and Luigi Ottaviano inside Vittorio’s Italian restaurant at 1018 Asbury Ave. in Ocean City.

OCEAN CITY — A new downtown restaurant is promising an authentic taste of Italy on Asbury Avenue.

Brothers Vittorio and Luigi Ottaviano, and Vittorio’s son-in-law, Claudio Mamo, along with executive chef Hiram Quintana, recently brought their Pottstown, Pa. business, Vittorio’s, to the shore with a second location.

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Susan Jones named Home Bank volunteer of the year

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, February 03, 2015 05:26 pm

Submitted / From left are Ocean City Home Bank Assistant Vice President of Marketing Beth Morgenweck, 2014 Volunteer of the Year Sue Jones, and Vice President of Accounting Janette Raab, with a $150 donation for March of Dimes. Submitted / From left are Ocean City Home Bank Assistant Vice President of Marketing Beth Morgenweck, 2014 Volunteer of the Year Sue Jones, and Vice President of Accounting Janette Raab, with a $150 donation for March of Dimes.

Ocean City Home Bank employee Susan Jones was named the company’s 2014 Volunteer of the year.

Jones, of Upper Township, an employee in the accounting department, worked last year to support worthwhile causes such as March of Dimes, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, and Walk for the Wounded.

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Fundraiser keeps memory of Charles Knox alive

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Written by Claire Lowe Tuesday, February 03, 2015 12:00 am

Event Friday will help local students with college expenses

File photo / Paul and Arlene Stryker will host the Charles Knox Memorial Scholarship Foundation Benefit on Feb. 6 at The Flanders, in honor of their son, who died in 1998 at age 16. File photo / Paul and Arlene Stryker will host the Charles Knox Memorial Scholarship Foundation Benefit on Feb. 6 at The Flanders, in honor of their son, who died in 1998 at age 16.

OCEAN CITY — Charles Knox Jr. was a compassionate teenager who enjoyed helping others, his parents say. In December, it will be 17 years since the 16-year-old Ocean City High School student died in a car accident.

But on Friday, Feb. 6, Paul and Arlene Stryker will honor their son’s life with the 15th annual Charles Knox Memorial Scholarship Foundation Benefit, which raises funds to provide scholarships to deserving local high school students.

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Exchange Club donates $1,000 to CONTACT Cape-Atlantic

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, February 03, 2015 12:00 am

Submitted / Exchange Club of Ocean City members deliver a $1,000 check in support of CONTACT Cape-Atlantic, a telephone reassurance program for elderly and disabled residents of Cape May and Atlantic counties. From left are Joe Libby, Ann P. Magee, executive director of CONTACT Cape-Atlantic; Mark Cassidy, and Warren W. Iredell. Submitted / Exchange Club of Ocean City members deliver a $1,000 check in support of CONTACT Cape-Atlantic, a telephone reassurance program for elderly and disabled residents of Cape May and Atlantic counties. From left are Joe Libby, Ann P. Magee, executive director of CONTACT Cape-Atlantic; Mark Cassidy, and Warren W. Iredell.

The Exchange Club of Ocean City recognized the community work performed by CONTACT Cape-Atlantic with a $1,000 donation to the free "check-in" phone service program that calls elderly and disabled persons, who are living alone.

This program has grown to help residents have contact with another person. Volunteers help over 200 adults each day stay in their homes independently.

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