• TRENTON – Gov. Chris Christie signed legislation Friday that reflects recent court rulings and removes prohibitions against sports wagering in New Jersey.

    “As I’ve said all along, I am a strong proponent of legalized sports wagering in New Jersey. But given earlier decisions by federal courts, it was critical that we follow a correct and appropriate path to curtail new court challenges and expensive litigation,” Christie said. “I believe we have found that path in this bipartisan legislative effort.” 

  • The staff at Cape Regional Medical Center is training to be ready if a case of Ebola arrives in Cape May County. There was a drill this week, and hospital officials say they are updating their procedures to be ready, just in case. (photo by Jen Marra)CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – Kevin Thomas has his hands full.

    The Cape May County health officer is meeting with emergency service providers, hospital staff and others, getting ready for the worst.

    He is also fielding call after call from reporters in the region.

    It seems like everyone in the county – everyone in the world – is scared of Ebola.

    “There’s nothing to be scared about. It’s a matter of being prepared,” Thomas said Friday.

  • MARMORA – An Upper Township man has been charged with possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute and unlawful possession of a weapon after the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office Gangs, Guns and Narcotics Task Force and New Jersey State Police executed a search warrant on his home Thursday.

    Angelo Cuculino, 48, of Marmora, was found with more than 28 grams of marijuana and an amount of alpha-pyrrolidinopeniophenone, a stimulant, at his home, according to Prosecutor Robert Taylor. He also had three firearms and $19,225 in cash, the prosecutor said.

  • Skeptics continue to push for privacy protections

    CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE — County officials are continuing to move toward bringing drone testing to the Cape May County Airport.

    Some skeptics say too quickly.

    Last week, Freeholder Will Morey met with Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership officials, along with representatives of the Delaware River and Bay Authority at the airport in Lower Township.

  • 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.

  • 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.”

Ocean City Gazette

Ocean City Police want to ‘Put the Brakes on Fatalities’

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, September 29, 2014 03:11 pm

OCEAN CITY — Motorists in Ocean City and throughout the nation are being asked to join a daylong effort on Oct. 10 designed to increase awareness about safe driving behaviors and keep the state’s roadways fatality-free for one day.

Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day, a national initiative designed to unite the country in moving toward zero fatalities for one day, encourages motorists to obey all traffic laws including buckling up every ride, driving the posted speed limit, avoiding distractions while driving, and being sober behind the wheel.

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Hundreds compete in OC’s half marathon

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Written by Claire Lowe Monday, September 29, 2014 01:41 pm

Ann Richardson / Participants in the Ocean City Half Marathon, 10K and 5K Sunday, Sept. 28. Ann Richardson / Participants in the Ocean City Half Marathon, 10K and 5K Sunday, Sept. 28.

OCEAN CITY — The results are in for the Ocean City Half Marathon, with David Scholl finishing in first at 1:20:57. In second place was Stephen Eggly at 1:23:04. Juan Carlos Nieves was in third place at 1:24:13.

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Mental Illness Awareness Week, Fire Prevention Week Oct. 5-11

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Written by Claire Lowe Sunday, September 28, 2014 12:00 am

Claire Lowe / Firefighters from the Ocean City Fire Department accept a proclamation recognizing Fire Prevention Week from Mayor Jay Gillian during the Sept. 25 council meeting in City Hall. Claire Lowe / Firefighters from the Ocean City Fire Department accept a proclamation recognizing Fire Prevention Week from Mayor Jay Gillian during the Sept. 25 council meeting in City Hall.

OCEAN CITY — Mayor Jay Gillian recognized Oct. 5-11 as national Fire Prevention Week with a proclamation at the Sept. 25 City Council meeting. Firefighters from the Ocean City Fire Department were invited to the meeting to accept the proclamation on behalf of the department.

In addition, Gillian also deemed Oct. 5-11, 2014 Mental Illness Awareness Week in Ocean City.

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

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Written by Claire Lowe Sunday, September 28, 2014 12:00 am

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

OCEAN CITY — The following items were discussed when Ocean City Council met Thursday, Sept. 25 in City Hall.

Side yard porch depths may change for corner lots

Council approved the introduction of a zoning ordinance that will allow porches as a permitted side yard encroachment and provide regulations permitting a floating building envelope in the hospitality zone.

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Record crowd comes out to Walk for the Wounded

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Written by Ann Richardson Saturday, September 27, 2014 11:23 pm

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. 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.

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‘Did you know?’ campaign gets parents, kids talking about drug abuse prevention

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Written by Ann Richardson Saturday, September 27, 2014 03:54 pm

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.

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City hopes to save money through bond refinancing

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Written by Claire Lowe Saturday, September 27, 2014 12:00 am

OCEAN CITY — If interest rates stay low and potential savings stay high, Ocean City will refinance $6 million outstanding from a 2006 bond issue.

At its Thursday, Sept. 25 meeting, council unanimously approved the introduction of what is called a refund bond ordinance for the outstanding principal amount of the city’s general improvement bonds originally issued in the amount of $21 million on Jan. 15, 2006.

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Money put in place, but turf field proposal questioned

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Written by Claire Lowe Friday, September 26, 2014 12:12 pm

Jen Marra / Funding is in place for Carey Stadium at Ocean City High School to get a new turf field. Jen Marra / Funding is in place for Carey Stadium at Ocean City High School to get a new turf field.

OCEAN CITY — Almost $2 million has been put in place for an artificial turf field at Ocean City High School, but city residents have raised questions about the surface.

At its Thursday, Sept. 25 meeting, council voted 6-1 to approve a $1.435 million bond ordinance, which includes $1.25 million for the turf field installation and structure at Carey Stadium, with Councilman Pete Guinosso voting ‘no.’

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Curb strip irrigation ordinance tabled for review

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Written by Claire Lowe Friday, September 26, 2014 12:13 am

OCEAN CITY — Hoping to get more information, council decided to delay the public hearing and final vote on an ordinance that would require residential property owners to install sod and irrigation on the area between the sidewalk and curb.

At its Thursday, Sept. 25 meeting in City Hall, after hearing from several residents requesting that the ordinance not be approved, Councilman Antwan McClellan asked council to table the ordinance so that he can reach out to the environmental commission and others to get more information.

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Bamboo ban approved with some changes

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Written by Claire Lowe Friday, September 26, 2014 12:02 am

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 Aug. 28, 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.

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Ocean City teachers contract approved with 2-percent increase

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Written by Ann Richardson Thursday, September 25, 2014 03:00 pm

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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Yacovelli resigns as Ocean City school business administrator

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Written by Ann Richardson Thursday, September 25, 2014 09:34 am

Ann Richardson /Terrance Crowley sits in for Ocean City school business administrator Pat Yacovelli, who resigned from the district effective Oct. 7, at the Wednesday, Sept. 24 school board meeting. Crowley was hired at that same meeting as a substitute business administrator for the Ocean City School District. Ann Richardson /Terrance Crowley sits in for Ocean City school business administrator Pat Yacovelli, who resigned from the district effective Oct. 7, at the Wednesday, Sept. 24 school board meeting. Crowley was hired at that same meeting as a substitute business administrator for the Ocean City School District.

OCEAN CITY — School business administrator Pasquale Yacovelli has resigned from his post, effective Oct. 7.

The Ocean City Board of Education unanimously accepted his resignation of its Wednesday, Sept. 24 meeting. Yacovelli was hired in October 2013 to start December 2013 as a replacement for former business administrator Tom Grossi, who resigned Aug. 1, 2013 to take a position in Dennis Township.

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