• 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

Collector shares love of Frankenstein at Ocean City Library

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Written by Claire Lowe Wednesday, October 08, 2014 12:00 am

Claire Lowe / Collector and Frankenstein enthusiast Ron MacCloskey and Ocean City librarian Karen Mahar stand in front of over 50 pieces of Frankenstein artwork now on display in the atrium at the Ocean City Library. Claire Lowe / Collector and Frankenstein enthusiast Ron MacCloskey and Ocean City librarian Karen Mahar stand in front of over 50 pieces of Frankenstein artwork now on display in the atrium at the Ocean City Library.

OCEAN CITY — Collector Ron MacCloskey is again sharing part of his Frankenstein collection with visitors of the Ocean City Library to celebrate Halloween.

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Miss New Jersey portrait, shoes and gown on display at Ocean City Historical Museum

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Written by Ann Richardson Tuesday, October 07, 2014 11:28 am

Jen Marra / Appearing at the Ocean City Library on Monday for the unveiling of her portrait by David Holtzman, Miss New Jersey 2014 Cierra Kaler-Jones had her own donation to give. Jen Marra / Appearing at the Ocean City Library on Monday for the unveiling of her portrait by David Holtzman, Miss New Jersey 2014 Cierra Kaler-Jones had her own donation to give.

OCEAN CITY — Appearing at the Ocean City Library on Monday for the unveiling of her portrait by David Holtzman, the reigning Miss New Jersey felt so welcome in America’s Greatest Family Resort that she decided she wanted to give something back to the community where she won her crown.

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OCHS crew honors Coach Tracy with new scull

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Written by Ann Richardson Tuesday, October 07, 2014 10:48 am

Fundraiser highlights team’s desire for boathouse

Former Ocean City High School boys crew coach Greg Tracy, who helped start the crew program, christens the new scull, which is named the Greg T. Tracy and was purchased in his honor. Former Ocean City High School boys crew coach Greg Tracy, who helped start the crew program, christens the new scull, which is named the Greg T. Tracy and was purchased in his honor.

OCEAN CITY – At a fundraising event honoring the sport he helped start at Ocean City High School, former boy’s Coach Greg Tracy was honored with a new scull bearing his name.

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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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