• OCEAN CITY — Carrying a science experiment designed by six Ocean City High School students, Mission 6 is scheduled to blast off to the International Space Station this October.

    The Ocean City School District is one of 20 districts from across the nation selected to participate in the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education’s Student Spaceflight Experiment Program (SSEP).

  • Submitted / “Come on down to the beach and fish!” urges Kieth Van Laarhoven, chairman of the October 18th Ocean City surf fishing tournament.

    OCEAN CITY — The Ocean City Fishing Club is extending a broad invitation for anglers to participate in its 47th annual surf fishing tournament on Saturday, Oct. 18.

    “This is an opportunity for anyone interested in fishing to come out and have fun competing in our tournament,” said tournament Chairman Kieth Van Laarhoven, of Ocean City and Browns Mills. “This event is open not only to members of the fishing clubs throughout our area, but also to individuals and families.”

  • OCEAN CITY — Council is expected to host a workshop concerning the city’s historic district sometime in the near future, City Councilman Michael Allegretto said Thursday, Sept. 11.

    “We will let everyone know about the workshop, we want to get everyone involved,” he said, adding that it will be announced within the next 30 to 45 days.

  • 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.

Ocean City Gazette

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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Bike MS comes to Ocean City Sept. 27

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Written by Opinion Wednesday, August 27, 2014 12:00 am

To the editor:

As a cyclist and a member of the City to Shore planning team, I am writing to let local residents know that the 34th annual Bike MS: City to Shore Ride is happening on Saturday, Sept. 27 and Sunday, Sept. 28, and to thank you in advance for your patience and support as 7,000 cyclists pedal into your community. We look forward to celebrating our 34th year finishing the ride in Ocean City.

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Smokers make it unpleasant on the beach

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Written by Opinion Wednesday, August 27, 2014 12:00 am

To the editor:

Last week on the beach, my grandchildren and I had the misfortune of sitting next to a family of smokers. Being downwind of this group only intensified the smell and second hand smoke.  By the way, our beautiful beach became their ashtray. We eventually had to move when the men broke out the cigars. A cigarette can be finished within a few minutes. A cigar lasts much longer.

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Maybe the support isn’t there

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Written by Opinion Wednesday, August 27, 2014 12:00 am

To the editor:

I agree with Irene Lorenzon’s argument published in your Aug. 20 edition that Ocean City would be better off if it had the benefit of input from “a larger, more diverse voting base,” which included second homeowners. Her suggestion to “register one person from each family” is an interesting alternative if Ocean City is determined to “keep it simple” instead of making it fair (unless you accept the premise that taxation without representation is fair).

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