• 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.

  • Incumbents Joseph S. Clark Jr. and Cecilia Gallelli-Keyes are running for re-election with newcomers Michael Allan James and Dale F. Braun Jr. also seeking seats.

    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.

    Incumbents Joseph S. Clark Jr. and Cecilia Gallelli-Keyes are running for re-election with newcomers Dale F. Braun Jr. and Michael Allan James also seeking seats. Incumbent Tiffany Prettyman will not run for re-election.

  • Ocean City Halloween events 2014

    Ocean City Theatre Co. presents Halloween costume party

    The Greater Ocean City Theatre Company will host a spooktacular evening of fun at this year’s “Black and Orange” Halloween Costume Party 7-11 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24 at the Ocean City Yacht Club, 100 Bay Road in Ocean City.

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Kevin Gill, holding a proclamation, is honored by Upper Township Committee members (from left) John Coggins, Hobie Young, Richard Palombo, Anthony Inserra and Ed Barr.
PETERSBURG – Upper Township Committee last week honored Kevin Gill for winning the ocean swim event at the South Jersey Lifeguarding Championships this summer.

    Gill, 17, also helped the Upper Township Beach Patrol finish second overall at the Cape May County Championships by winning two events. He won the swimming events at the Beschen-Callahan Memorial Lifeguard Races, the Dutch Hoffman Memorial Lifeguard Championships and Margate Memorials.

  • TRENTON – The state Senate Judiciary Committee unexpectedly put a hold on two of Gov. Chris Christie’s nominees to the New Jersey Pinelands Commission last week.

    Committee chair Sen. Nicholas Scutari said at the beginning of the meeting on Thursday, Oct. 16 that he expected to have a vote on the nominees following their testimony and comments from members of the public. But after testimony from New Hanover Mayor Dennis Roohr and Robert Barr of Ocean City he adjourned the hearing.

  • OCEAN CITY —When he took a seat at the board table at a Wednesday, Oct. 15 meeting of the Ocean City Board of Education, Carl Tripician made history.

    Tripician, of Longport, was representing the Longport School District, the result of a sending-receiving relationship established between the two districts this year. While permitted to participate in board discussion, the Longport representative will not be permitted to vote.

  • Members of the Trail of Two Cities Committee visit the Ocean City Welcome Center overlooking the Route 52 causeway between the two cities where the event will be held on Nov. 1. Displaying Trail of Two Cities T-shirts are Sydney Somers and Peg Meidel of Somers Point and Mark Soifer, Karen Pratz and Wendy Moyle representing Ocean City.

    Trail of Two Cities Nov. 1

    The 25th annual Trail of Two Cities 5K Run/Walk over the causeway between Ocean City and Somers Point is set for 8 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 1. The event begins at the Ocean City Transportation Center, Ninth Street and Haven Avenue in Ocean City, and ends at JFK Park in Somers Point.

Ocean City Gazette

Sod isn’t better than rocks

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Written by Opinion Tuesday, September 30, 2014 12:00 am

To the editor:

Ocean City Council has reached the height of idiocy with the proposed “sod the island” ordinance. Do these people understand anything about our environment? We live on a sand pile. Lawn grass isn’t natural here. It’s less able to “pass water” than the unattractive stones so reviled by Keith Hartzell.

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Artificial turf v. natural grass: An artificial presentation

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Written by Opinion Tuesday, September 30, 2014 12:00 am

To the editor:

At a previous council meeting, the administration trotted out Jim Mallon to make its case for spending $1.75 million on artificial turf at Carey Field. Let's examine the issue in a fair and more complete way.

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AEDs, emergency response training now required at Ocean City schools

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Written by Ann Richardson Tuesday, September 30, 2014 12:00 am

Janet’s Law goes into effect

Ann Richardson / Erik Ortolf, Ocean City High School director of guidance, discusses Janet’s Law at a Wednesday, Sept. 24 meeting of the Ocean City Board of Education. Ann Richardson / Erik Ortolf, Ocean City High School director of guidance, discusses Janet’s Law at a Wednesday, Sept. 24 meeting of the Ocean City Board of Education.

OCEAN CITY — Ocean City is working to comply with a new state law that requires public and nonpublic schools to be equipped with automated external defibrillators and an action plan to use them when necessary.

Erik Ortolf, who serves as the director of guidance at Ocean City High School, discussed the challenges associated with Janet’s Law with members of the Ocean City Board of Education at a Wednesday, Sept. 24 meeting.

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Walkers say ‘Hats Off to HEROES’

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Written by Ann Richardson Tuesday, September 30, 2014 12:00 am

Submitted / The Ocean City High School girls soccer team will participate in the fourth annual HERO Walk and the Hats Off to HEROES promotion Sunday, Oct. 5. Here, they practice tossing their hats in the air. Submitted / The Ocean City High School girls soccer team will participate in the fourth annual HERO Walk and the Hats Off to HEROES promotion Sunday, Oct. 5. Here, they practice tossing their hats in the air.

OCEAN CITY — The HERO Campaign will launch the inaugural Hats Off to HEROES promotion during its fourth annual HERO Walk Sunday, Oct. 5 at the Ocean City Civic Center.

During the opening ceremony, organizers will distribute baseball hats with the HERO Campaign logo and participants will simultaneously toss them into the air. They expect over 2,000 hats to take flight.

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Downtown Ocean City wins People's Choice Award

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Written by Claire Lowe Monday, September 29, 2014 04:04 pm

Asbury Avenue was named the southern New Jersey winner in the New Jersey Chapter of the American Planning Association 2014 People's Choice Awards for outstanding downtowns in New Jersey. Asbury Avenue was named the southern New Jersey winner in the New Jersey Chapter of the American Planning Association 2014 People's Choice Awards for outstanding downtowns in New Jersey.

OCEAN CITY — Asbury Avenue was named the southern New Jersey winner in the New Jersey Chapter of the American Planning Association 2014 People's Choice Awards for outstanding downtowns in New Jersey.

Ocean City went up against Millville and Collingswood, and received 4,996 votes, or 63.5 percent. In second place, Collingswood received 1,987 votes. Millville came in third with 882 votes.

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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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