• 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 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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OCNJ Half marathon on Sunday

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Written by Ann Richardson Thursday, September 25, 2014 12:00 am

 The Ocean City High School field hockey team always comes in force, wearing colorful costumes, hosting a cheering section and supporting the competitors along the course. Numerous community organizations join OCHS teams in supporting the competitors. The Ocean City High School field hockey team always comes in force, wearing colorful costumes, hosting a cheering section and supporting the competitors along the course. Numerous community organizations join OCHS teams in supporting the competitors.

OCEAN CITY — A record number of competitors have signed up to crisscross the island Sunday morning, Sept. 28 as the fifth annual OCNJ Half Marathon, 5K and 10K races take them from one end of the island to the other, over the Longport Bridge and up and down the boardwalk.

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Moore wins ‘Trees’ art show

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, September 25, 2014 12:00 am

OCEAN CITY — Donna Moore of Ocean City was named the winner of the Ocean City Fine Arts League September show, “Beauty of Trees.”

Moore received first place for her acrylic painting titled “Tabernacle Climbing Tree.”

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Student experiment space launch delayed

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Written by Claire Lowe Wednesday, September 24, 2014 11:41 am

OCEAN CITY — The Ocean City High School student experiment scheduled to be launched into space on Oct. 14, will now take off on Sunday, Oct. 19, school officials said Wednesday.

According to school officials, the district received notice that the launch date was postponed due to the delay of the SpaceX Dragon launch vehicle, which is being transported from Florida to the Wallops Island, Va., where Mission 6 will blast off from.

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Banner summer for city revenues

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Written by Ann Richardson Wednesday, September 24, 2014 12:00 am

OCEAN CITY – When the tallies for June beach tag and parking sales began rolling in, city director of finance Frank Donato felt confident that summer 2014 could be one for the record books. Now that summer is over, it is clear he was right.

“Unofficially, we’re at $4,000,050, we are still tallying up some figures,” Donato said, a $149,000 or about 4 percent increase over 2013. “That’s a record high; we’ve never hit $4 million before. We’ve come close, in the $3.9 million range.”

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Historic district was controversial from the start

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Written by Ann Richardson Wednesday, September 24, 2014 12:00 am

OCEAN CITY — If preservationists had their way in the late 1980s, the city’s historic district would stretch from North to 18th streets, from the beach to West Avenue. Comprising 2,200 structures, it would have been the largest historic district in New Jersey.

However, public uproar limited the boundaries; the district approved in the 1990s encompasses Third to Eighth streets along both sides of Ocean, Wesley and Central avenues, Eighth to Ninth streets on Wesley and the Lifesaving Station on the corner of Fourth Street and Atlantic Avenue.

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Got feathers?

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Written by Opinion Wednesday, September 24, 2014 12:00 am

To the editor:

Here we go again. Now it’s the historic district that is being targeted for redevelopment. People say we need more transparency in government. I don’t understand. I see it all so clearly. When it comes to making money from real estate and development, nothing on this island is sacrosanct. There isn’t a piece of land anywhere they won’t attempt to make money off of. Oh maybe by transparency they mean honesty? Truthfulness? Integrity? Now I understand.

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Why I love OC

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Written by Opinion Wednesday, September 24, 2014 12:00 am

To the editor:

Childhood memories, great food, boardwalk, jumping waves, miniature golf and biking are some of the reasons I love coming to Ocean City, as we did again recently. Thanks to everyone who plays a role in these experiences.

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Irrigated sod is not the solution

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Written by Opinion Wednesday, September 24, 2014 12:00 am

To the editor: 

Below is the text of a letter that I sent to City Council regarding the proposed curb strip ordinance.

Councilmen:

Reducing impervious surface coverage is a laudable goal. However, the ordinance as proposed is fundamentally flawed in terms of environmental sustainability, cost, and practicality.

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Voice your concerns to council

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Written by Opinion Wednesday, September 24, 2014 12:00 am

To the editor:

We encourage all Ocean City property owners to attend the City Council meeting on Thursday, Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. in council chambers on the third floor of City Hall, Ninth Street and Asbury Avenue. There will be a second reading and final passage of Ordinance 14-35 mandating sod and irrigation systems for curb strips on properties throughout Ocean City. If this ordinance passes, homeowners will incur significant costs.

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American Legion Post 524 hosts Run for the Fallen relay team

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Written by Submitted by Doug Otto Tuesday, September 23, 2014 05:13 pm

When the 24-member Run for the Fallen military relay team concludes the first leg of its run through Ocean City on Friday, Sept. 26, American Legion Post 524 will salute their efforts with a special ceremony at its headquarters on Bay Avenue.

The three-day running event honors New Jersey soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines killed in Iraq and Afghanistan by holding small remembrances at road markers placed one-mile apart along a 182-mile pathway starting in Cape May and ending at the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial in Holmdel.

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