• 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

Stranded buoy removed from Ocean City beach

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Written by Ann Richardson Thursday, October 02, 2014 05:02 pm

Ann Richardson / Members of the U.S. Coast Guard out of Philadelphia Thursday, Oct. 2 tie down a large navigational buoy that washed ashore near the Longport Bridge on Sept. 9. City public works officials hauled the buoy from the shoreline to a parking lot adjacent to the Longport Bridge last week and assisted Coast Guard officials in lifting the buoy from the parking lot to a flatbed trailer. Ann Richardson / Members of the U.S. Coast Guard out of Philadelphia Thursday, Oct. 2 tie down a large navigational buoy that washed ashore near the Longport Bridge on Sept. 9. City public works officials hauled the buoy from the shoreline to a parking lot adjacent to the Longport Bridge last week and assisted Coast Guard officials in lifting the buoy from the parking lot to a flatbed trailer.

OCEAN CITY — A navigational buoy that washed ashore near the Longport Bridge on Sept. 9 is now on its way to a U.S. Coast Guard facility in Portsmouth, Va. for repairs.

The buoy, which Coast Guard officials believe broke loose during a recent nor’easter, sat along the shoreline for more than two weeks before a crew from Ocean City Public Works hauled it up to the municipal parking lot next to the bridge last week. 

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Ocean City exploring options for dredge spoil disposal

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Written by Claire Lowe Thursday, October 02, 2014 03:29 pm

Dredging expected to begin in summer 2015

OCEAN CITY — Hoping to begin dredging the back bays in summer 2015, Ocean City officials say they are exploring a number of options for disposal of the spoils, among them using old or new spoils sites, or using the material to stabilize wetlands.

According to an update from the city administration dated Sept. 26 and released to the media this week, “Contingent on success with our ongoing permitting, we will next be allowed to dredge on July l, 2015.”

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Exchange Club gives $5,000 to Tabernacle youth program

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, October 02, 2014 11:50 am

Submitted / Ocean City Exchange Club President Bill Culp, left, presents a donation check to Eric Hitchner, director of youth programs at the Ocean City Tabernacle. Submitted / Ocean City Exchange Club President Bill Culp, left, presents a donation check to Eric Hitchner, director of youth programs at the Ocean City Tabernacle.

At its Monday, Sept. 30 meeting, Exchange Club of Ocean City President Bill Culp presented a $5,000 donation to the Ocean City Tabernacle's youth program.

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Fallen but not forgotten

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Written by Jen Marra Wednesday, October 01, 2014 01:09 pm

Military heroes honored with three-day relay

 The Run for the Fallen Core Team runs south on Bay Avenue in Ocean City to Hero Marker No. 45, honoring Sgt. Keith Buzinski of Hamilton (Mercer County), located in front of the Ocean City Municipal Golf Course Friday, Sept. 26. The team was finishing up their first day of a three-day relay that includes stops every mile in tribute of fallen veterans with the final stop at American Legion Post 524 and a dinner at the senior center. The Run for the Fallen Core Team runs south on Bay Avenue in Ocean City to Hero Marker No. 45, honoring Sgt. Keith Buzinski of Hamilton (Mercer County), located in front of the Ocean City Municipal Golf Course Friday, Sept. 26. The team was finishing up their first day of a three-day relay that includes stops every mile in tribute of fallen veterans with the final stop at American Legion Post 524 and a dinner at the senior center.

The Run for the Fallen Core Team runs south on Bay Avenue in Ocean City to Hero Marker No. 45, honoring Sgt. Keith Buzinski of Hamilton (Mercer County), located in front of the Ocean City Municipal Golf Course Friday, Sept. 26. The team was finishing up their first day of a three-day relay that includes stops every mile in tribute of fallen veterans with the final stop at American Legion Post 524 and a dinner at the senior center.

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‘Did You Know?’ campaign billboard unveiled

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Written by Ann Richardson Tuesday, September 30, 2014 05:22 pm

The Ocean City Community Team’s new bill board on the westbound side of Roosevelt Boulevard sports an anti-drug and -alcohol abuse message. The billboard was unveiled during a ceremony Monday, Sept. 29. The Ocean City Community Team’s new bill board on the westbound side of Roosevelt Boulevard sports an anti-drug and -alcohol abuse message. The billboard was unveiled during a ceremony Monday, Sept. 29.

OCEAN CITY — With a newly unveiled billboard sporting an anti-drug and alcohol message behind him, Len Desiderio, the mayor Sea Isle City – one of four communities involved in a new program at Ocean City High School – said students like those involved in the school’s Student Coalition Against Tobacco (SCAT) and the Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) have the right idea. 

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Ocean City Police blotter, edition of Oct. 1, 2014

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, September 30, 2014 10:19 am

Ocean City Police Blotter, edition of Oct. 1, 2014 Ocean City Police Blotter, edition of Oct. 1, 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 624 calls for service Sept. 21-27

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Three Brothers owner brought joy to OC

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

To the editor:

Three Brothers Pizza on the Ocean City Boardwalk has brought good food, friendliness, spiritual inspiration, and great fun to Ocean City for years. Owner Anna Santoro has helped thousands of people with her rock solid Christian faith.

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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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