• 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 woman’s fight for dyslexia screening is almost won

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Written by Ann Richardson Tuesday, December 24, 2013 01:00 am

New Jersey Assembly passes final bill, heads to Senate for approval

Samantha Ravelli, standing with Assemblyman Nelson Albano, pushes the button indicating Albano's support for a series of dyslexia-related bills earlier this summer. Samantha Ravelli, standing with Assemblyman Nelson Albano, pushes the button indicating Albano's support for a series of dyslexia-related bills earlier this summer.

OCEAN CITY — Beth Ravelli worried as she and her daughter Samantha waited for hours for the State Assembly to pass the last of four bills she encouraged concerning dyslexia in Trenton Thursday, Dec. 19.

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Ocean City Police blotter, edition of Dec. 25, 2013

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Written by Claire Lowe Monday, December 23, 2013 02:27 pm

Ocean City Police Blotter, edition of Dec. 25, 2013 Ocean City Police Blotter, edition of Dec. 25, 2013

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 593 calls for service Dec. 15-21

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Ocean City’s iconic Chatterbox is for sale

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Written by Ann Richardson Sunday, December 22, 2013 11:26 am

Ann Richardson / The Chatterbox, which has been a fixture on Ninth Street since it was built in the 1920s, is now for sale. The iconic pink restaurant has been in the Repici family for 42 years, but owner Marie Repici says it's time for a new family to be a part of the building's storied history. Ann Richardson / The Chatterbox, which has been a fixture on Ninth Street since it was built in the 1920s, is now for sale. The iconic pink restaurant has been in the Repici family for 42 years, but owner Marie Repici says it's time for a new family to be a part of the building's storied history.

OCEAN CITY — The Chatterbox, which has been a fixture at the corner of Ninth Street and Central Avenue since it was built in the 1920s, is for sale.

The iconic pink restaurant has been in the Repici family for 42 years, but owner Marie Repici says it's time for a new family to be a part of the building's storied history.

Read more: Ocean City’s iconic Chatterbox is for sale

 

Mayor says skatepark locations still being considered

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Written by Claire Lowe Sunday, December 22, 2013 10:32 am

Mayor Jay Gillian Mayor Jay Gillian

OCEAN CITY — The area adjacent to the Sports and Civic Center is not the only location being considered for rebuilding the city’s skatepark, Mayor Jay Gillian said his latest letter to city residents Friday, Dec. 20.

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Community gathers for Ocean City Home Bank tree lighting

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Written by Cathy Finnegan Sunday, December 22, 2013 01:00 am

Around our town with Cathy Finnegan Around our town with Cathy Finnegan

The Ocean City Home Bank postponed their tree lighting for a week due to rain, but it was worth the wait as it was a beautiful evening when a large crowd gathered in the bank parking lot.

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Overhead track allows train enthusiast to display all year

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Written by Ann Richardson Sunday, December 22, 2013 01:00 am

The overhead train track in Ed and Diane Reese northend home runs through the kitchen and family room throughout the year. The trains and the scenery change with the season and are currently decorated for Christmas. The overhead train track in Ed and Diane Reese northend home runs through the kitchen and family room throughout the year. The trains and the scenery change with the season and are currently decorated for Christmas.

OCEAN CITY – Looking for more space and a change of pace, Ed and Diane Reese sold their decades-old rancher and moved into a new, three-story northend home in 2005. Diane Reese envisioned all sorts of possibilities for the blank canvas the new home offered, and most of them involved new furnishings. Ed Reese, on the other hand, saw opportunity.

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Five National Merit Scholars from Ocean City honored by school board

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Written by Ann Richardson Saturday, December 21, 2013 01:00 am

Five National Merit Scholars from Ocean City honored by school board Five National Merit Scholars from Ocean City honored by school board

OCEAN CITY — Five Ocean City High School seniors were recognized by the local school board Wednesday, Dec. 11 after being selected for the National Merit Scholarship program.

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Christmas joy for local girls and boys

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Written by Jen Marra Friday, December 20, 2013 04:54 pm

Ocean City Primary School students are ecstatic to see Santa Claus and pick out a gift Thursday, Dec. 19 in the multipurpose room. The Ocean City Policemen’s Benevolent Association Local 61 hosts the event every year. Ocean City Primary School students are ecstatic to see Santa Claus and pick out a gift Thursday, Dec. 19 in the multipurpose room. The Ocean City Policemen’s Benevolent Association Local 61 hosts the event every year.

OCEAN CITY — Ocean City Primary School students are ecstatic to see Santa Claus and pick out a gift Thursday, Dec. 19 in the multipurpose room. The Ocean City Policemen’s Benevolent Association Local 61 hosts the event every year. 

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Brenda Moiso bids farewell to Ocean City school board

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Written by Ann Richardson Friday, December 20, 2013 01:00 am

Brenda Moiso bids farewell to Ocean City school board Brenda Moiso bids farewell to Ocean City school board

OCEAN CITY — After serving for nine years on the Ocean City Board of Education, the past two as president, Brenda Moiso is stepping out of the public eye.

Moiso decided not to run for reelection this year, as her term expires on Dec. 31.

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Public safety debate not over in Ocean City

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Written by Claire Lowe Thursday, December 19, 2013 11:33 pm

Public safety debate not over in Ocean City Public safety debate not over in Ocean City

OCEAN CITY — How the staffing at the police and fire departments will change remains an open discussion for the city, after Ocean City Council hosted its second public safety workshop Thursday, Dec. 19 at the Ocean City Library.

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Ocean City homeowners to save $3M with flood insurance discount

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Written by Claire Lowe Thursday, December 19, 2013 03:26 pm

Ocean City director of community operations Roger McLarnon accepts a plaque from FEMA Region II officials recognizing the city’s efforts to reduce flood hazard risk during a ceremony at Sea Isle City Elementary School Dec. 18. Ocean City director of community operations Roger McLarnon accepts a plaque from FEMA Region II officials recognizing the city’s efforts to reduce flood hazard risk during a ceremony at Sea Isle City Elementary School Dec. 18.

SEA ISLE CITY — Ocean City homeowners with flood insurance policies will save a total of $3 million with the city's latest class reduction in the National Flood Insurance Program Community Rating System.

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Gallelli-Keyes selected to fill unexpired term on Ocean City Board of Ed

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Written by Ann Richardson Thursday, December 19, 2013 09:23 am

Cecilia Gallelli-Keyes Cecilia Gallelli-Keyes

OCEAN CITY — After interviewing four candidates, the Ocean City Board of Education unanimously selected Cecilia Gallelli-Keyes to fill a one-year, unexpired term on the board.

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