• Teen's suicide draws attention to district’s bullying, mental health policies

    Claire Lowe / Cassandra Rosamond, 19, of Ocean City reads anonymous stories from local students about bullying in Ocean City during a Wednesday, Dec. 17 Ocean City school board meeting.

    OCEAN CITY — Members of the community pressed the Ocean City Board of Education at its Wednesday, Dec. 17 meeting to make bullying and mental illness awareness priorities in the district in the wake of the death of Ocean City High School student Maliha Chowdhury.

  • Ocean City High School

    UPPER TOWNSHIP – School officials in Ocean City said they will not accept School Choice students from Upper Township’s middle school at Ocean City High School, Superintendent Vincent Palmieri said Monday.

    During the Upper Township Board of Education meeting Dec. 15, Palmieri said he and school board president Michele Barbieri met with high school principals and Ocean City Superintendent Kathleen Taylor on Thursday to discuss the issue, and were notified Friday that the students would not be admitted.

  • Jen Marra / Guests take a closer look at the names engraved on the glass plaques of the donor wall that was unveiled Friday, Dec. 12 in the lobby of the Ocean City Community Center. The wall was uncovered during the Ocean City Community Center Association’s Afternoon of Appreciation, recognizing the contributors who made the center possible.

    OCEAN CITY — The many volunteers who helped make the Ocean City Community Center a reality were honored Friday with the unveiling of a new Donor Wall during the Ocean City Community Center Association’s Afternoon of Appreciation.

    “That turned out so well. We couldn’t have been happier,” said Ken Cooper, chairman of the association.

  • Ocean City Downtown Holiday Dash Dec. 19

    A new race will take off in the downtown this month. The Ocean City Downtown Holiday Dash will begin 5:45 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19 on Asbury Avenue. The race begins at Fifth Street and finishes just beyond 14th Street. Race-day registration begins at 4:30 p.m. in the parking lot at Fifth Street and Asbury Avenue.

  • Strathmere, Sea Isle City dredging will start first, US Army Corps says

    Bill Barlow / A Dec. 9 nor'easter battered southend beaches in Ocean City, eroding some areas like here at 57th Street.

    A beach replenishment project in southend Ocean City, Strathmere and Sea Isle City is currently scheduled to begin in early March 2015, according to new information from the US Army Corps of Engineers, which is coordinating the project.

  • Projects could allow for water hook ups

    MARMORA – The Upper Township Zoning Board of Adjustment Thursday approved an amended site plan, conditional use and lot width and lot frontage variances for a New Jersey American Water project in Marmora that aims to increase water pressure in Upper Township.

    A new well facility there and a planned water tower in Seaville will be connected by a water main, potentially allowing residents to hook up to water service.

  • photos by Claire Lowe / Lawyer Solomon Rothschild (JoHannah Newman, a senior from Ocean City) protests as her client, Jacob Marley (TJ Rumer, a freshman from Marmora), is questioned by Ebenezer Scrooge (Justin Angelastro, a junior from Seaville).

    OCEAN CITY — Students in the Ocean City High School Drama Guild will put Jacob Marley and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future on the witness stand as they present “The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge” as their fall play next week.

    Making his directorial debut for the Drama Guild is Ocean City High School alumnus Don Toal Jr. A member of the class of 2003, Toal is also a substitute teacher and has worked in the arts for several years, directing shows and teaching classes for the Greater Ocean City Theatre Company.

Ocean City Gazette

Soleil project removed from March 5 Ocean City Planning Board agenda

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Written by Claire Lowe Thursday, February 27, 2014 03:18 pm

OCEAN CITY — The application to change the redevelopment plan for 1101 Ocean Ave. has been pulled from the March 5 planning board agenda. The agenda was revised Feb. 26, 2014.

The developers of the proposed five-story Soleil Hotel and Spa at 11th and Ocean were previously scheduled to go before the planning board seeking to change the use of the property to residential condominium and heighten the building by one story.

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Tax levy up 1.6 percent in proposed Ocean City school budget

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Written by Ann Richardson Thursday, February 27, 2014 12:39 pm

Tax rate increasing .36 cents per $100 of assessed value

Ocean City School District 2014-15 budget Ocean City School District 2014-15 budget

OCEAN CITY — Ocean City School District officials introduced a preliminary $40,398,729 budget for the 2014-15 school year, with $21,997,901 to be raised by local taxes, a $357,180-increase, at a Wednesday, Feb. 26 meeting of the Ocean City Board of Education.

Superintendent Kathleen Taylor said the anticipated 1.65-percent increase for taxpayers represents needs, not wants. 

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Friends stay fit together

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, February 27, 2014 12:00 am

Submitted / Faithful friends of the Friday Fitness Center Team at the Ocean City Aquatic and Fitness Center work out with The Ocean City Gazette. From left are Dottie Cianci, Jerry Filangieri, Leslie Clarke, Harriet Thompson and Curt Gronert. Submitted / Faithful friends of the Friday Fitness Center Team at the Ocean City Aquatic and Fitness Center work out with The Ocean City Gazette. From left are Dottie Cianci, Jerry Filangieri, Leslie Clarke, Harriet Thompson and Curt Gronert.

Faithful friends of the Friday Fitness Center Team at the Ocean City Aquatic and Fitness Center work out with The Ocean City Gazette.

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South Korean news team visits Ocean City to film documentary on dyslexia

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Written by Ann Richardson Wednesday, February 26, 2014 06:34 pm

Reading specialist Ita Lanterman is filmed as she teaches the students. Reading specialist Ita Lanterman is filmed as she teaches the students.

OCEAN CITY — When she started advocating for her severely dyslexic daughter nearly a decade ago, a state education official warned Beth Ravelli “not to open that can of worms,” she said.

But Ravelli didn’t listen and now her efforts have gained national attention. On Monday, Feb. 24, a team from the Educational Broadcasting System in South Korea filming a documentary on dyslexia visited the Ocean City Intermediate School to meet Ravelli, her 16-year-old daughter, Samantha, and school officials to see a viable program in action.

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Artist writes children’s book based on his Ocean City education

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Written by Ann Richardson Wednesday, February 26, 2014 12:01 am

Ocean City High School graduate Jim McHugh has achieved success as a freelance illustrator and recently penned his first book, Ocean City High School graduate Jim McHugh has achieved success as a freelance illustrator and recently penned his first book,

OCEAN CITY — Ocean City native Jim McHugh’s recently-released children’s book, “I’m a Professional Artist,” edited by Bruce Larkin and published by Wilbooks, is a big hit. The book chronicles the progression of McHugh’s work from the Ocean City Intermediate School to the high school, to the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and beyond.

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Ocean City testing TrapBags on southend beach

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Written by Ann Richardson Wednesday, February 26, 2014 12:00 am

Photos courtesy of TrapBag / A recent TrapBag installation in Staten Island, NY. This job was over 6 miles of TrapBag DuneCore restoration. Photos courtesy of TrapBag / A recent TrapBag installation in Staten Island, NY. This job was over 6 miles of TrapBag DuneCore restoration.

OCEAN CITY — The city is testing out a new method for flood erosion control on its southend beaches.

Designed to provide a strong and stable protective barrier for eroding beaches and flood-prone areas, TrapBags have arrived on the beach at 57th Street.

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Ocean City announcements, edition of Feb. 26, 2014

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, February 25, 2014 03:11 pm

Local students named to dean's list at University of Delaware

Three local students have been named to the University of Delaware's dean's list for the 2013 fall semester.

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55 achieve perfect NJASK scores in Ocean City

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Written by Ann Richardson Tuesday, February 25, 2014 12:40 pm

Board member Thomas Oves Jr. congratulates his son, Thomas Oves, for achieving a perfect score on the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge. At left is board secretary Pat Yacovelli and at right is board member James Bauer. Board member Thomas Oves Jr. congratulates his son, Thomas Oves, for achieving a perfect score on the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge. At left is board secretary Pat Yacovelli and at right is board member James Bauer.

OCEAN CITY —  Fifty-five students were recognized by the Ocean City Board of Education for achieving a perfect score on the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge during a Wednesday, Feb. 19 meeting.

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Ocean City School District budget taking shape

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Written by Ann Richardson Tuesday, February 25, 2014 12:40 pm

OCEAN CITY — The final school district budget for 2014-2015 won’t be presented for board approval until next month, but at a Wednesday, Feb. 19 meeting of the Ocean City Board of Education, business administrator Pat Yacovelli provided information about what it will be budgeted for purchased services, field trip transportation, supplies, textbooks and miscellaneous expenses at the district’s three facilities.

“There is a total of a one-half percent increase in the total school budget,” Yacovelli said.

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McMahon Agency explains Biggert-Waters reforms

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Written by Ann Richardson Tuesday, February 25, 2014 12:00 am

Local insurance experts say revisions to flood insurance program help, but don’t fix burdens on homeowners

OCEAN CITY — Legislation that would ease the burden of carrying flood insurance for seashore property owners passed in the U.S. Senate in January. A different flood insurance reform bill awaits a vote in the House of Representatives this week.

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Ocean City Board of Education news in brief, edition of Feb. 26, 2014

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Written by Ann Richardson Monday, February 24, 2014 03:29 pm

Ocean City Board of Education news in brief, edition of Feb. 26, 2014 Ocean City Board of Education news in brief, edition of Feb. 26, 2014

OCEAN CITY — The following items were discussed when the Ocean City Board of Education met Wednesday, Feb. 19 at Ocean City High School.

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Ocean City Police blotter, edition of Feb. 26, 2014

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, February 24, 2014 11:38 am

Ocean City Police Blotter, edition of Feb. 26, 2014 Ocean City Police Blotter, edition of Feb. 26, 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 590 calls for service Feb. 16-22

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