• 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.

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Ocean City Intermediate School 2nd marking period honor roll

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Written by Staff Reports Saturday, February 15, 2014 12:00 am

Ocean City Intermediate School 2nd marking period honor roll Ocean City Intermediate School 2nd marking period honor roll

Fourth grade

Distinguished honors

Andrew Allegretto

Natalie Argento

Caeli Barbour

Benjamin Bertett

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Annual Ocean City Board of Realtors food drive underway

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Written by Ann Richardson Saturday, February 15, 2014 12:00 am

The Ocean City Food Cupboard accepts a donation from the Ocean City Board of Realtors after the board's 2013 food drive. The OCBOR has already started collecting for its 2014 food drive. The Ocean City Food Cupboard accepts a donation from the Ocean City Board of Realtors after the board's 2013 food drive. The OCBOR has already started collecting for its 2014 food drive.  OCEAN CITY — As they do each year, local real estate agents are stepping up to help fill the shelves of the Ocean City Ecumenical Food Cupboard, located at St. Peter’s United Methodist Church.

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Council ready to bid contract for Merion Park improvements

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Written by Claire Lowe Friday, February 14, 2014 10:58 am

A drawing of the plans for improvements to Merion Park was displayed at the Ocean City Council meeting Feb. 13. A drawing of the plans for improvements to Merion Park was displayed at the Ocean City Council meeting Feb. 13.

OCEAN CITY — Council approved a resolution advertising specifications for a city contract for Merion Park drainage improvements when it met Thursday, Feb. 13 in the Ocean City Library.

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Citizens express support for return of bigger, better Ocean City skatepark

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Written by Claire Lowe Friday, February 14, 2014 10:21 am

OCEAN CITY — Many local parents and children came out to support the newest plan for the return of a skatepark in Ocean City during council’s Feb. 13 meeting.

While no details of the plan have been discussed in public, talk at the meeting suggested there is an idea for a permanent skatepark near Fifth Street that would include concrete ramps. This could not be confirmed.

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Gillian: Tax rate up 1.5 cents in Ocean City’s 2014 budget

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Written by Claire Lowe Thursday, February 13, 2014 11:40 pm

Mayor highlights capital projects in annual budget address

OCEAN CITY — Contractual salary increases and a spike in the cost of employee benefits helped to drive up the local purpose tax for 2014 by 1.5 cents, according to Mayor Jay Gillian.

Gillian presented City Council with his 2014 proposed budget during its Thursday, Feb. 13 meeting.

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[Transcript] Ocean City Mayor Jay Gillian's 2014 budget address

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Written by Ocean City Mayor Jay Gillian Thursday, February 13, 2014 10:42 pm

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OCEAN CITY — The following address was given by Mayor Jay Gillian during the Feb. 13 council meeting at the Ocean City Library.

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Ocean City residents not happy with proposed water rate increase

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Written by Ann Richardson Thursday, February 13, 2014 12:02 pm

Officials say city's sewer infrastructure is to blame for high bills

OCEAN CITY — While representatives for New Jersey American Water Company and the state said they welcomed public comment on the proposed increase and vigorously defended the need for it, the public would not be swayed during a public hearing Tuesday, Feb. 11 at the Ocean City Library.

“I’m a businessman,” said 1st Ward Councilman Mike DeVlieger, a liaison to the city’s utility advisory board. “Costs get passed on to me all the time, but I don’t always get to pass it on.”

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Glazed Over, Sneaker Shop to relocate to 700 block of Asbury

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Written by Claire Lowe Thursday, February 13, 2014 09:10 am

OCEAN CITY — The Ocean City Planning Board approved the proposed subdivision of the commercial property in the 700 block of Asbury Avenue into two commercial properties at its Feb. 12 meeting making way for The Sneaker Shop and Glazed Over to relocate.

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Ocean City Police: Avoid parking in snow routes

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Written by Claire Lowe Wednesday, February 12, 2014 12:06 pm

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OCEAN CITY — Police are reminding drivers that parking is prohibited along the designated snow emergency route in Ocean City. 

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Ocean City American Legion announces coloring contest winners

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, February 12, 2014 12:00 am

Submitted / Front row from left are Ocean City American Legion Post 524 Patriotic Coloring Contest first place winner Morgan Decosta and second place winners Tyler Greene and Ava Kelly. In back are Ken Riggione, Post 524 education committee; Fred Little Sr., Post 524 senior vice commander; and Geoffrey Haines, Ocean City Intermediate School principal. Submitted / Front row from left are Ocean City American Legion Post 524 Patriotic Coloring Contest first place winner Morgan Decosta and second place winners Tyler Greene and Ava Kelly. In back are Ken Riggione, Post 524 education committee; Fred Little Sr., Post 524 senior vice commander; and Geoffrey Haines, Ocean City Intermediate School principal.

Ocean City American Legion Post 524 announced the Ocean City Intermediate School winners of its Patriotic Coloring Contest. They are Morgan Decosta, first place; and Tyler Greene and Ava Kelly second place.

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Ocean City Primary School students are jumping for heart

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Written by Claire Lowe Wednesday, February 12, 2014 12:00 am

Claire Lowe / Kindergarten student Gabrielle Henry runs to jump over the next hurdle. Claire Lowe / Kindergarten student Gabrielle Henry runs to jump over the next hurdle.

OCEAN CITY — Children at Ocean City Primary School can’t stand still this week. In fact, they are jumping all over the place – all in the name of helping other kids with “special hearts.”

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Ocean City musicians are center stage at annual pasta dinner

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Written by Jen Marra Tuesday, February 11, 2014 03:02 pm

Jen Marra / Students in the Ocean City High School jazz band perform during the Ocean City Band Boosters annual pasta dinner Friday, Feb. 7 in the high school cafeteria. Jen Marra / Students in the Ocean City High School jazz band perform during the Ocean City Band Boosters annual pasta dinner Friday, Feb. 7 in the high school cafeteria.

OCEAN CITY — Students in the Ocean City High School jazz band performed during the Ocean City Band Boosters annual pasta dinner Friday, Feb. 7 in the high school cafeteria. Proceeds benefit Band Boosters senior scholarships.

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