• 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

State grants School Choice enrollment waiver for Ocean City

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Written by Ann Richardson Friday, December 13, 2013 12:10 am

State grants School Choice enrollment waiver for Ocean City State grants School Choice enrollment waiver for Ocean City

OCEAN CITY — The Ocean City school district received good news late Thursday, Dec. 12 regarding the popular School Choice Program. The New Jersey Department of Education has granted a waiver for the district, allowing it to accept siblings of current School Choice students, expanding the program to include 194 seats for the 2014-2015 school year.

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Ocean City school board approves March referendum for primary school repairs

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Written by Ann Richardson Thursday, December 12, 2013 12:38 pm

Ocean City school board approves March referendum for primary school repairs Ocean City school board approves March referendum for primary school repairs

OCEAN CITY — Ocean City voters will be asked to approve a referendum for upgrades to the Ocean City Primary School this spring, but the exact dollar amount in the referendum is not yet known.

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Exterior work wrapping up at US Life Saving Station 30 in Ocean City

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Written by Ann Richardson Thursday, December 12, 2013 01:00 am

Thanks to grant funding, the historic US Life Saving Station 30 on the corner of Fourth Street and Atlantic Avenue is undergoing a major renovation. Thanks to grant funding, the historic US Life Saving Station 30 on the corner of Fourth Street and Atlantic Avenue is undergoing a major renovation.

OCEAN CITY – Thanks to grant funding, the historic US Life Saving Station 30 on the corner of Fourth Street and Atlantic Avenue is undergoing a major renovation.

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All aboard to see the train show in Ocean City

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Written by Jen Marra Thursday, December 12, 2013 01:00 am

Justin and Jordan Berry, 13 and 10 respectively, of Ocean City take a closer look at the landscaping of the South Jersey S-Gaugers model railroading while they visit the Ocean City Train Show Saturday, Dec. 7, in the Ocean City Music Pier. Justin and Jordan Berry, 13 and 10 respectively, of Ocean City take a closer look at the landscaping of the South Jersey S-Gaugers model railroading while they visit the Ocean City Train Show Saturday, Dec. 7, in the Ocean City Music Pier.

Justin and Jordan Berry, 13 and 10 respectively, of Ocean City take a closer look at the landscaping of the South Jersey S-Gaugers model railroading while they visit the Ocean City Train Show Saturday, Dec. 7, in the Ocean City Music Pier.

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For 24 years, community Christmas dinner feeding Ocean City

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Written by Ann Richardson Wednesday, December 11, 2013 01:00 am

Peaches Lukens retires from helm of volunteer effort

OCEAN CITY — Offering hand-carved turkey with all the fixings, baked ham, fresh vegetables and a variety of desserts, the 24th annual community Christmas dinner on Dec. 25 always attracts a large crowd.

Last year, post-Hurricane Sandy, more than 1,000 people joined the philanthropic family feast. All are welcome and no reservations are required.

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Send a sweet piece of Ocean City this year

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Written by Claire Lowe Wednesday, December 11, 2013 01:00 am

Claire Lowe / Walt Hohman of Ward’s Pastry on Asbury Avenue shows off a gingerbread house and a cookie tray available for the holidays. Claire Lowe / Walt Hohman of Ward’s Pastry on Asbury Avenue shows off a gingerbread house and a cookie tray available for the holidays.

OCEAN CITY — Although known for its summertime treats – saltwater taffy, Johnson’s Popcorn, Bob’s Lemonade, to name a few – Ocean City still offers plenty of seasonal specialties for the holidays.

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Ocean City High School Drama Guild perform ‘Arsenic and Old Lace’

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Written by Jen Marra Wednesday, December 11, 2013 01:00 am

JoHanna Newman as Martha Brewster and Shelby Alvord as Abby Brewster try and entice an “elderly” gentleman, who has come to rent a room in their home, to drink the elderberry wine laced with arsenic, strychnine and “just a pinch” of cyanide as the Ocean City High School Drama Guild performs “Arsenic and Old Lace” Saturday, Dec. 7 in the Hughes Performing Arts Center. Oliver Trout as Mortimer Brewster is distracted on the phone before stopping the aunts from their evil doing. JoHanna Newman as Martha Brewster and Shelby Alvord as Abby Brewster try and entice an “elderly” gentleman, who has come to rent a room in their home, to drink the elderberry wine laced with arsenic, strychnine and “just a pinch” of cyanide as the Ocean City High School Drama Guild performs “Arsenic and Old Lace” Saturday, Dec. 7 in the Hughes Performing Arts Center. Oliver Trout as Mortimer Brewster is distracted on the phone before stopping the aunts from their evil doing.

Students in the Ocean City High School Drama Guild perform “Arsenic and Old Lace” Saturday, Dec. 7, in the Hughes Performing Arts Center.  The play was written by Joseph Kesselring in 1939 with a film adaptation starring Cary Grantin 1944. 

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Ocean City Theatre Company creates new holiday show for 2013

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Written by Ann Richardson Tuesday, December 10, 2013 04:38 pm

Submitted / Professional performers shine in the Greater Ocean City Theatre Company’s annual holiday spectacular. Submitted / Professional performers shine in the Greater Ocean City Theatre Company’s annual holiday spectacular.

OCEAN CITY — Featuring a brand new set and a cast of professional dancers and singers – including Elizabeth Toal, a 2007 Ocean City High School graduate, and Julia Wilson, a local fourth grade student – the Ocean City Theatre Company presents “Lights, Camera, Christmas,” an original song and dance tribute to the holidays.

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Ocean City Library honors longtime friend and volunteer on her 100th birthday

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Written by Claire Lowe Tuesday, December 10, 2013 12:49 pm

Claire Lowe / Sandy Crescenzo, president of the Friends and Volunteers, holds a birthday cake for Frances Keenan during a surprise celebration of her 100th birthday Monday, Dec. 9. Claire Lowe / Sandy Crescenzo, president of the Friends and Volunteers, holds a birthday cake for Frances Keenan during a surprise celebration of her 100th birthday Monday, Dec. 9.

OCEAN CITY — About a month before her 100th birthday, members of the Friends and Volunteers of the Ocean City Library gathered to celebrate the life and volunteerism of Frances Keenan.

As a surprise during the library board of trustee’s annual holiday luncheon for the volunteers Monday, Dec. 9, Sandy Crescenzo, president of the Friends and Volunteers, called Keenan to the front of the room to recognize her 100th birthday.

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Spinella wins December Art on Asbury show

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, December 10, 2013 01:00 am

OCEAN CITY — Of the 54 artists who submitted entries into the Ocean City Fine Arts League's December “Le Petite show,” Deb Spinella received first place.

Spinella of Mays Landing won for her pastel “Distant Cold Front.”

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Ocean City Police blotter, edition of Dec. 11, 2013

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, December 10, 2013 01:00 am

Ocean City Police Blotter, edition of Dec. 11, 2013 Ocean City Police Blotter, edition of Dec. 11, 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 619 calls for service Dec. 1-7

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New turf field, track repairs planned for Carey Stadium

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Written by Ann Richardson Monday, December 09, 2013 03:48 pm

Jen Marra / The Ocean City Red Raiders football team plays at Carey Stadium in October against Bridgeton. Ocean City officials want to replace the grass field with turf. Jen Marra / The Ocean City Red Raiders football team plays at Carey Stadium in October against Bridgeton. Ocean City officials want to replace the grass field with turf.

OCEAN CITY — Carey Stadium, at the recreation complex adjacent to Ocean City High School, is about to get a face lift.

At a Saturday, Dec. 7 meeting of the Ocean City Community Association, city business administrator Mike Dattilo and Roger McLarnon, director of community operations, explained the overhaul of the city-owned property.

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