Ocean City Gazette

Can’t understand how story was that wrong

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Written by Opinion Monday, May 05, 2014 11:00 pm

To the editor:

In the April 30 edition of the Ocean City Gazette under Council Briefs there was a completely erroneous headline and article entitled "Hinchman suggests asking Manco and Manco to close." In fact, what I said was the principal of Manco, Chuck Bangle, should step down as chair of Ocean City's Tourism Committee at least temporarily.

How the reporter got the story that wrong is something I don't understand. The tape verifies what I said. Unfortunately, many will not see this letter or what I hope is a separate retraction and apology from the Gazette.

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Photography show was the place to be

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Written by Cathy Finnegan Sunday, May 04, 2014 04:00 pm

 Dave and Lynn Sullivan, Annette LoPresti, Jackie Caplan, Sarah and Jonathan Kimble and Ron Caplan pose in front of Jackie’s photograph. Dave and Lynn Sullivan, Annette LoPresti, Jackie Caplan, Sarah and Jonathan Kimble and Ron Caplan pose in front of Jackie’s photograph.  The Ocean City Art Center was the place to be for the annual juried photography show.  I stopped to chat with Sandy Crescenzo, Rosemarie Ricci, Marie Platzer and Elaine Wilson who were selling tickets in the lobby outside the library for the Author’s High Tea to be held May 8 at the Flanders. When I walked upstairs to the Art Center I was greeted by Jean Byerly who made sure everyone signed the Guest Book. Carla Migliaccio was behind the counter at her computer. I enjoyed catching up with Lynn and Dave Sullivan. While Lynn works at the Art Center, Dave, a retired postal carrier, keeps the municipal parking lots running all summer. Art Center President Jack Devine was surprised and pleased to see me when he arrived after I had conflicts for the past three months art shows. Thanks to Art Center Executive Director Roz Lifshin who introduced me to the photographers whose work was in the show and coordinated many of my pictures.

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Angry response to Ocean City note goes viral

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, May 02, 2014 01:24 pm

A Philadelphia woman’s response to an anonymous note left for her grandparents in Ocean City is rapidly drawing extensive interest, receiving hundreds of shares online and drawing stories from regional media outlets.

Stephanie Powley of Philadelphia, in a posting to Facebook, slammed the note writer.

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Ocean City School board approves $44.3M budget

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Written by Ann Richardson Friday, May 02, 2014 11:29 am

OCEAN CITY — The Ocean City Board of Education unanimously approved a $44.3 million school district budget for the 2014-2015 school year on Wednesday, April 30.

The budget includes a tax levy of $24.68 million, including $2.7 million in debt service. The general fund levy is $40.9 million and the special revenue fund is $688,980.

The budget represents a 1.85 percent increase from last year, or $400,274. The annual tax increase on a $500,000 home, about average for the town, will be $17.90 for the school budget.

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Martin sees his shadow, even inside the Ocean City Music Pier

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Written by Bill Barlow Thursday, May 01, 2014 02:29 pm

Julia Wilson, 11, Hannah McDowell, 10 , and Sydney Rossiter, 11, all of Ocean City, dressed as fish to present an Ocean City message. They also danced to some of the music. Julia Wilson, 11, Hannah McDowell, 10 , and Sydney Rossiter, 11, all of Ocean City, dressed as fish to present an Ocean City message. They also danced to some of the music. OCEAN CITY — To no one’s surprise, Martin Z. Mollusk saw his shadow on Thursday morning, May 1, predicting an early summer.

For the 40th year, the crab was joined by colorful characters to predict the start of the season. This year, that included the Ocean City High School band, some dancing fish presented by Ocean City girls, Dr. Frankenstein, a pirate and a llama. Ringleader Mark Soifer, Ocean City’s publicist, said he was certain that was the first time a llama stepped foot inside the Ocean City Music Pier, where the event was held due to thick fog and some rain.

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Fire on West 17th Street in Ocean City

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Written by Ann Richardson Thursday, May 01, 2014 09:20 am

A late night blaze tore through a home on West 17th Street. Photos courtesy of Ocean City Fire Department. A late night blaze tore through a home on West 17th Street. Photos courtesy of Ocean City Fire Department. OCEAN CITY — Strong winds fueled an early morning blaze at a lagoon-front duplex at 230-232 West 17th Street early Thursday morning, May 1.

According to Ocean City Fire Chief Chris Breunig, firefighters arrived to find fire coming through the roof of the second floor of the duplex, in the rear of the structure.

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Lagoon dredging an issue at Council debate Tuesday

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Written by Ann Richardson Wednesday, April 30, 2014 04:20 pm

OCEAN CITY — Five candidates vying for three at-large City Council seats in the city’s May 13 municipal election participated in a debate on Tuesday, April 29 at Ocean City High School.

Sponsored jointly by Ocean City’s Republican and Democratic clubs, the event included incumbents Michael Allegretto and Keith Hartzell, who are running for a third, four-year term and challengers Peter Madden, Michael Hyson and Eric Sauder.

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Ocean City Historical Museum seeks volunteers

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Written by Ann Richardson Wednesday, April 30, 2014 02:00 pm

Event planned Monday for current, future volunteers

 Al Crescenzo, a retired history teacher, enjoys volunteering for the Ocean City Historical Museum. Crescenzo is one of several volunteers who will be on hand during a Al Crescenzo, a retired history teacher, enjoys volunteering for the Ocean City Historical Museum. Crescenzo is one of several volunteers who will be on hand during a

OCEAN CITY — When he retired to Ocean City in 2010, Al Crescenzo filled a few hours every other week volunteering at the Ocean City Historical Museum.

Four years later, Crescenzo spends four days a week at the museum, taking visitors on guided tours of the facility, answering the phone or helping the staff with a variety of tasks.  

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Arbor Day celebrated with tree plantings

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Written by Ann Richardson Wednesday, April 30, 2014 04:59 am

 Sixth grade students in Amber Wilent's science class assist members of the Shade Tree Commission in planting a flowering thundercloud plum tree in honor of Arbor Day. 
 Sixth grade students in Amber Wilent's science class assist members of the Shade Tree Commission in planting a flowering thundercloud plum tree in honor of Arbor Day.  OCEAN CITY — On Arbor Day, Friday, April 25, officials from the city’s Shade Tree Commission planted a tree on a grassy median strip on North Point Road and then joined a group of six graders in planting a tree at the front of the Ocean City Intermediate School.

The Thundercloud flowering plum trees, known for their red foliage, have buds and will soon bloom, in pink or white.

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Free beach tags for veterans get strong support in Ocean City

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Written by Bill Barlow Tuesday, April 29, 2014 03:41 pm

OCEAN CITY — Veterans will be able to hit the beach for free in Ocean City this summer, under an ordinance unanimously approved by City Council on Thursday, April 24.

Council members said the move is not enough to fully thank those who served, but described it as an important gesture.

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Don’t blame computer for unasked questions

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Written by Opinion Tuesday, April 29, 2014 12:25 pm

To the editor:  

 Who can you blame? Don't you think computers have feelings too? Celeste (of course my computer has a name!) was deeply offended by the way she has been portrayed in the press. Because she cannot speak, but is able to talk to me in my sleep, has threatened to crash again if I do not defend her honor. Yes, it is true she did have a breakdown the week before the last candidates' forum. Yes, she did spend four days in the hospital. But she came back. She held on to all the forum questions all through her deep coma. She was deeply disappointed when I told her that none of those questions were going to be asked. I tried to reassure her that it was not her fault, but someone spread a rumor that she had been “thrown under the bus” by humans afraid their reputations were in jeopardy.

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Action needed on 19th Street ramp

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Written by Opinion Tuesday, April 29, 2014 12:24 pm

To the editor:

I walked the boardwalk on Sunday and saw all the new rails lining the beach and the new ramps to the beach but can't understand why 19th has become the orphan of the boardwalk.  

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