• Veterans receive support through annual event

    Sgt. Robert Gordon, who served five years in the US Army Airborne Rangers and then joined the US Army, talks about how Operation First Response helped him and his family as the keynote speaker during the sixth annual Walk for the Wounded Saturday, Sept. 27 on the Ocean City Boardwalk.

    OCEAN CITY — Sgt. Robert Gordon had just completed Army Ranger training when terrorists attacked the United States on Sept. 11, 2001. After five years and three tours as an airborne Ranger in Afghanistan and Iraq, he returned home only to be diagnosed with thyroid cancer, a result of exposure to radiation.

  • GALLOWAY – In recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Atlantic Medical Imaging is offering free screening mammograms in October to women age 40 or older who are uninsured.

    Eligible women must have no current or previous breast health issues.

  • OCEAN CITY — A campaign aimed at preventing drug abuse and promoting a healthy lifestyle will kick off with a billboard unveiling noon Monday, Sept. 29 on the south side of the 34th Street Bridge in Marmora.

    The campaign is called “Did You Know,” and the billboard will host a different message each month. Organizers hope that the message on the billboard will spark conversation between parents and teenagers.

  • Andrew Gesler gets airborne. (Image courtesy Dark Fall Productions)Can a hipster be cured?

    Andrew Gesler of Ocean City and Margate’s Alex DePhillipo have weighed in on the question with a new film, which premiered this summer, and the prognosis isn’t good.

    It’s called “Death 2 Hipsters,” and it’s a surf movie comedy.

    Being cool, and the attended marketing of whatever coolness is, seems to be taking over surfing, said Gesler in a recent interview. Major fashion companies are reaching into surf culture.

    The folks who put together the local surf movie “Dark Fall” wanted to try something new, a surf satire.

  • OCEAN CITY — Property owners in Ocean City are now prohibited from planting bamboo in their yards as council unanimously approved a ban on the invasive plant at its Sept. 25 meeting.

    The ordinance, introduced by council Aug. 28, will prohibit property owners and tenants from planting bamboo — described as running or clumping varieties — on any property in Ocean City. It also requires the owner and occupant of a property where bamboo currently exists to confine the plant to prevent it from spreading to neighboring properties.

  • OCEAN CITY — A new three-year contract with the Ocean City Education Association was unanimously approved by the Ocean City Board of Education at its Wednesday, Sept. 24 meeting.

    During the meeting, there was no discussion by the board regarding the memorandum of understanding with the teachers union, which is effective July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2017. However, details of the contract were released to The Gazette the following day.

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AEDs, emergency response training now required at Ocean City schools

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Written by Ann Richardson Tuesday, September 30, 2014 12:00 am

Janet’s Law goes into effect

Ann Richardson / Erik Ortolf, Ocean City High School director of guidance, discusses Janet’s Law at a Wednesday, Sept. 24 meeting of the Ocean City Board of Education. Ann Richardson / Erik Ortolf, Ocean City High School director of guidance, discusses Janet’s Law at a Wednesday, Sept. 24 meeting of the Ocean City Board of Education.

OCEAN CITY — Ocean City is working to comply with a new state law that requires public and nonpublic schools to be equipped with automated external defibrillators and an action plan to use them when necessary.

Erik Ortolf, who serves as the director of guidance at Ocean City High School, discussed the challenges associated with Janet’s Law with members of the Ocean City Board of Education at a Wednesday, Sept. 24 meeting.

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Walkers say ‘Hats Off to HEROES’

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Written by Ann Richardson Tuesday, September 30, 2014 12:00 am

Submitted / The Ocean City High School girls soccer team will participate in the fourth annual HERO Walk and the Hats Off to HEROES promotion Sunday, Oct. 5. Here, they practice tossing their hats in the air. Submitted / The Ocean City High School girls soccer team will participate in the fourth annual HERO Walk and the Hats Off to HEROES promotion Sunday, Oct. 5. Here, they practice tossing their hats in the air.

OCEAN CITY — The HERO Campaign will launch the inaugural Hats Off to HEROES promotion during its fourth annual HERO Walk Sunday, Oct. 5 at the Ocean City Civic Center.

During the opening ceremony, organizers will distribute baseball hats with the HERO Campaign logo and participants will simultaneously toss them into the air. They expect over 2,000 hats to take flight.

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Downtown Ocean City wins People's Choice Award

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Written by Claire Lowe Monday, September 29, 2014 04:04 pm

Asbury Avenue was named the southern New Jersey winner in the New Jersey Chapter of the American Planning Association 2014 People's Choice Awards for outstanding downtowns in New Jersey. Asbury Avenue was named the southern New Jersey winner in the New Jersey Chapter of the American Planning Association 2014 People's Choice Awards for outstanding downtowns in New Jersey.

OCEAN CITY — Asbury Avenue was named the southern New Jersey winner in the New Jersey Chapter of the American Planning Association 2014 People's Choice Awards for outstanding downtowns in New Jersey.

Ocean City went up against Millville and Collingswood, and received 4,996 votes, or 63.5 percent. In second place, Collingswood received 1,987 votes. Millville came in third with 882 votes.

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Ocean City Police want to ‘Put the Brakes on Fatalities’

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, September 29, 2014 03:11 pm

OCEAN CITY — Motorists in Ocean City and throughout the nation are being asked to join a daylong effort on Oct. 10 designed to increase awareness about safe driving behaviors and keep the state’s roadways fatality-free for one day.

Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day, a national initiative designed to unite the country in moving toward zero fatalities for one day, encourages motorists to obey all traffic laws including buckling up every ride, driving the posted speed limit, avoiding distractions while driving, and being sober behind the wheel.

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Hundreds compete in OC’s half marathon

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Written by Claire Lowe Monday, September 29, 2014 01:41 pm

Ann Richardson / Participants in the Ocean City Half Marathon, 10K and 5K Sunday, Sept. 28. Ann Richardson / Participants in the Ocean City Half Marathon, 10K and 5K Sunday, Sept. 28.

OCEAN CITY — The results are in for the Ocean City Half Marathon, with David Scholl finishing in first at 1:20:57. In second place was Stephen Eggly at 1:23:04. Juan Carlos Nieves was in third place at 1:24:13.

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Mental Illness Awareness Week, Fire Prevention Week Oct. 5-11

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Written by Claire Lowe Sunday, September 28, 2014 12:00 am

Claire Lowe / Firefighters from the Ocean City Fire Department accept a proclamation recognizing Fire Prevention Week from Mayor Jay Gillian during the Sept. 25 council meeting in City Hall. Claire Lowe / Firefighters from the Ocean City Fire Department accept a proclamation recognizing Fire Prevention Week from Mayor Jay Gillian during the Sept. 25 council meeting in City Hall.

OCEAN CITY — Mayor Jay Gillian recognized Oct. 5-11 as national Fire Prevention Week with a proclamation at the Sept. 25 City Council meeting. Firefighters from the Ocean City Fire Department were invited to the meeting to accept the proclamation on behalf of the department.

In addition, Gillian also deemed Oct. 5-11, 2014 Mental Illness Awareness Week in Ocean City.

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Ocean City Council news in brief, edition of Sept. 28, 2014

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Written by Claire Lowe Sunday, September 28, 2014 12:00 am

Ocean City Council news in brief, edition of Sept. 28, 2014 Ocean City Council news in brief, edition of Sept. 28, 2014

OCEAN CITY — The following items were discussed when Ocean City Council met Thursday, Sept. 25 in City Hall.

Side yard porch depths may change for corner lots

Council approved the introduction of a zoning ordinance that will allow porches as a permitted side yard encroachment and provide regulations permitting a floating building envelope in the hospitality zone.

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Record crowd comes out to Walk for the Wounded

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Written by Ann Richardson Saturday, September 27, 2014 11:23 pm

Veterans receive support through annual event

Sgt. Robert Gordon, who served five years in the US Army Airborne Rangers and then joined the US Army, talks about how Operation First Response helped him and his family as the keynote speaker during the sixth annual Walk for the Wounded Saturday, Sept. 27 on the Ocean City Boardwalk. Sgt. Robert Gordon, who served five years in the US Army Airborne Rangers and then joined the US Army, talks about how Operation First Response helped him and his family as the keynote speaker during the sixth annual Walk for the Wounded Saturday, Sept. 27 on the Ocean City Boardwalk.

OCEAN CITY — Sgt. Robert Gordon had just completed Army Ranger training when terrorists attacked the United States on Sept. 11, 2001. After five years and three tours as an airborne Ranger in Afghanistan and Iraq, he returned home only to be diagnosed with thyroid cancer, a result of exposure to radiation.

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‘Did you know?’ campaign gets parents, kids talking about drug abuse prevention

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Written by Ann Richardson Saturday, September 27, 2014 03:54 pm

OCEAN CITY — A campaign aimed at preventing drug abuse and promoting a healthy lifestyle will kick off with a billboard unveiling noon Monday, Sept. 29 on the south side of the 34th Street Bridge in Marmora.

The campaign is called “Did You Know,” and the billboard will host a different message each month. Organizers hope that the message on the billboard will spark conversation between parents and teenagers.

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City hopes to save money through bond refinancing

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Written by Claire Lowe Saturday, September 27, 2014 12:00 am

OCEAN CITY — If interest rates stay low and potential savings stay high, Ocean City will refinance $6 million outstanding from a 2006 bond issue.

At its Thursday, Sept. 25 meeting, council unanimously approved the introduction of what is called a refund bond ordinance for the outstanding principal amount of the city’s general improvement bonds originally issued in the amount of $21 million on Jan. 15, 2006.

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Money put in place, but turf field proposal questioned

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Written by Claire Lowe Friday, September 26, 2014 12:12 pm

Jen Marra / Funding is in place for Carey Stadium at Ocean City High School to get a new turf field. Jen Marra / Funding is in place for Carey Stadium at Ocean City High School to get a new turf field.

OCEAN CITY — Almost $2 million has been put in place for an artificial turf field at Ocean City High School, but city residents have raised questions about the surface.

At its Thursday, Sept. 25 meeting, council voted 6-1 to approve a $1.435 million bond ordinance, which includes $1.25 million for the turf field installation and structure at Carey Stadium, with Councilman Pete Guinosso voting ‘no.’

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Curb strip irrigation ordinance tabled for review

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Written by Claire Lowe Friday, September 26, 2014 12:13 am

OCEAN CITY — Hoping to get more information, council decided to delay the public hearing and final vote on an ordinance that would require residential property owners to install sod and irrigation on the area between the sidewalk and curb.

At its Thursday, Sept. 25 meeting in City Hall, after hearing from several residents requesting that the ordinance not be approved, Councilman Antwan McClellan asked council to table the ordinance so that he can reach out to the environmental commission and others to get more information.

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