• Gov. Chris Christie holds a press conference to announce the activation of a statewide Ebola preparedness plan at Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, N.J. on Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. Administration officials, state agencies and departments will work in a coordinated manner to ensure the health and safety of New Jersey residents is protected and to execute on decisions in an efficient and effective manner. (Governor's Office/Tim Larsen)

    Gov. Chris Christie signed Executive Order 164 on Oct. 22, creating the Ebola Virus Disease Joint Response Team to implement the state’s Ebola preparedness plan. The plan covers airport travel, public transportation, schools and universities, and hospitals.

  • Incumbents Joseph S. Clark Jr. and Cecilia Gallelli-Keyes are running for re-election with newcomers Michael Allan James and Dale F. Braun Jr. also seeking seats.

    OCEAN CITY — Four candidates are hoping to fill the three open seats on the Ocean City Board of Education in the Nov. 4 general election.

    Incumbents Joseph S. Clark Jr. and Cecilia Gallelli-Keyes are running for re-election with newcomers Dale F. Braun Jr. and Michael Allan James also seeking seats. Incumbent Tiffany Prettyman will not run for re-election.

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Kevin Gill, holding a proclamation, is honored by Upper Township Committee members (from left) John Coggins, Hobie Young, Richard Palombo, Anthony Inserra and Ed Barr.
PETERSBURG – Upper Township Committee last week honored Kevin Gill for winning the ocean swim event at the South Jersey Lifeguarding Championships this summer.

    Gill, 17, also helped the Upper Township Beach Patrol finish second overall at the Cape May County Championships by winning two events. He won the swimming events at the Beschen-Callahan Memorial Lifeguard Races, the Dutch Hoffman Memorial Lifeguard Championships and Margate Memorials.

  • TRENTON – The state Senate Judiciary Committee unexpectedly put a hold on two of Gov. Chris Christie’s nominees to the New Jersey Pinelands Commission last week.

    Committee chair Sen. Nicholas Scutari said at the beginning of the meeting on Thursday, Oct. 16 that he expected to have a vote on the nominees following their testimony and comments from members of the public. But after testimony from New Hanover Mayor Dennis Roohr and Robert Barr of Ocean City he adjourned the hearing.

  • OCEAN CITY —When he took a seat at the board table at a Wednesday, Oct. 15 meeting of the Ocean City Board of Education, Carl Tripician made history.

    Tripician, of Longport, was representing the Longport School District, the result of a sending-receiving relationship established between the two districts this year. While permitted to participate in board discussion, the Longport representative will not be permitted to vote.

  • Members of the Trail of Two Cities Committee visit the Ocean City Welcome Center overlooking the Route 52 causeway between the two cities where the event will be held on Nov. 1. Displaying Trail of Two Cities T-shirts are Sydney Somers and Peg Meidel of Somers Point and Mark Soifer, Karen Pratz and Wendy Moyle representing Ocean City.

    Trail of Two Cities Nov. 1

    The 25th annual Trail of Two Cities 5K Run/Walk over the causeway between Ocean City and Somers Point is set for 8 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 1. The event begins at the Ocean City Transportation Center, Ninth Street and Haven Avenue in Ocean City, and ends at JFK Park in Somers Point.

  • City has secured all easements necessary to complete long-awaited project

    According to project manager Dwight Pakan of the Army Corp’s Philadelphia District, which is overseeing the project, bids were opened Friday, Oct. 10 and the low bidder was Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Co. of Oak Brook, Ill. for a base bid amount of approximately $58 million.

    The US Army Corps of Engineers is almost ready to award a contract for the southend Ocean City beach replenishment project.

Ocean City Gazette

Longport gets a seat at the table in Ocean City

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Written by Ann Richardson Tuesday, October 21, 2014 11:12 am

OCEAN CITY —When he took a seat at the board table at a Wednesday, Oct. 15 meeting of the Ocean City Board of Education, Carl Tripician made history.

Tripician, of Longport, was representing the Longport School District, the result of a sending-receiving relationship established between the two districts this year. While permitted to participate in board discussion, the Longport representative will not be permitted to vote.

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Ocean City administrators pleased with state report card

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Written by Ann Richardson Tuesday, October 21, 2014 12:00 am

Full reports will not be available until January

Ocean City administrators pleased with state report card Ocean City administrators pleased with state report card

OCEAN CITY — Presenting the school district’s annual state report card at a Wednesday, Oct. 15 meeting of the Ocean City Board of Education, Superintendent Kathleen Taylor was all smiles.

“It was a stellar year,” she said, as student scores on a wide variety of assessments had increased from the prior year, exceeding both the state and national average in every category.

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Ocean City community news, edition of Oct. 22, 2014

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, October 21, 2014 12:00 am

First Night buttons available

Admission buttons for First Night, Ocean City’s alcohol-free New Year’s Eve celebration, are $15 until Dec. 1 and $20 thereafter. They can be purchased now by visiting the welcome center on the bridge or by calling 1-800-BEACHNJ. Buttons can also be ordered online at www.firstnightocnj.com.

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Ocean City events, edition of Oct. 22, 2014

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, October 21, 2014 12:00 am

Members of the Trail of Two Cities Committee visit the Ocean City Welcome Center overlooking the Route 52 causeway between the two cities where the event will be held on Nov. 1. Displaying Trail of Two Cities T-shirts are Sydney Somers and Peg Meidel of Somers Point and Mark Soifer, Karen Pratz and Wendy Moyle representing Ocean City. Members of the Trail of Two Cities Committee visit the Ocean City Welcome Center overlooking the Route 52 causeway between the two cities where the event will be held on Nov. 1. Displaying Trail of Two Cities T-shirts are Sydney Somers and Peg Meidel of Somers Point and Mark Soifer, Karen Pratz and Wendy Moyle representing Ocean City.

Trail of Two Cities Nov. 1

The 25th annual Trail of Two Cities 5K Run/Walk over the causeway between Ocean City and Somers Point is set for 8 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 1. The event begins at the Ocean City Transportation Center, Ninth Street and Haven Avenue in Ocean City, and ends at JFK Park in Somers Point.

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Rough seas keep fish away from tourney participants

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, October 20, 2014 02:08 pm

Submitted / Team CTS, first-place winner in the Ocean City Fishing Club’s Invitational Surf Fishing Tournament, is ready for action. Submitted / Team CTS, first-place winner in the Ocean City Fishing Club’s Invitational Surf Fishing Tournament, is ready for action.

“Where are all the fish?” That was a frequent question asked by many of the 200 anglers participating in the Ocean City Fishing Club’s 47th annual Invitational Surf Fishing Tournament on Saturday, Oct. 18.

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Ocean City Schools prepared for virus season

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Written by Ann Richardson Monday, October 20, 2014 02:01 pm

OCEAN CITY —With enterovirus and ebola much in the news, and flu season approaching, Superintendent Kathleen Taylor sought to calm the nerves of worried parents at a Wednesday, Oct. 15 meeting of the Ocean City Board of Education.

“Every year at this time, viruses go around and this year is no different,” she said. “The custodial staff works very hard to make sure that the schools are clean and disinfected.”

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Veteran, Ocean City resident honored for service to warfighters

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, October 20, 2014 01:49 pm

photo courtesy of Ken Watson / From left are Anthony Afanador and his father, wounded warrior Ed Afanador, New Jersey Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve public affairs liaison Donna Clementoni, and Seven Seals recipient Noel Koch after Koch received his award Sept. 26 at Mays Landing Country Club. photo courtesy of Ken Watson / From left are Anthony Afanador and his father, wounded warrior Ed Afanador, New Jersey Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve public affairs liaison Donna Clementoni, and Seven Seals recipient Noel Koch after Koch received his award Sept. 26 at Mays Landing Country Club.

MAYS LANDING — Noel Koch, veteran and former Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for the Office of Transition and Care Coordination, was honored with the Seven Seals Award on Sept. 26 at the Mays Landing Country Club, where he was participating in the April C. Kauffman Memorial Golf Outing.

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Golfers gather for Sunshine Foundation Classic

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Written by Cathy Finnegan Monday, October 20, 2014 12:00 am

Beth Bowman and Cathy Finnegan get together with Roger “Dougie” Albright, Scott Raab, Harry Vanderslice, Joe DiMarco and Mike Dattilo at the Sunshine Golf Classic. Beth Bowman and Cathy Finnegan get together with Roger “Dougie” Albright, Scott Raab, Harry Vanderslice, Joe DiMarco and Mike Dattilo at the Sunshine Golf Classic.

Warm weather greeted golfers when they arrived at the Linwood Country Club for the Sunshine Foundation Cape Atlantic Chapter’s 19th annual Sunshine Golf Classic. Local Sunshine Foundation President Carmen D’Angelo and wife Norma, along with Bev Ayotte handed out assignments.

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Bids opened for southend Ocean City beach fill

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Written by Claire Lowe Friday, October 17, 2014 10:39 pm

City has secured all easements necessary to complete long-awaited project

According to project manager Dwight Pakan of the Army Corp’s Philadelphia District, which is overseeing the project, bids were opened Friday, Oct. 10 and the low bidder was Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Co. of Oak Brook, Ill. for a base bid amount of approximately $58 million. According to project manager Dwight Pakan of the Army Corp’s Philadelphia District, which is overseeing the project, bids were opened Friday, Oct. 10 and the low bidder was Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Co. of Oak Brook, Ill. for a base bid amount of approximately $58 million.

The US Army Corps of Engineers is almost ready to award a contract for the southend Ocean City beach replenishment project.

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Next phase of boardwalk reconstruction to start Monday

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Written by Ann Richardson Friday, October 17, 2014 10:37 pm

Next phase of boardwalk reconstruction to start Monday Next phase of boardwalk reconstruction to start Monday

OCEAN CITY — The second phase of a multi-year boardwalk reconstruction project from Fifth to 12th Street is scheduled to begin on Monday, Oct. 20.

Last year, the city replaced the boardwalk’s aging concrete substructure and decking on a stretch from Brighton Place to Sixth Street. This year, the work continues from where it left off north of Sixth Street to Seventh Street.

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Ocean City man indicted on drug charges in Warren County

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Written by Claire Lowe Thursday, October 16, 2014 02:45 pm

An Ocean City man was one of four men indicted by a Warren County grand jury on drug charges Wednesday, Oct. 15, according to recent media reports.

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Young and talented: Flanders head chef leaving an impression

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Written by Ann Richardson Thursday, October 16, 2014 07:31 am

Blake Young, executive chef at The Flanders Hotel, a 2003 Ocean City High School graduate, was headed for a career in finance, but after the market crashed, found his true passion in the kitchen. Blake Young, executive chef at The Flanders Hotel, a 2003 Ocean City High School graduate, was headed for a career in finance, but after the market crashed, found his true passion in the kitchen.

OCEAN CITY — Graduating Monmouth University with a degree in finance, Blake Young was headed for a career in accounting when fate intervened. The market crashed and unable to find a job in his field, the 2003 Ocean City High School graduate headed home and back to the kitchen at Uncle Bill’s where he had worked his way through college.

From there Young landed a job at The Flanders and discovered his true passion was not in crunching numbers. Now executive chef at the historic hotel, the 29-year-old is making a big name for himself.

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