• OCEAN CITY — The student experiments that were lost when the Antares rocket carrying them, along with supplies, to the International Space Station exploded after launching Oct. 28 are getting a second chance to fly to space.

    According to Ocean City School Superintendent Kathleen Taylor, a re-launch of the Student Spaceflight Experiment Program projects is in the works and tentatively scheduled for Dec. 9.

  • A rendering of the proposed Cape May County of Skatepark in Ocean City.

    OCEAN CITY — Council took the next step in getting a permanent skatepark built at Fifth Street and Asbury Avenue when it met Thursday, Nov. 13 at City Hall.

    In a 6-1 vote, council introduced a $750,000 bond ordinance that would pay for the skatepark, with Councilman Pete Guinosso voting “no.”

  • The Ocean City High School boys soccer team defeated Toms River South Thursday afternoon, 2-0, to win its second straight South Jersey Group 3 championship and the 10th in school history. The Ocean City High School boys soccer team defeated Toms River South Thursday afternoon, 2-0, to win its second straight South Jersey Group 3 championship and the 10th in school history. The Raiders last won back-to-back titles in 2004-05.

    After a scoreless first half, Don Van Meter scored for Ocean City in the first 10 minutes of the second half and Aaron King added the insurance goal in the final eight minutes that started the coundown among fans and players.

  • File photo / Ocean City Christmas parade 2012.

    OCEAN CITY — The Ocean City Christmas Parade is back on. It is set for 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5 on Asbury Avenue from Sixth to 11th streets.

  • STRATHMERE – The Cape May County Bridge Commission is planning a $1 million project to repair the substructure of the 68-year-old Corson’s Inlet Bridge next summer.

    County engineer Dale Foster said this week that the most recent inspection of the bridge, part of Ocean Drive, determined numerous repairs are needed to the pilings. Plans are being prepared by engineering and construction services firm Greenman-Pedersen, Inc. of Lebanon, he said.

  • courtesy US Army Corps of Engineers / The Great Egg Harbor Inlet to Townsends Inlet project calls for construction of a beachfill with a berm and dune in the municipalities of Ocean City, Upper Township, and Sea Isle City.

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced Wednesday that it has awarded a $57.6-million contract to the Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company for a beach replenishment project in the south end of Ocean City, as well as Strathmere and Sea Isle City.

    The project is a joint effort of the Army Corps’ Philadelphia District and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.

  • Bill Barlow / Charlie Palermo, a World War II Marine veteran, salutes during the national anthem at Ocean City’s Veterans Day ceremony Tuesday, Nov. 11 at Veterans Memorial Park. Palermo was in the front row for the event, joined by fellow veterans from the Army, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard.

    OCEAN CITY — Community members again gathered at Veterans Memorial Park Tuesday, Nov. 11 to honor veterans and those who now serve in the armed forces, but two familiar faces were missing and missed.

    Speakers remembered Joe DiOrio and Dick Grimes, two World War II veterans who died this year. Both men would usually have been in the front row at the event. Mayor Jay Gillian described them as “the perfect examples of the Greatest Generation.”

Ocean City Gazette

Mayor pulls back on turf proposal at OCHS field

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Written by Claire Lowe Tuesday, October 14, 2014 11:52 am

Carey Stadium at Ocean City High School as seen from the air.(photo by Matt Ulmer) 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.

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Rainy Saturday didn’t stop visitors to OC Block Party

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Written by Ann Richardson Tuesday, October 14, 2014 10:54 am

Jen Marra / Ocean City Block Party 2014. Jen Marra / Ocean City Block Party 2014.

OCEAN CITY — Despite a steady downpour that lasted throughout most of Saturday morning, the annual Fall Block Party still lured thousands of visitors to the island for an extended Columbus Day weekend. Merchants were pleasantly surprised that, for the most part, cash registers were ringing. 

“Considering the weather, everything went pretty decent,” said Walt Hohman, owner of Ward’s Pastry at 730 Asbury Ave.

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Ocean City Library keeps Maloney’s spirit alive

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Written by Ann Richardson Tuesday, October 14, 2014 10:28 am

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. 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.”

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Ocean City Police blotter, edition of Oct. 13, 2014

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, October 13, 2014 12:48 pm

Ocean City Police Blotter, edition of Oct. 13, 2014 Ocean City Police Blotter, edition of Oct. 13, 2014

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 474 calls for service Oct. 5-11

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Third quarter real estate sales up in 2014

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Written by Ann Richardson Saturday, October 11, 2014 11:00 pm

OCEAN CITY — Sales and rentals are up in Ocean City for the third quarter, the Ocean City Board of Realtors reports. Visitors are booking early for 2015, and Board of Realtors President Ken Sedberry predicts another banner year.

“It’s good news,” Sedberry said. “We’ve had a big increase with people, who rented this year, wanting to return and rent again next year, so based on the interest we’re seeing, 2015 should be a really good year.”

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Historic commission wants stricter demolition rules

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Written by Ann Richardson Friday, October 10, 2014 11:00 pm

Members would not discuss proposal to cut district

OCEAN CITY — Members of the Ocean City Historic Preservation Commission agreed to a compromise on proposed demolition requirements at a Tuesday, Oct. 7 meeting, but commission President Jack Ball said that a map, which proposed a nearly 40 percent decrease in the size of the historic district, would not be discussed.

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Ocean City Council news in brief, edition of Oct. 15, 2014

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Written by Claire Lowe Friday, October 10, 2014 02:22 pm

 Ocean City Council news in brief, edition of Oct. 15, 2014 Ocean City Council news in brief, edition of Oct. 15, 2014

OCEAN CITY — City Council discussed the following items when it met Thursday, Oct. 9 in City Hall. Mayor Jay Gillian was not present.

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Ocean City to state: ‘Leave our beaches alone’

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Written by Claire Lowe Friday, October 10, 2014 02:00 pm

Council opposes legislation to require free beaches where towns receive state and federal aid for replenishment

Ocean City to state: ‘Leave our beaches alone’ Ocean City to state: ‘Leave our beaches alone’

OCEAN CITY — Joining other shore towns in the state, Ocean City Council vehemently opposed a state bill that would require towns accepting state and federal money for beach replenishment to provide free beaches.

“I think it’s disgusting,” Councilman Mike DeVlieger said at the Thursday, Oct. 9 council meeting.

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Governor creates drug addiction task force

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, October 09, 2014 03:01 pm

Ocean City resident to serve on team

TRENTON – A 12-member team of leaders and experts from inside and outside of government have been assembled by Gov. Chris Christie to fight drug addiction through treatment and prevention. On Thursday, Oct. 9, Christie signed Executive Order No. 163 to create the Facing Addiction Task Force.

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Tidal Wave band brings surf music to OC Block Party

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Written by Ann Richardson Wednesday, October 08, 2014 11:00 pm

At top, from left are Ed Targonski (The Pelican), Jason Ragan (CellFish), Scott Raab (Surfer Joe) ,Thom Piecara (Thiki Thom), and Jon Dalton (The Turtle). At bottom, from left are Scott Pieczara (The Big Kahuna) and Scott Carey (Woody Buffet). At top, from left are Ed Targonski (The Pelican), Jason Ragan (CellFish), Scott Raab (Surfer Joe) ,Thom Piecara (Thiki Thom), and Jon Dalton (The Turtle). At bottom, from left are Scott Pieczara (The Big Kahuna) and Scott Carey (Woody Buffet).

OCEAN CITY — For 28 years, The Tidal Wave Band has been keeping the summer alive and the locals dancing, and will continue that tradition at the Ocean City Fall Block Party Saturday, Oct. 11 along Asbury Avenue.

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1,500 participate in 4th annual HERO Walk

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Written by Submitted Wednesday, October 08, 2014 12:02 pm

Nearly 1,500 supporters walked in the fourth annual John R. Elliott HERO Walk Sunday, Oct. 5 on the Ocean City Boardwalk. Nearly 1,500 supporters walked in the fourth annual John R. Elliott HERO Walk Sunday, Oct. 5 on the Ocean City Boardwalk.

Nearly 1,500 supporters walked in the fourth annual John R. Elliott HERO Walk Sunday, Oct. 5 on the Ocean City Boardwalk.


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Poltorak honored with Service Excellence Award

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, October 07, 2014 11:00 pm

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE — Bev Poltorak, staff pharmacist at Cape Regional Medical Center, has been honored with the Service Excellence Award for August in recognition of her consistently superior customer service.

Poltorak, of Ocean City, has been recognized as a team member who always puts the patients’ needs ahead of her own and makes service excellence an everyday habit. 

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