• photos by Claire Lowe / The Ocean City Exchange Club held its annual Halloween Parade on Thursday, Oct. 30 along Asbury Avenue.

    OCEAN CITY — The Ocean City Exchange Club held its annual Halloween Parade on Thursday, Oct. 30 along Asbury Avenue.

  • Date set for Night in Venice 2015

    OCEAN CITY — Night in Venice, one of the largest boat parades of its kind, will sail down the bayfront and through the lagoons on Saturday, July 11, 2015.

    The 62nd annual Night in Venice parade will begin at 6 p.m., according to Jim Mallon, assistant to Mayor Jay Gillian.

  • Ocean City High School student Mercy Griffith, one of six students who designed a science experiment that was chosen to be tested in space as part of the Student Spaceflight Experiment Program, speaks about watching the Antares rocket carrying their experiment explode, during a press conference Wednesday at the high school.

    OCEAN CITY — At a press conference in front of the school to discuss the rocket explosion on Wednesday, Oct. 29, Ocean City Superintendent Kathleen Taylor said school officials knew the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program would be a great learning experience for students.

    “Sometimes, however, one never realizes what he or she might learn,” she said. “Our students are learning that the world of science is full of twists and turns; the line between success and disappointment can sometimes be blurred.”

  • Seats up for grabs on local school board, U.S. House and Senate

    From left are Joseph S. Clark Jr., Cecilia Gallelli-Keyes, Michael Allan James and Dale F. Braun Jr., the local candidates for the three open seats on the Ocean City Board of Education.

    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.

  • Meet local businesses, local officials at chamber Welcome Night

    Meet local businesses, local officials at chamber Welcome Night

    The Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Welcome Night 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29 at the Ocean City Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Welcome Night serves as a way for the chamber to introduce new and current residents to community, civic and social organizations; community leaders and city officials; and local businesses including restaurants, financial and insurance services, retail stores and medical offices.

  • Presented during a council workshop meeting in April, the proposed Ocean City skatepark would include a 4- to 6-foot deep bowl, ramps, a raised plaza, and other amenities.

    (UPDATE 1 p.m. Oct. 30) The time of this meeting has been changed to 7-8:30 p.m.

    OCEAN CITY — Ocean City Council plans to hold a town hall meeting Wednesday, Nov. 5 on the proposed permanent skatepark to be constructed at Fifth Street near the Ocean City Fire Headquarters.

Ocean City Gazette

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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Bamboo ban approved with some changes

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Written by Claire Lowe Friday, September 26, 2014 12:02 am

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.

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Ocean City teachers contract approved with 2-percent increase

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Written by Ann Richardson Thursday, September 25, 2014 03:00 pm

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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Yacovelli resigns as Ocean City school business administrator

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Written by Ann Richardson Thursday, September 25, 2014 09:34 am

Ann Richardson /Terrance Crowley sits in for Ocean City school business administrator Pat Yacovelli, who resigned from the district effective Oct. 7, at the Wednesday, Sept. 24 school board meeting. Crowley was hired at that same meeting as a substitute business administrator for the Ocean City School District. Ann Richardson /Terrance Crowley sits in for Ocean City school business administrator Pat Yacovelli, who resigned from the district effective Oct. 7, at the Wednesday, Sept. 24 school board meeting. Crowley was hired at that same meeting as a substitute business administrator for the Ocean City School District.

OCEAN CITY — School business administrator Pasquale Yacovelli has resigned from his post, effective Oct. 7.

The Ocean City Board of Education unanimously accepted his resignation of its Wednesday, Sept. 24 meeting. Yacovelli was hired in October 2013 to start December 2013 as a replacement for former business administrator Tom Grossi, who resigned Aug. 1, 2013 to take a position in Dennis Township.

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OCNJ Half marathon on Sunday

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Written by Ann Richardson Thursday, September 25, 2014 12:00 am

 The Ocean City High School field hockey team always comes in force, wearing colorful costumes, hosting a cheering section and supporting the competitors along the course. Numerous community organizations join OCHS teams in supporting the competitors. The Ocean City High School field hockey team always comes in force, wearing colorful costumes, hosting a cheering section and supporting the competitors along the course. Numerous community organizations join OCHS teams in supporting the competitors.

OCEAN CITY — A record number of competitors have signed up to crisscross the island Sunday morning, Sept. 28 as the fifth annual OCNJ Half Marathon, 5K and 10K races take them from one end of the island to the other, over the Longport Bridge and up and down the boardwalk.

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Moore wins ‘Trees’ art show

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, September 25, 2014 12:00 am

OCEAN CITY — Donna Moore of Ocean City was named the winner of the Ocean City Fine Arts League September show, “Beauty of Trees.”

Moore received first place for her acrylic painting titled “Tabernacle Climbing Tree.”

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Student experiment space launch delayed

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Written by Claire Lowe Wednesday, September 24, 2014 11:41 am

OCEAN CITY — The Ocean City High School student experiment scheduled to be launched into space on Oct. 14, will now take off on Sunday, Oct. 19, school officials said Wednesday.

According to school officials, the district received notice that the launch date was postponed due to the delay of the SpaceX Dragon launch vehicle, which is being transported from Florida to the Wallops Island, Va., where Mission 6 will blast off from.

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Banner summer for city revenues

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Written by Ann Richardson Wednesday, September 24, 2014 12:00 am

OCEAN CITY – When the tallies for June beach tag and parking sales began rolling in, city director of finance Frank Donato felt confident that summer 2014 could be one for the record books. Now that summer is over, it is clear he was right.

“Unofficially, we’re at $4,000,050, we are still tallying up some figures,” Donato said, a $149,000 or about 4 percent increase over 2013. “That’s a record high; we’ve never hit $4 million before. We’ve come close, in the $3.9 million range.”

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Historic district was controversial from the start

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Written by Ann Richardson Wednesday, September 24, 2014 12:00 am

OCEAN CITY — If preservationists had their way in the late 1980s, the city’s historic district would stretch from North to 18th streets, from the beach to West Avenue. Comprising 2,200 structures, it would have been the largest historic district in New Jersey.

However, public uproar limited the boundaries; the district approved in the 1990s encompasses Third to Eighth streets along both sides of Ocean, Wesley and Central avenues, Eighth to Ninth streets on Wesley and the Lifesaving Station on the corner of Fourth Street and Atlantic Avenue.

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Got feathers?

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Written by Opinion Wednesday, September 24, 2014 12:00 am

To the editor:

Here we go again. Now it’s the historic district that is being targeted for redevelopment. People say we need more transparency in government. I don’t understand. I see it all so clearly. When it comes to making money from real estate and development, nothing on this island is sacrosanct. There isn’t a piece of land anywhere they won’t attempt to make money off of. Oh maybe by transparency they mean honesty? Truthfulness? Integrity? Now I understand.

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Why I love OC

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Written by Opinion Wednesday, September 24, 2014 12:00 am

To the editor:

Childhood memories, great food, boardwalk, jumping waves, miniature golf and biking are some of the reasons I love coming to Ocean City, as we did again recently. Thanks to everyone who plays a role in these experiences.

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