• Gov. Chris Christie holds a press conference to announce the activation of a statewide Ebola preparedness plan at Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack Wednesday, Oct. 22. 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.

  • Ocean City Halloween events 2014

    Ocean City Theatre Co. presents Halloween costume party

    The Greater Ocean City Theatre Company will host a spooktacular evening of fun at this year’s “Black and Orange” Halloween Costume Party 7-11 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24 at the Ocean City Yacht Club, 100 Bay Road in Ocean City.

  • 
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.

Cape Canaveral on the Lagoon

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A replica of the recently grounded Space Shuttle Atlantis at the Dorney home was a winner.  A replica of the recently grounded Space Shuttle Atlantis at the Dorney home was a winner.

Dorney family outdid itself with Space Shuttle decor

A lot of families go all-out to make Night in Venice special for their guests and neighbors. With the theme of “Under the Sea,” the McGowan family hosted a party on the Gardens Lagoon. The McMahon family hosted “Back to the Future,” the latest in a string of 22 annual events. Bill and Donna Dorney’s “Time to Say Goodbye” project on the 17th Street lagoon, featuring a replica of the Space Shuttle, won first place for decorated homes.

The Dorneys have been decorating for more than two decades. Rising more than 35 feet in the air, Atlantis was a real showstopper.

“We knew the shuttle program was coming to an end,” said Dorney, “So we thought it would be a great tribute to the men and women in the space program. I’ve watched a few launches at Cape Canaveral, and every one of them made me feel proud to be an American.”

Dorney, a longtime veteran of the Ocean City Beach Patrol, said his Stenton Place stand partner, Jack Brooks, challenged him.

“We always try to top what we did the year before, make it bigger and better,” said Dorney. “I think we were successful.”

The Dorneys stopped at the Kennedy Space Center on their way home from Florida in the spring and took pictures. They studied the launch pad and created a scaled-down version for the lagoon, complete with external fuel tanks.

“We tried to make it as authentic as we could,” Dorney said. “We started Memorial Day. I spent at least six solid days and lots of hours after work. We were really excited about this project.”

The song “Time to Say Goodbye” brought tears to many eyes as the music, with Amy Lu singing live, blasted across the lagoon.

“It was mesmerizing,” said Dorney. “It was so moving, very, very emotional. We even had NASA headquarters, with mission control. We were wearing official NASA uniforms; all the kids got official patches. I had a Hazmat suit on. We had lots of help with this one. The Kennedy Space Center on the 17th Street Lagoon! We had a great time.”

 

 


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