• TRENTON – Gov. Chris Christie signed legislation Friday that reflects recent court rulings and removes prohibitions against sports wagering in New Jersey.

    “As I’ve said all along, I am a strong proponent of legalized sports wagering in New Jersey. But given earlier decisions by federal courts, it was critical that we follow a correct and appropriate path to curtail new court challenges and expensive litigation,” Christie said. “I believe we have found that path in this bipartisan legislative effort.” 

  • The staff at Cape Regional Medical Center is training to be ready if a case of Ebola arrives in Cape May County. There was a drill this week, and hospital officials say they are updating their procedures to be ready, just in case. (photo by Jen Marra)CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – Kevin Thomas has his hands full.

    The Cape May County health officer is meeting with emergency service providers, hospital staff and others, getting ready for the worst.

    He is also fielding call after call from reporters in the region.

    It seems like everyone in the county – everyone in the world – is scared of Ebola.

    “There’s nothing to be scared about. It’s a matter of being prepared,” Thomas said Friday.

  • MARMORA – An Upper Township man has been charged with possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute and unlawful possession of a weapon after the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office Gangs, Guns and Narcotics Task Force and New Jersey State Police executed a search warrant on his home Thursday.

    Angelo Cuculino, 48, of Marmora, was found with more than 28 grams of marijuana and an amount of alpha-pyrrolidinopeniophenone, a stimulant, at his home, according to Prosecutor Robert Taylor. He also had three firearms and $19,225 in cash, the prosecutor said.

  • Skeptics continue to push for privacy protections

    CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE — County officials are continuing to move toward bringing drone testing to the Cape May County Airport.

    Some skeptics say too quickly.

    Last week, Freeholder Will Morey met with Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership officials, along with representatives of the Delaware River and Bay Authority at the airport in Lower Township.

  • 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.

  • 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.”

Miss Ocean City to be crowned Saturday

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2011-miss-oc Miss Ocean City to be crowned Saturday

Parade of contestants is Wednesday on the boardwalk


On Saturday, August 13, the Miss Ocean City Scholarship Pageant will be celebrating its 42nd anniversary. At 7:30 p.m., the curtains will open on the Music Pier stage and 18 young women will compete for the title. It will be the final appearance as queen of the reigning Miss Ocean City, Rachel Reese. Michael Kelly will act as emcee.

The theme of this year’s pageant is “Dancing with the Stars.” The contestants will dance and sing to hit tunes and compete in swimsuit, evening wear, talent and a private judge’s interview. All areas of competition are weighed equally. The winner will take home the crown along with over $5,000 in scholarships and prizes.

The pageant is sponsored each year by the Exchange Club of Ocean City, which generates the majority of the scholarship monies along with general donations from the Gillian family, Ocean City Home Bank, Nahza Cancer Center, the Godfrey family, the Exchangettes of Ocean City, and many other businesses.

This year’s pageant is produced by Aubre Naughton and chaired by Maribeth Neall. Thanks to the generous sponsors, over $14,000.00 is scholarships and prizes will be given away on Saturday night.

Come watch the Miss Ocean City Pageant parade held at 6 p.m. Wednesday night on Asbury Avenue and the Boardwalk. The theme of the parade is also “Dancing with the Stars.” Parade-goers can vote for their favorite contestant during the People’s Choice Award in front of the Music Pier.

Contestants include Katee Blizzard, Alexandra Canal, Brenna Carnuccio, Cassie Cattie, Tricia DeFelice, Juliette Gabrielle, Kelsey Greene, Shannon Greene, Katie Larkin, Hannah Lavin, Myra McCann, Hillary Morris, Morgan Noble, Phoebe Schumacher, Jocelyn Stephens, Marissa Tibbetts, Mia Tomkins and Devon Vanderslice.

Tickets are available at the Music Pier Box Office starting Wednesday, August 10 for $15.


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