• One resident said it sounded like a long, loud growl - another thought they'd acquired a ghost

    People in Cape May and Atlantic counties are reporting what some believe have been an earthquake, though others believe it may have been more akin to a sonic boom.

    Some have placed the time at about noon, while others say it was closer to 2 p.m.

    Ralph Walter, West Cape May, said he was fishing on Cape May Point Beach when he heard a rumble. “It was dark on the Delaware beach side, and at first I thought it was thunder,” he said. “But if it was thunder, it was weirdest thunder I've ever heard. It was more like a growl that went on for about four seconds.”

    Walter said he didn't catch anything today, but found some seaglass.

    In North Cape May and Cape May Court House, Becky Sargent and Jean MacCoy said they heard the rumble, though the ground didn’t shake.

  • The NJSIAA released the pairings Wednesday for the boys and girls soccer state tournaments, which are set to begin early next week. Most high school soccer teams from Cape May County will participate.

    In boys soccer, Ocean City is the No. 1 seed in South Jersey Group III. The defending sectional champions will host No. 16 Timber Creek in an opening-round game.

    Middle Township has earned the No. 4 seed in South Jersey Group II. The Panthers will host No. 13 Cedar Creek in their first playoff game. Also in Group II, Lower Cape May is the No. 16 seed and will go to top-seeded Sterling in the first round.

  • Ocean City High School field hockey team, ranked No. 2 in South Jersey and No. 3 in the state, lost to Eastern, the No. 1 ranked team in the nation, 6-1, Tuesday afternoon in Voorhees. Raider junior Maria Farnan scored the game's first goal with an assist from sophomore Alexis Paone to give Ocean City (18-1) a 1-0 lead.

    Cory Terry’s team begins its quest for a third straight state championship on Thursday at Trish LeFever Field when it hosts Mainland. The Mustangs defeated Winslow, 9-0, on Monday in the first round of NJSIAA Group 3. OCHS, the No. 2 seeded team, had a bye in the first round. Thursday’s game is a rematch of last season’s South Jersey final.

  • Superintendent says students, faculty were in safe viewing area when explosion occurred

    photos by Eugene Caffrey / The Antares rocket carrying a private, unmanned spacecraft to the International Space Station exploded shortly after liftoff on Tuesday, Oct. 28 from Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Va.

    OCEAN CITY — The Antares rocket carrying a private, unmanned spacecraft to the International Space Station exploded shortly after liftoff on Tuesday, Oct. 28 from Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Va.

    The rocket was carrying Orbital Sciences’ Cygnus spacecraft and 5,000 pounds of food, water and student science experiments, including one created by six Ocean City High School students.

  • 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.

  • Halloween Parade marches down Asbury Thursday

    OCEAN CITY — Festive and fun, the Halloween Parade is one of Ocean City’s most beloved traditions. The 67th annual event will roll down Asbury Avenue on Thursday, Oct. 30 as darkness descends.

    The parade features string bands, local high school musicians - including the Red Raider marching band - decorated floats, modern and antique fire trucks, and hundreds of costumed children.

  • 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.

Christie asks for disaster declaration following Tropical Storm Lee

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has asked President Barack Obama to speed up the federal declaration of a major disaster in the state due to Tropical Storm Lee.

Christie’s letter urges the president to ensure that state and local governments and individually affected residents receive federal assistance as quickly as possible for damage resulting from the storm.

The storm closely follows Hurricane Irene, which displaced New Jerseyans throughout the state and led to widespread power outages and historic flooding levels. In the wake of the storm, all 21 counties in the state were declared disaster areas. 

According to a statement from the governor’s office, Tropical Storm Lee has included “intense and sustained rainfall, exacerbating the devastation caused by Hurricane Irene on the families, businesses, and governments of the state.

“In light of these conditions and the serious impact they are having on New Jersey’s communities, field damage assessments should not be required to determine the state’s eligibility for supplemental federal assistance.”


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