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Ventnor Commission deems entire city in need of rehabilitation

VENTNOR – The Board of Commissioners at its Thursday, Aug. 21 regular meeting agreed to declare the entire city in need of rehabilitation. The resolution passed 2-0 with Commissioner Theresa Kelly abstaining from the vote.

Mayor Michael Bagnell said the designation is the first step in creating a tax incentive program for owners who make substantial improvements or rebuild their properties.

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Margate hires former Rep. Rob Andrews for dunes issue

MARGATE – The Board of Commissioners Aug. 21 hired a former congressman as outside counsel and a coastal engineer to develop strategies to stop the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from building dunes on Margate’s beach.

The board awarded a professional services contract without competitive bidding to former U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews to advocate the city’s position at all levels of government and find a resolution to Margate’s position on the dunes project.

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Another Miss Ocean City crowned

Around our town with Cathy Finnegan Around our town with Cathy Finnegan

Miss Ocean City 2015 was crowned recently on the Music Pier stage, but not before 10 young ladies endured a week of rehearsals leading up to the big night. Monday through Thursday night, contestants rehearsed their talent routines and learned dance steps for the opening and closing numbers under the direction of former Miss Ocean City Devon Vanderslice.

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One Kook’s Safari: Looking for a surfer-to-English dictionary?

A goofyfoot longboarder takes a backside ride off a point break. Some surf jargon sounds pretty gnarly, but most of it is just descriptive. A goofyfoot longboarder takes a backside ride off a point break. Some surf jargon sounds pretty gnarly, but most of it is just descriptive. A few days this summer, the waves rolled in too small to push a board. A couple of other days saw essentially no waves at all: a flat, blue expanse to the horizon.

It looked lovely, but there was nothing to ride.

A couple of other days were complete blowouts; there were strong waves, but they were breaking all over the place. Each wave was plenty strong enough for a ride, but it could break almost anywhere, and there was no form to the wave aside from that wash of whitewater.

I came back in after trying my luck on one such morning while the lifeguards were setting up for the day.

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Police arrest mother after 3-year-old wanders off in Wildwood Crest

WILDWOOD CREST — A Warminster, Pa. woman was arrested Thursday evening on child endangerment charges after her 3-year-old was allegedly “wandering on the sidewalk without supervision,” Wildwood Crest police said.

Police said that they were called to 6500 Ocean Ave. at 5:57 p.m. when a group of concerned citizens found the child.

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Police seeks public’s assistance to find runaway teen

Darian Lehner Darian Lehner CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE - Middle Township Police Department has asked for the public's assistance in locating a teenager, Darian Lehner, 16, who reportedly ran away on Aug. 12.

He is described as white, 5 feet, 10 inches tall who weighs approximately 125 pounds and has blue eyes and brown hair.

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Police: Driver fled after damaging boats in early morning crash

ERMA — Lower Township Police Department responded to a hit and run motor vehicle accident at the intersection of Seashore and Tabernacle Roads at 4:58 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20. 

Police say Ryan P. Freeling 19, of West New Jersey Avenue in Villas was driving his 2001 Ford Taurus south on Seashore Road when it left the roadway striking a traffic signal and proceeding through a chain link fence, surrounding Jersey Cape Marine, located at 656 Route 9 Erma.  Police do not know why the car left the road.

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UPDATED: Vehicle crashes into Wildwood pumping station

Vehicle crashes into Wildwood pumping station Vehicle crashes into Wildwood pumping station RIO GRANDE - A vehicle crashed into the Wildwood pumping station Saturday, Aug. 23 at 6 a.m., Middle Township police said Sunday.

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Vacationers stay connected

Visitors now see Wi-Fi as a need, but is enough bandwidth even possible? 

Internet access is now seen as a need, whether at work or on vacation.

“It used to be you wanted a good, clean bathroom, a comfortable bed and a nice scene at the beach,” said Brian Welsh, a manager for Ocean City Hotels and Property Management, which operates the Impala, the Beach Club Suites and other properties near the boardwalk in Ocean City.

He and others in the business say visitors now expect wireless access at all times – and it is becoming difficult to keep up with the demand.

“We have people calling who won’t stay here if we don’t have Wi-Fi, and not just Wi-Fi but good Wi-Fi,” he said.

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Ocean City police now using Segways to patrol

Ann Richardson / Patrolman Thomas Runyon spends his shift Friday afternoon on one of the Ocean City Police Department's new Segways. Ann Richardson / Patrolman Thomas Runyon spends his shift Friday afternoon on one of the Ocean City Police Department's new Segways.

OCEAN CITY — Maneuvering along Asbury Avenue with ease on a new Segway Friday, Ocean City Patrolman Thomas Runyon was attracting quite a bit of attention.   

“People ask me a lot of different questions, they’re curious about the Segway,” Runyon said. “It definitely draws a lot of attention.”

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Three injured in accident aboard Cape May-Lewes ferry

LOWER TOWNSHIP – Three people were injured onboard the MV Delaware Friday as vehicles were disembarking at the North Cape May terminal, ferry officials said.

Around 9:40 a.m., a white 2012 Ford Explorer on the port side of the ferry vessel broadsided a silver Honda Civic on the starboard side. The impact pinned the Civic against the vessel’s starboard bulkhead, according to a release.

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Local veterans see hope for medical services close to their homes

Veterans liaison Bob Frolow and Rep. Frank LoBiondo’s spokesman Mike Francis listen as Shore Medical Center CEO Ron Johnson explains new health care initiatives for veterans. Veterans liaison Bob Frolow and Rep. Frank LoBiondo’s spokesman Mike Francis listen as Shore Medical Center CEO Ron Johnson explains new health care initiatives for veterans.

 NORTHFIELD — Free health care screenings for veterans are being provided daily through Saturday, Aug. 23 at the three Shore Urgent Care Centers.
Local veterans met Tuesday, Aug. 19 at ShorePhysiciansGroupUrgentCareCenter on Shore Road to hear about inroads being made to provide those veterans with healthcare closer to home.
As the system stands now veterans, many of them aging, are forced to travel to Wilmington, Delaware for care and it is a hardship but changes are coming.

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County Zoo ranked 15th in U.S. by TripAdvisor.com

A cotton-top tamarin keeps an eye on the visitors at the Cape May County Zoo. The free zoo has ranked high in a recent national list. A cotton-top tamarin keeps an eye on the visitors at the Cape May County Zoo. The free zoo has ranked high in a recent national list. CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – Cape May County Zoo was recently honored by TripAdvisor.com when it received a certificate of excellence from the website, and was ranked 15th in the country, just behind metropolitan zoos such as the San Diego Zoo, according to a press release.

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