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Developer Vows Showdown With Ocean City in Court Fight Over Land

City Council approved a $650,000 funding package Thursday night to acquire a high-profile piece of land through eminent domain, but the property owner has plans to redevelop the site and is vowing a court fight to keep it. The dispute is over a strategically located site at the corner of Bay Avenue and Ninth Street overlooking the main gateway into Ocean City. The city hopes to transform the vacant property into a landscaped park, but the local real estate company Keller Williams wants to use it to build a new corporate office...

Ocean City School Board Recognizes “Outstanding Leaders” in District

The Ocean City Board of Education honored a veritable all-star lineup of administrators and faculty members Wednesday night, including two who have been named the top state winners in their respective fields – Superintendent of the Year Kathleen Taylor and Teacher of the Year Amy Andersen. At the same meeting, the board paid tribute to one of its own, Thomas Oves Jr., who died Oct. 22 at the age of 54. Oves, a retired teacher who had been a school board member since 2009, had formerly served as its vice president and was the chairman of the buildings and grounds committee...

Ocean City’s Holiday Arts and Crafts Show Touts “Made in USA”...

Someday, Julianne Mackey hopes to finish a 9-foot-by-12-foot wool rug she is meticulously sewing by hand. “Let me put it this way, this was something I started in 1991 and I’m still working on it. It’s one of three big rugs that are on my bucket list to finish,” said Mackey, owner of the Palm Cottage North rug-hooking studio in St. Johnsbury, Vt. The wool alone will cost thousands of dollars, not to mention all of the hours Mackey has toiled to complete the project...

Nolan Wins as CMC Sheriff; Morey, Pierson Win in CMC Freeholder...

Cape May County Republican Freeholders Will Morey and Jeffrey Pierson cruised to victory Tuesday night, while Sen. Jeff Van Drew led a Democratic sweep in the First Legislative District. In New Jersey’s top race, Democrat and former Wall Street executive Phil Murphy defeated Republican Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno to win the governor’s seat. Guadagno served in the No. 2 position for eight years under Republican Gov. Chris Christie, who was restricted from running for a third term. Morey and Pierson beat back a challenge from Democrats Danielle Davies and Gregory Wall, both political newcomers, to keep the five-member Cape May County freeholder board entirely in Republican control...

N.J. Election Features State, County and Local Races

New Jersey voters go to the polls Tuesday to elect a new governor as well as key state, county and local representatives. Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Gov. Chris Christie, who has served the last eight years, is restricted from seeking a third term. In the race to succeed Gov. Christie, Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, a Republican, is facing Democrat Phil Murphy, a former Wall Street executive...

Ocean City’s Quiet Festival Barely Causes a Peep

Shhhhhhhh. Be quiet. Hush up. We’re serious. No loud noises, no screaming, no disturbing the peace of any kind. The whole point of Ocean City’s two-day Quiet Festival unfolding this weekend is to enjoy the sweet sounds of silence. This is, after all, the time of year when the throngs of (noisy) summer tourists are long gone and the year-round residents begin to enjoy what are supposed to be the tranquil off-season months...

Hundreds of Runners Make the Trip on the “Trail of Two...

Carrie Merritt joked that it was as good a day as any to “torture myself.” As the sun was barely rising and temperatures hovered in the chilly 40s, she set out Saturday morning on a challenging run that has become a fall tradition for the neighboring towns of Ocean City and Somers Point. Merritt, a first-grade teacher at the Ocean City Primary School, was the top female finisher in the 27th annual Trail of Two Cities 5K Run connecting Ocean City with Somers Point over the Route 52 Causeway...

Ocean City Barbershop Makes its Customers Look “Ideal”

Tom Oliver learned at an early age that he could make money at a barbershop. As a youngster, he would accompany his father to the barbershop to get a haircut every week – yes, every week. While there, his father’s friends would give Oliver some money if they could jump ahead of him in line. They had just finished up their workday and were too impatient to wait in line for a haircut, so they would each pay the kid 50 cents for his spot. “By the time I got in the barber’s chair, I would have about five bucks. That was my spending money for the week,” Oliver recalled, laughing...

Car Caress to Offer Free Car Washes to Military Members on...

Brian Coggins says it is his way to honor military veterans for all of the sacrifices they have made in the service of their country. On Saturday, Nov. 11, Coggins will offer current and former members of the military free car washes at his Car Caress businesses in Ocean City and Marmora as part of a nationwide program on Veterans Day. “We’re just trying to give back. They’re the reason we’re here doing what we’re doing,” he said of the veterans...

Fundraising Walk Attracts More “Heroes” in Fight Against Drunk Driving

Some details about the crash that claimed the life of their teenage cousin about 20 years ago have faded over time, but there is one thing that Alan and Lisa Carpenter will never forget. “He was a passenger with a drunken driver. That’s how he was killed,” Lisa Carpenter recalled of 16-year-old Ellis Mullen, who died in Greenville, Tenn...