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Seal Chills Out on Ocean City Beach

When Jill Nuss took her dog Sunny for an early morning walk on the beach in Ocean City Friday, it was like any other stroll. Sunny, a standard poodle, romped in the sands and explored the water’s edge. And then it happened. While heading to the 24th Street beach, Sunny pulled on the leash and barked continuously. Quickly, what was routine turned into something quite different. “She was dragging me. There was so much fog, I couldn’t see much, and then all of a sudden, I saw a seal lying on the beach,” Nuss, of Ocean City, said. “I thought it was hurt.” Sunny barked at the seal, but didn’t get real close, Nuss said...

Ocean City Planning Board Paves Way for Affordable Housing Project

The Ocean City Planning Board approved a $4.2 million affordable housing project Wednesday night for senior citizens that will be developed by the city’s Housing Authority. The board found that the project is consistent with the city’s master plan and gave its approval for a 20-unit two-story building on Sixth Street and West Avenue. The building will be constructed on what is now a parking lot adjacent to the authority’s Bay View Manor housing complex. It will be funded by a Hurricane Sandy recovery grant...

OCHS Rallies for 2018 National Teacher of the Year Finalist, Amy...

Even after becoming the state’s top teacher and candidate for the 2018 National Teacher of the Year, Amy T. Andersen still felt in awe when people packed the gym Wednesday at Ocean City High School for a pep rally in the American Sign Language teacher’s honor. “This is overwhelming to see all of the students and the administration pulling together and supporting me. It is a testament to the school district, and why I have enjoyed teaching here for 14 years,” Andersen said, prior to the start of the program...

Cape May County Sheriff, Freeholders Sworn in at Ceremony

Robert Nolan became the 100th sheriff in Cape May County history when he was sworn in Tuesday night during the annual reorganization meeting of the freeholders at the William E. Sturm Jr. Administration Building. Incumbent Republican Freeholders Will Morey and Jeffrey Pierson were also administered the oath of office. Superior Court Judge Michael J. Donohue gave the oaths of office to Morey and Nolan. Cape May County Clerk Rita Marie Fulginiti gave the oath to Pierson...

Big Thaw in Ocean City Brings Broken Pipes

As temperatures increase from single digits to the 30s and 40s this week, the 15-plus inches of snow that blanketed the region is beginning to thaw out. That means one thing: Water-related calls. Fire Chief James Smith and the 62 firefighters in his department, have been working around the clock responding to calls for leaky, and even worse– broken pipes— gushing water through homes and businesses causing damage...

Nancy Hughes Remembered For Grace, Strength  

In over 61 years of marriage, it was hard for Bill Hughes to recall a favorite moment with his wife Nancy and their four children. There were so many. In the course of a lifetime, the Hughes family has remained extremely close and grounded, the family said. And all the while, Nancy was the loving wife, political confidant and campaign manager as well as her favorite role – mother and homemaker...

Former Congressman Bill Hughes’ Wife, Nancy, Dies

Ocean City resident Nancy Hughes, the wife of former Ambassador to Panama and Congressman William J. Hughes, died Thursday night at home at 82. Mayor Jay Gillian said in his weekly message posted on the city’s website, “I’m sad to report on the passing of Nancy Hughes at her Ocean City home last night. She and her husband, Bill, have been good friends and mentors to me. When I ran for mayor on a platform of “Unity in the Community,” Ambassador and Mrs. Hughes were among my greatest influences. That’s not only how he governed as a former congressman but how they both lived their lives. They taught me that I could be the best mayor by working with everybody.” In her public and private life, Nancy Hughes was a supporter of many causes in Ocean City, and she always did so with grace and class, Gillian said...

Ocean City Mayor Gillian Says Public Works Making Great Progress Clearing...

Mayor Jay Gillian provided this latest update Friday afternoon in the aftermath of Thursday’s blizzard. I want to update you on our efforts to clear the streets after yesterday’s major snowfall. Our Public Works team has been working around-the-clock and made great progress under extremely challenging conditions. Due to the low temperatures, the snow is not melting, and the piles have to be removed – like the beach sand on the streets after Sandy...

Ocean City Mayor Gillian Issues Another Storm Update

Mayor Jay Gillian issued this message at 5 p.m. tonight: As you all know by now, Ocean City experienced a major winter storm today. Our Public Works crews will continue to work around the clock with every piece of available equipment. They are facing extremely difficult conditions. I want you to know that this will be a multiple-day cleanup. Clearing emergency routes and essential corridors will be the top priority. Then they will move on to other streets. I ask you to please be patient as this work gets done...

Ocean City Teacher Amy Andersen Finalist for National Teacher of the...

By Maddy Vitale Four teachers have been selected as finalists for the 2018 National Teacher of the Year. One of them is New Jersey Teacher...