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Donald Wittkowski


Ocean City to Try New Strategy to Stop Rowdy Juveniles

Ocean City will utilize a new tactic as part of a broader strategy to try to prevent large groups of rowdy juveniles from disrupting the pivotal summer tourism season. During its last meeting of 2022, City Council introduced a lengthy ordinance Thursday that would classify a litany of minor offenses such as curfew violations or littering as a “breach of the peace” to give police more power to detain juveniles who allegedly break local laws.

Ocean City Realtor Donates $3 Million for New Airport Terminal

Berger Realty owner Leon Grisbaum, an avid pilot who has been flying for nearly 75 years, is donating $3 million to help build a new terminal at Ocean City Municipal Airport that will bear his and his wife's names. The donation was announced Thursday night by Mayor Jay Gillian at the same time his administration unveiled a $146.2 million, five-year capital plan to finance an array of infrastructure improvements across the city, including a new public safety building.

Ocean City-Longport Bridge’s Fishing Pier to Get Makeover

Miles and miles of picturesque views of the Great Egg Harbor Inlet unfold from the fishing pier of the Ocean City-Longport Bridge. The view of the fishing pier itself, though, is not so alluring. The wood railings appear rotted in places, benches have holes in them, trash cans are deteriorated and even the pier’s concrete deck is dingy. Recognizing that a makeover is needed, the public agency that operates the Ocean City-Longport Bridge is planning to give the fishing pier an overhaul to make it more inviting to anglers and visitors.

Shore Regatta is Thanksgiving Tradition

A record number of rowers turned out on a gorgeous fall morning to compete in the Pilgrim Paddle regatta, a Thanksgiving tradition at the shore.

Giant CRAB Will Help Restore Ocean City’s Beaches

Yikes! Ocean City has been invaded by a gigantic CRAB. But this is not your run-of-the-mill Jersey Shore crab that has claws, beady eyes and darts along the sand while trying to avoid becoming some seagull’s yucky dinner. This CRAB is part of an army of heavy construction equipment being assembled on the beaches as part of a nearly $24.4 million project to replenish Ocean City’s eroded shoreline with 1.5 million cubic yards of fresh sand.

Thanksgiving Boat Race to Attract Rowers From Shore Towns

Before they sit down for the turkey and stuffing, Joe LaRosa Jr. and his wife, Barb, will sit down for some rowing on Thanksgiving. “She rows stern. I row bow,” LaRosa said. The LaRosas, of Sea Isle City, have been rowing together for 20 years. In what has become a holiday tradition for them, they will join with other rowing enthusiasts for the Pilgrim Paddle regatta on Thanksgiving morning, Nov. 24, in Great Egg Harbor Bay in the shadow of the Garden State Parkway.

Ocean City’s Jitneys to Return in 2023

Ocean City’s jitneys will be back on the road next year after having a largely successful debut in the summer of 2022. Showing its support for the jitney program, City Council voted 6-0 at a meeting Thursday night to seek bids from contractors interested in operating the service next summer.

Allegretto, Donahue Honored by Ocean City Chamber of Commerce

One is a businessman who was taught the importance of giving back to the community by his beloved late parents. The other is a coach, mentor and former educator who has influenced thousands of young lives during his 50 years as an Ocean City community leader. On Wednesday night during a gala awards ceremony, David Allegretto and Greg Donahue were recognized by the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce for their myriad contributions to the community.

Ocean City’s South End to Benefit From Major Projects

Millions of dollars in road construction, flood mitigation and beach replenishment projects are some of the major improvements slated for the south end of town, Ocean City officials told local residents Saturday during a community meeting.

Van Drew and Republican Commissioners Win; Newcomers Prevail in School Board...

Republican Congressman Jeff Van Drew cruised to a decisive Election Night victory over Democratic challenger Tim Alexander to win his third term in the 2nd Congressional District.