• 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.

  • Incumbents Joseph S. Clark Jr. and Cecilia Gallelli-Keyes are running for re-election with newcomers Michael Allan James and Dale F. Braun Jr. also seeking seats.

    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.

    Incumbents Joseph S. Clark Jr. and Cecilia Gallelli-Keyes are running for re-election with newcomers Dale F. Braun Jr. and Michael Allan James also seeking seats. Incumbent Tiffany Prettyman will not run for re-election.

  • Ocean City Halloween events 2014

    Ocean City Theatre Co. presents Halloween costume party

    The Greater Ocean City Theatre Company will host a spooktacular evening of fun at this year’s “Black and Orange” Halloween Costume Party 7-11 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24 at the Ocean City Yacht Club, 100 Bay Road in Ocean City.

  • 
Kevin Gill, holding a proclamation, is honored by Upper Township Committee members (from left) John Coggins, Hobie Young, Richard Palombo, Anthony Inserra and Ed Barr.
PETERSBURG – Upper Township Committee last week honored Kevin Gill for winning the ocean swim event at the South Jersey Lifeguarding Championships this summer.

    Gill, 17, also helped the Upper Township Beach Patrol finish second overall at the Cape May County Championships by winning two events. He won the swimming events at the Beschen-Callahan Memorial Lifeguard Races, the Dutch Hoffman Memorial Lifeguard Championships and Margate Memorials.

  • TRENTON – The state Senate Judiciary Committee unexpectedly put a hold on two of Gov. Chris Christie’s nominees to the New Jersey Pinelands Commission last week.

    Committee chair Sen. Nicholas Scutari said at the beginning of the meeting on Thursday, Oct. 16 that he expected to have a vote on the nominees following their testimony and comments from members of the public. But after testimony from New Hanover Mayor Dennis Roohr and Robert Barr of Ocean City he adjourned the hearing.

  • OCEAN CITY —When he took a seat at the board table at a Wednesday, Oct. 15 meeting of the Ocean City Board of Education, Carl Tripician made history.

    Tripician, of Longport, was representing the Longport School District, the result of a sending-receiving relationship established between the two districts this year. While permitted to participate in board discussion, the Longport representative will not be permitted to vote.

  • Members of the Trail of Two Cities Committee visit the Ocean City Welcome Center overlooking the Route 52 causeway between the two cities where the event will be held on Nov. 1. Displaying Trail of Two Cities T-shirts are Sydney Somers and Peg Meidel of Somers Point and Mark Soifer, Karen Pratz and Wendy Moyle representing Ocean City.

    Trail of Two Cities Nov. 1

    The 25th annual Trail of Two Cities 5K Run/Walk over the causeway between Ocean City and Somers Point is set for 8 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 1. The event begins at the Ocean City Transportation Center, Ninth Street and Haven Avenue in Ocean City, and ends at JFK Park in Somers Point.

Three protected beaches, several other breaks open to surfers in OC

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Three protected beaches, several other breaks open to surfers in OC Three protected beaches, several other breaks open to surfers in OC

OCEAN CITY – Depending on where the waves are coming from, Waverly Boulevard has long been the top spot for long-board surfing in Ocean City.

Longtime Ocean City surfers say it remains a good break, depending on the tide, but it changed after a recent beach replenishment project; and a mild winter has meant there has not been extensive erosion to return it to its former shape.

One surfer said it used to be a good high-tide spot, but now seems the best on an incoming tide, while at other times it does not offer much of a ride.

It remains one of three guarded beaches dedicated to surfing. The main one is at Seventh Street where there are often surfing classes and bathers are sent a block north or south to stay out of the way of surfers.

The other guarded surf beach is at 16th Street, according to Tom Mullineaux, chief of operations at the Ocean City Beach Patrol. He says Waverly is “still OK” as a surf spot, as well.

The OCBP also allows surfing between the stands in the south end, starting at 37th Street, he said. Surfers are obliged to stay outside the red flags, and to watch out for bathers.

On summer weekends, those spots can be as crowded as the guarded areas – with a lot to keep track of between wave riding kayaks, people surf fishing and those swimmers who don’t want to take a walk down to the guarded beaches also making use of the same area.

There are also rides to be had past the southernmost lifeguard stand, in Corson’s InletState Park south of 59th Street.

Early mornings and evenings, after the guards are off duty, are less crowded, and Mullineaux said the waves are open to surfers before and after the guards get on duty. Guards started May 26, and are on duty 10 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays, and until 5:30 on weekends and holidays.

The old fishing pier at 59th Street remains a popular spot, as well as Fifth Street and Seventh Street, but the area at First Street, coming off the jetty almost right in front of the lifeguard headquarters, has seen some of the best waves throughout this spring, and has kept a good form on big days.

On a recent afternoon, the spot was crowded with wetsuited surfers lining up for wave. 


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