× Congratulations to the Islanders, the 2017 Division of Recreation Sr. Division Floor Hockey Champions
of Bayonne, passed away on May 3, 2017, at Bayonne Medical Center. Born in Bayonne, she was a lifelong resident. She worked as a patient access representative at Bayonne Medical Center for over 35 years. She was predeceased by her husband, Joseph F. Gnas in 2016; and her brother, Leonard Flynn in 1995. She is survived by her sons, Joseph and Thomas Gnas. Funeral arrangements by BAYONNE MEMORIAL HOME, 854 Avenue C.
× PUMPKIN DECORATING CONTEST — As part of the Halloween festivities at Nicholas Oresko Community School students participated in a Pumpkin Decorating Contest. Pictured are the winners of the Pumpkin Decorating Contest: Back Row: Caylee Morales, Julie Makram, Julia Moncrief, Front Row: Scott Destefano
DNA HELIX — Henry Harris School students in Mrs. Hunter’s class have investigated how traits are passed through DNA. The students replicated the DNA Helix using gummy bears, toothpicks and Twizzlers to seal their investigation. Pictured are Julissa Arizaga and Youssef Boles with the DNA helix. ×
The next “Fridays With Friends” event for local teenagers will feature giant hamsterballs — inflatable spheres that will roll across the gym at Ocean City High School with students inside.The “Fridays With Friends” program invites teenagers to hang out and participate in various activities. The event is for Ocean City and Upper Township student in grades 8 to 12. Teens must show a school identification, but there is no cost to participate.The event will be held 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, at Ocean City High School. Teens are encouraged to come after the downtown Christmas Parade, which starts at 6:30 p.m.The events always include pizza and music.The Municipal Alliance Committee, Ocean City Police Department and Community Policing Unit, Ocean City Free Public Library, Ocean City Aquatic and Fitness Center, Ocean City Recreation Department and the Ocean City and Sea Isle City School Districts co-sponsor the seasonal series of events.For more information, call Lisa Rumer at 609-525-9317 or e-mail [email protected] (PDF, 279KB)
Kyle M. Evans, 30, of Seaville, NJ passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 in Upper Township.Born in Somers Point, NJ Kyle had lived most of his life in Upper Township.He was an avid soccer player starting with the Youth Soccer League in Upper Township, playing for Ocean City High School and continuing on at Lehigh University and Stockton University.He is predeceased by his father Gregory Evans in October.Surviving are his mother: Lois (Nee Mucklow) Evans, sisters: Courtney Evans and Brook Parmer (Nick Riley) brothers: Jason (Laura) Parmer and John (Sanjuana) Parmer. Uncle Gene (Bobbie) Evans, Uncle Mark (Terri) Evans, Uncle Jack (Diane) Rudolph and many cousins, nephews, friends and his dogs: Cindy Lou and Buster.His funeral service will be offered Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 12 o’clock noon from The Godfrey Funeral Home of Palermo, 644 South Shore Road, Palermo, NJ where friends may call from 10 o’clock until time of service.Burial will follow in Seaside Cemetery, Palermo, NJ.Memorial contributions may be made to the Kyle M. Evans Scholarship Fund, 38 West 8th Street, Ocean City, NJ 08226.Condolences may be left at www.godfreyfuneralhome.com.
Everly, Marguerite D., (fondly known as Mrs. Campo by most) 77 of Palermo, NJ passed away on December 26, 2017 at her home, surrounded by her children.Born in Philadelphia, PA, she was formerly of Doylestown, PA moving to Palermo nine years ago.She was a graduate of Rosemont College and received her Master’s Degree from Fairleigh Dickinson.Marguerite began her career teaching in Philadelphia and Linwood schools. She then changed careers and worked over 20 years as a Nursing Home Administrator retiring from Kirkland Village in Allentown, PA in 2007.She was a member of Our Lady of Good Counsel RC Church of St. Damien Parish in Ocean City, NJ where she served as a Eucharistic Minister and a member of Catholic College Women’s Club.Surviving are two sons, Thomas Campo (Mary) of Ocean City, NJ and Jonathan Campo (Theresa) of Palermo, NJ.A Memorial Mass will be offered Saturday morning at 11 o’clock from the Church of the Resurrection of St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish, 200 West Tuckahoe Road, Marmora, NJ where friends may call from ten o’clock until the time of mass.Memorial contributions in her memory may be made to either Journey Hospice, 6712 Washington Avenue, Suite 201, Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08234 or Ocean City PBA Local #61, PO Box 293, Ocean City, NJ 08226.For condolences to the family, visit www.godfreyfuneralhome.com.
By DONALD WITTKOWSKIAt virtually every City Council meeting, local environmental advocate Donna Moore appears before the governing body to talk about the potential health hazards of pesticides and fertilizers containing toxic chemicals.Waving hand-written signs above her head that dramatize her warnings, Moore has been urging Council to have the city’s contractors use environmentally friendly methods to control weeds on parks, playgrounds and other public grounds.City officials are listening. As part of a new three-year landscaping contract for parks, playgrounds and other public areas, Ocean City will consider eco-friendly alternatives to pesticides and fertilizers.City Business Administrator George Savastano said the move is in response to suggestions from Moore and other local residents for the city to use “organic” measures to take care of the grass, shrubbery and flowers on public property.“For any areas that we would designate as organic, our goal would be to decrease or eliminate the use of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers,” Savastano said in a statement.Details have not been finalized, Savastano said. The city has not yet completed the specifications for the landscaping contract as it prepares to seek bids. The contract is expected to be awarded on Oct. 10, according to city documents.During Thursday’s Council meeting, Savastano told members of the public that the city’s goal is to have “admirable” land management practices that are environmentally friendly.He noted, for instance, that for the past few months, the city has been using the grounds of the Bayside Center as a test area that is free of pesticides and fertilizer. Ocean City operates the three-story Bayside Center at 520 Bay Avenue as a combination museum, community center and nature center through a long-term lease with Cape May County, the building’s owner. It is a popular tourist attraction that features sprawling green grounds and a bayside marina.The grounds of the Bayside Center at 520 Bay Avenue are serving as a test area for no pesticides or fertilizers.The city’s new three-year landscaping contract will be for 32 public areas scattered throughout town. The contractor would perform the work for 31 weeks each year from April to November.After hearing of the city’s plans, Moore thanked Savastano and the Council members for considering organic measures in the contract. She repeated what she has said at other Council meetings, warning of the health dangers to humans, animals and marine life from pesticides containing cancer-causing chemicals.To underscore her arguments about dangerous pesticides, Moore carried signs at Thursday’s meeting that said “Toxic to Aquatic Life” and “Groundwater Contamination.” Another one of her signs called for a “Healthier Family Island.”“These pesticides are inappropriate landscaping choices for our barrier island,” Moore said.For months, the Council members have repeatedly assured Moore that the city plans to study eco-friendly options to landscaping chemicals, but no decisions have been made.Donna Moore holds some of her signs warning of the dangers of pesticides containing toxic chemicals. Environmental advocate Donna Moore reads a statement while urging City Council to use eco-friendly landscaping measures for parks, playgrounds and other public areas.