Dear Friends,As a result of the recently enacted marijuana legislation, existing city ordinances prohibiting the cultivation, product manufacturing, testing and sale of marijuana in Ocean City were invalidated.I have asked City Council to adopt a new ordinance to reinstate these prohibitions. The new legislation gives municipalities 180 days to do so. I expect this ordinance to be considered at next Thursday’s City Council meeting.New Jersey has set up a new COVID-19 vaccine call center to provide scheduling support and dedicated appointments for residents ages 75 and over. Call 856-249-7007.Our Community Services team also continues to have good success in helping Ocean City seniors secure COVID-19 vaccination appointments.If you live in Ocean City, are currently eligible to receive the vaccine and would like assistance, call 609-399-6111 or stop by City Hall, the Community Center or the 46th Street Welcome Center. Don’t stop looking for an appointment on your own, but let us see if we can help you.I’m hopeful that vaccine supplies will begin to increase and soon be available to anybody who wants to be vaccinated. But until then, I want to make sure all of our seniors and other residents most at risk are protected.March is the time when a lot of our seasonal businesses begin to reopen, and it looks like we’re headed for a sunny weekend with some much warmer temperatures arriving a few days later. Please remember to shop and eat local to help our business community get off to a great new year.Warm regards,Mayor Jay A. Gillian Mayor Jay Gillian
The JV Lady Bulldogs lost their first home game of the season last night 14-10 in a back and forth battle with the visiting Lady Pirates. Greensburg struck first by putting 2 on the board in the second inning but the Bulldogs were able to push across 5 runs of their own to put them in front early. The Lady Pirates came back in the third and posted 2 more while the Bulldogs were able to post 1 in the inning and 1 more in the fourth. The Lady Pirates scored another run in the fifth inning off of a deep triple by Greensburg’s Jones. Greensburg struck again with a big inning in the.sixth as they sent 10 batters to the plate while pushing across 6 runs. The Bulldogs responded with 2 in their half of the sixth inning to make it a 11-9 after six innings. Greensburg, however, was able to tack on 3 more in the seventh and the Bulldogs only managed to score 1 in their half to end the game at 14-10.The Lady Bulldogs were able to pound out 15 hits on the evening. Morgan Biggs and Molly Weiler led the Bulldogs with 3 hits a piece while Gabby Elston and Ainsley Phipps each chipped in with 2 a piece. Chloe Saler, Gwen Martin, Sarah Ripperger, Sophie Lee, and Courtney Chambers all finished with a hit as well. Eight different Bulldogs scored runs in the game to even out the offensive attack.Morgan Biggs got the start on the mound and pitched an excellent game striking out 12 Lady Pirates while surrendering 7 hits.Batesville JV Softball will next be in action Monday evening as they travel to St. Leon to take on the East Central Trojans. First pitch will be immediately following the varsity game.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Stacey Kessens.
Press Association The Irish Rugby Football Union has announced its bid to host the 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup. “We hope that the growing interest in women’s rugby in Ireland, world leading facilities at UCD, Queens University Sport, Kingspan Stadium and our internationally recognised reputation for being one of the world’s most welcoming nations will make an Irish bid the standout submission for the 2017 tournament.” IRFU Women’s Rugby Ambassador Fiona Coghlan added: “The development and profile of women’s sport has been fantastic in recent years and it will be a great opportunity for Ireland to showcase sport and to get more women and girls to consider taking up a team sport.” The IRFU revealed its plans to host the pool stages of the tournament at University College Dublin before switching to Belfast for the semi-finals at Queens University Sport and the Kingspan Stadium, where the final would also be held. IRFU chief executive Philip Browne said: ” Interest and participation in women’s rugby continues to grow and building on this momentum we believe Ireland can deliver the best Women’s Rugby World Cup to-date.