• CAMDEN – A federal judge admonished the state Thursday, Jan. 15 for trying to quick-take beachfront property for a Margate beach replenishment project but stopped short of granting the city the preliminary injunction it requested.

    “Why NJDEP failed – and continues to fail – to follow the procedures set forth in the Eminent Domain Act is baffling,” U.S. District Court Judge Renee M. Bumb wrote in her legal opinion in the case brought by the city of Margate and beachfront property owners Morton and Roberta Shiekman against the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

  • VENTNOR – At a press conference on the Boardwalk Wednesday, Jan. 14, the mayors of Ventnor and Longport made it clear that they do not want the state’s pending dune project to be held up.

    Neighboring Margate, which has sued the NJ Department of Environmental Protection and US Army Corps of Engineers in an effort to negotiate an alternative to the Army Corps’ shore protection plan, is the cream in the Downbeach Oreo cookie.

  • PHILDELPHIA – A three-hour meeting Friday morning, Jan. 9 to negotiate alternatives to the state’s plan to build a sand dune in Margate was “unproductive,” according Margate Business Administrator Richard Deaney.

    Deaney said about 15 staffers from the Army Corps of Engineers, eight representatives of New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and four from Margate, including Deaney, Commissioner of Finance Maury Blumberg, environmental engineering consultant Charles J. Rooney of T&M Associates and special counsel Rob Andrews of Dilworth & Paxon met at the Army Corps’ headquarters at the John Wanamaker building in Center City. 

Downbeach Current | Longport, Margate, Ventnor

Fire damages Lancaster Avenue home

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Friday, January 30, 2015 02:55 pm

Fire destroyed a home at 118 Lancaster Ave., Friday, Jan. 30. Fire destroyed a home at 118 Lancaster Ave., Friday, Jan. 30.

MARGATE – An early morning fire engulfed a two-story, single-family home on Lancaster Avenue Friday, Jan. 30 but no one was home at the time, and there were no injuries.

A neighbor reported the fire after seeing flames coming from the back of the Cape Cod-style house at 118 N. Lancaster Ave., according to Fire Chief Anthony Tabasso. 

 

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High school civics students recommend ways to improve their world

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Thursday, January 29, 2015 05:04 pm

C.J. Kramer and Joseph Zee show their presentation board about establishing a community center in Atlantic City C.J. Kramer and Joseph Zee show their presentation board about establishing a community center in Atlantic City ATLANTIC CITY – Sophomores presented civic projects science-fair style at Atlantic City High School’s second annual civics fair Thursday, Jan. 29, called “Project Citizen.”

More than just a class project, some of the students are serious about their efforts to make improvements in their school and community.

The program is designed to educate students about public policy and empower them to develop solutions to some of the problems facing their own communities, which could include the school or the community at large.

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French music of olde subject of Bay-Atlantic music lectures

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Wednesday, January 28, 2015 04:18 pm

Paul M. Somers Paul M. Somers Learn about French music of a century ago and see early 20th century Paris as an arts garden with many different flowers at the February installment of music lectures by Paul M. Somers sponsored by the Bay-Atlantic Symphony.

In this installment, listeners will be taken back to the artistic and political turmoil in Paris during the Roaring 20s. It was in this atmosphere that many French (and non-French) composers thrived, such as Claude Debussy, Aaron Copland, Sergei Prokofiev and Maurice Ravel, as well as nonmusical personalities such as F. Scott Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein, Alice Toklas and others. 

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MBA accepting scholarship applications

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Wednesday, January 28, 2015 04:10 pm

MARGATE – Submissions are being accepted for the Margate Business Association’s Daniel and Maria Walters Scholarship Program. Each year, the program awards two $2,500 college scholarships to high school seniors who have attended Margate schools.

The program has awarded more than $70,000 since its inception in 1999.

Applicants must submit three references who are not relatives, a list of activities and awards and a 300- to 500-word essay on the topic: “Have you ever had a eureka moment? Some people refer to it as an ‘aha’ moment from which you gain an insight, an awareness that enables you to realize or understand something emotionally or intellectually. Think back to your life experiences and write an essay of 350 to 500 words sharing your eureka moment. Let your reader know what prompted the moment, what occurred during the experience, and what understanding or realization you gained from the moment.”

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Ventnor introduces new salary ordinance

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Wednesday, January 28, 2015 03:47 pm

VENTNOR – The Board of Comissioners Jan. 15 introduced this year’s salary ordinance, which lists salary ranges and benefits for city employees.

Some positions at the high end of the salary range increased as much as $10,255 for the water and sewer superintendent, while others decreased. The low end of the salary ranges remained stable.

The changes were required to accommodate salaries currently paid to certain city emloyees and raises outlined in contractual agreements with the city’s five bargaining units – the Police Benevolent Association, Firefighters Mutual Benevolent Association, and Teamsters units for public works, clerical workers and police dispatchers.

 

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‘Bag It’ screening rescheduled

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Wednesday, January 28, 2015 03:44 pm

MARGATE – A screening of the award-winning documentary “Bag It” has been rescheduled to 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 10 at Steve & Cookie’s by the Bay due to the storm that passed through the area Tuesday.

The screening, sponsored by Sustainable Margate, the Ventnor Green Team and the Surfrider Foundation South Jersey Chapter, is geared to businesses. Admission is free. Light hors d’oeuvres will served, and drinks can be purchased.

 

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Ventnor, Longport to share plumbing code official

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Wednesday, January 28, 2015 03:41 pm

VENTNOR – Ventnor and Longport have been sharing services for housing inspections since 1999 through an interlocal agreement that shares the cost of subcode officials.

Ventnor commissioners agreed at their Jan. 15 meeting to pay $4,750 more toward that obligation in exchange for the services of Longport’s plumbing subcode official.

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Letter: Dunes are just another pork barrel project

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Letter: Dunes are just another pork barrel project Letter: Dunes are just another pork barrel project To the editor:

Giving the state a green light to proceed with the dunes project is not prudent. It is nothing short of government by dictatorial fiat. With personal rights being abridged at warp speed in the name of security, it's no surprise property rights are now being seized in the name of safety. Our forefathers fought a long, bloody revolution to endow future generation with individual rights unheard of at the time.

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Letter: Margate achieved its objective in court

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Letter: Margate achieved its objective in court Letter: Margate achieved its objective in court To the editor:

Readers of the recent Press of Atlantic City article “Judge lets state proceed with Margate dune project –for now” may have concluded that Margate got buried in the sand by the court. But reading the judge’s ruling in its entirety indicates that Margate was successful in achieving its objective, receiving the relief it had asked for at this stage of the legal process.

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Letter: Dunes are not the solution

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Written by Opinion Tuesday, January 27, 2015 12:00 am

Letter: Dunes are not the solution Letter: Dunes are not the solution To the editor:

The fight over the Margate dune project is difficult enough without having elected officials make false and misleading statements in the press. 

The Jan. 22, 2015 edition of The Current quotes Ventnor Mayor Michael Bagnell as saying, “This all started when a handful of beachfront residents got the ball rolling to block the dunes.”   Nothing could be further from the truth. There has been staunch opposition to this project by the majority of Margate voters since it was first announced.

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