• Michael Becker, Brenda Taube and John AmodeoMARGATE – Four candidates turned in nominating petitions by the Monday, March 9 deadline for three seats on the Board of Commissioners. The nonpartisan election will be held Tuesday, May 12.

    Mayor Michael Becker and Commissioners Maury Blumberg and Brenda Taube are all seeking re-election to four-year terms. Former Assemblyman John Amodeo is also seeking a seat on the board.

    Becker, Taube and Amodeo are running as a team.

    Blumberg is seeking his third consecutive term.

  • MARGATE – For the fourth year in a row, the tax rate for real property in Margate will remain unchanged. The Board of Commissioners introduced its 2015 municipal budget Feb. 19 with no increase in taxes.

    The $31.5 million budget calls for a tax rate of 60.1 cents per $100 of assessed valuation, the same as last year. The average homeowner with a house assessed at $516,007 will pay $3,101.20 in municipal taxes this year.

    Salaries, pensions and debt service are up slightly, but overall spending is down $124,843, according to Chief Financial Officer Lisa McLaughlin.

  • Lt. Frank CulmoneLONGPORT – At its Feb. 25 regular meeting, the Board of Commissioners unanimously agreed to support Mayor Nicholas Russo’s recommendation of Lt. Frank Culmone as the next chief of police.

    Culmone will replace Police Chief Vincent Pacentrilli, who will retire April 1 after 29 years on the police force.

    Russo said Culmone has the two most important traits for a police officer – morals and ethics.

  • The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Tuesday, Feb. 24 cancelled its bid solicitation to build sand dunes on the beaches of Margate and Longport.

    “Today, we notified the bidders that we are cancelling the solicitation,” said Steve Rochette, public affairs officer of the Army Corps Philadelphia District.

    The Army Corps had received two extensions to finalize the contract from two bidders vying for the job. The latest deadline to award the contract was Wednesday, Feb. 25.

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Margate Police Blotter Feb. 27 – March 26

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, March 27, 2015 02:37 pm

Police blotter information is supplied by local police departments and other law enforcement agencies. All persons named are presumed innocent unless proven guilty.

Dorothy A. McLaughlin, 64, of Margate was arrested Feb. 27 by Officer Joseph Kuchmek and charged with driving while intoxicated. She was released on a summons.

Marcus W. Lorenz, 32, of Millville was arrested March 6 by Sgt. Thomas Kresz and charged with driving while intoxicated and on an outstanding warrant. He was released on a summons.

Brahin S. Jones, 26, of Atlantic City was arrested March 11 by Officer Amy Maclean and Officer Hope McIntyre on an NCIC warrant. He was remanded to the Gerard L. Gormley Justice Facility.

Read more: Margate Police Blotter Feb. 27 – March 26

 

Margate schedules annual City Yard Sale

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, March 27, 2015 02:31 pm

MARGATE – It’s time to clean out the attic and garage and make a few dollars recycling your unwanted household items.

Margate will hold its City Yard Sale 8 a.m.- 3 p.m. the weekend of May 2-3. Residents can have their house address posted on a map, which will be distributed at various locations before the weekend, for a registration fee of $7. Yard sales are permissible throughout the city even if you don’t want to be on the map.

Applications are available on the city’s website, www.margate-nj.com and must be submitted no later than noon Wednesday, April 22.

Sunday, May 3 will be clean-up day. Any discarded items will be picked up by the city’s Public Works Department. Anything left curbside will be picked up during the collection. No paint, carpets, construction debris, recyclables, appliances or electronics are allowed.

Officials ask residents to be courteous during the weekend while driving through town. Do not block driveways and obey all traffic regulations. Slow down, be safe and have fun.

For more information call 609-822-5438.

   

Ventnor Fishing Pier opens April 27

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, March 27, 2015 02:26 pm

The Ventnor Fishing Pier will open for the season 8 a.m. Monday, April 27 for members.

The fees for 2015 are $150 for seniors over 62, $175 for adults over 18, $50 for youths 10-17 and $50 for spectators with a key.

Weekly membership is $25 for seniors, $30 for adults and $15 for youths. Daily members pay $5 for seniors and youths, $10 for adults.

Members are required to wear the identification badge issued by the pier master at all times and abide by regulations stated in the city ordinance.

The pier is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. An employee will be on duty to assist with memberships, signups and daily passes.

For more information call 609-823-7944.

 

$21.4M Ventnor school budget calls for 1.56-cent tax rate increase

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Friday, March 27, 2015 02:17 pm

VENTNOR – The Board of Education approved its 2015-2016 school district budget March 25 and will send it to the Board of School Estimate for approval.

In her presentation to the board, Business Administrator Terri Nowotny said the local tax levy would remain unchanged at $17,819,977, although the tax rate would increase 1.56 cents to $.7428 per $100 of assessed valuation due to a $61 million drop in ratables.

The district’s total operating budget is $21,408,781, up from $20,771,809 spent in 2014-2015.

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Lamberti to demolish, rebuild bayfront restaurant

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Monday, March 23, 2015 01:43 pm

MARGATE – Luciano Lamberti got a nod from the Board of Commissioners March 19 for his ambitious project that would demolish the existing Lamberti’s Sunset Marina and Restaurant and rebuild it at a higher elevation.

Lamberti has owned the building for 25 years and has faced repeated washouts on the underside of the building during coastal storms, his architect Arthur Ponzio, Jr. said.

Ponzio made an informal presentation to the board at its 4 p.m. work session, and received favorable responses from commissioners.

“He has been Band-Aid-ing it for a while. It has reached the point that to be competitive and operate and maintain a beautiful facility, he must demolish the building,” Ponzio said.

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Margate awards $2.2 million contract for repurposing old City Hall

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Monday, March 23, 2015 11:49 am

MARGATE – The Board of Commissioners March 19 awarded a $ 2,260,174 contract to R. Wilkinson & Sons Construction, Inc. of Absecon for reconstruction of the old City Hall on Washington Avenue.

According to city engineer Ed Walberg of Remington, Vernick and Walberg, there were five qualified companies who submitted bids within $238,000, from Wilkinson’s low bid to a high-bid of $2,498,870 from M.B. Markland Contracting Company.

Although there was a miscalculation on one line item in Wilkinson’s tabulation for one of two flood barriers, Wilkinson confirmed that the total base bid amount was correct, Walberg said.

Read more: Margate awards $2.2 million contract for repurposing old City Hall

   

Margate approves city share of MBA marketing initiatives

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Monday, March 23, 2015 10:28 am

MBA to hold visioning session Wednesday, March 25 at Tomatoe's

MARGATE – The Board of Commissioners March 4 approved the city’s share of its partnership with the Margate Business Association to plan and execute a myriad of community events throughout the summer and fall. The board agreed to fund $85,000 toward nine marketing campaigns, including the city calendar and map.

The total cost of putting on Beachstock, LeTour de Downbeach, Fall Funfest by the Bay, Thrilling Thursdays, Sept. 11 Tribute and marketing materials is $181,500.

The MBA also conducts street and sidewalk sales, and awards scholarships to children and the Dr. Dan and Maria Walter’s Educational Scholarship from its own funds.

Read more: Margate approves city share of MBA marketing initiatives

 

Longport Briefs: Budget introduced with no tax increase

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Friday, March 20, 2015 01:45 pm

LONGPORT – The Board of Commissioners introduced its municipal budget Wednesday, March 18 with no increase in taxes.

“Each department worked hard to tighten their belts,” Commissioner James Leeds said. “Jenna beat up a lot of people and reviewed the budget line by line. There are no cutbacks in services and no layoffs. It’s a good budget.”

According to Chief Financial Officer Jenna Kelly, expenses were kept in check, and the borough had a $15 million increase in ratables.

“We do not know what happening with Atlantic County, so it is important that this budget remain flat,” Mayor Nicholas Russo said.

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Ventnor boy to be honored at inaugural CAREing Hearts Walk, May 16

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Friday, March 20, 2015 12:26 pm

On March 5, 37 people weathered a snowstorm to attend a kick-off party for the inaurgural CAREing Hearts Walk being held on the Ventnor Boardwalk May 16. Beth Maccagnano-Holzman is chairwoman of the event, and hosted the party at her home. On March 5, 37 people weathered a snowstorm to attend a kick-off party for the inaurgural CAREing Hearts Walk being held on the Ventnor Boardwalk May 16. Beth Maccagnano-Holzman is chairwoman of the event, and hosted the party at her home. VENTNOR – Amidst a major snowstorm, a local family held a fundraising event at their Ventnor home to raise funds and friendship for the Cares Foundation, an international nonprofit organization that supports families in 70 countries around the globe affected with a rare disease called congenital adrenal hyperplasia, or CAH.

Chairwoman Beth Maccagnano-Holtzman and her husband David held a kick-off cocktail party at their Somerset Avenue home Thursday, March 5 to raise awareness about the disease and recruit family and friends to be team leaders for the CAREing Hearts Walk being held on the Boardwalk in Ventnor May 16. Despite the horrid weather, 37 people attended the event.

Read more: Ventnor boy to be honored at inaugural CAREing Hearts Walk, May 16

 

Margate BOE learns about superintendent evaluations

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Friday, March 20, 2015 12:20 pm

MARGATE – The Board of Education spent approximately 90 minutes Wednesday, March 18 learning about the importance of evaluating its superintendent of schools. Charlene Zoerb, a field services representative for the New Jersey School Boards Association provided training during a work session held in the Board of Education conference room.

“Evaluation of the superintendent is one of the most important things you do,” she told the board members. “It will help you move the district forward.”

Deadline for completion of the evaluation is July 1, but the process begins in summer of the prior year when the board develops district goals. The superintendent is responsible for accomplishing those goals, and gives the board progress reports on action items throughout the year.

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