• ATLANTIC CITY – An activist for open government will be heard in court Monday after the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office denied his request for information about the alleged theft of funds from the Margate Firefighters Benevolent Association Inc. The case is scheduled to be heard 9 a.m. Monday, Dec. 15 by Superior Court Judge Nelson C. Johnson.

    According to a complaint filed Nov. 10 in Superior Court, John Paff of Somerset, chairman of the New Jersey Libertarian Party Open Government Advocacy Project, the Prosecutor’s Office refused to provide any information about the case. He is asking for the immediate release of all incident and investigative reports related to the case.

  • LONGPORT – The Board of Commissioners is considering a request from the city engineer to be more assertive in its support of the pending Absecon Island Beach Protection project – which its neighbor to the north is trying to stop.

    “We went to great lengths to try and get this money and to protect our infrastructure and properties through the dune system. I really think we ought to look at what proactive activities we can do because of the court case out there,” borough engineer Richard Carter told the commission at its Wednesday, Dec. 11 workshop meeting.

    “If you want this, might have to fight for it.”

  • Board of Commissioners appropriates $50,000 more for legal work

    MARGATE – U.S. District Court Judge Renee M. Bumb issued an order Tuesday, Dec. 9 adjourning a court hearing on the dunes project from Dec. 17 to 10 a.m. Jan. 15 to allow the parties to come up with an “amicable resolution.”

    The order was issued in response to a joint request for adjournment from Margate’s special counsel, Jordan M. Rand of Dilworth Paxson LLP, and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

  • CAMDEN – Margate won the second round Thursday in its legal battle to negotiate an alternative to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plan to build sand dunes on the beach.

    On Dec. 4, U.S. District Court Judge Renee Marie Bumb extended the temporary restraining order she imposed Nov. 24 that barred the DEP from awarding a contract to build the dunes.

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Teens to hold karaoke benefit for Rescue Mission Thursday night

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Wednesday, December 17, 2014 03:44 pm

Students at Atlantic City High School who organized the Karaoke for a Cause fundraiser include Seamus Ulmer, Renee Capetola, Molly Kinghorn, Bryam Reales, Olivia Dellston, Hannah D'Amico, Matt McCormick and, not pictured, Doris Zheku. Students at Atlantic City High School who organized the Karaoke for a Cause fundraiser include Seamus Ulmer, Renee Capetola, Molly Kinghorn, Bryam Reales, Olivia Dellston, Hannah D'Amico, Matt McCormick and, not pictured, Doris Zheku. VENTNOR – A group of Atlantic City High School students wanted to do something that would be fun but also help make the holidays merrier for families in need. Because they hang out at Ventnor Coffee, the students often participate in the coffee shop’s karaoke night. They decided to have a karaoke night as a fundraiser to help families in need.

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Students recognized for perfect score on NJASK sections

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Wednesday, December 17, 2014 03:31 pm

Students who graduated from the Margate schools last year attended the Margate Board of Education meeting Dec. 10 to receive recognition for scoring 100 percent on a portion of the 2014 NJASK assessment administered in spring. From left are high school freshmen Nalu Tripician, Megan Reeves, Vaughan Reale, Thomas Rafter, Avi Rabia and Michael Kalaitzis. Students who graduated from the Margate schools last year attended the Margate Board of Education meeting Dec. 10 to receive recognition for scoring 100 percent on a portion of the 2014 NJASK assessment administered in spring. From left are high school freshmen Nalu Tripician, Megan Reeves, Vaughan Reale, Thomas Rafter, Avi Rabia and Michael Kalaitzis. MARGATE – Students who were in grades 3-8 last year were recognized at the Margate Board of Education meeting Dec. 10 for getting a perfect score on a section of the 2014 NJ Assessment of Skills and Knowledge, which was administered to students across the state last spring. Principal Audrey Becker called each of them before the board and handed them certificates of achievement. Forty-five students were recognized.

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Chabad CTeen group celebrates Chanukah

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Wednesday, December 17, 2014 03:23 pm

Steven Newstadter, 13, lights the menorah. Steven Newstadter, 13, lights the menorah. MARGATE – Teens from Chabad at the Shore’s CTeen youth group celebrated the first day of Chanukah Wednesday, Dec. 16 at the Chabad House on Fulton Avenue.

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Judge postpones hearing on OPRA complaint in firefighter case

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Wednesday, December 17, 2014 03:21 pm

ATLANTIC CITY – Superior Court Judge Nelson C. Johnson postponed a hearing scheduled for Dec. 15 on an open-government activist’s complaint against the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office for allegedly denying his request for information about the alleged theft of funds from the Margate Firefighters Benevolent Association Inc.

Johnson postponed the hearing to March 9 to give the Prosecutor’s Office time to complete its investigation into the matter.

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Downbeach In Your Town

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, December 16, 2014 12:00 am

Holiday on Strings

The Ventnor branch of the Atlantic County Library, 6500 Atlantic Ave., will host Holiday on Strings 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18. The free event is open to all, and registration is requested.  The Wandering Minstrels from The Music Studio in Linwood will present an hour of holiday music. Call 609-823-4614.

Beth Judah Chanukah open house

Congregation Beth Judah preschool will hold a Chanukah open house 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18. There will be dinner and a sing-along. Admission is free, but reservations are required. Contact Morah Andrea at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call Beth Judah 609-822 7116, ext. 120 and leave a message.

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Ventnor knows how to throw a parade (SLIDE SHOW)

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Sunday, December 14, 2014 10:15 am

The man of the season, Santa Clause waves the crowd while riding in a Ventnor City Beach Patrol surf boat. The man of the season, Santa Clause waves the crowd while riding in a Ventnor City Beach Patrol surf boat. VENTNOR – It was bright and sunny, although a little blustery for the city’s annual Holiday Parade on Saturday, Dec. 13. Crowds lined the sidewalks and street corners along Ventnor Avenue as community groups, school children and their teachers, and local police and firefighters did their part to entertain the spectators.

The Greater Absecon VFW led the parade with local dignitaries close behind. The Ventnor City Fire Department showed off its apparatus with folks from the North Beach Ventnor group giving away free hugs along the route. The Ventnor Green Team invited Supercan, who attended aboard an ACUA pick-up truck.

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Court to hear OPRA complaint Monday involving Margate firefighter investigation Monday

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Saturday, December 13, 2014 01:36 pm

ATLANTIC CITY – An activist for open government will be heard in court Monday after the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office denied his request for information about the alleged theft of funds from the Margate Firefighters Benevolent Association Inc. The case is scheduled to be heard 9 a.m. Monday, Dec. 15 by Superior Court Judge Nelson C. Johnson.

According to a complaint filed Nov. 10 in Superior Court, John Paff of Somerset, chairman of the New Jersey Libertarian Party Open Government Advocacy Project, the Prosecutor’s Office refused to provide any information about the case. He is asking for the immediate release of all incident and investigative reports related to the case.

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Margate students learn about the technology behind their smart phones

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Friday, December 12, 2014 04:26 pm

Trent Lavenson tries to write computer code in the library at the Eugene A. Tighe School Dec. 12. Trent Lavenson tries to write computer code in the library at the Eugene A. Tighe School Dec. 12. MARGATE – Move over Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook may be getting some new coders. On Friday, Dec. 12, students at the Eugene A. Tighe School tried their hand at writing the algorithms that make the Internet rock.

They joined about 100 million of their counterparts at the William H. Ross School and at 75,000 other locations around the world to learn coding and recognize Computer Technology Week, Dec. 8-12.

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Longport considers throwing its weight behind dunes project

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Thursday, December 11, 2014 03:32 pm

LONGPORT – The Board of Commissioners is considering a request from the city engineer to be more assertive in its support of the pending Absecon Island Beach Protection project – which its neighbor to the north is trying to stop.

“We went to great lengths to try and get this money and to protect our infrastructure and properties through the dune system. I really think we ought to look at what proactive activities we can do because of the court case out there,” borough engineer Richard Carter told the commission at its Wednesday, Dec. 11 workshop meeting.

“If you want this, might have to fight for it.”

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Margate dunes court date extended to Jan. 15

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Wednesday, December 10, 2014 05:05 pm

Board of Commissioners appropriates $50,000 more for legal work

MARGATE – U.S. District Court Judge Renee M. Bumb issued an order Tuesday, Dec. 9 adjourning a court hearing on the dunes project from Dec. 17 to 10 a.m. Jan. 15 to allow the parties to come up with an “amicable resolution.”

The order was issued in response to a joint request for adjournment from Margate’s special counsel, Jordan M. Rand of Dilworth Paxson LLP, and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

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