• MARGATE – New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin is planning to meet with local officials early next month to discuss alternatives to the pending dunes construction project.

    Mayor Michael Becker said he received a call from Martin last week to arrange a meeting or two to discuss “unresolved issues with the specification of the plan, including drainage.”

    Becker said the 15-minute conversation was cordial and that Martin suggested a second meeting in mid-November to meet with the city’s technical consultant about the project.

    “I think it is a big step forward for the commissioner to call us,” Becker said. “He is aware of our issues and will set the time and place for the meetings.”

  • VENTNOR – The Board of Education agreed Wednesday, Oct. 22 to partner with Atlantic City in its effort to win the Georgetown University Energy Prize national competition, which carries a $5 million prize for the community that most effectively reduces its per-capita energy consumption over a two-year period starting Jan. 1, 2015.

    Action taken at the meeting will pave the way for other Downbeach communities to join Atlantic City in an interlocal agreement that benefits residents and helps the environment.

    Atlantic City is one of 52 municipalities nationwide that made it to the quarter-finals of the competition, which is designed to create a more energy efficient America. The prize challenges communities to incorporate innovative ideas to reduce energy consumption.

  • VENTNOR – The Board of Commissioners Thursday, Oct. 15 introduced an amendment to the city’s salary ordinance to set into motion an intergovernmental transfer that would allow the city to hire an Atlantic City employee as its next emergency management coordinator.

    Longtime Emergency Management Coordinator William Melfi will retire in two weeks, Mayor Michael Bagnell said. He is currently using up his sick days and his last day of employment will be Nov. 1.

  • Margate engages DEP and Army Corps to discuss options to building dunes

    MARGATE – The Board of Commissioners approved a resolution Thursday, Oct. 16 that preserves the city’s rights in fighting the dunes project. The commission entered a “tolling and standstill” agreement with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, which will allow the municipality to negotiate alternatives to building sand dunes on Margate’s beach.

    Assistant Attorney General David C. Apy filed with the Atlantic County Clerk three administrative orders to effectuate a taking of partial easements not voluntarily granted by shorefront property owners, including the City of Margate, to build the dunes. The state will use its powers of eminent domain to negotiate good faith compensation due to 10 shorefront property owners and 16 riparian grant owners.

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Margate school board considers change to organizational structure

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Monday, October 27, 2014 04:22 pm

MARGATE – Although they said they had no plans to change the organizational structure of the district, the members of the Board of Education recently discussed a change that would provide continued oversight of curriculum and instruction.

Audrey Becker, who was recently appointed principal of the Eugene A. Tighe Middle School, said the district organizational chart would change slightly to reflect the supervisor of instruction position under her leadership as the district’s director of curriculum.

Each of the district’s principals and the superintendent wear more than one hat as administrators. Recently appointed Superintendent John DiNicola is also director of special projects and supervisor of the Dominick A. Potena Performing Arts Center, and William H. Ross Elementary School Principal Michele Carney Ray also serves as director of special education.

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DEP requests meeting with Margate officials on dunes project

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Monday, October 27, 2014 04:18 pm

MARGATE – New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin is planning to meet with local officials early next month to discuss alternatives to the pending dunes construction project.

Mayor Michael Becker said he received a call from Martin last week to arrange a meeting or two to discuss “unresolved issues with the specification of the plan, including drainage.”

Becker said the 15-minute conversation was cordial and that Martin suggested a second meeting in mid-November to meet with the city’s technical consultant about the project.

“I think it is a big step forward for the commissioner to call us,” Becker said. “He is aware of our issues and will set the time and place for the meetings.”

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VECC hosts annual Halloween Parade on school grounds (VIDEOS)

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Monday, October 27, 2014 03:20 pm

Members of the Ventnor Educational Community Complex Marching Band led the Halloween Parade, Friday, Oct. 24. Members of the Ventnor Educational Community Complex Marching Band led the Halloween Parade, Friday, Oct. 24. The community turned out enmasse for the annual Halloween Parade held on the grounds of the Ventnor Educational Community Complex Friday evening, Oct. 24.

About 100 children, dressed as their favorite ghosts, goblins and animated characters, lined up in the gymnasium to vie for prizes for the best in each Halloween category. They marched out the back doors and around the expansive school yard to the sounds of the VECC Marching Band. The parade ended where it began with treats for all the children.

Enjoy a slideshow of the Halloween Parade...
 

Planners to hear Holy Trinity subdivision application

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Monday, October 27, 2014 12:25 pm

MARGATE – The Planning and Zoning Board has been busy over the last several months hearing applications for homeowners to raise their homes, expand living space and build decks and front porches. But its next meeting has two applications that may be of interest to the public.

Holy Trinity Parish has submitted an application to establish a four-lot subdivision at the site of the former Blessed Sacrament School on Jerome Avenue near Ventnor Avenue. The school site would be used to create three residential building lots. The fourth lot would be for the Blessed Sacrament Church, parish building and rectory.

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Drug Alliance hosts family barbeque for Longport, Margate families

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Monday, October 27, 2014 11:27 am

Andrew DeFeo, Rex Ray, Kai Cook and Tim Windfelder peek through the lacrosse net at the Alliance family barbeque held in the field across from the Tighe School Friday, Oct. 24. Andrew DeFeo, Rex Ray, Kai Cook and Tim Windfelder peek through the lacrosse net at the Alliance family barbeque held in the field across from the Tighe School Friday, Oct. 24. MARGATE – The Longport/Margate Municipal Alliance held its first-ever family barbeque and bonfire Friday, Oct. 24 in the field across from the Eugene A. Tighe School. The event attracted Longport and Margate students who attend the local public schools and their families, including younger siblings who are not quite ready for their 123s and ABCs.

The barbeque was funded through the municipal alliance budget, according to alliance Chairman John DiNicola, the superintendent of the district.

“This is a welcome back to school celebration,” DiNicola said. “We thought this would be a good way to bring families together at the start of the school year so they can get to know each other.”

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Ventnor schools join Georgetown University Energy Prize competition

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Thursday, October 23, 2014 04:15 pm

VENTNOR – The Board of Education agreed Wednesday, Oct. 22 to partner with Atlantic City in its effort to win the Georgetown University Energy Prize national competition, which carries a $5 million prize for the community that most effectively reduces its per-capita energy consumption over a two-year period starting Jan. 1, 2015.

Action taken at the meeting will pave the way for other Downbeach communities to join Atlantic City in an interlocal agreement that benefits residents and helps the environment.

Atlantic City is one of 52 municipalities nationwide that made it to the quarter-finals of the competition, which is designed to create a more energy efficient America. The prize challenges communities to incorporate innovative ideas to reduce energy consumption.

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Margate Police Blotter Sept. 16 – Oct. 22

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, October 23, 2014 03:58 pm

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

Read more: Margate Police Blotter Sept. 16 – Oct. 22

 

Longport Police Blotter Sept. 11 – Oct. 21

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, October 23, 2014 03:48 pm

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

Vincent Monzo Jr, 19, of Ventnor was arrested Oct. 2 by Ptl. Ray Burgan and charged with possession of CDS and unregistered motor vehicle.

Christopher E Jonassaint, 35, of Cape May Court House was arrested Oct. 4 by Ptl. Dean Tibbitt and charged with tint and driving while intoxicated.

Read more: Longport Police Blotter Sept. 11 – Oct. 21

   

Margate Schools host spaghetti dinner

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, October 23, 2014 03:45 pm

MARGATE - Former Superintendent Dominick Potena will be cooking up a storm, 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13 at the Tighe School cafeteria. The annual spaghetti dinner hosted by the Margate Education Foundation is a fundraiser for the eighth grade, and features a Wine and Grab and Prize Raffle, spaghetti, meatballs, salad and bread. Tickets are $7 in advance by Nov. 3 and $8 at the door. For information, call Anita Grimley at 609-335-8101.

 

Margate achieves bronze Sustainable Jersey certification

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, October 23, 2014 03:29 pm

MARGATE – Sustainable Jersey recently announced that Margate City has met the rigorous requirements to achieve Sustainable Jersey certification.  Margate is among 117 of the 416 registered municipalities that have attained bronze certification. 

Mayor Michael Becker will accept the award at the at the sixth annual Sustainable Jersey awards luncheon during the New Jersey League of Municipalities Conference in Atlantic City Tuesday, Nov. 18 in Atlantic City.

“I couldn’t be more proud of this prestigious achievement and what it means for the residents of Margate,” said Margate Mayor Mike Becker. “The sustainability initiatives undertaken by the green team are helping Margate go green, save money and sustain the quality of life for all of us over the long term.”

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