• 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.

  • MARGATE – A building boom in Margate should all but eliminate an increase in taxes this year, Chief Financial Officer Lisa McLaughlin reported at the Board of Commissioners work session on Feb. 5.

    It’s still under review, but a draft budget is complete and “I anticipate getting very close to a zero increase,” McLaughlin said.

    In her unaudited finance update, McLaughlin noted that the city increased ratables by more than $14 million, which brings the net taxable value of real estate in the city to $3,560,607,377.

  • VENTNOR – Ventnor Firefighters Mutual Benevolent Association President Joe Iannuzzelli, backed by a dozen firefighters, attended the Board of Commissioners work session Wednesday, Feb. 11 at the Ventnor Educational Community Complex to ask whether a rumor he heard that the Ventnor and Atlantic City fire departments would merge is true.

    Mayor Michael Bagnell responded to his questions by saying that he is “just doing research” into the feasibility of merging the two departments.

  • Donna M. Peterson of Ventnor is the city’s new emergency management coordinator.VENTNOR – Since she was appointed Dec. 1 to lead the Office of Emergency Management, Donna M. Peterson has checked several items off her to-do list.She prioritized emergency responders as foremost for adequately protecting the city during the next big emergency event, improved technology and communication for first responding agencies and is working to finalize FEMA reimbursements from the last eight declared storms.

    “We’ve been very busy in a lot of different areas. I am trying to catch up on things, not just for myself, but for Ventnor City,” she said during an interview Friday, Feb. 6 at her office in City Hall.

  • MARGATE – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has obtained a second extension of the deadline to award a contract to build sand dunes in Margate and Longport.

    According to Edward C. Voight, chief of Public and Legislative Affairs for the Philadelphia office of the Army Corps of Engineers, the bidders have agreed to extend their bid offerings for one month. The new deadline is Feb. 25.

    Additionally, The Downbeach Current has learned that the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection has not filed eminent domain proceedings in state court to obtain the easements needed to build sand dunes in Margate.

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Margate taxes remain stable again this year

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Friday, February 27, 2015 02:18 pm

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.

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Longport takes lead in discouraging the use of single-use plastic bags

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Thursday, February 26, 2015 04:40 pm

LONGPORT – The borough has taken the lead in a Downbeach-wide effort to discourage the use of single-use plastic bags, which could eventually include a total ban the distribution of plastic bags at local businesses.

The Board of Commissioners unanimously passed a resolution during its Wednesday, Feb. 25 meeting encouraging residents to use reusable cloth bags and educate others about how detrimental plastic bags are to marine life. 

According to statistics cited in the resolution, Americans use 100 billion plastic bags every year. The worldwide count is 1.2 trillion or 300 for every adult.

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Longport appoints new police chief

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Thursday, February 26, 2015 08:23 am

Lt. Frank Culmone FrankCulmone LONGPORT – 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.

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Dr. Suess’ extended alphabet comes to life at VECC

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Wednesday, February 25, 2015 03:37 pm

Katie Lolla of Atlantic City and Sarah Carr of Lower Township bring the Cape May County Zoo Conservation Craze program to students at the Ventnor public schools to celebrate Read Across America Day. The program linked the zoo’s outreach program to Dr. Seuss’s book ‘On Beyond Zebra.’ Katie Lolla of Atlantic City and Sarah Carr of Lower Township bring the Cape May County Zoo Conservation Craze program to students at the Ventnor public schools to celebrate Read Across America Day. The program linked the zoo’s outreach program to Dr. Seuss’s book ‘On Beyond Zebra.’ VENTNOR – There were no sneedles, yekkos or zatz-its, but students at the Ventnor Educational Community Complex got a kick out of meeting some furry, spiny and slithery zoo animals at assemblies held Tuesday, Feb. 24 to celebrate Read Across America Day.

According to librarian Renee Woerner, employees of the Cape May County Zoo brought several small animals to the school as a way to bring to life “On Beyond Zebra!” one of the lesser-known books written by Dr. Seuss, the pen name of Theodor Geisel.

In the book, Seuss extends the English alphabet beyond the letter Z.

“We thought this would be a fun way to instill in our students a love of reading,” Woerner said.

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BOE recognizes Tighe School Student Council

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Wednesday, February 25, 2015 03:30 pm

Tighe School Student Council officers from left are Alana Sanchez, Gavrielle Jacobson, Mackenzie Smith, Chloe Dulac and Catherine Agostini. Tighe School Student Council officers from left are Alana Sanchez, Gavrielle Jacobson, Mackenzie Smith, Chloe Dulac and Catherine Agostini. MARGATE – The Board of Education recognized the Eugene A. Tighe School’s newly installed Student Council at its Feb. 11 meeting.

The student-led club organizes events through the year and conducts fundraisers that benefit student activities.

This year’s student council officers are Catherine Agostini, president; Chloe Dulac, vice president; Mackenzie Smith, secretary; Gavrielle Jacobson, treasurer; and Alana Sanchez, public relations.

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Tighe School Titans walk the red carpet, just for the glam of it

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Wednesday, February 25, 2015 03:21 pm

All decked out in a tuxedo and formal wear are Joey D’Amico and Madison Brestle, both seventh-graders at the Tighe School. All decked out in a tuxedo and formal wear are Joey D’Amico and Madison Brestle, both seventh-graders at the Tighe School. MARGATE – In the olden days, girls wore dresses to school and boys wore ties, but not quite as formally as the students at the Eugene A. Tighe School did on Friday, Feb. 20. Students came to school in formal wear to celebrate the Oscars, just like the Hollywood stars.

One teacher remarked that the students were on their best behavior all day long because they were dressed to the nines. Some of the girls wore sparkled black, red and pastel colored dresses, while the boys wore suits, shirts and ties or their dad’s tuxedos.

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Downbeach firefighters respond to more than 400 calls for leaky pipes

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Wednesday, February 25, 2015 12:37 pm

The deep freeze has taken its toll on homeowners in Downbeach as firefighters in Ventnor and Margate respond to call after call of freezing, broken pipes that are causing millions of dollars in damage to older, newer and under construction homes.

Ventnor Fire Chief John Hazlett said firefighters have responded to more than 200 calls for water leaks in the past two weeks, while Margate Director of Public Works Frank Ricciotti said crews have been called to more than 100 homes and the city is expecting that number to rise.

“We’ve dealt with several snow storms, which weren’t a big deal for us, but it’s the cold weather that’s getting to us,” Ricciotti said.

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Army Corps cancels bid solicitation for dunes project

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Wednesday, February 25, 2015 12:26 pm

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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Letter: A master jetty is the only answer to the dune question

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Written by Opinion Wednesday, February 25, 2015 12:00 am

Letter: A master jetty is the only answer to the dune question Letter: A master jetty is the only answer to the dune question To the editor:

So far the Margate no-duners have spent thousands of taxpayer dollars only to delay the inevitable.

I doubt very much that any judge would allow any city or citizens group to stop the Army Corps of Engineers from a dune project. It would open a Pandora’s box that could delay or stop many Army Corps of Engineers coastal projects. That is, unless you have the only answer that will actually work.

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Downbeach In Your Town

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, February 24, 2015 12:00 am

JCC Falafel and Film

The Milton and Betty Katz JCC in Margate will host a Falafel and Film program 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26 featuring an evening of food, fun and a new Israeli film. Enjoy a kosher falafel meal complete with humus, tahini and Israel salad followed by several short films from Jerusalem’s Ma’aleh Film School that highlight current events and issues in modern day Israel.  Early bird cost is $8 for members/ $10 for non-members up to one week before event, $10/$12 afterwards.  For more information, contact Josh Cutler 609-822-1167, ext. 138 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Freeze for a Cause

The Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation will hold its sixth annual Freeze for a Cause 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 28 at North Carolina Avenue beach in Atlantic City. The after party begins 6 p.m. at Margaritaville with live music by The Danbees. Registration for the first division is $30 online and $40 the day of the event. Tickets to the after party are $25. Benefits people who have cancer. See www.thedrcf.com.

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