• 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. 

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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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Vintage Jazz Band wows older set at Ventnor Coffee

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Monday, January 26, 2015 03:16 pm

DeMarzio plays rhythm guitar and vocals for The Vintage Jazz Band that got its start at Village Grande, an over-55 community in Egg Harbor Township. DeMarzio plays rhythm guitar and vocals for The Vintage Jazz Band that got its start at Village Grande, an over-55 community in Egg Harbor Township. VENTNOR – When Ventnor Coffee went before the zoning board for approval to continue offering music at their Dorset Avenue shop, owners Michael Einwechter and Christine Pagano said coffee shops are centers of social interaction for the community and safe havens for young people who like music. That premise was evident Friday, Jan. 23 as the shop was packed with people listening to a local jazz band – only the audience was filled with teenagers of a different era – the 1910s, 1920s and 1930s. 

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Ventnor City declares code blue

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, January 26, 2015 02:55 pm

VENTNOR - Due to expected dangerous wind chill temperatures through most of this week from nor'easter Juno, the Ventnor City Office of Emergency Management is declaring a Code Blue, effective 4 p.m. Monday, Jan. 26 until 8 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 29.

The combination of windy conditions (wind gusts up to 50 mph) and the snow will result in blizzard conditions. Low temperatures will range from single digits to lower 20s. Wind chills will be much lower.

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Margate City Police Blotter Jan. 1-20

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, January 23, 2015 03:30 pm

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

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Ventnor Police Blotter Jan. 6-21

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, January 23, 2015 02:38 pm

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

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