• 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.

  • VENTNOR – The Board of Commissioners will hold a special workshop meeting 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16 in the auditorium at the Ventnor Educational Community Complex, 400 N. Lafayette Ave. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss a proposed ordinance that would establish a tax abatement program.

    Commissioners have been discussing creating tax abatements to encourage property owners to make substantial improvements to their properties, including those damaged by hurricane Sandy. It is their hope that the program will eliminate substandard structures and housing conditions, and stop deterioration in certain neighborhoods.

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Margate Police present $5,581 check to Gilda’s Club

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, October 21, 2014 11:18 am

Pictured from left are Beth Wray, Vickie Perry, Adria Light, Lauren Crenshaw of Gilda's Club, James Costa, Christopher Taroncher, Shane Conesky and Kenneth Bergeron of the Margate Police Department. Pictured from left are Beth Wray, Vickie Perry, Adria Light, Lauren Crenshaw of Gilda's Club, James Costa, Christopher Taroncher, Shane Conesky and Kenneth Bergeron of the Margate Police Department.

LINWOOD – The Margate Police Department, Police Benevolent Association Local 65 and Margate Business Association partnered to present a check for $5,581 Oct. 15 to Gilda’s Club of South Jersey.

A portion of the funds were raised during Margate’s Fall Funfest by the Bay at the department’s Dunk-a-Cop dunk tank campaign. Participants paid for three chances to dunk an officer. The officers also sold T-shirts to show support for Gilda’s Club.

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Ventnor man charged in string of vehicle, shed burglaries

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, October 21, 2014 10:38 am

VENTNOR – The Ventnor City Police Department arrested a resident Oct. 15 in connection with a rash of vehicle and shed burglaries over a weeklong period.

David Parke, 26, was arrested Wednesday and charged with seven counts of burglary and theft and other related charges, according to public information officer Detective Lt. Steven Ireland.

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Toxicology tests to determine how Martindale Avenue man died

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, October 20, 2014 04:37 pm

VENTNOR – The Atlantic County Medical Examiner will determine how a Ventnor man died over the weekend. Ventnor City Police responded at 9 a.m. Sunday morning to the call of a death at 123 N. Martindale Ave.

According to Det. Lt. Steve Ireland one of three roommates discovered the deceased male and called police. Police do not know how Geroge Tizzano, 27, died. The third roommate was not home at the time of the discovery.

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Ventnor plans to hire next emergency management coordinator from Atlantic City

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Monday, October 20, 2014 01:58 pm

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.

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State files to take easements needed for dunes project

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Monday, October 20, 2014 11:41 am

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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Letter: Dune project propaganda is not being spread by MCQBP

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Written by Opinion Monday, October 20, 2014 12:00 am

Letter: Dune project propaganda is not being spread by MCQBP Letter: Dune project propaganda is not being spread by MCQBP To the editor:

It shatters my belief in people when I read a letter from Maria Dicino, who accuses a gentleman like Dan Gottlieb of putting out propaganda and using scare tactics. Under the leadership of Dan Gottlieb and Vaughan Reale, Margate Citizens Questioning the Beach Project worked diligently to educate the public and research alternative methods to building dunes on our beautiful beaches and save taxpayers millions of dollars in beach replenishment.

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Letter: Vote yes to stop the dunes

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Written by Opinion Monday, October 20, 2014 12:00 am

Letter: Vote yes to stop the dunes Letter: Vote yes to stop the dunes To the editor:

It was pleasing to see Margate’s paid consultants confirm what Margate Citizens Questioning the Beach Project was teaching citizens, most importantly, that bulkheads were never considered in the Army Corps study over 18 years ago and significantly concerning drainage issues still exist.

The following are also true: 14 handicapped entrances will be reduced to four, and Margate will fund approximately $700,000 every three years. When replenishment is required so we can use our beach, if federal funding isn’t available, Margate’s cost will soar to $7 million per fill.

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Katz JCC to host vegan Thanksgiving feast

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, October 16, 2014 04:30 pm

MARGATE – The Milton & Betty Katz Jewish Community Center will host a vegan community Thanksgiving feast noon-3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 27.

“We invite vegans and nonvegans alike to help us put compassion into action and adopt a kinder more considerate holiday this year,” said Jack I. Fox, JCC chief executive officer. “This will be an afternoon where your palate will be tantalized by remarkable wholesome cuisine while you continue to learn about the meaning of a gentle Thanksgiving, all while you share a special afternoon with friends and loved ones.”

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State obtains bulk of easements needed for shore protection projects

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, October 16, 2014 12:07 pm

Officials vow to obtain the needed easements without paying a 'king’s ransom’

TRENTON – Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman and Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin have announced that the state has obtained more than 80 percent of the property easements needed to enable construction of shore protection and flood mitigation projects designed to safeguard New Jersey residents against hurricanes and significant coastal storms.

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Downbeach In Your Town

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, October 16, 2014 12:00 am

Players and Playwrights meet

Players and Playwrights of the Jersey Shore will meet at the Ventnor Library, 6500 Atlantic Ave., Ventnor 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18. New playwrights, actors and the public are always welcome. Writers are asked to bring one copy for each character in their play and an additional copy for professional playwright John Pietrowski of Playwrights Theater of Madison. For more information, call Rachel Kaplan at 609-601-9191.

Dance with the Stars at Beth El

Beth El Synagogue Dancing with the Stars will be held 3-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19 at the Beth El Social Hall, 500 N. Jerome Ave., Margate. Come out and dance to the music of the Golden Era. A live music trio will be playing the big band classics, covering waltzes, fox trot and Latin tempos. Refreshments will be served. Cost is $10. Reservations requested. Couples and singles are welcome. For more information or to reserve your place, contact 609-823-2725.

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