• City Commissioner Maury Blumberg, right, recognizes retiring City Clerk Tom Hiltner with a proclamation naming Dec. 18.MARGATE – Tom Hiltner attended his final government meeting as city clerk Thursday, Dec. 18. He will retire at the end of the year after more than 25 years as the city’s keeper of records. He was also the city tax collector.

    The Board of Commissioners appointed Deputy Clerk Rosie Freed to replace him as city clerk and Linda Morgan as tax collector. Freed was sworn in at the end of the meeting with her family present. Morgan will take the oath of office at the next meeting when her family can be present.

  • 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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Last chance to 'Pack Your Trunk'

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, December 22, 2014 03:20 pm

The Save Lucy Committee will hold a drawing for the “Pack your Trunk” vacation raffle 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 24 at Lucy the Elephant in Margate. 

The raffle, limited to just 1500 tickets, offers two prizes. A grand prize trip for four to Hawaii, including round trip business/first airfare, deluxe hotel accommodations for seven nights and ground transportation.  The prize is valued at $20,000.

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Longport ordinance would permit contractors to work longer hours

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Friday, December 19, 2014 04:51 pm

LONGPORT – The Board of Commissioners introduced an ordinance Wednesday, Dec. 17 that would extend the workday for local contractors and help reduce exhaust and noise from mobile businesses. It would also change Chapter 116 of the city code to define work hours for landscape contractors.

The ordinance was introduced at the behest of builders and remodeling contractors who are working to complete home renovations before spring.

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Menorah lighting held in Ventnor

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Friday, December 19, 2014 04:09 pm

Rabbi Avraham Rapoport explains the meaning of Chanukah. Rabbi Avraham Rapoport explains the meaning of Chanukah. VENTNOR – A crowd turned out for the lighting of the menorah Wednesday evening, Dec. 17 at the Ventnor branch of the Atlantic County Library after the ceremony was moved indoors due to the cold and wind.

 

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Nativity story comes to life at St. James

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Friday, December 19, 2014 04:00 pm

Alexis Smallwood is Mary, and Teddy Grimley is Joseph in the live Nativity held Friday, Dec. 12 at St. James Church in Ventnor. Alexis Smallwood is Mary, and Teddy Grimley is Joseph in the live Nativity held Friday, Dec. 12 at St. James Church in Ventnor. VENTNOR – Holy Trinity Parish held its annual live Nativity Friday, Dec. 12 at St. James Church in Ventnor. The annual event is sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, Altar and Rosary Society, and the parish ministries.

Children of the parish and its religious education program played the roles of the Holy Family, the three kings and shepherds in the field, and the presentation featured live barnyard animals including alpacas, goats and sheep. The children practiced for weeks leading up to the event, which is held annual on the second Friday in December.

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Hiltner sent off with accolades; new clerk sworn in

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Friday, December 19, 2014 03:53 pm

City Commissioner Maury Blumberg, right, recognizes retiring City Clerk Tom Hiltner with a proclamation naming Dec. 18. City Commissioner Maury Blumberg, right, recognizes retiring City Clerk Tom Hiltner with a proclamation naming Dec. 18. MARGATE – Tom Hiltner attended his final government meeting as city clerk Thursday, Dec. 18. He will retire at the end of the year after more than 25 years as the city’s keeper of records. He was also the city tax collector.

The Board of Commissioners appointed Deputy Clerk Rosie Freed to replace him as city clerk and Linda Morgan as tax collector. Freed was sworn in at the end of the meeting with her family present. Morgan will take the oath of office at the next meeting when her family can be present.

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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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