• 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.

  • 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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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.

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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.

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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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Video project core component of Apple store visit

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Thursday, October 23, 2014 02:40 pm

Jackson Agnellini and Blake Laveson, both fourth-graders at the Ross School, try their hand at using a Mac. Jackson Agnellini and Blake Laveson, both fourth-graders at the Ross School, try their hand at using a Mac. ATLANTIC CITY – It’s traditional for students to bring an apple to the teacher, but fourth-grade teachers at the William H. Ross School in Margate this week and next are bringing their students to Apple.

The annual fourth-grade field trip to the Apple Store at Caesar’s Pier in Atlantic City is a fun way for students to experience the art of filmmaking, with them as the stars, fourth-grade teacher Tina Baronowitz said Monday, Oct. 20.

Fifteen of her students visited the Apple Store before it opened to the public to learn how to make green screen videos with user-friendly software.

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Longport commission meeting rescheduled

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, October 23, 2014 02:37 pm

LONGPORT – The Board of Commissioners workshop meeting scheduled for Nov. 13 and the regular meeting scheduled for Nov. 21 have been canceled. The board’s regular November meeting will be held 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12 at Borough Hall.

 

Alliance, Margate schools host barbecue and bonfire Friday night

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, October 23, 2014 02:30 pm

The Margate-Longport Municipal Alliance to Prevent Drug Abuse and the Margate City Board of Education will hold its first-ever Bback-to-School BBQ and Bonfire. Administrators, teachers, staff and students and their families will attend the event 5-7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 24. The barbeque will be held at the field across from the Eugene A. Tighe Middle School. Bring your own beach chair and enjoy an end of the summer season, welcome fall and winter celebration.

   

Downbeach In Your Town

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, October 22, 2014 12:00 am

Halloween parade and bingo

A Halloween parade and bingo night will be held 5:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24 in the cafeteria of the Ventnor Educational Community Complex, 400 N. Lafayette Ave., Ventnor. For information call 609-487-7900.

An Evening with George Burns

Beth El Synagogue and Temple Emeth Shalom will present “An Evening with George Burns” 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25 at Beth El Synagogue, 500 N. Jerome Ave., Margate. Refreshments will be served. Cost is $18 prepaid by Oct. 20 and $20 at the door. For reservations or information contact Beth El 609-823-2725 or Temple Emeth Shalom 609-822-4343.

Learn how to adopt a shelter dog

The Ventnor branch of the Atlantic County Library, 6500 Atlantic Ave., will host a presentation on adopting a shelter dog 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 25. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is requested. The discussion will include what to know and what to look for when adopting a shelter dog. For information call 609-823-4614.

Paw Plunge

Longport will host a Paw Plunge 10 a.m.-noon Sunday, Oct. 26 on the beach at 33rd Avenue to benefit the Humane Society of Atlantic County. Bring your dog to the beach and take a plunge in the ocean. Registration starts 9 a.m.; the fee is $10 per couple (dog and owner). Call Amy Strawder at 609-823-2731, ext. 100.

‘Phantom of the Opera’ screening

The original silent film “The Phantom of the Opera” will be shown 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26 at the Adrian Phillips Ballroom at Boardwalk Hall. The film features Lon Chaney, Norman Kerry and Mary Philbin. Tickets are $20 and proceeds benefit the Historic Organ Restoration Committee Inc. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com or at the door starting 7 p.m. For information about the organ restoration see www.boardwalkhall.com/organs.asp or call 609-515-5857

Healthease

Atlantic County Library System/Ventnor, 6500 Atlantic Ave. offers Healthease, a series of seven programs, presented by health educator Maggie Weaver, RN. The programs are open to adults, and registration is requested for each session. At 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, the topic is “Bone up your health: Osteoporosis.” Participants learn to apply lifestyle changes to prevent osteoporosis and falls. For information call the library at 609-823-4614.

Sisterhood Luncheon at Beth El

Beth El Synagogue, 500 N. Jerome Ave., Margate will be hosting a catered Sisterhood Luncheon 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29. Includes entertainment by Tony Deluca and fashions by Claudia available for purchase. Cost is $25 and everyone is welcome to attend. Reservations and payment due by Wednesday, Oct. 22. For more information, call 609-823-2725 and speak to Joyce or Sandi.

Make Halloween cupcakes at the library

The Ventnor branch of the Atlantic County Library, 6500 Atlantic Ave., will host a Halloween cupcake decorating program 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29 for children 7 and older. Registration is required; call 609-823-4614.

Scary story writing group

Children ages 7-10 can write their own scary story 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30 at the Ventnor branch of the Atlantic County Library, 6500 Atlantic Ave. Registration is required. Participants gather in groups and collaborate to write a Halloween story, then listen to the results over punch and cookies. Register by calling the library at 609-823-4614.

JCC hosts annual American Red Cross Blood Drive

The Katz JCC will host its annual American Red Cross Blood Drive 12-5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31 at the Katz JCC Auditorium. The uncertainties of the times require a new commitment to maintain a five-10 day community blood supply. It only takes a small amount of time and one small pinch to become a hero to someone in need. Giving the “Gift of Life” is a mitzvah and one way to help those in need.  To set up a time to donate, please call Josh Cutler at 609-822-1167, ext. 138 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Free small business assistance

The Ventnor branch of the Atlantic County Library System, 6500 Atlantic Ave., will host a free Small Business Financial and Technical Assistance workshop 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 3. Presented by Sheryl Paynter, a lender relations specialist with the Small Business Administration, the workshop covers SBA technical assistance and loan programs such as the 7(a)guaranty loan, 504 fixed asset loan, and the SBAExpress loan. To register call the library at 609-823-4614.

Flu clinic

The Atlantic County Division of Public Health will hold a flu shot clinic for ages 18 and older 10 a.m.-noon Thursday, Nov. 6 at the Ventnor Educational Community Complex, 400 N. Lafayette Ave. Flu shots are $15. Pneumonia shots will also be available to eligible residents 65 years and older for $25. Both shots are free for residents with Medicare Part B coverage with card. Walk-ins welcome. For information call 609-645-5933.

Community Shabbat dinner

Beth El Synagogue, 500 N. Jerome Ave., Margate will hold a Community Shabbat Dinner 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7 with food prepared by Chabad. All are welcome. Cost is $20 for adults, $10 for children 8 and younger. Reservations requested before Nov. 1. Call 609-823-2725.

‘D-Day’s Sunken Secrets’

The Ventnor branch of the Atlantic County Library, 6500 Atlantic Ave., will show the Nova documentary "D-Day's Sunken Secrets" 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8 at program for adults and teens called “Discover D-Day’s Drunken Secrets.” Details about events that led up to the invasion of Normandy that were hidden underwater are revealed using modern technology such as submersibles, underwater robots and 3-D mapping tools. For information call 609-823-4614.

Breakfast with the author

Breakfast and a discussion with author Dean Scarpa will be held 10 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 9 at Emeth Shalom at Kenyon and Ventnor avenues in Margate. Cost is $18. Reservations are requested by Nov. 3. Call 609-823-2725 or 609-822-4343.

Shaloma Hadassah book review

Shaloma Hadassah will host a book review 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12 at the home of Mona Trocki-Ozlek. The group will discuss the book “The Dovekeepers” by Alice Hoffman. Copies are available through the Atlantic County Library. Dessert and coffee will be served. For information call Mona at 609-487-0697.

Ladies Night Out

The Katz JCC Early Childhood Education Center Parent Committee will hold a Ladies Night Out Shopping Extravaganza 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13 at the Katz JCC auditorium, 501 N. Jerome Ave. There will be cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, music, a fashion show and more than 50 vendors. Tickets are $20 in advance and $30 at the door and include a drink ticket. Vendor space begins at $100. For information, tickets, vendor or sponsorship opportunities contact Julie Fink at 609-822-1167, ext. 159, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or see www.jccatlantic.org.


Tot Shabbat

Tot Shabbat will be held 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14 at Beth El’s Mainland Campus in London Square Plaza, Northfield. The program will be led by Rabbi Judi Ahavah DelBourgo with singing, stories and snacks. Family service follows at 7 p.m. For information call 609-380-2429.

Players and Playwrights meet

Players and Playwrights of the Jersey Shore will meet at the Northfield Library, 241 W. Mill Road, Northfield 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15. 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.

Tot Shabbat at Beth El

Tot Shabbat will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 15 in the playroom at Beth El Synagogue, 500 N. Jerome Ave., Margate. Age appropriate singing and Shabbas fun, including Torah parade, stories and snacks led by Rabbi Judi Ahavah DelBourgo. All are welcome. For information call 609-823-2725.

Beth El hosts holiday bazaar

Beth El Synagogue, 500 N. Jerome Ave., Margate will hold a holiday bazaar 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 16 featuring holiday gifts, food, music and children’s crafts. Anyone interested in selling goods at the bazaar may contact Sandi at 609-823-2725 or 609-576-0550.

Fundraiser at Boccaser

Shaloma Hadassah will hold a fundraiser 5-9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2 at Bocca Coal Fired Bistro, 7805 Ventnor Ave., Margate. Receive a certificate and present it to the server and Bocca will donate 20 percent of the purchase price to Shaloma Hadassah. For information or to obtain a certificate call Eve at 609-822-0024.

Live from the 92nd St. Y

Temple Emeth Shalom, 8501 Ventnor Ave., will be presenting the second installment of its fall speaker series, which will be broadcast live from the 92nd St. Y in New York City 8:15 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4.
America and Israel: the Way Forward. Dalia Rabin, former Israeli deputy minister of defense and current chairwoman of the Yitzhak Rabin Center, and Ambassador Dennis Ross, a counselor who played a leading role in shaping U.S. involvement in the Middle East peace process, will address Israel’s future. Leading the discussion is Ethan Bronner, deputy national editor of the New York Times and the newspaper’s former Jerusalem bureau chief. The speaker series will be open to the public and broadcast live on the big screen at the synagogue. Ticket price is $15. Checks are payable to Temple Emeth Shalom, 8501 Ventnor Ave., Margate, NJ  08402. For information, call 609-822-4343.

Bus Trip to the Big Apple

The Margate Recreation Department will hold a bus trip to New York City Saturday, Dec. 6. The bus will depart Margate at 8 a.m. and leave for the return trip at 8 p.m. Cost is $35. For reservations call 609-823-6658.

Holiday happenings in Longport

Longport will host a holiday celebration 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6 at the Community Center on 33rd Avenue. Santa will arrive to help residents and visitors light the holiday tree and menorah. Refreshments will be served. For information call Amy Strawder at 609-823-2731, ext. 100.

Holiday concert

Longport will host its annual holiday concert 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7 at the newly rebuilt Church of the Redeemer, 108 S. 20th Ave. Refreshments will be served after the concert. All are welcome. For information call Amy Stawder at 609-823-2731, ext. 100.

Players and Playwrights meet

Players and Playwrights of the Jersey Shore will meet at the Northfield Library, 241 W. Mill Road, Northfield 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20. 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.

Ongoing

Atlantic County Revive seeks volunteers

The long-term recovery group Atlantic County Revive is looking for volunteers to rebuild homes in Ventnor that were damaged in Hurricane Sandy. Call 609-568-1187, 609-822-2113, or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Knitting for children, teens and adults at Ventnor library

Atlantic County Library System/Ventnor, 6500 Atlantic Ave. hosts Purl Jam, a kids and teens knitting program 10 a.m. – noon Saturdays, Sept. 6 through Dec. 27. Registration is requested. Kids of all ages are welcome to bring projects they are working on, and are encouraged to call the library branch if they need help getting started.

Gathering wool is scheduled for 10 a.m. to noon Tuesdays, Sept. 2 through Dec. 30, except for Nov. 4 and Nov. 11. Adult knitters of all levels of experience are invited to chat, meet neighbors while knitting and stitching. For information, call the library at 609-823-4614.

Classes at Ventnor Cultural Arts Center

Classes in drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture, jewelry making, children’s art, dance and Zumba are held at the Ventnor City Cultural Arts Center, 6500 Atlantic Ave. throughout the year. For information and class schedules call Victoria Clark at 609-823-7952 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . 

 

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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