• MARGATE – An engineer and attorney hired to represent the city regarding the pending dunes project have questioned the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and the Army Corps of Engineers.

    Margate Administrator Richard Deaney provided a written update to the Board of Commissioners Sept. 18 about the progress being made by outside counsel and an environmental engineer hired to represent the city against the dunes plan. Deaney said the city has received a revised edition of the engineering plans for the dunes project, which is slated to begin in November, and is being reviewed by the city’s engineer.

  • VENTNOR – An engineering consultant last week recommended ways the city can become more sustainable and resilient to storms in the wake of hurricane Sandy.

    Stewart Weiser of Remington, Vernick and Walberg presented his Strategic Recovery Planning Report to the Board of Commissioners at its Sept. 17 meeting. The report was funded with a $30,000 grant that was made available to communities in the nine counties most affected by the storm. To qualify, municipalities had to show they lost at least $1 million in ratables as a result of the storm.

  • LONGPORT – The Borough Commission Sept. 17 passed a resolution that approved all the necessary documentation to start the long-awaited dunes project.

    Mayor Nicholas Russo signed an authorization for a state aid agreement with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection to construct the Brigantine to Great Egg Harbor Inlet Storm Damage Reduction Project

  • VENTNOR – The City Commission, Planning Board and Planning and Zoning Department are considering changes to the zoning and building codes to address a number of issues.

    On Aug. 21, the commission asked the Planning Board to review zoning for the R-7 District, which is zoned single family. The commission is asking planners to consider allowing duplexes as a conforming use in the zone.

    According to Zoning Officer Jimmy Agnesino, the area was once zoned for multifamily dwellings, but in the 1990s the city rezoned it for single family only.

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Letter: Taube on casino gambling in North Jersey

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Written by Opinion Thursday, September 18, 2014 02:09 pm

Dear Editor,

It’s crazy to consider gaming up north at a time when four casino properties recently shuttered as a result of increased gaming competition in the northeast.  Those in favor of gaming up north claim that projections show it will help Atlantic City.  But in an ailing market, one shouldn’t gamble with projections of the unknown.   

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JFS names Melissa Bollinger director of Village by the Shore

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, September 18, 2014 01:50 pm

Melissa Bollinger MARGATE - Melissa Bollinger joins Jewish Family Service as Director of Village by the Shore, a program that provides a variety of concierge, volunteer, professional services and socialization for adults over 50. Bollinger’s responsibilities include promoting, managing and directing day-to-day operations, including memberships, programs and social events. She also serves as a liaison with the village’s community partner organizations.

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Margate school board hires new superintendent, tentatively settles teacher contract

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Thursday, September 18, 2014 12:35 pm

MARGATE – Despite requests from the public over four meetings to consolidate two administrative positions, the Board of Education Sept. 17 vowed to keep its current organizational structure, which includes a superintendent, business administrator and two principals who serve dual roles.

 

The board hired Eugene A. Tighe Middle School Principal John DiNicola to replace outgoing Superintendent Theresa DeFranco and tentatively settled its contract with the Margate Education Association. DiNicola’s appointment is subject to approval by the Atlantic County executive superintendent of schools. The union would have to ratify the contract.

 

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Margate Fall Funfest by the Bay set for last weekend in September

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, September 16, 2014 03:06 pm

MARGATE – Mini-golf will make a debut this year at the annual Fall Funfest by the Bay – along with new amusements, boat rides, craft vendors, a smorgasbord of food, critters for the kids, two stages of nonstop entertainment and a visit from Miss New Jersey 2014 Cierra Kaler-Jones.

The two-day festival will stretch for six blocks along the bayfront on Amherst Avenue, running 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28 and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29.

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Superior Court judge to hear Hiltner lawsuit Monday

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Tuesday, September 16, 2014 02:53 pm

MARGATE – The whistleblower lawsuit filed by Margate City Clerk and Tax Collector Tom Hiltner is slated to be heard before Superior Court Judge Donna M. Taylor 9 a.m. Monday, Sept. 22 in Atlantic City.

Hiltner sued the city, Mayor Michael Becker and Commissioner Brenda Taube in April 2012 to expose what he claims were violations of the state’s pay-to-play laws regarding the commission’s hiring of a new auditor, and harassment by Taube.

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Ventnor Police Blotter, Sept. 1-13

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, September 16, 2014 02:25 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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Margate calendar contest carries $250 prize

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, September 16, 2014 02:21 pm

MARGATE –What is the most iconic image of Lucy the Elephant’s hometown? The Margate Business Association invites photographers and artists to submit original work for the Inside Margate 2015 calendar cover contest.

There is a $250 prize for the image that best captures the essence of Margate. Submissions must include name, age and address of the artist, the medium used, and a short description of the piece. Submissions must be emailed to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3. Submissions must be 9 by 12 inches, 300 dpi, and CMYK.

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Margate green team chairwoman named Sustainable Jersey Hero

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Tuesday, September 16, 2014 02:15 pm

Monica Coffey Monica Coffey MARGATE – Resident Monica Coffey, who has worked for nearly 20 years to protect New Jersey’s fragile environment, was recognized by the Sustainable Jersey organization as its Sustainability Hero for September.

Coffey, who chairs Margate’s green team, Sustainable Margate, was featured in the Sustainable Jersey monthly online newsletter.

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Longport Mothers Club reorganizes

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Tuesday, September 16, 2014 02:10 pm

LONGPORT – Times change, and so does leadership. Two longtime organizers of the Longport Mothers Club are retiring from the group and are seeking mothers of young children to get involved.

Mayor Nicholas Russo and the Longport Board of Commissioners will issue proclamations at their Sept. 17 meeting honoring Donna McAllister and Kelly Agnellini, who have organized community events for the Mothers Club over the last eight years.

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Ventnor updates ordinances, bonds for improvements

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Tuesday, September 16, 2014 12:28 pm

VENTNOR – The City Commission, Planning Board and Planning and Zoning Department are considering changes to the zoning and building codes to address a number of issues.

On Aug. 21, the commission asked the Planning Board to review zoning for the R-7 District, which is zoned single family. The commission is asking planners to consider allowing duplexes as a conforming use in the zone.

According to Zoning Officer Jimmy Agnesino, the area was once zoned for multifamily dwellings, but in the 1990s the city rezoned it for single family only.

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