• MARGATE – New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin is planning to meet with local officials early next month to discuss alternatives to the pending dunes construction project.

    Mayor Michael Becker said he received a call from Martin last week to arrange a meeting or two to discuss “unresolved issues with the specification of the plan, including drainage.”

    Becker said the 15-minute conversation was cordial and that Martin suggested a second meeting in mid-November to meet with the city’s technical consultant about the project.

    “I think it is a big step forward for the commissioner to call us,” Becker said. “He is aware of our issues and will set the time and place for the meetings.”

  • 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.

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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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Ventnor students learn the drill: Smoke detectors save lives

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, October 15, 2014 08:48 pm

Chief John Hazlett teaches students about firefighter gear. Submitted / Chief John Hazlett teaches students about firefighter gear. Fire Chief John Hazlett and members of the Ventnor City Fire Department visited the Ventnor Educational Community Complex Friday, Oct. 10 for Fire Prevention Week. In keeping with this year’s theme, “Working smoke alarms save lives,” the students were taught the importance of having working smoke detectors in their home. Additionally, students were taught how to respond when a smoke alarm activates.

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