• Michael Becker, Brenda Taube and John AmodeoMARGATE – Four candidates turned in nominating petitions by the Monday, March 9 deadline for three seats on the Board of Commissioners. The nonpartisan election will be held Tuesday, May 12.

    Mayor Michael Becker and Commissioners Maury Blumberg and Brenda Taube are all seeking re-election to four-year terms. Former Assemblyman John Amodeo is also seeking a seat on the board.

    Becker, Taube and Amodeo are running as a team.

    Blumberg is seeking his third consecutive term.

  • MARGATE – For the fourth year in a row, the tax rate for real property in Margate will remain unchanged. The Board of Commissioners introduced its 2015 municipal budget Feb. 19 with no increase in taxes.

    The $31.5 million budget calls for a tax rate of 60.1 cents per $100 of assessed valuation, the same as last year. The average homeowner with a house assessed at $516,007 will pay $3,101.20 in municipal taxes this year.

    Salaries, pensions and debt service are up slightly, but overall spending is down $124,843, according to Chief Financial Officer Lisa McLaughlin.

  • Lt. Frank CulmoneLONGPORT – At its Feb. 25 regular meeting, the Board of Commissioners unanimously agreed to support Mayor Nicholas Russo’s recommendation of Lt. Frank Culmone as the next chief of police.

    Culmone will replace Police Chief Vincent Pacentrilli, who will retire April 1 after 29 years on the police force.

    Russo said Culmone has the two most important traits for a police officer – morals and ethics.

  • The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Tuesday, Feb. 24 cancelled its bid solicitation to build sand dunes on the beaches of Margate and Longport.

    “Today, we notified the bidders that we are cancelling the solicitation,” said Steve Rochette, public affairs officer of the Army Corps Philadelphia District.

    The Army Corps had received two extensions to finalize the contract from two bidders vying for the job. The latest deadline to award the contract was Wednesday, Feb. 25.

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Downbeach sees ‘BagIt,’ hears wake-up call

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Tuesday, March 17, 2015 03:22 pm

Mary Lenahan of Ventnor encourages pet owners to use biodegradable pet waste bags. Mary Lenahan of Ventnor encourages pet owners to use biodegradable pet waste bags. Business Association president urges education, not legislation, for reducing plastic bag use

MARGATE – A showing of the 2010 documentary “Bag It: Is Your Life Too Plastic?” was viewed as a wake-up call by many of the 60-plus people who attended the screening Tuesday, March 10 at Steve and Cookies by the Bay.

The film focuses on the health and ecological hazards of widespread use of plastic, particularly single-use plastic bags and containers. The film maintains that plastic bags are killing marine life, birds and other animals, and contain chemicals that could be harmful to humans.

The screening was a collaboration between the Downbeach green teams led by Sustainable Margate and the Surfrider Foundation’s South Jersey Chapter.

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Longport firefighters may be getting health checkups

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Monday, March 16, 2015 02:05 pm

LONGPORT – Members of the Volunteer Fire Department may soon be going to the doctor for a checkup.

The Board of Commissioners March 12 discussed a proposal that would have firefighters get health evaluations that place them in one of four classes, A through D, depending on their physical fitness. A determination of “D” would relegate a firefighter to light duty.

Solicitor Pacifico “Pat” Agnellini said such a program would be “good for the safety of all” firefighters.

“It would be great for the firefighters themselves to know how they should be handing jobs and not to put others at risk,” he said. “Other employees depend on each other being fit.”

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AC man charged with multiple counts of shoplifting from Margate CVS

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, March 16, 2015 01:12 pm

Casey K. Bucceri Casey K. Bucceri MARGATE – An Atlantic City man was charged with four counts of shoplifting Friday, March 13 in connection with separate thefts that occurred from January to early March at the CVS store on the 9300 block of Ventnor Avenue.

Police allege that on four occasions, all of them caught on surveillance video, Casey K. Bucceri, 30, of Atlantic City, stole electronic items and hair products with a total value of more than $2,000. On one occasion, an employee saw Bucceri leaving the store, according to a news release issued Monday, March 16.

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Tighe School Think Team to compete at Mainland

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Monday, March 16, 2015 12:58 pm

MARGATE - Twelve students from the Eugene A. Tighe School will participate in the Think Day competition to be held March 28 at Mainland Regional High School. Team members are, front row from left, Teddy Grimley, Luke Spotts, Catherine Agostini and Mackenzie Smith, and back row, Megan Crawford, Michael Flynn, Katie Carter, Kai Tripician, Quint Agostini, Alec Freedman, Gavi Jacobson and Sofia Graziano.

   

Longport considers raising fee for after-hours water emergency shutoff

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Monday, March 16, 2015 12:48 pm

LONGPORT – The Board of Commissioners is considering raising the fee charged for Public Works to respond to emergency calls for broken pipes after regular business hours. The borough currently charges $25 for crews to respond to homes to turn on or off water service.

Commissioner Dan Lawler said the cold winter, which generated more than 100 calls for service due to broken pipes, required Public Works to come out at night and on weekends.

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Margate school board president: Show me the numbers

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Wednesday, March 11, 2015 11:58 am

MARGATE – The local school board, at risk of losing all representation on the Atlantic City Board of Education, has asked Interim Executive County Superintendent of Schools Thomas McMahon to provide the numbers that led to his determination to deny collective board seats to Margate, Longport and Brigantine.

The three towns, along with Ventnor, send their secondary school students to Atlantic City High School. Sending districts that have a minimum of 10 percent of total enrollment can have have their own representative on the board. Districts that have less than 10 percent but at least 15 percent combined enrollment earn two collective seats.

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Ventnor Police Blotter, Feb. 11-March 1

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, March 11, 2015 11:55 am

Police blotter information is supplied by local police departments and other law enforcement agencies. All persons named are presumed innocent unless proven guilty.

Kevin P. Charlton, 34, of Ventnor was arrested Feb. 11 by Officer Pierluigi Mancuso and charged with shoplifting, conspiracy and failure to appear.

Quint Downing, 43, of Ventnor was arrested Feb. 12 by Officer Marc Franco and charged with disorderly conduct and hindering. 

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3 incumbents, Amodeo vie for city commission seats

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Wednesday, March 11, 2015 11:48 am

Michael Becker, Brenda Taube and John Amodeo Michael Becker, Brenda Taube and John Amodeo MARGATE – Four candidates turned in nominating petitions by the Monday, March 9 deadline for three seats on the Board of Commissioners. The nonpartisan election will be held Tuesday, May 12.

Mayor Michael Becker and Commissioners Maury Blumberg and Brenda Taube are all seeking re-election to four-year terms. Former Assemblyman John Amodeo is also seeking a seat on the board.

Becker, Taube and Amodeo are running as a team.

Blumberg is seeking his third consecutive term.

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Blumberg announces re-election bid

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Wednesday, March 11, 2015 11:44 am

Maury Blumberg Maury Blumberg MARGATE – Commissioner Maury Blumberg has announced that he will seek re-election in the nonpartisan Board of Commissioners election May 12.

A campaign kick-off celebration is planned for 4-7 p.m. Friday, March 27 at Bocca Coal Fired Grill, with complimentary appetizers and a cash bar. All are welcome.

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Ventnor Tourism group to host 2 community meetings

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, March 11, 2015 11:35 am

VENTNOR – Ventnor Tourism Association Inc., a nonprofit organization that promotes, supports and advertizes Ventnor and other Downbeach communities, will host two meetings this month for community organizations to discuss goals and objectives and develop a master calendar of events. Both meetings will be held at Ventnor Coffee, 108 Dorset Ave., in the Ventnor Heights section.

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