• 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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Tighe School announces honor roll

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, December 09, 2014 02:23 pm

Eugene A. Tighe Middle School first marking period honor roll 

Honor Roll

Fifth Grade

John A. Alice
Emily M. Crawford
Sydney E. Drexler
Simone J. Graziano

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Ventnor City Police Blotter Nov. 25 – Dec. 8

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, December 09, 2014 02:15 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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Beth Judah introduces Galeem program

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, December 09, 2014 02:13 pm

VENTNOR – Congregation Beth Judah is hoping to make waves with recent changes implemented at its religious school, among them new scheduling options. The name of the program is Galeem, which is Hebrew for waves.

“Our goal is to make it easier for students and their parents to take advantage of Jewish learning opportunities through Beth Judah,” Interim School Administrator Karen Pollock said. “And we are offering complimentary classes in January, so students and parents can get a taste of what we have to offer."

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100-year-old Ventnor man just keeps on dancing

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Tuesday, December 09, 2014 02:03 pm

Mary Platt of Egg Harbor Township chats with her father, William Delgesso, who turns 100 years old Friday, Dec. 12 Mary Platt of Egg Harbor Township chats with her father, William Delgesso, who turns 100 years old Friday, Dec. 12 VENTNOR – Dancing through life keeps William Delgesso young, the soon-to-be centenarian said.

“I’m 100, going on 50,” he said in his Somerset Avenue home last week. His 100th birthday is Friday, Dec. 12.

Delgesso danced his way out of tribulation and into the arms of his 1935 bride, Mary Bird, who passed away in 2008 at the age of 90. Together, they had a happy life, first in Atlantic City and then in Ventnor.

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JCC holding Boxx for Tots toy drive

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, December 09, 2014 12:01 pm

MARGATE – The Milton & Betty Katz Jewish Community Center, 501 N. Jerome Ave., will again hold Jon Simon’s Boxx for Tots holiday toy drive.

Last year the campaign collected more than 3,500 toys for area children and distributed them to charities, including Jewish Family Service, Division of Youth and Family Services of Atlantic County, Our Lady Star of the Sea Roman Catholic Churchof Atlantic City, and directly to local families in need, JCC personal trainer Jon Simon said.

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A bonanza for holiday shoppers

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, December 08, 2014 12:00 am

Vicki and Mitch Moskovitz of Northfield shop during Beth Judah’s Holiday Shopping Bonanza. Vicki and Mitch Moskovitz of Northfield shop during Beth Judah’s Holiday Shopping Bonanza. VENTNOR – Congregation Beth Judah held its Holiday Shopping Bonanza Sunday, Nov. 23 at the Swarthmore Avenue synagogue. More than 150 shoppers turned out to purchase offerings from more than 30 vendors. The event was a huge success, according to Ethel Levinson, acting synagogue administrator.

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Longport lights the tree, despite pouring rain

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Sunday, December 07, 2014 11:08 am

Can’t let Santa down. Children and families gathered at the gazebo in Longport, despite the pouring rain. They lit the tree, sang Christmas carols and enjoyed cookies and milk with Santa. Can’t let Santa down. Children and families gathered at the gazebo in Longport, despite the pouring rain. They lit the tree, sang Christmas carols and enjoyed cookies and milk with Santa. LONGPORT - Despite the pouring rain, a small group of children and their families showed up for Longport’s annual tree lighting Saturday, Dec. 6. Santa did not disappoint, arriving aboard a fire truck and handing out candy canes to the children.

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VECC top candy sellers ride in style (VIDEO)

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Saturday, December 06, 2014 10:12 am

Students got to ride in a Hummer limousine on Friday, Dec. 5 as a reward for selling the most candy during a fundraiser at VECC. Students got to ride in a Hummer limousine on Friday, Dec. 5 as a reward for selling the most candy during a fundraiser at VECC. VENTNOR – Top sellers in the Ventnor Home and School Association’s annual school fundraiser got their just rewards Friday, Dec. 5 as the stretch Hummer limousine pulled up at the entrance to the Ventnor Educational Community Complex.

In all, 23 elementary and middle school students who sold the most candy and wrapping paper in the annual Cherrydale Farms fundraiser got to ride in the impressive limo to a lunch at a popular pizza hot spot, Caruso’s Pizza on Ventnor Avenue. The students selected sold more than 20 items from the catalogue they brought home to parents.

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Longport to crack down on drunken driving

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Written by Staff Reports Saturday, December 06, 2014 12:00 am

drive sober  LONGPORT – Law enforcement will be cracking down on drunken drivers as part of the statewide holiday Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign. From Dec. 5 to Jan. 2, police will conduct saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints looking for motorists who may be driving while intoxicated.

The national campaign is held each holiday to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving through a combination of high-visibility enforcement and public education. 

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Atlantic County Sheriff’s Office blotter, Dec. 4, 2014 Downbeach edition

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, December 05, 2014 12:00 am

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

Sheriff’s Report

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