•  Members of the Mental Health Association were available to help homeowners still struggling more than 18 months after the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. Pictured are caseworkers Jordan Brunette of Absecon, Jaime Angelini of Smithville and Meghan Cusack of Linwood. EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – More than 50 people showed up to find out how they can get help repairing their Sandy damaged homes at a special meeting held at the township’s Community Center Wednesday, April 16.

  • VENTNOR – The Planning Board will need more time to decide what type of commercial uses and ancillary uses, including live music, are allowed in the Dorset Avenue Commercial Zone.

    At a lengthy board meeting April 10 about zoning concerns in the city, planners heard complaints from area residents about the noise coming from Ventnor Coffee, which recently held daylong band competitions. Officials said Ventnor Coffee will need a use variance to continue to provide live music at the shop.

  • VENTNOR – The Board of Commissioners took no action following a lengthy executive session on Thursday, April 10.

    Mayor Michael Bagnell and city attorney Amy R. Weintraub were excused from the meeting, which was called to hear a report from an independent attorney who investigated the city’s involvement in a Latin music festival that was cancelled at the 11th hour at the end of last summer.

    “Amy and I recused ourselves from the discussion because it involves us,” Bagnell said as he left the auditorium at the Ventnor Educational Community Complex where public meetings are being held while the municipal building undergoes extensive HVAC renovations.

  • LONGPORT – Following a 30-minute executive session Tuesday, April 8, the Board of Commissioners agreed to revise commissioner appointments and duties.

    Mayor Nicholas Russo gave a brief statement following three unanimous votes to approve the new assignments and realigned duties.

  • Cookie Till plants primroses in the flower garden. PLEASANTVILLE – More than 15 volunteers showed up Friday, April 11 to ensure several local residents eat well, get fresh air and socialize with neighbors.

    Volunteers from Jewish Family Service of Atlantic and Cape May counties and representatives of Growing Green AtlantiCare, built raised garden beds and helped JFS consumers plant early spring vegetables they can harvest by June.

    The JFS garden program is in its second three-year cycle, which includes building the gardens, planting, growing, weeding and harvesting over a three-year period.

    The first garden project was completed in Hammonton, but this project was completed at a house owned by the Pleasantville Housing Authority and occupied by three tenants who need the ongoing assistance that JFS offers.

  • WASHINGTON – A group of New Jersey members of the U.S. House of Representatives sent a letter to Shaun Donovan, secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and Michael Boots, acting chairman of the Council on Environmental Quality requesting that they attend a New Jersey congressional delegation meeting to hear out questions and concerns about why the process for helping homeowners recovering from Hurricane Sandy is taking so long.

    The lawmakers want to discuss what can be done to assist 4,000 homeowners who still are not in their homes nearly a year and half after the October 2012 storm, and what might be done to properly modify any other procedures that may be delaying reconstruction.

  • VENTNOR – The Board of Commissioners is considering naming the city an area in need of rehabilitation, which would provide homeowners with tax incentives to improve their homes.

    “This is a way to stimulate growth in the city,” Mayor Michael Bagnell said.

  • MAYS LANDING – A Ventnor woman was indicted Tuesday, April 8 on a charge of murdering her husband, whose remains were found in her closet after a six-year missing person investigation, acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain said.

    Loretta Doyle Burroughs, 62, was indicted for murder and hindering her own apprehension in connection with stabbing death of her husband, Daniel Burroughs, 66, when both lived on Leipzig Avenue in Hamilton Township.

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Ventnor Commissioners to meet in private about cancellation of Latin festival

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Monday, April 07, 2014 02:21 pm

VENTNOR – The Board of Commissioners has scheduled a special executive session after its 4 p.m. workshop meeting Thursday, April 10 to review a report by an independent investigator regarding a two-day Latin festival that never happened.

Frank L. Corrado of Barry Corrado & Grassi, PC of Wildwood was hired to investigate the cancellation of Sandstock, a two-day music festival that was to be held at a vacant lot on Wellington Avenue Sept. 21-22, 2013. He was to be paid $135 an hour and recently submitted a bill for $13,783.50, according to city attorney Amy R. Weintraub.

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Rios benefit raises funds and community

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Monday, April 07, 2014 08:41 am

Gumer Andia and Luz Rios attend a benefit for their son and brother Kennedy Rios, who died of hypothermia in January. Gumer Andia and Luz Rios attend a benefit for their son and brother Kennedy Rios, who died of hypothermia in January.  VENTNOR – A fundraiser at Ventnor Coffee Sunday, April 6 did more than raise money. It raised community spirit in the light of tragedy.

Shop owner Michael Einwechter proudly stated on his Facebook page last night that the daylong festival raised more than $4,300 for the Rios family of Ventnor, who recently buried their son and brother Kennedy Rios, 21, who went missing for nearly three months. He disappeared after leaving a poker and drinking party without his coat, hat, gloves and cell phone. His body was discovered in the melting water at the edge of the Ventnor Rowing Club on Friday, March 29.

“We are really grateful and appreciative of how Ventnor and the surrounding communities came together to help us, not only now, but when we were looking for Kennedy,” his sister Luz said.

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Ventnor woman pleads guilty to manslaughter

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Written by Staff Reports Saturday, April 05, 2014 07:51 am

MAYS LANDING – A Ventnor woman has pleaded guilty Friday, April 4 to aggravated manslaughter in connection with the fatal stabbing of a Millville man in 2012, Acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain said.

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Congressional art competition deadline April 30

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Friday, April 04, 2014 04:29 pm

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Frank A. LoBiondo (NJ-02) announced today that his office is accepting submissions from high school artists across South Jersey for the 2014 Congressional Art Competition hosted by the House of Representatives.

“I am pleased to again have my office participate in the annual Congressional Art Competition, which rightly recognizes the ingenuity and creativity of young artists in our communities,” said LoBiondo. “With the winning piece on display for visitors to the U.S. Capitol, I encourage South Jersey high school students interested in art to participate in the competition.”

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Longport to hold executive session Tuesday

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Friday, April 04, 2014 02:52 pm

LONGPORT – The Board of Commissioners will hold a special closed door meeting at 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 8 in commission chambers at Borough Hall.

The purposed of the executive session is to discuss potential litigation and realignment of commissioner departments.

Action will be taken.

 

Ventnor BOE plans special meeting on construction projects

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Friday, April 04, 2014 11:17 am

The Ventnor City Board of Education will hold a special meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, 2014 in the auditorium of the Ventnor Educational Community Complex, 400 N. Lafayette Ave.

The agenda includes discussion on the district’s Regular Operating District grant projects. Action may be taken on financing for lease purchase, architectural services and other related business.

   

Ventnor school budget includes $2.1 million for capital projects

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Thursday, April 03, 2014 03:25 pm

VENTNOR – The Board of School Estimates Wednesday, April 2 certified the school district’s $21 million budget, which includes $2.1 million for capital projects at the Ventnor Educational Community Complex. Tight budgets in future years led board members to suggest sharing services with the neighboring Margate School District.

School Business Administrator Terri Nowotny presented the budget, which was developed in consultation with the elementary and middle school principals, administrators and the school board’s Budget Committee.

The tax levy, which accounts for 82 percent of the district’s revenue, increased $336,834 or 1.93 percent, less than the 2 percent tax levy increase allowed by law.

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Seaview Harbor group pleads its case for realignment to Egg Harbor Township Planning Board

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Written by SUZANNE MARINO Wednesday, April 02, 2014 04:37 pm

Seaview Harbor group pleads its case for realignment to Egg Harbor Township Planning Board
Residents say their ZIP code puts them in Longport, and that is where they want to be

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – The committee chamber was packed Monday, March 31 for the Egg Harbor Township Planning Board’s first hearing of the petition of the Seaview Harbor Realignment Committee.

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