• 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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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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Margate wins round 2 in dunes battle

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Thursday, December 04, 2014 08:38 pm

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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Beth Judah announces Shabbat services for adults and children

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, December 02, 2014 04:09 pm

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Congregation Beth Judah, holds Friday evenings, Kabbalat Shabbat service, 6 p.m., in the Toll Memorial Chapel, 700 N Swarthmore Ave., Ventnor City. Shabbat morning services are held in the Sanctuary beginning at 9 a.m. This service is followed by a sit down Kiddush, usually with enough to eat to call it lunch, followed by Mincha services and a discussion of Pirke Avot. Sunday morning the minyan is in the Toll Memorial Chapel at 9 a.m. Weekdays, the minyan is 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. 

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Students learn medieval ways at the Kingdom of Tighe

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Tuesday, December 02, 2014 03:50 pm

Newly crowned King Arthur, Jimmy Swift, gets some advice from the amazing Merlin, Forman. Newly crowned King Arthur, Jimmy Swift, gets some advice from the amazing Merlin, Forman. MARGATE – Seventh grade students at the Eugene A. Tighe Middle School have been studying medieval times in their social studies class. On Tuesday, Dec. 2, they held a festival to show their parents what they have learned. The pageant included kings, queens, knights and young maidens, along with some history and humor, as is the custom in the Kingdom of Tighe.

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Margate PBA conducting toy drive

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, December 02, 2014 11:08 am

Margate Police patch The Margate City PBA Local 65 will be conducting a holiday toy drive until Dec. 20. Unwrapped toys can be dropped off in the box located in the lobby of the police department, 111 N. Decatur Ave. All toys will be wrapped and donated to Jewish Family Services to distribute to children in need. For more information, call 609-822-1151.

   

Ventnor updates garbage ordinance to exclude items that should be recycled

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Monday, December 01, 2014 03:42 pm

VENTNOR – At the request of the Atlantic County Utilities Authority, which collects city’s trash and recycling, the Board of Commissioners is updating the city’s residential rubbish and refuse ordinance in an attempt to eliminate certain items from the solid waste stream.

All of the 21 items on the list for exclusion from the trash are recyclable by the ACUA or by private commercial recycling companies or contractors, according to ACUA solid waste director Gary Conover.

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Ross, Tighe students to learn computer programming as part of worldwide movement

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, December 01, 2014 02:52 pm

MARGATE – Move over Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberger. The week of Dec. 8-12, students of the Margate school district will join 100 million students around the world to learn computer coding using a program called Tynker.

The effort is designed to ensure that students are equipped with valuable 21st century critical thinking and problem solving skills. Students will be learning computer programming during the school day and their families will join them after school hours to give everyone in the community an introduction to computer science.

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Deal gives Ventnor K-9 Niko to Galloway kennel owner

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Monday, December 01, 2014 02:43 pm

Kennel owner Carol Klingel gives former Ventnor Police K-9 Niko a treat. Kennel owner Carol Klingel gives former Ventnor Police K-9 Niko a treat.

GALLOWAY – A Ventnor police dog that was taken out of service after biting its handler last summer has found a new owner at Barkwoods Kennel here.

Ventnor transferred ownership of Niko, an imported purebred German shepherd, on Nov. 20, according to Carol Klingel, who has operated the Leipzig Avenue kennel for the past 12 years.

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Margate school district receives unqualified audit

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Friday, November 28, 2014 12:45 pm

MARGATE – The Board of Education has received an unqualified audit of its finances. According to Carol Kiniry of Ford-Scott & Associates, LLC, the annual audit turned up no findings or recommendations.

“The district office as a whole is proficient,” Kiniry said on Nov. 12. “Controls you have in place are working. Susan (Palaia) runs a tight ship.”

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