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7th annual Marc L. Rosenberg Friends and Family bike ride benefits JFS

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, August 11, 2014 12:07 pm

MARGATE – The seventh annual Marc L. Rosenberg Friends and Family Bike Ride will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 6 from Margate to Strathmere. The 30-mile ride remembers Marc Rosenberg, a life-long resident of Margate and a business and community leader. 

Rain date is Sunday, Sept. 7. 

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Letter: Anti-dunes group should pay to fight the dunes project

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Written by Steve Woerner Monday, August 11, 2014 11:49 am

To the editor:

Margate’s Aug. 7 Board of Commissioners meeting was a forum for citizens to speak in favor of or against spending hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars fighting the state and federal governments. The issue is the plan to erect dunes on Margate’s beaches.

The well-organized anti-dune Margate Citizens Questioning the Beach Project, led by Commissioner Maury Blumberg, Sharon Simon, Dan Gottlieb, and Vaughan Reale, produced approximately 20 people to speak against the dunes. Browbeating Mayor Michael Becker and Commissioner Brenda Taube, they repeatedly demanded those two officials publicly state where they stand on getting an injunction to stop the project, and, if need be, taking their case all the way through the courts.

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Letter: Solve sand problems with Mother Nature and a master jetty

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Written by Joseph Zetooney Sunday, August 10, 2014 02:59 pm

This is the type of “master jetty” I proposed at the Margate town meeting with the Army Corps of Engineers to be built at the south end of Longport. This is the type of “master jetty” I proposed at the Margate town meeting with the Army Corps of Engineers to be built at the south end of Longport. To the editor:

For the past several years, folks have asked me, “Joe, what is a master jetty?”

I gave that name to the almost mile-long jetty I watched being built in the early 1950s at the south end of Brigantine. According to the Army Corps of Engineers, it was solely built to keep the Absecon Inlet and deepwater fishing boat piers clear of sand buildups.

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Letter: Margate commissioner needs to get her facts straight

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Written by Barbara Manos Sunday, August 10, 2014 02:42 pm

The state and the governor are disregarding Margate's vote and it is glaringly obvious that Commissioner Taube is doing the same thing. The state and the governor are disregarding Margate's vote and it is glaringly obvious that Commissioner Taube is doing the same thing. To the editor:

Margate Commissioner Brenda Taube sat silently for most of last week's commission meeting.  The meeting was well attended and most of the attendees were in favor of the city’s spending a modest amount of money to defend the landslide result of the referendum question last November.

That referendum question was placed on the ballot to give the commission direction on whether they should agree to enter into the dune project with the NJDEP and the Army Corps of Engineers, and 65 percent of the voters said no. The state and the governor are disregarding Margate's vote and it is glaringly obvious that Commissioner Taube is doing the same thing. 

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Letter: William Hughes Jr. is a man of substance

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Written by Mark Lovett Sunday, August 10, 2014 02:18 pm

Bill Hughes Jr. is an accomplished attorney and federal prosecutor and is an active leader in the South Jersey community. Bill Hughes Jr. is an accomplished attorney and federal prosecutor and is an active leader in the South Jersey community. To the editor:

I recently had the pleasure of checking out the campaign website of Bill Hughes Jr., the Democratic candidate for Congress in the 2nd District.

After reading his policy positions, I was pleasantly surprised. Here is man who is a true visionary for the citizens of South Jersey and the nation. Unlike his opponent, he is a man of real substance, integrity, heart and who has a keen intellect.

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Organ restoration committee kicks off Armed Forces Week with silent film screening

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Written by Staff Reports Saturday, August 09, 2014 09:40 am

Organist Steven Ball at the Kimball organ at Boardwalk Hall. Organist Steven Ball at the Kimball organ at Boardwalk Hall. ATLANTIC CITY – A screening of the silent film “Wings” accompanied by live organ music will kick off Armed Forces Week 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 10 at historic Boardwalk Hall. The screening will raise funds to preserve and restore two organs at Boardwalk Hall, one of which is the largest in the world.

The Armed Forces Parade will be held on the Boardwalk Monday, Aug. 11 and the Atlantic City Airshow on Wednesday, Aug. 13.

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Margate superintendent offered Absecon post

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Friday, August 08, 2014 11:23 am

MARGATE – The Board of Education will hold a special meeting Friday, Aug. 8 to accept Superintendent Dr. Theresa DeFranco’s resignation and decide on a date to release her from her contract here.

DeFranco said she informed the board that she would be interviewing for the superintendent’s post in Absecon, a K-8 school district, replacing Superintendent James A. Giaquinto, who is leaving the district Sept. 1.

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Commissioners draw lines in the sand over dunes project

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Friday, August 08, 2014 10:44 am

MARGATE – Residents opposed to the dunes project got what they have been asking for at the Aug. 7 Board of Commissioners meeting. The meeting revealed each commissioner’s stance for or against fighting the dunes project in court.

The meeting agenda requested input from the public about two recent attorney opinions that said chances are slim the city would win a lawsuit to stop the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from building sand dunes along the entire New Jersey coastline.

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Proposed email notification system raises privacy concerns in Longport

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Thursday, August 07, 2014 02:50 pm

LONGPORT – As they say, communication is everything.

The borough is considering joining an email service to keep residents informed about borough emergencies and happenings year-round.

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Longport planners recommend ordinance changes for fire pits and pools

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Thursday, August 07, 2014 02:18 pm

LONGPORT – At the behest of the Planning Board, the Board of Commissioners introduced two ordinances at its Aug. 6 meeting that deal with outdoor fireplaces and fire pits, and swimming pools, hot tubs and spas.

Both ordinances were introduced after planners discussed the need to protect homeowners against fire hazards and accidental drowning, Mayor Nicholas Russo said. The borough’s fire officials also reviewed the ordinances before they were introduced.

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