• TRENTON – Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced Nov. 20 that Ventnor City would receive a $501,000 grant to restore historic City Hall. The building was one of four in Atlantic County selected for Sandy Disaster Relief Grants for Historic Properties to fund the preservation, stabilization, rehabilitation and repair of New Jersey historic structures that were damaged by the storm.

    Other Atlantic County structures awarded grants include Fire Station 3 in Atlantic City, which received $338,289, Fire Station 2 in Atlantic City $205,649 and Gateway Playhouse in Somers Point $102,400.

  • MARGATE – Local firefighters and EMS workers who routinely arrive at drug overdose calls are now carrying the life-saving antidote, naloxone.

    Chief Anthony Tabasso made the announcement at the Nov. 6 Board of Commissioners work session meeting.

  • MARGATE – City Clerk and Tax Collector Tom Hiltner will resign from both positions Jan. 1 and receive $260,000 payable in installments over the next two years as part of a settlement reached in his whistleblower lawsuit against the city.

    Under the agreement, the city will also give Hiltner $12,000 a year for the next eight years for health insurance, and pay $50,000 in attorney fees to Jacobs & Barbone, his attorneys.

  • MARGATE – Despite differences of opinion regarding the dunes issue, the Board of Commissioners Nov. 6 agreed to uphold the wishes of the voters and proceed with an effort to stop the state and Army Corps of Engineers from building sand dunes on the beach.

    Congratulating the advocacy group Margate Citizens Questioning the Beach Project, which lobbied to fight the dunes project, Commissioner Brenda Taube said she would join Commissioner Maury Blumberg and Mayor Michael Becker in support of voters who passed a nonbinding referendum Nov. 4 that asked if they wanted the city to spend up to $200,000 in legal fees to try to stop the NJ Department of Environmental Protection and the Army Corps from proceeding with the project. The unofficial vote count was 1,140 yes, 1,091 no. Provisional ballots are still being counted. Certification by the Atlantic County Clerk is expected Monday afternoon.

  • VENTNOR – The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs has awarded $230,000 in Post-Sandy Planning Assistance grants to help the city become more resilient to storms.

    Mayor Michael Bagnell said the grants will help the city plan for the future after several years of struggling with the aftermath of hurricane Sandy, which flooded the city in October 2012.

Downbeach Current | Longport, Margate, Ventnor

New projects approved for Barrel’s, Blessed Sacrament School sites

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Tuesday, November 04, 2014 03:04 pm

Blessed Sacrament School Blessed Sacrament School MARGATE – Members of the Planning Board Oct. 30 approved two subdivisions, making way for additional commercial and residential development in two city neighborhoods.

The board unanimously agreed to a site plan approval for Mainline General Contracting and Restoration, Inc. to demolish the existing Barrel’s restaurant at 9 S. Granville Ave. and establish a mixed use building with a 869-square-foot commercial space on the first floor, and four, two-story residential units above.

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Tighe Field Hockey Team wins 16th championship in an undefeated season

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, November 03, 2014 02:27 pm

The Eugene A. Tighe School girls field hockey team just won its 16th Atlantic Cape Junior High Athletic League championship. The Eugene A. Tighe School girls field hockey team just won its 16th Atlantic Cape Junior High Athletic League championship. MARGATE - The Eugene A. Tighe School Field Hockey Team completed another undefeated season and won its 16th championship last week.  The team is a part of the Atlantic Cape Junior High Athletic League and play Linwood, Northfield and Galloway, Hamilton and Upper townships.  Team members include Alana Sanchez, Morgan Pizagno, Devon Parto, Michaela Sless, Catherine Agostini, Carla O'Brien, Gavi Jacobson, Molly Readrdon, Alex Fader, Ella Mackler, Madison Brestle, Victoria Robertson and Melissa Schlect.  This year’s team captains were Mackenzie Smith, Savannah Robertson and Chloe Dulac.  Team managers were Arri Hutt and Amanda Crisham.

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$2.25 million capital ordinance, $150,000 bond to revise city tax maps introduced in Ventnor

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Monday, November 03, 2014 02:11 pm

VENTNOR – The Board of Commissioners introduced two bond ordinances Oct. 16 to fund its capital improvement program and to finance a redo of the city’s tax maps. The tax map update is the first step toward conducting a total revaluation of city properties.

Ordinance 2014-27 calls for a $2.25 million bond ordinance to finance various capital improvements, including $800,000 worth of renovations to the library and municipal building, $100,000 to demolish buildings, $350,000 to purchase public safety equipment and sport utility vehicles, and a new $1 million ladder truck for the Fire Department.

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Learn about Ebola, enterovirus at library

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, November 03, 2014 02:08 pm

The Atlantic County Library System will be sharing information about Ebola and eterovirus D-68 at two local locations in November.

The free presentations open to adults are scheduled for the Longport branch, 2305 Atlantic Ave., 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 10; and the Ventnor branch, 6500 Atlantic Ave., 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13.

For details call the Longport branch at 609-487-0272 or the Ventnor branch at 609-823-4614.

   

Ross students make a haunting impression

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Friday, October 31, 2014 04:12 pm

Kaiden Brewster, Sean Gormley, AJ Cutler, Ryan Southard and Kevin Brewster get in the spirit. Kaiden Brewster, Sean Gormley, AJ Cutler, Ryan Southard and Kevin Brewster get in the spirit. Students at the William H. Ross Elementary School held their annual Halloween festivities Friday, Oct. 31 with a parade around the school and crafts and snacks in the schoolyard.

Parents attended to make sure their children were dressed in their costumes. A real live Toto arrived just in time for Dorothy to walk her yellow brick road.

Enjoy this video of the entire parade.

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Rolling chair operator from Ventnor pleads guilty to defrauding IRS

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, October 31, 2014 02:44 pm

CAMDEN – A Ventnor man faces up to five years in prison for conspiring to defraud the IRS of $119,880 in income taxes over approximately three years, according to U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman.

William Boland, 57, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Joseph H. Rodriguez in Camden Oct. 30 to one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States.

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Margate school board considers change to organizational structure

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Monday, October 27, 2014 03:22 pm

MARGATE – Although they said they had no plans to change the organizational structure of the district, the members of the Board of Education recently discussed a change that would provide continued oversight of curriculum and instruction.

Audrey Becker, who was recently appointed principal of the Eugene A. Tighe Middle School, said the district organizational chart would change slightly to reflect the supervisor of instruction position under her leadership as the district’s director of curriculum.

Each of the district’s principals and the superintendent wear more than one hat as administrators. Recently appointed Superintendent John DiNicola is also director of special projects and supervisor of the Dominick A. Potena Performing Arts Center, and William H. Ross Elementary School Principal Michele Carney Ray also serves as director of special education.

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DEP requests meeting with Margate officials on dunes project

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Monday, October 27, 2014 03:18 pm

MARGATE – New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin is planning to meet with local officials early next month to discuss alternatives to the pending dunes construction project.

Mayor Michael Becker said he received a call from Martin last week to arrange a meeting or two to discuss “unresolved issues with the specification of the plan, including drainage.”

Becker said the 15-minute conversation was cordial and that Martin suggested a second meeting in mid-November to meet with the city’s technical consultant about the project.

“I think it is a big step forward for the commissioner to call us,” Becker said. “He is aware of our issues and will set the time and place for the meetings.”

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VECC hosts annual Halloween Parade on school grounds (VIDEOS)

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Monday, October 27, 2014 02:20 pm

Members of the Ventnor Educational Community Complex Marching Band led the Halloween Parade, Friday, Oct. 24. Members of the Ventnor Educational Community Complex Marching Band led the Halloween Parade, Friday, Oct. 24. The community turned out enmasse for the annual Halloween Parade held on the grounds of the Ventnor Educational Community Complex Friday evening, Oct. 24.

About 100 children, dressed as their favorite ghosts, goblins and animated characters, lined up in the gymnasium to vie for prizes for the best in each Halloween category. They marched out the back doors and around the expansive school yard to the sounds of the VECC Marching Band. The parade ended where it began with treats for all the children.

Enjoy a slideshow of the Halloween Parade...
 

Planners to hear Holy Trinity subdivision application

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Monday, October 27, 2014 11:25 am

MARGATE – The Planning and Zoning Board has been busy over the last several months hearing applications for homeowners to raise their homes, expand living space and build decks and front porches. But its next meeting has two applications that may be of interest to the public.

Holy Trinity Parish has submitted an application to establish a four-lot subdivision at the site of the former Blessed Sacrament School on Jerome Avenue near Ventnor Avenue. The school site would be used to create three residential building lots. The fourth lot would be for the Blessed Sacrament Church, parish building and rectory.

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