• MARGATE – For the fourth year in a row, the tax rate for real property in Margate will remain unchanged. The Board of Commissioners introduced its 2015 municipal budget Feb. 19 with no increase in taxes.

    The $31.5 million budget calls for a tax rate of 60.1 cents per $100 of assessed valuation, the same as last year. The average homeowner with a house assessed at $516,007 will pay $3,101.20 in municipal taxes this year.

    Salaries, pensions and debt service are up slightly, but overall spending is down $124,843, according to Chief Financial Officer Lisa McLaughlin.

  • Lt. Frank CulmoneLONGPORT – At its Feb. 25 regular meeting, the Board of Commissioners unanimously agreed to support Mayor Nicholas Russo’s recommendation of Lt. Frank Culmone as the next chief of police.

    Culmone will replace Police Chief Vincent Pacentrilli, who will retire April 1 after 29 years on the police force.

    Russo said Culmone has the two most important traits for a police officer – morals and ethics.

  • The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Tuesday, Feb. 24 cancelled its bid solicitation to build sand dunes on the beaches of Margate and Longport.

    “Today, we notified the bidders that we are cancelling the solicitation,” said Steve Rochette, public affairs officer of the Army Corps Philadelphia District.

    The Army Corps had received two extensions to finalize the contract from two bidders vying for the job. The latest deadline to award the contract was Wednesday, Feb. 25.

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Ventnor researching feasibility of fire department merger with Atlantic City

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Thursday, February 12, 2015 02:43 pm

VENTNOR – Ventnor Firefighters Mutual Benevolent Association President Joe Iannuzzelli, backed by a dozen firefighters, attended the Board of Commissioners work session Wednesday, Feb. 11 at the Ventnor Educational Community Complex to ask whether a rumor he heard that the Ventnor and Atlantic City fire departments would merge is true.

Mayor Michael Bagnell responded to his questions by saying that he is “just doing research” into the feasibility of merging the two departments.

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Tourism association to host social media seminar for businesses

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, February 12, 2015 01:39 pm

Ventnor Tourism, a new all-volunteer marketing association that promotes local merchants to the residential and tourist markets, will host a free social media and marketing class on the basics of social media and marketing on the Internet.

Business owners can attend one of two sessions offered at Ventnor Coffee, 108 N. Dorset Ave. Seminars will be offered 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 16 or 9 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17.

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Kids event features pizza, PJs and ‘Despicable Me II’

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, February 11, 2015 12:46 pm

MARGATE – The Milton & Betty Katz Jewish Community Center, 501 N. Jerome Ave., will host a Pizza, Pajamas and Movie event featuring “Despicable Me II” 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19.

“This is a drop-off event so that parents can have a night to themselves,” Early Childhood Director Jan Higbee said. “We want to give parents the peace of mind that their children are in the care of qualified staff of the Katz JCC Early Childhood Education Center and provide the kids a night of fun with a great movie, delicious pizza and a themed craft.” 

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The Current wins NJPA journalism awards

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, February 11, 2015 12:28 pm

Two entries from The Current Newspapers were recognized for journalism excellence in the 2014 Better Newspapers Contest, sponsored by the New Jersey Press Association.

Laura Stetser, staff writer for the Egg Harbor Township edition of The Current, won second prize in the category of Reporting, Writing and Illustration, Interpretive Writing, for her coverage of the rising problem of heroin use and addiction in Egg Harbor Township and the region.

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Ventnor City Police Blotter Jan. 22 – Feb. 10

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, February 10, 2015 03:22 pm

Ventnor_police 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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FEMA holds flood mapping open house at VECC

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Tuesday, February 10, 2015 02:18 pm

Property owners get information from FEMA representatives about the new flood maps during a reach-out session Thursday, Feb. 5 at VECC. Property owners get information from FEMA representatives about the new flood maps during a reach-out session Thursday, Feb. 5 at VECC. VENTNOR – FEMA held an open house Thursday, Feb. 5 at the Ventnor Educational Community Complex on the updated preliminary flood insurance rate maps that were released last week.

“We held this open house so residents can learn about their flood elevations and their flood insurance rates,” FEMA Community Engagement Leader Thomas Song said.

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Ventnor residents, businesses urged to register for emergency notifications

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Tuesday, February 10, 2015 01:55 pm

Register online for CodeRED notifications. Register online for CodeRED notifications. VENTNOR – The city has contracted with Emergency Communications Network to license its CodeRED emergency notification system, which enables public safety officials to deliver messages in minutes to targeted areas or the entire city. However, emergency management coordinator Donna M. Peterson cautioned that such systems are only as good as the telephone number database supporting them.

"If your phone number is not in the database, you will not be called," Peterson said.

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Ventnor's new emergency management coordinator is preparing city for next big event

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Tuesday, February 10, 2015 01:50 pm

Donna M. Peterson of Ventnor is the city’s new emergency management coordinator. Donna M. Peterson of Ventnor is the city’s new emergency management coordinator. VENTNOR – Since she was appointed Dec. 1 to lead the Office of Emergency Management, Donna M. Peterson has checked several items off her to-do list.She prioritized emergency responders as foremost for adequately protecting the city during the next big emergency event, improved technology and communication for first responding agencies and is working to finalize FEMA reimbursements from the last eight declared storms.

“We’ve been very busy in a lot of different areas. I am trying to catch up on things, not just for myself, but for Ventnor City,” she said during an interview Friday, Feb. 6 at her office in City Hall.

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Letter: Disagreements were financial, not political

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Written by Opinion Monday, February 09, 2015 02:33 pm

To the editor:

Let’s look at the history of some issues in Margate to determine whether my criticisms of Commissioner Maury Blumberg are financial or political. First, there were the renovations to the ball fields, which required three bond issues to complete. I felt the first phase, renovation of the basketball courts, was necessary.

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School board considering changes to schedule, curriculum

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Monday, February 09, 2015 02:17 pm

MARGATE – The Board of Education is considering curriculum and scheduling changes for the 2015-2016 school year at the Eugene A. Tighe Middle and William H. Ross schools.

Director of curriculum Audrey Becker, principal at the Tighe School, proposed the programming and scheduling changes at the board’s Jan. 29 work session. The changes would enable the district to comply with state health education requirements and allow it to add a life skills component to the curriculum starting in September, Becker said.

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