• CAMDEN – A federal judge admonished the state Thursday, Jan. 15 for trying to quick-take beachfront property for a Margate beach replenishment project but stopped short of granting the city the preliminary injunction it requested.

    “Why NJDEP failed – and continues to fail – to follow the procedures set forth in the Eminent Domain Act is baffling,” U.S. District Court Judge Renee M. Bumb wrote in her legal opinion in the case brought by the city of Margate and beachfront property owners Morton and Roberta Shiekman against the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

  • VENTNOR – At a press conference on the Boardwalk Wednesday, Jan. 14, the mayors of Ventnor and Longport made it clear that they do not want the state’s pending dune project to be held up.

    Neighboring Margate, which has sued the NJ Department of Environmental Protection and US Army Corps of Engineers in an effort to negotiate an alternative to the Army Corps’ shore protection plan, is the cream in the Downbeach Oreo cookie.

  • PHILDELPHIA – A three-hour meeting Friday morning, Jan. 9 to negotiate alternatives to the state’s plan to build a sand dune in Margate was “unproductive,” according Margate Business Administrator Richard Deaney.

    Deaney said about 15 staffers from the Army Corps of Engineers, eight representatives of New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and four from Margate, including Deaney, Commissioner of Finance Maury Blumberg, environmental engineering consultant Charles J. Rooney of T&M Associates and special counsel Rob Andrews of Dilworth & Paxon met at the Army Corps’ headquarters at the John Wanamaker building in Center City. 

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Meeting with DEP, Army Corps ‘unproductive,’ official says

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Friday, January 09, 2015 05:45 pm

PHILDELPHIA – A three-hour meeting Friday morning, Jan. 9 to negotiate alternatives to the state’s plan to build a sand dune in Margate was “unproductive,” according Margate Business Administrator Richard Deaney.

Deaney said about 15 staffers from the Army Corps of Engineers, eight representatives of New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and four from Margate, including Deaney, Commissioner of Finance Maury Blumberg, environmental engineering consultant Charles J. Rooney of T&M Associates and special counsel Rob Andrews of Dilworth & Paxon met at the Army Corps’ headquarters at the John Wanamaker building in Center City. 

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Veterans mourn loss of Commander John Pettit

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Friday, January 09, 2015 04:08 pm

John Pettit drove the lead vehicle in Ventnor City’s annual Holiday Parade. John Pettit drove the lead vehicle in Ventnor City’s annual Holiday Parade. VENTNOR – Local veterans are mourning the passing of their comrade in arms, John T. Pettit of Atlantic City, who passed away unexpectedly Jan. 5. Pettit was the commander of the recently merged Greater Absecon Island VFW Post 215 of Ventnor.

Pettit died in his sleep early Monday morning. He suffered from heart disease but was extremely active in his community and with the VFW in both in Atlantic City and Ventnor. He was a 45-year member of Atlantic City Post 215 before it merged with the Ventnor post in August 2014 and was immediately elected commander of the new post.

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Commission considers Hiltner's replacements

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Friday, January 09, 2015 03:54 pm

Mayor Michael Becker administers the oath of office Jan. 8 to Linda Morgan, Margate’s new tax collector. Mayor Michael Becker administers the oath of office Jan. 8 to Linda Morgan, Margate’s new tax collector. MARGATE – The Board of Commissioners is considering ways to fill some of the jobs previously performed by former City Clerk Tom Hiltner, who retired on Dec. 31. The commission discussed how best to fill those jobs in an executives session at the Jan. 8 meeting.

Deputy City Clerk Rosie Freed was appointed in December to fill Hiltner’s job as city clerk, but she also said she intends to retire on Feb. 1. Freed said she is undecided if she will retire as planned or stay on to assist the city during the personnel transition.

 

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Hoops for All basketball tips off Sunday

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Written by Suzanne Marino Friday, January 09, 2015 12:03 am

Margate recreation hoops for all logo MARGATE--Margate Community Education and Recreation presents the ninth annual Hoops for All basketball season begins Sunday, Jan. 11 with games for the next five Sundays and concludes with an awards party Sunday, Feb. 22.

Hoops for All is an instructional basketball league for physically and cognitively challenged children.  The first games of the season will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday Jan. 11 at the Eugene Tighe School located at 7804 Amherst Ave. in Margate.

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Pa. builder convicted on 27 counts of fraud

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Tuesday, January 06, 2015 04:46 pm

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MARGATE – A Pennsylvania builder is awaiting sentencing after being convicted of bilking more than $2.5 million from property owners whose homes he never completed.

John Succi, 58, of Lower Makefield, Pennsylvania, trading as JS Contractors and John Succi Contractors, was found guilty on 27 separate counts of fraud. He is scheduled to be sentenced Friday, Jan. 16. 

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Downbeach Year in Review 2014

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Tuesday, January 06, 2015 04:41 pm

Here are some news highlights from the past year in Downbeach

January

– The New Year starts with sadness as a Ventnor family searches for a loved one, Kennedy Rios, 21, who went missing in the frigid early morning hours Jan. 8 after attending a party. Rios left the party on Troy Avenue without his coat, hat and cellphone after arguing with friends. The temperature was 10 degrees with a wind chill factor of 4 degrees. Police would search the water off Ski Beach for weeks.

– Ventnor raises utility fees, which adds about $66 more a year to the average homeowner’s water and sewer bill. The last time rates had been raised was in 2012.

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Longport pulls ordinance expanding workday for contractors

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Tuesday, January 06, 2015 04:37 pm

LONGPORT – After numerous residents expressed concerns about construction noise in the early morning, the Board of Commissioners Jan. 2 agreed to withdraw a proposed ordinance that would have expanded work hours for contractors.

“We really need to understand what’s happening in Longport,” Colgate Avenue resident Murray Bevitz said. “We all thought of Longport as paradise, but it is now a housing development just like Smithville in the 1980s and 1890s.”

 

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Margate City Police Blotter Nov. 25 – Jan. 3

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, January 05, 2015 09:32 am

margate pd 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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Ventnor, Margate host thousands of polar bears

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Friday, January 02, 2015 02:31 pm

All decked out in their polar bear gear are, from left, Julia and Isabelle Eisenberg of Boca Roton, Fla., Danny Kahn, Jillian Wulwick, and Cloe Linden, all of Cherry Hill. All decked out in their polar bear gear are, from left, Julia and Isabelle Eisenberg of Boca Roton, Fla., Danny Kahn, Jillian Wulwick, and Cloe Linden, all of Cherry Hill. Polar bear plunges are an annual tradition – albeit chilly ones – when you live in or love a beach town. Margate’s 21st annual Polar Bear Plunge hosted by Robert’s Place, a neighborhood watering hole, attracted thousands of New Year’s revelers at noon on New Year’s Day. An hour later, some double-dippers traveled a mile or two north to jump in Ventnor City’s ocean.

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Margate's favorite pachyderm sends raffle winners packing

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Tuesday, December 30, 2014 03:50 pm

Submitted: Richard Helfant, left, executive director of the Save Lucy Committee, gets a round of applause Dec. 24 as he reads the name of the winning ticket holder in the Lucy the Elephant gift shop. Richard Helfant, left, executive director of the Save Lucy Committee, gets a round of applause Dec. 24 as he reads the name of the winning ticket holder in the Lucy the Elephant gift shop. MARGATE – The Save Lucy Committee Dec. 24 pulled two raffle tickets that will send eight people packing for the trip of a lifetime. The grand prize winner in Lucy the Elephant’s Pack Your Trunk raffle, Florence Walker of Galloway Township, will take three people of her choice on an all-expense-paid, seven-night trip to Honolulu. The prize package is valued at $20,000.

The second winner, Scott and Myriam Gruhler of Egg Harbor Township, won a $10,000 cruise for four to the Caribbean.

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