• VENTNOR – The Board of Commissioners introduced an ordinance Thursday, Nov. 20 that would offer tax exemptions for certain property owners who make improvements or build anew.

    Officials are hoping a tax incentive would spur new construction that complies with new flood elevation standards and help the city improve its FEMA flood insurance rating, which would equate to discounts for residents on the cost of flood insurance.

  • CAMDEN – A federal court today issued a temporary restraining order to stop the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and Army Corps of Engineers shore protection project in Margate.

    The order came after Margate filed a legal suit in U.S. District Court to stop the state and Army Corps from building sand dunes on the city’s beach.

  • 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.

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Margate considers banning helium balloon release

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Monday, November 17, 2014 12:50 pm

MARGATE – If you’re planning to release helium balloons at your festive occasion, city officials may be about to burst your bubble.

What floats 5 miles up eventually comes down, and some of it washes up on beaches and ends up in the stomachs of wildlife. Helium-filled balloons may disappear from view, but they do not disappear from the environment, according to some environmentalists.

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Downbeach In Your Town

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, November 17, 2014 12:00 am

Fundraiser at Boccaser

Shaloma Hadassah will hold a fundraiser 5-9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2 at Bocca Coal Fired Bistro, 7805 Ventnor Ave., Margate. Receive a certificate and present it to the server and Bocca will donate 20 percent of the purchase price to Shaloma Hadassah. For information or to obtain a certificate call Eve at 609-822-0024.

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Letter: Dune litigation can be funded from current budget

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Written by Opinion Friday, November 14, 2014 12:00 am

To the editor:

In the 2013 election, 65 percent of the people who voted agreed that there should not be any dunes in the city. Nonetheless Mayor Michael Becker and Commissioner Brenda Taube voted to have a second referendum, asking the electorate to vote on funding the estimated $200,000 to sue the state to stop the dunes project. This referendum also passed.

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Village by the Shore offers access to social and service networks

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, November 14, 2014 12:00 am

MARGATE – For those looking for a present for a parent, neighbor or friend, Village by the Shore membership is a gift that keeps on giving, according to Jewish Family Service of Atlantic and Cape May Counties.

Village by the Shore provides services and socialization for adult members over age 50. It has no physical location; it is a network that provides access to a range of services, programs and activities including concierge and professional services, transportation, social activities, discounted service rates and free programs, according to its website. 

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Annual luncheon honors Jewish war veterans

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Thursday, November 13, 2014 12:00 am

MARGATE – Jewish war veterans and their spouses turned out for the eighth annual Veterans Day luncheon Monday, Nov. 10 at the Martin Bloom Pavilion. Third-grade students from the William H. Ross School made cards, mingled and helped serve lunch.

Stephanie Jasiecki, 92, a veteran of World War II who worked at the Navy Personnel Department in Washington, D.C., was recognized at the luncheon. She said she enjoyed having lunch with her comrades and the students.

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Veterans enjoy 8th annual luncheon (Slide Show)

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Monday, November 10, 2014 04:01 pm

Jewish War Veterans gather at Bloom Pavilion for 8th annual Veterans Day luncheon. Jewish War Veterans gather at Bloom Pavilion for 8th annual Veterans Day luncheon. MARGATE – Veterans and their spouses turned out for the eighth annual Veterans Day luncheon held at the Bloom Pavilion Monday, Nov. 10. Third grade students from the William H. Ross School made cards, mingled and helped serve lunch to the veterans during the event.

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Veterans dedicate combined Absecon Island post (Slide Show & Video)

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Sunday, November 09, 2014 09:32 am

Veterans salute their fallen commrades during the dedication of VFW Post 215 Veterans salute their fallen commrades during the dedication of VFW Post 215

VENTNOR – It was a brilliantly sunny day to solemnly remember members of the U.S. Armed Forces, past and present, some of whom gave the ultimate sacrifice to keep their country free.

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Margate, Hiltner settle whilstleblower lawsuit

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Friday, November 07, 2014 03:56 pm

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.

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Margate commissioners unite on dunes issue

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Friday, November 07, 2014 03:39 pm

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.

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Ventnor gets $230,000 in Post-Sandy Planning Assistance Grants

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Thursday, November 06, 2014 09:03 am

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.

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