• MARGATE – The city received confirmation Thursday, Sept. 4 that it has been awarded $360,000 in Post-Sandy Planning Grants. New Jersey Department of Community Affairs Commissioner Richard E. Constabile III said the city will receive eight grants, ranging from $30,000 to $50,000 each, to identify areas where it can improve resilience to storms and promote economic development.

    City Administrator Richard Deaney announced the grant award at the Board of Commissioners’ 4 p.m. worksession meeting.

  • MARGATE – When local voters go to the polls for the Nov. 4 general election, they’ll get one more chance to decide if a legal battle to stop the dunes project is in Margate’s future.

    Following a 90-minute special meeting that brought out supporters and detractors of the fight to stop the pending dunes project, the Board of Commissioners passed two resolutions. One would put a question on the November ballot asking voters to spend $200,000 plus technical costs to sue the state and federal government to stop the project. The other would allow the city to hire an attorney to file an immediate injunction to stop the project.

  • MARGATE – The Board of Commissioners will hold a special meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 13 to decide if it will hold a referendum in November to determine if taxpayers will fund a legal battle to stop the pending dunes project.

    “We are calling this special meeting to discuss if it makes sense to put a question on the November ballot,” Mayor Michael Becker said.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • VENTNOR – Residents who would like to learn more about free job search assistance available at the Atlantic County One Stop Career Center are invited to attend a town hall meeting 9-11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 21 on the second floor of the Atlantic County Library/Ventnor, 6500 Atlantic Ave.

    Rhonda Lowery, executive director of the Atlantic Cape May Workforce Investment Board, and a team of representatives will be available to discuss the many online resources for job searches, job matching services, employer hiring incentives and explain what the One Stop Career Center can do for you.

  • MARGATE - The Board of Commissioners wants to hear from residents at its Thursday, Aug. 7 meeting about whether or not fighting the pending dunes project is a worthwhile effort.

    Following its July 17 meeting, the board published on its website three legal opinions received from qualified attorneys regarding the city's chances of winning a legal suit against the state and federal government.

  • MARGATE – Principals at the city’s public schools have switched roles to accommodate a new educational intervention program, much to the dismay of parents who voiced concerns at the July 22 Board of Education meeting.

    Superintendent Dr. Theresa DeFranco gave a presentation about the reorganization plan, but several parents said the switch in school leadership was implemented without input from parents or the board.

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Margate applies for 10 Post-Sandy Planning Grants

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Thursday, August 28, 2014 04:03 pm

MARGATE – The Board of Commissioners passed a resolution Aug. 21 supporting the Strategic Recovery Planning Report prepared by planner and grant writer Jim Rutala of Rutala Associates of Linwood and authorized him to apply for up to $425,000 in Post-Sandy Planning Assistance Grants.

The report Rutala provided at a public meeting in May contained recommendations for building a stronger community and increasing the resilience of the city’s infrastructure that would protect neighborhoods from flooding and natural disasters.

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Margate plans Parkway area streetscape redesign

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Thursday, August 28, 2014 02:47 pm

Plan A of the Margate Parkway redesign features elms and plum trees. Plan A of the Margate Parkway redesign features elms and plum trees. MARGATE – The city is planning a streetscape redesign for the Parkway area of Ventnor Avenue to restore it to its original grandeur when it was last installed more than 30 years ago.

The city has been discussing restoration for two years, Administrator Richard Deaney said.

He distributed to the Board of Commissioners two concept plans for consideration.

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Fall Funfest by the Bay returns to Margate Sept. 27-28

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, August 27, 2014 12:16 pm

Don't miss this year's Fall Funfest featuring dog show. Don't miss this year's Fall Funfest featuring dog show. MARGATE –The Margate Business Association will hold its annual Fall Funfest by the Bay Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 27-28.

Amherst Avenue between Decatur and Coolidge avenues will be six blocks of nothing but fun, with a family friendly kaleidoscope of activities including amusement rides, educational marine exhibits, back bay boat rides, two live entertainment stages, handmade crafts and a smorgasbord of food ranging from foreign and exotic treats to traditional street fair munchies, and a beer garden.

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Longport church rises from the ashes

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Tuesday, August 26, 2014 04:45 pm

Church supporters Richard Cohen, Anne Peterson Martin and Robert P. Subrianni are anxious to see the restoration projected at Church of the Redeemer fully completed. Church supporters Richard Cohen, Anne Peterson Martin and Robert P. Subrianni are anxious to see the restoration projected at Church of the Redeemer fully completed. LONGPORT – The historic restoration at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer is nearly completed. The congregation will hold its last service of the summer season at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 31.

The church, which was a summertime place of worship for wealthy Philadelphia families since 1908, burned down to the sand beneath it during the freakish derecho storm on June 30, 2012.

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Ventnor gets $42,750 FEMA firefighter grant

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, August 26, 2014 03:39 pm

VENTNOR – The Ventnor City Fire Department has been awarded a $42,750 grant through the Federal Emergency Management Agency Assistance to Firefighters Grant program.

The grant, which will allow the Ventnor Fire Department to purchase new thermal-imaging cameras, was part of $157,950 allotment awarded to Ventnor, the Hillsborough Rescue Squad and the Borough of Neptune.

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Lucy accepts ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, August 26, 2014 02:02 pm

MARGATE - Lucy the Elephant will accept the ALS Ice Bucket challenge 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27 with help from the Margate City Fire Department.

The MCFD will help Lucy make a splash as firefighters pour an “elephant sized" amount of water poured on her head.

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Trinity United Methodist Church raising funds for landscaping

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Tuesday, August 26, 2014 11:12 am

Trinity United Methodist Church Ventnor Trinity United Methodist Church Ventnor VENTNOR - Trinity United Methodist Church, 7117 Ventnor Ave. will be holding a Treaure Sale 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13 to raise funds to bring the Trinity exterior back to its former glory.

The church is raising funds to pay for plantings by holding a treasures sale with no price tags. Pastor Peter Jamieson will be on hand to share before and after photos of the progress being made. Refreshments available.

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Off-duty Longport police officer killed in motorcycle accident

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Tuesday, August 26, 2014 11:04 am

Sgt. Charles T. Adams Sgt. Charles T. Adams LONGPORT – The borough police and fire departments are mourning the loss of one of their own today following the death of Longport Police Sgt. Charles T. Adams, 53, of Egg Harbor Township who was killed in a motorcycle accident in Franklin Township Monday, Aug. 25.

According to Longport Police Chief Vincent Pacentrilli, Adams, a 21-year veteran of the force, was out for a motorcycle ride, enjoying a beautiful day when he was involved in a crash on Harding Highway at the intersection of Tuckahoe Road. The accident occurred at 4:15 p.m. when an elderly woman drove her SUV into the path of Adams’ Harley Davidson, Pacentrilli said.

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Margate City Police Blotter Aug. 15-23

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, August 25, 2014 12:25 pm

Police blotter information is supplied by local police departments and other law enforcement agencies. All persons named are presumed innocent unless proven guilty.

Omar Urrea Jr., 35, of Atlantic City was arrested Aug. 15 by Officer James Costa and charged with burglary and theft of moveable property. Judge John Rosenberger was contacted and affixed bail at $40,000 full cash. Urrea Jr. was taken to the Gerard L. Gormley Justice Facility in Mays Landing.

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Ventnor Commission deems entire city in need of rehabilitation

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Sunday, August 24, 2014 10:28 am

VENTNOR – The Board of Commissioners at its Thursday, Aug. 21 regular meeting agreed to declare the entire city in need of rehabilitation. The resolution passed 2-0 with Commissioner Theresa Kelly abstaining from the vote.

Mayor Michael Bagnell said the designation is the first step in creating a tax incentive program for owners who make substantial improvements or rebuild their properties.

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