• 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.”

  • VENTNOR – The Board of Education agreed Wednesday, Oct. 22 to partner with Atlantic City in its effort to win the Georgetown University Energy Prize national competition, which carries a $5 million prize for the community that most effectively reduces its per-capita energy consumption over a two-year period starting Jan. 1, 2015.

    Action taken at the meeting will pave the way for other Downbeach communities to join Atlantic City in an interlocal agreement that benefits residents and helps the environment.

    Atlantic City is one of 52 municipalities nationwide that made it to the quarter-finals of the competition, which is designed to create a more energy efficient America. The prize challenges communities to incorporate innovative ideas to reduce energy consumption.

  • VENTNOR – The Board of Commissioners Thursday, Oct. 15 introduced an amendment to the city’s salary ordinance to set into motion an intergovernmental transfer that would allow the city to hire an Atlantic City employee as its next emergency management coordinator.

    Longtime Emergency Management Coordinator William Melfi will retire in two weeks, Mayor Michael Bagnell said. He is currently using up his sick days and his last day of employment will be Nov. 1.

  • Margate engages DEP and Army Corps to discuss options to building dunes

    MARGATE – The Board of Commissioners approved a resolution Thursday, Oct. 16 that preserves the city’s rights in fighting the dunes project. The commission entered a “tolling and standstill” agreement with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, which will allow the municipality to negotiate alternatives to building sand dunes on Margate’s beach.

    Assistant Attorney General David C. Apy filed with the Atlantic County Clerk three administrative orders to effectuate a taking of partial easements not voluntarily granted by shorefront property owners, including the City of Margate, to build the dunes. The state will use its powers of eminent domain to negotiate good faith compensation due to 10 shorefront property owners and 16 riparian grant owners.

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Letter: Vote yes on Margate referendum

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Written by Opinion Wednesday, October 15, 2014 03:37 pm

To the editor:

We voted, overwhelmingly, against the dune project in November 2013. Evidently this was not enough “guidance” for our city to move forward. No genuine effort was expended to support our position. Now, in the “twelfth hour,” a redundant referendum is being placed on November’s ballot asking “direction and advice” for spending $25,000 to $200,000 to engage legal counsel to stop the project. The city has already spent over $225,000 on an ongoing whistleblower lawsuit.  Where was the referendum for that and numerous other expenditures made by the city.

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Letter: Fighting dune project is a losing battle

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Written by Opinion Wednesday, October 15, 2014 03:15 pm

To the editor:

I read with much amusement Mr. Gotlieb’s letter to the editor in which he accuses the mayor of spreading misinformation regarding the potential dune project in Margate. Any person paying attention to the battle of the dunes should know that Mr. Gotlieb and his group raised $52,000 in a one-sided referendum last November about voluntarily joining the dune project.

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Men enjoy dinner under the sukkah

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, October 15, 2014 11:58 am


Members of the Beth Judah Men’s Club socialize while the steaks sizzle Sunday, Oct. 12.
Members of the Beth Judah Men’s Club socialize while the steaks sizzle Sunday, Oct. 12.

MARGATE – The Beth Judah Men’s Club celebrated the harvest holiday Sukkot Sunday, Oct. 12 under the sukkah on the synagogue grounds. The men enjoyed their annual dinner of steak and scotch.

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Fun under the sukkah

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, October 15, 2014 11:53 am

Children do crafts under the sukkah Sunday, Oct. 12. Children do crafts under the sukkah Sunday, Oct. 12. Congregation Beth Judah youth groups, Garinim for grades 3 and 4 and Kadima for grades 5 through 7, enjoyed a pizza and decorating party under the sukkah Sunday, Oct. 12. Youth Commission Chairwoman Nicole Weisman led the children in the fun-filled early afternoon Sukkot celebration.

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Margate set to bond for Sandy repairs at former City Hall

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Tuesday, October 14, 2014 04:13 pm

MARGATE – The Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16 on a $900,000 bond ordinance to fund repairs to the old City Hall on Washington Avenue. The repairs include flood mitigation, bringing the building up to modern standards and into compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, and new furnishings.

City officials are hoping the financing will be temporary and FEMA will reimburse the city for most of the work on the building, which was damaged during hurricane Sandy.

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Longport Historical Society to replace weather vane atop museum

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Monday, October 13, 2014 04:37 pm

Longport Historical Society board member John Stroble proudly shows the new weather vane that will be installed atop the Historical Society Museum. It is an exact replica of the one that was there when the building was first erected. Longport Historical Society board member John Stroble proudly shows the new weather vane that will be installed atop the Historical Society Museum. It is an exact replica of the one that was there when the building was first erected. LONGPORT – Everything old is new again at the Longport Historical Society. Members are getting ready to erect a new weather vane atop the stately white clapboard building, which was built in 1938 by the U.S. Coast Guard and now houses the historical society’s museum. The weather vane is an exact replica of the one that blew off in the Storm of 1962and mysteriously disappeared, “perhaps for its metal value” Board Member John Stroebele said.

The building, which was once served as Borough Hall, was one of several along the Atlantic coast built during the Roosevelt administration to serve as a Coast Guard station. It housed Coasties until after World War II when the Coast Guard consolidated its operations. It sold the building to the borough for $1 in 1951, Stroebele said.

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ACHS cross-country runners volunteer for Atlantic City Marathon

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Monday, October 13, 2014 03:07 pm

Members of the Atlantic City High School Cross-country Team meet at the Ventnor Fishing Pier to practice their running and get ready to volunteer at the Atlantic City Marathon, Oct. 18-19. Pictured is Vanessa Carranza, (seated) Ben Share and John Russell and (rear) Trevor McClain, Sarah Doan, Ying Qiu and Katie Cavanaugh. Members of the Atlantic City High School Cross-country Team meet at the Ventnor Fishing Pier to practice their running and get ready to volunteer at the Atlantic City Marathon, Oct. 18-19. Pictured is Vanessa Carranza, (seated) Ben Share and John Russell and (rear) Trevor McClain, Sarah Doan, Ying Qiu and Katie Cavanaugh. VENTNOR – Despite the rain, 25 members of the Atlantic City High School cross-country team met on the Boardwalk at the Ventnor Fishing Pier Friday, Oct. 10 to practice their distance running, and get ready for the 56th annual Atlantic City Marathon, which will be held on the Boardwalk and on Downbeach streets, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 18-19.

The iconic Atlantic City Marathon is the third oldest marathon in the United States attracting thousands of runners from all 50 states, Washington D.C. and 14 countries around the world.

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Hiltner trial rescheduled for November pending negotiated settlement

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Monday, October 13, 2014 01:22 pm

MARGATE – A trial for City Clerk Tom Hiltner’s whistleblower lawsuit against the City of Margate that was scheduled for Sept. 22 has been postponed until November, but the parties are attempting to reach a settlement by then.

The trial was reassigned because Superior Court Judge Donna M. Taylor has a conflict with the City of Margate, according to a court clerk. The case was reassigned to Superior Court Judge Alan J. Littlefield and will be heard at 9 a.m. Monday, Nov. 10.

The Margate Board of Commissioners held an executive session at the end of its Oct. 2 meeting to update commissioners on the progress of negotiations with Hiltner, Administrator Richard Deaney said Friday, Oct. 3.

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Margate’s Walk to School Day promotes good health, safety and independence for children

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Monday, October 13, 2014 12:55 pm

Walkers and bikers gather in the school yard on Walk to School Day, as the sun rises over Margate beach. Walkers and bikers gather in the school yard on Walk to School Day, as the sun rises over Margate beach. MARGATE – Forty years ago, nearly half of all school children walked or biked to school. But a 2011 report published by the American Journal of Preventive Medicine noted that by 2009, only 12.7 percent of students walked or biked to school. Sustainable Margate, the city’s green team, is working to reverse that trend.

Starting in July, the green team partnered with Cross County Connection to help improve students’ physical activity, and subsequently their health, provide them with independence, help them learn pedestrian and bicycle safety and allow them to get close and personal with their own neighborhoods.

“Some children only know their neighborhood from the back seat of their parents’ car,” Sustainable Margate Chairwoman Monica Coffey said.

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Letter: Vote yes to continue fight against Margate dune project

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Written by Opinion Monday, October 13, 2014 12:00 am

Letter: Vote yes to continue fight against Margate dune project Letter: Vote yes to continue fight against Margate dune project To the editor:

I urge the voters of Margate to vote yes on Question 3 Nov 4. A yes vote would authorize the city to spend up to $200,000 to fight the installation of the berm-dune project.

That being said, I find it hard to believe why this vote is even necessary. Last November the voters of Margate overwhelmingly (2-1) rejected joining the state and Army Corps beach project. This vote occurred after Gov. Christie informed us that it was a done deal regardless of the outcome of the vote while calling us “stupid.”

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