• Sen. Jim Whelan joins volunteers who showed up last year to clean the beach in Atlantic City. Volunteers will turn out en masse Saturday to be part of the solution to ocean pollution. Beach sweeps will be held in shore communities up and down the New Jersey coastline on Saturday, April 26.

    Volunteers in Downbeach communities will canvass the beaches to pick up trash and debris to get them ready for summer visitors.

    Organizations and families are encouraged to participate in the statewide event to keep beaches clean and safe and protect New Jersey’s coastal environment.

  • The Ventnor Fishing Pier opens on Monday, April 28 with new membership fees for the 2014 season.

    Memberships are now available on a seasonal, weekly and daily basis with new fees and fines for violating the Ventnor City Recreation Board’s rules and regulations.

    The Board of Commissioners approved the amended ordinance at its April 17 meeting. The commission added a new weekly fee schedule in addition to last year’s seasonal and daily rate schedule.

  • VENTNOR – The city’s municipal budget was introduced last month and adopted April 17 without comment from neither the governing body nor the public. City Commissioner Theresa Kelly voted against its adoption.

    The $30,934,239 budget raised municipal tax rate 4.9 cents to $.896 per $100 of assessed valuation, up from $.847 last year. The average homeowner with a house assessed at $250,000 will pay $124 more this year for a total municipal tax of $2,240, up from $2116 last year. In Ventnor, a penny on the tax rate is equal to $250,000 in spending.

    “Money is tight all over and a lot of our residents are still suffering from Sandy,” Kelly said. “Some are unable to pay their taxes now, and there are so many houses for sale.”

  •  Members of the Mental Health Association were available to help homeowners still struggling more than 18 months after the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. Pictured are caseworkers Jordan Brunette of Absecon, Jaime Angelini of Smithville and Meghan Cusack of Linwood. EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – More than 50 people showed up to find out how they can get help repairing their Sandy damaged homes at a special meeting held at the township’s Community Center Wednesday, April 16.

  • VENTNOR – The Planning Board will need more time to decide what type of commercial uses and ancillary uses, including live music, are allowed in the Dorset Avenue Commercial Zone.

    At a lengthy board meeting April 10 about zoning concerns in the city, planners heard complaints from area residents about the noise coming from Ventnor Coffee, which recently held daylong band competitions. Officials said Ventnor Coffee will need a use variance to continue to provide live music at the shop.

  • VENTNOR – The Board of Commissioners took no action following a lengthy executive session on Thursday, April 10.

    Mayor Michael Bagnell and city attorney Amy R. Weintraub were excused from the meeting, which was called to hear a report from an independent attorney who investigated the city’s involvement in a Latin music festival that was cancelled at the 11th hour at the end of last summer.

    “Amy and I recused ourselves from the discussion because it involves us,” Bagnell said as he left the auditorium at the Ventnor Educational Community Complex where public meetings are being held while the municipal building undergoes extensive HVAC renovations.

  • LONGPORT – Following a 30-minute executive session Tuesday, April 8, the Board of Commissioners agreed to revise commissioner appointments and duties.

    Mayor Nicholas Russo gave a brief statement following three unanimous votes to approve the new assignments and realigned duties.

  • Cookie Till plants primroses in the flower garden. PLEASANTVILLE – More than 15 volunteers showed up Friday, April 11 to ensure several local residents eat well, get fresh air and socialize with neighbors.

    Volunteers from Jewish Family Service of Atlantic and Cape May counties and representatives of Growing Green AtlantiCare, built raised garden beds and helped JFS consumers plant early spring vegetables they can harvest by June.

    The JFS garden program is in its second three-year cycle, which includes building the gardens, planting, growing, weeding and harvesting over a three-year period.

    The first garden project was completed in Hammonton, but this project was completed at a house owned by the Pleasantville Housing Authority and occupied by three tenants who need the ongoing assistance that JFS offers.

Downbeach Current | Longport, Margate, Ventnor

Margate closer to getting post-Sandy streetscape grant

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Wednesday, April 09, 2014 07:54 am

TRENTON – The New Jersey Economic Development Authority April 8 approved loans totaling more than $5.6 million for storm-impacted small businesses. In addition, seven municipalities were selected to advance under the streetscape component of the Neighborhood and Community Revitalization Program. Margate was selected for a grant in Round Two.

The EDA presented seven municipalities that were selected based on objective scoring criteriato advance to the next phase of the approval process under the streetscape component of the NCR Program.  The EDA advanced four municipalities under the first round in February.  The streetscape component of the NCR Program was allocated $10 million to provide grants of $125,000 to $1.5 million per projectto support “Main Street” revitalization improvements in impacted communities. Projects from Round One that reached the minimum scoring threshold were rolled into Round Two for consideration.   

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Remains found in closet leads to indictment of Ventnor woman

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Wednesday, April 09, 2014 07:41 am

MAYS LANDING – A Ventnor woman was indicted Tuesday, April 8 on a charge of murdering her husband, whose remains were found in her closet after a six-year missing person investigation, acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain said.

Loretta Doyle Burroughs, 62, was indicted for murder and hindering her own apprehension in connection with stabbing death of her husband, Daniel Burroughs, 66, when both lived on Leipzig Avenue in Hamilton Township.

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First Sandy, then a fire; help is needed

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Tuesday, April 08, 2014 01:40 pm

Jewish Family Services is seeking donations of housewares and furniture to assist and individual who has been dealing with a major losses due to Hurricane Sandy and more recently, a fire.

Donations needed include: Couch or chairs, coffee table, television, DVD player, DVDs, end table, lamps, small dining room table, chairs, plates, dishes, cups, utensils, dish rags and towels, can opener, fire extinguisher, microwave, toaster, pots, pans, dish detergent, dish rack/sink drainer, trash can, oven mitts, trash bags, shower curtain, shower liner, bath mat, toiletries, hand and bath towels, wastebasket, toilet plunger, toilet brush, box spring and mattress, rails, futon, linens, pillows, comforter, blankets, night stand, hamper, clock radio, laundry detergent, iron, hangers, flashlight, vacuum, mop, broom, batteries, etc.

Donations can be dropped off at JFS, 607 N. Jerome Ave. For more information, email Tamika Murray at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

 

Ventnor planners to discuss LED signs, allowable uses

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Tuesday, April 08, 2014 01:31 pm

The Ventnor City Planning Board will discuss LED signs and changing permitted uses in the commercial zone at its next meeting 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 10.

Agenda
1. Call to order
2. Roll Call
3. Flag salute
4. Adoption of March 2014 minutes
5. Adoption of resolutions: P5-2014, Caroline Till, 7311 Ventnor Ave, Blk. 135, Lot 6, Requesting an amended minor site plan with a “c” variance. Represented by Chris Baylinson.
6. Applications: NONE
7. Discussions: LED signs and changing the mixed commercial zones permitted uses, and the issue concerning live music..

   

Margate to ‘take back’ unwanted prescription drugs

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, April 07, 2014 03:03 pm

The Margate City Police Department will be participating in "Operation Take Back" from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday April 26. The event is hosted by the Drug Enforcement Administration to collect old prescription medication residents may have in their home. The collection site will be at the Margate City Police Department located at 111 N. Decatur Ave.

Anyone wishing to turn in their old prescription medication may do so with it in its original container or by removing medication from its container and disposing it directly into the drug disposal boxes at the collection site. Liquid products, such as cough medicine, should remain sealed in their original container with the caps tightly sealed to prevent leakage. No syringes or sharp instruments will be accepted.

 

Ventnor Commissioners to meet in private about cancellation of Latin festival

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Monday, April 07, 2014 02:21 pm

VENTNOR – The Board of Commissioners has scheduled a special executive session after its 4 p.m. workshop meeting Thursday, April 10 to review a report by an independent investigator regarding a two-day Latin festival that never happened.

Frank L. Corrado of Barry Corrado & Grassi, PC of Wildwood was hired to investigate the cancellation of Sandstock, a two-day music festival that was to be held at a vacant lot on Wellington Avenue Sept. 21-22, 2013. He was to be paid $135 an hour and recently submitted a bill for $13,783.50, according to city attorney Amy R. Weintraub.

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Rios benefit raises funds and community

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Monday, April 07, 2014 08:41 am

Gumer Andia and Luz Rios attend a benefit for their son and brother Kennedy Rios, who died of hypothermia in January. Gumer Andia and Luz Rios attend a benefit for their son and brother Kennedy Rios, who died of hypothermia in January.  VENTNOR – A fundraiser at Ventnor Coffee Sunday, April 6 did more than raise money. It raised community spirit in the light of tragedy.

Shop owner Michael Einwechter proudly stated on his Facebook page last night that the daylong festival raised more than $4,300 for the Rios family of Ventnor, who recently buried their son and brother Kennedy Rios, 21, who went missing for nearly three months. He disappeared after leaving a poker and drinking party without his coat, hat, gloves and cell phone. His body was discovered in the melting water at the edge of the Ventnor Rowing Club on Friday, March 29.

“We are really grateful and appreciative of how Ventnor and the surrounding communities came together to help us, not only now, but when we were looking for Kennedy,” his sister Luz said.

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Ventnor woman pleads guilty to manslaughter

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Written by Staff Reports Saturday, April 05, 2014 07:51 am

MAYS LANDING – A Ventnor woman has pleaded guilty Friday, April 4 to aggravated manslaughter in connection with the fatal stabbing of a Millville man in 2012, Acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain said.

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