• 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.

  • WASHINGTON – A group of New Jersey members of the U.S. House of Representatives sent a letter to Shaun Donovan, secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and Michael Boots, acting chairman of the Council on Environmental Quality requesting that they attend a New Jersey congressional delegation meeting to hear out questions and concerns about why the process for helping homeowners recovering from Hurricane Sandy is taking so long.

    The lawmakers want to discuss what can be done to assist 4,000 homeowners who still are not in their homes nearly a year and half after the October 2012 storm, and what might be done to properly modify any other procedures that may be delaying reconstruction.

  • VENTNOR – The Board of Commissioners is considering naming the entire city an area in need of rehabilitation, which would provide homeowners with tax incentives to improve their homes.

    “This is a way to stimulate growth in the city,” Mayor Michael Bagnell said.

    Residents who make substantial improvements to their home, including raising it to the new minimum flood elevation level, would receive a tax abatement on the assessed valuation of the improvements.

  • 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.

  • 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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Downbeach schools blow bubbles for autism (VIDEO)

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Wednesday, April 02, 2014 10:42 am

Students at Margate's Ross Middle School formed a ribbon for autism Students at Margate's Ross Middle School formed a ribbon for autism  VENTNOR - Downbeach schools carried on their longstanding traditions of Blowing Bubbles for Autism on Tuesday, April 1. Students at the Ventnor Educational Community Complex and at the Ross School in Margate gathered in their school yards, carrying small bottles of bubbles. Waiting for the right moment they blew bubbles for several minutes to create awareness about autism.

Ross students formed into a ribbon to take a photo to remember their eighth annual event. Students at VECC formed a rectangle to blow bubbles to commemorate their 10th annual bubble-blowing event.

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Ventnor Coffee to host benefit for Rios family

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Monday, March 31, 2014 03:29 pm

VENTNOR – A local coffee shop will be hosting a benefit concert 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, April 6 for the Rios family of Troy Avenue.

“There are no words to express how the Rios family feels right now. They didn’t get the outcome they wanted, but Kennedy is in paradise now,” Michael Einwechter of Ventnor Coffee said.

Kennedy Rios’s body was found last week in the water near the Ventnor Rowing Club. He had been missing for nearly three months.

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Police confirm Kennedy Rios died accidentally

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Monday, March 31, 2014 10:58 am

Kennedy Rios, 21, of Ventnor, died accidentially. Kennedy Rios, 21, of Ventnor, died accidentially. VENTNOR – New Jersey State Police confirmed today that Kennedy Rios, 21, who was missing for nearly three months, died accidentally. Rios’ body was pulled from the water’s edge near the Ventnor Rowing Club on Friday afternoon. His body was found by a high school crew coach. An autopsy performed by Dr. Ian Hood at Shore Memorial Hospital on Saturday morning, March 29 indicated he died from accidental drowning and hypothermia.

“There is nothing suspicious about his death,” Trooper Jeff Flynn, a State Police spokesperson, said this morning.

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Body of Kennedy Rios discovered in Ventnor bay

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Friday, March 28, 2014 05:41 pm

Kennedy Rios, 21, of Ventnor Kennedy Rios, 21, of Ventnor Ventnor’s search for missing Kennedy Rios, 21, of Ventnor ended this afternoon when his body was found in Ventnor’s intercoastal waterway.  A crew coach found the body near the Viking Rowing Club on the 100-block of North Surrey Avenue where students from Mainland and Egg Harbor Township were practicing rowing.

Rios was found face down, fully clothed at 3:45 p.m. about 150 yards from land, according to Ventnor Police Chief Michael Miller. Positive identification was made at 6 p.m. The medical examiner will determine the exact cause of death.

 

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Margate board approves school budget, renovation projects

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Friday, March 28, 2014 03:31 pm

MARGATE – The Board of School Estimates March 25 certified a $10.5 million school district budget and requested that the Board of Commissioners bond $2.2 million for repairs at the Eugene A. Tighe and William H. Ross schools.

The budget, which includes debt service for the new bond, will result in a slight tax rate decrease of .2-cents, auditor Leon Costello said.

“The cost will be rolled into existing debt service and have no impact on the taxpayers,” Costello said.

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Longport considers ban on leaf blowers

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Thursday, March 27, 2014 02:52 pm

LONGPORT – The Board of Commissioners is seeking the public’s input to help it decide if it should introduce an ordinance to ban leaf blowers.

The borough will hold a public forum for residents and landscapers to voice their opinion about noise pollution, air pollution and clogged storm drains, Commissioner James P. Leeds said.

Leeds said that Mayor Nicholas Russo received a complaint from a resident about the noise and air pollution generated by gasoline powered leaf blowers. Russo then asked Leeds to investigate the issue and report back to the governing body.

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Bocca hosts Ross School families for dinner

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Thursday, March 27, 2014 02:45 pm

The Gormley family enjoyed Ross Night Out. From left are Sean, Sean, Jr., Lexi and Jaime Gormley. The Gormley family enjoyed Ross Night Out. From left are Sean, Sean, Jr., Lexi and Jaime Gormley. MARGATE – Bocca Coal Fired Bistro welcomed students of the William H. Ross School and their families during the dinner hour Wednesday, March 26. “Ross Night Out” was held at the restaurant to raise money for the school’s Positive School Climate activities, which includes the WAVE program.

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Mom's last visit from frosty

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Thursday, March 27, 2014 01:21 pm

Luke's last stand. Luke's last stand. This is "Luke," hopefully, the last snowman of the spring season. Mark Howell fashioned Luke on the unit block of Clermont Avenue in Margate after the nor'easter snowstorm on March 25.

"I do it every snowstorm for my mom, she's 89 years old and she enjoys looking at them," Howell said. "But this is the last one. Tell Old Man Winter it's spring."

 

   

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