• City Commissioner Maury Blumberg, right, recognizes retiring City Clerk Tom Hiltner with a proclamation naming Dec. 18.MARGATE – Tom Hiltner attended his final government meeting as city clerk Thursday, Dec. 18. He will retire at the end of the year after more than 25 years as the city’s keeper of records. He was also the city tax collector.

    The Board of Commissioners appointed Deputy Clerk Rosie Freed to replace him as city clerk and Linda Morgan as tax collector. Freed was sworn in at the end of the meeting with her family present. Morgan will take the oath of office at the next meeting when her family can be present.

  • ATLANTIC CITY – An activist for open government will be heard in court Monday after the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office denied his request for information about the alleged theft of funds from the Margate Firefighters Benevolent Association Inc. The case is scheduled to be heard 9 a.m. Monday, Dec. 15 by Superior Court Judge Nelson C. Johnson.

    According to a complaint filed Nov. 10 in Superior Court, John Paff of Somerset, chairman of the New Jersey Libertarian Party Open Government Advocacy Project, the Prosecutor’s Office refused to provide any information about the case. He is asking for the immediate release of all incident and investigative reports related to the case.

  • LONGPORT – The Board of Commissioners is considering a request from the city engineer to be more assertive in its support of the pending Absecon Island Beach Protection project – which its neighbor to the north is trying to stop.

    “We went to great lengths to try and get this money and to protect our infrastructure and properties through the dune system. I really think we ought to look at what proactive activities we can do because of the court case out there,” borough engineer Richard Carter told the commission at its Wednesday, Dec. 11 workshop meeting.

    “If you want this, might have to fight for it.”

  • Board of Commissioners appropriates $50,000 more for legal work

    MARGATE – U.S. District Court Judge Renee M. Bumb issued an order Tuesday, Dec. 9 adjourning a court hearing on the dunes project from Dec. 17 to 10 a.m. Jan. 15 to allow the parties to come up with an “amicable resolution.”

    The order was issued in response to a joint request for adjournment from Margate’s special counsel, Jordan M. Rand of Dilworth Paxson LLP, and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

  • CAMDEN – Margate won the second round Thursday in its legal battle to negotiate an alternative to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plan to build sand dunes on the beach.

    On Dec. 4, U.S. District Court Judge Renee Marie Bumb extended the temporary restraining order she imposed Nov. 24 that barred the DEP from awarding a contract to build the dunes.

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Deal gives Ventnor K-9 Niko to Galloway kennel owner

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Monday, December 01, 2014 02:43 pm

Kennel owner Carol Klingel gives former Ventnor Police K-9 Niko a treat. Kennel owner Carol Klingel gives former Ventnor Police K-9 Niko a treat.

GALLOWAY – A Ventnor police dog that was taken out of service after biting its handler last summer has found a new owner at Barkwoods Kennel here.

Ventnor transferred ownership of Niko, an imported purebred German shepherd, on Nov. 20, according to Carol Klingel, who has operated the Leipzig Avenue kennel for the past 12 years.

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Margate school district receives unqualified audit

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Friday, November 28, 2014 12:45 pm

MARGATE – The Board of Education has received an unqualified audit of its finances. According to Carol Kiniry of Ford-Scott & Associates, LLC, the annual audit turned up no findings or recommendations.

“The district office as a whole is proficient,” Kiniry said on Nov. 12. “Controls you have in place are working. Susan (Palaia) runs a tight ship.”

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Margate to hold public hearing on balloon release ordinance

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Wednesday, November 26, 2014 02:41 pm

balloon MARGATE – The Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4 on a proposal scheduled for adoption that would ban the outdoor release of helium balloons.

The ordinance was suggested by members of the city’s green team, Sustainable Margate, as a way to reduce ocean litter and protect marine wildlife.

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Margate Police Blotter Oct. 24 - Nov. 21

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, November 26, 2014 02:35 pm

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

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Ventnor considers tax break for new construction, building improvements

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Wednesday, November 26, 2014 02:24 pm

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.

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Get holiday shopping started early on Green Wednesday

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, November 25, 2014 12:00 am

MARGATE – Why wait for Black Friday when you can get pre-holiday sales the Wednesday before while shopping locally and beating the crowds at the same time.

That’s the thinking behind Green Wednesday, a campaign for a group of business owners in Margate from Granville to Douglas avenues who will be discounting their wares Wednesday, Nov. 26.

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Court issues temporary restraining order on Margate dunes

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Monday, November 24, 2014 05:26 pm

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.

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Ventnor joins Margate for bicycle, pedestrian planning

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Monday, November 24, 2014 01:51 pm

VENTNOR – The Board of Commissioners Nov. 20 agreed to join with its neighbor to the south to create safe streets for pedestrians and bicyclists.

The city passed a resolution supporting the NJ Department of Transportation’s offer to provide bicycle and pedestrian safety planning assistance.

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Margate City food drive nets truckload of food

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Monday, November 24, 2014 12:59 pm

Margate Supervisor of Public Works Frank Ricciotti and Assistant Superintendent Franz Adler load food donations onto a city truck at Margate City Hall. Margate Supervisor of Public Works Frank Ricciotti and Assistant Superintendent Franz Adler load food donations onto a city truck at Margate City Hall. MARGATE – Residents turned out Thursday, Nov. 20 to donate non-perishable food and turkeys in the city’s first food drive. Members of the Public Works Department parked a city truck on the sidewalk in front of the municipal building on Union Avenue for a few hours to accept donations. By the end of the drive at 6 p.m. the truck was filled with bags of food and frozen turkeys.

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Holiday banners welcome shoppers to Ventnor’s business districts

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Monday, November 24, 2014 12:48 pm

Holiday banners line the Dorset and Wellington Avenue business districts. Holiday banners line the Dorset and Wellington Avenue business districts. VENTNOR – Holiday shopping will be a little more festive this year with the addition of holiday banners erected along the Dorset and Wellington Avenue business districts.

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