• 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.

  • VENTNOR – The Board of Commissioners will hold a special workshop meeting 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16 in the auditorium at the Ventnor Educational Community Complex, 400 N. Lafayette Ave. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss a proposed ordinance that would establish a tax abatement program.

    Commissioners have been discussing creating tax abatements to encourage property owners to make substantial improvements to their properties, including those damaged by hurricane Sandy. It is their hope that the program will eliminate substandard structures and housing conditions, and stop deterioration in certain neighborhoods.

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Margate Library to make front entrance ADA compliant

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Monday, October 06, 2014 03:59 pm

Mark Slotkin, president of the Margate Library Board, shows the plans for remodeling the front entrance of the library to make it ADA compliant. Mark Slotkin, president of the Margate Library Board, shows the plans for remodeling the front entrance of the library to make it ADA compliant. MARGATE – Along with an aging population, the city’s Library Director James J. Cahill Jr. has noticed there are increasing numbers of young mothers attending story time with their little ones in strollers.

However, access to the library is a challenge for both young and old if they arrive at the main entrance on Atlantic Avenue, so a renovation is planned to make the library compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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‘Walking Wednesday’ promotes good health through physical activity

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, October 06, 2014 11:03 am

walk to school day Margate City will join schools from around the world to celebrate International Walk to School Day on Wednesday, Oct. 8.

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Ventnor City Police Blotter Sept. 24 – Oct. 6

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, October 06, 2014 10:58 am

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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Fire Prevention Week gets underway in Margate schools

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Friday, October 03, 2014 02:16 pm

: “Boy this helmet is heavy,” said Tighe School eighth grader Catherine Agostini as she high-fived her classmates in the audience. : “Boy this helmet is heavy,” said Tighe School eighth grader Catherine Agostini as she high-fived her classmates in the audience. MARGATE – About 200 Eugene A. Tighe School middle schoolers were the first Downbeach students to get this year’s Fire Prevention Week message: Working smoke alarms save lives. The students gathered in the Dominick A. Potena Performing Arts Center to watch a video and hear Margate firefighers give tips on how to stay safe.

“We are here to keep you safe, keep your families safe, and keep the community safe,” Lt. Tim Wainwright said.

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UPDATE: Sun shines on Margate’s annual Funfest by the Bay (SLIDESHOW)

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Wednesday, October 01, 2014 04:15 pm

Chloe Mako, 13, of Longport gets her caricature done by Maria Bibbel of Yardley, Pennsylvania. Chloe Mako, 13, of Longport gets her caricature done by Maria Bibbel of Yardley, Pennsylvania. MARGATE – Organizers got everything they had hoped for last weekend as the city said goodbye to summer and greeted fall at the annual Fall Funfest by the Bay – including plenty of sunshine.

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Atlantic City ‘GALS’ celebrate 70 years of sisterhood (SLIDESHOW)

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Wednesday, October 01, 2014 09:56 am

Marilyn Sacco Baranski, Sarana Favazzo Booye and Phyllis Rich Smith enjoyed the 70th anniversary party of Atlantic City High School’s GALS Club. Marilyn Sacco Baranski, Sarana Favazzo Booye and Phyllis Rich Smith enjoyed the 70th anniversary party of Atlantic City High School’s GALS Club. SOMERS POINT – Even though the days of being just girls has long passed, the GALS Club of Atlantic City High School, originated by Ernestine Savio Daisey of Margate many years ago, is still going strong. Forty-nine women attended a special luncheon at the Crab Trap restaurant on Tuesday, Sept. 30, to celebrate the club’s 70th anniversary with an all-year reunion.

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Ventnor Police change focus of K-9 Unit

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Tuesday, September 30, 2014 02:45 pm

Ventnor K-9 Officer Axel with his partner Ptl. David Gaeckle. Ventnor K-9 Officer Axel with his partner Ptl. David Gaeckle. VENTNOR – Police Chief Michael Miller said he is changing the focus of the department’s K-9 Unit, and switching from a dual purpose canine to one that is only trained to sniff out drugs.

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Margate couple advocates for children in need

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, September 30, 2014 09:47 am

Richard and Carole Couzens of Margate are CASA volunteers. Richard and Carole Couzens of Margate are CASA volunteers. MARGATE – Retired attorney Richard Couzens and his wife, Carole, a market research professional, moved to Margate full time from Yardley, Pennsylvania, in 2009 after raising three children.

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Area cyclists raise more than $5K for JFS

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, September 29, 2014 12:13 pm

MARGATE - Hopping on a bike and cruising along the scenic shoreline and beautiful landscape is a passion for so many. In early September, dozens Rachel Ludwig and Doug Stanger participate in the Battle Against Hunger Bike Ride Sept. 5-7, raising funds and creating awareness about the JFS Food Pantry. Rachel Ludwig and Doug Stanger participate in the Battle Against Hunger Bike Ride Sept. 5-7, raising funds and creating awareness about the JFS Food Pantry. of local community members cycled for a cause in two bike rides to benefit Jewish Family Service.

Jewish Family Service Past Presidents Patti Rosenberg and Doug Stanger led the charge to support the agency with bike ride fundraisers. This year, the Marc L. Rosenberg Friends and Family Bike Ride and the Battle Against Hunger Bike Ride raised more than $5,000 for JFS.

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Neighbors feuding over no parking enforcement on Callender Avenue

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Monday, September 29, 2014 11:34 am

VENTNOR – Neighbors living in the area near Callender Avenue are feuding over a lack of parking on their streets. The city recently started enforcing the no parking regulation, which has been on the books for years, Mayor Michael Bagnell said.

Callender Avenue resident Sylvia Santiago told the Board of Commissioners Sept. 17 that since the city started enforcing the no parking regulation on Callender Avenue neighbors have been arguing over parking spaces on streets in the surrounding neighborhood.

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