• 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.

  • 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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Congregation Beth Judah offers community classes

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Written by Staff Reports Saturday, October 11, 2014 12:00 am

VENTNOR - Congregation Beth Judah, 700 N. Swarthmore Ave., Ventnor, is offering the following community classes at the synagogue. For information or to register call Karen at 609-822-7116, ext. 101.

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Insurer donates to JFS

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, October 10, 2014 04:32 pm

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MARGATE – David Lieberman, operator of Allstate in Somers Point, recently donated $1,800 to Jewish Family Service of Atlantic and Cape May Counties.

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Holy Trinty offering scripture study groups

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, October 10, 2014 04:22 pm

MARGATE – Holy Trinity Parish will be offering two scripture study groups this fall. One group will study “Matthew – The King and His Kingdom” by Jeff Cavins. John and Theresa Garrity will facilitate the group 7 p.m. Tuesdays beginning Oct. 14.

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JFS hosts annual turkey drive

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, October 10, 2014 04:15 pm

MARGATE – Jewish Family Service is dedicated to providing a Thanksgiving or holiday meal to anyone in need. Whether it is a friend, family member or neighbor, most locals know at least one person who has been directly affected by the recent casino closures. While the holidays are a joyous time, many will find it difficult to put a holiday meal on the table. Through its annual Holiday Turkey Drive, JFS provides community members with food throughout the season.

Here are ways the community can help:

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Margate begins school year with new administrative team

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Thursday, October 09, 2014 03:36 pm

MARGATE – The Margate school district is a month into the 2014-2015 school year with a new administrative team in place.

In addition to the recent appointment of former Principal John DiNicola as superintendent of schools effective Oct. 1, the Board of Education Wednesday, Oct. 8 appointed former supervisor of instruction Audrey Becker as his replacement at the Eugene A. Tighe Middle School. Becker, who has served as acting principal on several occasions, will serve as principal and director of curriculum.

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MBA extends deadline for ‘Inside Margate 2015’ cover contest

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, October 08, 2014 01:19 pm

MARGATE – Artists and photographers have more time to submit their original artwork for the 2015 city calendar with a chance to win $250. Original art and photos for the Inside Margate 2015 calendar cover contest will be accepted through Friday, Oct. 17.

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Ventnor man pleads guilty to human trafficking charge for operating male prostitution ring

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, October 08, 2014 01:03 pm

Ventnor man pleads guilty to human trafficking charge for operating male prostitution ring Ventnor man pleads guilty to human trafficking charge for operating male prostitution ring Client also pleads guilty in investigation by Attorney General’s Office and FBI task force

TRENTON – Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman announced that a Ventnor man has pleaded guilty to a human trafficking charge. A joint state and federal investigation revealed that he was operating a prostitution ring from his apartment in Ventnor in which he prostituted young men, including at least one minor, to male clients. A client of the ring also has pleaded guilty.

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Letter: Margate newsletter misleading on dunes

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Written by Daniel Gotlieb Tuesday, October 07, 2014 02:28 pm

Letter: Margate newsletter misleading on dunes Letter: Margate newsletter misleading on dunes To the editor:

Mayor Michael Becker’s comments in the Margate City Fall Newsletter relating to the dune project issue are misleading, omit key facts and contain a false statement. It appears to be an attempt to misinform the citizens and influence the outcome of the Nov. 4 referendum, which asks if voters if they want to spend $200,000 to challenge the dune project.

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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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