• 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 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.

  • 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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Ventnor Police blotter, Mar. 20, 2014

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, March 20, 2014 11:29 am

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Ventnor Coffee to apply for variances

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Thursday, March 20, 2014 09:09 am

VENTNOR – A local business cited for offering music at its neighborhood establishment has withdrawn its request for an interpretation of the city’s zoning ordinance and decided instead to apply for a full site plan approval, including use and parking variances.

Supporters who attended the Zoning Board meeting held at the Ventnor Educational Community Complex Wednesday, March 19 offered a collective gasp when Ventnor Coffee, operating at 108 N. Dorset Ave., withdrew its request for board’s interpretation of a coffee shop.

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Margate native to receive award at Atlantic City’s Garden State Film Festival

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, March 17, 2014 08:24 am

Margate native Scott Neustadter will be honored at the Garden State Film Festival, which moved to Atlantic City this year from Asbury Park. Margate native Scott Neustadter will be honored at the Garden State Film Festival, which moved to Atlantic City this year from Asbury Park. ATLANTIC CITY – The Garden State Film Festival, which will locate here after being held in Asbury Park for many years, will present its 2014 Spirit of New Jersey Award to Margate native Scott Neustadter at an awards dinner being held at Trump Taj Mahal April 6.

Neustadter, who currently lives in California with his wife and child, will be on hand to accept his award. He is one-half of Hollywood’s hottest screen-writing and adapting team. With Michael H. Weber, they have proven themselves as the most versatile and sought-after writers working in film today with their witty, fresh and intelligent storytelling.

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Music lecture postponed

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, March 17, 2014 08:11 am

MARGATE - The Bay-Atlantic Symphony's free music lecture on standard musical forms by Paul M. Somers, orginally scheduled for Tuesday, March 18  at the Margate Public Library has been postponed.

The lecture scheduled for today at the Vineland Public Library was also postponed. Dates will be announced when they are set.

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Restaurant Gala raises $155,000 for culinary scholarships (VIDEO)

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Saturday, March 15, 2014 09:03 am

Sophia Papastamelos of Sophia’s in Margate poses with her staff Maria Erhardt, Michelle Gaagliardi and Christina Dianantes. Sophia Papastamelos of Sophia’s in Margate poses with her staff Maria Erhardt, Michelle Gaagliardi and Christina Dianantes. ATLANTIC CITY ­– Atlantic Cape Community College held its 31st annual Restaurant Gala at Bally’s Casino Hotel Thursday, March 13. The gala was attended by more than 800 friends of the Academy of Culinary Arts, which has provided the restaurant industry with quality chefs for as many years. The sumptuous offerings from 40 of the area’s best restaurants, fabulous music by FM and Don’t Call Me Francis bands and vintage carnival décor made it “The Greatest Gala on Earth.”

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Balding for a cure

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Friday, March 14, 2014 02:46 pm

James Pacanowski gets his head shaved to combat pediatric cancer. James Pacanowski gets his head shaved to combat pediatric cancer. VENTNOR – T’was a bit of the shavin’ o’ the heads at Ventnor Educational Community Complex Friday, March 14 as students, staff and a few friends celebrated St. Baldrick’s Day to combat pediatric cancer.

The entire student body of both the elementary and middle school gathered in the gym for a dodge ball tournament, pie eating contest, raffles and more. Fifth grade teacher Scott Yakita organized the event after a one-year hiatus due to Hurricane Sandy.

“My nephew was diagnosed with pediatric cancer about 17 years ago. It was because of him that I got involved,” Yakita said.

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Margate schools seek funding for $2.2 million in capital projects

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Thursday, March 13, 2014 02:41 pm

MARGATE ­– The Board of Education is seeking funding from the municipality to complete several capital improvement projects planned for the William H. Ross Elementary School and the Eugene A. Tighe Middle School.

The state Department of Education has agreed to provide the district with funding to cover 40 percent of the $2.2 million cost of construction projects at the two schools. A grant will cover $887,834 of the total cost of the projects and local taxpayers will provide the remaining $1,331,751. The district has asked the Board of School Estimate to authorize the bond, Superintendent Theresa DeFranco said.

“Once we can show the Schools Development Authority that we have the local share, we can finalize our application and go out to bid for the projects,” DeFranco said.

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Margate Police blotter, Mar. 13, 2014

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, March 13, 2014 11:28 am

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