• MARGATE – An engineer and attorney hired to represent the city regarding the pending dunes project have questioned the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and the Army Corps of Engineers.

    Margate Administrator Richard Deaney provided a written update to the Board of Commissioners Sept. 18 about the progress being made by outside counsel and an environmental engineer hired to represent the city against the dunes plan. Deaney said the city has received a revised edition of the engineering plans for the dunes project, which is slated to begin in November, and is being reviewed by the city’s engineer.

  • VENTNOR – An engineering consultant last week recommended ways the city can become more sustainable and resilient to storms in the wake of hurricane Sandy.

    Stewart Weiser of Remington, Vernick and Walberg presented his Strategic Recovery Planning Report to the Board of Commissioners at its Sept. 17 meeting. The report was funded with a $30,000 grant that was made available to communities in the nine counties most affected by the storm. To qualify, municipalities had to show they lost at least $1 million in ratables as a result of the storm.

  • LONGPORT – The Borough Commission Sept. 17 passed a resolution that approved all the necessary documentation to start the long-awaited dunes project.

    Mayor Nicholas Russo signed an authorization for a state aid agreement with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection to construct the Brigantine to Great Egg Harbor Inlet Storm Damage Reduction Project

  • VENTNOR – The City Commission, Planning Board and Planning and Zoning Department are considering changes to the zoning and building codes to address a number of issues.

    On Aug. 21, the commission asked the Planning Board to review zoning for the R-7 District, which is zoned single family. The commission is asking planners to consider allowing duplexes as a conforming use in the zone.

    According to Zoning Officer Jimmy Agnesino, the area was once zoned for multifamily dwellings, but in the 1990s the city rezoned it for single family only.

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PJ Library hosts family event before High Holidays

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, September 02, 2014 02:34 pm

MARGATE – PJ Library, an organization that delivers Jewish children’s books to families raising Jewish children, will host a Jewish New Year family event 5-6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 15 at the Katz JCC, 501 N. Jerome Ave. The event will consist of music, a book reading, a child-focused activity of self-reflection, traditional eating of apples and honey, plus a pizza dinner with a gluten-free option.

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Margate attorney pens book about controversial Higbee trial

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Tuesday, September 02, 2014 02:16 pm

Attorney and author D. William Subin and his wife, Petra “Petie” Subin, join investigator Manford Ridgeway at a book signing Friday, Aug. 24 at Ozzie’s Luncheonette in Longport. Attorney and author D. William Subin and his wife, Petra “Petie” Subin, join investigator Manford Ridgeway at a book signing Friday, Aug. 24 at Ozzie’s Luncheonette in Longport. LONGPORT – Longtime attorney D. William “Bill” Subin of Margate spent three years writing a book about his successful defense of a New Jersey state trooper who Subin said should have never been criminally charged with causing the death of two teenage sisters.

Subin, who self-published his memoir, “Closing the Gap: The Trial of Trooper Robert Higbee” in October 2013, greeted customers and supporters Friday, Aug. 24 at Ozzie’s Luncheonette, where Longport Media was broadcasting the day’s edition of Barbara Altman’s Front Porch radio show.

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Local patrols scale down beach protection

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Tuesday, September 02, 2014 01:59 pm

Lt. Eric Grimley guards the beach in Longport. Lt. Eric Grimley guards the beach in Longport. Shore protection takes on an alternate meaning as Labor Day, the unofficial end of summer, came a bit early this year. Although many out-of-towners have left their summer retreats, locals and those vacationing in the off season can still enjoy the last few weeks of summer without the crowds.

The official last day of summer is Sept. 21, and as the locals and many others know, September is a good time to enjoy the beaches in Ventnor, Margate and Longport. However, local beach patrols warn beachgoers to swim only at protected beaches.

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Longport Art Show bids adieu to summer

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Monday, September 01, 2014 10:07 am

Marily Chackman of Margate exhibits her woodblock prints and other creations. Marily Chackman of Margate exhibits her woodblock prints and other creations. LONGPORT – For the last 10 years, the Longport Historical Society Museum has been saying goodbye to summer with an annual art show that showcases local artists. It’s a small show, with just a few professional artists, mostly producing shore themed artwork that reflects the beauty of the Jersey shore, but that’s how organizers like it.

“We have it every year on the Sunday of Labor Day weekend,” MarySue Lovett, who chairs the historical society, said. “It’s small, but a very nice way to end the summer season.”

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Deciding when to retire: when timing becomes critical

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Deciding When to Retire: When Timing Becomes Critical Deciding When to Retire: When Timing Becomes Critical

Deciding when to retire may not be one decision, but a series of decisions and calculations. For example, you'll need to estimate not only your anticipated expenses, but also what sources of retirement income you'll have and how long you'll need your retirement savings to last. You'll need to take into account  our life expectancy and health as well as when you want to start receiving Social Security or pension  benefits, and when you'll start to tap your retirement savings. Each of these factors may affect the others as part of an overall retirement income plan.

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Volunteer drivers needed for Ventnor seniors

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Written by Staff Reports Sunday, August 31, 2014 12:00 am

VENTNOR ­– The city’s Senior Transportation Service needs volunteer drivers 9 a.m. to noon one day each work week to transport senior citizens to their doctor, pharmacy, hair dresser, bank,  and supermarket.

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Kindergarten is sweet and magical at Ross School

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Friday, August 29, 2014 12:19 pm

Charlie Levin, and Jack and Ellie Southard are engrossed in the moment. Charlie Levin, and Jack and Ellie Southard are engrossed in the moment. MARGATE – The Margate Education Foundation insured that this year’s crop of kindergarten students will find that the William H. Ross School is a sweet and magical place. The organization held its first ever kindergarten ice cream social Thursday, Sept. 28 in the schools playground area.

Parents and upper classmen scooped mounds of ice cream for kindergarteners, while the five- and six-year-olds, added colored sprinkles to make their treats even sweeter.

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Temple Emeth Shalom to broadcast speaker series live from the 92nd Street Y

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Thursday, August 28, 2014 04:11 pm

MARGATE – Temple Emeth Shalom, 8501 Ventnor Ave., will be presenting an outstanding line up of nationally prominent speakers in its annual fall speaker series, which will be broadcast live from the 92stY in New York City. Sponsored by Rabbi Dr. Gordon L. Geller, the Elliot Geller Family and the Arthur Larky Foundation, three outstanding programs have been scheduled as follows:

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Margate applies for 10 Post-Sandy Planning Grants

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Thursday, August 28, 2014 04:03 pm

MARGATE – The Board of Commissioners passed a resolution Aug. 21 supporting the Strategic Recovery Planning Report prepared by planner and grant writer Jim Rutala of Rutala Associates of Linwood and authorized him to apply for up to $425,000 in Post-Sandy Planning Assistance Grants.

The report Rutala provided at a public meeting in May contained recommendations for building a stronger community and increasing the resilience of the city’s infrastructure that would protect neighborhoods from flooding and natural disasters.

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Margate plans Parkway area streetscape redesign

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Thursday, August 28, 2014 02:47 pm

Plan A of the Margate Parkway redesign features elms and plum trees. Plan A of the Margate Parkway redesign features elms and plum trees. MARGATE – The city is planning a streetscape redesign for the Parkway area of Ventnor Avenue to restore it to its original grandeur when it was last installed more than 30 years ago.

The city has been discussing restoration for two years, Administrator Richard Deaney said.

He distributed to the Board of Commissioners two concept plans for consideration.

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