• TRENTON – Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced Nov. 20 that Ventnor City would receive a $501,000 grant to restore historic City Hall. The building was one of four in Atlantic County selected for Sandy Disaster Relief Grants for Historic Properties to fund the preservation, stabilization, rehabilitation and repair of New Jersey historic structures that were damaged by the storm.

    Other Atlantic County structures awarded grants include Fire Station 3 in Atlantic City, which received $338,289, Fire Station 2 in Atlantic City $205,649 and Gateway Playhouse in Somers Point $102,400.

  • MARGATE – Local firefighters and EMS workers who routinely arrive at drug overdose calls are now carrying the life-saving antidote, naloxone.

    Chief Anthony Tabasso made the announcement at the Nov. 6 Board of Commissioners work session meeting.

  • MARGATE – City Clerk and Tax Collector Tom Hiltner will resign from both positions Jan. 1 and receive $260,000 payable in installments over the next two years as part of a settlement reached in his whistleblower lawsuit against the city.

    Under the agreement, the city will also give Hiltner $12,000 a year for the next eight years for health insurance, and pay $50,000 in attorney fees to Jacobs & Barbone, his attorneys.

  • MARGATE – Despite differences of opinion regarding the dunes issue, the Board of Commissioners Nov. 6 agreed to uphold the wishes of the voters and proceed with an effort to stop the state and Army Corps of Engineers from building sand dunes on the beach.

    Congratulating the advocacy group Margate Citizens Questioning the Beach Project, which lobbied to fight the dunes project, Commissioner Brenda Taube said she would join Commissioner Maury Blumberg and Mayor Michael Becker in support of voters who passed a nonbinding referendum Nov. 4 that asked if they wanted the city to spend up to $200,000 in legal fees to try to stop the NJ Department of Environmental Protection and the Army Corps from proceeding with the project. The unofficial vote count was 1,140 yes, 1,091 no. Provisional ballots are still being counted. Certification by the Atlantic County Clerk is expected Monday afternoon.

  • VENTNOR – The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs has awarded $230,000 in Post-Sandy Planning Assistance grants to help the city become more resilient to storms.

    Mayor Michael Bagnell said the grants will help the city plan for the future after several years of struggling with the aftermath of hurricane Sandy, which flooded the city in October 2012.

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Longport commission meeting rescheduled

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, October 23, 2014 01:37 pm

LONGPORT – The Board of Commissioners workshop meeting scheduled for Nov. 13 and the regular meeting scheduled for Nov. 21 have been canceled. The board’s regular November meeting will be held 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12 at Borough Hall.

 

Margate Police present $5,581 check to Gilda’s Club

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, October 21, 2014 10:18 am

Pictured from left are Beth Wray, Vickie Perry, Adria Light, Lauren Crenshaw of Gilda's Club, James Costa, Christopher Taroncher, Shane Conesky and Kenneth Bergeron of the Margate Police Department. Pictured from left are Beth Wray, Vickie Perry, Adria Light, Lauren Crenshaw of Gilda's Club, James Costa, Christopher Taroncher, Shane Conesky and Kenneth Bergeron of the Margate Police Department.

LINWOOD – The Margate Police Department, Police Benevolent Association Local 65 and Margate Business Association partnered to present a check for $5,581 Oct. 15 to Gilda’s Club of South Jersey.

A portion of the funds were raised during Margate’s Fall Funfest by the Bay at the department’s Dunk-a-Cop dunk tank campaign. Participants paid for three chances to dunk an officer. The officers also sold T-shirts to show support for Gilda’s Club.

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Ventnor man charged in string of vehicle, shed burglaries

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, October 21, 2014 09:38 am

VENTNOR – The Ventnor City Police Department arrested a resident Oct. 15 in connection with a rash of vehicle and shed burglaries over a weeklong period.

David Parke, 26, was arrested Wednesday and charged with seven counts of burglary and theft and other related charges, according to public information officer Detective Lt. Steven Ireland.

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Toxicology tests to determine how Martindale Avenue man died

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, October 20, 2014 03:37 pm

VENTNOR – The Atlantic County Medical Examiner will determine how a Ventnor man died over the weekend. Ventnor City Police responded at 9 a.m. Sunday morning to the call of a death at 123 N. Martindale Ave.

According to Det. Lt. Steve Ireland one of three roommates discovered the deceased male and called police. Police do not know how Geroge Tizzano, 27, died. The third roommate was not home at the time of the discovery.

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Ventnor plans to hire next emergency management coordinator from Atlantic City

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Monday, October 20, 2014 12:58 pm

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.

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State files to take easements needed for dunes project

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Monday, October 20, 2014 10:41 am

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.

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Letter: Dune project propaganda is not being spread by MCQBP

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Written by Opinion Sunday, October 19, 2014 11:00 pm

Letter: Dune project propaganda is not being spread by MCQBP Letter: Dune project propaganda is not being spread by MCQBP To the editor:

It shatters my belief in people when I read a letter from Maria Dicino, who accuses a gentleman like Dan Gottlieb of putting out propaganda and using scare tactics. Under the leadership of Dan Gottlieb and Vaughan Reale, Margate Citizens Questioning the Beach Project worked diligently to educate the public and research alternative methods to building dunes on our beautiful beaches and save taxpayers millions of dollars in beach replenishment.

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Letter: Vote yes to stop the dunes

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Written by Opinion Sunday, October 19, 2014 11:00 pm

Letter: Vote yes to stop the dunes Letter: Vote yes to stop the dunes To the editor:

It was pleasing to see Margate’s paid consultants confirm what Margate Citizens Questioning the Beach Project was teaching citizens, most importantly, that bulkheads were never considered in the Army Corps study over 18 years ago and significantly concerning drainage issues still exist.

The following are also true: 14 handicapped entrances will be reduced to four, and Margate will fund approximately $700,000 every three years. When replenishment is required so we can use our beach, if federal funding isn’t available, Margate’s cost will soar to $7 million per fill.

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Katz JCC to host vegan Thanksgiving feast

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, October 16, 2014 03:30 pm

MARGATE – The Milton & Betty Katz Jewish Community Center will host a vegan community Thanksgiving feast noon-3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 27.

“We invite vegans and nonvegans alike to help us put compassion into action and adopt a kinder more considerate holiday this year,” said Jack I. Fox, JCC chief executive officer. “This will be an afternoon where your palate will be tantalized by remarkable wholesome cuisine while you continue to learn about the meaning of a gentle Thanksgiving, all while you share a special afternoon with friends and loved ones.”

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State obtains bulk of easements needed for shore protection projects

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, October 16, 2014 11:07 am

Officials vow to obtain the needed easements without paying a 'king’s ransom’

TRENTON – Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman and Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin have announced that the state has obtained more than 80 percent of the property easements needed to enable construction of shore protection and flood mitigation projects designed to safeguard New Jersey residents against hurricanes and significant coastal storms.

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