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Margate commissioners to hold two special meetings this week

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Saturday, August 16, 2014 10:34 am

The Margate City Board of Commissioners will hold two special meetings this week.

An executive session will be held at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21 to meet with an attorney regarding a proposal and legal strategy for filing an injunction against the State of New Jersey and US Army Corps of Engineers to stop the Absecon Island Shore Protection Project within the City of Margate City.

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Margate voters to decide whether to fight dunes in November

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Friday, August 15, 2014 10:00 am

MARGATE – When local voters go to the polls for the Nov. 4 general election, they’ll get one more chance to decide if a legal battle to stop the dunes project is in Margate’s future.

Following a 90-minute special meeting that brought out supporters and detractors of the fight to stop the pending dunes project, the Board of Commissioners passed two resolutions. One would put a question on the November ballot asking voters to spend $200,000 plus technical costs to sue the state and federal government to stop the project. The other would allow the city to hire an attorney to file an immediate injunction to stop the project.

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Longport Police Blotter, May 26 – Aug. 12

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, August 14, 2014 12:08 pm

Edward K. Bakaj, 66, of Longport was arrested June 19 by Ptl. Pierce Shaud and charged with violating a court order.

John Simone, 21, of Dresher, Pa. was arrested June 22 by Ptl. Nicholas Rettino and charged with DWI and issued summonses for maintenance of lamps, speeding, and unsafe lane change.

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Hiltner lawsuit to cost Margate $98,000 more

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Thursday, August 14, 2014 11:59 am

MARGATE – The Board of Commissioners Aug. 7 approved additional funding for an attorney to defend the city against a whistleblower lawsuit filed by City Clerk and Tax Collector Tom Hiltner.

A resolution awarded an additional contract not to exceed $98,000 for Haddonfield labor attorney David Rapuano of Archer and Greiner PC, who represents the city against Hiltner’s lawsuit. He will bill the city at a rate of $225 an hour. The city has already spent $155,000 for its defense.

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JFS House Tour raises $54,000 for Village by the Shore

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, August 12, 2014 02:15 pm

 JFS Director of Donor Relations Beth Joseph, house tour Co-Chairwoman Stephanie Lutz-Koch, JFS CEO Andrea Steinberg, Co-Chairwoman Johanna Perskie and JFS Community Initiatives Coordinator Leigh Turner enjoy the shade of the wrap-around porch during the Jewish Family Service House Tour Aug. 4, which raised $54,000 for Village by the Shore, an agency program providing services and socialization for adults over 50. JFS Director of Donor Relations Beth Joseph, house tour Co-Chairwoman Stephanie Lutz-Koch, JFS CEO Andrea Steinberg, Co-Chairwoman Johanna Perskie and JFS Community Initiatives Coordinator Leigh Turner enjoy the shade of the wrap-around porch during the Jewish Family Service House Tour Aug. 4, which raised $54,000 for Village by the Shore, an agency program providing services and socialization for adults over 50. MARGATE – Nearly 1,000 guests toured six of the most luxurious Downbeach homes on Monday, Aug. 4during the 27th annual JFS House Tour. It was the most highly attended tour to date and raised $54,000 for Village by the Shore, which provides a variety of concierge, volunteer and professional services and socialization for adults over 50.

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Margate BOE releases DeFranco from her contract

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Tuesday, August 12, 2014 12:34 pm

MARGATE – At a special meeting Friday, Aug. 8, the Board of Education unanimously agreed to release Dr. Theresa DeFranco from her contract as superintendent of the Margate School District and agreed it would accept her resignation when received on a date no later than Oct. 15.

The board also agreed to hold special public comment sessions regarding how it will proceed with hiring a new superintendent at its next two regular board meetings on Wednesday, Aug. 20 and Wednesday, Sept. 3.

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Margate special meeting to consider dune fight referendum

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Monday, August 11, 2014 04:48 pm

MARGATE – The Board of Commissioners will hold a special meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 13 to decide if it will hold a referendum in November to determine if taxpayers will fund a legal battle to stop the pending dunes project.

“We are calling this special meeting to discuss if it makes sense to put a question on the November ballot,” Mayor Michael Becker said.

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Dune Dash ‘not just another day at the beach’

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Monday, August 11, 2014 02:47 pm

Margate Education Foundation President Anita Grimley and firefighter John Sher share a poster of the route for the inaugural Dune Dash obstacle course on Margate beach Sept. 7. Margate Education Foundation President Anita Grimley and firefighter John Sher share a poster of the route for the inaugural Dune Dash obstacle course on Margate beach Sept. 7. MARGATE – Sunday, Sept. 7 will not be “just another day on the beach.” The first ever Dune Dash obstacle course will be held on the beach at Huntington Avenue starting at 9 a.m. for the benefit of students attending Margate’s public schools.

The Margate Education Foundation is planning the event in conjunction with the Margate Recreation Department. On Thursday, Aug. 7, foundation President Anita Grimley and firefighter John Sher gave residents a preview of the event during the Board of Commissioners meeting.

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Philadelphia man charged with multiple offenses following vehicle pursuit

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, August 11, 2014 12:54 pm

VENTNOR – Police here arrested a Philadelphia man Sunday, Aug. 10 following a domestic violence incident and a police pursuit that resulted in injuries and parked cars being hit.

A citizen reported that a male assaulted a female, forced her in a vehicle, and struck several parked vehicles as it fled the area on the unit-block of South Buffalo Avenue. The citizen provided the description and direction of flight of the vehicle.

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7th annual Marc L. Rosenberg Friends and Family bike ride benefits JFS

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, August 11, 2014 12:07 pm

MARGATE – The seventh annual Marc L. Rosenberg Friends and Family Bike Ride will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 6 from Margate to Strathmere. The 30-mile ride remembers Marc Rosenberg, a life-long resident of Margate and a business and community leader. 

Rain date is Sunday, Sept. 7. 

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