• CAMDEN – A federal judge admonished the state Thursday, Jan. 15 for trying to quick-take beachfront property for a Margate beach replenishment project but stopped short of granting the city the preliminary injunction it requested.

    “Why NJDEP failed – and continues to fail – to follow the procedures set forth in the Eminent Domain Act is baffling,” U.S. District Court Judge Renee M. Bumb wrote in her legal opinion in the case brought by the city of Margate and beachfront property owners Morton and Roberta Shiekman against the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

  • VENTNOR – At a press conference on the Boardwalk Wednesday, Jan. 14, the mayors of Ventnor and Longport made it clear that they do not want the state’s pending dune project to be held up.

    Neighboring Margate, which has sued the NJ Department of Environmental Protection and US Army Corps of Engineers in an effort to negotiate an alternative to the Army Corps’ shore protection plan, is the cream in the Downbeach Oreo cookie.

  • PHILDELPHIA – A three-hour meeting Friday morning, Jan. 9 to negotiate alternatives to the state’s plan to build a sand dune in Margate was “unproductive,” according Margate Business Administrator Richard Deaney.

    Deaney said about 15 staffers from the Army Corps of Engineers, eight representatives of New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and four from Margate, including Deaney, Commissioner of Finance Maury Blumberg, environmental engineering consultant Charles J. Rooney of T&M Associates and special counsel Rob Andrews of Dilworth & Paxon met at the Army Corps’ headquarters at the John Wanamaker building in Center City. 

Downbeach Current | Longport, Margate, Ventnor

Margate City Police Blotter Nov. 25 – Jan. 3

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, January 05, 2015 09:32 am

margate pd Police blotter information is supplied by local police departments and other law enforcement agencies. All persons named are presumed innocent unless proven guilty. 

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Ventnor, Margate host thousands of polar bears

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Friday, January 02, 2015 02:31 pm

All decked out in their polar bear gear are, from left, Julia and Isabelle Eisenberg of Boca Roton, Fla., Danny Kahn, Jillian Wulwick, and Cloe Linden, all of Cherry Hill. All decked out in their polar bear gear are, from left, Julia and Isabelle Eisenberg of Boca Roton, Fla., Danny Kahn, Jillian Wulwick, and Cloe Linden, all of Cherry Hill. Polar bear plunges are an annual tradition – albeit chilly ones – when you live in or love a beach town. Margate’s 21st annual Polar Bear Plunge hosted by Robert’s Place, a neighborhood watering hole, attracted thousands of New Year’s revelers at noon on New Year’s Day. An hour later, some double-dippers traveled a mile or two north to jump in Ventnor City’s ocean.

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Margate's favorite pachyderm sends raffle winners packing

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Tuesday, December 30, 2014 03:50 pm

Submitted: Richard Helfant, left, executive director of the Save Lucy Committee, gets a round of applause Dec. 24 as he reads the name of the winning ticket holder in the Lucy the Elephant gift shop. Richard Helfant, left, executive director of the Save Lucy Committee, gets a round of applause Dec. 24 as he reads the name of the winning ticket holder in the Lucy the Elephant gift shop. MARGATE – The Save Lucy Committee Dec. 24 pulled two raffle tickets that will send eight people packing for the trip of a lifetime. The grand prize winner in Lucy the Elephant’s Pack Your Trunk raffle, Florence Walker of Galloway Township, will take three people of her choice on an all-expense-paid, seven-night trip to Honolulu. The prize package is valued at $20,000.

The second winner, Scott and Myriam Gruhler of Egg Harbor Township, won a $10,000 cruise for four to the Caribbean.

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Letter: Ross holiday show failed to mention reason for the season

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Written by Opinion Tuesday, December 30, 2014 12:00 am

Letter: Ross holiday show failed to mention reason for the season Letter: Ross holiday show failed to mention reason for the season To the editor:

“’Tis the season to be jolly.” But I don’t feel jolly after attending the Ross Elementary school holiday show Dec. 18. You ask why, with all of these beautiful children and their families singing their hearts out in their festive outfits?

Fifteen songs were sung regarding winter and the holidays. Can you believe not one was selected to include the reason for the season.

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Ventnor City Police Blotter Dec. 12-22

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, December 29, 2014 04:53 pm

Ventnor_police Police blotter information is supplied by local police departments and other law enforcement agencies. All persons named are presumed innocent unless proven guilty.

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Longport approves, Margate rejects city hall repair bids

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Monday, December 29, 2014 04:49 pm

Two municipal buildings in Downbeach await repair for Hurricane Sandy damage.

In Longport, the Board of Commissioners awarded a contract totaling $260,991 to low bidder Columbus Construction LLC of Philadelphia to complete renovations that will allow the borough to preserve its documents and house the police dispatch unit.

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Margate considers increasing recycling collections, purchasing carts for residents

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Tuesday, December 23, 2014 02:54 pm

MARGATE – The Board of Commissioners is considering a request from Commissioner of Public Works Brenda Taube to increase the number of recycling collections next year and purchasing lidded recycling carts for residents.

In her Dec. 4 meeting report, Taube said coordinating recycling and trash collection would encourage more people to recycle, and be more convenient for both year-round and summer residents.

The Atlantic County Utilities Authority currently collects recycling every other Thursday and picks up trash in different sections of the city Mondays-Thursdays. Under Taube’s plan, recycling would be picked up weekly throughout the year.

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JCC presents latkes, lo mein and laughter

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, December 23, 2014 02:51 pm

MARGATE – The Katz JCC, 501 N. Jerome Ave., will host an evening of kosher Chinese cuisine with a comic hypnotism show by Ronny Romm 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 24.

According to organizers, Romm will take the audience on an unforgettable journey into the human mind with his “hilarious use of hypnosis.”

“Imagine watching your friend in a body building competition, speaking Martian, or becoming a prima ballerina or even an Army drill sergeant right before your eyes,” states a news release.

Admission is $18 in advance and $25 the day of the event. For information contact Josh Cutler at 609-822-1167, ext. 138 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

   

Longport ordinance would permit contractors to work longer hours

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Friday, December 19, 2014 04:51 pm

LONGPORT – The Board of Commissioners introduced an ordinance Wednesday, Dec. 17 that would extend the workday for local contractors and help reduce exhaust and noise from mobile businesses. It would also change Chapter 116 of the city code to define work hours for landscape contractors.

The ordinance was introduced at the behest of builders and remodeling contractors who are working to complete home renovations before spring.

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Menorah lighting held in Ventnor

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Friday, December 19, 2014 04:09 pm

Rabbi Avraham Rapoport explains the meaning of Chanukah. Rabbi Avraham Rapoport explains the meaning of Chanukah. VENTNOR – A crowd turned out for the lighting of the menorah Wednesday evening, Dec. 17 at the Ventnor branch of the Atlantic County Library after the ceremony was moved indoors due to the cold and wind.

 

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