• MARGATE – New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin is planning to meet with local officials early next month to discuss alternatives to the pending dunes construction project.

    Mayor Michael Becker said he received a call from Martin last week to arrange a meeting or two to discuss “unresolved issues with the specification of the plan, including drainage.”

    Becker said the 15-minute conversation was cordial and that Martin suggested a second meeting in mid-November to meet with the city’s technical consultant about the project.

    “I think it is a big step forward for the commissioner to call us,” Becker said. “He is aware of our issues and will set the time and place for the meetings.”

  • VENTNOR – The Board of Education agreed Wednesday, Oct. 22 to partner with Atlantic City in its effort to win the Georgetown University Energy Prize national competition, which carries a $5 million prize for the community that most effectively reduces its per-capita energy consumption over a two-year period starting Jan. 1, 2015.

    Action taken at the meeting will pave the way for other Downbeach communities to join Atlantic City in an interlocal agreement that benefits residents and helps the environment.

    Atlantic City is one of 52 municipalities nationwide that made it to the quarter-finals of the competition, which is designed to create a more energy efficient America. The prize challenges communities to incorporate innovative ideas to reduce energy consumption.

  • 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.

  • 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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Margate begins school year with new administrative team

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Thursday, October 09, 2014 03:36 pm

MARGATE – The Margate school district is a month into the 2014-2015 school year with a new administrative team in place.

In addition to the recent appointment of former Principal John DiNicola as superintendent of schools effective Oct. 1, the Board of Education Wednesday, Oct. 8 appointed former supervisor of instruction Audrey Becker as his replacement at the Eugene A. Tighe Middle School. Becker, who has served as acting principal on several occasions, will serve as principal and director of curriculum.

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MBA extends deadline for ‘Inside Margate 2015’ cover contest

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, October 08, 2014 01:19 pm

MARGATE – Artists and photographers have more time to submit their original artwork for the 2015 city calendar with a chance to win $250. Original art and photos for the Inside Margate 2015 calendar cover contest will be accepted through Friday, Oct. 17.

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Ventnor man pleads guilty to human trafficking charge for operating male prostitution ring

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, October 08, 2014 01:03 pm

Ventnor man pleads guilty to human trafficking charge for operating male prostitution ring Ventnor man pleads guilty to human trafficking charge for operating male prostitution ring Client also pleads guilty in investigation by Attorney General’s Office and FBI task force

TRENTON – Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman announced that a Ventnor man has pleaded guilty to a human trafficking charge. A joint state and federal investigation revealed that he was operating a prostitution ring from his apartment in Ventnor in which he prostituted young men, including at least one minor, to male clients. A client of the ring also has pleaded guilty.

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Letter: Margate newsletter misleading on dunes

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Written by Daniel Gotlieb Tuesday, October 07, 2014 02:28 pm

Letter: Margate newsletter misleading on dunes Letter: Margate newsletter misleading on dunes To the editor:

Mayor Michael Becker’s comments in the Margate City Fall Newsletter relating to the dune project issue are misleading, omit key facts and contain a false statement. It appears to be an attempt to misinform the citizens and influence the outcome of the Nov. 4 referendum, which asks if voters if they want to spend $200,000 to challenge the dune project.

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Margate Library to make front entrance ADA compliant

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Monday, October 06, 2014 03:59 pm

Mark Slotkin, president of the Margate Library Board, shows the plans for remodeling the front entrance of the library to make it ADA compliant. Mark Slotkin, president of the Margate Library Board, shows the plans for remodeling the front entrance of the library to make it ADA compliant. MARGATE – Along with an aging population, the city’s Library Director James J. Cahill Jr. has noticed there are increasing numbers of young mothers attending story time with their little ones in strollers.

However, access to the library is a challenge for both young and old if they arrive at the main entrance on Atlantic Avenue, so a renovation is planned to make the library compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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‘Walking Wednesday’ promotes good health through physical activity

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, October 06, 2014 11:03 am

walk to school day Margate City will join schools from around the world to celebrate International Walk to School Day on Wednesday, Oct. 8.

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Ventnor City Police Blotter Sept. 24 – Oct. 6

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, October 06, 2014 10:58 am

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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Fire Prevention Week gets underway in Margate schools

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Friday, October 03, 2014 02:16 pm

: “Boy this helmet is heavy,” said Tighe School eighth grader Catherine Agostini as she high-fived her classmates in the audience. : “Boy this helmet is heavy,” said Tighe School eighth grader Catherine Agostini as she high-fived her classmates in the audience. MARGATE – About 200 Eugene A. Tighe School middle schoolers were the first Downbeach students to get this year’s Fire Prevention Week message: Working smoke alarms save lives. The students gathered in the Dominick A. Potena Performing Arts Center to watch a video and hear Margate firefighers give tips on how to stay safe.

“We are here to keep you safe, keep your families safe, and keep the community safe,” Lt. Tim Wainwright said.

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UPDATE: Sun shines on Margate’s annual Funfest by the Bay (SLIDESHOW)

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Wednesday, October 01, 2014 04:15 pm

Chloe Mako, 13, of Longport gets her caricature done by Maria Bibbel of Yardley, Pennsylvania. Chloe Mako, 13, of Longport gets her caricature done by Maria Bibbel of Yardley, Pennsylvania. MARGATE – Organizers got everything they had hoped for last weekend as the city said goodbye to summer and greeted fall at the annual Fall Funfest by the Bay – including plenty of sunshine.

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Atlantic City ‘GALS’ celebrate 70 years of sisterhood (SLIDESHOW)

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Wednesday, October 01, 2014 09:56 am

Marilyn Sacco Baranski, Sarana Favazzo Booye and Phyllis Rich Smith enjoyed the 70th anniversary party of Atlantic City High School’s GALS Club. Marilyn Sacco Baranski, Sarana Favazzo Booye and Phyllis Rich Smith enjoyed the 70th anniversary party of Atlantic City High School’s GALS Club. SOMERS POINT – Even though the days of being just girls has long passed, the GALS Club of Atlantic City High School, originated by Ernestine Savio Daisey of Margate many years ago, is still going strong. Forty-nine women attended a special luncheon at the Crab Trap restaurant on Tuesday, Sept. 30, to celebrate the club’s 70th anniversary with an all-year reunion.

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