• ATLANTIC CITY – An activist for open government will be heard in court Monday after the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office denied his request for information about the alleged theft of funds from the Margate Firefighters Benevolent Association Inc. The case is scheduled to be heard 9 a.m. Monday, Dec. 15 by Superior Court Judge Nelson C. Johnson.

    According to a complaint filed Nov. 10 in Superior Court, John Paff of Somerset, chairman of the New Jersey Libertarian Party Open Government Advocacy Project, the Prosecutor’s Office refused to provide any information about the case. He is asking for the immediate release of all incident and investigative reports related to the case.

  • LONGPORT – The Board of Commissioners is considering a request from the city engineer to be more assertive in its support of the pending Absecon Island Beach Protection project – which its neighbor to the north is trying to stop.

    “We went to great lengths to try and get this money and to protect our infrastructure and properties through the dune system. I really think we ought to look at what proactive activities we can do because of the court case out there,” borough engineer Richard Carter told the commission at its Wednesday, Dec. 11 workshop meeting.

    “If you want this, might have to fight for it.”

  • Board of Commissioners appropriates $50,000 more for legal work

    MARGATE – U.S. District Court Judge Renee M. Bumb issued an order Tuesday, Dec. 9 adjourning a court hearing on the dunes project from Dec. 17 to 10 a.m. Jan. 15 to allow the parties to come up with an “amicable resolution.”

    The order was issued in response to a joint request for adjournment from Margate’s special counsel, Jordan M. Rand of Dilworth Paxson LLP, and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

  • CAMDEN – Margate won the second round Thursday in its legal battle to negotiate an alternative to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plan to build sand dunes on the beach.

    On Dec. 4, U.S. District Court Judge Renee Marie Bumb extended the temporary restraining order she imposed Nov. 24 that barred the DEP from awarding a contract to build the dunes.

Downbeach Current | Longport, Margate, Ventnor

Ventnor schools get approved for $1.375 million in ROD grants

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Saturday, November 22, 2014 09:24 am

TRENTON – The New Jersey Schools Development Authority announced Friday, Nov. 21 that the Ventnor City school district was approved for four Regular Operating District grants to improve the school building. The state grant program funds up to 40 percent of the eligible costs for projects addressing health and safety issues and other critical needs. Ventnor received the entire 40 percent.

Read more: Ventnor schools get approved for $1.375 million in ROD grants

 

Beach badges available for holiday gift-giving

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Friday, November 21, 2014 11:11 am

Downbeach communities are making it easy to give a gift that will delight the recipient and get great use in 2015. Holiday Beach Badges are available for purchase in Ventnor, Margate and Longport this holiday season.

The beach badges for the 2015 summer season come in a holiday gift box, which are great for Christmas and Channukah gift giving. Margate City also has gift certificates available on a year-round basis.

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Margate students recognized for being talented youths

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Friday, November 21, 2014 11:05 am

Tighe School Principal Audrey Becker recognizes middle school students for their scholastic achievement during the Nov. 12 Board of Education meeting. From left are Sophia and Simone Graziano and Christian Kuhn. Tighe School Principal Audrey Becker recognizes middle school students for their scholastic achievement during the Nov. 12 Board of Education meeting. From left are Sophia and Simone Graziano and Christian Kuhn. MARGATE – Three middle school students were recognized at the Nov. 12 Board of Education meeting for their academic achievement and participation in advanced university youth programs.

Simone Graziano, a fifth-grader at the Tighe School; and Sophia Graziano and Christian Kuhn, both eighth-graders participated in the Johns Hopkins University Center for the Talented Youth program.

All three were awarded high honors in the School and College Ability Test for mathematical verbal and spatial ability. Additionally, Sophia received high honors recognition for the performance on the SATs and entry into Duke University’s Talented Identification Program.

 

‘Pack your Trunk’ raffle to benefit Lucy will send 4 to Hawaii

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, November 20, 2014 02:44 pm

MARGATE – Most folks pack their bags when they are heading on vacation, but for this trip they might want to pack a trunk. The Save Lucy Committee is raffling off two elephant-sized vacations.

The grand prize in the “Pack your Trunk” raffle to benefit Lucy the Elephant is an all-expense-paid seven-night trip to Honolulu, Hawaii, for four valued at $20,000.

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Ventnor gets $501,000 grant for City Hall restoration

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Wednesday, November 19, 2014 01:22 pm

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.

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Ventnor City Police Blotter Oct. 25-Nov. 11

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, November 19, 2014 12:00 am

Ventnor City Police Blotter Oct. 25-Nov. 11

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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Prep senior conducting book drive for VECC

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Tuesday, November 18, 2014 04:08 pm

Haddon Antonucci, center, collected more than 4,000 books for students at the Hess School in Mays Landing several years ago. He is now collecting books for the Ventnor schools. Here he is with former Hess School reading coach Jennifer Farrell and former administrator Jennifer Baldwin. Haddon Antonucci, center, collected more than 4,000 books for students at the Hess School in Mays Landing several years ago. He is now collecting books for the Ventnor schools. Here he is with former Hess School reading coach Jennifer Farrell and former administrator Jennifer Baldwin. RICHLAND – Haddon Antonucci, 17, of Mays Landing, a senior at St. Augustine Preparatory School, is conducting a book drive to benefit students of the Ventnor Educational Community Complex. It is the second book drive he has conducted to instill a love of reading in today’s youth.

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Margate Fire Dept. to carry life-saving naloxone

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Tuesday, November 18, 2014 04:06 pm

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.

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Longport approves bonding for repairing water tower

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Tuesday, November 18, 2014 03:49 pm

longport water tower LONGPORT – The Board of Commissioners approved a $50,000 temporary bond ordinance Wednesday, Nov. 12 to pay for work on the water tower, which underwent structural repairs and had a new paint job last summer.

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Longport school board considers special election to ask voters for more money

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Tuesday, November 18, 2014 03:40 pm

LONGPORT – The Board of Education may have to ask voters for more money to fund the school district budget, Business Administrator Jann Cohen told board members at meeting Thursday, Nov. 13 at Longport Borough Hall.

“There’s no possible way we can fund our budget next year,” she said.

Read more: Longport school board considers special election to ask voters for more money

   

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