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Tour six Downbeach homes during 27th annual JFS House Tour

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Written by Staff Reports Saturday, July 12, 2014 03:24 pm

MARGATE – With more than 500 tickets already sold, the 27th annual JFS House Tour is shaping up to be the most successful tour to date.

Set for 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, Aug. 4, the event offers an exclusive tour inside six luxurious homes throughout Margate, Ventnor and Longport.

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Letter: How to stop the dunes in Margate

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Written by Richard Tomar Saturday, July 12, 2014 11:13 am

Does anybody really think that the whole scheme is not rife with favoritism and cronyism in the standard Christie operating manner?  Does anybody really think that the whole scheme is not rife with favoritism and cronyism in the standard Christie operating manner? To the editor:

The only way to stop the dunes project in Margate is to examine Gov. Christie's heavy-handed, one-size-fits-all approach through the lens of the Bridge Gate scandal.

Does anybody really think that the whole scheme is not rife with favoritism and cronyism in the standard Christie operating manner?  Why force this obscenely expensive project on communities that don't want it and don't need it, especially from a governor who cuts spending every chance he gets? 

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Letter: Atlantic City solution must be local

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Written by Geoff Rosenberger Friday, July 11, 2014 11:33 am

It's time to listen to our own dreamers again. It's time to listen to our own dreamers again. To the editor:

Thank you Chris Brown for saying and doing something about Showboat for our soon-to-be unemployed neighbors. Many locals would like to hear you say and do much more.

Our island empire is sinking fast, and it has nothing to do with Sandy, or other gambling markets.

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Margate Fire Department delights children during annual open house (SLIDE SHOW)

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Friday, July 11, 2014 10:42 am

Brad DeFeo, 3, of Margate is intent on putting out that fire. Brad DeFeo, 3, of Margate is intent on putting out that fire. MARGATE – “Stop, drop and roll,” “get low and go,” “call 9-1-1,” “working smoke alarms save lives,” and “have a meeting place in front of your house,” were the messages heard loud and clear by youngsters attending the Margate Fire Department’s annual open house at the library July 9.

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Ventnor City faces IRS audit

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Friday, July 11, 2014 09:46 am

VENTNOR – The Board of Commissioners will hold a special meeting 9 a.m. Monday, July 14 for the sole purpose of hiring a tax attorney to assist the municipality with an audit initiated by the Internal Revenue Service.

The commission discussed hiring an attorney during an executive session following the July 10 worksession, but did not take action due to non-compliance with the Sunshine Law giving notice of an action meeting.

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Longport passes resolution advancing dunes project

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Thursday, July 10, 2014 02:56 pm

LONGPORT – The Board of Commissioners passed a resolution July 9 authorizing the borough and state to take possession of perpetual easements that will allow the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and the Army Corps of Engineers to start building sand dunes on Longport beach.

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Longport to renew contract with Comcast; change outdoor dining regulations

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Thursday, July 10, 2014 02:48 pm

LONGPORT – The Board of Commissioners July 9 introduced two pieces of legislation that would ensure residents can watch their favorite cable television show and dine al fresco.

Ordinance 2014-08 renews the municipality’s contract with cable operator Comcast. The contract will be for 15 years with a 10-year extension.

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Letter: Atlantic County will miss Joe Nickels

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Written by Joe McDevitt Wednesday, July 09, 2014 02:10 pm

Atlantic County will miss Joe Nickels Atlantic County will miss Joe Nickels To the editor:

I write this letter with a heavy heart and sadness that is usually reserved for a family member. Atlantic County has lost a steward of the people, a protector of the taxpayer and outstanding family man.

For those of you who didn’t know Joe Nickels, there were two competing perceptions of him.

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Switch to OCHS unlikely for Margate students

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Tuesday, July 08, 2014 11:44 pm

MARGATE – Although she had suggested following Longport’s lead in switching high schools, Commissioner Brenda Taube’s investigation into the issue revealed tuition savings in other areas that would make it unlikely that Margate students would be bused over the bridge to attend high school in Ocean City.

Longport severed its sending-receiving relationship with Atlantic City High School and established a new relationship with Ocean City High School June 7. The move will save the Longport School District an estimated $5,200 per student, but the district will have to pick up the cost of School Choice students now attending Ocean City High School and currently funded by the state.

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Resolution reaffirms Margate’s opposition to dune project

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Tuesday, July 08, 2014 09:11 pm

MARGATE – The Board of Commissioners approved a resolution July 3 that reaffirms the city’s stance on the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and the Army Corps of Engineers pending beach replenishment project.

Resolution 156, which passed unanimously, summarizes key points related to the city’s position on the dunes, including the results of a non-binding referendum rejecting the project, a Nov. 21, 2013 resolution asking the state to remove Margate from the project, and correspondence between the city and the state since the Nov. 5 referendum.

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