• 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. 

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Clean Ocean Action wants you to be part of the solution

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Wednesday, April 23, 2014 02:36 pm

Sen. Jim Whelan joins volunteers who showed up last year to clean the beach in Atlantic City. Sen. Jim Whelan joins volunteers who showed up last year to clean the beach in Atlantic City.  Volunteers will turn out en masse Saturday to be part of the solution to ocean pollution. Beach sweeps will be held in shore communities up and down the New Jersey coastline on Saturday, April 26.

Volunteers in Downbeach communities will canvass the beaches to pick up trash and debris to get them ready for summer visitors.

Organizations and families are encouraged to participate in the statewide event to keep beaches clean and safe and protect New Jersey’s coastal environment.

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Margate Police blotter, Apr. 23, 2014

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, April 22, 2014 11:00 pm

Margate 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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Ventnor budget increases tax rate nearly 5 cents

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Monday, April 21, 2014 01:16 pm

VENTNOR – The city’s municipal budget was introduced last month and adopted April 17 without comment from neither the governing body nor the public. City Commissioner Theresa Kelly voted against its adoption.

The $30,934,239 budget raised municipal tax rate 4.9 cents to $.896 per $100 of assessed valuation, up from $.847 last year. The average homeowner with a house assessed at $250,000 will pay $124 more this year for a total municipal tax of $2,240, up from $2116 last year. In Ventnor, a penny on the tax rate is equal to $250,000 in spending.

“Money is tight all over and a lot of our residents are still suffering from Sandy,” Kelly said. “Some are unable to pay their taxes now, and there are so many houses for sale.”

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Glitch in DEP documentation could delay Longport beach replenishment

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Saturday, April 19, 2014 08:49 am

LONGPORT – A discrepancy in a list of property owners who need to provide easements for the state Department of Environmental Protection’s pending beach replenishment project could delay the project until Memorial Day 2015.

Borough engineer Richard Carter recently met with DEP officials to finalize a project participation agreement, which would allow the Army Corps of Engineers to schedule the six-month replenishment project starting in the north end of Absecon Island and ending in Longport.

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Margate’s expanded Colmar Home Center announces grand opening

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Friday, April 18, 2014 02:14 pm

MARGATE – Now that Colmar Home Center True Value has a new store format to deliver an enhanced shopping experience and project inspiration for do-it-yourself enthusiasts, a grand opening is planned for Friday through Sunday, April 25-27.

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Longterm Recovery Group has resources to help Sandy-impacted homeowners

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Thursday, April 17, 2014 11:18 am

 Members of the Mental Health Association were available to help homeowners still struggling more than 18 months after the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. Pictured are caseworkers Jordan Brunette of Absecon, Jaime Angelini of Smithville and Meghan Cusack of Linwood. Members of the Mental Health Association were available to help homeowners still struggling more than 18 months after the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. Pictured are caseworkers Jordan Brunette of Absecon, Jaime Angelini of Smithville and Meghan Cusack of Linwood.  EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – More than 50 people showed up to find out how they can get help repairing their Sandy damaged homes at a special meeting held at the township’s Community Center Wednesday, April 16.

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Planners need more time to define commercial zoning uses

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Tuesday, April 15, 2014 11:36 am

VENTNOR – The Planning Board will need more time to decide what type of commercial uses and ancillary uses, including live music, are allowed in the Dorset Avenue Commercial Zone.

At a lengthy board meeting April 10 about zoning concerns in the city, planners heard complaints from area residents about the noise coming from Ventnor Coffee, which recently held daylong band competitions. Officials said Ventnor Coffee will need a use variance to continue to provide live music at the shop.

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No action taken after Ventnor hears Sandstock report

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Monday, April 14, 2014 01:57 pm

VENTNOR – The Board of Commissioners took no action following a lengthy executive session on Thursday, April 10.

Mayor Michael Bagnell and city attorney Amy R. Weintraub were excused from the meeting, which was called to hear a report from an independent attorney who investigated the city’s involvement in a Latin music festival that was cancelled at the 11th hour at the end of last summer.

“Amy and I recused ourselves from the discussion because it involves us,” Bagnell said as he left the auditorium at the Ventnor Educational Community Complex where public meetings are being held while the municipal building undergoes extensive HVAC renovations.

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Ventnor solicitor suggests hiring a conflict attorney

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Monday, April 14, 2014 01:52 pm

VENTNOR – Ventnor could go the way of many other municipalities by hiring a conflict attorney in cases where the city attorney has a conflict of interest.

At the Board of Commissioners’ April 10 work session, city attorney Amy J. Weintraub recommended keeping a conflict attorney on standby.

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JFS garden project puts down roots in Pleasantville

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Friday, April 11, 2014 03:17 pm

Cookie Till plants primroses in the flower garden. Cookie Till plants primroses in the flower garden.  PLEASANTVILLE – More than 15 volunteers showed up Friday, April 11 to ensure several local residents eat well, get fresh air and socialize with neighbors.

Volunteers from Jewish Family Service of Atlantic and Cape May counties and representatives of Growing Green AtlantiCare, built raised garden beds and helped JFS consumers plant early spring vegetables they can harvest by June.

The JFS garden program is in its second three-year cycle, which includes building the gardens, planting, growing, weeding and harvesting over a three-year period.

The first garden project was completed in Hammonton, but this project was completed at a house owned by the Pleasantville Housing Authority and occupied by three tenants who need the ongoing assistance that JFS offers.

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