• 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.

  • 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.

  • MARGATE – City Clerk and Tax Collector Tom Hiltner will resign from both positions Jan. 1 and receive $260,000 payable in installments over the next two years as part of a settlement reached in his whistleblower lawsuit against the city.

    Under the agreement, the city will also give Hiltner $12,000 a year for the next eight years for health insurance, and pay $50,000 in attorney fees to Jacobs & Barbone, his attorneys.

  • MARGATE – Despite differences of opinion regarding the dunes issue, the Board of Commissioners Nov. 6 agreed to uphold the wishes of the voters and proceed with an effort to stop the state and Army Corps of Engineers from building sand dunes on the beach.

    Congratulating the advocacy group Margate Citizens Questioning the Beach Project, which lobbied to fight the dunes project, Commissioner Brenda Taube said she would join Commissioner Maury Blumberg and Mayor Michael Becker in support of voters who passed a nonbinding referendum Nov. 4 that asked if they wanted the city to spend up to $200,000 in legal fees to try to stop the NJ Department of Environmental Protection and the Army Corps from proceeding with the project. The unofficial vote count was 1,140 yes, 1,091 no. Provisional ballots are still being counted. Certification by the Atlantic County Clerk is expected Monday afternoon.

  • VENTNOR – The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs has awarded $230,000 in Post-Sandy Planning Assistance grants to help the city become more resilient to storms.

    Mayor Michael Bagnell said the grants will help the city plan for the future after several years of struggling with the aftermath of hurricane Sandy, which flooded the city in October 2012.

Downbeach Current | Longport, Margate, Ventnor

Letter: Please Gov. Christie; listen to Margate’s valid concerns

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Written by Jane MacGrogan Thursday, January 09, 2014 05:03 pm

Letter: Please Gov. Christie; listen to Margate’s valid concerns Letter: Please Gov. Christie; listen to Margate’s valid concerns The following is a copy of a letter addressed to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie:

Take it from me, a 5-foot-1-inch woman who weighs about 100 pounds, one size does not fit all.

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Letter: Leave Margate out of Big Brother’s redesign of the coast

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Written by Jeanmarie Drew Thursday, January 09, 2014 05:02 pm

Letter: Leave Margate out of Big Brother’s redesign of the coast Letter: Leave Margate out of Big Brother’s redesign of the coast To the editor:

I only wish DEP Commissioner Bob Martin’s letter to Margate Commissioner Maury Blumberg of Dec. 4, 2013 were half the length, since my head exploded around the line where the Commish states that the DEP would prefer to “move forward … with the cooperation and assistance of the municipality.”

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Letter: Margate is not Harvey Cedars

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Written by Ilene Berman Thursday, January 09, 2014 05:00 pm

Letter: Margate is not Harvey Cedars Letter: Margate is not Harvey Cedars To the editor:

The governor’s quest to take private property from Margate citizens may be much more expensive than he wants you to believe.

Harvey Cedars’ $1 view settlement is just that; the plaintiff was finished and settled. It’s the ruling that is significant. Specifically, the loss of property value must be offset by the value of additional protection from the placement of a dune. This may have very expensive implications for Margate.

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JCC Boxx for Tots collects thousands of toys for children

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Written by Staff Reports Sunday, January 05, 2014 09:00 am

On Dec. 17, 19 and 20, Jon Simon’s boxing class was held in the auditorium of the Katz JCC and featured a live DJ Paul Laup of Atlantic City and violinist D. Sharpe. More than 120 boxing enthusiasts turned out over the three-day event and donated a toy. On Dec. 17, 19 and 20, Jon Simon’s boxing class was held in the auditorium of the Katz JCC and featured a live DJ Paul Laup of Atlantic City and violinist D. Sharpe. More than 120 boxing enthusiasts turned out over the three-day event and donated a toy. MARGATE – The Milton and Betty Katz Jewish Community Center, 501 N. Jerome Ave., collected more than 3,500 toys for area children through its Boxx for Tots Toy Drive hosted by personal trainer Jon Simon Nov. 29-Dec. 20.

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Margate Polar Bear Plunge

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, January 03, 2014 12:19 pm

 

Margate polar bear plungers burr-ing in the New Year (SLIDESHOW and VIDEO)

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Written by Chuck Eberson Friday, January 03, 2014 10:50 am

After a chilly dip, plunge participants head back to the beach./Chuck Eberson After a chilly dip, plunge participants head back to the beach./Chuck Eberson

Margate’s 20th annual Polar Bear Plunge, sponsored by Robert’s Place, rang in the New Year with hundreds racing into the 47-degree ocean Jan. 1 at Essex Avenue and the beach in Margate.

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Cuckoo for cocoa cones

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Written by Bev Bird Friday, January 03, 2014 07:26 am

Sage Rosenberg, 9, of Atlantic City shows off her cocoa cone. Sage Rosenberg, 9, of Atlantic City shows off her cocoa cone. The Ventnor branch of the Atlantic County Library presented a “Make Cocoa Cone Gifts” children's program Saturday, Dec. 21.

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Plungers soak up the New Year on Ventnor beach (SLIDESHOW)

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Written by Matthew Strabuk Thursday, January 02, 2014 03:53 pm

Swimmers race to the water during the Ventnor Polar Bear Plunge Jan. 1./Matthew Strabuk Swimmers race to the water during the Ventnor Polar Bear Plunge Jan. 1./Matthew Strabuk

The annual Ventnor City Polar Bear Plunge was held 1 p.m. Jan. 1, 2014 at Newport Avenue beach in Ventnor.

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DEP: Statewide beach project will include Margate

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Written by Bob Martin Thursday, January 02, 2014 01:11 pm

DEP: Statewide beach project will include Margate DEP: Statewide beach project will include Margate The following letter dated Dec. 4, 2013 was addressed to Margate Commissioner Maury Blumberg:

I am writing to you, as an official of the City of Margate, in response to the resolution adopted by the City of Margate on November 21, 2013 asking that the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection remove the City of Margate from the United States Army Corps of Engineers project scheduled for April 2014.

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Letter: Family Mass was a blessing

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Written by Anne Cibulla-Pancoast Thursday, January 02, 2014 01:09 pm

Letter: Family Mass was a blessing Letter: Family Mass was a blessing To the editor:

Hallelujah is the perfect word to describe the Family Mass at Blessed Sacrament celebrating the birth of Christ.  The presentation was performed by the children, youth and others of the Holy Trinity Parish family.

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