• 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.

  • 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.

  • LONGPORT – Following a 30-minute executive session Tuesday, April 8, the Board of Commissioners agreed to revise commissioner appointments and duties.

    Mayor Nicholas Russo gave a brief statement following three unanimous votes to approve the new assignments and realigned duties.

  • 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.

  • WASHINGTON – A group of New Jersey members of the U.S. House of Representatives sent a letter to Shaun Donovan, secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and Michael Boots, acting chairman of the Council on Environmental Quality requesting that they attend a New Jersey congressional delegation meeting to hear out questions and concerns about why the process for helping homeowners recovering from Hurricane Sandy is taking so long.

    The lawmakers want to discuss what can be done to assist 4,000 homeowners who still are not in their homes nearly a year and half after the October 2012 storm, and what might be done to properly modify any other procedures that may be delaying reconstruction.

  • VENTNOR – The Board of Commissioners is considering naming the entire city an area in need of rehabilitation, which would provide homeowners with tax incentives to improve their homes.

    “This is a way to stimulate growth in the city,” Mayor Michael Bagnell said.

    Residents who make substantial improvements to their home, including raising it to the new minimum flood elevation level, would receive a tax abatement on the assessed valuation of the improvements.

  • MAYS LANDING – A Ventnor woman was indicted Tuesday, April 8 on a charge of murdering her husband, whose remains were found in her closet after a six-year missing person investigation, acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain said.

    Loretta Doyle Burroughs, 62, was indicted for murder and hindering her own apprehension in connection with stabbing death of her husband, Daniel Burroughs, 66, when both lived on Leipzig Avenue in Hamilton Township.

  • VENTNOR – The Board of Commissioners has scheduled a special executive session after its 4 p.m. workshop meeting Thursday, April 10 to review a report by an independent investigator regarding a two-day Latin festival that never happened.

    Frank L. Corrado of Barry Corrado & Grassi, PC of Wildwood was hired to investigate the cancellation of Sandstock, a two-day music festival that was to be held at a vacant lot on Wellington Avenue Sept. 21-22, 2013. He was to be paid $135 an hour and recently submitted a bill for $13,783.50, according to city attorney Amy R. Weintraub.

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Kids night out raises money for recreation equipment

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Written by SHAUN SMITH Wednesday, April 17, 2013 02:29 pm

Ventnor Middle School students come out for the dance to raise money for the Ventnor Recreation Department. Ventnor Middle School students come out for the dance to raise money for the Ventnor Recreation Department.

VENTNOR – Parents and children contributed more than $2,200 toward recreational equipment for the city by attending a dance and movie night Friday, April 12.

More than 200 kids arrived at the Ventnor Educational Community Complex Friday. The middle school students attended a dance, and a movie was shown for the younger children, with proceeds from the event benefiting the Ventnor Little League and Ventnor Pirates football programs, which lost equipment during Hurricane Sandy.

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Bagnell seeks $25,000 raise for management specialist

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Written by SHAUN SMITH Wednesday, April 17, 2013 02:22 pm

VENTNOR – The City Commission will hold a public hearing on the current year salary ordinance tonight, but residents and one commissioner have already raised objections.

Commissioner Theresa Kelly said during the commission workshop meeting Thursday, April 11 that she would not support the salary ordinance because it gives city management specialist Tom Quirk a $25,000 raise.

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Ventnor budget calls for 3.2 cent tax rate hike

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Written by SHAUN SMITH Wednesday, April 17, 2013 02:21 pm

VENTNOR – The City Commission will hold a public hearing on the municipal budget Thursday, but its adoption won’t be until May 16.

Chief Financial Officer Toro Aboderin said the state has a long queue of budgets that need reviewing prior to adoption. At the Thursday, April 11 commission workshop meeting, a 9 a.m. Monday, April 22 special meeting was announced, but the audience was told adoption would be moved to May 16.

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‘Improving’ economy is just an illusion

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Written by OPINION Wednesday, April 17, 2013 12:52 pm

To the editor:

Headlines announce the falling rate of unemployment. Americans who pay little attention, or whose sources of information are limited, might blissfully believe the economy is well on its way to recovery. Unfortunately, any semblance of a recovery comes as President Obama and the Federal Reserve sanction the printing of trillions of dollars to be dumped into the economy. Our government is “buying the illusion” of a recovery by printing more money than our economy warrants. Four out of every 10 of those dollars add to a national debt, which will severely diminish economic opportunities for future generations.

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Students at Tighe School persuade The Current to publish letters

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Written by SHAUN SMITH Tuesday, April 16, 2013 02:32 pm

Letters to the editor written by Amie E. Syke’s eighth grade literacy class. Letters to the editor written by Amie E. Syke’s eighth grade literacy class.

MARGATE – The Downbeach Current receives lots of letters to the editor each week but a very special package recently arrived at our office.

Students in Amie E. Sykes’ eighth grade literacy class at the Eugene A. Tighe School in Margate wrote persuasive essays to The Current on topics like gun control, stereotyping and prejudice, bullying, school uniforms, using cell phones in public, personal space, table manners and world peace.

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Art and memories for sale

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Written by SHAUN SMITH Tuesday, April 16, 2013 01:00 am

David Holtzman displays his diverse collection including “Paradise” by Svetlana Valueva, on left, and “Marilyn Monroe Mini I” by Steve Kaufman. David Holtzman displays his diverse collection including “Paradise” by Svetlana Valueva, on left, and “Marilyn Monroe Mini I” by Steve Kaufman.

VENTNOR – Art can be born from tragedy.

Resident David Holtzman said Hurricane Sandy was a catalyst for the creation of an art gallery showcasing his life’s work and that of his father.

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Tighe School letters: Fiona Marie Breslin

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Written by Fiona Marie Breslin Sunday, April 14, 2013 01:00 am

To whom it may concern:

Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Columbine High School. The Dark Night Rises premier shooting. In our current society, shootings seem to be appearing right, left, and center. When will these horrible crimes against humanity end? I have absolutely no idea; however, obviously something has to be done. I entirely support the Constitution of the United States, and of course, its second amendment. I believe it is very much necessary for people to be able to defend themselves. With that said, I believe that we have the privilege to change our most treasured document for a reason. I believe that semi-automatic weapons are not created for “personal defense” purposes. I believe the fact that some of our country’s citizens with mental illnesses are on the streets is unacceptable. Can we come together as a nation to fix this crisis?

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Tighe School letters: Giuliana Leotta

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Written by Giuliana Leotta Sunday, April 14, 2013 01:00 am

Dear Current,

Many educators, parents, and students fail to see the benefits of wearing school uniforms. However, I have come to acknowledge many positive aspects of wearing a school uniform. For parents, uniforms cut down on the annual cost of clothing. They provide a sense of unity. Most importantly, they often ease many social difficulties. I believe that the Margate School District should adopt a uniform policy.

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