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Brianna’s Spiced Peach Cobbler

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Written by Brianna Soreth Friday, July 19, 2013 12:00 am

Submitted by Brianna Soreth, third place winner of the Margate Community Farmer’s Market perfect peach pie contest

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Nana's Sour Cream Peach Pecan Pie

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Written by Jackie Goldberg Thursday, July 18, 2013 12:00 am

Second place winner Jackie Goldberg of Margate wowed the judges and New Jersey Peach Queen Ashley Wright, 18, of Mullica Hill, on right with Nana’s Sour Cream Peach Pecan Pie. Second place winner Jackie Goldberg of Margate wowed the judges and New Jersey Peach Queen Ashley Wright, 18, of Mullica Hill, on right with Nana’s Sour Cream Peach Pecan Pie.

Submitted by Jackie Goldberg, second place winner of the Margate Community Farmer’s Market perfect peach pie contest

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Build a master jetty at south end of Longport

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Written by Joe Zetooney Monday, July 01, 2013 01:32 pm

To the editor:

Having lived on Maine Avenue in Atlantic City in 1951, I watched the approximately mile-long master jetty being built where before there was an uninhabited area at the south end of Brigantine. Today it’s three quarters buried in sand.

At a meeting held in Margate by the Army Corps of Engineers a while back, I discussed building a master jetty at the south end of Longport that would move the sand-scalloping riptide current farther out, and widen the whole Absecon Island. Such a jetty would eliminate the need for building unsightly dunes along the Boardwalk, and at the same time prevent dangerous shifting shoals (sandbars) in the Great Egg Harbor Inlet, making it safer for boaters.

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Justice Scialia is just a hack politician

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Written by Sidney Stern Monday, July 01, 2013 01:29 pm

To the editor:

Anthony Scialia, the Supreme Court justice that pumps himself up as a strict constitutionalist, turns out to be the biggest politician the court has ever seen.

He has no problem changing American policy, which is not the job of the Supreme Court, when it fits his right-wing ideology, just as he did on voting rights.  

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Thanks MCPD for your quick response

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Written by Bob Booth Monday, June 24, 2013 04:30 pm

To the editor:

I wish to convey my thanks and appreciation to the members of the Margate City Police
Department for their prompt response and actions on Memorial Day (Monday, May 27).

It is my understanding that a homeowner on North Pembroke Avenue observed three males acting in a suspicious manner and contacted the police. These individuals ran from the police that responded.

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Commissioner Taube’s performance ‘up to the task’

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Written by Bea Grossman Monday, June 17, 2013 01:53 pm

To the editor,

The Margate City Municipal Election of 2011 was over and the first woman was elected. This brought skepticism to many along with questions. Did Brenda Taube win because she was on the ticket with the popular mayor? Did she have the necessary qualifications needed to be a successful commissioner? Two years have passed and Commissioner Taube has dispelled any doubts of her capabilities. She has proven she is up to the task.

Commissioner Taube heads the department of public works. She is also responsible for the recreation department.

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Some of Taube’s positions are downright mean

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Written by Dan Campbell Monday, June 03, 2013 04:42 pm

To the editor:

I have attended recent Margate commission meetings and the only apology necessary from Mrs. Taube is for her own stubborn attitude.

Her steadfast position on charging nonprofit and charity organizations between $1,000 and $2,000 for rental of the city-owned stage was despicable. Her unilateral decision to eliminate the small subsidy that Margate has given the Little League for years to defray uniform and registration costs was nothing short of disgraceful. These hurtful positions are fact not fiction.

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Ventnor should have waived permit fees for all Sandy repairs

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Written by Tim Kreischer Monday, June 03, 2013 04:09 pm

To the editor:

Thanks to Atlantic County Habitat for Humanity for their great work in helping some Ventnor residents get back into their homes. Without their assistance with free labor, some of these homeowners would not be back in their houses. In addition to the tens of thousands of dollars of free labor these homeowners received, they did not have to pay the building permit fee as Ventnor City waived this fee for these homeowners only.

There are still many homeowners not back in their homes, fighting with contractors, fighting with FEMA over insurance money, and struggling to get back into their homes. In many cases these homeowners received only a percentage of the actual cost to rebuild. Many had to take loans from the Small Business Administration and put liens on their homes. Many are struggling to do the work themselves to save dollars they do not have.

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Beach fill raises difficult questions for Margate

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Written by Vaughan M. Reale Wednesday, May 22, 2013 06:05 pm

To the editor:

Margate’s domestically built dunes reduce storm damage, depending on variables including surge strength, tidal and lunar patterns, wind speed and others. Exhaustively exploring domestic dune creation and avoiding a permanent beach fill program should be considered.

Hurricane Sandy, by many accounts, was a 50-year storm that fortunately took few lives, but leveled significant damage. Potentially marring our beach, assuming the federal share of beach fill costs if Congress cuts funding, and re-directing virtually all beach block storm drainage are only some of the considerations requiring significant scrutiny.

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Blumberg’s attacks just aren’t cool

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Written by Brenda Taube Wednesday, May 22, 2013 06:04 pm

To the editor:

For those of you who attend our Margate Commission meetings, I apologize. The banter back and forth on the commission and the public comment from the few regular attending residents, one of whom isn’t even registered to vote, is embarrassing to me.

It seems that Commissioner Blumberg has taken to attacking me in an effort to discredit me and make himself  look good, at that’s not cool.

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