• MARGATE – For the fourth year in a row, the tax rate for real property in Margate will remain unchanged. The Board of Commissioners introduced its 2015 municipal budget Feb. 19 with no increase in taxes.

    The $31.5 million budget calls for a tax rate of 60.1 cents per $100 of assessed valuation, the same as last year. The average homeowner with a house assessed at $516,007 will pay $3,101.20 in municipal taxes this year.

    Salaries, pensions and debt service are up slightly, but overall spending is down $124,843, according to Chief Financial Officer Lisa McLaughlin.

  • Lt. Frank CulmoneLONGPORT – At its Feb. 25 regular meeting, the Board of Commissioners unanimously agreed to support Mayor Nicholas Russo’s recommendation of Lt. Frank Culmone as the next chief of police.

    Culmone will replace Police Chief Vincent Pacentrilli, who will retire April 1 after 29 years on the police force.

    Russo said Culmone has the two most important traits for a police officer – morals and ethics.

  • The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Tuesday, Feb. 24 cancelled its bid solicitation to build sand dunes on the beaches of Margate and Longport.

    “Today, we notified the bidders that we are cancelling the solicitation,” said Steve Rochette, public affairs officer of the Army Corps Philadelphia District.

    The Army Corps had received two extensions to finalize the contract from two bidders vying for the job. The latest deadline to award the contract was Wednesday, Feb. 25.

  • MARGATE – A building boom in Margate should all but eliminate an increase in taxes this year, Chief Financial Officer Lisa McLaughlin reported at the Board of Commissioners work session on Feb. 5.

    It’s still under review, but a draft budget is complete and “I anticipate getting very close to a zero increase,” McLaughlin said.

    In her unaudited finance update, McLaughlin noted that the city increased ratables by more than $14 million, which brings the net taxable value of real estate in the city to $3,560,607,377.

  • VENTNOR – Ventnor Firefighters Mutual Benevolent Association President Joe Iannuzzelli, backed by a dozen firefighters, attended the Board of Commissioners work session Wednesday, Feb. 11 at the Ventnor Educational Community Complex to ask whether a rumor he heard that the Ventnor and Atlantic City fire departments would merge is true.

    Mayor Michael Bagnell responded to his questions by saying that he is “just doing research” into the feasibility of merging the two departments.

  • Donna M. Peterson of Ventnor is the city’s new emergency management coordinator.VENTNOR – Since she was appointed Dec. 1 to lead the Office of Emergency Management, Donna M. Peterson has checked several items off her to-do list.She prioritized emergency responders as foremost for adequately protecting the city during the next big emergency event, improved technology and communication for first responding agencies and is working to finalize FEMA reimbursements from the last eight declared storms.

    “We’ve been very busy in a lot of different areas. I am trying to catch up on things, not just for myself, but for Ventnor City,” she said during an interview Friday, Feb. 6 at her office in City Hall.

  • MARGATE – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has obtained a second extension of the deadline to award a contract to build sand dunes in Margate and Longport.

    According to Edward C. Voight, chief of Public and Legislative Affairs for the Philadelphia office of the Army Corps of Engineers, the bidders have agreed to extend their bid offerings for one month. The new deadline is Feb. 25.

    Additionally, The Downbeach Current has learned that the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection has not filed eminent domain proceedings in state court to obtain the easements needed to build sand dunes in Margate.

Downbeach Current | Longport, Margate, Ventnor

Letter: Honoring veterans on Flag Day and every day

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Written by Opinion Wednesday, June 11, 2014 11:00 pm

To the editor:

On Flag Day, June 14, we commemorate the adoption of the American flag.

For more than 200 years, Old Glory has served as a symbol of our nation’s freedom and as a source of pride for our citizens. In patriotic parades and musical salutes, we support our local military units and recognize the significance of the stars and stripes.

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Commissioner questions need for 5-ton vehicles

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Wednesday, June 11, 2014 12:46 pm

This is one of the 5-ton vehicles Margate acquired at no cost for emergencies. This is one of the 5-ton vehicles Margate acquired at no cost for emergencies. MARGATE – Mayor Michael Becker called having five, 5-ton military vehicles “insurance” against future emergencies.

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North Beach Ventnor Meet and Greet welcomes AC Mayor Don Guardian

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Monday, June 09, 2014 02:20 pm

Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian speaks during the North Beach Meet and Greet Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian speaks during the North Beach Meet and Greet VENTNOR – Residents of the NorthBeach area gathered at the Carisbrooke Inn on Little Rock Avenue Sunday evening for the neighborhood’s fourth annual Meet and Greet. Special guest, Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian mesmerized the 50 or so residents with his lengthy list of goals for Ventnor’s neighbor to the north.

The event, organized by the North Beach Residents Committee, and hosted at the Carisbrooke Inn, has been a great way for residents of the trendy SoHo-styled neighborhood to socialize and promote their neighborhood. They enjoyed some wine and homemade foods along with their friendships.

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Ventnor woman gets 20 for stabbing Millville man

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Friday, June 06, 2014 04:41 pm

 MAYS LANDING – A 20-year-old Ventnor woman was sentenced June 6 to 20 years in prison for the fatal stabbing of a Millville man in 2012, Acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain announced. 

In the early afternoon of Dec. 2, 2012, Ventnor City police responded to a 9-1-1 call for an unresponsive male who had reportedly been stabbed during an altercation with a woman. Upon arrival, police officers found Devon Devine, 20, of Millville, outside Tamasa Nobles' house on the 300-block of Wissahickon Avenue in Ventnor, suffering from a stab wound to the chest. 

Devine was transported to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead shortly after arrival. 

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Lucky lottery winners do their ‘Happy’ dance at Lucy

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Friday, June 06, 2014 10:15 am

Nadina Fornia of Egg Harbor City, along with Valerie and Darrell Stewart of Willingboro were on the set of the New Jersey Lottery commercial at Lucy the Elephant in Margate. All are New Jersey Lottery winners. Nadina Fornia of Egg Harbor City, along with Valerie and Darrell Stewart of Willingboro were on the set of the New Jersey Lottery commercial at Lucy the Elephant in Margate. All are New Jersey Lottery winners. MARGATE – New Jersey’s lucky lottery winners did their “Happy” dance in front of Lucy the Elephant on Thursday, June 5 to celebrate their winnings and help the New Jersey Lottery promote its games of chance.

Thirty New Jersey Lottery winners, including Nadina Fornia of Egg Harbor City, who won the lottery three times, traveled from city to city visiting New Jersey’s iconic landmarks to dance before the cameras filming three, 30-second television commercials. They danced their happy dance to Pharrell Williams’ hit anthem, “Happy.”

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Margate Police blotter, June 6, 2014

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, June 05, 2014 11:00 pm

Margate Police Margate Police announced the following arrests from May 20-28

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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Anne Leeds remembered at funeral Mass

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Thursday, June 05, 2014 02:09 pm

Hundreds wait in line to pay their respects to the family of Anne Leeds. Hundreds wait in line to pay their respects to the family of Anne Leeds. LONPORT – Hundreds of people turned out amid cloudy skies Thursday, June 5 to say goodbye to Anne Leeds, who was tragically killed in a plane crash that took the lives of all seven on board May 31 including her summertime neighbor, billionaire philanthropist Lewis Katz.

The line stretched around the block as people waited to pay their respects to the Leeds family. Before the Mass began, her husband, Longport Commissioner James Leeds Sr. stepped out of the church to greet those still waiting in line.

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Margate to welcome cross-country bicyclists, honor local boy

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Wednesday, June 04, 2014 02:12 pm

Daniel and Danny Feltwell of Margate Daniel and Danny Feltwell of Margate MARGATE – The city is preparing to welcome the cross-country bicycle tour, Team Will, Tuesday, July 1 at Lucy the Elephant and honor a local boy who survived one of the rarest forms of pediatric cancer.

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Commission considers settlement with Hiltner

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Monday, June 02, 2014 01:35 pm

MARGATE – The Board of Commissioners met in a closed-door meeting Thursday, May 29 to review its options to settle a whistleblower lawsuit brought by City Clerk and Tax Collector Tom Hiltner.

Hiltner sued the city, Mayor Michael Becker and Commissioner Brenda Taube in April 2012 to expose what he claimed were violations of the state’s pay to play laws regarding the commission’s appointment of a new auditor, and harassment by Taube, who said there was a “pattern of misbehavior” in Hiltner’s handling of city business, including the loss of more than 3,000 beach badges that was found by the new auditor.

According to Solicitor Scott Abbott, who reported what happened following the hour-long meeting, the commission discussed settling the case, which is scheduled to go to trial in July.

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Plane crash tragedy hits Downbeach hard (UPDATE)

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Monday, June 02, 2014 01:19 pm

UPDATE: Services set for Anne T. Leeds

Services have been set for Anne T. Leeds, who was tragically killed in a plane crash May 31. Visitation will be held from 9-11 a.m. Thursday, June 5 at Holy Trinity Parish, Church of the Epiphany, 29th and Ventnor avenues, Longport, followed by Mass of Christian Burial. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Holy Trinity Parish, Epiphany Campus, 11 N. Kenyon Ave., Margate, NJ 08402. Burial will take place at a later date.

Katz, Leeds shared interest in ‘children, education and community’

Anne T. Leeds of Longport Anne T. Leeds of Longport LONGPORT – The borough is in shock following the news that two prominent citizens, a part-time resident of neighboring Margate and another South Jersey businesswoman were killed in a plane crash Saturday in Massachusetts.

Lewis Katz, 72, a longtime summer resident of Longport, lawyer and world renowned business leader; Anne T. Leeds, 74, retired teacher, homemaker and wife of Borough Commissioner James P. Leeds Sr.; Susan Asbell, 68, mother of two and a part-time summer resident of Margate; and Marcella M. Dalsey, 59, of Haddonfield, a mother of four, president of the KATZ Charter School and executive director of the Drew A. Katz Foundation, were killed when Katz’s Gulfstream IV crashed at 9:40 p.m. Saturday, May 31 as it took off to return to Atlantic City International Airport from Hanscom Field in Bedford, Mass.

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