• City Commissioner Maury Blumberg, right, recognizes retiring City Clerk Tom Hiltner with a proclamation naming Dec. 18.MARGATE – Tom Hiltner attended his final government meeting as city clerk Thursday, Dec. 18. He will retire at the end of the year after more than 25 years as the city’s keeper of records. He was also the city tax collector.

    The Board of Commissioners appointed Deputy Clerk Rosie Freed to replace him as city clerk and Linda Morgan as tax collector. Freed was sworn in at the end of the meeting with her family present. Morgan will take the oath of office at the next meeting when her family can be present.

  • ATLANTIC CITY – An activist for open government will be heard in court Monday after the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office denied his request for information about the alleged theft of funds from the Margate Firefighters Benevolent Association Inc. The case is scheduled to be heard 9 a.m. Monday, Dec. 15 by Superior Court Judge Nelson C. Johnson.

    According to a complaint filed Nov. 10 in Superior Court, John Paff of Somerset, chairman of the New Jersey Libertarian Party Open Government Advocacy Project, the Prosecutor’s Office refused to provide any information about the case. He is asking for the immediate release of all incident and investigative reports related to the case.

  • LONGPORT – The Board of Commissioners is considering a request from the city engineer to be more assertive in its support of the pending Absecon Island Beach Protection project – which its neighbor to the north is trying to stop.

    “We went to great lengths to try and get this money and to protect our infrastructure and properties through the dune system. I really think we ought to look at what proactive activities we can do because of the court case out there,” borough engineer Richard Carter told the commission at its Wednesday, Dec. 11 workshop meeting.

    “If you want this, might have to fight for it.”

  • Board of Commissioners appropriates $50,000 more for legal work

    MARGATE – U.S. District Court Judge Renee M. Bumb issued an order Tuesday, Dec. 9 adjourning a court hearing on the dunes project from Dec. 17 to 10 a.m. Jan. 15 to allow the parties to come up with an “amicable resolution.”

    The order was issued in response to a joint request for adjournment from Margate’s special counsel, Jordan M. Rand of Dilworth Paxson LLP, and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

  • CAMDEN – Margate won the second round Thursday in its legal battle to negotiate an alternative to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plan to build sand dunes on the beach.

    On Dec. 4, U.S. District Court Judge Renee Marie Bumb extended the temporary restraining order she imposed Nov. 24 that barred the DEP from awarding a contract to build the dunes.

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Restaurant Gala raises $155,000 for culinary scholarships (VIDEO)

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Saturday, March 15, 2014 08:03 am

Sophia Papastamelos of Sophia’s in Margate poses with her staff Maria Erhardt, Michelle Gaagliardi and Christina Dianantes. Sophia Papastamelos of Sophia’s in Margate poses with her staff Maria Erhardt, Michelle Gaagliardi and Christina Dianantes. ATLANTIC CITY ­– Atlantic Cape Community College held its 31st annual Restaurant Gala at Bally’s Casino Hotel Thursday, March 13. The gala was attended by more than 800 friends of the Academy of Culinary Arts, which has provided the restaurant industry with quality chefs for as many years. The sumptuous offerings from 40 of the area’s best restaurants, fabulous music by FM and Don’t Call Me Francis bands and vintage carnival décor made it “The Greatest Gala on Earth.”

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Balding for a cure

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Friday, March 14, 2014 01:46 pm

James Pacanowski gets his head shaved to combat pediatric cancer. James Pacanowski gets his head shaved to combat pediatric cancer. VENTNOR – T’was a bit of the shavin’ o’ the heads at Ventnor Educational Community Complex Friday, March 14 as students, staff and a few friends celebrated St. Baldrick’s Day to combat pediatric cancer.

The entire student body of both the elementary and middle school gathered in the gym for a dodge ball tournament, pie eating contest, raffles and more. Fifth grade teacher Scott Yakita organized the event after a one-year hiatus due to Hurricane Sandy.

“My nephew was diagnosed with pediatric cancer about 17 years ago. It was because of him that I got involved,” Yakita said.

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Margate schools seek funding for $2.2 million in capital projects

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Thursday, March 13, 2014 01:41 pm

MARGATE ­– The Board of Education is seeking funding from the municipality to complete several capital improvement projects planned for the William H. Ross Elementary School and the Eugene A. Tighe Middle School.

The state Department of Education has agreed to provide the district with funding to cover 40 percent of the $2.2 million cost of construction projects at the two schools. A grant will cover $887,834 of the total cost of the projects and local taxpayers will provide the remaining $1,331,751. The district has asked the Board of School Estimate to authorize the bond, Superintendent Theresa DeFranco said.

“Once we can show the Schools Development Authority that we have the local share, we can finalize our application and go out to bid for the projects,” DeFranco said.

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Margate Police blotter, Mar. 13, 2014

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, March 13, 2014 10:28 am

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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Gallery features photographs by Ventnor’s Rand Snyderman; reception Saturday

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, March 12, 2014 02:30 pm

Colors of India by Rand Snyderman of Ventnor Colors of India by Rand Snyderman of Ventnor VENTNOR – The Holtzman Gallery is presenting its second solo exhibition featuring the photographs of local artist Rand Snyderman through April 7. A free wine and cheese reception to meet the artist behind the camera will be held 7-9 p.m. Saturday, March 15at the gallery, 5301 Atlantic Ave.

The Ventnor resident and award-winning director of commercials and corporate marketing films, has turned his attention to his original love, fine art photography.

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City to name dog park for Anne Pancoast

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Monday, March 10, 2014 11:16 am

City to name dog park for Anne Pancoast City to name dog park for Anne Pancoast MARGATE – According to Commissioner Maury Blumberg, the city’s administrator has recommended holding off on renaming the Margate Dog Park until a policy for naming public facilities after prominent citizens is adopted.

Commissioner Brenda Taube and Mayor Michael Becker support naming the dog park in honor of longtime community activist Anne Pancoast, who passed away last month.

“Administrator Richard Deaney thought that we should wait at least a year before we did this and that we should come up with a policy so that we don’t open the floodgates for requests dedicating city properties to individuals,” Blumberg said at the March 6 Board of Commissioners meeting.

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Commission approves 2 capital improvement bonds, introduces a third

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Friday, March 07, 2014 02:53 pm

MARGATE – The Board of Commissioners unanimously approved two bond ordinances March 6 appropriating more than $4.5 million for various capital improvement projects and introduced a new bond ordinance totaling $1.67 million more for Hurricane Sandy related projects.

Chief Financial Officer Lisa McLaughlin said the new ordinance covers Sandy repairs at the old City Hall and Margate Municipal Complex at the former Union Avenue School that are already covered under one of the adopted ordinances.

McLaughlin said she recently learned that the Local Finance Board is waiving the 5 percent down payment requirement for any general capital projects related to Hurricane Sandy.

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Catering to a healthy mindset

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Thursday, March 06, 2014 10:26 am

Nicole Jacoby and her assistant, Tyler Scanny of Linwood, prepare a vegan dinner party at Jacoby’s Ventnor home. Nicole Jacoby and her assistant, Tyler Scanny of Linwood, prepare a vegan dinner party at Jacoby’s Ventnor home. VENTNOR – Nicole Jacoby became a vegetarian when she was 12 because she didn’t believe in eating animals. But since becoming enlightened to holistic healing in 2006, she wants others to learn that good nutrition without meat and dairy is not as difficult to manage as most people think.

“I always had an interest in eating well, but since attending the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in Manhattan, I took the plunge and went vegan about a year ago,” she said Feb. 25 in her Edgewater Avenue home. “I feel better than ever at age 32. I’m body clean and mind clean.”

Her diet now consists of dark leafy vegetables, whole grains, organic vegetables, fruits and berries, and a variety of seeds, nuts and other raw foods.

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LoBiondo praises House passage of flood insurance relief

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, March 05, 2014 10:00 am

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Frank A. LoBiondo (NJ-02) March 4 praised the 306 to 91 vote in the House of Representatives on legislation that would lower premium increases mandated under the 2012 Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform law for most homeowners, permanently remove the home sale rate increase trigger to provide certainty to the real estate market, and ensure greater fiscal solvency of the National Flood Insurance Program.

“The House acted tonight to remove a major financial hurdle to the tens of thousands of homeowners still rebuilding 18 months after Sandy came ashore. By no means is this legislation all that I have advocated for, however it does represent a fair and workable compromise to assist many South Jersey residents while ensuring the long-term solvency of the NFIP,” said LoBiondo. “To not act today would mean the financial devastation of countless families and communities tomorrow. I applaud my colleagues for choosing the fiscally-sound, long-term solution.”

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Anne Pancoast lived life to make a difference

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Tuesday, March 04, 2014 05:13 pm

Anne Pancoast of Margate Anne Pancoast of Margate MARGATE – Great leaders have a way of stirring the pot and forging change all the while earning respect from friends and foe.

When Anne Pancoast died on Feb. 9, she left a void that will be difficult to fill, Steve Woerner of Sumner Avenue said.

“She gave a voice to people who didn’t have a voice,” such as senior citizens living on a fixed income, he said.

Pancoast was founder and president of the Concerned Citizens of Margate, a taxpayer watchdog group that encouraged citizen participation in local government, and fiscal accountability and transparency for government officials. Woerner is its vice-president.

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