• MARGATE – New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin is planning to meet with local officials early next month to discuss alternatives to the pending dunes construction project.

    Mayor Michael Becker said he received a call from Martin last week to arrange a meeting or two to discuss “unresolved issues with the specification of the plan, including drainage.”

    Becker said the 15-minute conversation was cordial and that Martin suggested a second meeting in mid-November to meet with the city’s technical consultant about the project.

    “I think it is a big step forward for the commissioner to call us,” Becker said. “He is aware of our issues and will set the time and place for the meetings.”

  • VENTNOR – The Board of Education agreed Wednesday, Oct. 22 to partner with Atlantic City in its effort to win the Georgetown University Energy Prize national competition, which carries a $5 million prize for the community that most effectively reduces its per-capita energy consumption over a two-year period starting Jan. 1, 2015.

    Action taken at the meeting will pave the way for other Downbeach communities to join Atlantic City in an interlocal agreement that benefits residents and helps the environment.

    Atlantic City is one of 52 municipalities nationwide that made it to the quarter-finals of the competition, which is designed to create a more energy efficient America. The prize challenges communities to incorporate innovative ideas to reduce energy consumption.

  • VENTNOR – The Board of Commissioners Thursday, Oct. 15 introduced an amendment to the city’s salary ordinance to set into motion an intergovernmental transfer that would allow the city to hire an Atlantic City employee as its next emergency management coordinator.

    Longtime Emergency Management Coordinator William Melfi will retire in two weeks, Mayor Michael Bagnell said. He is currently using up his sick days and his last day of employment will be Nov. 1.

  • Margate engages DEP and Army Corps to discuss options to building dunes

    MARGATE – The Board of Commissioners approved a resolution Thursday, Oct. 16 that preserves the city’s rights in fighting the dunes project. The commission entered a “tolling and standstill” agreement with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, which will allow the municipality to negotiate alternatives to building sand dunes on Margate’s beach.

    Assistant Attorney General David C. Apy filed with the Atlantic County Clerk three administrative orders to effectuate a taking of partial easements not voluntarily granted by shorefront property owners, including the City of Margate, to build the dunes. The state will use its powers of eminent domain to negotiate good faith compensation due to 10 shorefront property owners and 16 riparian grant owners.

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Post-Sandy planning contract awarded

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, November 20, 2013 01:00 am

MARGATE - Margate has awarded a professional services contract without competitive bidding to James M. Rutala Associates of Linwood to serve as planning consultant for the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs Post Sandy Planning Assistance Plan and the Post-Sandy Planning Assistance Grant Program. The one-year contract is not to exceed $30,000.

 

School board meeting change

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, November 20, 2013 01:00 am

The Ventnor City Board of Education regular meeting scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 18, has been rescheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 17 at 6 p.m. There will also be a special meeting from 5 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17 for board member training. No action will be taken.  Board of Education meetings are held in the auditorium of the Ventnor Educational Community Complex, 400 N. Lafayette Ave.

   

Letter: MCQBP speaks the indisputable truth

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Written by Vaughan M. Reale Wednesday, November 20, 2013 12:23 am

letter to the editor letter to the editor To the editor:

It’s sad when you do your homework and help educate people, honestly and truthfully, only to have others, who haven’t done their homework, accuse you of lying, just because they don’t like or understand what you’ve learned.

MCQBP volunteers spent countless hours researching the Army Corps project. We attended many meetings, submitted numerous OPRA requests, and scoured volumes of documents and articles trying to gain answers to questions, which should have been provided to voters, before they were asked to vote.

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Body of 79-year-old Margate woman found in bay

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Written by Staff Reports Sunday, November 17, 2013 11:52 pm


UPDATE: Police release victim's identity

MARGATE – Margate police are investigating the death of an elderly female whose body was found in the bay Sunday afternoon. The death does not appear to be suspicious.

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Veterans remembered at Ventnor VFW

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, November 15, 2013 01:49 pm

VENTNOR – Veterans, firefighters, police and the general public gathered at the Turner-Bunting-Durkin Post 3361 VFW on Dorset Avenue Monday, Nov. 11 to observe Veterans Day.

Senior Vice Cmdr. Robert E. McNulty, Sr. of Egg Harbor Township welcomed everybody and started the ceremony. Past Cmdr. Tomas Klein of Margate led the Pledge of Allegiance.

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Atlantic County Sheriff's Report for Downbeach, week of Nov. 14

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, November 15, 2013 01:00 am

Atlantic County Sheriff Police blotter information is supplied by local and other law enforcement agencies. All persons named are presumed innocent unless proven guilty.

Atlantic County Sheriff Frank Balles has announced that the following arrests were made recently by members of the Atlantic County Sheriff’s Office.

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Adam and Kate Alexander thank Downbeach for Wounded Warrior Week

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Written by SHAUN SMITH Monday, November 11, 2013 12:00 am

Sgt. Adam Alexander speaks during a reception in his honor Tuesday, Oct. 1 at the Seaview Harbor Marina clubhouse. Sgt. Adam Alexander speaks during a reception in his honor Tuesday, Oct. 1 at the Seaview Harbor Marina clubhouse.

LONGPORT – Sgt. Adam Alexander and his wife Kate have a message for the Downbeach community.

The Wounded Warrior Week recipients of Oshkosh, Wis., were welcomed for a vacation Sept. 29-Oct. 6 in Ventnor, sponsored by John A. Kuzmann Memorial American Legion Post 469 in Longport. During their time here, they enjoyed dinner at area restaurants, shows at Atlantic City casinos and various activities funded by donations from area residents and businesses.

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Pepperoni punctuates reading program

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Written by SHAUN SMITH Saturday, November 09, 2013 12:00 am

Pictured from left, middle school Librarian Debbie Brahmi, elementary library teacher Renee Woerner and elementary Principal Carmela Somershoe congratulate third-grader Cecelia Marota, on left and first-grade student Mia Rose Marota for completing their reading incentive logs. Pictured from left, middle school Librarian Debbie Brahmi, elementary library teacher Renee Woerner and elementary Principal Carmela Somershoe congratulate third-grader Cecelia Marota, on left and first-grade student Mia Rose Marota for completing their reading incentive logs.

The staff of the Ventnor Educational Community Complex hosted a family pizza party Wednesday, Oct. 23 for students in grades kindergarten through eight who completed the voluntary summer reading program.

Students who completed their reading incentive logs by reading 25 hours for grades kindergarten through second, or 50 hours for grades three through eight were treated to a night out with their families at the school.

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K-9 decision hidden from public view

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Written by OPINION Thursday, November 07, 2013 01:38 pm

To the editor:

I am not writing to debate whether or not Ventnor needs a K-9 Unit.  There are pros and cons to this type of program, which anyone can research. And I do not doubt Police Chief Miller's ability to run such a unit.  He is more than qualified.  

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Margate police blotter - Nov. 6, 2013

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Written by STAFF Wednesday, November 06, 2013 03:13 pm


Police blotter information is supplied by local and other law enforcement agencies. All persons named are presumed innocent unless proven guilty.

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