• CAMDEN – A federal judge admonished the state Thursday, Jan. 15 for trying to quick-take beachfront property for a Margate beach replenishment project but stopped short of granting the city the preliminary injunction it requested.

    “Why NJDEP failed – and continues to fail – to follow the procedures set forth in the Eminent Domain Act is baffling,” U.S. District Court Judge Renee M. Bumb wrote in her legal opinion in the case brought by the city of Margate and beachfront property owners Morton and Roberta Shiekman against the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

  • VENTNOR – At a press conference on the Boardwalk Wednesday, Jan. 14, the mayors of Ventnor and Longport made it clear that they do not want the state’s pending dune project to be held up.

    Neighboring Margate, which has sued the NJ Department of Environmental Protection and US Army Corps of Engineers in an effort to negotiate an alternative to the Army Corps’ shore protection plan, is the cream in the Downbeach Oreo cookie.

  • PHILDELPHIA – A three-hour meeting Friday morning, Jan. 9 to negotiate alternatives to the state’s plan to build a sand dune in Margate was “unproductive,” according Margate Business Administrator Richard Deaney.

    Deaney said about 15 staffers from the Army Corps of Engineers, eight representatives of New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and four from Margate, including Deaney, Commissioner of Finance Maury Blumberg, environmental engineering consultant Charles J. Rooney of T&M Associates and special counsel Rob Andrews of Dilworth & Paxon met at the Army Corps’ headquarters at the John Wanamaker building in Center City. 

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Seaview Harbor group pleads its case for realignment to Egg Harbor Township Planning Board

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Written by SUZANNE MARINO Wednesday, April 02, 2014 03:37 pm

Seaview Harbor group pleads its case for realignment to Egg Harbor Township Planning Board
Residents say their ZIP code puts them in Longport, and that is where they want to be

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – The committee chamber was packed Monday, March 31 for the Egg Harbor Township Planning Board’s first hearing of the petition of the Seaview Harbor Realignment Committee.

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ACUA fixing Wellington Avenue sewer leak

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Wednesday, April 02, 2014 12:39 pm

A small sewer leak has been discovered in Ventnor Heights on Wellington Avenue between Harvard and Cambridge Avenues.

Atlantic County Utilities Authority staff was first alerted of a possible leak by Ventnor Public Works employees who noticed a small amount of water coming up through the asphalt.

After investigating the origin of the problem and conducting a dye test at the Lafayette Avenue pump station, it was determined that the issue was with infrastructure owned and maintained by ACUA.

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Downbeach schools blow bubbles for autism (VIDEO)

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Wednesday, April 02, 2014 09:42 am

Students at Margate's Ross Middle School formed a ribbon for autism Students at Margate's Ross Middle School formed a ribbon for autism  VENTNOR - Downbeach schools carried on their longstanding traditions of Blowing Bubbles for Autism on Tuesday, April 1. Students at the Ventnor Educational Community Complex and at the Ross School in Margate gathered in their school yards, carrying small bottles of bubbles. Waiting for the right moment they blew bubbles for several minutes to create awareness about autism.

Ross students formed into a ribbon to take a photo to remember their eighth annual event. Students at VECC formed a rectangle to blow bubbles to commemorate their 10th annual bubble-blowing event.

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Police confirm Kennedy Rios died accidentally

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Monday, March 31, 2014 09:58 am

Kennedy Rios, 21, of Ventnor, died accidentially. Kennedy Rios, 21, of Ventnor, died accidentially. VENTNOR – New Jersey State Police confirmed today that Kennedy Rios, 21, who was missing for nearly three months, died accidentally. Rios’ body was pulled from the water’s edge near the Ventnor Rowing Club on Friday afternoon. His body was found by a high school crew coach. An autopsy performed by Dr. Ian Hood at Shore Memorial Hospital on Saturday morning, March 29 indicated he died from accidental drowning and hypothermia.

“There is nothing suspicious about his death,” Trooper Jeff Flynn, a State Police spokesperson, said this morning.

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Body of Kennedy Rios discovered in Ventnor bay

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Friday, March 28, 2014 04:41 pm

Kennedy Rios, 21, of Ventnor Kennedy Rios, 21, of Ventnor Ventnor’s search for missing Kennedy Rios, 21, of Ventnor ended this afternoon when his body was found in Ventnor’s intercoastal waterway.  A crew coach found the body near the Viking Rowing Club on the 100-block of North Surrey Avenue where students from Mainland and Egg Harbor Township were practicing rowing.

Rios was found face down, fully clothed at 3:45 p.m. about 150 yards from land, according to Ventnor Police Chief Michael Miller. Positive identification was made at 6 p.m. The medical examiner will determine the exact cause of death.

 

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Margate board approves school budget, renovation projects

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Friday, March 28, 2014 02:31 pm

MARGATE – The Board of School Estimates March 25 certified a $10.5 million school district budget and requested that the Board of Commissioners bond $2.2 million for repairs at the Eugene A. Tighe and William H. Ross schools.

The budget, which includes debt service for the new bond, will result in a slight tax rate decrease of .2-cents, auditor Leon Costello said.

“The cost will be rolled into existing debt service and have no impact on the taxpayers,” Costello said.

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Longport considers ban on leaf blowers

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Thursday, March 27, 2014 01:52 pm

LONGPORT – The Board of Commissioners is seeking the public’s input to help it decide if it should introduce an ordinance to ban leaf blowers.

The borough will hold a public forum for residents and landscapers to voice their opinion about noise pollution, air pollution and clogged storm drains, Commissioner James P. Leeds said.

Leeds said that Mayor Nicholas Russo received a complaint from a resident about the noise and air pollution generated by gasoline powered leaf blowers. Russo then asked Leeds to investigate the issue and report back to the governing body.

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Mom's last visit from frosty

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Thursday, March 27, 2014 12:21 pm

Luke's last stand. Luke's last stand. This is "Luke," hopefully, the last snowman of the spring season. Mark Howell fashioned Luke on the unit block of Clermont Avenue in Margate after the nor'easter snowstorm on March 25.

"I do it every snowstorm for my mom, she's 89 years old and she enjoys looking at them," Howell said. "But this is the last one. Tell Old Man Winter it's spring."

 

   

Margate Police Blotter, edition of March 27, 2014

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, March 26, 2014 02:11 pm

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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JCC honors Cookie Till for her philanthropic work

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, March 26, 2014 01:58 pm

Katz JCC board President Eric Goldstein presents Cookie Till with a piece of pottery at the annual gala Feb. 22. Katz JCC board President Eric Goldstein presents Cookie Till with a piece of pottery at the annual gala Feb. 22. ATLANTIC CITY – More than 250 people gathered to recognize Cookie Till, the owner of Steve & Cookies by the Bay, at the annual gala of the Milton & Betty Katz Jewish Community Center Saturday, March 22 at One Atlantic in the Pier Shops at Caesars.

“The attendance at the event was a clear reflection of how much Cookie is appreciated for her continued community outreach,” said Jack I. Fox, CEO of the Katz JCC. “It was a wonderful evening for the JCC and allowed us to recognize a wonderful individual while raising close to $60,000 for the Katz JCC children and senior scholarship fund.”

 

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