• 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.

Downbeach Current | Longport, Margate, Ventnor

JFS seeks participants for annual House Tour

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Thursday, May 29, 2014 12:21 pm

This Margate home will be participating in this year’s JFS House Tour on Aug. 4. This Margate home will be participating in this year’s JFS House Tour on Aug. 4. MARGATE - Jewish Family Service of Atlantic and Cape May Counties is looking for homeowners to participate in its 27th annual House Tour scheduled for 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday Aug. 4.

The event, which features six to eight luxurious homes in the Downbeach communities of Ventnor, Margate and Longport, is attended by nearly 1,000 supporters of the organization’s Village by the Shore program.

With several homeowners already committed, including bayfront and beach block property owners, JFS is still looking for interesting and unique homes to offer diversity to the tour. Whether it is a vast art collection or unique architecture, each home offers something different to add to the experience of the tour.

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The Doc makes good gravy

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Thursday, May 29, 2014 12:00 pm

Former Superintendent of the Margate Schools Dr. Dominick Potena and former Principal of the Tighe School Phil Munafo stir the pot.  Former Superintendent of the Margate Schools Dr. Dominick Potena and former Principal of the Tighe School Phil Munafo stir the pot. MARGATE – For more than two decades, the Margate School District’s former Superintendent of Schools has been making good gravy, or sauce, if you insist.

“We make marinara, but to me, it’s gravy,” former Superintendent Dr. Dominick Potena said.

He and former Principal Phil Munafo both retired from the Margate schools years ago, but they still come back every year to cook pasta, meatballs and gravy for the Margate Education Foundation’s annual Spaghetti Dinner, held on Wednesday, macaroni night for many Italians, May 28.

“He retired. I retired. And we still come back every year because this is so much fun,” Potena said.

 

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Downbeach communities honor, mourn and celebrate (Video & Slide Show)

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Tuesday, May 27, 2014 08:29 am

Veterans salute the flag Veterans salute the flag Residents and visitors to the Downbeach communities of Ventnor, Margate and Longport lined parade routes and joined the processions on bicycles, scooters and on foot on Memorial Day to honor the men and women who died so they can be free.

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Recognition luncheon honors nonagenarians at Shalom House

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Sunday, May 25, 2014 09:08 am

15 residents of Shalom House were treated to a special luncheon Friday, May 23 to celebrate their longevity. 15 residents of Shalom House were treated to a special luncheon Friday, May 23 to celebrate their longevity. VENTNOR – What has been a dream for several Shalom House Council members turned into reality Friday, May 23 as 15 residents celebrated being 90 or older.

Council President Myrna Aiscowitz, Vice President Phyllis Kane and Treasurer Dorothy Adelman have long admired the senior citizen housing complex’s oldest residents, their independence and positive attitudes about life.

“They all live so independently. We’ve been wanting to have this celebration of their lives for so long,” Adelman said. “We are so grateful we were able to finally do it.”

The Shalom House team sent 17 handwritten invitations to the residents, and 15, 13 women and two men, were able to make the luncheon, which included a mock-champagne toast, sandwiches from Downbeach Deli, homemade desserts, flowers for all the guests and an inspirational address from Richard Cohen, 86, who is president of the Shalom House Board of Trustees.

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Wellington Ave. sewer repairs to be completed by mid-July

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Wednesday, May 21, 2014 02:49 pm

VENTNOR – A major repair of two sewer leaks discovered on Wellington Avenue in Ventnor Heights will be completed by mid-July, Atlantic County Utilities Authority President Richard Dovey said Monday.

The street between Cambridge and Harvard avenues is closed to traffic and several residents will not have access to their driveways until the project is completed. Residents will be able to access their homes from other cross streets. The Ventnor City School District has altered school bus routes to accommodate the repair.

The first leak near Harvard Avenue was discovered in mid-March when a resident called the city to say sewage was coming up from cracks in a road patch. Dye testing at a pump station on the other side of the canal confirmed a sewer pipe had broken, ACUA Chief Inspector Henry Peacock said.

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NJAR announces top agents

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, May 20, 2014 11:00 pm

The New Jersey Association of Realtors recognized top producing sales associates at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach, Realtors in its Circle of Excellence.

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Festival fallout has some calling for end to end management specialist post

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Tuesday, May 20, 2014 11:50 am

VENTNOR – Some Ventnor residents are calling for the position of management specialist to be eliminated following the release of a critical report on what went wrong with the planning and last-minute cancellation of a large Latin festival last September.

Several residents on hand at the May 13 Board of Commissioners meeting said the management specialist post held by Tom Quirk should be eliminated. Speakers also questioned the position’s salary and Quirk’s ability to handle the job.

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Margate school officials report suspected viral meningitis case

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Tuesday, May 20, 2014 11:39 am

MARGATE – A member of the Margate public school community has a suspected case of viral meningitis, which has prompted district officials to reach out to parents to let them know there is no danger that it could spread to students at this time.

Superintendent Therese DeFranco said she received a telephone call Sunday night informing her that a member of the school community may have contracted viral meningitis. DeFranco would not confirm if it was a student or staffer.

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Literacy volunteers promote The Art of Reading

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Sunday, May 18, 2014 08:02 am

Pictured left to right, LVA Executive Director Pamela Grites, Miss New Jersey 2013 Cara McCollum, gallery owner David Holtzman and Philadelphia watercolor artist Diane Hark. Pictured left to right, LVA Executive Director Pamela Grites, Miss New Jersey 2013 Cara McCollum, gallery owner David Holtzman and Philadelphia watercolor artist Diane Hark. VENTNOR – The Literacy Volunteers Association of Atlantic and Cape May County held a fundraiser at The Holzman Gallery on Saturday, May 17 to raise money to help adults learn how to read.

Cara McCollum, whose platform as Miss New Jersey 2013 is “Giving the Gift of Reading,” was on hand to promote the organization and its success in helping adults learn to read and improve their job prospects.

The gallery is currently hosting a one-woman show of the water color paintings of Philadelphia artist Diane Hark, who donated one of her paintings for the silent auction. Filmmaker and photographer Rand Snyderman of North Beach Photography donated a family photo shoot for the event. Jewelry designer Gain Biel of Linwood donated 10-percent of her jewelry sales to the organization.

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Letter: Margate should spend wisely not wastefully

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Written by Opinion Thursday, May 15, 2014 11:00 pm

To the editor:

Keeping our beaches free of costly and ineffective dunes will end up saving, not costing taxpayers. It’s astounding that Mayor Becker and Commissioner Taube waste hundreds of thousands of dollars for personal and political agendas but won’t take any genuine action to try and stop a project that 65 percent of the electorate voted against.

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