•  Members of the Mental Health Association were available to help homeowners still struggling more than 18 months after the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. Pictured are caseworkers Jordan Brunette of Absecon, Jaime Angelini of Smithville and Meghan Cusack of Linwood. EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – More than 50 people showed up to find out how they can get help repairing their Sandy damaged homes at a special meeting held at the township’s Community Center Wednesday, April 16.

  • VENTNOR – The Planning Board will need more time to decide what type of commercial uses and ancillary uses, including live music, are allowed in the Dorset Avenue Commercial Zone.

    At a lengthy board meeting April 10 about zoning concerns in the city, planners heard complaints from area residents about the noise coming from Ventnor Coffee, which recently held daylong band competitions. Officials said Ventnor Coffee will need a use variance to continue to provide live music at the shop.

  • VENTNOR – The Board of Commissioners took no action following a lengthy executive session on Thursday, April 10.

    Mayor Michael Bagnell and city attorney Amy R. Weintraub were excused from the meeting, which was called to hear a report from an independent attorney who investigated the city’s involvement in a Latin music festival that was cancelled at the 11th hour at the end of last summer.

    “Amy and I recused ourselves from the discussion because it involves us,” Bagnell said as he left the auditorium at the Ventnor Educational Community Complex where public meetings are being held while the municipal building undergoes extensive HVAC renovations.

  • LONGPORT – Following a 30-minute executive session Tuesday, April 8, the Board of Commissioners agreed to revise commissioner appointments and duties.

    Mayor Nicholas Russo gave a brief statement following three unanimous votes to approve the new assignments and realigned duties.

  • Cookie Till plants primroses in the flower garden. PLEASANTVILLE – More than 15 volunteers showed up Friday, April 11 to ensure several local residents eat well, get fresh air and socialize with neighbors.

    Volunteers from Jewish Family Service of Atlantic and Cape May counties and representatives of Growing Green AtlantiCare, built raised garden beds and helped JFS consumers plant early spring vegetables they can harvest by June.

    The JFS garden program is in its second three-year cycle, which includes building the gardens, planting, growing, weeding and harvesting over a three-year period.

    The first garden project was completed in Hammonton, but this project was completed at a house owned by the Pleasantville Housing Authority and occupied by three tenants who need the ongoing assistance that JFS offers.

  • WASHINGTON – A group of New Jersey members of the U.S. House of Representatives sent a letter to Shaun Donovan, secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and Michael Boots, acting chairman of the Council on Environmental Quality requesting that they attend a New Jersey congressional delegation meeting to hear out questions and concerns about why the process for helping homeowners recovering from Hurricane Sandy is taking so long.

    The lawmakers want to discuss what can be done to assist 4,000 homeowners who still are not in their homes nearly a year and half after the October 2012 storm, and what might be done to properly modify any other procedures that may be delaying reconstruction.

  • VENTNOR – The Board of Commissioners is considering naming the city an area in need of rehabilitation, which would provide homeowners with tax incentives to improve their homes.

    “This is a way to stimulate growth in the city,” Mayor Michael Bagnell said.

  • MAYS LANDING – A Ventnor woman was indicted Tuesday, April 8 on a charge of murdering her husband, whose remains were found in her closet after a six-year missing person investigation, acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain said.

    Loretta Doyle Burroughs, 62, was indicted for murder and hindering her own apprehension in connection with stabbing death of her husband, Daniel Burroughs, 66, when both lived on Leipzig Avenue in Hamilton Township.

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Holistic massage center moves to new location

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Written by SHAUN SMITH Wednesday, April 03, 2013 02:08 pm

Mayor Mike Bagnell cuts the ribbon of Enchanted Holistic Center and Massage Therapy with owner Jeanet Cadavid. Mayor Mike Bagnell cuts the ribbon of Enchanted Holistic Center and Massage Therapy with owner Jeanet Cadavid.

VENTNOR – A new business here is offering another way to relax by the beach.

Enchanted Holistic Center and Massage Therapy opened in its new location at 6750 Ventnor Ave. Saturday, March 23. Mayor Mike Bagnell cut the ribbon, and friends and family celebrated with owner Jeanet Cadavid of Egg Harbor Township. All attendees received a 20 percent coupon for a treatment at the center.

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Moms mobilize to replace sports equipment damaged by Sandy

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Written by SHAUN SMITH Wednesday, April 03, 2013 11:09 am

Dance and movie night fundraiser set for next Friday

 


VENTNOR – A group of mothers is having a fundraiser so children here will have an opportunity to play ball come spring and fall.

A sports-themed dance and movie night is scheduled for 6-8 p.m. Friday, April 12 at the Ventnor Educational Community Complex. The $5 admission will help fund new equipment for the Ventnor Little League and Ventnor Pirates football programs.

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Ventnor awards contract for emergency well repairs

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Written by SHAUN SMITH Wednesday, April 03, 2013 11:06 am

VENTNOR – After more than five months of cleaning, tearing out and rebuilding many areas of the city, there is still work to be done to restore what was damaged in Hurricane Sandy.

From the recreation fields to City Hall, the remediation from flood waters can be seen nearly everywhere.

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Downbeach Police Blotter – Released April 2, 2013

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Written by Staff Tuesday, April 02, 2013 02:42 pm

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

Ventnor City Police Ventnor City Police

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Taube inducted into Atlantic County Women’s Hall of Fame

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Written by SHAUN SMITH Monday, April 01, 2013 01:29 pm

Margate Commissioner Brenda Taube. Margate Commissioner Brenda Taube.

MARGATE – This town’s first woman commissioner has been honored as one of the most outstanding women in Atlantic County.

Margate Commissioner Brenda Taube was inducted in the Atlantic County Women’s Hall of Fame Thursday, March 21 at the Golden Nugget Atlantic City alongside Ellen Plum and Gail Zona.

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Rising for Easter Mass

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Written by SHAUN SMITH Sunday, March 31, 2013 08:45 am

Pastor Rev. Joe Ferrara of Holy Trinity Parish begins mass Easter Sunday on Granville Avenue beach in Margate. Pastor Rev. Joe Ferrara of Holy Trinity Parish begins mass Easter Sunday on Granville Avenue beach in Margate.

MARGATE – More than 100 people gathered at Granville Avenue beach for Holy Trinity Parish Easter Sunday Mass.

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Searching for springtime fun

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, March 27, 2013 01:50 pm

Margate residents Teddy Leeds, 7, Emma Vesey, 10, and Ally Leeds, 9, are ready to hunt for Easter eggs. Margate residents Teddy Leeds, 7, Emma Vesey, 10, and Ally Leeds, 9, are ready to hunt for Easter eggs.

Families from across the borough were out celebrating spring Sunday morning. The Longport Mother’s Club held its annual Easter egg hunt Sunday, March 24 at the 33rd Avenue playground.

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Margate school budget approved

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Written by SHAUN SMITH Wednesday, March 27, 2013 10:34 am

Questions remain about staff reductions

MARGATE – After unanimously approving the budget for the coming school year, the Board of School Estimate left questions unanswered about staff reductions in the district.

The $12.9 million budget was approved Thursday, March 21 by the board, comprised of the Mayor Mike Becker, commissioners Maury Blumberg and Brenda Taube and school board president J.B. Sless and board member Kirsten Canuso. Taube was absent due to a prior commitment.

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