• Sen. Jim Whelan joins volunteers who showed up last year to clean the beach in Atlantic City. Volunteers will turn out en masse Saturday to be part of the solution to ocean pollution. Beach sweeps will be held in shore communities up and down the New Jersey coastline on Saturday, April 26.

    Volunteers in Downbeach communities will canvass the beaches to pick up trash and debris to get them ready for summer visitors.

    Organizations and families are encouraged to participate in the statewide event to keep beaches clean and safe and protect New Jersey’s coastal environment.

  • The Ventnor Fishing Pier opens on Monday, April 28 with new membership fees for the 2014 season.

    Memberships are now available on a seasonal, weekly and daily basis with new fees and fines for violating the Ventnor City Recreation Board’s rules and regulations.

    The Board of Commissioners approved the amended ordinance at its April 17 meeting. The commission added a new weekly fee schedule in addition to last year’s seasonal and daily rate schedule.

  • VENTNOR – The city’s municipal budget was introduced last month and adopted April 17 without comment from neither the governing body nor the public. City Commissioner Theresa Kelly voted against its adoption.

    The $30,934,239 budget raised municipal tax rate 4.9 cents to $.896 per $100 of assessed valuation, up from $.847 last year. The average homeowner with a house assessed at $250,000 will pay $124 more this year for a total municipal tax of $2,240, up from $2116 last year. In Ventnor, a penny on the tax rate is equal to $250,000 in spending.

    “Money is tight all over and a lot of our residents are still suffering from Sandy,” Kelly said. “Some are unable to pay their taxes now, and there are so many houses for sale.”

  •  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.

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Students meet ‘Alien’ author

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Written by SHAUN SMITH Thursday, April 11, 2013 01:00 am

Bruce Coville and seventh-grader Isaac Linsk compare their favorite books by the author. Bruce Coville and seventh-grader Isaac Linsk compare their favorite books by the author.

Bruce Coville, the author of many books for children and young adults, visited the Ventnor Educational Community Complex Wednesday, March 27 for the school’s 12th annual Author Visit series. Coville, who penned the “I Was a Sixth Grade Alien” series and other books, spoke with students in each grade and visited the preschool children to read them a story. He signed books at lunchtime and stayed after school to meet and speak with children and teachers. See www.brucecoville.com.

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Downbeach Police Blotter – Released April 10, 2013

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Written by STAFF Wednesday, April 10, 2013 03:52 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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Survivors speak up and stand up so the Holocaust never happens again

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Written by SHAUN SMITH Wednesday, April 10, 2013 03:04 pm

Ruth Zinman of Margate lights a candle with fellow Holocaust survivors, in back from left, Sonia Chelemska Kaplan of Atlantic City, Adele Jochelson of Margate and Esther Berkowitz of Ventnor. Ruth Zinman of Margate lights a candle with fellow Holocaust survivors, in back from left, Sonia Chelemska Kaplan of Atlantic City, Adele Jochelson of Margate and Esther Berkowitz of Ventnor.

VENTNOR – The goal of the Yom HaShoah remembrance service Tuesday evening was keeping the horrors of the Holocaust present by retelling the stories of those who survived.

Hundreds gathered at Congregation Beth Judah in Ventnor Tuesday, April 9 for the service, which had the theme “Unto every person there is a name.”

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Time to spring to the boardwalk

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Written by SHAUN SMITH Tuesday, April 09, 2013 11:31 am

Chuck Gowdy of Atlantic City gets a Tuesday morning run in on the boardwalk in Ventnor. Chuck Gowdy of Atlantic City gets a Tuesday morning run in on the boardwalk in Ventnor.

Boardwalk runners, walkers and bicyclists were greeted with a beautiful Tuesday morning April 9 as the temperature at the beach was a breezy 59 degrees with no humidity. Bicycling riding is permitted during daylight hours during except July 1-Labor Day when weekend bicycle riding is permitted only 6 a.m.-12 p.m. 

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Longport seeks to shore up sand dunes

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Written by SHAUN SMITH Monday, April 08, 2013 03:41 pm

Mayor Nick Russo says the dunes between 32nd and 36th avenues in Longport protected that section of the borough. Mayor Nick Russo says the dunes between 32nd and 36th avenues in Longport protected that section of the borough.
LONGPORT – Mayor Nick Russo says that dunes are the first line of defense to protect the borough shorefront, and he is lobbying for federal funds to build up the sand here.

During a press conference in his office Monday, April 8, Russo said the borough is taking steps to lobby federal legislators to include Longport in the Absecon Island Shore Protection project. 

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Margate to see slight tax drop

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Written by Shaun Smith Monday, April 08, 2013 09:18 am

MARGATE – It may be slight, but taxpayers here will see a decrease in municipal taxes this year.

The city commissioners unanimously approved $30.68 million municipal budget Thursday, April 4 that carries a tax rate decrease of one-tenth of a cent per $100 of assessed value. 

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Habitat for Humanity to offer rebuilding assistance

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Written by SHAUN SMITH Monday, April 08, 2013 01:00 am

Atlantic County Habitat for Humanity Atlantic County Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity Atlantic County is planning on having a reconstruction build in May and is now accepting applications from Ventnor homeowners.

The Sandy Disaster Reconstruction Build will include more than 150 volunteers Thursday, May 16- Saturday, May 18 and will include the replacement of insulation and sheetrock, replacement of kitchen cabinets, doors, subfloor, replacement of shingles on ranch homes only, painting and other miscellaneous services.

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Stop FEMA Now meeting draws crowd in Ventnor

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Written by Cindy Nevitt Saturday, April 06, 2013 07:51 pm

VENTNOR – About 150 people crowded into the Community Center on Saturday afternoon to hear the founder of Stop FEMA Now encourage them to join him in fighting new federal government regulations that seek to raise home elevations and flood insurance premiums.

“If your car insurance was going up to $20,000 a year, would you not scream out?” George Kasimos asked the crowd, many of whom were forced to sit on the floor or stand around the periphery of the room during the 90-minute meeting.

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