• City Commissioner Maury Blumberg, right, recognizes retiring City Clerk Tom Hiltner with a proclamation naming Dec. 18.MARGATE – Tom Hiltner attended his final government meeting as city clerk Thursday, Dec. 18. He will retire at the end of the year after more than 25 years as the city’s keeper of records. He was also the city tax collector.

    The Board of Commissioners appointed Deputy Clerk Rosie Freed to replace him as city clerk and Linda Morgan as tax collector. Freed was sworn in at the end of the meeting with her family present. Morgan will take the oath of office at the next meeting when her family can be present.

  • ATLANTIC CITY – An activist for open government will be heard in court Monday after the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office denied his request for information about the alleged theft of funds from the Margate Firefighters Benevolent Association Inc. The case is scheduled to be heard 9 a.m. Monday, Dec. 15 by Superior Court Judge Nelson C. Johnson.

    According to a complaint filed Nov. 10 in Superior Court, John Paff of Somerset, chairman of the New Jersey Libertarian Party Open Government Advocacy Project, the Prosecutor’s Office refused to provide any information about the case. He is asking for the immediate release of all incident and investigative reports related to the case.

  • LONGPORT – The Board of Commissioners is considering a request from the city engineer to be more assertive in its support of the pending Absecon Island Beach Protection project – which its neighbor to the north is trying to stop.

    “We went to great lengths to try and get this money and to protect our infrastructure and properties through the dune system. I really think we ought to look at what proactive activities we can do because of the court case out there,” borough engineer Richard Carter told the commission at its Wednesday, Dec. 11 workshop meeting.

    “If you want this, might have to fight for it.”

  • Board of Commissioners appropriates $50,000 more for legal work

    MARGATE – U.S. District Court Judge Renee M. Bumb issued an order Tuesday, Dec. 9 adjourning a court hearing on the dunes project from Dec. 17 to 10 a.m. Jan. 15 to allow the parties to come up with an “amicable resolution.”

    The order was issued in response to a joint request for adjournment from Margate’s special counsel, Jordan M. Rand of Dilworth Paxson LLP, and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

  • CAMDEN – Margate won the second round Thursday in its legal battle to negotiate an alternative to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plan to build sand dunes on the beach.

    On Dec. 4, U.S. District Court Judge Renee Marie Bumb extended the temporary restraining order she imposed Nov. 24 that barred the DEP from awarding a contract to build the dunes.

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Longport encourages veterans to beach here

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Tuesday, February 25, 2014 10:49 am

LONGPORT – Veterans welcome! could be a new slogan for the borough this summer. The Board of Commissioners Feb. 19 introduced a new ordinance that would allow active and retired military and members of the New Jersey National Guard to receive beach badges at no cost.

Active members of the Armed Forces and the New Jersey National Guard, their spouses and children over 12 will be eligible to receive free beach badges if the ordinance passes second reading Wednesday, March 19. Retired military who served at least 90 days active duty or sustained an injury or disability during their service are also eligible to receive a badge.

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Letter: Helping New Jersey residents recover from Superstorm Sandy one family at a time

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Written by Richard E. Constable III Monday, February 24, 2014 02:20 pm

As part of our commitment to transparency, the Christie Administration held three public hearings in February on our plans to execute the next round of federal Sandy recovery funds.

During the hearings in Atlantic, Essex and Monmouth Counties, we heard directly from many individuals who have had difficulty in their housing recovery efforts, particularly with the Reconstruction, Rehabilitation, Elevation and Mitigation (RREM) grant program. We understand their frustration in navigating the bureaucratic federal mandates, as well as the time the process takes.

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Knitters share tradition and talent to stitch for charity (VIDEO)

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Sunday, February 23, 2014 01:26 pm

Jersey Shore Knitting Guild founder Liv Dietrich of Margate and KnitOut organizer Liz Slater of Ventnor, show some of the completed items that will be donated to area school children. Jersey Shore Knitting Guild founder Liv Dietrich of Margate and KnitOut organizer Liz Slater of Ventnor, show some of the completed items that will be donated to area school children. VENTNOR – Nearly 50 knitters turned out on George Washington’s birthday to stitch more than 200 colorful pairs of mittens, scarves and hats for children in the area’s elementary schools. The annual event has kept children, veterans and cancer patients warm for more than 15 years.

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Ventnor Coffee hearing continues next month

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Friday, February 21, 2014 05:30 pm

About 150 people turned out Feb. 19 to support Ventnor Coffee in its request for an interpretation of the city’s zoning ordinance. About 150 people turned out Feb. 19 to support Ventnor Coffee in its request for an interpretation of the city’s zoning ordinance.

VENTNOR ­– Zoning Board officials will take the next month to acquire information from the owners of Ventnor Coffee to help them decide if offering live music is ancillary to the 6-month-old coffee shop’s main business.

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Ventnor church needs Planning Board approval to erect new sign

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Friday, February 21, 2014 12:32 pm

Artists rendering of electronic sign for St. John's by the Sea Church Artists rendering of electronic sign for St. John's by the Sea Church VENTNOR – The Reverend Ron Bretherick of St. John’s by the Sea Reformed Episcopal Church was told Feb. 20 that he would need Planning Board approval to erect a new sign at his church on Sacramento and Ventnor avenues.

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Bagnell promotes Ventnor police officer

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Friday, February 21, 2014 11:18 am

Mayor Michael Bagnell administers the oath of office to Lawrence J. Hoff upon his promotion to lieutenant. Mayor Michael Bagnell administers the oath of office to Lawrence J. Hoff upon his promotion to lieutenant. VENTNOR – Mayor Michael Bagnell promoted Ventnor Police Sgt. Lawrence J. Hoff to the position of lieutenant at the Feb. 20 Board of Commissioners meeting.

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Smallwood gets top job at MCBP

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Thursday, February 20, 2014 02:25 pm

Margate Mayor Michael Becker presents Greg Smallwood with a polo shirt upon his promotion to chief of the Margate City Beach Patrol. Margate Mayor Michael Becker presents Greg Smallwood with a polo shirt upon his promotion to chief of the Margate City Beach Patrol. MARGATE – Gregory Smallwood, a 25-year veteran of the Margate Beach Patrol, was appointed chief at the Feb. 6 Board of Commissioners meeting.

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Margate City Police Blotter, Feb. 20, 2014

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, February 19, 2014 11:00 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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Ventnor Police Blotter, Feb. 20, 2014

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, February 19, 2014 11:00 pm

Ventnor 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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Margate City Police Blotter, Feb. 19, 2014

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, February 18, 2014 11:00 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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