•  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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Margate has no need for another engineer

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Written by Opinion Wednesday, March 06, 2013 01:00 am

To the editor:

Margate, in the midst of a severe economic recession with homeowners facing the real risk of losing their homes due to new federal flood insurance premiums that may well exceed $20,000 per annum, has decided to expand its bloated payroll with yet another six-figure salary.

Keep in mind that the city just signed another multiyear contract with its engineer. Now Margate wants to create a position for yet another engineer. Margate is barely a mile-square patch of sand with no substantial year-round population, and even that drastically shrinks each census. Perhaps the city administrator might realize the ludicrousness of needing yet more people "to manage the vast public building facilities owned by the city." Economic reality cries out for consolidation.

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No tax increase in Ventnor school budget

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Written by SHAUN SMITH Tuesday, March 05, 2013 01:40 pm

VENTNOR – The local school tax rate is expected to remain flat for the second straight year.

The Ventnor Board of Education approved its 2013-3014 school budget at its Wednesday, Feb. 27 meeting. For the third straight year, the tax levy, or the amount that taxpayers will fund, remained the same at $17.48 million and the total budget increased $58,077 over last year, bringing the total to $21.59 million.

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Johnson to lead Ventnor School District

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Written by SHAUN SMITH Tuesday, March 05, 2013 11:34 am

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VENTNOR – Elementary School Principal Eileen Johnson will lead the district as its superintendent as of Friday, March 1. 

The Ventnor Board of Education unanimously voted to approve Johnson as superintendent at its Wednesday, Feb. 27 meeting. Carmela Somershoe will now serve as the Ventnor Elementary School principal and Rob Baker will remain as Ventnor Middle School principal. Baker has served as interim superintendent since July 2011.

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Margate man charged with sexual assault

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Written by SHAUN SMITH Monday, March 04, 2013 06:38 pm

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A Margate man was arrested Saturday and charged with the sexual assault of a minor after a Friday night encounter with a 13-year-old girl.   

Charles G. Kulzer, 22, of Margate was arrested Saturday, March 2 and charged with second degree sexual assault on a minor, fourth degree criminal sexual contact and third degree endangering the welfare of a child.

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In wake of Sandy, Hope and Healing remains

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Written by SHAUN SMITH Monday, March 04, 2013 04:24 pm

Pictured from left are New Jersey Hope and Healing members Meghan Gorecke of Brigantine, Cape May team crisis counselor,  Jaime Angelini of Galloway, Atlantic County team leader, Vicki Phillips of Galloway, executive director of mental health Association in New Jersey-Atlantic County and Atlantic County crisis counselor, and Jordan Brunette of Absecon, south regional coordinator. Pictured from left are New Jersey Hope and Healing members Meghan Gorecke of Brigantine, Cape May team crisis counselor, Jaime Angelini of Galloway, Atlantic County team leader, Vicki Phillips of Galloway, executive director of mental health Association in New Jersey-Atlantic County and Atlantic County crisis counselor, and Jordan Brunette of Absecon, south regional coordinator.

VENTNOR – This past weekend, green-vested and smiling counselors were canvassing the community and offering their assistance to residents.

New Jersey Hope and Healing counselors were going door-to-door as they have done here and in other parts of the county. The group has partnered with the Atlantic County Long Term Recovery Group in offering free assistance and counseling. They have serviced thousands in the county since mid-November.

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Margate CVS, Wawa and Ventnor post office are now open

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Written by SHAUN SMITH Monday, March 04, 2013 12:02 pm

Wawa and CVS located across the street from one another on Washington and Ventnor avenues in Margate are both open for business, as seen here Thursday, Feb. 28. Wawa and CVS located across the street from one another on Washington and Ventnor avenues in Margate are both open for business, as seen here Thursday, Feb. 28.

Hurricane Sandy closed a number of businesses in Downbeach and many worked quickly to have its doors open. Others have taken longer to officially open. In Ventnor, CVS in Ventnor Heights, located at 315 N. Dorset Ave. reopened as did the United States Post Office in Wellington Plaza, located at 5006 Wellington Ave. is also now open. On Thursday, Feb. 28, the Margate Wawa located at 9300 Ventnor Ave. reopened and across the street, CVS located at 9301 Ventnor Ave. was also open to customers. No officials from CVS, Wawa or the post office would comment for this story. 

   

Designs sought for Longport beach badge

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Written by SHAUN SMITH Friday, March 01, 2013 01:00 am

Last year’s beach badge commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Longport Volunteer Fire Department. Last year’s beach badge commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Longport Volunteer Fire Department.

The Borough of Longport is seeking original submissions for its annual beach badge design contest. The design selected will be the basis for the 2013 beach badge.

Any resident of Longport of any age can submit a design. The deadline for submissions is 4 p.m. Friday, March 15. All entries must be sent to the municipal clerk’s office in Borough Hall, 2305 Atlantic Ave.

For information call Municipal Clerk Amy Strawder at (609) 823-2731, ext. 100.

 

Longport News in Brief – Published Feb. 28, 2013

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Written by SHAUN SMITH Friday, March 01, 2013 01:00 am

The following action was taken Wednesday, Feb. 20 at the Longport Borough Commission meeting. Commissioners are expected to meet next for a work session 4:30 p.m., where no action is taken, followed by a regular meeting 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 20 at Longport Borough Hall, 2305 Atlantic Ave.

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