• 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.

  • MARGATE – A building boom in Margate should all but eliminate an increase in taxes this year, Chief Financial Officer Lisa McLaughlin reported at the Board of Commissioners work session on Feb. 5.

    It’s still under review, but a draft budget is complete and “I anticipate getting very close to a zero increase,” McLaughlin said.

    In her unaudited finance update, McLaughlin noted that the city increased ratables by more than $14 million, which brings the net taxable value of real estate in the city to $3,560,607,377.

  • VENTNOR – Ventnor Firefighters Mutual Benevolent Association President Joe Iannuzzelli, backed by a dozen firefighters, attended the Board of Commissioners work session Wednesday, Feb. 11 at the Ventnor Educational Community Complex to ask whether a rumor he heard that the Ventnor and Atlantic City fire departments would merge is true.

    Mayor Michael Bagnell responded to his questions by saying that he is “just doing research” into the feasibility of merging the two departments.

  • Donna M. Peterson of Ventnor is the city’s new emergency management coordinator.VENTNOR – Since she was appointed Dec. 1 to lead the Office of Emergency Management, Donna M. Peterson has checked several items off her to-do list.She prioritized emergency responders as foremost for adequately protecting the city during the next big emergency event, improved technology and communication for first responding agencies and is working to finalize FEMA reimbursements from the last eight declared storms.

    “We’ve been very busy in a lot of different areas. I am trying to catch up on things, not just for myself, but for Ventnor City,” she said during an interview Friday, Feb. 6 at her office in City Hall.

  • MARGATE – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has obtained a second extension of the deadline to award a contract to build sand dunes in Margate and Longport.

    According to Edward C. Voight, chief of Public and Legislative Affairs for the Philadelphia office of the Army Corps of Engineers, the bidders have agreed to extend their bid offerings for one month. The new deadline is Feb. 25.

    Additionally, The Downbeach Current has learned that the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection has not filed eminent domain proceedings in state court to obtain the easements needed to build sand dunes in Margate.

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Glitch in DEP documentation could delay Longport beach replenishment

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Saturday, April 19, 2014 08:49 am

LONGPORT – A discrepancy in a list of property owners who need to provide easements for the state Department of Environmental Protection’s pending beach replenishment project could delay the project until Memorial Day 2015.

Borough engineer Richard Carter recently met with DEP officials to finalize a project participation agreement, which would allow the Army Corps of Engineers to schedule the six-month replenishment project starting in the north end of Absecon Island and ending in Longport.

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Margate’s expanded Colmar Home Center announces grand opening

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Friday, April 18, 2014 02:14 pm

MARGATE – Now that Colmar Home Center True Value has a new store format to deliver an enhanced shopping experience and project inspiration for do-it-yourself enthusiasts, a grand opening is planned for Friday through Sunday, April 25-27.

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Longterm Recovery Group has resources to help Sandy-impacted homeowners

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Thursday, April 17, 2014 11:18 am

 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. 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.

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Planners need more time to define commercial zoning uses

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Tuesday, April 15, 2014 11:36 am

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.

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No action taken after Ventnor hears Sandstock report

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Monday, April 14, 2014 01:57 pm

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.

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Ventnor solicitor suggests hiring a conflict attorney

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Monday, April 14, 2014 01:52 pm

VENTNOR – Ventnor could go the way of many other municipalities by hiring a conflict attorney in cases where the city attorney has a conflict of interest.

At the Board of Commissioners’ April 10 work session, city attorney Amy J. Weintraub recommended keeping a conflict attorney on standby.

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JFS garden project puts down roots in Pleasantville

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Friday, April 11, 2014 03:17 pm

Cookie Till plants primroses in the flower garden. 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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House members ask HUD to address concerns of Sandy-impacted homeowners still awaiting help

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Friday, April 11, 2014 01:09 pm

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.

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Ventnor considers tax abatements for home improvements

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Friday, April 11, 2014 12:09 pm

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.

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Students shine at VECC Expo

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Thursday, April 10, 2014 11:27 am

Students and parents were amazed by the roller coasters made by the seventh grade science class. Second grader Mattie Sarno, third from left, places a marble in the track, while her classmates Francesca Gentile, Chloe Frick and mom Maria Sarno watch it roll down the track. Students and parents were amazed by the roller coasters made by the seventh grade science class. Second grader Mattie Sarno, third from left, places a marble in the track, while her classmates Francesca Gentile, Chloe Frick and mom Maria Sarno watch it roll down the track. VENTNOR – The Ventnor Educational Community Complex was bustling with activity Wednesday evening, April 9 as parents visited the school’s annual Expo, which featured hundreds of projects students completed during the school year. It was the students’ opportunity to shine as they displayed art, science, mathematics and social studies projects in the hallways, classrooms and multi-purpose room.

Members of the Elementary School Band and Chorus performed a series of musical selections in the performing arts center that delighted proud parents and grandparents.

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