• 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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Crowds turn out for Ventnor Holiday parade (SLIDESHOW/VIDEO)

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Written by Chuck Eberson Monday, December 09, 2013 04:56 pm

From ROTC cadets to firemen, marching bands to Santa Claus himself, the annual Ventnor Holiday parade, held Saturday, Dec. 7, had something for just about everyone.

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Margate police seek suspects in armed robbery

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Written by Staff Reports Saturday, December 07, 2013 09:52 am

On Saturday, Dec. 6 a sketch of the suspect that threatened the victim with a weapon was produced by the New Jersey State Police Forensic Artist Unit. On Saturday, Dec. 6 a sketch of the suspect that threatened the victim with a weapon was produced by the New Jersey State Police Forensic Artist Unit. MARGATE – Margate police have released the sketch of one of two suspects wanted in connection with an armed robbery that occurred Monday afternoon, Dec. 2 along the unit south block of Haverford Avenue. 

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Chess Club seeks players

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, December 05, 2013 12:00 am

Learn to play chess with the Chess Club noon Saturdays at the Ventnor branch of the Atlantic County Library, 6500 Atlantic Ave. Open to “kids of all ages” and led by Ken Esada, learn to play, or if you already know how, play chess with other interested members. Registration not required. Call 609-823-4614.

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Casino Commission employees lend a helping hand to the hungry

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, November 29, 2013 08:54 am

Submitted / Casino Control Commission employees deliver donated food to Jewish Family Service in Margate to help restock its food pantry this holiday season.  From left, CCC Senior Counsel Teresa Pimpinelli of Somers Point and Commissioner Alisa Cooper of Linwood deliver bags of groceries to Leigh Turner of Margate, community initiatives coordinator for JFS with help from CCC Administrative Assistant Donna Jordan. Submitted / Casino Control Commission employees deliver donated food to Jewish Family Service in Margate to help restock its food pantry this holiday season. From left, CCC Senior Counsel Teresa Pimpinelli of Somers Point and Commissioner Alisa Cooper of Linwood deliver bags of groceries to Leigh Turner of Margate, community initiatives coordinator for JFS with help from CCC Administrative Assistant Donna Jordan. MAGATE – Employees of the Casino Control Commission in Atlantic City donated more than a dozen large bags of groceries Tuesday, Nov. 6 to help restock the food pantry at Jewish Family Service in Margate. 

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Two from Margate accused of selling synthetic drug ‘molly’

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, November 26, 2013 05:35 pm

MARGATE – Two men from Margate were arrested this morning (Tuesday, Nov. 26) for allegedly selling the synthetic drug MDMA or “molly” in Atlantic City, according to Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman.

Anthony Catrambone, 20, and Joseph A. Magrene, 20, were arrested by members of the Atlantic City Violent Crime Task Force Task force at their residence on North Union Street in Margate about 9:30 a.m. It is alleged that the two men were distributing the synthetic drug molly, which is supposed to be a purer form of MDMA (methylenedioxymethamphetamine), the drug also distributed as “ecstasy.” 

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Ventnor woman indicted in $34,000 welfare fraud case

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, November 21, 2013 04:26 pm

VENTNOR – A 42-year-old Ventnor woman has been indicted for the alleged theft of more than $34,000 in welfare benefits she was not entitled to, Acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain announced Thursday, Nov. 21.

An Atlantic County grand jury indicted Tracy Feigan, 42, for theft by deception in connection with defrauding the Atlantic County Department of Family and Community Development of more than $34,000 in benefits by reporting false information on her application, McClain said.

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Margate candy store recognized for Wounded Warriors contribution

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Written by Donna Clementoni Thursday, November 21, 2013 05:21 am

 iCandy owner Jan Staller with Wounded Warrior peer mentor Ed Afanador and his service dog, Arnie. iCandy owner Jan Staller with Wounded Warrior peer mentor Ed Afanador and his service dog, Arnie.

MARGATE – When it rains, it pours.

To put it mildly, the past 12 months have presented enormous emotional and financial obstacles for Jan and Len Staller, owners of the iCandy store, 9401 Ventnor Ave.

Nonetheless, they didn’t hesitate when called upon, again, in October to donate 22 gift bags of confections for Wounded Warriors that were guests of Tropicana Casino and Resort and in town for a golf outing fundraiser at McCullough’s Emerald Links Golf Course.

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New name for local real estate agency

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, November 20, 2013 03:22 pm

 Carol Shaw of Margate, Mary Beech Lally and Robin Mitchell of Ventnor, Lou Solomon of Margate and Marie McQueen of Ventnor at the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox and Roach Realtors ribbon cutting Nov. 12. Carol Shaw of Margate, Mary Beech Lally and Robin Mitchell of Ventnor, Lou Solomon of Margate and Marie McQueen of Ventnor at the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox and Roach Realtors ribbon cutting Nov. 12.

MARGATE - Prudential Fox & Roach Realtors, 9218 Ventnor Ave. in Margate, became Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach, Realtors on Nov. 12.  

The familiar blue and white signs have been officially replaced with a new logo and signature colors of cabernet and white.  Similar changes were made at real estate offices across the nation.

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Post-Sandy planning contract awarded

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, November 20, 2013 12:00 am

MARGATE - Margate has awarded a professional services contract without competitive bidding to James M. Rutala Associates of Linwood to serve as planning consultant for the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs Post Sandy Planning Assistance Plan and the Post-Sandy Planning Assistance Grant Program. The one-year contract is not to exceed $30,000.

 

School board meeting change

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, November 20, 2013 12:00 am

The Ventnor City Board of Education regular meeting scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 18, has been rescheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 17 at 6 p.m. There will also be a special meeting from 5 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17 for board member training. No action will be taken.  Board of Education meetings are held in the auditorium of the Ventnor Educational Community Complex, 400 N. Lafayette Ave.

   

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