• MARGATE – For the fourth year in a row, the tax rate for real property in Margate will remain unchanged. The Board of Commissioners introduced its 2015 municipal budget Feb. 19 with no increase in taxes.

    The $31.5 million budget calls for a tax rate of 60.1 cents per $100 of assessed valuation, the same as last year. The average homeowner with a house assessed at $516,007 will pay $3,101.20 in municipal taxes this year.

    Salaries, pensions and debt service are up slightly, but overall spending is down $124,843, according to Chief Financial Officer Lisa McLaughlin.

  • 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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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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Longport’s call for leaf-blower input falls on deaf ears

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Wednesday, April 09, 2014 01:31 pm

LONGPORT – An effort to ban leaf-blowers could be 10 sheets to the wind after no-one showed up at a public meeting April 9, including the commissioner who wanted to hear from residents and landscapers about the suggested ban.

Commissioner James Leeds called the meeting to obtain feedback from residents and landscapers who maintain the million-dollar properties throughout the borough to decide if Longport should amend its commercial landscaper mercantile ordinance to include a ban on gas-powered leaf-blowers.

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Margate closer to getting post-Sandy streetscape grant

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Wednesday, April 09, 2014 06:54 am

TRENTON – The New Jersey Economic Development Authority April 8 approved loans totaling more than $5.6 million for storm-impacted small businesses. In addition, seven municipalities were selected to advance under the streetscape component of the Neighborhood and Community Revitalization Program. Margate was selected for a grant in Round Two.

The EDA presented seven municipalities that were selected based on objective scoring criteriato advance to the next phase of the approval process under the streetscape component of the NCR Program.  The EDA advanced four municipalities under the first round in February.  The streetscape component of the NCR Program was allocated $10 million to provide grants of $125,000 to $1.5 million per projectto support “Main Street” revitalization improvements in impacted communities. Projects from Round One that reached the minimum scoring threshold were rolled into Round Two for consideration.   

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Remains found in closet leads to indictment of Ventnor woman

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Wednesday, April 09, 2014 06:41 am

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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First Sandy, then a fire; help is needed

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Tuesday, April 08, 2014 12:40 pm

Jewish Family Services is seeking donations of housewares and furniture to assist and individual who has been dealing with a major losses due to Hurricane Sandy and more recently, a fire.

Donations needed include: Couch or chairs, coffee table, television, DVD player, DVDs, end table, lamps, small dining room table, chairs, plates, dishes, cups, utensils, dish rags and towels, can opener, fire extinguisher, microwave, toaster, pots, pans, dish detergent, dish rack/sink drainer, trash can, oven mitts, trash bags, shower curtain, shower liner, bath mat, toiletries, hand and bath towels, wastebasket, toilet plunger, toilet brush, box spring and mattress, rails, futon, linens, pillows, comforter, blankets, night stand, hamper, clock radio, laundry detergent, iron, hangers, flashlight, vacuum, mop, broom, batteries, etc.

Donations can be dropped off at JFS, 607 N. Jerome Ave. For more information, email Tamika Murray at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

 

Ventnor planners to discuss LED signs, allowable uses

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Tuesday, April 08, 2014 12:31 pm

The Ventnor City Planning Board will discuss LED signs and changing permitted uses in the commercial zone at its next meeting 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 10.

Agenda
1. Call to order
2. Roll Call
3. Flag salute
4. Adoption of March 2014 minutes
5. Adoption of resolutions: P5-2014, Caroline Till, 7311 Ventnor Ave, Blk. 135, Lot 6, Requesting an amended minor site plan with a “c” variance. Represented by Chris Baylinson.
6. Applications: NONE
7. Discussions: LED signs and changing the mixed commercial zones permitted uses, and the issue concerning live music..

   

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