• VENTNOR – The city’s municipal budget was introduced last month and adopted April 17 without comment from neither the governing body nor the public. City Commissioner Theresa Kelly voted against its adoption.

    The $30,934,239 budget raised municipal tax rate 4.9 cents to $.896 per $100 of assessed valuation, up from $.847 last year. The average homeowner with a house assessed at $250,000 will pay $124 more this year for a total municipal tax of $2,240, up from $2116 last year. In Ventnor, a penny on the tax rate is equal to $250,000 in spending.

    “Money is tight all over and a lot of our residents are still suffering from Sandy,” Kelly said. “Some are unable to pay their taxes now, and there are so many houses for sale.”

  •  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.

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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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After Sandy, Habitat for Humanity shifts focus to rebuilding

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

Habitat for Humanity is utilizing the Trinity United Methodist Church, 7117 Ventnor Ave. in Ventnor. Habitat for Humanity is utilizing the Trinity United Methodist Church, 7117 Ventnor Ave. in Ventnor.

VENTNOR – At one point during the critical home repair application fair hosted on Friday by Atlantic County Habitat for Humanity, nearly a dozen people were talking with volunteers.

The second fair open to Atlantic County residents in need of critical home repair was held Friday, Feb. 22 at Trinity United Methodist Church in Ventnor, next door to where Habitat has set up its office.

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Board gives city of Margate title to Union Avenue School

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Written by SHAUN SMITH Thursday, February 28, 2013 06:16 pm

Margate School District Superintendent Theresa DeFranco and Mayor Mike Becker exchange $1 for the title to Union Avenue School Thursday, Feb. 28. Margate School District Superintendent Theresa DeFranco and Mayor Mike Becker exchange $1 for the title to Union Avenue School Thursday, Feb. 28.

MARGATE – Superintendent Theresa DeFranco signed the deed to the UnionAvenueSchool over to the city of Margate Thursday afternoon in the building that has served as City Hall since Hurricane Sandy struck the coast.

Mayor Mike Becker accepted the title to the former elementary school Feb. 28 for the token sum of $1.

He said the school was erroneously put on the Green Acres Recreation and Open Space Inventory and it took years for City Solicitor Scott Abbott to prove it and have it removed.

The school has been vacant since it closed its doors to students at the end of the 2009-2010 school year.

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Longport to bond $4.47M for bulkhead, street and other repairs

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Written by SHAUN SMITH Thursday, February 28, 2013 01:00 am

LONGPORT – The borough commissioners approved a measure Wednesday to bond $4.47 million for repairs to borough property damaged by Hurricane Sandy.

The bond ordinance was approved 2-1 Feb. 20. Commissioner Jim Leeds said he vote against the measure because the funding does not include fixing all of the city bulkheads that were damaged by the storm.

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Hoops For All is a win for all

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Written by SHAUN SMITH Wednesday, February 27, 2013 03:37 pm

All six of the varsity basketball teams gather for a photo. All six of the varsity basketball teams gather for a photo.

MARGATE – More than 300 people celebrated the end of the seventh season of Hoops For All with a party for all the participants and their families Sunday, Feb. 24 at the Eugene A. Tighe School gym.
According to program coordinator Marianne Christian, some 126 children with physical or cognitive disabilities enrolled in the program this season. The program began with four teams, and now there are 12.

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Downbeach Police Blotter – Released Feb. 28, 2013

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Written by STAFF Wednesday, February 27, 2013 03:08 pm

Ventnor City Police Department Ventnor City Police Department

Police blotter information is supplied by local and other law enforcement agencies. All persons named are presumed innocent unless proven guilty.

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Margate City News in Brief – Published Feb. 27, 2013

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Written by SHAUN SMITH Wednesday, February 27, 2013 01:00 pm

The following action was taken at the Thursday, Feb. 21 meeting of the Margate City Commissioners. The commission will meet next for a workshop session at 4 p.m. and a regular meeting at 5 p.m. Thursday, March 7 in the multipurpose room of Union Avenue School, 9001 Winchester Ave. See http://margate-nj.com/cfm_docs/cm_meeting.cfm for information.

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Ventnor City News in Brief – Published Feb. 27, 2013

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Written by SHAUN SMITH Wednesday, February 27, 2013 01:00 am

The following action was taken at the Thursday, Feb. 21 meeting of the Ventnor City Commissioners. The next workshop meeting is scheduled for Thursday, March 7 and the next regular commission meeting is scheduled for Thursday, March 14. Both meetings will take place at 5:30 p.m. in Commission Chambers on the second floor of Ventnor City Hall.

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