• 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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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.

 

Body of 79-year-old Margate woman found in bay

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Written by Staff Reports Sunday, November 17, 2013 10:52 pm


UPDATE: Police release victim's identity

MARGATE – Margate police are investigating the death of an elderly female whose body was found in the bay Sunday afternoon. The death does not appear to be suspicious.

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Veterans remembered at Ventnor VFW

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, November 15, 2013 12:49 pm

VENTNOR – Veterans, firefighters, police and the general public gathered at the Turner-Bunting-Durkin Post 3361 VFW on Dorset Avenue Monday, Nov. 11 to observe Veterans Day.

Senior Vice Cmdr. Robert E. McNulty, Sr. of Egg Harbor Township welcomed everybody and started the ceremony. Past Cmdr. Tomas Klein of Margate led the Pledge of Allegiance.

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Atlantic County Sheriff's Report for Downbeach, week of Nov. 14

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, November 15, 2013 12:00 am

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

Atlantic County Sheriff Frank Balles has announced that the following arrests were made recently by members of the Atlantic County Sheriff’s Office.

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Adam and Kate Alexander thank Downbeach for Wounded Warrior Week

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Written by SHAUN SMITH Sunday, November 10, 2013 11:00 pm

Sgt. Adam Alexander speaks during a reception in his honor Tuesday, Oct. 1 at the Seaview Harbor Marina clubhouse. Sgt. Adam Alexander speaks during a reception in his honor Tuesday, Oct. 1 at the Seaview Harbor Marina clubhouse.

LONGPORT – Sgt. Adam Alexander and his wife Kate have a message for the Downbeach community.

The Wounded Warrior Week recipients of Oshkosh, Wis., were welcomed for a vacation Sept. 29-Oct. 6 in Ventnor, sponsored by John A. Kuzmann Memorial American Legion Post 469 in Longport. During their time here, they enjoyed dinner at area restaurants, shows at Atlantic City casinos and various activities funded by donations from area residents and businesses.

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Pepperoni punctuates reading program

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Written by SHAUN SMITH Friday, November 08, 2013 11:00 pm

Pictured from left, middle school Librarian Debbie Brahmi, elementary library teacher Renee Woerner and elementary Principal Carmela Somershoe congratulate third-grader Cecelia Marota, on left and first-grade student Mia Rose Marota for completing their reading incentive logs. Pictured from left, middle school Librarian Debbie Brahmi, elementary library teacher Renee Woerner and elementary Principal Carmela Somershoe congratulate third-grader Cecelia Marota, on left and first-grade student Mia Rose Marota for completing their reading incentive logs.

The staff of the Ventnor Educational Community Complex hosted a family pizza party Wednesday, Oct. 23 for students in grades kindergarten through eight who completed the voluntary summer reading program.

Students who completed their reading incentive logs by reading 25 hours for grades kindergarten through second, or 50 hours for grades three through eight were treated to a night out with their families at the school.

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Margate dunes referendum fails at the polls

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Written by SHAUN SMITH Tuesday, November 05, 2013 08:53 pm

Updated 10:08 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5.

MARGATE – The voters have spoken and they have said they do not want dunes here.

Margate voters said no by a vote of 1,502 to 792 in the Tuesday, Nov. 5 non-binding referendum according to unofficial machine results provided by the Margate City Clerk’s Office.

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Steve and Cookies shows off local talent for a good cause

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Written by SHAUN SMITH Tuesday, November 05, 2013 12:39 pm

Holding a Jon Baker original is Helen Lazar with fellow Ventnor resident Anne Baker. Holding a Jon Baker original is Helen Lazar with fellow Ventnor resident Anne Baker.

MARGATE – Steve and Cookies by the Bay continued its tradition of showcasing works by local artists to benefit special education for the 10th year here on Sunday.

The 10th annual Steve and Cookie's art show raised more than $3,000 for the Atlantic County Special Services School District Sunday, Nov. 3 at the Margate restaurant.

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Margate police investigate possible luring attempt

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Written by SHAUN SMITH Monday, November 04, 2013 01:00 pm

MARGATE – Police here are seeking information about a suspected luring attempt that occurred Sunday morning.

A male persistently offered a ride to a juvenile Sunday morning in the area of 100 N. Huntington Ave., according to a release by the Margate City Police Department on Monday, Nov. 4.

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Lady of Evergreen makes its maiden voyage in Longport

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Written by SHAUN SMITH Wednesday, August 14, 2013 02:20 pm

The 2013 lifeboat is named the Lady of Evergreen in Memory of Patti Tonielli The 2013 lifeboat is named the Lady of Evergreen in Memory of Patti Tonielli

LONGPORT – The beach patrol here has a colorful edition to its fleet in the memory of Patti Tonielli.

Lifeboat 2013 Lady of Evergreen was dedicated Saturday, July 27 and made its maiden voyage into the sea off the 31st Avenue beach.

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