• Michael Becker, Brenda Taube and John AmodeoMARGATE – Four candidates turned in nominating petitions by the Monday, March 9 deadline for three seats on the Board of Commissioners. The nonpartisan election will be held Tuesday, May 12.

    Mayor Michael Becker and Commissioners Maury Blumberg and Brenda Taube are all seeking re-election to four-year terms. Former Assemblyman John Amodeo is also seeking a seat on the board.

    Becker, Taube and Amodeo are running as a team.

    Blumberg is seeking his third consecutive term.

  • 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.

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Repairs continue on Wellington Avenue sewer main

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, May 15, 2014 11:00 pm

VENTNOR – Repairs are continuing on an Atlantic County Utility Authority sewer force main in Ventnor Heights where a leak was detected in late March.

Officials said crews have been working steadily to correct the problem. The sewer main conveys wastewater from the Margate-Ventnor Pump Station on Lafayette and Wellington avenues on the south side of the West Canal to the ACUA treatment facility in Atlantic City. The force main on Wellington Avenue handles the majority of flow from Ventnor, Margate, Longport and the coastal portion of Egg Harbor Township.

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Margate Dog Park dedication honors Anne Pancoast

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Wednesday, May 14, 2014 01:39 pm

Commissioner Brenda Taube reads the inscription: ‘All dogs go to heaven & Anne is there waiting for them.’ Commissioner Brenda Taube reads the inscription: ‘All dogs go to heaven & Anne is there waiting for them.’ MARGATE – Anne Pancoast would have been pleased with the honor bestowed upon her Tuesday, May 13 – her birthday. City officials, residents and their pets gathered at the Margate City Dog Park Tuesday to dedicate the park in her name.

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7th Grade writing assignment catches attention of restaurant chain

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Tuesday, May 13, 2014 03:10 pm

Pictured here is Josh Dubin with his family, left to right, brother Marcus Spiker, 6, Josh, Logan Dubin, 10, and mom Eliana Bravo. Pictured here is Josh Dubin with his family, left to right, brother Marcus Spiker, 6, Josh, Logan Dubin, 10, and mom Eliana Bravo. MARGATE – Josh Dubin, a seventh grader at the Eugene A. Tighe School, is a persuasive writer. So persuasive that an essay he wrote for his language arts class caught the eye of executives at a large restaurant chain and was turned into an animated short video that will be shared by millions on the Web.

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Ventnor needs a revaluation, assessor says

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Monday, May 12, 2014 03:38 pm

VENTNOR - The city needs a revaluation, Tax Assessor Diane Kelly told commissioners at their May 8 work session. The city has been losing ratables due to tax appeals, and some homeowners are not paying their fair share of taxes while others are paying too much, she said.

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Buyers flock to Margate's citywide yard sale (VIDEO)

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Written by Mike Carroll (VIDEO) Sunday, May 11, 2014 10:25 am

It's Mothers Day weekend and time for a bit of house cleaning. 

Margate hosted its annual Citywide Yard Sale May 10-11, with more than 100 yardsales at homes all across the city.

Buyers turned out in droves, some with moms in tow, to find that perfect bargain. Sellers lived up to the environmental mantra: Reuse, reduce, recycle. They cleaned out attics and basements to get ride of unwanted items and at the same time made some hard cash to take Mom to dinner.

There were 54 people signed up to get their location on a map distributed around town, but many more put their stuff on the front lawn hoping to bargain it away.

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Single bedbug gets lots of attention at Ross School

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Friday, May 09, 2014 02:05 pm

bedbug MARGATE – It’s amazing how one tiny critter can get an entire school community riled up.

A single bedbug was found in a classroom at the William H. Ross Elementary School and administrators quickly took steps to ensure the discovery does not escalate into an infestation of bedbugs.

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Attorney’s Sandstock report blames ‘failure of proper governance’

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Friday, May 09, 2014 01:59 pm

VENTNOR – The city released a report prepared by an independent attorney about what went wrong to cause a Latin festival to be cancelled at the last minute.

Attorney Frank L. Corrado of Barry Corrado and Grassi, PC of Wildwood, was hired last September to investigate the demise of Sandstock, a two-day Latin freestyle beach festival that was to be held Sept. 21-22, 2013, on a privately owned vacant lot on Wellington Avenue. Corrado was paid $13,783 for his report, which included a synopsis of the events leading up to the cancellation, and any corrective action deemed necessary.

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Progress continues on ACUA Wellington Avenue force main

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Wednesday, May 07, 2014 02:41 pm

VENTNOR – Repairs continue on the Atlantic County Utility Authority’s force main in Ventnor Heights where a small leak was originally detected in late March. Crews have been working steadily to correct the issue. The sewer main conveys wastewater flow from the Margate-Ventnor Pump Station located on Lafayette and Wellington Avenues on the south side of the West Canal and continues all the way to the ACUA treatment facility located in Atlantic City. The force main on Wellington Avenue handles the majority of flow from Ventnor, Margate, Longport and the coastal portion of Egg Harbor Township.

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Best of stage and screen featured at Ventnor Middle School musical production

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Wednesday, May 07, 2014 02:07 pm

Students at Ventnor Middle School will put on a musical production next week.  Students at Ventnor Middle School will put on a musical production next week. VENTNOR – Parents and community supporters will be “Over the Rainbow” next week as the students at VentnorMiddle School perform their annual musical production.

This year, music teacher Evan Shea has students performing “Great Musicals of the Stage and Film, that includes numbers from such hits as “The Wizard of Oz,” “Guys and Dolls,” “Annie,” “Frozen” and “A Chorus Line.”

Students held a dress rehearsal Tuesday, May 6, and worked on choreography by first grade teacher Jefferson Heller. Costumes are designed by teacher Denise Tinucci.

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Rabbi Gaber to leave Beth Judah in July

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Wednesday, May 07, 2014 01:53 pm

Rabbi Aaron M. Gaber, who has been the spiritual leader at Congregation Beth Judah since 2000, will be leaving Ventnor for a senior rabbi position in Bucks County, Pa. Rabbi Aaron M. Gaber, who has been the spiritual leader at Congregation Beth Judah since 2000, will be leaving Ventnor for a senior rabbi position in Bucks County, Pa. VENTNOR – Rabbi Aaron M. Gaber, who has been spiritual leader at Congregation Beth Judah since 2000, is leaving to accept a senior rabbi position at Congregation Brothers of Israel in Newtown, Bucks County, Pa. Gaber will assume his new role on Aug. 1 and will be leaving Ventnor in mid-July.

“I will be taking on new challenges in Bucks County, where there is a lot of potential for Jewish growth,” he said. “I’m sad I’m leaving. I love it here and my kids grew up here. Beth Judah is a wonderful congregation, but I’m ready for the new opportunity to bring Jewish life and spiritual growth to the people of Bucks County.”

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