•  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.

  • 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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Margate officials optimistic about revised maps

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Written by SHAUN SMITH Tuesday, February 26, 2013 05:03 pm

MARGATE – City Solicitor Scott Abbott is confident that federal officials are listening to the Coastal Coalition of officials from Cape May point to Brigantine saying the velocity zone data is flawed.

Abbott updated the Margate City Commission during its workshop meeting Thursday, Feb. 21 and said the coalition had a meeting with officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and map makers that complied the data for the advisory base flood elevation maps.

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Ventnor to bill customers by usage for water and sewer

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Written by SHAUN SMITH Tuesday, February 26, 2013 12:27 pm

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VENTNOR – Property could be charged for water and sewer usage as soon as next month after action was taken last week by the city commission.

City Commissioners unanimously introduced two ordinances Thursday, Feb. 21 that set water and sewer rates charged by the Ventnor Water and Sewer Utility. The ordinances separately establish rates for usage per 1,000 gallons, which was not done previously. Residents were previously charged a flat fee for water and sewer usage.

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Thoughtful volunteers stock food pantry

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Written by SHAUN SMITH Monday, February 25, 2013 04:49 pm

Pictured from left are Vice President Beverly Rubin of Margate, volunteer Caitlin Brady of Linwood, Community Initiatives Coordinator Leigh Turner of Margate, volunteers Nellie McDermott of Longport and Samantha and Idan Mazuz of Linwood Monday, Feb. 25 at the Jewish Family Service Food Pantry.  Pictured from left are Vice President Beverly Rubin of Margate, volunteer Caitlin Brady of Linwood, Community Initiatives Coordinator Leigh Turner of Margate, volunteers Nellie McDermott of Longport and Samantha and Idan Mazuz of Linwood Monday, Feb. 25 at the Jewish Family Service Food Pantry.

Volunteers started off their week on the right foot Monday, Feb. 25 at the Jewish Family Service Food Pantry in Margate. Each month the food pantry, which services families from throughout the county, gets a delivery from the Community FoodBank of New Jersey – Southern Branch that needs to be taken inside and sorted for distribution.

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UNICO buys uniform shirts for Texas Ave. School

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Written by SHAUN SMITH Friday, February 22, 2013 01:00 am

UNICO members and Texas Avenue School students show off new shirts featuring the school logo. From left are Assistant Principal Bohdan Christian of Ventnor, UNICO first vice president; Tina LoBiondo of Ventnor, third vice president; Nick Russo Jr. of Atlantic City, member; Andrea  Longo-Wescoat of Galloway, president; Nick Russo III of Pleasantville, executive vice president; and Carmine Bonnani of Margate, secretary. UNICO members and Texas Avenue School students show off new shirts featuring the school logo. From left are Assistant Principal Bohdan Christian of Ventnor, UNICO first vice president; Tina LoBiondo of Ventnor, third vice president; Nick Russo Jr. of Atlantic City, member; Andrea Longo-Wescoat of Galloway, president; Nick Russo III of Pleasantville, executive vice president; and Carmine Bonnani of Margate, secretary.

ATLANTIC CITY – UNICO, an Italian American community service organization, presented new uniform shirts to the TexasAvenueSchool in January. Representatives provided every student in fourth through sixth grade with a new shirt featuring the school logo.

UNICO provided six Texas Avenue School families with BJ’s gift certificates after Hurricane Sandy and supported the school Angel Tree program by sponsoring families of students during the holiday season.

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MBA announces 2013 events

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Margate Business Association has released its schedule of programs and events for 2013. All dates and events are subject to change. See www.marvelousmargate.com for information.

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Ventnor students to play with All South Jersey Band

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Written by SHAUN SMITH Thursday, February 21, 2013 01:00 am

Six students will represent Ventnor Middle School Sunday, March 3 in the All South Jersey Band concert 3 p.m. at Fernwood Avenue Middle School in Egg Harbor Township. The young musicians successfully auditioned in January with students from 78 middle schools in eight counties. The Ventnor musicians are, sitting from left, James Craig and Kenny Maldonado, both 13; and, standing, Katie Shelley, 12, Damian Hankins, 12, Colton Salomon-Lowden, 14, and Kevin Velazquez, 13. Band leader and instrumental teacher Joe Jacobs offered his congratulations. Six students will represent Ventnor Middle School Sunday, March 3 in the All South Jersey Band concert 3 p.m. at Fernwood Avenue Middle School in Egg Harbor Township. The young musicians successfully auditioned in January with students from 78 middle schools in eight counties. The Ventnor musicians are, sitting from left, James Craig and Kenny Maldonado, both 13; and, standing, Katie Shelley, 12, Damian Hankins, 12, Colton Salomon-Lowden, 14, and Kevin Velazquez, 13. Band leader and instrumental teacher Joe Jacobs offered his congratulations.

Six students will represent Ventnor Middle School Sunday, March 3 in the All South Jersey Band concert 3 p.m. at Fernwood Avenue Middle School in Egg Harbor Township. The young musicians successfully auditioned in January with students from 78 middle schools in eight counties. The Ventnor musicians are, sitting from left, James Craig and Kenny Maldonado, both 13; and, standing, Katie Shelley, 12, Damian Hankins, 12, Colton Salomon-Lowden, 14, and Kevin Velazquez, 13. Band leader and instrumental teacher Joe Jacobs offered his congratulations.

   

Hearts all around

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Written by SHAUN SMITH Wednesday, February 20, 2013 05:17 pm

Librarian Kim Strenger reads a Valentine’s Day story while Delphine Vaughan, 2, of Absecon, makes a Valentine at a recent program at the Ventnor branch of the Atlantic County Library, 6500 Atlantic Ave. Librarian Kim Strenger reads a Valentine’s Day story while Delphine Vaughan, 2, of Absecon, makes a Valentine at a recent program at the Ventnor branch of the Atlantic County Library, 6500 Atlantic Ave.

Librarian Kim Strenger reads a Valentine’s Day story while Delphine Vaughan, 2, of Absecon, makes a Valentine at a recent program at the Ventnor branch of the Atlantic County Library, 6500 Atlantic Ave.

 

Scholarships available for Margate residents

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Written by SHAUN SMITH Wednesday, February 20, 2013 01:00 am

Daniel and Maria Walters Scholarship Program

Sponsored by the Margate Business Association, the Daniel and Maria Walters Scholarship Program will award two $2,500 scholarships to high school seniors who attended Margate schools. Requirements, including an essay about Hurricane Sandy, can be found on the application, which can be downloaded from the MBA website, www.marvelousmargate.com or here. Deadline is Monday, March 25.

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