• 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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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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A Mother’s Love Poem

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Written by Opinion Wednesday, May 07, 2014 08:42 am

A Mother’s Love A Mother’s Love A Mother’s Love

 

Never in the heart was there

A love more beautiful, more rare,

A love more clearly here revealed

Than flowers in a sunlit field,

A love more patient and more kind,

Ah, more forgiving, more divine,

More bountiful than any other

Upon the Earth, than that of Mother

Albert Nelson

Ventnor

 

Attorney Anthony Morgano joins Levine Staller

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Tuesday, May 06, 2014 10:57 am

Anthony Morgano Anthony Morgano The Atlantic City law firm of Levine, Staller, Sklar, Chan & Brown, PA has welcomed Anthony Morgano to the firm as an associate. He will concentrate his practice in the areas of commercial litigation and employment law.  He represents both plaintiffs and defendants in employment litigation, including allegations of wrongful termination, age, race, gender and disability discrimination.

Previously Morgano served as a law clerk to the Honorable Steven F. Nemeth in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Civil Division, Special Civil Part, in Ocean County. During law school he worked part-time for Levine Staller and also separately interned with the Honorable Ann Marie Donio, United States Magistrate Judge for the District of New Jersey.  Morgano earned his bachelor of arts degree magna cum laude from Rutgers University in 2009, and his juris doctorate degree with honors in 2012 from Rutgers University School of Law.  He is admitted to practice in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. 

He was born and raised in Ventnor, Morgano serves as coach for a local mock trial team and is a member of the Vincent S. Haneman American Inn of Court.

   

Sixth annual Trike-a-Thon benefits St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Monday, May 05, 2014 11:53 am

Jack Voight, 2, washes is tricycle. Jack Voight, 2, washes is tricycle.  MARGATE – More than 130 tikes took care of their trikes last week, just like Mom and Dad take care of their cars.

Students enrolled in the Milton and Betty Katz JCC Early Childhood Program learned about bicycle safety and raised money for a good cause – to make sure other children with catastrophic diseases, such as pediatric cancer, get medical treatment when they need it, regardless of their ability to pay.

It was the sixth year the JCC participated in the Trike-a-Thon, benefiting St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, according to Jan Higbee, the center’s assistant director.

“Every year we raise around $2,000, taking in a little more each year,” Higbee said. “The parents and grandparents are very good about making donations.”

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Margate businesses raise funds for scholarship program

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Thursday, May 01, 2014 12:56 pm

Camille Curtin of Sea Isle placed a bid on a silent auction gift basket. Camille Curtin of Sea Isle placed a bid on a silent auction gift basket.  MARGATE--The Margate Business Association put on another successful wine and cheese event at Steve and Cookies By The Bay Wednesday, April 30 to raise money for college scholarships and student support. It was the 12th time the association held the fundraiser, which raises about $10,000 each year to support students in the Margate area. All of the 200 available tickets were sold for the event.

“Everyone thinks Margate people have everything, but there are people living here who have needs, especially since Hurricane Sandy,” Realtor Paula Hartmann, who chaired the event, said. “I was a single parent living in Margate too, so I’ve been there, done that.”

Hartmann said now that she is a successful business woman; it behooves her to give back to the community.

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Letter: Ventnor tax increase ignores reality

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, April 29, 2014 11:00 pm

To the editor:

In hearing that the Ventnor City Commission passed a budget with a 5-cent increase and those overall taxes will go up 15 cents with the addition of school and county taxes, I felt compelled to voice my displeasure with the increases.

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Letter: Ventnor tax increase ignores reality

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Written by Opinion Tuesday, April 29, 2014 11:30 am

Ventnor tax increase ignores reality Ventnor tax increase ignores reality To the editor:

In hearing that the Ventnor City Commission passed a budget with a 5-cent increase and those overall taxes will go up 15 cents with the addition of school and county taxes, I felt compelled to voice my displeasure with the increases.

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Margate Education Foundation plans mud run

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Monday, April 28, 2014 12:42 pm

MARGATE - The Margate Education Foundation is planning on getting kids dirty next September when it holds a family mud run on the beach near the Margate Library.

At the Board of Commissioners meeting Thursday, April 17 foundation representative Anita Grimley asked for the municipality’s support.

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Margate rolls out camouflaged ‘Storm Fleet 1, 2, 3, 4, 5’

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Monday, April 28, 2014 09:23 am

 Sgt. John Sher of the Margate Fire Department sits in the control seat of a six-wheel-drive, five-ton wrecker. Sgt. John Sher of the Margate Fire Department sits in the control seat of a six-wheel-drive, five-ton wrecker.  MARGATE – Five tons of fun and six-wheel drive – the vehicles came rumbling through the city in January when firefighters returned from Letterkenny, Pa. With the support of Mayor Michael Becker and Administrator Richard Deaney, the Margate Fire Department secured five surplus military vehicles valued at nearly a half-million dollars at a price the city could afford.

“We got them for a goose egg,” Fire Chief Anthony Tabasso said.

Obtaining the vehicles was prompted by Hurricane Sandy.

“We don’t know what’s coming next, but hopefully, this will help us be prepared,” Tabasso said.

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