• 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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Added assessments should eliminate tax increase in Margate

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Tuesday, February 17, 2015 04:43 pm

MARGATE – A building boom in Margate should all but eliminate an increase in taxes this year, Chief Financial Officer Lisa McLaughlin reported at the Board of Commissioners work session on Feb. 5.

It’s still under review, but a draft budget is complete and “I anticipate getting very close to a zero increase,” McLaughlin said.

In her unaudited finance update, McLaughlin noted that the city increased ratables by more than $14 million, which brings the net taxable value of real estate in the city to $3,560,607,377.

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SJ Gas continues upgrading service in Margate

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Tuesday, February 17, 2015 01:50 pm

Engineer says streets will be paved after work is finished

MARGATE – South Jersey Gas has been upgrading its natural gas delivery system and will pave streets after the installation is completed later this year, according to city engineer Ed Walberg of Remington, Vernick and Walberg.

The gas company is replacing low-pressure mains that are made of cast iron or steel and reaching the end of their life span, according to public relations manager Dan Lockwood. The gas company is upgrading to a high-pressure system made of plastic that is more reliable, he said.

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UPDATE: Pathmark reopens

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Tuesday, February 17, 2015 08:19 am

UPDATE: The Pathmark supermarket in Ventnor Heights reopened shortly before 5 p.m. after crews repaired a faulty sprinkler valve.

VENTNOR – The Pathmark supermarket on Wellington Avenue was evacuated shortly before 3 p.m. today as the result of a water leak.

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BREAKING: Pathmark evacuated

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Monday, February 16, 2015 03:24 pm

The Pathmark supermarket on Wellington Avenue in Ventnor Heights has been evacuated due to a failure in its fire supression system. The water is being turned off so repairs can be made.

Shoppers were asked to leave the store. Firefighters are on scene. The Building Department has been notified.

Check back later for updates.

   

Margate asked to turn out the lights for ‘Earth Hour’

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Monday, February 16, 2015 02:39 pm

MARGATE – Responding to a request from the city’s green team, the Board of Commissioners agreed Feb. 5 to turn out the lights for Earth Hour. The one-hour period of darkness, 8:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday, March 28, is designed to raise awareness about climate change.

Local businesses and residents are being asked to participate in the ninth annual Earth Hour, an international grassroots movement organized by the World Wildlife Fund during which businesses, governments and the community turn off their lights for one hour.

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Ventnor considers zoning ordinance revisions

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Monday, February 16, 2015 02:33 pm

VENTNOR – The Planning Board is expected to recommend that the Board of Commissioners change the city zoning ordinance to allow property owners to build higher, and have garages below their houses and decks off the rear of elevated homes.

Code Enforcement Officer Jimmie Agnesino told the commissioners about the proposed changes at the 4 p.m. work session meeting Wednesday, Feb. 11.

The Planning Board discussed the suggested changes at its meeting later in the day and plans to make the recommendation to the commission after Planning Board engineer Craig Hurless and attorney Stan Bergman refine the ordinance.

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Longport Scholarship fund accepting applications

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Monday, February 16, 2015 02:19 pm

The Longport Scholarship Fund is accepting applications and expects to award a total of $7,500 in scholarships this year to high school seniors and college students.

Scholarship applications have been distributed to Longport’s graduating seniors attending area high schools. They are also available at the clerk’s office at Longport Borough Hall, 2305 Atlantic Ave. Longport students currently in college may also apply.

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Ventnor researching feasibility of fire department merger with Atlantic City

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Thursday, February 12, 2015 02:43 pm

VENTNOR – Ventnor Firefighters Mutual Benevolent Association President Joe Iannuzzelli, backed by a dozen firefighters, attended the Board of Commissioners work session Wednesday, Feb. 11 at the Ventnor Educational Community Complex to ask whether a rumor he heard that the Ventnor and Atlantic City fire departments would merge is true.

Mayor Michael Bagnell responded to his questions by saying that he is “just doing research” into the feasibility of merging the two departments.

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Tourism association to host social media seminar for businesses

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, February 12, 2015 01:39 pm

Ventnor Tourism, a new all-volunteer marketing association that promotes local merchants to the residential and tourist markets, will host a free social media and marketing class on the basics of social media and marketing on the Internet.

Business owners can attend one of two sessions offered at Ventnor Coffee, 108 N. Dorset Ave. Seminars will be offered 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 16 or 9 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17.

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Kids event features pizza, PJs and ‘Despicable Me II’

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, February 11, 2015 12:46 pm

MARGATE – The Milton & Betty Katz Jewish Community Center, 501 N. Jerome Ave., will host a Pizza, Pajamas and Movie event featuring “Despicable Me II” 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19.

“This is a drop-off event so that parents can have a night to themselves,” Early Childhood Director Jan Higbee said. “We want to give parents the peace of mind that their children are in the care of qualified staff of the Katz JCC Early Childhood Education Center and provide the kids a night of fun with a great movie, delicious pizza and a themed craft.” 

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