• balloonMARGATE – The Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4 on a proposal scheduled for adoption that would ban the outdoor release of helium balloons.

    The ordinance was suggested by members of the city’s green team, Sustainable Margate, as a way to reduce ocean litter and protect marine wildlife.

  • VENTNOR – The Board of Commissioners introduced an ordinance Thursday, Nov. 20 that would offer tax exemptions for certain property owners who make improvements or build anew.

    Officials are hoping a tax incentive would spur new construction that complies with new flood elevation standards and help the city improve its FEMA flood insurance rating, which would equate to discounts for residents on the cost of flood insurance.

  • CAMDEN – A federal court today issued a temporary restraining order to stop the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and Army Corps of Engineers shore protection project in Margate.

    The order came after Margate filed a legal suit in U.S. District Court to stop the state and Army Corps from building sand dunes on the city’s beach.

  • TRENTON – Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced Nov. 20 that Ventnor City would receive a $501,000 grant to restore historic City Hall. The building was one of four in Atlantic County selected for Sandy Disaster Relief Grants for Historic Properties to fund the preservation, stabilization, rehabilitation and repair of New Jersey historic structures that were damaged by the storm.

    Other Atlantic County structures awarded grants include Fire Station 3 in Atlantic City, which received $338,289, Fire Station 2 in Atlantic City $205,649 and Gateway Playhouse in Somers Point $102,400.

  • MARGATE – Local firefighters and EMS workers who routinely arrive at drug overdose calls are now carrying the life-saving antidote, naloxone.

    Chief Anthony Tabasso made the announcement at the Nov. 6 Board of Commissioners work session meeting.

  • MARGATE – City Clerk and Tax Collector Tom Hiltner will resign from both positions Jan. 1 and receive $260,000 payable in installments over the next two years as part of a settlement reached in his whistleblower lawsuit against the city.

    Under the agreement, the city will also give Hiltner $12,000 a year for the next eight years for health insurance, and pay $50,000 in attorney fees to Jacobs & Barbone, his attorneys.

  • MARGATE – Despite differences of opinion regarding the dunes issue, the Board of Commissioners Nov. 6 agreed to uphold the wishes of the voters and proceed with an effort to stop the state and Army Corps of Engineers from building sand dunes on the beach.

    Congratulating the advocacy group Margate Citizens Questioning the Beach Project, which lobbied to fight the dunes project, Commissioner Brenda Taube said she would join Commissioner Maury Blumberg and Mayor Michael Becker in support of voters who passed a nonbinding referendum Nov. 4 that asked if they wanted the city to spend up to $200,000 in legal fees to try to stop the NJ Department of Environmental Protection and the Army Corps from proceeding with the project. The unofficial vote count was 1,140 yes, 1,091 no. Provisional ballots are still being counted. Certification by the Atlantic County Clerk is expected Monday afternoon.

  • VENTNOR – The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs has awarded $230,000 in Post-Sandy Planning Assistance grants to help the city become more resilient to storms.

    Mayor Michael Bagnell said the grants will help the city plan for the future after several years of struggling with the aftermath of hurricane Sandy, which flooded the city in October 2012.

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Ventnor schools join Georgetown University Energy Prize competition

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Thursday, October 23, 2014 03:15 pm

VENTNOR – The Board of Education agreed Wednesday, Oct. 22 to partner with Atlantic City in its effort to win the Georgetown University Energy Prize national competition, which carries a $5 million prize for the community that most effectively reduces its per-capita energy consumption over a two-year period starting Jan. 1, 2015.

Action taken at the meeting will pave the way for other Downbeach communities to join Atlantic City in an interlocal agreement that benefits residents and helps the environment.

Atlantic City is one of 52 municipalities nationwide that made it to the quarter-finals of the competition, which is designed to create a more energy efficient America. The prize challenges communities to incorporate innovative ideas to reduce energy consumption.

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Margate Police Blotter Sept. 16 – Oct. 22

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, October 23, 2014 02:58 pm

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

Read more: Margate Police Blotter Sept. 16 – Oct. 22

   

Longport Police Blotter Sept. 11 – Oct. 21

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, October 23, 2014 02:48 pm

Longport Police Department Police blotter information is supplied by local police departments and other law enforcement agencies. All persons named are presumed innocent unless proven guilty.

Longport Police Department reports responding to eight 911 calls, conducting 199 motor vehicle stops, issuing 83 summonses, 37 parking tickets, seven alarm calls, seven arrests with four DWIs. There were four warrant arrests during the reporting time period.

Read more: Longport Police Blotter Sept. 11 – Oct. 21

 

Margate achieves bronze Sustainable Jersey certification

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, October 23, 2014 02:29 pm

MARGATE – Sustainable Jersey recently announced that Margate City has met the rigorous requirements to achieve Sustainable Jersey certification.  Margate is among 117 of the 416 registered municipalities that have attained bronze certification. 

Mayor Michael Becker will accept the award at the at the sixth annual Sustainable Jersey awards luncheon during the New Jersey League of Municipalities Conference in Atlantic City Tuesday, Nov. 18 in Atlantic City.

“I couldn’t be more proud of this prestigious achievement and what it means for the residents of Margate,” said Margate Mayor Mike Becker. “The sustainability initiatives undertaken by the green team are helping Margate go green, save money and sustain the quality of life for all of us over the long term.”

Read more: Margate achieves bronze Sustainable Jersey certification

   

Video project core component of Apple store visit

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Thursday, October 23, 2014 01:40 pm

Jackson Agnellini and Blake Laveson, both fourth-graders at the Ross School, try their hand at using a Mac. Jackson Agnellini and Blake Laveson, both fourth-graders at the Ross School, try their hand at using a Mac. ATLANTIC CITY – It’s traditional for students to bring an apple to the teacher, but fourth-grade teachers at the William H. Ross School in Margate this week and next are bringing their students to Apple.

The annual fourth-grade field trip to the Apple Store at Caesar’s Pier in Atlantic City is a fun way for students to experience the art of filmmaking, with them as the stars, fourth-grade teacher Tina Baronowitz said Monday, Oct. 20.

Fifteen of her students visited the Apple Store before it opened to the public to learn how to make green screen videos with user-friendly software.

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Longport commission meeting rescheduled

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, October 23, 2014 01:37 pm

LONGPORT – The Board of Commissioners workshop meeting scheduled for Nov. 13 and the regular meeting scheduled for Nov. 21 have been canceled. The board’s regular November meeting will be held 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12 at Borough Hall.

   

Margate Police present $5,581 check to Gilda’s Club

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, October 21, 2014 10:18 am

Pictured from left are Beth Wray, Vickie Perry, Adria Light, Lauren Crenshaw of Gilda's Club, James Costa, Christopher Taroncher, Shane Conesky and Kenneth Bergeron of the Margate Police Department. Pictured from left are Beth Wray, Vickie Perry, Adria Light, Lauren Crenshaw of Gilda's Club, James Costa, Christopher Taroncher, Shane Conesky and Kenneth Bergeron of the Margate Police Department.

LINWOOD – The Margate Police Department, Police Benevolent Association Local 65 and Margate Business Association partnered to present a check for $5,581 Oct. 15 to Gilda’s Club of South Jersey.

A portion of the funds were raised during Margate’s Fall Funfest by the Bay at the department’s Dunk-a-Cop dunk tank campaign. Participants paid for three chances to dunk an officer. The officers also sold T-shirts to show support for Gilda’s Club.

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Ventnor man charged in string of vehicle, shed burglaries

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, October 21, 2014 09:38 am

VENTNOR – The Ventnor City Police Department arrested a resident Oct. 15 in connection with a rash of vehicle and shed burglaries over a weeklong period.

David Parke, 26, was arrested Wednesday and charged with seven counts of burglary and theft and other related charges, according to public information officer Detective Lt. Steven Ireland.

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Toxicology tests to determine how Martindale Avenue man died

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, October 20, 2014 03:37 pm

VENTNOR – The Atlantic County Medical Examiner will determine how a Ventnor man died over the weekend. Ventnor City Police responded at 9 a.m. Sunday morning to the call of a death at 123 N. Martindale Ave.

According to Det. Lt. Steve Ireland one of three roommates discovered the deceased male and called police. Police do not know how Geroge Tizzano, 27, died. The third roommate was not home at the time of the discovery.

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Ventnor plans to hire next emergency management coordinator from Atlantic City

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Monday, October 20, 2014 12:58 pm

VENTNOR – The Board of Commissioners Thursday, Oct. 15 introduced an amendment to the city’s salary ordinance to set into motion an intergovernmental transfer that would allow the city to hire an Atlantic City employee as its next emergency management coordinator.

Longtime Emergency Management Coordinator William Melfi will retire in two weeks, Mayor Michael Bagnell said. He is currently using up his sick days and his last day of employment will be Nov. 1.

Read more: Ventnor plans to hire next emergency management coordinator from Atlantic City

   

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