• MARGATE – The city received confirmation Thursday, Sept. 4 that it has been awarded $360,000 in Post-Sandy Planning Grants. New Jersey Department of Community Affairs Commissioner Richard E. Constabile III said the city will receive eight grants, ranging from $30,000 to $50,000 each, to identify areas where it can improve resilience to storms and promote economic development.

    City Administrator Richard Deaney announced the grant award at the Board of Commissioners’ 4 p.m. worksession meeting.

  • MARGATE – When local voters go to the polls for the Nov. 4 general election, they’ll get one more chance to decide if a legal battle to stop the dunes project is in Margate’s future.

    Following a 90-minute special meeting that brought out supporters and detractors of the fight to stop the pending dunes project, the Board of Commissioners passed two resolutions. One would put a question on the November ballot asking voters to spend $200,000 plus technical costs to sue the state and federal government to stop the project. The other would allow the city to hire an attorney to file an immediate injunction to stop the project.

  • MARGATE – The Board of Commissioners will hold a special meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 13 to decide if it will hold a referendum in November to determine if taxpayers will fund a legal battle to stop the pending dunes project.

    “We are calling this special meeting to discuss if it makes sense to put a question on the November ballot,” Mayor Michael Becker said.

  • MARGATE – The Board of Education will hold a special meeting Friday, Aug. 8 to accept Superintendent Dr. Theresa DeFranco’s resignation and decide on a date to release her from her contract here.

    DeFranco said she informed the board that she would be interviewing for the superintendent’s post in Absecon, a K-8 school district, replacing Superintendent James A. Giaquinto, who is leaving the district Sept. 1.

  • MARGATE – Residents opposed to the dunes project got what they have been asking for at the Aug. 7 Board of Commissioners meeting. The meeting revealed each commissioner’s stance for or against fighting the dunes project in court.

    The meeting agenda requested input from the public about two recent attorney opinions that said chances are slim the city would win a lawsuit to stop the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from building sand dunes along the entire New Jersey coastline.

  • VENTNOR – Residents who would like to learn more about free job search assistance available at the Atlantic County One Stop Career Center are invited to attend a town hall meeting 9-11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 21 on the second floor of the Atlantic County Library/Ventnor, 6500 Atlantic Ave.

    Rhonda Lowery, executive director of the Atlantic Cape May Workforce Investment Board, and a team of representatives will be available to discuss the many online resources for job searches, job matching services, employer hiring incentives and explain what the One Stop Career Center can do for you.

  • MARGATE - The Board of Commissioners wants to hear from residents at its Thursday, Aug. 7 meeting about whether or not fighting the pending dunes project is a worthwhile effort.

    Following its July 17 meeting, the board published on its website three legal opinions received from qualified attorneys regarding the city's chances of winning a legal suit against the state and federal government.

  • MARGATE – Principals at the city’s public schools have switched roles to accommodate a new educational intervention program, much to the dismay of parents who voiced concerns at the July 22 Board of Education meeting.

    Superintendent Dr. Theresa DeFranco gave a presentation about the reorganization plan, but several parents said the switch in school leadership was implemented without input from parents or the board.

Downbeach Current | Longport, Margate, Ventnor

Letter: Maury Blumberg hates democracy

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Written by Maria D. Dicino Sunday, August 17, 2014 11:46 am

Letter: Maury Blumberg hates democracy Letter: Maury Blumberg hates democracy To the editor:

It is clear that Maury Blumberg hates democracy.

In his latest effort to stifle the voice of Margate voters, he voted against the people having input on the spending of their own tax dollars by voting against the November 2014 referendum.

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Barber does it the old-fashioned way

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Sunday, August 17, 2014 10:55 am

Specializing in straight razor shaves, shop owner Steve Perry works on Rich Mortillaro, who is visiting from California. Specializing in straight razor shaves, shop owner Steve Perry works on Rich Mortillaro, who is visiting from California. VENTNOR – Steve Perry has come full circle.

He started out barbering in Ventnor, Perry owned a chain of hair salons all around the South Jersey area. After cutting hair in salons for more than 30 years, he’s back to barbering – the old-fashioned way.

“We’re old school, straight razor shaves, Clubmen products, stuff that dates back to our father’s, father’s days,” he said Friday, Aug. 15 while he cut Guy Salani’s hair.

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Letter: Margate needs to listen to the experts

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Written by Andrew Pockl Sunday, August 17, 2014 10:37 am

Listen to what the experts have said and ignore the distractions from the very vocal minority of city residents. Listen to what the experts have said and ignore the distractions from the very vocal minority of city residents. To the editor:

I have read numerous times that the majority of Margate residents oppose the dunes project and wish to file an injunction to stop the state from furthering the project. The referendum that was voted on last November is cited as evidence that the overwhelming majority of residents prefer this course of action.

This is factually incorrect. The overwhelming majority of residents (full-time, part-time and renters) did not vote. Many homeowners (and taxpayers), because it is a second home, were not allowed to vote on the referendum.

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Letter: Taube’s dune support doesn’t square with her other positions

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Written by Steven H. Erlbaum and Seth Lehr Saturday, August 16, 2014 01:03 pm

Taube’s dune support doesn’t square with her other positions Taube’s dune support doesn’t square with her other positions To the editor:

Margate Commissioner Brenda Taube exploits public safety and fiscal responsibility – two politically and emotionally charged topics – to further her agenda. 

Taube justifies her decision to ignore her electorate’s 65 percent vote against the dunes, claiming, “I am concerned about public safety and fiscal responsibility,” and “I can’t spend taxpayer money fighting this.” 

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Longport’s faithful attend Blessing of the Sea (VIDEO)

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Saturday, August 16, 2014 10:38 am

Mayor Nicholas Russo, Father Joe Ferrara and Commissioner James Leeds prepare to bless the sea. Mayor Nicholas Russo, Father Joe Ferrara and Commissioner James Leeds prepare to bless the sea. LONGPORT – Several hundred residents and parishioners of Holy Trinity Parish attended the annual Blessing of the Sea Friday, Aug. 15 on the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

The blessing is a longstanding tradition in Longport and shore towns up and down the Atlantic Coast.

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Margate commissioners to hold two special meetings this week

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Saturday, August 16, 2014 10:34 am

The Margate City Board of Commissioners will hold two special meetings this week.

An executive session will be held at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21 to meet with an attorney regarding a proposal and legal strategy for filing an injunction against the State of New Jersey and US Army Corps of Engineers to stop the Absecon Island Shore Protection Project within the City of Margate City.

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Margate voters to decide whether to fight dunes in November

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Friday, August 15, 2014 10:00 am

MARGATE – When local voters go to the polls for the Nov. 4 general election, they’ll get one more chance to decide if a legal battle to stop the dunes project is in Margate’s future.

Following a 90-minute special meeting that brought out supporters and detractors of the fight to stop the pending dunes project, the Board of Commissioners passed two resolutions. One would put a question on the November ballot asking voters to spend $200,000 plus technical costs to sue the state and federal government to stop the project. The other would allow the city to hire an attorney to file an immediate injunction to stop the project.

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Longport Police Blotter, May 26 – Aug. 12

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, August 14, 2014 12:08 pm

Edward K. Bakaj, 66, of Longport was arrested June 19 by Ptl. Pierce Shaud and charged with violating a court order.

John Simone, 21, of Dresher, Pa. was arrested June 22 by Ptl. Nicholas Rettino and charged with DWI and issued summonses for maintenance of lamps, speeding, and unsafe lane change.

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Hiltner lawsuit to cost Margate $98,000 more

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Thursday, August 14, 2014 11:59 am

MARGATE – The Board of Commissioners Aug. 7 approved additional funding for an attorney to defend the city against a whistleblower lawsuit filed by City Clerk and Tax Collector Tom Hiltner.

A resolution awarded an additional contract not to exceed $98,000 for Haddonfield labor attorney David Rapuano of Archer and Greiner PC, who represents the city against Hiltner’s lawsuit. He will bill the city at a rate of $225 an hour. The city has already spent $155,000 for its defense.

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JFS House Tour raises $54,000 for Village by the Shore

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, August 12, 2014 02:15 pm

 JFS Director of Donor Relations Beth Joseph, house tour Co-Chairwoman Stephanie Lutz-Koch, JFS CEO Andrea Steinberg, Co-Chairwoman Johanna Perskie and JFS Community Initiatives Coordinator Leigh Turner enjoy the shade of the wrap-around porch during the Jewish Family Service House Tour Aug. 4, which raised $54,000 for Village by the Shore, an agency program providing services and socialization for adults over 50. JFS Director of Donor Relations Beth Joseph, house tour Co-Chairwoman Stephanie Lutz-Koch, JFS CEO Andrea Steinberg, Co-Chairwoman Johanna Perskie and JFS Community Initiatives Coordinator Leigh Turner enjoy the shade of the wrap-around porch during the Jewish Family Service House Tour Aug. 4, which raised $54,000 for Village by the Shore, an agency program providing services and socialization for adults over 50. MARGATE – Nearly 1,000 guests toured six of the most luxurious Downbeach homes on Monday, Aug. 4during the 27th annual JFS House Tour. It was the most highly attended tour to date and raised $54,000 for Village by the Shore, which provides a variety of concierge, volunteer and professional services and socialization for adults over 50.

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