•  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 Police blotter, Mar. 13, 2014

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, March 13, 2014 11:28 am

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

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Gallery features photographs by Ventnor’s Rand Snyderman; reception Saturday

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Colors of India by Rand Snyderman of Ventnor Colors of India by Rand Snyderman of Ventnor VENTNOR – The Holtzman Gallery is presenting its second solo exhibition featuring the photographs of local artist Rand Snyderman through April 7. A free wine and cheese reception to meet the artist behind the camera will be held 7-9 p.m. Saturday, March 15at the gallery, 5301 Atlantic Ave.

The Ventnor resident and award-winning director of commercials and corporate marketing films, has turned his attention to his original love, fine art photography.

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Margate schools to reschedule snow days

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Tuesday, March 11, 2014 12:53 pm

MARGATE – Teachers, then parents will get a say in whether the school district extends the school year in June or cuts days from spring break in April to make up for two snow days not already built into the school year calendar.

The schools closed four days so far this winter due to inclement weather, but the district only planned for two snow days. Two additional snow days must be made up to meet the 180-day requirement set by the New Jersey Board of Education.

Superintendent Theresa DeFranco said she would survey teachers first to determine if taking two days from spring break would be preferable to extending the school year.

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City to name dog park for Anne Pancoast

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Monday, March 10, 2014 12:16 pm

City to name dog park for Anne Pancoast City to name dog park for Anne Pancoast MARGATE – According to Commissioner Maury Blumberg, the city’s administrator has recommended holding off on renaming the Margate Dog Park until a policy for naming public facilities after prominent citizens is adopted.

Commissioner Brenda Taube and Mayor Michael Becker support naming the dog park in honor of longtime community activist Anne Pancoast, who passed away last month.

“Administrator Richard Deaney thought that we should wait at least a year before we did this and that we should come up with a policy so that we don’t open the floodgates for requests dedicating city properties to individuals,” Blumberg said at the March 6 Board of Commissioners meeting.

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Commission approves 2 capital improvement bonds, introduces a third

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Friday, March 07, 2014 03:53 pm

MARGATE – The Board of Commissioners unanimously approved two bond ordinances March 6 appropriating more than $4.5 million for various capital improvement projects and introduced a new bond ordinance totaling $1.67 million more for Hurricane Sandy related projects.

Chief Financial Officer Lisa McLaughlin said the new ordinance covers Sandy repairs at the old City Hall and Margate Municipal Complex at the former Union Avenue School that are already covered under one of the adopted ordinances.

McLaughlin said she recently learned that the Local Finance Board is waiving the 5 percent down payment requirement for any general capital projects related to Hurricane Sandy.

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Catering to a healthy mindset

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Thursday, March 06, 2014 11:26 am

Nicole Jacoby and her assistant, Tyler Scanny of Linwood, prepare a vegan dinner party at Jacoby’s Ventnor home. Nicole Jacoby and her assistant, Tyler Scanny of Linwood, prepare a vegan dinner party at Jacoby’s Ventnor home. VENTNOR – Nicole Jacoby became a vegetarian when she was 12 because she didn’t believe in eating animals. But since becoming enlightened to holistic healing in 2006, she wants others to learn that good nutrition without meat and dairy is not as difficult to manage as most people think.

“I always had an interest in eating well, but since attending the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in Manhattan, I took the plunge and went vegan about a year ago,” she said Feb. 25 in her Edgewater Avenue home. “I feel better than ever at age 32. I’m body clean and mind clean.”

Her diet now consists of dark leafy vegetables, whole grains, organic vegetables, fruits and berries, and a variety of seeds, nuts and other raw foods.

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LoBiondo praises House passage of flood insurance relief

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, March 05, 2014 11:00 am

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Frank A. LoBiondo (NJ-02) March 4 praised the 306 to 91 vote in the House of Representatives on legislation that would lower premium increases mandated under the 2012 Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform law for most homeowners, permanently remove the home sale rate increase trigger to provide certainty to the real estate market, and ensure greater fiscal solvency of the National Flood Insurance Program.

“The House acted tonight to remove a major financial hurdle to the tens of thousands of homeowners still rebuilding 18 months after Sandy came ashore. By no means is this legislation all that I have advocated for, however it does represent a fair and workable compromise to assist many South Jersey residents while ensuring the long-term solvency of the NFIP,” said LoBiondo. “To not act today would mean the financial devastation of countless families and communities tomorrow. I applaud my colleagues for choosing the fiscally-sound, long-term solution.”

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Anne Pancoast lived life to make a difference

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Tuesday, March 04, 2014 06:13 pm

Anne Pancoast of Margate Anne Pancoast of Margate MARGATE – Great leaders have a way of stirring the pot and forging change all the while earning respect from friends and foe.

When Anne Pancoast died on Feb. 9, she left a void that will be difficult to fill, Steve Woerner of Sumner Avenue said.

“She gave a voice to people who didn’t have a voice,” such as senior citizens living on a fixed income, he said.

Pancoast was founder and president of the Concerned Citizens of Margate, a taxpayer watchdog group that encouraged citizen participation in local government, and fiscal accountability and transparency for government officials. Woerner is its vice-president.

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