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Letter: Atlantic City solution must be local

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Written by Geoff Rosenberger Friday, July 11, 2014 11:33 am

It's time to listen to our own dreamers again. It's time to listen to our own dreamers again. To the editor:

Thank you Chris Brown for saying and doing something about Showboat for our soon-to-be unemployed neighbors. Many locals would like to hear you say and do much more.

Our island empire is sinking fast, and it has nothing to do with Sandy, or other gambling markets.

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Margate Fire Department delights children during annual open house (SLIDE SHOW)

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Friday, July 11, 2014 10:42 am

Brad DeFeo, 3, of Margate is intent on putting out that fire. Brad DeFeo, 3, of Margate is intent on putting out that fire. MARGATE – “Stop, drop and roll,” “get low and go,” “call 9-1-1,” “working smoke alarms save lives,” and “have a meeting place in front of your house,” were the messages heard loud and clear by youngsters attending the Margate Fire Department’s annual open house at the library July 9.

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Ventnor City faces IRS audit

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Friday, July 11, 2014 09:46 am

VENTNOR – The Board of Commissioners will hold a special meeting 9 a.m. Monday, July 14 for the sole purpose of hiring a tax attorney to assist the municipality with an audit initiated by the Internal Revenue Service.

The commission discussed hiring an attorney during an executive session following the July 10 worksession, but did not take action due to non-compliance with the Sunshine Law giving notice of an action meeting.

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Longport passes resolution advancing dunes project

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Thursday, July 10, 2014 02:56 pm

LONGPORT – The Board of Commissioners passed a resolution July 9 authorizing the borough and state to take possession of perpetual easements that will allow the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and the Army Corps of Engineers to start building sand dunes on Longport beach.

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Longport to renew contract with Comcast; change outdoor dining regulations

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Thursday, July 10, 2014 02:48 pm

LONGPORT – The Board of Commissioners July 9 introduced two pieces of legislation that would ensure residents can watch their favorite cable television show and dine al fresco.

Ordinance 2014-08 renews the municipality’s contract with cable operator Comcast. The contract will be for 15 years with a 10-year extension.

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Letter: Atlantic County will miss Joe Nickels

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Written by Joe McDevitt Wednesday, July 09, 2014 02:10 pm

Atlantic County will miss Joe Nickels Atlantic County will miss Joe Nickels To the editor:

I write this letter with a heavy heart and sadness that is usually reserved for a family member. Atlantic County has lost a steward of the people, a protector of the taxpayer and outstanding family man.

For those of you who didn’t know Joe Nickels, there were two competing perceptions of him.

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Switch to OCHS unlikely for Margate students

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Tuesday, July 08, 2014 11:44 pm

MARGATE – Although she had suggested following Longport’s lead in switching high schools, Commissioner Brenda Taube’s investigation into the issue revealed tuition savings in other areas that would make it unlikely that Margate students would be bused over the bridge to attend high school in Ocean City.

Longport severed its sending-receiving relationship with Atlantic City High School and established a new relationship with Ocean City High School June 7. The move will save the Longport School District an estimated $5,200 per student, but the district will have to pick up the cost of School Choice students now attending Ocean City High School and currently funded by the state.

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Resolution reaffirms Margate’s opposition to dune project

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Tuesday, July 08, 2014 09:11 pm

MARGATE – The Board of Commissioners approved a resolution July 3 that reaffirms the city’s stance on the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and the Army Corps of Engineers pending beach replenishment project.

Resolution 156, which passed unanimously, summarizes key points related to the city’s position on the dunes, including the results of a non-binding referendum rejecting the project, a Nov. 21, 2013 resolution asking the state to remove Margate from the project, and correspondence between the city and the state since the Nov. 5 referendum.

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Margate Police Blotter June 26 - July 5

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, July 08, 2014 02:45 pm

Margate Police Margate Police announced the following arrests from June 26 - July 5, 2014.

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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Longport Board of Education approves sending-receiving relationship with OCHS

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Tuesday, July 08, 2014 02:32 pm

Ocean City High School Ocean City High School LONGPORT – The Board of Education formally entered a sending-receiving relationship with Ocean City High School (OCHS) at its Monday, July 7 meeting, but at least two families still want to send their children to Atlantic City High School (ACHS).

Acting Commissioner of Education David C. Hespe issued a decision on June 6 saying there would be no substantial negative impact educationally, financially or on the racial make-up of ACHS if Longport withdrew and sent its nine high school students to OCHS instead. He approved Longport’s application for severance of its sending-receiving relationship with ACHS, subject to entering a new sending-receiving relationship with OCHS for a period of five years.

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