• City Commissioner Maury Blumberg, right, recognizes retiring City Clerk Tom Hiltner with a proclamation naming Dec. 18.MARGATE – Tom Hiltner attended his final government meeting as city clerk Thursday, Dec. 18. He will retire at the end of the year after more than 25 years as the city’s keeper of records. He was also the city tax collector.

    The Board of Commissioners appointed Deputy Clerk Rosie Freed to replace him as city clerk and Linda Morgan as tax collector. Freed was sworn in at the end of the meeting with her family present. Morgan will take the oath of office at the next meeting when her family can be present.

  • ATLANTIC CITY – An activist for open government will be heard in court Monday after the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office denied his request for information about the alleged theft of funds from the Margate Firefighters Benevolent Association Inc. The case is scheduled to be heard 9 a.m. Monday, Dec. 15 by Superior Court Judge Nelson C. Johnson.

    According to a complaint filed Nov. 10 in Superior Court, John Paff of Somerset, chairman of the New Jersey Libertarian Party Open Government Advocacy Project, the Prosecutor’s Office refused to provide any information about the case. He is asking for the immediate release of all incident and investigative reports related to the case.

  • LONGPORT – The Board of Commissioners is considering a request from the city engineer to be more assertive in its support of the pending Absecon Island Beach Protection project – which its neighbor to the north is trying to stop.

    “We went to great lengths to try and get this money and to protect our infrastructure and properties through the dune system. I really think we ought to look at what proactive activities we can do because of the court case out there,” borough engineer Richard Carter told the commission at its Wednesday, Dec. 11 workshop meeting.

    “If you want this, might have to fight for it.”

  • Board of Commissioners appropriates $50,000 more for legal work

    MARGATE – U.S. District Court Judge Renee M. Bumb issued an order Tuesday, Dec. 9 adjourning a court hearing on the dunes project from Dec. 17 to 10 a.m. Jan. 15 to allow the parties to come up with an “amicable resolution.”

    The order was issued in response to a joint request for adjournment from Margate’s special counsel, Jordan M. Rand of Dilworth Paxson LLP, and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

  • CAMDEN – Margate won the second round Thursday in its legal battle to negotiate an alternative to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plan to build sand dunes on the beach.

    On Dec. 4, U.S. District Court Judge Renee Marie Bumb extended the temporary restraining order she imposed Nov. 24 that barred the DEP from awarding a contract to build the dunes.

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Ventnor gets $501,000 grant for City Hall restoration

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Wednesday, November 19, 2014 01:22 pm

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.

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Ventnor City Police Blotter Oct. 25-Nov. 11

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, November 19, 2014 12:00 am

Ventnor City Police Blotter Oct. 25-Nov. 11

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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Prep senior conducting book drive for VECC

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Tuesday, November 18, 2014 04:08 pm

Haddon Antonucci, center, collected more than 4,000 books for students at the Hess School in Mays Landing several years ago. He is now collecting books for the Ventnor schools. Here he is with former Hess School reading coach Jennifer Farrell and former administrator Jennifer Baldwin. Haddon Antonucci, center, collected more than 4,000 books for students at the Hess School in Mays Landing several years ago. He is now collecting books for the Ventnor schools. Here he is with former Hess School reading coach Jennifer Farrell and former administrator Jennifer Baldwin. RICHLAND – Haddon Antonucci, 17, of Mays Landing, a senior at St. Augustine Preparatory School, is conducting a book drive to benefit students of the Ventnor Educational Community Complex. It is the second book drive he has conducted to instill a love of reading in today’s youth.

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Margate Fire Dept. to carry life-saving naloxone

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Tuesday, November 18, 2014 04:06 pm

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.

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Longport approves bonding for repairing water tower

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Tuesday, November 18, 2014 03:49 pm

longport water tower LONGPORT – The Board of Commissioners approved a $50,000 temporary bond ordinance Wednesday, Nov. 12 to pay for work on the water tower, which underwent structural repairs and had a new paint job last summer.

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Longport school board considers special election to ask voters for more money

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Tuesday, November 18, 2014 03:40 pm

LONGPORT – The Board of Education may have to ask voters for more money to fund the school district budget, Business Administrator Jann Cohen told board members at meeting Thursday, Nov. 13 at Longport Borough Hall.

“There’s no possible way we can fund our budget next year,” she said.

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Water department recommends winterizing pipes now

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Tuesday, November 18, 2014 03:18 pm

VENTNOR – The city often gets requests from residents during the winter to turn off water service to properties that have sprung water leaks due to frozen pipes. Many of the calls stem from outside showers that have not been properly turned off, according to Water Department Superintendent Thomas Klein.

Klein recommends that all residents, and especially seasonal residents, check their outside showers to ensure that the water is turned off and pipes are drained to prevent freezing. He recommends having a certified plumber winterize the home.

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Letter: Becker squandered $236,847 in legal fees

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Written by Opinion Tuesday, November 18, 2014 09:20 am

Letter: Becker squandered $236,847 in legal fees Letter: Becker squandered $236,847 in legal fees To the editor:

Yes, Margate Mayor Becker would finally declare defeat in the settlement of the whistleblower case. He'd love nothing more than to insist "It's time to move on." After blowing nearly a million dollars of taxpayer money, he magnanimously goes on to proclaim: "I'm glad we could come to a mutual reconciliation."

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Margate considers banning helium balloon release

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Monday, November 17, 2014 12:50 pm

MARGATE – If you’re planning to release helium balloons at your festive occasion, city officials may be about to burst your bubble.

What floats 5 miles up eventually comes down, and some of it washes up on beaches and ends up in the stomachs of wildlife. Helium-filled balloons may disappear from view, but they do not disappear from the environment, according to some environmentalists.

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Letter: Dunes decision represents 1 percent of population

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Written by Opinion Sunday, November 16, 2014 12:00 am

To the editor:

The Margate Commissioners have decided to spend a significant amount of tax dollars without consulting half the city’s tax base. They left the decision up to the voters, and the voters turned out and voted to fight the state and federal governments over the dunes project. The problem is that a little over 2,000 votes were cast, and Margate has 7,000 residents. The vote was decided on 79 votes; this represents about 1 percent of the population.

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