• CAMDEN – A federal judge admonished the state Thursday, Jan. 15 for trying to quick-take beachfront property for a Margate beach replenishment project but stopped short of granting the city the preliminary injunction it requested.

    “Why NJDEP failed – and continues to fail – to follow the procedures set forth in the Eminent Domain Act is baffling,” U.S. District Court Judge Renee M. Bumb wrote in her legal opinion in the case brought by the city of Margate and beachfront property owners Morton and Roberta Shiekman against the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

  • VENTNOR – At a press conference on the Boardwalk Wednesday, Jan. 14, the mayors of Ventnor and Longport made it clear that they do not want the state’s pending dune project to be held up.

    Neighboring Margate, which has sued the NJ Department of Environmental Protection and US Army Corps of Engineers in an effort to negotiate an alternative to the Army Corps’ shore protection plan, is the cream in the Downbeach Oreo cookie.

  • PHILDELPHIA – A three-hour meeting Friday morning, Jan. 9 to negotiate alternatives to the state’s plan to build a sand dune in Margate was “unproductive,” according Margate Business Administrator Richard Deaney.

    Deaney said about 15 staffers from the Army Corps of Engineers, eight representatives of New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and four from Margate, including Deaney, Commissioner of Finance Maury Blumberg, environmental engineering consultant Charles J. Rooney of T&M Associates and special counsel Rob Andrews of Dilworth & Paxon met at the Army Corps’ headquarters at the John Wanamaker building in Center City. 

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Casino Commission employees lend a helping hand to the hungry

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, November 29, 2013 08:54 am

Submitted / Casino Control Commission employees deliver donated food to Jewish Family Service in Margate to help restock its food pantry this holiday season.  From left, CCC Senior Counsel Teresa Pimpinelli of Somers Point and Commissioner Alisa Cooper of Linwood deliver bags of groceries to Leigh Turner of Margate, community initiatives coordinator for JFS with help from CCC Administrative Assistant Donna Jordan. Submitted / Casino Control Commission employees deliver donated food to Jewish Family Service in Margate to help restock its food pantry this holiday season. From left, CCC Senior Counsel Teresa Pimpinelli of Somers Point and Commissioner Alisa Cooper of Linwood deliver bags of groceries to Leigh Turner of Margate, community initiatives coordinator for JFS with help from CCC Administrative Assistant Donna Jordan. MAGATE – Employees of the Casino Control Commission in Atlantic City donated more than a dozen large bags of groceries Tuesday, Nov. 6 to help restock the food pantry at Jewish Family Service in Margate. 

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Two from Margate accused of selling synthetic drug ‘molly’

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, November 26, 2013 05:35 pm

MARGATE – Two men from Margate were arrested this morning (Tuesday, Nov. 26) for allegedly selling the synthetic drug MDMA or “molly” in Atlantic City, according to Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman.

Anthony Catrambone, 20, and Joseph A. Magrene, 20, were arrested by members of the Atlantic City Violent Crime Task Force Task force at their residence on North Union Street in Margate about 9:30 a.m. It is alleged that the two men were distributing the synthetic drug molly, which is supposed to be a purer form of MDMA (methylenedioxymethamphetamine), the drug also distributed as “ecstasy.” 

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Ventnor woman indicted in $34,000 welfare fraud case

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, November 21, 2013 04:26 pm

VENTNOR – A 42-year-old Ventnor woman has been indicted for the alleged theft of more than $34,000 in welfare benefits she was not entitled to, Acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain announced Thursday, Nov. 21.

An Atlantic County grand jury indicted Tracy Feigan, 42, for theft by deception in connection with defrauding the Atlantic County Department of Family and Community Development of more than $34,000 in benefits by reporting false information on her application, McClain said.

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Margate candy store recognized for Wounded Warriors contribution

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Written by Donna Clementoni Thursday, November 21, 2013 05:21 am

 iCandy owner Jan Staller with Wounded Warrior peer mentor Ed Afanador and his service dog, Arnie. iCandy owner Jan Staller with Wounded Warrior peer mentor Ed Afanador and his service dog, Arnie.

MARGATE – When it rains, it pours.

To put it mildly, the past 12 months have presented enormous emotional and financial obstacles for Jan and Len Staller, owners of the iCandy store, 9401 Ventnor Ave.

Nonetheless, they didn’t hesitate when called upon, again, in October to donate 22 gift bags of confections for Wounded Warriors that were guests of Tropicana Casino and Resort and in town for a golf outing fundraiser at McCullough’s Emerald Links Golf Course.

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New name for local real estate agency

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, November 20, 2013 03:22 pm

 Carol Shaw of Margate, Mary Beech Lally and Robin Mitchell of Ventnor, Lou Solomon of Margate and Marie McQueen of Ventnor at the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox and Roach Realtors ribbon cutting Nov. 12. Carol Shaw of Margate, Mary Beech Lally and Robin Mitchell of Ventnor, Lou Solomon of Margate and Marie McQueen of Ventnor at the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox and Roach Realtors ribbon cutting Nov. 12.

MARGATE - Prudential Fox & Roach Realtors, 9218 Ventnor Ave. in Margate, became Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach, Realtors on Nov. 12.  

The familiar blue and white signs have been officially replaced with a new logo and signature colors of cabernet and white.  Similar changes were made at real estate offices across the nation.

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Post-Sandy planning contract awarded

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, November 20, 2013 12:00 am

MARGATE - Margate has awarded a professional services contract without competitive bidding to James M. Rutala Associates of Linwood to serve as planning consultant for the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs Post Sandy Planning Assistance Plan and the Post-Sandy Planning Assistance Grant Program. The one-year contract is not to exceed $30,000.

   

School board meeting change

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, November 20, 2013 12:00 am

The Ventnor City Board of Education regular meeting scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 18, has been rescheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 17 at 6 p.m. There will also be a special meeting from 5 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17 for board member training. No action will be taken.  Board of Education meetings are held in the auditorium of the Ventnor Educational Community Complex, 400 N. Lafayette Ave.

 

Body of 79-year-old Margate woman found in bay

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Written by Staff Reports Sunday, November 17, 2013 10:52 pm


UPDATE: Police release victim's identity

MARGATE – Margate police are investigating the death of an elderly female whose body was found in the bay Sunday afternoon. The death does not appear to be suspicious.

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Veterans remembered at Ventnor VFW

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, November 15, 2013 12:49 pm

VENTNOR – Veterans, firefighters, police and the general public gathered at the Turner-Bunting-Durkin Post 3361 VFW on Dorset Avenue Monday, Nov. 11 to observe Veterans Day.

Senior Vice Cmdr. Robert E. McNulty, Sr. of Egg Harbor Township welcomed everybody and started the ceremony. Past Cmdr. Tomas Klein of Margate led the Pledge of Allegiance.

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Atlantic County Sheriff's Report for Downbeach, week of Nov. 14

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, November 15, 2013 12:00 am

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

Atlantic County Sheriff Frank Balles has announced that the following arrests were made recently by members of the Atlantic County Sheriff’s Office.

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