•  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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Now is the time to speak out about flood maps

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Written by Opinion Wednesday, February 06, 2013 01:00 am

To the editor,

I read a letter berating me for hiring a project manager and was of course, disturbed and started writing a counter letter in my head, but then I thought, it does no good to engage in this negativity; I should be spending my energy more positively, doing what I was elected to do, which is to serve the residents of Margate the best way I know how. So I delved into what I think is the most important issue we have ever faced as a coastal community, which is the revised flood insurance rate map and its designated special flood hazard areas.

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Bickering makes Margate a laughingstock

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Written by Opinion Wednesday, February 06, 2013 01:00 am

To the editor:
For the past year one can’t help reading in the newspapers or listening to talk radio without hearing various remarks and criticisms of longtime Margate City Clerk and Tax Collector Tom Hiltner. I am appalled by some of our commissioner’s actions.

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Downbeach People in the News – released Feb. 5, 2013

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Written by SHAUN SMITH Tuesday, February 05, 2013 01:37 pm

Gross works in Africa

Dr. Howard J. Gross of Horizon Eye Care in Margate traveled to Maseru in Lesotho Africa, Dec. 16-20 with Surgical Eye Expeditions International to perform cataract surgery. Gross donated his time and travel expenses to participate in this expedition. He is a cataract surgeon and serves as the medical director of Horizon Eye Care in Margate.

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FEMA rules could devastate shore towns

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Written by Opinion Tuesday, February 05, 2013 12:56 pm

To the editor:

New FEMA rules may devastate whole neighborhoods of our shore towns.  

FEMA seems intent on causing more damage than the actual storm. The federal government has no problem subsidizing just about everything under the sun, but insists that FEMA will be self-sustainable and plans to get it there by removing federal flood insurance premium subsidies while also increasing its rates. And as many locals have learned, the help it does offer is meager compared to the costs to rebuild to the agency’s radical new standards. 

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FEMA regulations need grandfather clause

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Written by Opinion Tuesday, February 05, 2013 12:40 pm

To the editor:

By this time we all know that Governor Christie’s executive order adopting the new FEMA maps could have a devastating financial effect on properties in proximity to the bay and the ocean. Overall, the public accepts raising homes to higher elevations for new and substantially renovated or damaged homes. However, there is no provision for grandfathering existing buildings built in compliance to previous elevations.

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Longport to bond $4.47 million for Hurricane Sandy repairs

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Written by SHAUN SMITH Tuesday, February 05, 2013 11:13 am

LONGPORT – The borough commissioners have taken steps to finance $4.47 million for repairs necessitated by Hurricane Sandy.

The commissioners unanimously approved the introduction of a bond ordinance Wednesday, Jan. 30, and the final adoption is expected at the commission meeting scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 20

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Margate approves building ordinance reflecting FEMA maps

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Written by SHAUN SMITH Tuesday, February 05, 2013 01:00 am

MARGATE – A measure approved Thursday will allow property owners to build to the elevations specified in the Federal Emergency Management Agency advisory base flood elevation maps without obtaining a variance.

In a special meeting held Thursday, Jan. 31, the Board of Commissioners adopted an ordinance 2-0 allowing a property to be built, rebuilt or raised to the city’s existing regulations or to the advisory base flood elevation maps issued by FEMA. Commissioner Maury Blumberg was absent, but he approved the ordinance introduction earlier this month.

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Shore towns circle the wagons in response to flood maps

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Written by SHAUN SMITH Monday, February 04, 2013 04:57 pm

VENTNOR – Local officials are banding together to oppose the advisory flood elevation maps proposed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The new maps have placed many buildings along the Jersey shore below required elevations, which may result in property owners whose homes are located within the V, or velocity, zone having to raise their home on pilings or pay higher flood insurance premiums.

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