• Sen. Jim Whelan joins volunteers who showed up last year to clean the beach in Atlantic City. Volunteers will turn out en masse Saturday to be part of the solution to ocean pollution. Beach sweeps will be held in shore communities up and down the New Jersey coastline on Saturday, April 26.

    Volunteers in Downbeach communities will canvass the beaches to pick up trash and debris to get them ready for summer visitors.

    Organizations and families are encouraged to participate in the statewide event to keep beaches clean and safe and protect New Jersey’s coastal environment.

  • The Ventnor Fishing Pier opens on Monday, April 28 with new membership fees for the 2014 season.

    Memberships are now available on a seasonal, weekly and daily basis with new fees and fines for violating the Ventnor City Recreation Board’s rules and regulations.

    The Board of Commissioners approved the amended ordinance at its April 17 meeting. The commission added a new weekly fee schedule in addition to last year’s seasonal and daily rate schedule.

  • VENTNOR – The city’s municipal budget was introduced last month and adopted April 17 without comment from neither the governing body nor the public. City Commissioner Theresa Kelly voted against its adoption.

    The $30,934,239 budget raised municipal tax rate 4.9 cents to $.896 per $100 of assessed valuation, up from $.847 last year. The average homeowner with a house assessed at $250,000 will pay $124 more this year for a total municipal tax of $2,240, up from $2116 last year. In Ventnor, a penny on the tax rate is equal to $250,000 in spending.

    “Money is tight all over and a lot of our residents are still suffering from Sandy,” Kelly said. “Some are unable to pay their taxes now, and there are so many houses for sale.”

  •  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.

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Written by SHAUN SMITH Wednesday, February 13, 2013 01:41 pm

CVS on Dorset Avenue in Ventnor Heights and the U.S. Post Office located in Ventnor Plaza on Wellington Ave.

 

Ventnor woman, 70, sets off for volunteer work in Uganda

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Written by SHAUN SMITH Tuesday, February 12, 2013 01:27 pm

Marsha Galespie of Ventnor is enjoying the going away celebration in her honor Friday, Feb. 8 at Malelani Café in her hometown. Marsha Galespie of Ventnor is enjoying the going away celebration in her honor Friday, Feb. 8 at Malelani Café in her hometown.

VENTNOR – Marsha Galespie said she always wanted to join the Peace Corps but her mother would never allow it. Now, the Ventnor woman known locally for community support is taking her enthusiasm globally as part of a service project in Uganda.

Galespie is probably best known in Ventnor for creating the nonprofit Community for Safe Usage of Recreation Environment created, known in town as the C-Sure playground on Somerset Avenue and Boardwalk.

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Glad Simon has our back

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Written by Opinion Tuesday, February 12, 2013 01:00 am

To the editor:
We as residents of Margate and friends of Sharon Simon are fortunate to know her.

She cares about our community and gets to the bottom and the truth of every situation that we should be aware of. We are lucky to have an advocate that keeps us informed.

Bill Benard

Susan Zatz

Herb and Rita Adler 

 

Habitat for Humanity offers home repair assistance

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Written by SHAUN SMITH Monday, February 11, 2013 04:53 pm

Habitat for Humanity Atlantic County is looking for county residents who need cleanups, tear-outs or critical home repairs as a result of Hurricane Sandy.

Atlantic County residents can apply for help or loans at application fairs 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16 and Friday, Feb. 22 at Trinity United Methodist Church, 7117 Ventnor Ave., Ventnor.

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Margate City News in Brief – Published Feb. 11, 2013

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Written by SHAUN SMITH Monday, February 11, 2013 01:21 pm

The following was discussed or acted upon by the Margate City Board of Commissioners at its Thursday, Feb. 7 meeting. The Commission meets on the first and third Thursday of each month in the multipurpose room of Union Avenue School. See http://margate-nj.com/cfm_docs/cm_meeting.cfm.

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The mail must go through

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Written by SHAUN SMITH Friday, February 08, 2013 04:50 pm

Despite a torrential downpour Friday, Feb. 8, Daniel Nguyen of Ventnor, a letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service, delivers mail with a smile in his hometown. 

   

Longport bridge to remain open during repairs

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Written by SHAUN SMITH Thursday, February 07, 2013 01:19 pm

LONGPORT – Atlantic County Executive Dennis Levinson said Thursday that the county plans to move forward with a plan to repair the John F. Kennedy Memorial Bridge that will keep one lane open during construction.

The word came down two days after a presentation and public comment Tuesday on the two options for handling the $3.15 million first phase of the rehabilitation of the 50-year-old bridge that links Longport to Egg Harbor Township.

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Bridge attendants crank it up

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Written by SHAUN SMITH Thursday, February 07, 2013 01:00 am

Since Hurricane Sandy destroyed electrical controls, Dorset Ave. span must be raised the old-fashioned way

The circa-1930 Dorset Avenue bridge connects Ventnor with Ventnor Heights. The circa-1930 Dorset Avenue bridge connects Ventnor with Ventnor Heights.

VENTNOR – What’s up with the bridge?

That’s the question many residents have been asking since Hurricane Sandy, when infrequent but lengthy openings of the Dorset Avenue bridge have left motorists with no practical option other than to take the long way home.

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