• Michael Becker, Brenda Taube and John AmodeoMARGATE – Four candidates turned in nominating petitions by the Monday, March 9 deadline for three seats on the Board of Commissioners. The nonpartisan election will be held Tuesday, May 12.

    Mayor Michael Becker and Commissioners Maury Blumberg and Brenda Taube are all seeking re-election to four-year terms. Former Assemblyman John Amodeo is also seeking a seat on the board.

    Becker, Taube and Amodeo are running as a team.

    Blumberg is seeking his third consecutive term.

  • MARGATE – For the fourth year in a row, the tax rate for real property in Margate will remain unchanged. The Board of Commissioners introduced its 2015 municipal budget Feb. 19 with no increase in taxes.

    The $31.5 million budget calls for a tax rate of 60.1 cents per $100 of assessed valuation, the same as last year. The average homeowner with a house assessed at $516,007 will pay $3,101.20 in municipal taxes this year.

    Salaries, pensions and debt service are up slightly, but overall spending is down $124,843, according to Chief Financial Officer Lisa McLaughlin.

  • Lt. Frank CulmoneLONGPORT – At its Feb. 25 regular meeting, the Board of Commissioners unanimously agreed to support Mayor Nicholas Russo’s recommendation of Lt. Frank Culmone as the next chief of police.

    Culmone will replace Police Chief Vincent Pacentrilli, who will retire April 1 after 29 years on the police force.

    Russo said Culmone has the two most important traits for a police officer – morals and ethics.

  • The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Tuesday, Feb. 24 cancelled its bid solicitation to build sand dunes on the beaches of Margate and Longport.

    “Today, we notified the bidders that we are cancelling the solicitation,” said Steve Rochette, public affairs officer of the Army Corps Philadelphia District.

    The Army Corps had received two extensions to finalize the contract from two bidders vying for the job. The latest deadline to award the contract was Wednesday, Feb. 25.

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Students shine at VECC Expo

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Thursday, April 10, 2014 11:27 am

Students and parents were amazed by the roller coasters made by the seventh grade science class. Second grader Mattie Sarno, third from left, places a marble in the track, while her classmates Francesca Gentile, Chloe Frick and mom Maria Sarno watch it roll down the track. Students and parents were amazed by the roller coasters made by the seventh grade science class. Second grader Mattie Sarno, third from left, places a marble in the track, while her classmates Francesca Gentile, Chloe Frick and mom Maria Sarno watch it roll down the track. VENTNOR – The Ventnor Educational Community Complex was bustling with activity Wednesday evening, April 9 as parents visited the school’s annual Expo, which featured hundreds of projects students completed during the school year. It was the students’ opportunity to shine as they displayed art, science, mathematics and social studies projects in the hallways, classrooms and multi-purpose room.

Members of the Elementary School Band and Chorus performed a series of musical selections in the performing arts center that delighted proud parents and grandparents.

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Longport’s call for leaf-blower input falls on deaf ears

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Wednesday, April 09, 2014 01:31 pm

LONGPORT – An effort to ban leaf-blowers could be 10 sheets to the wind after no-one showed up at a public meeting April 9, including the commissioner who wanted to hear from residents and landscapers about the suggested ban.

Commissioner James Leeds called the meeting to obtain feedback from residents and landscapers who maintain the million-dollar properties throughout the borough to decide if Longport should amend its commercial landscaper mercantile ordinance to include a ban on gas-powered leaf-blowers.

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Margate closer to getting post-Sandy streetscape grant

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Wednesday, April 09, 2014 06:54 am

TRENTON – The New Jersey Economic Development Authority April 8 approved loans totaling more than $5.6 million for storm-impacted small businesses. In addition, seven municipalities were selected to advance under the streetscape component of the Neighborhood and Community Revitalization Program. Margate was selected for a grant in Round Two.

The EDA presented seven municipalities that were selected based on objective scoring criteriato advance to the next phase of the approval process under the streetscape component of the NCR Program.  The EDA advanced four municipalities under the first round in February.  The streetscape component of the NCR Program was allocated $10 million to provide grants of $125,000 to $1.5 million per projectto support “Main Street” revitalization improvements in impacted communities. Projects from Round One that reached the minimum scoring threshold were rolled into Round Two for consideration.   

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Remains found in closet leads to indictment of Ventnor woman

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Wednesday, April 09, 2014 06:41 am

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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First Sandy, then a fire; help is needed

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Tuesday, April 08, 2014 12:40 pm

Jewish Family Services is seeking donations of housewares and furniture to assist and individual who has been dealing with a major losses due to Hurricane Sandy and more recently, a fire.

Donations needed include: Couch or chairs, coffee table, television, DVD player, DVDs, end table, lamps, small dining room table, chairs, plates, dishes, cups, utensils, dish rags and towels, can opener, fire extinguisher, microwave, toaster, pots, pans, dish detergent, dish rack/sink drainer, trash can, oven mitts, trash bags, shower curtain, shower liner, bath mat, toiletries, hand and bath towels, wastebasket, toilet plunger, toilet brush, box spring and mattress, rails, futon, linens, pillows, comforter, blankets, night stand, hamper, clock radio, laundry detergent, iron, hangers, flashlight, vacuum, mop, broom, batteries, etc.

Donations can be dropped off at JFS, 607 N. Jerome Ave. For more information, email Tamika Murray at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

 

Ventnor planners to discuss LED signs, allowable uses

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Tuesday, April 08, 2014 12:31 pm

The Ventnor City Planning Board will discuss LED signs and changing permitted uses in the commercial zone at its next meeting 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 10.

Agenda
1. Call to order
2. Roll Call
3. Flag salute
4. Adoption of March 2014 minutes
5. Adoption of resolutions: P5-2014, Caroline Till, 7311 Ventnor Ave, Blk. 135, Lot 6, Requesting an amended minor site plan with a “c” variance. Represented by Chris Baylinson.
6. Applications: NONE
7. Discussions: LED signs and changing the mixed commercial zones permitted uses, and the issue concerning live music..

   

Rios benefit raises funds and community

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Monday, April 07, 2014 07:41 am

Gumer Andia and Luz Rios attend a benefit for their son and brother Kennedy Rios, who died of hypothermia in January. Gumer Andia and Luz Rios attend a benefit for their son and brother Kennedy Rios, who died of hypothermia in January.  VENTNOR – A fundraiser at Ventnor Coffee Sunday, April 6 did more than raise money. It raised community spirit in the light of tragedy.

Shop owner Michael Einwechter proudly stated on his Facebook page last night that the daylong festival raised more than $4,300 for the Rios family of Ventnor, who recently buried their son and brother Kennedy Rios, 21, who went missing for nearly three months. He disappeared after leaving a poker and drinking party without his coat, hat, gloves and cell phone. His body was discovered in the melting water at the edge of the Ventnor Rowing Club on Friday, March 29.

“We are really grateful and appreciative of how Ventnor and the surrounding communities came together to help us, not only now, but when we were looking for Kennedy,” his sister Luz said.

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Ventnor woman pleads guilty to manslaughter

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Written by Staff Reports Saturday, April 05, 2014 06:51 am

MAYS LANDING – A Ventnor woman has pleaded guilty Friday, April 4 to aggravated manslaughter in connection with the fatal stabbing of a Millville man in 2012, Acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain said.

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Ventnor school budget includes $2.1 million for capital projects

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Thursday, April 03, 2014 02:25 pm

VENTNOR – The Board of School Estimates Wednesday, April 2 certified the school district’s $21 million budget, which includes $2.1 million for capital projects at the Ventnor Educational Community Complex. Tight budgets in future years led board members to suggest sharing services with the neighboring Margate School District.

School Business Administrator Terri Nowotny presented the budget, which was developed in consultation with the elementary and middle school principals, administrators and the school board’s Budget Committee.

The tax levy, which accounts for 82 percent of the district’s revenue, increased $336,834 or 1.93 percent, less than the 2 percent tax levy increase allowed by law.

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Seaview Harbor group pleads its case for realignment to Egg Harbor Township Planning Board

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Written by SUZANNE MARINO Wednesday, April 02, 2014 03:37 pm

Seaview Harbor group pleads its case for realignment to Egg Harbor Township Planning Board
Residents say their ZIP code puts them in Longport, and that is where they want to be

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – The committee chamber was packed Monday, March 31 for the Egg Harbor Township Planning Board’s first hearing of the petition of the Seaview Harbor Realignment Committee.

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