• 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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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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Adam and Kate Alexander thank Downbeach for Wounded Warrior Week

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Written by SHAUN SMITH Sunday, November 10, 2013 11:00 pm

Sgt. Adam Alexander speaks during a reception in his honor Tuesday, Oct. 1 at the Seaview Harbor Marina clubhouse. Sgt. Adam Alexander speaks during a reception in his honor Tuesday, Oct. 1 at the Seaview Harbor Marina clubhouse.

LONGPORT – Sgt. Adam Alexander and his wife Kate have a message for the Downbeach community.

The Wounded Warrior Week recipients of Oshkosh, Wis., were welcomed for a vacation Sept. 29-Oct. 6 in Ventnor, sponsored by John A. Kuzmann Memorial American Legion Post 469 in Longport. During their time here, they enjoyed dinner at area restaurants, shows at Atlantic City casinos and various activities funded by donations from area residents and businesses.

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Pepperoni punctuates reading program

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Written by SHAUN SMITH Friday, November 08, 2013 11:00 pm

Pictured from left, middle school Librarian Debbie Brahmi, elementary library teacher Renee Woerner and elementary Principal Carmela Somershoe congratulate third-grader Cecelia Marota, on left and first-grade student Mia Rose Marota for completing their reading incentive logs. Pictured from left, middle school Librarian Debbie Brahmi, elementary library teacher Renee Woerner and elementary Principal Carmela Somershoe congratulate third-grader Cecelia Marota, on left and first-grade student Mia Rose Marota for completing their reading incentive logs.

The staff of the Ventnor Educational Community Complex hosted a family pizza party Wednesday, Oct. 23 for students in grades kindergarten through eight who completed the voluntary summer reading program.

Students who completed their reading incentive logs by reading 25 hours for grades kindergarten through second, or 50 hours for grades three through eight were treated to a night out with their families at the school.

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