• 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.

  • MARGATE – A building boom in Margate should all but eliminate an increase in taxes this year, Chief Financial Officer Lisa McLaughlin reported at the Board of Commissioners work session on Feb. 5.

    It’s still under review, but a draft budget is complete and “I anticipate getting very close to a zero increase,” McLaughlin said.

    In her unaudited finance update, McLaughlin noted that the city increased ratables by more than $14 million, which brings the net taxable value of real estate in the city to $3,560,607,377.

  • VENTNOR – Ventnor Firefighters Mutual Benevolent Association President Joe Iannuzzelli, backed by a dozen firefighters, attended the Board of Commissioners work session Wednesday, Feb. 11 at the Ventnor Educational Community Complex to ask whether a rumor he heard that the Ventnor and Atlantic City fire departments would merge is true.

    Mayor Michael Bagnell responded to his questions by saying that he is “just doing research” into the feasibility of merging the two departments.

  • Donna M. Peterson of Ventnor is the city’s new emergency management coordinator.VENTNOR – Since she was appointed Dec. 1 to lead the Office of Emergency Management, Donna M. Peterson has checked several items off her to-do list.She prioritized emergency responders as foremost for adequately protecting the city during the next big emergency event, improved technology and communication for first responding agencies and is working to finalize FEMA reimbursements from the last eight declared storms.

    “We’ve been very busy in a lot of different areas. I am trying to catch up on things, not just for myself, but for Ventnor City,” she said during an interview Friday, Feb. 6 at her office in City Hall.

  • MARGATE – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has obtained a second extension of the deadline to award a contract to build sand dunes in Margate and Longport.

    According to Edward C. Voight, chief of Public and Legislative Affairs for the Philadelphia office of the Army Corps of Engineers, the bidders have agreed to extend their bid offerings for one month. The new deadline is Feb. 25.

    Additionally, The Downbeach Current has learned that the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection has not filed eminent domain proceedings in state court to obtain the easements needed to build sand dunes in Margate.

Downbeach Current | Longport, Margate, Ventnor

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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Margate dunes referendum fails at the polls

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Written by SHAUN SMITH Tuesday, November 05, 2013 08:53 pm

Updated 10:08 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5.

MARGATE – The voters have spoken and they have said they do not want dunes here.

Margate voters said no by a vote of 1,502 to 792 in the Tuesday, Nov. 5 non-binding referendum according to unofficial machine results provided by the Margate City Clerk’s Office.

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Steve and Cookies shows off local talent for a good cause

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Written by SHAUN SMITH Tuesday, November 05, 2013 12:39 pm

Holding a Jon Baker original is Helen Lazar with fellow Ventnor resident Anne Baker. Holding a Jon Baker original is Helen Lazar with fellow Ventnor resident Anne Baker.

MARGATE – Steve and Cookies by the Bay continued its tradition of showcasing works by local artists to benefit special education for the 10th year here on Sunday.

The 10th annual Steve and Cookie's art show raised more than $3,000 for the Atlantic County Special Services School District Sunday, Nov. 3 at the Margate restaurant.

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Margate police investigate possible luring attempt

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Written by SHAUN SMITH Monday, November 04, 2013 01:00 pm

MARGATE – Police here are seeking information about a suspected luring attempt that occurred Sunday morning.

A male persistently offered a ride to a juvenile Sunday morning in the area of 100 N. Huntington Ave., according to a release by the Margate City Police Department on Monday, Nov. 4.

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Lady of Evergreen makes its maiden voyage in Longport

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Written by SHAUN SMITH Wednesday, August 14, 2013 02:20 pm

The 2013 lifeboat is named the Lady of Evergreen in Memory of Patti Tonielli The 2013 lifeboat is named the Lady of Evergreen in Memory of Patti Tonielli

LONGPORT – The beach patrol here has a colorful edition to its fleet in the memory of Patti Tonielli.

Lifeboat 2013 Lady of Evergreen was dedicated Saturday, July 27 and made its maiden voyage into the sea off the 31st Avenue beach.

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Doda’s Lattice-top Peach Pie with Butter Crust

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Written by Sandi Zakheim-Nord Thursday, July 18, 2013 11:00 pm

Representing their aunt Sandi Zakheim-Nord for the winning peach pie are Hillary Poetsch, 7, of Margate and her brother Zak, 10 with New Jersey Peach Queen Ashley Wright, 18, of Mullica Hill. Representing their aunt Sandi Zakheim-Nord for the winning peach pie are Hillary Poetsch, 7, of Margate and her brother Zak, 10 with New Jersey Peach Queen Ashley Wright, 18, of Mullica Hill.

Submitted by Sandi Zakheim-Nord, first place winner of the Margate Community Farmer’s Market perfect peach pie contest

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Brianna’s Spiced Peach Cobbler

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Written by Brianna Soreth Thursday, July 18, 2013 11:00 pm

Submitted by Brianna Soreth, third place winner of the Margate Community Farmer’s Market perfect peach pie contest

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Nana's Sour Cream Peach Pecan Pie

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Written by Jackie Goldberg Wednesday, July 17, 2013 11:00 pm

Second place winner Jackie Goldberg of Margate wowed the judges and New Jersey Peach Queen Ashley Wright, 18, of Mullica Hill, on right with Nana’s Sour Cream Peach Pecan Pie. Second place winner Jackie Goldberg of Margate wowed the judges and New Jersey Peach Queen Ashley Wright, 18, of Mullica Hill, on right with Nana’s Sour Cream Peach Pecan Pie.

Submitted by Jackie Goldberg, second place winner of the Margate Community Farmer’s Market perfect peach pie contest

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Holistic massage center moves to new location

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Written by SHAUN SMITH Wednesday, April 03, 2013 01:08 pm

Mayor Mike Bagnell cuts the ribbon of Enchanted Holistic Center and Massage Therapy with owner Jeanet Cadavid. Mayor Mike Bagnell cuts the ribbon of Enchanted Holistic Center and Massage Therapy with owner Jeanet Cadavid.

VENTNOR – A new business here is offering another way to relax by the beach.

Enchanted Holistic Center and Massage Therapy opened in its new location at 6750 Ventnor Ave. Saturday, March 23. Mayor Mike Bagnell cut the ribbon, and friends and family celebrated with owner Jeanet Cadavid of Egg Harbor Township. All attendees received a 20 percent coupon for a treatment at the center.

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