• VENTNOR – The Board of Education agreed Wednesday, Oct. 22 to partner with Atlantic City in its effort to win the Georgetown University Energy Prize national competition, which carries a $5 million prize for the community that most effectively reduces its per-capita energy consumption over a two-year period starting Jan. 1, 2015.

    Action taken at the meeting will pave the way for other Downbeach communities to join Atlantic City in an interlocal agreement that benefits residents and helps the environment.

    Atlantic City is one of 52 municipalities nationwide that made it to the quarter-finals of the competition, which is designed to create a more energy efficient America. The prize challenges communities to incorporate innovative ideas to reduce energy consumption.

  • VENTNOR – The Board of Commissioners Thursday, Oct. 15 introduced an amendment to the city’s salary ordinance to set into motion an intergovernmental transfer that would allow the city to hire an Atlantic City employee as its next emergency management coordinator.

    Longtime Emergency Management Coordinator William Melfi will retire in two weeks, Mayor Michael Bagnell said. He is currently using up his sick days and his last day of employment will be Nov. 1.

  • Margate engages DEP and Army Corps to discuss options to building dunes

    MARGATE – The Board of Commissioners approved a resolution Thursday, Oct. 16 that preserves the city’s rights in fighting the dunes project. The commission entered a “tolling and standstill” agreement with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, which will allow the municipality to negotiate alternatives to building sand dunes on Margate’s beach.

    Assistant Attorney General David C. Apy filed with the Atlantic County Clerk three administrative orders to effectuate a taking of partial easements not voluntarily granted by shorefront property owners, including the City of Margate, to build the dunes. The state will use its powers of eminent domain to negotiate good faith compensation due to 10 shorefront property owners and 16 riparian grant owners.

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Margate consultants seek revisions to the Army Corps dunes plan

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Tuesday, September 23, 2014 02:27 pm

MARGATE – An engineer and attorney hired to represent the city regarding the pending dunes project have questioned the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and the Army Corps of Engineers.

Margate Administrator Richard Deaney provided a written update to the Board of Commissioners Sept. 18 about the progress being made by outside counsel and an environmental engineer hired to represent the city against the dunes plan. Deaney said the city has received a revised edition of the engineering plans for the dunes project, which is slated to begin in November, and is being reviewed by the city’s engineer.

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Engineer recommends steps for post-Sandy planning, flood mitigation

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Monday, September 22, 2014 04:47 pm

VENTNOR – An engineering consultant last week recommended ways the city can become more sustainable and resilient to storms in the wake of hurricane Sandy.

Stewart Weiser of Remington, Vernick and Walberg presented his Strategic Recovery Planning Report to the Board of Commissioners at its Sept. 17 meeting. The report was funded with a $30,000 grant that was made available to communities in the nine counties most affected by the storm. To qualify, municipalities had to show they lost at least $1 million in ratables as a result of the storm.

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Register to be a bone marrow donor at Margate's Funfest

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, September 22, 2014 04:44 pm

MARGATE – The Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation will host a cheek-swabbing station Saturday and Sunday at the Margate Fall Funfest to register bone marrow donors.

Anyone 18 to 44 years old can register to become a donor. The swabbing station will be open 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 27 and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 28 at the Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation booth – number NP4 on the bay side near Madison Avenue.

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Steeple rings out renewal for Margate Community Church

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Written by Chelsea White Monday, September 22, 2014 10:16 am

Locals gather for the steeple dedication ceremony following the Sunday morning worship service Sept. 21 at Margate Community Church on Ventnor Ave.  Locals gather for the steeple dedication ceremony following the Sunday morning worship service Sept. 21 at Margate Community Church on Ventnor Ave. Margate Community Church dedicated its new steeple Sunday, Sept. 21 with an outdoor ceremony after the conclusion of its worship service.

Speakers thanked area residents and members of the congregation for their generosity and kindness, and reflected on working together as a community. 

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Longport approves all necessary documentation to start dunes project

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Friday, September 19, 2014 04:17 pm

LONGPORT – The Borough Commission Sept. 17 passed a resolution that approved all the necessary documentation to start the long-awaited dunes project.

Mayor Nicholas Russo signed an authorization for a state aid agreement with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection to construct the Brigantine to Great Egg Harbor Inlet Storm Damage Reduction Project

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Margate City Police Blotter Aug. 25-Sept. 16

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, September 18, 2014 02:23 pm

Police blotter information is supplied by local police departments and other law enforcement agencies. All persons named are presumed innocent unless proven guilty.

Read more: Margate City Police Blotter Aug. 25-Sept. 16

   

Letter: Taube on casino gambling in North Jersey

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Written by Opinion Thursday, September 18, 2014 02:09 pm

Dear Editor,

It’s crazy to consider gaming up north at a time when four casino properties recently shuttered as a result of increased gaming competition in the northeast.  Those in favor of gaming up north claim that projections show it will help Atlantic City.  But in an ailing market, one shouldn’t gamble with projections of the unknown.   

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JFS names Melissa Bollinger director of Village by the Shore

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, September 18, 2014 01:50 pm

Melissa Bollinger MARGATE - Melissa Bollinger joins Jewish Family Service as Director of Village by the Shore, a program that provides a variety of concierge, volunteer, professional services and socialization for adults over 50. Bollinger’s responsibilities include promoting, managing and directing day-to-day operations, including memberships, programs and social events. She also serves as a liaison with the village’s community partner organizations.

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Margate school board hires new superintendent, tentatively settles teacher contract

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Thursday, September 18, 2014 12:35 pm

MARGATE – Despite requests from the public over four meetings to consolidate two administrative positions, the Board of Education Sept. 17 vowed to keep its current organizational structure, which includes a superintendent, business administrator and two principals who serve dual roles.

 

The board hired Eugene A. Tighe Middle School Principal John DiNicola to replace outgoing Superintendent Theresa DeFranco and tentatively settled its contract with the Margate Education Association. DiNicola’s appointment is subject to approval by the Atlantic County executive superintendent of schools. The union would have to ratify the contract.

 

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Ventnor Police Blotter, Sept. 1-13

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, September 16, 2014 02:25 pm

Police blotter information is supplied by local police departments and other law enforcement agencies. All persons named are presumed innocent unless proven guilty.

Read more: Ventnor Police Blotter, Sept. 1-13

   

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