• 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.

  • VENTNOR – The Board of Commissioners will hold a special workshop meeting 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16 in the auditorium at the Ventnor Educational Community Complex, 400 N. Lafayette Ave. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss a proposed ordinance that would establish a tax abatement program.

    Commissioners have been discussing creating tax abatements to encourage property owners to make substantial improvements to their properties, including those damaged by hurricane Sandy. It is their hope that the program will eliminate substandard structures and housing conditions, and stop deterioration in certain neighborhoods.

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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

 

Margate green team chairwoman named Sustainable Jersey Hero

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Tuesday, September 16, 2014 02:15 pm

Monica Coffey Monica Coffey MARGATE – Resident Monica Coffey, who has worked for nearly 20 years to protect New Jersey’s fragile environment, was recognized by the Sustainable Jersey organization as its Sustainability Hero for September.

Coffey, who chairs Margate’s green team, Sustainable Margate, was featured in the Sustainable Jersey monthly online newsletter.

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Longport Mothers Club reorganizes

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Tuesday, September 16, 2014 02:10 pm

LONGPORT – Times change, and so does leadership. Two longtime organizers of the Longport Mothers Club are retiring from the group and are seeking mothers of young children to get involved.

Mayor Nicholas Russo and the Longport Board of Commissioners will issue proclamations at their Sept. 17 meeting honoring Donna McAllister and Kelly Agnellini, who have organized community events for the Mothers Club over the last eight years.

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Ventnor updates ordinances, bonds for improvements

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Tuesday, September 16, 2014 12:28 pm

VENTNOR – The City Commission, Planning Board and Planning and Zoning Department are considering changes to the zoning and building codes to address a number of issues.

On Aug. 21, the commission asked the Planning Board to review zoning for the R-7 District, which is zoned single family. The commission is asking planners to consider allowing duplexes as a conforming use in the zone.

According to Zoning Officer Jimmy Agnesino, the area was once zoned for multifamily dwellings, but in the 1990s the city rezoned it for single family only.

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Thousands flock to Atlantic City Seafood Festival

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Tuesday, September 16, 2014 12:18 pm

ATLANTIC CITY – Although the crowning of Miss America Sunday night got lots of media attention nationwide, it was the fourth annual Seafood Festival at Bader Field that attracted tens of thousands of seafood lovers, athletes and pirates too.

The two-day event celebrated its fourth year, with vendors selling the bounty of the sea, along with artists, great wines and beers, cooking demonstrations, a chowder cook-off, crab cake eating contest, crafters and anything that can be enjoyed at the Jersey Shore.

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Sept. 11, 2014, a day of resolve for Downbeach community

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Thursday, September 11, 2014 01:49 pm

Members of Margate Fire Department place a wreath to honor those who perished on 9-11. Two separate services united Longport and Margate with big cities, small towns and tiny villages across America as they resolved to never forget what happened on Sept. 11, 2001.

“This is a day of remembrance, prayer and sorrow,” Longport Deputy Tax Collector Pam Tomassi said as she waited for Longport’s service to start.

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Becker, Taube, Amodeo announce run for Margate Commission

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, September 10, 2014 01:45 pm

MARGATE – Mayor Michael Becker, City Commissioner Brenda Taube and former New Jersey Assemblyman John Amodeo announced their plan to run as a team for Margate City Commission Wednesday, Sept. 10 at the foot of Lucy the Elephant.

Becker and Taube, who is commissioner of Public Works, were elected in 2011 and are pursuing their second term in office. Amodeo is a longtime resident.

Becker said the team offers a unique blend of experience and a track record of success along multiple levels of government.

“We are facing a number of unique challenges right now, which calls for a team that has great depth of experience, combined with an unwavering commitment to work together for the good of Margate as a whole,” he said.

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Longport Police Blotter Aug. 14 – Sept. 6

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, September 10, 2014 09:39 am

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

Robert J Edmunds, 26, of Somers Point was arrested Aug. 14 by Ptl. Dean Tibbitt and was charged with DWI, failure to stop and reckless driving.

Read more: Longport Police Blotter Aug. 14 – Sept. 6

   

Mara Bienstock appointed CFO at JFS

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, September 09, 2014 02:09 pm

 

Mara Bienstock was recently appointed CFO at JFS. Mara Bienstock was recently appointed CFO at JFS. MARGATE - Jewish Family Service announced that it selected Mara Bienstock as its chief financial officer. JFS created the position as a result of its growing programs, services and budget, which currently stands at $11.3 million annually.

Bienstock will be responsible for providing leadership and accountability for all areas of the agency's financial operations, including budget development, accounting systems and business plan forecasts.

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Faces4Autism hosts Superheroes for Autism Walk

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, September 09, 2014 01:04 pm

VENTNOR – Faces4Autism will host a Superheroes for Autism Walk 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 27 on the Boardwalk starting from St. James Hall parking lot, Ventnor and Portland avenues.

Organizers are encouraging walkers to wear superhero costumes, capes and masks to support superheroes with autism.

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