• MARGATE – New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin is planning to meet with local officials early next month to discuss alternatives to the pending dunes construction project.

    Mayor Michael Becker said he received a call from Martin last week to arrange a meeting or two to discuss “unresolved issues with the specification of the plan, including drainage.”

    Becker said the 15-minute conversation was cordial and that Martin suggested a second meeting in mid-November to meet with the city’s technical consultant about the project.

    “I think it is a big step forward for the commissioner to call us,” Becker said. “He is aware of our issues and will set the time and place for the meetings.”

  • 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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2014 Downbeach Community Guide

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, September 29, 2014 12:00 am

2014 Downbeach Community Guide

 

Sun shines on Margate’s annual Funfest by the Bay

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Sunday, September 28, 2014 09:31 am

Chloe Mako, 13, of Longport gets her caricature done by Maria Bibbel of Yardley, Pa. Chloe Mako, 13, of Longport gets her caricature done by Maria Bibbel of Yardley, Pa. MARGATE – Organizers got everything they had hoped for this weekend as the city celebrated its end-of-summer festival, Funfest by the Bay, including wall-to-wall sunshine.

Throngs of thrill seekers, shoppers and foodies crammed the Amherst Avenue business district to enjoy summerlike weather that returned one week into the fall season. With temperatures in the low 80s, vendors lined the avenue selling unique artwork and fine crafts, organizations distributed literature and giveaways boasting all they do for society and chefs offered some of the tastiest treats and drinks. Teens found the surfing and ride a shark attractions the most fun, while bands played on two stages throughout the day.

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Bay-Atlantic Symphony lecture series looks at supernatural and scary music

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, September 26, 2014 01:38 pm

Paul M. Somers will lecture about the supernatural and scary in music Oct. 9 at the Margate Library. Paul M. Somers will lecture about the supernatural and scary in music Oct. 9 at the Margate Library. MARGATE – You can learn about the supernatural and scary in music at the October installment of music lectures by Paul M. Somers and sponsored by the Bay-Atlantic Symphony.

Discover how various composers through musical history have portrayed fairies, ghosts, Druids, and the Spanish Inquisition 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9 at the Margate Public Library, 8100 Atlantic Ave.

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Community Guide: Jewish Family Service of Atlantic and Cape May Counties

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, September 26, 2014 12:00 pm

Jewish Family Service of Atlantic and Cape May Counties promotes strong families, thriving children, healthy adults, energized seniors and vital communities. Each year JFS serves more than 5,200 individuals and families across various program areas including a food pantry, Village by the Shore, health and wellness programming, Holocaust Survivor services, supportive housing, Superstorm Sandy recovery efforts, the Atlantic Homeless Alliance, mental health services and counseling. JFS is dedicated to serving the entire community regardless of religious affiliation, age, race, gender, background, sexual orientation or disability, according to organizers.

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Community Guide: Charity starts at a young age for Our Children Making Change

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, September 26, 2014 09:00 am

Our Children Making Change is a local nonprofit that provides a way for children ages 5-15 to give back to their community by giving them the opportunity to raise money for local charities.

This past summer the group of 200 children raised more than $25,000 for six local charities.

Each spring the children get together to speak about and vote on local charities to work for that summer.

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Nights in Ventnor Go Green mounts effort to beautify the business districts for the holidays

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Thursday, September 25, 2014 02:46 pm

This is the design for the new two-sided banners that will be installed along the Dorset Avenue and Wellington Avenue business districts after Thanksgiving. This is the design for the new two-sided banners that will be installed along the Dorset Avenue and Wellington Avenue business districts after Thanksgiving. VENTNOR – When people come together for a common cause, great things can happen.

A local woman has enlisted the support of Nights in Ventnor Go Green to solicit donations to erect holiday banners along the Dorset Avenue and Wellington Avenue business districts.

“Alone we can accomplish much, together we can accomplish more,” resident Carolyn Polisano said is the theme for the community-wide effort.

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Katz JCC hosts coffeehouse acoustical concert

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, September 25, 2014 01:34 pm

Scott Friedman of WFPG 1450 will entertain at the Katz JCC coffeehouse concert Nov. 9. Scott Friedman of WFPG 1450 will entertain at the Katz JCC coffeehouse concert Nov. 9. MARGATE – The Milton and Betty Katz Jewish Community Center will host an acoustic musical concert 6-10 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 9 with an appearance by WFPG 1450 talk radio co-host Scott Friedman.

Attendees will be treated to acoustic musical performances by eight local musicians in a relaxed coffeehouse atmosphere.

“We wanted to create an event to highlight the area’s talented musicians in a setting that appeals to the entire family,” event Chairman Eric Goldstein said.

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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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