• VENTNOR – The Planning Board will need more time to decide what type of commercial uses and ancillary uses, including live music, are allowed in the Dorset Avenue Commercial Zone.

    At a lengthy board meeting April 10 about zoning concerns in the city, planners heard complaints from area residents about the noise coming from Ventnor Coffee, which recently held daylong band competitions. Officials said Ventnor Coffee will need a use variance to continue to provide live music at the shop.

  • VENTNOR – The Board of Commissioners took no action following a lengthy executive session on Thursday, April 10.

    Mayor Michael Bagnell and city attorney Amy R. Weintraub were excused from the meeting, which was called to hear a report from an independent attorney who investigated the city’s involvement in a Latin music festival that was cancelled at the 11th hour at the end of last summer.

    “Amy and I recused ourselves from the discussion because it involves us,” Bagnell said as he left the auditorium at the Ventnor Educational Community Complex where public meetings are being held while the municipal building undergoes extensive HVAC renovations.

  • LONGPORT – Following a 30-minute executive session Tuesday, April 8, the Board of Commissioners agreed to revise commissioner appointments and duties.

    Mayor Nicholas Russo gave a brief statement following three unanimous votes to approve the new assignments and realigned duties.

  • Cookie Till plants primroses in the flower garden. PLEASANTVILLE – More than 15 volunteers showed up Friday, April 11 to ensure several local residents eat well, get fresh air and socialize with neighbors.

    Volunteers from Jewish Family Service of Atlantic and Cape May counties and representatives of Growing Green AtlantiCare, built raised garden beds and helped JFS consumers plant early spring vegetables they can harvest by June.

    The JFS garden program is in its second three-year cycle, which includes building the gardens, planting, growing, weeding and harvesting over a three-year period.

    The first garden project was completed in Hammonton, but this project was completed at a house owned by the Pleasantville Housing Authority and occupied by three tenants who need the ongoing assistance that JFS offers.

  • WASHINGTON – A group of New Jersey members of the U.S. House of Representatives sent a letter to Shaun Donovan, secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and Michael Boots, acting chairman of the Council on Environmental Quality requesting that they attend a New Jersey congressional delegation meeting to hear out questions and concerns about why the process for helping homeowners recovering from Hurricane Sandy is taking so long.

    The lawmakers want to discuss what can be done to assist 4,000 homeowners who still are not in their homes nearly a year and half after the October 2012 storm, and what might be done to properly modify any other procedures that may be delaying reconstruction.

  • VENTNOR – The Board of Commissioners is considering naming the city an area in need of rehabilitation, which would provide homeowners with tax incentives to improve their homes.

    “This is a way to stimulate growth in the city,” Mayor Michael Bagnell said.

  • MAYS LANDING – A Ventnor woman was indicted Tuesday, April 8 on a charge of murdering her husband, whose remains were found in her closet after a six-year missing person investigation, acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain said.

    Loretta Doyle Burroughs, 62, was indicted for murder and hindering her own apprehension in connection with stabbing death of her husband, Daniel Burroughs, 66, when both lived on Leipzig Avenue in Hamilton Township.

  • VENTNOR – The Board of Commissioners has scheduled a special executive session after its 4 p.m. workshop meeting Thursday, April 10 to review a report by an independent investigator regarding a two-day Latin festival that never happened.

    Frank L. Corrado of Barry Corrado & Grassi, PC of Wildwood was hired to investigate the cancellation of Sandstock, a two-day music festival that was to be held at a vacant lot on Wellington Avenue Sept. 21-22, 2013. He was to be paid $135 an hour and recently submitted a bill for $13,783.50, according to city attorney Amy R. Weintraub.

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Restaurant Gala is a 31-year tradition for Ventnor man

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Monday, March 03, 2014 10:58 am

Restaurateur John Varalli of Ventnor and South Philadelphia will celebrate 31 years at the Atlantic Cape Restaurant Gala on March 13. Restaurateur John Varalli of Ventnor and South Philadelphia will celebrate 31 years at the Atlantic Cape Restaurant Gala on March 13. VENTNOR – In each of the last 31 years, restaurateur John Varalli thought, “They can’t top this.”

But the co-founder of the Atlantic Cape Community College Restaurant Gala and owner of the former Scannicchio’s Restaurant in Atlantic City said the spectacle gets more extravagant every year.

“Every year it outdoes itself. Everything is done with such class,” he said.

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Ventnor woman receives arts fellowship

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Friday, February 28, 2014 04:49 pm

Meghan Privitello of Ventnor recently received a fellowship for her poetry Meghan Privitello of Ventnor recently received a fellowship for her poetry TRENTON – The New Jersey State Council of the Arts awarded fellowships to two South Jersey artists at its first regular meeting of the year Tuesday, Feb. 25 at the South Orange Performing Arts Center.

Meghan Privitello of Ventnor was awarded $8,400 for poetry, and Christina Tenaglia of Wildwood Crest received $8,400 for sculpture.

The awards were announced at the council’s 17th annual Artists' Roundtable featuring New Jersey artists of all disciplines who convened and exchanged information on a host of issues.

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Letter: Remembering Margate’s most concerned citizen

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Written by Lisa McLaughlin Friday, February 28, 2014 04:36 pm

Letter: Remembering Margate’s most concerned citizen Letter: Remembering Margate’s most concerned citizen To the editor:

I would like to give recognition and pay respect to a long-time Margate resident whose name frequently appeared in this paper while voicing her opinion on one of the issues about which she felt so strongly.

She could be found every Sunday in the last pew of Blessed Sacrament Church attending Mass, and on the first and third Thursday of every month you could find her at the Margate City Commission meeting.

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Margate, Longport police grant Tyler's wish

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Thursday, February 27, 2014 04:46 pm

Margate and Longport police officers send birthday wishes to Tyler Seddon of Pascoag, RI, who is waiting for a bone marrow transplant. Margate and Longport police officers send birthday wishes to Tyler Seddon of Pascoag, RI, who is waiting for a bone marrow transplant.

Police officers in Margate City and the Borough of Longport gathered on the steps of the Margate City Police Department Thursday, Feb. 27 to grant birthday wishes for a soon to be 7-year-old Rhode Island boy.

Tyler Seddon of Pascoag, R.I., who is battling acute lymphoblastic leukemia for a second time, told his mother that all he wanted for his birthday this year is for his favorite heroes – first responders, firefighters and police officers – to send him cards. His birthday is on March 6.

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'Moment in time' saves the life of a young reader

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Thursday, February 27, 2014 02:09 pm

Angelina Leon, 28, of Atlantic City and library assistant Kathy Tabasso, 57, of Margate hold 17-month-old Naomi at the Ventnor Library on Feb. 22. Tabasso provided lifesaving CPR to revive the child just weeks earlier. Angelina Leon, 28, of Atlantic City and library assistant Kathy Tabasso, 57, of Margate hold 17-month-old Naomi at the Ventnor Library on Feb. 22. Tabasso provided lifesaving CPR to revive the child just weeks earlier.

VENTNOR – One brief moment in time meant life, supreme joy and profound gratitude for three local residents one Saturday afternoon in February.

“I feel small. This is all part of a larger story,” said senior library assistant Kathy Tabasso, 57, of Margate.

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Ventnor schools gear up for Read Across America Day

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Wednesday, February 26, 2014 11:15 am

Kindergartner Akirawati Gordon is ready to give the Cat In The Hat a great big hug during the Ventnor Elementary School’s kick-off Feb. 25 for Read Across America Day next week. Teacher Joyce Cherry stands by. Kindergartner Akirawati Gordon is ready to give the Cat In The Hat a great big hug during the Ventnor Elementary School’s kick-off Feb. 25 for Read Across America Day next week. Teacher Joyce Cherry stands by. VENTNOR – Kindergarteners and preschoolers at Ventnor Elementary School met the Cat in the Hat Tuesday, Feb. 25 in preparation for Read Across America Day, held annually on Dr. Seuss’ birthday.

The New Jersey Education Association arranged for the visit by the favorite character of beloved children’s author Theodor Seuss Geisel.

Read Across America Day is a reading motivation program that calls for children, teachers, librarians, parents, grandparents, and members of the community to get excited about reading.

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Longport encourages veterans to beach here

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Tuesday, February 25, 2014 11:49 am

LONGPORT – Veterans welcome! could be a new slogan for the borough this summer. The Board of Commissioners Feb. 19 introduced a new ordinance that would allow active and retired military and members of the New Jersey National Guard to receive beach badges at no cost.

Active members of the Armed Forces and the New Jersey National Guard, their spouses and children over 12 will be eligible to receive free beach badges if the ordinance passes second reading Wednesday, March 19. Retired military who served at least 90 days active duty or sustained an injury or disability during their service are also eligible to receive a badge.

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Helping New Jersey residents recover from Superstorm Sandy one family at a time

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Written by Richard E. Constable III Monday, February 24, 2014 03:20 pm

As part of our commitment to transparency, the Christie Administration held three public hearings in February on our plans to execute the next round of federal Sandy recovery funds.

During the hearings in Atlantic, Essex and Monmouth Counties, we heard directly from many individuals who have had difficulty in their housing recovery efforts, particularly with the Reconstruction, Rehabilitation, Elevation and Mitigation (RREM) grant program. We understand their frustration in navigating the bureaucratic federal mandates, as well as the time the process takes.

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