• TRENTON – Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced Nov. 20 that Ventnor City would receive a $501,000 grant to restore historic City Hall. The building was one of four in Atlantic County selected for Sandy Disaster Relief Grants for Historic Properties to fund the preservation, stabilization, rehabilitation and repair of New Jersey historic structures that were damaged by the storm.

    Other Atlantic County structures awarded grants include Fire Station 3 in Atlantic City, which received $338,289, Fire Station 2 in Atlantic City $205,649 and Gateway Playhouse in Somers Point $102,400.

  • MARGATE – Local firefighters and EMS workers who routinely arrive at drug overdose calls are now carrying the life-saving antidote, naloxone.

    Chief Anthony Tabasso made the announcement at the Nov. 6 Board of Commissioners work session meeting.

  • MARGATE – City Clerk and Tax Collector Tom Hiltner will resign from both positions Jan. 1 and receive $260,000 payable in installments over the next two years as part of a settlement reached in his whistleblower lawsuit against the city.

    Under the agreement, the city will also give Hiltner $12,000 a year for the next eight years for health insurance, and pay $50,000 in attorney fees to Jacobs & Barbone, his attorneys.

  • MARGATE – Despite differences of opinion regarding the dunes issue, the Board of Commissioners Nov. 6 agreed to uphold the wishes of the voters and proceed with an effort to stop the state and Army Corps of Engineers from building sand dunes on the beach.

    Congratulating the advocacy group Margate Citizens Questioning the Beach Project, which lobbied to fight the dunes project, Commissioner Brenda Taube said she would join Commissioner Maury Blumberg and Mayor Michael Becker in support of voters who passed a nonbinding referendum Nov. 4 that asked if they wanted the city to spend up to $200,000 in legal fees to try to stop the NJ Department of Environmental Protection and the Army Corps from proceeding with the project. The unofficial vote count was 1,140 yes, 1,091 no. Provisional ballots are still being counted. Certification by the Atlantic County Clerk is expected Monday afternoon.

  • VENTNOR – The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs has awarded $230,000 in Post-Sandy Planning Assistance grants to help the city become more resilient to storms.

    Mayor Michael Bagnell said the grants will help the city plan for the future after several years of struggling with the aftermath of hurricane Sandy, which flooded the city in October 2012.

Downbeach Current | Longport, Margate, Ventnor

Men enjoy dinner under the sukkah

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, October 15, 2014 10:58 am


Members of the Beth Judah Men’s Club socialize while the steaks sizzle Sunday, Oct. 12.
Members of the Beth Judah Men’s Club socialize while the steaks sizzle Sunday, Oct. 12.

MARGATE – The Beth Judah Men’s Club celebrated the harvest holiday Sukkot Sunday, Oct. 12 under the sukkah on the synagogue grounds. The men enjoyed their annual dinner of steak and scotch.

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Fun under the sukkah

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, October 15, 2014 10:53 am

Children do crafts under the sukkah Sunday, Oct. 12. Children do crafts under the sukkah Sunday, Oct. 12. Congregation Beth Judah youth groups, Garinim for grades 3 and 4 and Kadima for grades 5 through 7, enjoyed a pizza and decorating party under the sukkah Sunday, Oct. 12. Youth Commission Chairwoman Nicole Weisman led the children in the fun-filled early afternoon Sukkot celebration.

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Margate set to bond for Sandy repairs at former City Hall

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Tuesday, October 14, 2014 03:13 pm

MARGATE – The Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16 on a $900,000 bond ordinance to fund repairs to the old City Hall on Washington Avenue. The repairs include flood mitigation, bringing the building up to modern standards and into compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, and new furnishings.

City officials are hoping the financing will be temporary and FEMA will reimburse the city for most of the work on the building, which was damaged during hurricane Sandy.

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Longport Historical Society to replace weather vane atop museum

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Monday, October 13, 2014 03:37 pm

Longport Historical Society board member John Stroble proudly shows the new weather vane that will be installed atop the Historical Society Museum. It is an exact replica of the one that was there when the building was first erected. Longport Historical Society board member John Stroble proudly shows the new weather vane that will be installed atop the Historical Society Museum. It is an exact replica of the one that was there when the building was first erected. LONGPORT – Everything old is new again at the Longport Historical Society. Members are getting ready to erect a new weather vane atop the stately white clapboard building, which was built in 1938 by the U.S. Coast Guard and now houses the historical society’s museum. The weather vane is an exact replica of the one that blew off in the Storm of 1962and mysteriously disappeared, “perhaps for its metal value” Board Member John Stroebele said.

The building, which was once served as Borough Hall, was one of several along the Atlantic coast built during the Roosevelt administration to serve as a Coast Guard station. It housed Coasties until after World War II when the Coast Guard consolidated its operations. It sold the building to the borough for $1 in 1951, Stroebele said.

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ACHS cross-country runners volunteer for Atlantic City Marathon

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Monday, October 13, 2014 02:07 pm

Members of the Atlantic City High School Cross-country Team meet at the Ventnor Fishing Pier to practice their running and get ready to volunteer at the Atlantic City Marathon, Oct. 18-19. Pictured is Vanessa Carranza, (seated) Ben Share and John Russell and (rear) Trevor McClain, Sarah Doan, Ying Qiu and Katie Cavanaugh. Members of the Atlantic City High School Cross-country Team meet at the Ventnor Fishing Pier to practice their running and get ready to volunteer at the Atlantic City Marathon, Oct. 18-19. Pictured is Vanessa Carranza, (seated) Ben Share and John Russell and (rear) Trevor McClain, Sarah Doan, Ying Qiu and Katie Cavanaugh. VENTNOR – Despite the rain, 25 members of the Atlantic City High School cross-country team met on the Boardwalk at the Ventnor Fishing Pier Friday, Oct. 10 to practice their distance running, and get ready for the 56th annual Atlantic City Marathon, which will be held on the Boardwalk and on Downbeach streets, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 18-19.

The iconic Atlantic City Marathon is the third oldest marathon in the United States attracting thousands of runners from all 50 states, Washington D.C. and 14 countries around the world.

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Hiltner trial rescheduled for November pending negotiated settlement

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Monday, October 13, 2014 12:22 pm

MARGATE – A trial for City Clerk Tom Hiltner’s whistleblower lawsuit against the City of Margate that was scheduled for Sept. 22 has been postponed until November, but the parties are attempting to reach a settlement by then.

The trial was reassigned because Superior Court Judge Donna M. Taylor has a conflict with the City of Margate, according to a court clerk. The case was reassigned to Superior Court Judge Alan J. Littlefield and will be heard at 9 a.m. Monday, Nov. 10.

The Margate Board of Commissioners held an executive session at the end of its Oct. 2 meeting to update commissioners on the progress of negotiations with Hiltner, Administrator Richard Deaney said Friday, Oct. 3.

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Margate’s Walk to School Day promotes good health, safety and independence for children

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Monday, October 13, 2014 11:55 am

Walkers and bikers gather in the school yard on Walk to School Day, as the sun rises over Margate beach. Walkers and bikers gather in the school yard on Walk to School Day, as the sun rises over Margate beach. MARGATE – Forty years ago, nearly half of all school children walked or biked to school. But a 2011 report published by the American Journal of Preventive Medicine noted that by 2009, only 12.7 percent of students walked or biked to school. Sustainable Margate, the city’s green team, is working to reverse that trend.

Starting in July, the green team partnered with Cross County Connection to help improve students’ physical activity, and subsequently their health, provide them with independence, help them learn pedestrian and bicycle safety and allow them to get close and personal with their own neighborhoods.

“Some children only know their neighborhood from the back seat of their parents’ car,” Sustainable Margate Chairwoman Monica Coffey said.

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Letter: Vote yes to continue fight against Margate dune project

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Written by Opinion Sunday, October 12, 2014 11:00 pm

Letter: Vote yes to continue fight against Margate dune project Letter: Vote yes to continue fight against Margate dune project To the editor:

I urge the voters of Margate to vote yes on Question 3 Nov 4. A yes vote would authorize the city to spend up to $200,000 to fight the installation of the berm-dune project.

That being said, I find it hard to believe why this vote is even necessary. Last November the voters of Margate overwhelmingly (2-1) rejected joining the state and Army Corps beach project. This vote occurred after Gov. Christie informed us that it was a done deal regardless of the outcome of the vote while calling us “stupid.”

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Ladies Night Out to benefit Early Childhood Center playground

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Written by Staff Reports Sunday, October 12, 2014 05:24 am

MARGATE – The Milton & Betty Katz JCC Early Childhood Education Center Parent Committee will hold a Ladies Night Out Shopping Extravaganza 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13 in the JCC auditorium, 501 N. Jerome Ave.

There will be cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and music while women shop the more than 50 vendors and enjoy a 20-minute fashion show featuring the fashions of Paris, New York and Madrid, according to organizers.

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Congregation Beth Judah offers community classes

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, October 10, 2014 11:00 pm

VENTNOR - Congregation Beth Judah, 700 N. Swarthmore Ave., Ventnor, is offering the following community classes at the synagogue. For information or to register call Karen at 609-822-7116, ext. 101.

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