• City Commissioner Maury Blumberg, right, recognizes retiring City Clerk Tom Hiltner with a proclamation naming Dec. 18.MARGATE – Tom Hiltner attended his final government meeting as city clerk Thursday, Dec. 18. He will retire at the end of the year after more than 25 years as the city’s keeper of records. He was also the city tax collector.

    The Board of Commissioners appointed Deputy Clerk Rosie Freed to replace him as city clerk and Linda Morgan as tax collector. Freed was sworn in at the end of the meeting with her family present. Morgan will take the oath of office at the next meeting when her family can be present.

  • ATLANTIC CITY – An activist for open government will be heard in court Monday after the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office denied his request for information about the alleged theft of funds from the Margate Firefighters Benevolent Association Inc. The case is scheduled to be heard 9 a.m. Monday, Dec. 15 by Superior Court Judge Nelson C. Johnson.

    According to a complaint filed Nov. 10 in Superior Court, John Paff of Somerset, chairman of the New Jersey Libertarian Party Open Government Advocacy Project, the Prosecutor’s Office refused to provide any information about the case. He is asking for the immediate release of all incident and investigative reports related to the case.

  • LONGPORT – The Board of Commissioners is considering a request from the city engineer to be more assertive in its support of the pending Absecon Island Beach Protection project – which its neighbor to the north is trying to stop.

    “We went to great lengths to try and get this money and to protect our infrastructure and properties through the dune system. I really think we ought to look at what proactive activities we can do because of the court case out there,” borough engineer Richard Carter told the commission at its Wednesday, Dec. 11 workshop meeting.

    “If you want this, might have to fight for it.”

  • Board of Commissioners appropriates $50,000 more for legal work

    MARGATE – U.S. District Court Judge Renee M. Bumb issued an order Tuesday, Dec. 9 adjourning a court hearing on the dunes project from Dec. 17 to 10 a.m. Jan. 15 to allow the parties to come up with an “amicable resolution.”

    The order was issued in response to a joint request for adjournment from Margate’s special counsel, Jordan M. Rand of Dilworth Paxson LLP, and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

  • CAMDEN – Margate won the second round Thursday in its legal battle to negotiate an alternative to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plan to build sand dunes on the beach.

    On Dec. 4, U.S. District Court Judge Renee Marie Bumb extended the temporary restraining order she imposed Nov. 24 that barred the DEP from awarding a contract to build the dunes.

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Margate commissioners unite on dunes issue

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Friday, November 07, 2014 03:39 pm

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.

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Ventnor gets $230,000 in Post-Sandy Planning Assistance Grants

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Thursday, November 06, 2014 09:03 am

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.

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Bigger than T-Rex has Longport connection

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Written by SUZANNE MARINO Wednesday, November 05, 2014 12:11 pm

National Geographic filmaker Chad Cohen of Longport on location for a new film he is wrapping up about ancient Greece. National Geographic filmaker Chad Cohen of Longport on location for a new film he is wrapping up about ancient Greece. Make the popcorn and set the DVR and get ready for a really big special on the PBS affiliate, seen here on channel 12. Local filmmaker and Emmy Award winner Chad Cohen, formerly from Longport will debut his latest effort “Bigger than T-Rex” Wednesday, Nov. 5 at 9 p.m. on WHYY. 

The 60 minute NOVA show is restructuring a Spinosaurus and the world it ruled. Based on fossils found in Morocco, the dinosaur was a 53-foot long and possessed a huge dorsal said, scimiatar-like claws and powerful jaws. 

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Margate voters approve dunes fight

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Tuesday, November 04, 2014 09:08 pm

MARGATE – Voters here today narrowly approved a non-binding referendum that asked if they would be willing to spend as much as $200,000 to take the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to court to stop the pending dunes project.

According to Deputy Clerk Rosie Freed, the unofficial vote in today’s election was 1,067 yes, 988 no.

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Margate follows Ventnor’s lead; joins Georgetown University energy competition

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Tuesday, November 04, 2014 03:21 pm

MARGATE – The Board of Commissioners and Board of Education have  followed Ventnor’s lead and joined in Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian’s effort to win the Georgetown University Energy Prize national competition. The competition 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.

According to Commissioner Brenda Taube, the school board and the commission signed letters of commitment to join the competition, and signed documentation authorizing South Jersey Gas and Atlantic City Electric to provide the university with data on the municipality and school district’s energy usage.

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New projects approved for Barrel’s, Blessed Sacrament School sites

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Tuesday, November 04, 2014 03:04 pm

Blessed Sacrament School Blessed Sacrament School MARGATE – Members of the Planning Board Oct. 30 approved two subdivisions, making way for additional commercial and residential development in two city neighborhoods.

The board unanimously agreed to a site plan approval for Mainline General Contracting and Restoration, Inc. to demolish the existing Barrel’s restaurant at 9 S. Granville Ave. and establish a mixed use building with a 869-square-foot commercial space on the first floor, and four, two-story residential units above.

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Tighe Field Hockey Team wins 16th championship in an undefeated season

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, November 03, 2014 02:27 pm

The Eugene A. Tighe School girls field hockey team just won its 16th Atlantic Cape Junior High Athletic League championship. The Eugene A. Tighe School girls field hockey team just won its 16th Atlantic Cape Junior High Athletic League championship. MARGATE - The Eugene A. Tighe School Field Hockey Team completed another undefeated season and won its 16th championship last week.  The team is a part of the Atlantic Cape Junior High Athletic League and play Linwood, Northfield and Galloway, Hamilton and Upper townships.  Team members include Alana Sanchez, Morgan Pizagno, Devon Parto, Michaela Sless, Catherine Agostini, Carla O'Brien, Gavi Jacobson, Molly Readrdon, Alex Fader, Ella Mackler, Madison Brestle, Victoria Robertson and Melissa Schlect.  This year’s team captains were Mackenzie Smith, Savannah Robertson and Chloe Dulac.  Team managers were Arri Hutt and Amanda Crisham.

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$2.25 million capital ordinance, $150,000 bond to revise city tax maps introduced in Ventnor

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Monday, November 03, 2014 02:11 pm

VENTNOR – The Board of Commissioners introduced two bond ordinances Oct. 16 to fund its capital improvement program and to finance a redo of the city’s tax maps. The tax map update is the first step toward conducting a total revaluation of city properties.

Ordinance 2014-27 calls for a $2.25 million bond ordinance to finance various capital improvements, including $800,000 worth of renovations to the library and municipal building, $100,000 to demolish buildings, $350,000 to purchase public safety equipment and sport utility vehicles, and a new $1 million ladder truck for the Fire Department.

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Learn about Ebola, enterovirus at library

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, November 03, 2014 02:08 pm

The Atlantic County Library System will be sharing information about Ebola and eterovirus D-68 at two local locations in November.

The free presentations open to adults are scheduled for the Longport branch, 2305 Atlantic Ave., 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 10; and the Ventnor branch, 6500 Atlantic Ave., 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13.

For details call the Longport branch at 609-487-0272 or the Ventnor branch at 609-823-4614.

 

Ross students make a haunting impression

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Friday, October 31, 2014 04:12 pm

Kaiden Brewster, Sean Gormley, AJ Cutler, Ryan Southard and Kevin Brewster get in the spirit. Kaiden Brewster, Sean Gormley, AJ Cutler, Ryan Southard and Kevin Brewster get in the spirit. Students at the William H. Ross Elementary School held their annual Halloween festivities Friday, Oct. 31 with a parade around the school and crafts and snacks in the schoolyard.

Parents attended to make sure their children were dressed in their costumes. A real live Toto arrived just in time for Dorothy to walk her yellow brick road.

Enjoy this video of the entire parade.

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