• 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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Margate awarded $360,000 in Post-Sandy Planning Grants

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Friday, September 05, 2014 12:42 pm

MARGATE – The city received confirmation Thursday, Sept. 4 that it has been awarded $360,000 in Post-Sandy Planning Grants. New Jersey Department of Community Affairs Commissioner Richard E. Constabile III said the city will receive eight grants, ranging from $30,000 to $50,000 each, to identify areas where it can improve resilience to storms and promote economic development.

City Administrator Richard Deaney announced the grant award at the Board of Commissioners’ 4 p.m. worksession meeting.

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Season ends for Margate Community Farmers Market; organizers focus on Thanksgiving and next summer

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Friday, September 05, 2014 11:54 am

Darren Anzisi of Good Boy Biscuits and Bones of Galloway Township sells some chewy dog treats to Candace Carver of Ventnor. Darren Anzisi of Good Boy Biscuits and Bones of Galloway Township sells some chewy dog treats to Candace Carver of Ventnor. MARGATE – The local farmers market ended its summer season on Thursday, Sept. 4, but organizers are already focusing on the annual Thanksgiving market and next season.

The farmers market, held at Steve and Cookie’s By the Bay, was busy Thursday, but not as busy as it was throughout the summer when seasonal residents joined the locals to shop for the best stuff on Earth. The market offered the finest Jersey Fresh produce, cheese, breads and seafood, which kept shoppers coming back every week.

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Margate BOE advertises for superintendent, interim

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Thursday, September 04, 2014 03:10 pm

MARGATE – The Board of Education Sept. 3 said it will need a couple weeks more to decide how to replace district Superintendent Dr. Theresa DeFranco, who is leaving for the top job in the Absecon School District. However, following an executive session at the end of the meeting, the board decided to post advertisements for interim superintendent and superintendent.

The board held special public comment sessions at its last two meetings, but board members on Wednesday said they need more time to consider their options.

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Dollar General opens on Wellington Avenue in Ventnor

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, September 02, 2014 02:38 pm

VENTNOR – Dollar General will celebrate the opening of its new store at 4910 Wellington Ave. 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 6 with free prizes and special deals. 

The first 50 adult shoppers will receive a $10 Dollar General gift card, and the first 200 shoppers will receive a Dollar General tote bag, among other giveaways.

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Margate attorney pens book about controversial Higbee trial

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

Attorney and author D. William Subin and his wife, Petra “Petie” Subin, join investigator Manford Ridgeway at a book signing Friday, Aug. 24 at Ozzie’s Luncheonette in Longport. Attorney and author D. William Subin and his wife, Petra “Petie” Subin, join investigator Manford Ridgeway at a book signing Friday, Aug. 24 at Ozzie’s Luncheonette in Longport. LONGPORT – Longtime attorney D. William “Bill” Subin of Margate spent three years writing a book about his successful defense of a New Jersey state trooper who Subin said should have never been criminally charged with causing the death of two teenage sisters.

Subin, who self-published his memoir, “Closing the Gap: The Trial of Trooper Robert Higbee” in October 2013, greeted customers and supporters Friday, Aug. 24 at Ozzie’s Luncheonette, where Longport Media was broadcasting the day’s edition of Barbara Altman’s Front Porch radio show.

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Local patrols scale down beach protection

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Tuesday, September 02, 2014 01:59 pm

Lt. Eric Grimley guards the beach in Longport. Lt. Eric Grimley guards the beach in Longport. Shore protection takes on an alternate meaning as Labor Day, the unofficial end of summer, came a bit early this year. Although many out-of-towners have left their summer retreats, locals and those vacationing in the off season can still enjoy the last few weeks of summer without the crowds.

The official last day of summer is Sept. 21, and as the locals and many others know, September is a good time to enjoy the beaches in Ventnor, Margate and Longport. However, local beach patrols warn beachgoers to swim only at protected beaches.

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Longport Art Show bids adieu to summer

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Monday, September 01, 2014 10:07 am

Marily Chackman of Margate exhibits her woodblock prints and other creations. Marily Chackman of Margate exhibits her woodblock prints and other creations. LONGPORT – For the last 10 years, the Longport Historical Society Museum has been saying goodbye to summer with an annual art show that showcases local artists. It’s a small show, with just a few professional artists, mostly producing shore themed artwork that reflects the beauty of the Jersey shore, but that’s how organizers like it.

“We have it every year on the Sunday of Labor Day weekend,” MarySue Lovett, who chairs the historical society, said. “It’s small, but a very nice way to end the summer season.”

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Deciding when to retire: when timing becomes critical

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Volunteer drivers needed for Ventnor seniors

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Written by Staff Reports Sunday, August 31, 2014 12:00 am

VENTNOR ­– The city’s Senior Transportation Service needs volunteer drivers 9 a.m. to noon one day each work week to transport senior citizens to their doctor, pharmacy, hair dresser, bank,  and supermarket.

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Kindergarten is sweet and magical at Ross School

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Friday, August 29, 2014 12:19 pm

Charlie Levin, and Jack and Ellie Southard are engrossed in the moment. Charlie Levin, and Jack and Ellie Southard are engrossed in the moment. MARGATE – The Margate Education Foundation insured that this year’s crop of kindergarten students will find that the William H. Ross School is a sweet and magical place. The organization held its first ever kindergarten ice cream social Thursday, Sept. 28 in the schools playground area.

Parents and upper classmen scooped mounds of ice cream for kindergarteners, while the five- and six-year-olds, added colored sprinkles to make their treats even sweeter.

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