• Sen. Jim Whelan joins volunteers who showed up last year to clean the beach in Atlantic City. Volunteers will turn out en masse Saturday to be part of the solution to ocean pollution. Beach sweeps will be held in shore communities up and down the New Jersey coastline on Saturday, April 26.

    Volunteers in Downbeach communities will canvass the beaches to pick up trash and debris to get them ready for summer visitors.

    Organizations and families are encouraged to participate in the statewide event to keep beaches clean and safe and protect New Jersey’s coastal environment.

  • The Ventnor Fishing Pier opens on Monday, April 28 with new membership fees for the 2014 season.

    Memberships are now available on a seasonal, weekly and daily basis with new fees and fines for violating the Ventnor City Recreation Board’s rules and regulations.

    The Board of Commissioners approved the amended ordinance at its April 17 meeting. The commission added a new weekly fee schedule in addition to last year’s seasonal and daily rate schedule.

  • VENTNOR – The city’s municipal budget was introduced last month and adopted April 17 without comment from neither the governing body nor the public. City Commissioner Theresa Kelly voted against its adoption.

    The $30,934,239 budget raised municipal tax rate 4.9 cents to $.896 per $100 of assessed valuation, up from $.847 last year. The average homeowner with a house assessed at $250,000 will pay $124 more this year for a total municipal tax of $2,240, up from $2116 last year. In Ventnor, a penny on the tax rate is equal to $250,000 in spending.

    “Money is tight all over and a lot of our residents are still suffering from Sandy,” Kelly said. “Some are unable to pay their taxes now, and there are so many houses for sale.”

  •  Members of the Mental Health Association were available to help homeowners still struggling more than 18 months after the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. Pictured are caseworkers Jordan Brunette of Absecon, Jaime Angelini of Smithville and Meghan Cusack of Linwood. EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – More than 50 people showed up to find out how they can get help repairing their Sandy damaged homes at a special meeting held at the township’s Community Center Wednesday, April 16.

  • 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.

Downbeach Current | Longport, Margate, Ventnor

Catering to a healthy mindset

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Thursday, March 06, 2014 11:26 am

Nicole Jacoby and her assistant, Tyler Scanny of Linwood, prepare a vegan dinner party at Jacoby’s Ventnor home. Nicole Jacoby and her assistant, Tyler Scanny of Linwood, prepare a vegan dinner party at Jacoby’s Ventnor home. VENTNOR – Nicole Jacoby became a vegetarian when she was 12 because she didn’t believe in eating animals. But since becoming enlightened to holistic healing in 2006, she wants others to learn that good nutrition without meat and dairy is not as difficult to manage as most people think.

“I always had an interest in eating well, but since attending the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in Manhattan, I took the plunge and went vegan about a year ago,” she said Feb. 25 in her Edgewater Avenue home. “I feel better than ever at age 32. I’m body clean and mind clean.”

Her diet now consists of dark leafy vegetables, whole grains, organic vegetables, fruits and berries, and a variety of seeds, nuts and other raw foods.

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LoBiondo praises House passage of flood insurance relief

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, March 05, 2014 11:00 am

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Frank A. LoBiondo (NJ-02) March 4 praised the 306 to 91 vote in the House of Representatives on legislation that would lower premium increases mandated under the 2012 Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform law for most homeowners, permanently remove the home sale rate increase trigger to provide certainty to the real estate market, and ensure greater fiscal solvency of the National Flood Insurance Program.

“The House acted tonight to remove a major financial hurdle to the tens of thousands of homeowners still rebuilding 18 months after Sandy came ashore. By no means is this legislation all that I have advocated for, however it does represent a fair and workable compromise to assist many South Jersey residents while ensuring the long-term solvency of the NFIP,” said LoBiondo. “To not act today would mean the financial devastation of countless families and communities tomorrow. I applaud my colleagues for choosing the fiscally-sound, long-term solution.”

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Anne Pancoast lived life to make a difference

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Tuesday, March 04, 2014 06:13 pm

Anne Pancoast of Margate Anne Pancoast of Margate MARGATE – Great leaders have a way of stirring the pot and forging change all the while earning respect from friends and foe.

When Anne Pancoast died on Feb. 9, she left a void that will be difficult to fill, Steve Woerner of Sumner Avenue said.

“She gave a voice to people who didn’t have a voice,” such as senior citizens living on a fixed income, he said.

Pancoast was founder and president of the Concerned Citizens of Margate, a taxpayer watchdog group that encouraged citizen participation in local government, and fiscal accountability and transparency for government officials. Woerner is its vice-president.

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Margate Sharks swim for scholarships

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, March 03, 2014 04:26 pm

Margate Sharks Swim Team Margate Sharks Swim Team MARGATE—The Milton & Betty Katz JCC Margate Sharks Swim Team will host its first official Swim-A-Thon 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 6 at center, 501 N. Jerome Ave.

“We are so excited to be hosting the swim-a-thon in our home pool,” head coach Stephanie Wakefield said. “The event is crucial to our program. The funds raised will go to support the Margate Shark Swim Team and USA Swimming Foundation.”

During the swim-a-thon, swimmers will have two hours to swim a maximum of 200 lengths of the pool. Donors are encouraged to support the athletes with a donation or by pledging a certain amount of money per length that the swimmer completes.

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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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