• MARGATE – An engineer and attorney hired to represent the city regarding the pending dunes project have questioned the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and the Army Corps of Engineers.

    Margate Administrator Richard Deaney provided a written update to the Board of Commissioners Sept. 18 about the progress being made by outside counsel and an environmental engineer hired to represent the city against the dunes plan. Deaney said the city has received a revised edition of the engineering plans for the dunes project, which is slated to begin in November, and is being reviewed by the city’s engineer.

  • VENTNOR – An engineering consultant last week recommended ways the city can become more sustainable and resilient to storms in the wake of hurricane Sandy.

    Stewart Weiser of Remington, Vernick and Walberg presented his Strategic Recovery Planning Report to the Board of Commissioners at its Sept. 17 meeting. The report was funded with a $30,000 grant that was made available to communities in the nine counties most affected by the storm. To qualify, municipalities had to show they lost at least $1 million in ratables as a result of the storm.

  • LONGPORT – The Borough Commission Sept. 17 passed a resolution that approved all the necessary documentation to start the long-awaited dunes project.

    Mayor Nicholas Russo signed an authorization for a state aid agreement with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection to construct the Brigantine to Great Egg Harbor Inlet Storm Damage Reduction Project

  • VENTNOR – The City Commission, Planning Board and Planning and Zoning Department are considering changes to the zoning and building codes to address a number of issues.

    On Aug. 21, the commission asked the Planning Board to review zoning for the R-7 District, which is zoned single family. The commission is asking planners to consider allowing duplexes as a conforming use in the zone.

    According to Zoning Officer Jimmy Agnesino, the area was once zoned for multifamily dwellings, but in the 1990s the city rezoned it for single family only.

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Ventnor’s IRS assessment reduced more than $150,000

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Monday, August 18, 2014 05:07 pm

VENTNOR – After a meeting with an auditor from the Internal Revenue Service, Ventnor’s assessment for payroll taxes was reduced from roughly $160,000 to $2,500, officials said at the Aug. 14 Board of Commissioner’s work session.

According to Chief Financial Officer Toro Aboderin, the IRS investigated how payroll taxes were withheld and paid for about 20 individual city employees. The city has 130 full-time employees and another 30 part-time workers.

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Citizen detains suspect in Ventnor burglary

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, August 18, 2014 03:00 pm

VENTNOR – A citizen detained a burglary suspect several blocks away from where he allegedly broke into a garage, police said.

Ventnor Police arrested Casey K. Bucceri, 30, whose last known address was in Atlantic City, around 6 p.m. Sunday Aug. 17, and charged him with burglary and theft.

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Wellington Avenue sewer repairs near completion

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Monday, August 18, 2014 02:27 pm

VENTNOR – A $1.2 million sewer repair project along Wellington Avenue is nearing completion, an official from the Atlantic County Utilities Authority said Monday, Aug. 18.

According to Joe Pantalone, vice president of the ACUA’s Wastewater Division, the project will be substantially completed by the end of the week.

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Lucy offers dream vacations of a lifetime

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, August 18, 2014 01:15 pm

MARGATE – The Save Lucy Committee has announced the launch of its newest fundraiser “Pack your TRUNK” vacation raffle of a lifetime.

The fundraiser will help the Save Lucy Committee, a nonprofit corporation, pay off long-term debt, make capital improvements and provide general operating support to Lucy the Elephant, a National Historic Landmark. 

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Margate Police Blotter, Aug. 18, 2014

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, August 18, 2014 01:10 pm

Margate Police Police blotter information is supplied by local police departments and other law enforcement agencies. All persons named are presumed innocent unless proven guilty.

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Two men arrested for alleged burglary in Ventnor

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, August 18, 2014 01:04 pm

VENTNOR – After a citizen called police about suspicious activity, the Ventnor Police Department took two men into custody 11:40 a.m. Aug. 13 for alleged criminal attempted burglary.

The caller observed two men in the backyard of a home on the 6000-block of Atlantic Avenue. After the men left the area, the residence was checked and pry marks were found on a side door. 

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Letter: Officials pit residents against the state

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Written by Sharon Simon Monday, August 18, 2014 11:52 am

Without enough courage to support the will of the people, they have succumbed to political pressure. Without enough courage to support the will of the people, they have succumbed to political pressure. To the editor:

Mayor Becker and Commissioner Taube have pitted residents against the state. They have been in open dialogue with DEP, Army Corps and federal officials and have allowed a number of opportunities to negotiate an alternative to the dunes project go by. They claim that that they have done everything in their power and that it costs too much to protect our beaches, tax revenues and vote, which is simply not true.

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Letter: Time to repair Vendome Avenue ruts

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Written by Mark N. Cohen Sunday, August 17, 2014 11:57 am

Time to repair Verdome Ave. ruts   Time to repair Verdome Ave. ruts To the editor:

Every 25 feet, from Vendome Avenue to the edge of Longport, horizontal ruts run from the curb into the first lane of traffic on both sides of Atlantic Avenue. Some are 4 inches wide and 2 inches deep and getting worse. It won't be long before a bike rider blows out a tire or is thrown off balance, falls and gets hit by a passing car.

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Letter: Maury Blumberg hates democracy

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Written by Maria D. Dicino Sunday, August 17, 2014 11:46 am

Letter: Maury Blumberg hates democracy Letter: Maury Blumberg hates democracy To the editor:

It is clear that Maury Blumberg hates democracy.

In his latest effort to stifle the voice of Margate voters, he voted against the people having input on the spending of their own tax dollars by voting against the November 2014 referendum.

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Barber does it the old-fashioned way

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Sunday, August 17, 2014 10:55 am

Specializing in straight razor shaves, shop owner Steve Perry works on Rich Mortillaro, who is visiting from California. Specializing in straight razor shaves, shop owner Steve Perry works on Rich Mortillaro, who is visiting from California. VENTNOR – Steve Perry has come full circle.

He started out barbering in Ventnor, Perry owned a chain of hair salons all around the South Jersey area. After cutting hair in salons for more than 30 years, he’s back to barbering – the old-fashioned way.

“We’re old school, straight razor shaves, Clubmen products, stuff that dates back to our father’s, father’s days,” he said Friday, Aug. 15 while he cut Guy Salani’s hair.

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