•  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.

  • WASHINGTON – A group of New Jersey members of the U.S. House of Representatives sent a letter to Shaun Donovan, secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and Michael Boots, acting chairman of the Council on Environmental Quality requesting that they attend a New Jersey congressional delegation meeting to hear out questions and concerns about why the process for helping homeowners recovering from Hurricane Sandy is taking so long.

    The lawmakers want to discuss what can be done to assist 4,000 homeowners who still are not in their homes nearly a year and half after the October 2012 storm, and what might be done to properly modify any other procedures that may be delaying reconstruction.

  • VENTNOR – The Board of Commissioners is considering naming the city an area in need of rehabilitation, which would provide homeowners with tax incentives to improve their homes.

    “This is a way to stimulate growth in the city,” Mayor Michael Bagnell said.

  • MAYS LANDING – A Ventnor woman was indicted Tuesday, April 8 on a charge of murdering her husband, whose remains were found in her closet after a six-year missing person investigation, acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain said.

    Loretta Doyle Burroughs, 62, was indicted for murder and hindering her own apprehension in connection with stabbing death of her husband, Daniel Burroughs, 66, when both lived on Leipzig Avenue in Hamilton Township.

Downbeach Current | Longport, Margate, Ventnor

Helping New Jersey residents recover from Superstorm Sandy one family at a time

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Written by Richard E. Constable III Monday, February 24, 2014 03:20 pm

As part of our commitment to transparency, the Christie Administration held three public hearings in February on our plans to execute the next round of federal Sandy recovery funds.

During the hearings in Atlantic, Essex and Monmouth Counties, we heard directly from many individuals who have had difficulty in their housing recovery efforts, particularly with the Reconstruction, Rehabilitation, Elevation and Mitigation (RREM) grant program. We understand their frustration in navigating the bureaucratic federal mandates, as well as the time the process takes.

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Knitters share tradition and talent to stitch for charity (VIDEO)

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Sunday, February 23, 2014 02:26 pm

Jersey Shore Knitting Guild founder Liv Dietrich of Margate and KnitOut organizer Liz Slater of Ventnor, show some of the completed items that will be donated to area school children. Jersey Shore Knitting Guild founder Liv Dietrich of Margate and KnitOut organizer Liz Slater of Ventnor, show some of the completed items that will be donated to area school children. VENTNOR – Nearly 50 knitters turned out on George Washington’s birthday to stitch more than 200 colorful pairs of mittens, scarves and hats for children in the area’s elementary schools. The annual event has kept children, veterans and cancer patients warm for more than 15 years.

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Ventnor Coffee hearing continues next month

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Friday, February 21, 2014 06:30 pm

About 150 people turned out Feb. 19 to support Ventnor Coffee in its request for an interpretation of the city’s zoning ordinance. About 150 people turned out Feb. 19 to support Ventnor Coffee in its request for an interpretation of the city’s zoning ordinance.

VENTNOR ­– Zoning Board officials will take the next month to acquire information from the owners of Ventnor Coffee to help them decide if offering live music is ancillary to the 6-month-old coffee shop’s main business.

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Ventnor church needs Planning Board approval to erect new sign

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Friday, February 21, 2014 01:32 pm

Artists rendering of electronic sign for St. John's by the Sea Church Artists rendering of electronic sign for St. John's by the Sea Church VENTNOR – The Reverend Ron Bretherick of St. John’s by the Sea Reformed Episcopal Church was told Feb. 20 that he would need Planning Board approval to erect a new sign at his church on Sacramento and Ventnor avenues.

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Bagnell promotes Ventnor police officer

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Friday, February 21, 2014 12:18 pm

Mayor Michael Bagnell administers the oath of office to Lawrence J. Hoff upon his promotion to lieutenant. Mayor Michael Bagnell administers the oath of office to Lawrence J. Hoff upon his promotion to lieutenant. VENTNOR – Mayor Michael Bagnell promoted Ventnor Police Sgt. Lawrence J. Hoff to the position of lieutenant at the Feb. 20 Board of Commissioners meeting.

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Smallwood gets top job at MCBP

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Thursday, February 20, 2014 03:25 pm

Margate Mayor Michael Becker presents Greg Smallwood with a polo shirt upon his promotion to chief of the Margate City Beach Patrol. Margate Mayor Michael Becker presents Greg Smallwood with a polo shirt upon his promotion to chief of the Margate City Beach Patrol. MARGATE – Gregory Smallwood, a 25-year veteran of the Margate Beach Patrol, was appointed chief at the Feb. 6 Board of Commissioners meeting.

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Ventnor Coffee hearing continues next month

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Thursday, February 20, 2014 10:40 am

Supporters packed city hall for Ventnor Coffee's Zoning Board hearing Feb. 19. Supporters packed city hall for Ventnor Coffee's Zoning Board hearing Feb. 19. VENTNOR ¬– Zoning Board officials will take the next month to acquire information from the owners of Ventnor Coffee to help them decide if offering live music is ancillary to the 6-month-old coffee shop’s main business.

Zoning Officer Jimmie Agnesino gave Ventnor Coffee owners Christine Pagano and Michael Einwechter verbal notice that they cannot provide music at their coffee shop, because he said it is not a permitted use in the Commercial Zone along Dorset Avenue. Through their attorney Brian J. Callaghan of Callaghan Thompson & Thompson, P.A., the couple requested the meeting for an interpretation of the city’s ordinance defining a coffee shop business.

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Margate City Police Blotter, Feb. 20, 2014

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, February 20, 2014 12:00 am

  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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