• TRENTON – Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced Nov. 20 that Ventnor City would receive a $501,000 grant to restore historic City Hall. The building was one of four in Atlantic County selected for Sandy Disaster Relief Grants for Historic Properties to fund the preservation, stabilization, rehabilitation and repair of New Jersey historic structures that were damaged by the storm.

    Other Atlantic County structures awarded grants include Fire Station 3 in Atlantic City, which received $338,289, Fire Station 2 in Atlantic City $205,649 and Gateway Playhouse in Somers Point $102,400.

  • MARGATE – Local firefighters and EMS workers who routinely arrive at drug overdose calls are now carrying the life-saving antidote, naloxone.

    Chief Anthony Tabasso made the announcement at the Nov. 6 Board of Commissioners work session meeting.

  • MARGATE – City Clerk and Tax Collector Tom Hiltner will resign from both positions Jan. 1 and receive $260,000 payable in installments over the next two years as part of a settlement reached in his whistleblower lawsuit against the city.

    Under the agreement, the city will also give Hiltner $12,000 a year for the next eight years for health insurance, and pay $50,000 in attorney fees to Jacobs & Barbone, his attorneys.

  • 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.

  • 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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Margate Library to make front entrance ADA compliant

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Monday, October 06, 2014 02:59 pm

Mark Slotkin, president of the Margate Library Board, shows the plans for remodeling the front entrance of the library to make it ADA compliant. Mark Slotkin, president of the Margate Library Board, shows the plans for remodeling the front entrance of the library to make it ADA compliant. MARGATE – Along with an aging population, the city’s Library Director James J. Cahill Jr. has noticed there are increasing numbers of young mothers attending story time with their little ones in strollers.

However, access to the library is a challenge for both young and old if they arrive at the main entrance on Atlantic Avenue, so a renovation is planned to make the library compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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Ventnor City Police Blotter Sept. 24 – Oct. 6

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, October 06, 2014 09:58 am

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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Fire Prevention Week gets underway in Margate schools

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Friday, October 03, 2014 01:16 pm

: “Boy this helmet is heavy,” said Tighe School eighth grader Catherine Agostini as she high-fived her classmates in the audience. : “Boy this helmet is heavy,” said Tighe School eighth grader Catherine Agostini as she high-fived her classmates in the audience. MARGATE – About 200 Eugene A. Tighe School middle schoolers were the first Downbeach students to get this year’s Fire Prevention Week message: Working smoke alarms save lives. The students gathered in the Dominick A. Potena Performing Arts Center to watch a video and hear Margate firefighers give tips on how to stay safe.

“We are here to keep you safe, keep your families safe, and keep the community safe,” Lt. Tim Wainwright said.

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UPDATE: Sun shines on Margate’s annual Funfest by the Bay (SLIDESHOW)

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Wednesday, October 01, 2014 03:15 pm

Chloe Mako, 13, of Longport gets her caricature done by Maria Bibbel of Yardley, Pennsylvania. Chloe Mako, 13, of Longport gets her caricature done by Maria Bibbel of Yardley, Pennsylvania. MARGATE – Organizers got everything they had hoped for last weekend as the city said goodbye to summer and greeted fall at the annual Fall Funfest by the Bay – including plenty of sunshine.

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Atlantic City ‘GALS’ celebrate 70 years of sisterhood (SLIDESHOW)

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Wednesday, October 01, 2014 08:56 am

Marilyn Sacco Baranski, Sarana Favazzo Booye and Phyllis Rich Smith enjoyed the 70th anniversary party of Atlantic City High School’s GALS Club. Marilyn Sacco Baranski, Sarana Favazzo Booye and Phyllis Rich Smith enjoyed the 70th anniversary party of Atlantic City High School’s GALS Club. SOMERS POINT – Even though the days of being just girls has long passed, the GALS Club of Atlantic City High School, originated by Ernestine Savio Daisey of Margate many years ago, is still going strong. Forty-nine women attended a special luncheon at the Crab Trap restaurant on Tuesday, Sept. 30, to celebrate the club’s 70th anniversary with an all-year reunion.

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Ventnor Police change focus of K-9 Unit

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Tuesday, September 30, 2014 01:45 pm

Ventnor K-9 Officer Axel with his partner Ptl. David Gaeckle. Ventnor K-9 Officer Axel with his partner Ptl. David Gaeckle. VENTNOR – Police Chief Michael Miller said he is changing the focus of the department’s K-9 Unit, and switching from a dual purpose canine to one that is only trained to sniff out drugs.

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Margate couple advocates for children in need

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, September 30, 2014 08:47 am

Richard and Carole Couzens of Margate are CASA volunteers. Richard and Carole Couzens of Margate are CASA volunteers. MARGATE – Retired attorney Richard Couzens and his wife, Carole, a market research professional, moved to Margate full time from Yardley, Pennsylvania, in 2009 after raising three children.

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Area cyclists raise more than $5K for JFS

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, September 29, 2014 11:13 am

MARGATE - Hopping on a bike and cruising along the scenic shoreline and beautiful landscape is a passion for so many. In early September, dozens Rachel Ludwig and Doug Stanger participate in the Battle Against Hunger Bike Ride Sept. 5-7, raising funds and creating awareness about the JFS Food Pantry. Rachel Ludwig and Doug Stanger participate in the Battle Against Hunger Bike Ride Sept. 5-7, raising funds and creating awareness about the JFS Food Pantry. of local community members cycled for a cause in two bike rides to benefit Jewish Family Service.

Jewish Family Service Past Presidents Patti Rosenberg and Doug Stanger led the charge to support the agency with bike ride fundraisers. This year, the Marc L. Rosenberg Friends and Family Bike Ride and the Battle Against Hunger Bike Ride raised more than $5,000 for JFS.

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Neighbors feuding over no parking enforcement on Callender Avenue

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Monday, September 29, 2014 10:34 am

VENTNOR – Neighbors living in the area near Callender Avenue are feuding over a lack of parking on their streets. The city recently started enforcing the no parking regulation, which has been on the books for years, Mayor Michael Bagnell said.

Callender Avenue resident Sylvia Santiago told the Board of Commissioners Sept. 17 that since the city started enforcing the no parking regulation on Callender Avenue neighbors have been arguing over parking spaces on streets in the surrounding neighborhood.

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2014 Downbeach Community Guide

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Written by Staff Reports Sunday, September 28, 2014 11:00 pm

2014 Downbeach Community Guide

   

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