• City Commissioner Maury Blumberg, right, recognizes retiring City Clerk Tom Hiltner with a proclamation naming Dec. 18.MARGATE – Tom Hiltner attended his final government meeting as city clerk Thursday, Dec. 18. He will retire at the end of the year after more than 25 years as the city’s keeper of records. He was also the city tax collector.

    The Board of Commissioners appointed Deputy Clerk Rosie Freed to replace him as city clerk and Linda Morgan as tax collector. Freed was sworn in at the end of the meeting with her family present. Morgan will take the oath of office at the next meeting when her family can be present.

  • ATLANTIC CITY – An activist for open government will be heard in court Monday after the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office denied his request for information about the alleged theft of funds from the Margate Firefighters Benevolent Association Inc. The case is scheduled to be heard 9 a.m. Monday, Dec. 15 by Superior Court Judge Nelson C. Johnson.

    According to a complaint filed Nov. 10 in Superior Court, John Paff of Somerset, chairman of the New Jersey Libertarian Party Open Government Advocacy Project, the Prosecutor’s Office refused to provide any information about the case. He is asking for the immediate release of all incident and investigative reports related to the case.

  • LONGPORT – The Board of Commissioners is considering a request from the city engineer to be more assertive in its support of the pending Absecon Island Beach Protection project – which its neighbor to the north is trying to stop.

    “We went to great lengths to try and get this money and to protect our infrastructure and properties through the dune system. I really think we ought to look at what proactive activities we can do because of the court case out there,” borough engineer Richard Carter told the commission at its Wednesday, Dec. 11 workshop meeting.

    “If you want this, might have to fight for it.”

  • Board of Commissioners appropriates $50,000 more for legal work

    MARGATE – U.S. District Court Judge Renee M. Bumb issued an order Tuesday, Dec. 9 adjourning a court hearing on the dunes project from Dec. 17 to 10 a.m. Jan. 15 to allow the parties to come up with an “amicable resolution.”

    The order was issued in response to a joint request for adjournment from Margate’s special counsel, Jordan M. Rand of Dilworth Paxson LLP, and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

  • CAMDEN – Margate won the second round Thursday in its legal battle to negotiate an alternative to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plan to build sand dunes on the beach.

    On Dec. 4, U.S. District Court Judge Renee Marie Bumb extended the temporary restraining order she imposed Nov. 24 that barred the DEP from awarding a contract to build the dunes.

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Learn about Ebola, enterovirus at library

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, November 03, 2014 02:08 pm

The Atlantic County Library System will be sharing information about Ebola and eterovirus D-68 at two local locations in November.

The free presentations open to adults are scheduled for the Longport branch, 2305 Atlantic Ave., 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 10; and the Ventnor branch, 6500 Atlantic Ave., 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13.

For details call the Longport branch at 609-487-0272 or the Ventnor branch at 609-823-4614.

 

Ross students make a haunting impression

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Friday, October 31, 2014 04:12 pm

Kaiden Brewster, Sean Gormley, AJ Cutler, Ryan Southard and Kevin Brewster get in the spirit. Kaiden Brewster, Sean Gormley, AJ Cutler, Ryan Southard and Kevin Brewster get in the spirit. Students at the William H. Ross Elementary School held their annual Halloween festivities Friday, Oct. 31 with a parade around the school and crafts and snacks in the schoolyard.

Parents attended to make sure their children were dressed in their costumes. A real live Toto arrived just in time for Dorothy to walk her yellow brick road.

Enjoy this video of the entire parade.

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Rolling chair operator from Ventnor pleads guilty to defrauding IRS

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, October 31, 2014 02:44 pm

CAMDEN – A Ventnor man faces up to five years in prison for conspiring to defraud the IRS of $119,880 in income taxes over approximately three years, according to U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman.

William Boland, 57, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Joseph H. Rodriguez in Camden Oct. 30 to one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States.

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Margate school board considers change to organizational structure

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Monday, October 27, 2014 03:22 pm

MARGATE – Although they said they had no plans to change the organizational structure of the district, the members of the Board of Education recently discussed a change that would provide continued oversight of curriculum and instruction.

Audrey Becker, who was recently appointed principal of the Eugene A. Tighe Middle School, said the district organizational chart would change slightly to reflect the supervisor of instruction position under her leadership as the district’s director of curriculum.

Each of the district’s principals and the superintendent wear more than one hat as administrators. Recently appointed Superintendent John DiNicola is also director of special projects and supervisor of the Dominick A. Potena Performing Arts Center, and William H. Ross Elementary School Principal Michele Carney Ray also serves as director of special education.

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DEP requests meeting with Margate officials on dunes project

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Monday, October 27, 2014 03:18 pm

MARGATE – New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin is planning to meet with local officials early next month to discuss alternatives to the pending dunes construction project.

Mayor Michael Becker said he received a call from Martin last week to arrange a meeting or two to discuss “unresolved issues with the specification of the plan, including drainage.”

Becker said the 15-minute conversation was cordial and that Martin suggested a second meeting in mid-November to meet with the city’s technical consultant about the project.

“I think it is a big step forward for the commissioner to call us,” Becker said. “He is aware of our issues and will set the time and place for the meetings.”

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VECC hosts annual Halloween Parade on school grounds (VIDEOS)

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Monday, October 27, 2014 02:20 pm

Members of the Ventnor Educational Community Complex Marching Band led the Halloween Parade, Friday, Oct. 24. Members of the Ventnor Educational Community Complex Marching Band led the Halloween Parade, Friday, Oct. 24. The community turned out enmasse for the annual Halloween Parade held on the grounds of the Ventnor Educational Community Complex Friday evening, Oct. 24.

About 100 children, dressed as their favorite ghosts, goblins and animated characters, lined up in the gymnasium to vie for prizes for the best in each Halloween category. They marched out the back doors and around the expansive school yard to the sounds of the VECC Marching Band. The parade ended where it began with treats for all the children.

Enjoy a slideshow of the Halloween Parade...
   

Planners to hear Holy Trinity subdivision application

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Monday, October 27, 2014 11:25 am

MARGATE – The Planning and Zoning Board has been busy over the last several months hearing applications for homeowners to raise their homes, expand living space and build decks and front porches. But its next meeting has two applications that may be of interest to the public.

Holy Trinity Parish has submitted an application to establish a four-lot subdivision at the site of the former Blessed Sacrament School on Jerome Avenue near Ventnor Avenue. The school site would be used to create three residential building lots. The fourth lot would be for the Blessed Sacrament Church, parish building and rectory.

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Drug Alliance hosts family barbeque for Longport, Margate families

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Monday, October 27, 2014 10:27 am

Andrew DeFeo, Rex Ray, Kai Cook and Tim Windfelder peek through the lacrosse net at the Alliance family barbeque held in the field across from the Tighe School Friday, Oct. 24. Andrew DeFeo, Rex Ray, Kai Cook and Tim Windfelder peek through the lacrosse net at the Alliance family barbeque held in the field across from the Tighe School Friday, Oct. 24. MARGATE – The Longport/Margate Municipal Alliance held its first-ever family barbeque and bonfire Friday, Oct. 24 in the field across from the Eugene A. Tighe School. The event attracted Longport and Margate students who attend the local public schools and their families, including younger siblings who are not quite ready for their 123s and ABCs.

The barbeque was funded through the municipal alliance budget, according to alliance Chairman John DiNicola, the superintendent of the district.

“This is a welcome back to school celebration,” DiNicola said. “We thought this would be a good way to bring families together at the start of the school year so they can get to know each other.”

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Ventnor schools join Georgetown University Energy Prize competition

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Thursday, October 23, 2014 03:15 pm

VENTNOR – The Board of Education agreed Wednesday, Oct. 22 to partner with Atlantic City in its effort to win the Georgetown University Energy Prize national competition, which carries a $5 million prize for the community that most effectively reduces its per-capita energy consumption over a two-year period starting Jan. 1, 2015.

Action taken at the meeting will pave the way for other Downbeach communities to join Atlantic City in an interlocal agreement that benefits residents and helps the environment.

Atlantic City is one of 52 municipalities nationwide that made it to the quarter-finals of the competition, which is designed to create a more energy efficient America. The prize challenges communities to incorporate innovative ideas to reduce energy consumption.

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Margate Police Blotter Sept. 16 – Oct. 22

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, October 23, 2014 02:58 pm

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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