• CAMDEN – A federal court today issued a temporary restraining order to stop the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and Army Corps of Engineers shore protection project in Margate.

    The order came after Margate filed a legal suit in U.S. District Court to stop the state and Army Corps from building sand dunes on the city’s beach.

    The restraining order will prohibit the state from awarding any contracts or beginning construction until legal issues are resolved, according to a press release issued by the city today.

  • 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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Insurer donates to JFS

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, October 10, 2014 03:32 pm

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MARGATE – David Lieberman, operator of Allstate in Somers Point, recently donated $1,800 to Jewish Family Service of Atlantic and Cape May Counties.

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Holy Trinty offering scripture study groups

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, October 10, 2014 03:22 pm

MARGATE – Holy Trinity Parish will be offering two scripture study groups this fall. One group will study “Matthew – The King and His Kingdom” by Jeff Cavins. John and Theresa Garrity will facilitate the group 7 p.m. Tuesdays beginning Oct. 14.

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JFS hosts annual turkey drive

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, October 10, 2014 03:15 pm

MARGATE – Jewish Family Service is dedicated to providing a Thanksgiving or holiday meal to anyone in need. Whether it is a friend, family member or neighbor, most locals know at least one person who has been directly affected by the recent casino closures. While the holidays are a joyous time, many will find it difficult to put a holiday meal on the table. Through its annual Holiday Turkey Drive, JFS provides community members with food throughout the season.

Here are ways the community can help:

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Margate begins school year with new administrative team

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Thursday, October 09, 2014 02:36 pm

MARGATE – The Margate school district is a month into the 2014-2015 school year with a new administrative team in place.

In addition to the recent appointment of former Principal John DiNicola as superintendent of schools effective Oct. 1, the Board of Education Wednesday, Oct. 8 appointed former supervisor of instruction Audrey Becker as his replacement at the Eugene A. Tighe Middle School. Becker, who has served as acting principal on several occasions, will serve as principal and director of curriculum.

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Ventnor man pleads guilty to human trafficking charge for operating male prostitution ring

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, October 08, 2014 12:03 pm

Ventnor man pleads guilty to human trafficking charge for operating male prostitution ring Ventnor man pleads guilty to human trafficking charge for operating male prostitution ring Client also pleads guilty in investigation by Attorney General’s Office and FBI task force

TRENTON – Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman announced that a Ventnor man has pleaded guilty to a human trafficking charge. A joint state and federal investigation revealed that he was operating a prostitution ring from his apartment in Ventnor in which he prostituted young men, including at least one minor, to male clients. A client of the ring also has pleaded guilty.

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Letter: Margate newsletter misleading on dunes

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Written by Daniel Gotlieb Tuesday, October 07, 2014 01:28 pm

Letter: Margate newsletter misleading on dunes Letter: Margate newsletter misleading on dunes To the editor:

Mayor Michael Becker’s comments in the Margate City Fall Newsletter relating to the dune project issue are misleading, omit key facts and contain a false statement. It appears to be an attempt to misinform the citizens and influence the outcome of the Nov. 4 referendum, which asks if voters if they want to spend $200,000 to challenge the dune project.

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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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