• 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.

  • VENTNOR – The Board of Commissioners has scheduled a special executive session after its 4 p.m. workshop meeting Thursday, April 10 to review a report by an independent investigator regarding a two-day Latin festival that never happened.

    Frank L. Corrado of Barry Corrado & Grassi, PC of Wildwood was hired to investigate the cancellation of Sandstock, a two-day music festival that was to be held at a vacant lot on Wellington Avenue Sept. 21-22, 2013. He was to be paid $135 an hour and recently submitted a bill for $13,783.50, according to city attorney Amy R. Weintraub.

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Margate City Police Blotter, Feb. 19, 2014

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, February 19, 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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Margate to hold public hearing second bulkhead ordinance

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Tuesday, February 18, 2014 03:13 pm

MARGATE – The Board of Commissioners Feb. 6 approved an ordinance on second reading that changes how bulkhead height requirements are figured, and introduced a companion ordinance that places financial thresholds on bulkhead repairs that will require them to be raised to meet the new guidelines.

Ordinance 2014-02, which updated Chapter 103-2 of the city’s Code Book to include more recent datum that establishes the mean sea level elevation used to determine bulkhead heights, passed unanimously. The city will now use the 1988 North American Vertical Datum, which essentially raises the required height elevation of bulkheads by 1.3 feet.

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Ventnor Coffee to appear before Zoning Board Wednesday (VIDEO)

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Monday, February 17, 2014 11:24 am

Bob Sergeant/Pictured left to right: Lambros Psounos, Bob Sterling, Dave Esterman, Fred Nahas Bob Sergeant/Pictured left to right: Lambros Psounos, Bob Sterling, Dave Esterman, Fred Nahas VENTNOR – A Zoning Board meeting set for Wednesday, Feb. 19 is expected to determine if a business at 108 N. Dorset Ave. can continue to operate as it has for the last six months. Ventnor Coffee’s hearing before the board will start at 6 p.m. in the second floor courtroom of the Ventnor Municipal Building.

City Zoning Officer Jimmie Agnesino has determined that to continue as a music venue, owners of the coffee shop Christine Pagano and Michael Einwechter, will need a variance.

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JFS ‘Diamonds for a Cause’ to benefit children and family services

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Written by Staff Reports Sunday, February 16, 2014 10:20 am

At a recent Bernie Robbins Jewelers “Diamonds for a Cause” cocktail party planning session are (from left) Diamonds for a Cause Co-chairwoman Farah Burns and committee member Johanna Perskie, both of Margate; Bernie Robbins Jewelers owner Harvey Rovinsky; committee members Lisa Gebhard, Sherri Anapolle and event Co-chairwoman Claudia Goldberg, all of Linwood. At a recent Bernie Robbins Jewelers “Diamonds for a Cause” cocktail party planning session are (from left) Diamonds for a Cause Co-chairwoman Farah Burns and committee member Johanna Perskie, both of Margate; Bernie Robbins Jewelers owner Harvey Rovinsky; committee members Lisa Gebhard, Sherri Anapolle and event Co-chairwoman Claudia Goldberg, all of Linwood. MARGATE – Jewish Family Services of Atlantic and Cape May Counties will surpass expectations at its seventh annual cocktail party, themed “Diamonds for a Cause.” The event will offer tastings from celebrity chef Luke Palladino at his restaurant at Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City. The event will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, featuring incredible food and a grand prize raffle of diamond earrings from Bernie Robbins Jewelers. Organizers expect to raise $60,000 to benefit the organization’s children and family services programming.

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Ventnor public meetings to move to VECC

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Friday, February 14, 2014 02:40 pm

VENTNOR ­– To accommodate ongoing building repairs, public meetings normally held at the Ventnor City Municipal Building will move to the Ventnor Educational Community Complex starting in March.

City Hall is currently undergoing installation of a new heating, ventilation and air conditioning system, and the electrical system in the 87-year-old building is being upgraded.

Mayor Michael Bagnell said that during construction, the police dispatch unit would be set up in the courtroom, where dust and debris can be held to a minimum.

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Taube defends stance on beach shack advertising

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Tuesday, February 11, 2014 03:44 pm

MARGATE ­– City Commissioner Brenda Taube came under fire at the Feb. 6 Board of Commissioners meeting for comments she made months ago about the city’s Adopt-a-Beach advertising program.

Attorney Dan Gallagher, who represents Marketplace Realty owner Gigi Gallagher, said Taube’s public remarks about the program were “disparaging” to his client. He demanded a public apology and a written retraction in the Press of Atlantic City.

“Public comments made in the paper that money was owed on the contract were disparaging and maligned my client. We requested a public retraction and written retraction of the statements, which are factually and legally incorrect,” he said during the public portion of Thursday’s meeting.

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If dunes happen, Margate would have no obligation to fund future replenishment

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Saturday, February 08, 2014 10:06 am

MARGATE – As Mayor Michael Becker promised on Jan. 31, a full accounting of a long awaited meeting with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection was made public at the Feb. 6 Board of Commissioners meeting.

Business Administrator Richard Deaney issued a written report on behalf of the public officials who attended the hour-long meeting with NJDEP Commissioner Bob Martin.

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Margate man sentenced for stealing electricity

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Written by Staff Reports Saturday, February 08, 2014 09:53 am

MAYS LANDING – A Margate man was sentenced Friday, Feb. 7 to 180 days in county jail for stealing thousands of dollars worth of electricity and writing bad checks.

Harry J. Rescigno III, 46, stole more than $2,500 in electrical services from Atlantic City Electric and wrote more than $2,700 in bad checks, acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain said.

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