• 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.

  • VENTNOR – The Board of Commissioners Thursday, Oct. 15 introduced an amendment to the city’s salary ordinance to set into motion an intergovernmental transfer that would allow the city to hire an Atlantic City employee as its next emergency management coordinator.

    Longtime Emergency Management Coordinator William Melfi will retire in two weeks, Mayor Michael Bagnell said. He is currently using up his sick days and his last day of employment will be Nov. 1.

  • Margate engages DEP and Army Corps to discuss options to building dunes

    MARGATE – The Board of Commissioners approved a resolution Thursday, Oct. 16 that preserves the city’s rights in fighting the dunes project. The commission entered a “tolling and standstill” agreement with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, which will allow the municipality to negotiate alternatives to building sand dunes on Margate’s beach.

    Assistant Attorney General David C. Apy filed with the Atlantic County Clerk three administrative orders to effectuate a taking of partial easements not voluntarily granted by shorefront property owners, including the City of Margate, to build the dunes. The state will use its powers of eminent domain to negotiate good faith compensation due to 10 shorefront property owners and 16 riparian grant owners.

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Longport Police Blotter Aug. 14 – Sept. 6

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, September 10, 2014 09:39 am

Police blotter information is supplied by local police departments and other law enforcement agencies. All persons named are presumed innocent unless proven guilty.

Robert J Edmunds, 26, of Somers Point was arrested Aug. 14 by Ptl. Dean Tibbitt and was charged with DWI, failure to stop and reckless driving.

Read more: Longport Police Blotter Aug. 14 – Sept. 6

 

Mara Bienstock appointed CFO at JFS

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, September 09, 2014 02:09 pm

 

Mara Bienstock was recently appointed CFO at JFS. Mara Bienstock was recently appointed CFO at JFS. MARGATE - Jewish Family Service announced that it selected Mara Bienstock as its chief financial officer. JFS created the position as a result of its growing programs, services and budget, which currently stands at $11.3 million annually.

Bienstock will be responsible for providing leadership and accountability for all areas of the agency's financial operations, including budget development, accounting systems and business plan forecasts.

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Faces4Autism hosts Superheroes for Autism Walk

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, September 09, 2014 01:04 pm

VENTNOR – Faces4Autism will host a Superheroes for Autism Walk 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 27 on the Boardwalk starting from St. James Hall parking lot, Ventnor and Portland avenues.

Organizers are encouraging walkers to wear superhero costumes, capes and masks to support superheroes with autism.

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Margate's Dune Dash was not just another day at the beach

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Monday, September 08, 2014 02:48 pm

Dune Dashers climb the rock wall. Dune Dashers climb the rock wall. MARGATE – The inaugural Dune Dash held on the beach in front of the Bloom Pavilion Sunday, Sept. 7 was not a normal beach day. Although it was cool and cloudy, the Dune Dash was a challenging and rewarding back-to-school event that the Margate Education Foundation hopes to make an annual event.

“We were thrilled with the turnout,” MEF President Anita Grimley said. “This is only going to get bigger and better each year.”

 

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Administrator reports on progress of dunes fight

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Friday, September 05, 2014 02:27 pm

MARGATE – It seems as though residents will get to vote on funding a legal battle to stop the dunes project before the project ever starts. Administrator Richard Deaney at the Sept. 4 Board of Commissioners meeting reported on progress being made by an attorney and coastal engineer hired to fight the pending dunes project.

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Margate awarded $360,000 in Post-Sandy Planning Grants

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Friday, September 05, 2014 12:42 pm

MARGATE – The city received confirmation Thursday, Sept. 4 that it has been awarded $360,000 in Post-Sandy Planning Grants. New Jersey Department of Community Affairs Commissioner Richard E. Constabile III said the city will receive eight grants, ranging from $30,000 to $50,000 each, to identify areas where it can improve resilience to storms and promote economic development.

City Administrator Richard Deaney announced the grant award at the Board of Commissioners’ 4 p.m. worksession meeting.

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Season ends for Margate Community Farmers Market; organizers focus on Thanksgiving and next summer

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Friday, September 05, 2014 11:54 am

Darren Anzisi of Good Boy Biscuits and Bones of Galloway Township sells some chewy dog treats to Candace Carver of Ventnor. Darren Anzisi of Good Boy Biscuits and Bones of Galloway Township sells some chewy dog treats to Candace Carver of Ventnor. MARGATE – The local farmers market ended its summer season on Thursday, Sept. 4, but organizers are already focusing on the annual Thanksgiving market and next season.

The farmers market, held at Steve and Cookie’s By the Bay, was busy Thursday, but not as busy as it was throughout the summer when seasonal residents joined the locals to shop for the best stuff on Earth. The market offered the finest Jersey Fresh produce, cheese, breads and seafood, which kept shoppers coming back every week.

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Margate BOE advertises for superintendent, interim

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Thursday, September 04, 2014 03:10 pm

MARGATE – The Board of Education Sept. 3 said it will need a couple weeks more to decide how to replace district Superintendent Dr. Theresa DeFranco, who is leaving for the top job in the Absecon School District. However, following an executive session at the end of the meeting, the board decided to post advertisements for interim superintendent and superintendent.

The board held special public comment sessions at its last two meetings, but board members on Wednesday said they need more time to consider their options.

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Dollar General opens on Wellington Avenue in Ventnor

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, September 02, 2014 02:38 pm

VENTNOR – Dollar General will celebrate the opening of its new store at 4910 Wellington Ave. 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 6 with free prizes and special deals. 

The first 50 adult shoppers will receive a $10 Dollar General gift card, and the first 200 shoppers will receive a Dollar General tote bag, among other giveaways.

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Margate attorney pens book about controversial Higbee trial

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Tuesday, September 02, 2014 02:16 pm

Attorney and author D. William Subin and his wife, Petra “Petie” Subin, join investigator Manford Ridgeway at a book signing Friday, Aug. 24 at Ozzie’s Luncheonette in Longport. Attorney and author D. William Subin and his wife, Petra “Petie” Subin, join investigator Manford Ridgeway at a book signing Friday, Aug. 24 at Ozzie’s Luncheonette in Longport. LONGPORT – Longtime attorney D. William “Bill” Subin of Margate spent three years writing a book about his successful defense of a New Jersey state trooper who Subin said should have never been criminally charged with causing the death of two teenage sisters.

Subin, who self-published his memoir, “Closing the Gap: The Trial of Trooper Robert Higbee” in October 2013, greeted customers and supporters Friday, Aug. 24 at Ozzie’s Luncheonette, where Longport Media was broadcasting the day’s edition of Barbara Altman’s Front Porch radio show.

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