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Letter: The influence of large corporations is the real problem

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Written by Steve Mento Sunday, August 03, 2014 02:53 pm

The influence of large corporations is the real problem The influence of large corporations is the real problem To the editor:

I often hear about the hindrance of government and fears of “big government,” the overuse of our tax dollars on government programs, the inefficiencies of the VA and the burden of the pension system on the economy. What I don't hear enough about is how the 47,000 lobbyists in Washington have seduced our legislators and how their compromising influences continue to hack away at consumer protections.

While propaganda has the public imagining government growing out of control, the real gains continue to be made by large corporations in the free market.

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Pirates rule in Ventnor 'Go Green' parade

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Sunday, August 03, 2014 10:06 am

Coffee Lady Coffee Lady VENTNOR - Despite clouds and an occasional mist, pirates were out enforce Saturday afternoon along Ventnor's backbay canals.

The weather was damp and cool, but pirate spirit warmed particpants and spectators alike for the Nights in Ventnor 'Go Green' Boat Parade.

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Letter: Margate is in good financial shape

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Written by Brenda Taube Saturday, August 02, 2014 03:11 pm

Letter: Margate is in good financial shape Letter: Margate is in good financial shape To the editor:

In 2011, Mayor Michael Becker and I voted to bring in a new auditor, Ford Scott and Associates, LLC, a leading firm in municipal auditing for South Jersey communities such as Margate. This firm performed the audit for 2011, discovered some deficiencies and made recommendations to correct them.

Three years later, we can proudly report that there were no findings at all in the 2013 audit report and that the city is in good financial shape, showing strong progress and heading in the right direction. Margate has a larger surplus than ever and its tax collectibles are up – a positive sign for Margate's economy according to the auditor – all despite three straight years of no tax increases.

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Longport's Navy Seal Challenge brings out the fittest

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Friday, August 01, 2014 02:00 pm

Swimmers take off in Navy Seal Challenge Swimmers take off in Navy Seal Challenge

LONGPORT – It was no ordinary 5K race.

The U.S. Navy Seal Challenge held on the Longport beach at 25th Avenue Wednesday, July 30, brought out about 75 of the fittest athletes, including lifeguards, summer residents, and ordinary folks who just wanted to support the cause.

The race included individual and group challenges, including a quarter-mile swim and a 5K run on the hard sand and soft sand, along with an obstacle course that brought participants to highs and lows. During pre-race orientation, organizers boasted that there would more obstacles than in years past.

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Visit Lucy the Elephant for a chance to be on TV

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, August 01, 2014 01:43 pm

Lucy the elephant MARGATE - A fun, new National Geographic show will be filming at Lucy the Elephant, 9200 Atlantic Ave. from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The shoot will highlight the Jersey Shore's beloved landmark and the ways people interact and engage with Lucy.

Minors must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Those wishing to appear on TV must sign an Appearance Release. There is no guarantee that participants will be included in the final program. More information will be provided on site.

 

Ducks retreat due to bad weather

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, August 01, 2014 01:32 pm

MARGATE – The Great Ducky Race and Cardboard Boat Regatta scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 3 at the Margate Pier have been cancelled due to the high chance of thunderstorms.

The event has been rescheduled for 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15 at the Katz JCC indoor pool, 501 N. Jerome Ave.

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Ventnor goes green with 6th annual boat parade

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Friday, August 01, 2014 11:21 am

VENTNOR – What started as a spoof of a neighboring community’s big event has turned into a fun and exciting summer night in the City of Ventnor.

The sixth annual Night in Ventnor Go Green Boat Parade will be held rain or shine at 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2 along Ventnor’s back bay area. Although the forecast is calling for heavy rain overnight Friday into Saturday, organizers say the parade will most likely go on.

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Ronald McDonald House brings families to visit Lucy the Elephant

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Written by Jordan Montgomery Thursday, July 31, 2014 02:56 pm

Children of the Ronald McDonald House of Southern New Jersey watch as America’s favorite clown juggles in front of Lucy the Elephant. Children of the Ronald McDonald House of Southern New Jersey watch as America’s favorite clown juggles in front of Lucy the Elephant. MARGATE  Families staying at the Ronald McDonald House of Southern New Jersey took a trip to the Jersey Shore Wednesday, July 30 to see Margate’s favorite pachyderm  Lucy the Elephant.

The visit was made possible by the Ronald McDonald House Young Professionals Council, which creates recreational opportunities for seriously ill children whose families stay at the Ronald McDonald house, which has been providing comfortable living arrangements for families of children being treated at nearby hospitals for more than 30 years.

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Freeholders spar over politics, Atlantic City revival

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Wednesday, July 30, 2014 04:50 pm

LONGPORT – Mayor Nicholas Russo welcomed the Atlantic County Board of Chosen Freeholders to Borough Hall on Tuesday, July 29, thanking freeholders for working to turn around Atlantic City. What followed was contentious political dialog about an ordinance designed to help hospitality workers keep their jobs.

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Margate schedules second town hall meeting

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Wednesday, July 30, 2014 02:13 pm

MARGATE – With such a sparse turnout at the town hall meeting held on Saturday, July 26, the Board of Commissioners has scheduled another town hall meeting for summer residents at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 23.

Only five people showed up at Saturday’s meeting, including several residents who regularly attend commission meetings. The poor turnout led to an apology from public officials for not advertising the meeting well enough in advance and not posting it to the city’s website.

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