• Sen. Jim Whelan joins volunteers who showed up last year to clean the beach in Atlantic City. Volunteers will turn out en masse Saturday to be part of the solution to ocean pollution. Beach sweeps will be held in shore communities up and down the New Jersey coastline on Saturday, April 26.

    Volunteers in Downbeach communities will canvass the beaches to pick up trash and debris to get them ready for summer visitors.

    Organizations and families are encouraged to participate in the statewide event to keep beaches clean and safe and protect New Jersey’s coastal environment.

  • The Ventnor Fishing Pier opens on Monday, April 28 with new membership fees for the 2014 season.

    Memberships are now available on a seasonal, weekly and daily basis with new fees and fines for violating the Ventnor City Recreation Board’s rules and regulations.

    The Board of Commissioners approved the amended ordinance at its April 17 meeting. The commission added a new weekly fee schedule in addition to last year’s seasonal and daily rate schedule.

  • VENTNOR – The city’s municipal budget was introduced last month and adopted April 17 without comment from neither the governing body nor the public. City Commissioner Theresa Kelly voted against its adoption.

    The $30,934,239 budget raised municipal tax rate 4.9 cents to $.896 per $100 of assessed valuation, up from $.847 last year. The average homeowner with a house assessed at $250,000 will pay $124 more this year for a total municipal tax of $2,240, up from $2116 last year. In Ventnor, a penny on the tax rate is equal to $250,000 in spending.

    “Money is tight all over and a lot of our residents are still suffering from Sandy,” Kelly said. “Some are unable to pay their taxes now, and there are so many houses for sale.”

  •  Members of the Mental Health Association were available to help homeowners still struggling more than 18 months after the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. Pictured are caseworkers Jordan Brunette of Absecon, Jaime Angelini of Smithville and Meghan Cusack of Linwood. EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – More than 50 people showed up to find out how they can get help repairing their Sandy damaged homes at a special meeting held at the township’s Community Center Wednesday, April 16.

  • 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.

Downbeach Current | Longport, Margate, Ventnor

'Moment in time' saves the life of a young reader

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Thursday, February 27, 2014 02:09 pm

Angelina Leon, 28, of Atlantic City and library assistant Kathy Tabasso, 57, of Margate hold 17-month-old Naomi at the Ventnor Library on Feb. 22. Tabasso provided lifesaving CPR to revive the child just weeks earlier. Angelina Leon, 28, of Atlantic City and library assistant Kathy Tabasso, 57, of Margate hold 17-month-old Naomi at the Ventnor Library on Feb. 22. Tabasso provided lifesaving CPR to revive the child just weeks earlier.

VENTNOR – One brief moment in time meant life, supreme joy and profound gratitude for three local residents one Saturday afternoon in February.

“I feel small. This is all part of a larger story,” said senior library assistant Kathy Tabasso, 57, of Margate.

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Ventnor schools gear up for Read Across America Day

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Wednesday, February 26, 2014 11:15 am

Kindergartner Akirawati Gordon is ready to give the Cat In The Hat a great big hug during the Ventnor Elementary School’s kick-off Feb. 25 for Read Across America Day next week. Teacher Joyce Cherry stands by. Kindergartner Akirawati Gordon is ready to give the Cat In The Hat a great big hug during the Ventnor Elementary School’s kick-off Feb. 25 for Read Across America Day next week. Teacher Joyce Cherry stands by. VENTNOR – Kindergarteners and preschoolers at Ventnor Elementary School met the Cat in the Hat Tuesday, Feb. 25 in preparation for Read Across America Day, held annually on Dr. Seuss’ birthday.

The New Jersey Education Association arranged for the visit by the favorite character of beloved children’s author Theodor Seuss Geisel.

Read Across America Day is a reading motivation program that calls for children, teachers, librarians, parents, grandparents, and members of the community to get excited about reading.

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Longport encourages veterans to beach here

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Tuesday, February 25, 2014 11:49 am

LONGPORT – Veterans welcome! could be a new slogan for the borough this summer. The Board of Commissioners Feb. 19 introduced a new ordinance that would allow active and retired military and members of the New Jersey National Guard to receive beach badges at no cost.

Active members of the Armed Forces and the New Jersey National Guard, their spouses and children over 12 will be eligible to receive free beach badges if the ordinance passes second reading Wednesday, March 19. Retired military who served at least 90 days active duty or sustained an injury or disability during their service are also eligible to receive a badge.

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Helping New Jersey residents recover from Superstorm Sandy one family at a time

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Written by Richard E. Constable III Monday, February 24, 2014 03:20 pm

As part of our commitment to transparency, the Christie Administration held three public hearings in February on our plans to execute the next round of federal Sandy recovery funds.

During the hearings in Atlantic, Essex and Monmouth Counties, we heard directly from many individuals who have had difficulty in their housing recovery efforts, particularly with the Reconstruction, Rehabilitation, Elevation and Mitigation (RREM) grant program. We understand their frustration in navigating the bureaucratic federal mandates, as well as the time the process takes.

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Knitters share tradition and talent to stitch for charity (VIDEO)

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Sunday, February 23, 2014 02:26 pm

Jersey Shore Knitting Guild founder Liv Dietrich of Margate and KnitOut organizer Liz Slater of Ventnor, show some of the completed items that will be donated to area school children. Jersey Shore Knitting Guild founder Liv Dietrich of Margate and KnitOut organizer Liz Slater of Ventnor, show some of the completed items that will be donated to area school children. VENTNOR – Nearly 50 knitters turned out on George Washington’s birthday to stitch more than 200 colorful pairs of mittens, scarves and hats for children in the area’s elementary schools. The annual event has kept children, veterans and cancer patients warm for more than 15 years.

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Ventnor Coffee hearing continues next month

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Friday, February 21, 2014 06:30 pm

About 150 people turned out Feb. 19 to support Ventnor Coffee in its request for an interpretation of the city’s zoning ordinance. About 150 people turned out Feb. 19 to support Ventnor Coffee in its request for an interpretation of the city’s zoning ordinance.

VENTNOR ­– Zoning Board officials will take the next month to acquire information from the owners of Ventnor Coffee to help them decide if offering live music is ancillary to the 6-month-old coffee shop’s main business.

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Ventnor church needs Planning Board approval to erect new sign

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Friday, February 21, 2014 01:32 pm

Artists rendering of electronic sign for St. John's by the Sea Church Artists rendering of electronic sign for St. John's by the Sea Church VENTNOR – The Reverend Ron Bretherick of St. John’s by the Sea Reformed Episcopal Church was told Feb. 20 that he would need Planning Board approval to erect a new sign at his church on Sacramento and Ventnor avenues.

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Bagnell promotes Ventnor police officer

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Friday, February 21, 2014 12:18 pm

Mayor Michael Bagnell administers the oath of office to Lawrence J. Hoff upon his promotion to lieutenant. Mayor Michael Bagnell administers the oath of office to Lawrence J. Hoff upon his promotion to lieutenant. VENTNOR – Mayor Michael Bagnell promoted Ventnor Police Sgt. Lawrence J. Hoff to the position of lieutenant at the Feb. 20 Board of Commissioners meeting.

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