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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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Margate children host Dog Parade on Saturday

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, July 30, 2014 01:45 pm

Children Making Change, a charitable group that involves children, will be hosting its first-ever Pet Parade at the Ann Pancoast Dog Park, 400 N. Argyle St., 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 2.

Registration begins at 9 a.m. For a $5 donation, pets and their owners are invited to strut their stuff and parade around the park on a leash. Prizes will be awarded in several categories, including best costume small/large breed, best group for small/large breed, and Best in Show. Dogs must be leashed or in crates for safety. Audience members will vote for their favorites. Refreshments and snacks will be available for purchase.

For more information, call Loren Murphy at 609-576-4494.

   

Longport hosts annual Ice Cream Social

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, July 30, 2014 01:43 pm

Atlantic County Library System/Longport, 2305 Atlantic Ave., holds its Annual Ice Cream Social 4-7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 4.

Everyone is invited to join the library staff on the patio for an ice cream treat. Starting at 5 p.m., the Marine Mammal Stranding Center presents Marine Mammals and Sea Turtles. Attendees discover what makes a marine mammal different than a fish, which types of marine mammals and sea turtles come to New Jersey, and the dangers they face while they are here.

The program is presented at no charge through a grant received by the Marine Mammal Stranding Center from South Jersey Industries.

Atlantic County Library System/Longport is located at 2305 Atlantic Avenue and may be reached by calling 609-804-0272.

 

JCC to host Great Ducky Race and Cardboard Boat Regatta

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, July 30, 2014 01:40 pm

The Milton and Betty Katz JCC will hold its sixth annual Great Ducky Race and Cardboard Boat Regatta 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 3 at the Washington Avenue Pier in Margate.

The fun-filled family day will include duck-themed carnival games, live music, a bounce house, cardboard boat regatta and a much-anticipated rubber duck race.

Duck adoptions are available at the Katz JCC front desk or by calling Julie at 609-822-1167, ext. 159. Ducks are 25 ducks for $100, 12 ducks for $50, five ducks for $20 or a solo duck for $5. Groups can enter the cardboard boat regatta with a one- to two-person boat for $50, a three- to five-person boat for $60 and a six- to 10-person boat for $80.

Contact Julie Fink at 609-822-1167, Ext. 159 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information.

   

Don't miss Nights in Ventnor Go Green parade

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Wednesday, July 30, 2014 01:16 pm

‘Shoe Bees’ Joy Cress and Lucille Rendina of Atlantic City dock at the finish line during last year's event. ‘Shoe Bees’ Joy Cress and Lucille Rendina of Atlantic City dock at the finish line during last year's event. VENTNOR - The Nights in Ventnor Go Green Boat Parade will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, along the backbay waterway. Rain date is Aug. 3.

Parade includes all types of fuel-free boats, including sculls, row boats and kayaks. Parade starts at Ski Beach on Dorset Avenue and ends at the Viking Rowing Club on Surrey Avenue in Ventnor Heights. There will be a barbecue, music, prizes for individuals and groups, as well as well-decorated homes along the route. Register by July 30.

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Longport American Legion cautions residents about Wounded Warrior solicitation letter

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Wednesday, July 30, 2014 12:52 pm

U.S. Navy Seal Lieutenant Andrew Dow U.S. Navy Seal Lieutenant Andrew Dow LONGPORT – American Legion Post 469 Cmdr. Larry Pacentrilli is cautioning residents about solicitation letters requesting donations for the Wounded Warrior program.

“This is not the same program as our Longport-based American Legion Post is running,” Pacentrilli said. “That’s not to say this is an illegitimate program; it is a good program.  We’re just concerned that Longport residents might confuse this program with our annual ‘Wounded Warrior Week’ program.”

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JCC conducts community march in solidarity with Israel

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, July 30, 2014 12:02 pm

Rob Goldberger of Ventnor, Robert Golan of Margate, and Jason Soltys of Linwood march in solidarity with Israel. Rob Goldberger of Ventnor, Robert Golan of Margate, and Jason Soltys of Linwood march in solidarity with Israel. MARGATE – The Milton and Betty Katz Jewish Community Center held a march Tuesday, July 29 in solidarity with Israel during the current conflict in the Middle East.

More than 500 people of all ages gathered in the courtyard at the center on Jerome Avenue and marched through the city’s athletic facility and through the adjoining streets chanting and singing songs of Jewish culture and religion. They returned to the courtyard where children played on a bouncy ride and teens sang and danced to Israeli music. They waved Israeli and American flags throughout the program.

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Margate BOE to negotiate directly with contractor for school projects

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Tuesday, July 29, 2014 12:24 pm

MARGATE – The Board of Education received no response from a second round of bids for school construction projects that will be partially funded with New Jersey Department of Education regular operating district (ROD) grant.

On June 11, the board rejected a single bid received when the district first advertised the project, which includes HVAC installations, barrier-free access ramps and courtyard paving at the Eugene A. Tighe School and HVAC and kindergarten bathrooms at the William H. Ross School.

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