• 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.

  • VENTNOR – The Board of Commissioners will hold a special workshop meeting 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16 in the auditorium at the Ventnor Educational Community Complex, 400 N. Lafayette Ave. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss a proposed ordinance that would establish a tax abatement program.

    Commissioners have been discussing creating tax abatements to encourage property owners to make substantial improvements to their properties, including those damaged by hurricane Sandy. It is their hope that the program will eliminate substandard structures and housing conditions, and stop deterioration in certain neighborhoods.

Downbeach Current | Longport, Margate, Ventnor

Volunteer drivers needed for Ventnor seniors

Attention: open in a new window. PrintE-mail

Written by Staff Reports Sunday, August 31, 2014 12:00 am

VENTNOR ­– The city’s Senior Transportation Service needs volunteer drivers 9 a.m. to noon one day each work week to transport senior citizens to their doctor, pharmacy, hair dresser, bank,  and supermarket.

Read more: Volunteer drivers needed for Ventnor seniors

 

Kindergarten is sweet and magical at Ross School

Attention: open in a new window. PrintE-mail

Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Friday, August 29, 2014 12:19 pm

Charlie Levin, and Jack and Ellie Southard are engrossed in the moment. Charlie Levin, and Jack and Ellie Southard are engrossed in the moment. MARGATE – The Margate Education Foundation insured that this year’s crop of kindergarten students will find that the William H. Ross School is a sweet and magical place. The organization held its first ever kindergarten ice cream social Thursday, Sept. 28 in the schools playground area.

Parents and upper classmen scooped mounds of ice cream for kindergarteners, while the five- and six-year-olds, added colored sprinkles to make their treats even sweeter.

Read more: Kindergarten is sweet and magical at Ross School

   

Temple Emeth Shalom to broadcast speaker series live from the 92nd Street Y

Attention: open in a new window. PrintE-mail

Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Thursday, August 28, 2014 04:11 pm

MARGATE – Temple Emeth Shalom, 8501 Ventnor Ave., will be presenting an outstanding line up of nationally prominent speakers in its annual fall speaker series, which will be broadcast live from the 92stY in New York City. Sponsored by Rabbi Dr. Gordon L. Geller, the Elliot Geller Family and the Arthur Larky Foundation, three outstanding programs have been scheduled as follows:

Read more: Temple Emeth Shalom to broadcast speaker series live from the 92nd Street Y

 

Margate applies for 10 Post-Sandy Planning Grants

Attention: open in a new window. PrintE-mail

Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Thursday, August 28, 2014 04:03 pm

MARGATE – The Board of Commissioners passed a resolution Aug. 21 supporting the Strategic Recovery Planning Report prepared by planner and grant writer Jim Rutala of Rutala Associates of Linwood and authorized him to apply for up to $425,000 in Post-Sandy Planning Assistance Grants.

The report Rutala provided at a public meeting in May contained recommendations for building a stronger community and increasing the resilience of the city’s infrastructure that would protect neighborhoods from flooding and natural disasters.

Read more: Margate applies for 10 Post-Sandy Planning Grants

   

Margate plans Parkway area streetscape redesign

Attention: open in a new window. PrintE-mail

Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Thursday, August 28, 2014 02:47 pm

Plan A of the Margate Parkway redesign features elms and plum trees. Plan A of the Margate Parkway redesign features elms and plum trees. MARGATE – The city is planning a streetscape redesign for the Parkway area of Ventnor Avenue to restore it to its original grandeur when it was last installed more than 30 years ago.

The city has been discussing restoration for two years, Administrator Richard Deaney said.

He distributed to the Board of Commissioners two concept plans for consideration.

Read more: Margate plans Parkway area streetscape redesign

 

Longport church rises from the ashes

Attention: open in a new window. PrintE-mail

Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Tuesday, August 26, 2014 04:45 pm

Church supporters Richard Cohen, Anne Peterson Martin and Robert P. Subrianni are anxious to see the restoration projected at Church of the Redeemer fully completed. Church supporters Richard Cohen, Anne Peterson Martin and Robert P. Subrianni are anxious to see the restoration projected at Church of the Redeemer fully completed. LONGPORT – The historic restoration at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer is nearly completed. The congregation will hold its last service of the summer season at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 31.

The church, which was a summertime place of worship for wealthy Philadelphia families since 1908, burned down to the sand beneath it during the freakish derecho storm on June 30, 2012.

Read more: Longport church rises from the ashes

   

Ventnor gets $42,750 FEMA firefighter grant

Attention: open in a new window. PrintE-mail

Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, August 26, 2014 03:39 pm

VENTNOR – The Ventnor City Fire Department has been awarded a $42,750 grant through the Federal Emergency Management Agency Assistance to Firefighters Grant program.

The grant, which will allow the Ventnor Fire Department to purchase new thermal-imaging cameras, was part of $157,950 allotment awarded to Ventnor, the Hillsborough Rescue Squad and the Borough of Neptune.

Read more: Ventnor gets $42,750 FEMA firefighter grant

 

Lucy accepts ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Attention: open in a new window. PrintE-mail

Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, August 26, 2014 02:02 pm

MARGATE - Lucy the Elephant will accept the ALS Ice Bucket challenge 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27 with help from the Margate City Fire Department.

The MCFD will help Lucy make a splash as firefighters pour an “elephant sized" amount of water poured on her head.

Read more: Lucy accepts ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

   

Off-duty Longport police officer killed in motorcycle accident

Attention: open in a new window. PrintE-mail

Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Tuesday, August 26, 2014 11:04 am

Sgt. Charles T. Adams Sgt. Charles T. Adams LONGPORT – The borough police and fire departments are mourning the loss of one of their own today following the death of Longport Police Sgt. Charles T. Adams, 53, of Egg Harbor Township who was killed in a motorcycle accident in Franklin Township Monday, Aug. 25.

According to Longport Police Chief Vincent Pacentrilli, Adams, a 21-year veteran of the force, was out for a motorcycle ride, enjoying a beautiful day when he was involved in a crash on Harding Highway at the intersection of Tuckahoe Road. The accident occurred at 4:15 p.m. when an elderly woman drove her SUV into the path of Adams’ Harley Davidson, Pacentrilli said.

Read more: Off-duty Longport police officer killed in motorcycle accident

 

Margate City Police Blotter Aug. 15-23

Attention: open in a new window. PrintE-mail

Written by Staff Reports Monday, August 25, 2014 12:25 pm

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

Omar Urrea Jr., 35, of Atlantic City was arrested Aug. 15 by Officer James Costa and charged with burglary and theft of moveable property. Judge John Rosenberger was contacted and affixed bail at $40,000 full cash. Urrea Jr. was taken to the Gerard L. Gormley Justice Facility in Mays Landing.

Read more: Margate City Police Blotter Aug. 15-23

   

Page 8 of 46