• VENTNOR – The City Commission, Planning Board and Planning and Zoning Department are considering changes to the zoning and building codes to address a number of issues.

    On Aug. 21, the commission asked the Planning Board to review zoning for the R-7 District, which is zoned single family. The commission is asking planners to consider allowing duplexes as a conforming use in the zone.

    According to Zoning Officer Jimmy Agnesino, the area was once zoned for multifamily dwellings, but in the 1990s the city rezoned it for single family only.

  • 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.

  • MARGATE – When local voters go to the polls for the Nov. 4 general election, they’ll get one more chance to decide if a legal battle to stop the dunes project is in Margate’s future.

    Following a 90-minute special meeting that brought out supporters and detractors of the fight to stop the pending dunes project, the Board of Commissioners passed two resolutions. One would put a question on the November ballot asking voters to spend $200,000 plus technical costs to sue the state and federal government to stop the project. The other would allow the city to hire an attorney to file an immediate injunction to stop the project.

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Sept. 11, 2014, a day of resolve for Downbeach community

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Thursday, September 11, 2014 01:49 pm

Members of Margate Fire Department place a wreath to honor those who perished on 9-11. Two separate services united Longport and Margate with big cities, small towns and tiny villages across America as they resolved to never forget what happened on Sept. 11, 2001.

“This is a day of remembrance, prayer and sorrow,” Longport Deputy Tax Collector Pam Tomassi said as she waited for Longport’s service to start.

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Becker, Taube, Amodeo announce run for Margate Commission

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, September 10, 2014 01:45 pm

MARGATE – Mayor Michael Becker, City Commissioner Brenda Taube and former New Jersey Assemblyman John Amodeo announced their plan to run as a team for Margate City Commission Wednesday, Sept. 10 at the foot of Lucy the Elephant.

Becker and Taube, who is commissioner of Public Works, were elected in 2011 and are pursuing their second term in office. Amodeo is a longtime resident.

Becker said the team offers a unique blend of experience and a track record of success along multiple levels of government.

“We are facing a number of unique challenges right now, which calls for a team that has great depth of experience, combined with an unwavering commitment to work together for the good of Margate as a whole,” he said.

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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.

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Margate Community Church dedicates new steeple

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, September 09, 2014 03:13 pm

MARGATE – The Margate Community Church, 8900 Ventnor Ave., will dedicate its new steeple 11:15 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 21. The public is invited to celebrate the new steeple, which was damaged in recent storms.

The church erected the new steeple and replaced the cross, which blew off and punctured a part of the roof during the derecho of 2012. The steeple was further damaged in hurricane Sandy. The last steeple was dedicated in 1956 and served as a beacon during fair and stormy weather for all those who sought spiritual refuge.

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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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Katz JCC to host annual Senior and Adult Expo

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, September 09, 2014 12:37 pm

MARGATE – The Shore Medical Center, Greater Atlantic City Chamber of Commerce Senior and Adult Expo at the Katz Jewish Community Center, 501 N. Jerome Avenue, Margate on Thursday, Sept. 18 will feature more than 60 health related vendors showcasing their products and services from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The expo is one of the largest active adult health and wellness exhibits in New Jersey. Its focus on lifestyle and active aging for baby boomers and seniors has reached more than 3,000 adults, seniors and caregivers each year in its seven-year history.

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Senior Adult Expo vendors announced

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, September 09, 2014 12:32 pm

Vendors at the Katz JCC Senior and Adult Expo Thursday, Sept 18 include:

A Better Home Care, The ACUA, Aetna-AIM Absolute Insurance, AFLAC, Atlantic Adult Day Healthcare, Atlantic City Electric, Atlantic City International Airport, Atlantic County Department of Intergenerational Services, Atlantic Medical Imaging, Atlantic Realty Management, Bacharach Institute for Rehab, Bankers Life and Casualty, Bathsaver, Bayada Home Health Care, Body In Balance/Parkinson Life Center of Southern New Jersey, Brandywine Senior Living at Brandall Estates, CASA of Atlantic & Cape May Counties, Cenegenics, Comfort Keepers, Compassionate Care Hospice, DePaul Healthcare Systems, Eastern Pines Convalescent

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Ventnor Commission meeting rescheduled

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, September 09, 2014 11:53 am

The Ventnor City Board of Commissioners meeting originally scheduled for Sept. 18 has been changed due to a schedule conflict with the Ventnor Educational Community Complex, which is holding its Back-to-School Night activities at the school starting at 6 p.m.

The commission meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16 in the auditorium at VECC, 400 N. Lafayette Ave.

 

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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