• 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.

  • WASHINGTON – A group of New Jersey members of the U.S. House of Representatives sent a letter to Shaun Donovan, secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and Michael Boots, acting chairman of the Council on Environmental Quality requesting that they attend a New Jersey congressional delegation meeting to hear out questions and concerns about why the process for helping homeowners recovering from Hurricane Sandy is taking so long.

    The lawmakers want to discuss what can be done to assist 4,000 homeowners who still are not in their homes nearly a year and half after the October 2012 storm, and what might be done to properly modify any other procedures that may be delaying reconstruction.

  • VENTNOR – The Board of Commissioners is considering naming the city an area in need of rehabilitation, which would provide homeowners with tax incentives to improve their homes.

    “This is a way to stimulate growth in the city,” Mayor Michael Bagnell said.

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JFS garden project puts down roots in Pleasantville

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Friday, April 11, 2014 04:17 pm

Cookie Till plants primroses in the flower garden. 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.

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House members ask HUD to address concerns of Sandy-impacted homeowners still awaiting help

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Friday, April 11, 2014 02:09 pm

WASHINGTON – A group of New Jersey members of the U.S. House of Representatives sent a letter to Shaun Donovan, secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and Michael Boots, acting chairman of the Council on Environmental Quality requesting that they attend a New Jersey congressional delegation meeting to hear out questions and concerns about why the process for helping homeowners recovering from Hurricane Sandy is taking so long.

The lawmakers want to discuss what can be done to assist 4,000 homeowners who still are not in their homes nearly a year and half after the October 2012 storm, and what might be done to properly modify any other procedures that may be delaying reconstruction.

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Ventnor considers tax abatements for home improvements

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Friday, April 11, 2014 01:09 pm

VENTNOR – The Board of Commissioners is considering naming the city an area in need of rehabilitation, which would provide homeowners with tax incentives to improve their homes.

“This is a way to stimulate growth in the city,” Mayor Michael Bagnell said.

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Ventnor Coffee to hold Music Showdown awards ceremony at Margaritaville on Saturday

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, April 11, 2014 12:29 pm

Trophies are waiting to be distributed to the bands Trophies are waiting to be distributed to the bands.  ATLANTIC CITY - Ventnor Coffee and WZXL 100.7 will host their Music Showdown awards presentation 1 p.m. Saturday, April 12 at Margaritaville, Resorts Casino, 1133 Boardwalk, Atlantic City. Hosts include actor Ronald JC and Katz JCC President Eric Goldstein. The Turning Point Band will provide entertainment.and

According to Ventnor Coffee owner Michael Einwechter, 176 local bands from New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware and New York competed for a chance to break out, win prizes, including a professional photo shoot, music video contract and headline gigs at three locations.

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Students shine at VECC Expo

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Thursday, April 10, 2014 12:27 pm

Students and parents were amazed by the roller coasters made by the seventh grade science class. Second grader Mattie Sarno, third from left, places a marble in the track, while her classmates Francesca Gentile, Chloe Frick and mom Maria Sarno watch it roll down the track. Students and parents were amazed by the roller coasters made by the seventh grade science class. Second grader Mattie Sarno, third from left, places a marble in the track, while her classmates Francesca Gentile, Chloe Frick and mom Maria Sarno watch it roll down the track. VENTNOR – The Ventnor Educational Community Complex was bustling with activity Wednesday evening, April 9 as parents visited the school’s annual Expo, which featured hundreds of projects students completed during the school year. It was the students’ opportunity to shine as they displayed art, science, mathematics and social studies projects in the hallways, classrooms and multi-purpose room.

Members of the Elementary School Band and Chorus performed a series of musical selections in the performing arts center that delighted proud parents and grandparents.

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Longport’s call for leaf-blower input falls on deaf ears

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Wednesday, April 09, 2014 02:31 pm

LONGPORT – An effort to ban leaf-blowers could be 10 sheets to the wind after no-one showed up at a public meeting April 9, including the commissioner who wanted to hear from residents and landscapers about the suggested ban.

Commissioner James Leeds called the meeting to obtain feedback from residents and landscapers who maintain the million-dollar properties throughout the borough to decide if Longport should amend its commercial landscaper mercantile ordinance to include a ban on gas-powered leaf-blowers.

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Margate closer to getting post-Sandy streetscape grant

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Wednesday, April 09, 2014 07:54 am

TRENTON – The New Jersey Economic Development Authority April 8 approved loans totaling more than $5.6 million for storm-impacted small businesses. In addition, seven municipalities were selected to advance under the streetscape component of the Neighborhood and Community Revitalization Program. Margate was selected for a grant in Round Two.

The EDA presented seven municipalities that were selected based on objective scoring criteriato advance to the next phase of the approval process under the streetscape component of the NCR Program.  The EDA advanced four municipalities under the first round in February.  The streetscape component of the NCR Program was allocated $10 million to provide grants of $125,000 to $1.5 million per projectto support “Main Street” revitalization improvements in impacted communities. Projects from Round One that reached the minimum scoring threshold were rolled into Round Two for consideration.   

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Remains found in closet leads to indictment of Ventnor woman

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Wednesday, April 09, 2014 07:41 am

MAYS LANDING – A Ventnor woman was indicted Tuesday, April 8 on a charge of murdering her husband, whose remains were found in her closet after a six-year missing person investigation, acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain said.

Loretta Doyle Burroughs, 62, was indicted for murder and hindering her own apprehension in connection with stabbing death of her husband, Daniel Burroughs, 66, when both lived on Leipzig Avenue in Hamilton Township.

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