• MARGATE – An engineer and attorney hired to represent the city regarding the pending dunes project have questioned the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and the Army Corps of Engineers.

    Margate Administrator Richard Deaney provided a written update to the Board of Commissioners Sept. 18 about the progress being made by outside counsel and an environmental engineer hired to represent the city against the dunes plan. Deaney said the city has received a revised edition of the engineering plans for the dunes project, which is slated to begin in November, and is being reviewed by the city’s engineer.

  • VENTNOR – An engineering consultant last week recommended ways the city can become more sustainable and resilient to storms in the wake of hurricane Sandy.

    Stewart Weiser of Remington, Vernick and Walberg presented his Strategic Recovery Planning Report to the Board of Commissioners at its Sept. 17 meeting. The report was funded with a $30,000 grant that was made available to communities in the nine counties most affected by the storm. To qualify, municipalities had to show they lost at least $1 million in ratables as a result of the storm.

  • LONGPORT – The Borough Commission Sept. 17 passed a resolution that approved all the necessary documentation to start the long-awaited dunes project.

    Mayor Nicholas Russo signed an authorization for a state aid agreement with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection to construct the Brigantine to Great Egg Harbor Inlet Storm Damage Reduction Project

  • 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.

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This weekend's Fall Funfest offers full lineup of entertainment

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, September 24, 2014 01:13 pm

Children look through microscopes to see what tiny organisms live in the sea. Children look through microscopes to see what tiny organisms live in the sea. MARGATE – The annual Funfest by the Bay set for Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 27-28 on Amherst Avenue will offer more to see and do this year.

Sponsored by the Margate Business Association, the two-day family event will feature mini-golf for the first time, along with new amusements, craft vendors, a smorgasbord of food, boat rides, critters for the kids, entertainment on two stages and a visit from Miss New Jersey 2014 Cierra Kaler-Jones.

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Margate consultants seek revisions to the Army Corps dunes plan

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Tuesday, September 23, 2014 02:27 pm

MARGATE – An engineer and attorney hired to represent the city regarding the pending dunes project have questioned the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and the Army Corps of Engineers.

Margate Administrator Richard Deaney provided a written update to the Board of Commissioners Sept. 18 about the progress being made by outside counsel and an environmental engineer hired to represent the city against the dunes plan. Deaney said the city has received a revised edition of the engineering plans for the dunes project, which is slated to begin in November, and is being reviewed by the city’s engineer.

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Downbeach In Your Town, edition of Sept. 25

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, September 23, 2014 09:51 am

Rosh Hashanah family service

Beth El will hold a High Holiday family service led by Rabbi Judi DelBourgo on the first day of Rosh Hashanah, 10:45 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 25 at the Beth El Chapel, 500 N. Jerome Ave., Margate. Children must be accompanied by someone 18 or older. The family oriented service will conclude with a blowing of the shofar in the main sanctuary. All are welcome. Call 609-823-2725.

Superheroes for Autism Walk

Faces4Autism will host a Superheroes for Autism Walk 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 27 on the Boardwalk starting at St. James Hall parking lot, Ventnor and Portland avenues. Wear a superhero costume, cape and mask to support superheroes with autism. Get a Superpower T-shirt for $15 or raise $50 for the walk and get one for free. Teams and schools are welcome. There will be a Zumba warm-up before the walk and hot dogs and drinks afterward. Register in advance at superherowalkforautism.eventbright.com/, or on site at 9 a.m. All proceeds benefit programs that help families dealing with autism. See www.faces4autism.org .

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Engineer recommends steps for post-Sandy planning, flood mitigation

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Monday, September 22, 2014 04:47 pm

VENTNOR – An engineering consultant last week recommended ways the city can become more sustainable and resilient to storms in the wake of hurricane Sandy.

Stewart Weiser of Remington, Vernick and Walberg presented his Strategic Recovery Planning Report to the Board of Commissioners at its Sept. 17 meeting. The report was funded with a $30,000 grant that was made available to communities in the nine counties most affected by the storm. To qualify, municipalities had to show they lost at least $1 million in ratables as a result of the storm.

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Register to be a bone marrow donor at Margate's Funfest

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, September 22, 2014 04:44 pm

MARGATE – The Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation will host a cheek-swabbing station Saturday and Sunday at the Margate Fall Funfest to register bone marrow donors.

Anyone 18 to 44 years old can register to become a donor. The swabbing station will be open 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 27 and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 28 at the Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation booth – number NP4 on the bay side near Madison Avenue.

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Steeple rings out renewal for Margate Community Church

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Written by Chelsea White Monday, September 22, 2014 10:16 am

Locals gather for the steeple dedication ceremony following the Sunday morning worship service Sept. 21 at Margate Community Church on Ventnor Ave.  Locals gather for the steeple dedication ceremony following the Sunday morning worship service Sept. 21 at Margate Community Church on Ventnor Ave. Margate Community Church dedicated its new steeple Sunday, Sept. 21 with an outdoor ceremony after the conclusion of its worship service.

Speakers thanked area residents and members of the congregation for their generosity and kindness, and reflected on working together as a community. 

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Longport approves all necessary documentation to start dunes project

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Friday, September 19, 2014 04:17 pm

LONGPORT – The Borough Commission Sept. 17 passed a resolution that approved all the necessary documentation to start the long-awaited dunes project.

Mayor Nicholas Russo signed an authorization for a state aid agreement with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection to construct the Brigantine to Great Egg Harbor Inlet Storm Damage Reduction Project

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Margate City Police Blotter Aug. 25-Sept. 16

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, September 18, 2014 02:23 pm

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

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Letter: Taube on casino gambling in North Jersey

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Written by Opinion Thursday, September 18, 2014 02:09 pm

Dear Editor,

It’s crazy to consider gaming up north at a time when four casino properties recently shuttered as a result of increased gaming competition in the northeast.  Those in favor of gaming up north claim that projections show it will help Atlantic City.  But in an ailing market, one shouldn’t gamble with projections of the unknown.   

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JFS names Melissa Bollinger director of Village by the Shore

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, September 18, 2014 01:50 pm

Melissa Bollinger MARGATE - Melissa Bollinger joins Jewish Family Service as Director of Village by the Shore, a program that provides a variety of concierge, volunteer, professional services and socialization for adults over 50. Bollinger’s responsibilities include promoting, managing and directing day-to-day operations, including memberships, programs and social events. She also serves as a liaison with the village’s community partner organizations.

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