• MARGATE – New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin is planning to meet with local officials early next month to discuss alternatives to the pending dunes construction project.

    Mayor Michael Becker said he received a call from Martin last week to arrange a meeting or two to discuss “unresolved issues with the specification of the plan, including drainage.”

    Becker said the 15-minute conversation was cordial and that Martin suggested a second meeting in mid-November to meet with the city’s technical consultant about the project.

    “I think it is a big step forward for the commissioner to call us,” Becker said. “He is aware of our issues and will set the time and place for the meetings.”

  • VENTNOR – The Board of Education agreed Wednesday, Oct. 22 to partner with Atlantic City in its effort to win the Georgetown University Energy Prize national competition, which carries a $5 million prize for the community that most effectively reduces its per-capita energy consumption over a two-year period starting Jan. 1, 2015.

    Action taken at the meeting will pave the way for other Downbeach communities to join Atlantic City in an interlocal agreement that benefits residents and helps the environment.

    Atlantic City is one of 52 municipalities nationwide that made it to the quarter-finals of the competition, which is designed to create a more energy efficient America. The prize challenges communities to incorporate innovative ideas to reduce energy consumption.

  • 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.

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Margate Police Blotter Sept. 16 – Oct. 22

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, October 23, 2014 03:58 pm

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

Read more: Margate Police Blotter Sept. 16 – Oct. 22

 

Longport Police Blotter Sept. 11 – Oct. 21

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, October 23, 2014 03:48 pm

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

Vincent Monzo Jr, 19, of Ventnor was arrested Oct. 2 by Ptl. Ray Burgan and charged with possession of CDS and unregistered motor vehicle.

Christopher E Jonassaint, 35, of Cape May Court House was arrested Oct. 4 by Ptl. Dean Tibbitt and charged with tint and driving while intoxicated.

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Margate Schools host spaghetti dinner

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, October 23, 2014 03:45 pm

MARGATE - Former Superintendent Dominick Potena will be cooking up a storm, 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13 at the Tighe School cafeteria. The annual spaghetti dinner hosted by the Margate Education Foundation is a fundraiser for the eighth grade, and features a Wine and Grab and Prize Raffle, spaghetti, meatballs, salad and bread. Tickets are $7 in advance by Nov. 3 and $8 at the door. For information, call Anita Grimley at 609-335-8101.

 

Margate achieves bronze Sustainable Jersey certification

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, October 23, 2014 03:29 pm

MARGATE – Sustainable Jersey recently announced that Margate City has met the rigorous requirements to achieve Sustainable Jersey certification.  Margate is among 117 of the 416 registered municipalities that have attained bronze certification. 

Mayor Michael Becker will accept the award at the at the sixth annual Sustainable Jersey awards luncheon during the New Jersey League of Municipalities Conference in Atlantic City Tuesday, Nov. 18 in Atlantic City.

“I couldn’t be more proud of this prestigious achievement and what it means for the residents of Margate,” said Margate Mayor Mike Becker. “The sustainability initiatives undertaken by the green team are helping Margate go green, save money and sustain the quality of life for all of us over the long term.”

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Video project core component of Apple store visit

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Thursday, October 23, 2014 02:40 pm

Jackson Agnellini and Blake Laveson, both fourth-graders at the Ross School, try their hand at using a Mac. Jackson Agnellini and Blake Laveson, both fourth-graders at the Ross School, try their hand at using a Mac. ATLANTIC CITY – It’s traditional for students to bring an apple to the teacher, but fourth-grade teachers at the William H. Ross School in Margate this week and next are bringing their students to Apple.

The annual fourth-grade field trip to the Apple Store at Caesar’s Pier in Atlantic City is a fun way for students to experience the art of filmmaking, with them as the stars, fourth-grade teacher Tina Baronowitz said Monday, Oct. 20.

Fifteen of her students visited the Apple Store before it opened to the public to learn how to make green screen videos with user-friendly software.

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Longport commission meeting rescheduled

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, October 23, 2014 02:37 pm

LONGPORT – The Board of Commissioners workshop meeting scheduled for Nov. 13 and the regular meeting scheduled for Nov. 21 have been canceled. The board’s regular November meeting will be held 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12 at Borough Hall.

   

Alliance, Margate schools host barbecue and bonfire Friday night

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, October 23, 2014 02:30 pm

The Margate-Longport Municipal Alliance to Prevent Drug Abuse and the Margate City Board of Education will hold its first-ever Bback-to-School BBQ and Bonfire. Administrators, teachers, staff and students and their families will attend the event 5-7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 24. The barbeque will be held at the field across from the Eugene A. Tighe Middle School. Bring your own beach chair and enjoy an end of the summer season, welcome fall and winter celebration.

 

Downbeach In Your Town

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, October 22, 2014 12:00 am

Halloween parade and bingo

A Halloween parade and bingo night will be held 5:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24 in the cafeteria of the Ventnor Educational Community Complex, 400 N. Lafayette Ave., Ventnor. For information call 609-487-7900.

An Evening with George Burns

Beth El Synagogue and Temple Emeth Shalom will present “An Evening with George Burns” 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25 at Beth El Synagogue, 500 N. Jerome Ave., Margate. Refreshments will be served. Cost is $18 prepaid by Oct. 20 and $20 at the door. For reservations or information contact Beth El 609-823-2725 or Temple Emeth Shalom 609-822-4343.

Learn how to adopt a shelter dog

The Ventnor branch of the Atlantic County Library, 6500 Atlantic Ave., will host a presentation on adopting a shelter dog 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 25. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is requested. The discussion will include what to know and what to look for when adopting a shelter dog. For information call 609-823-4614.

Paw Plunge

Longport will host a Paw Plunge 10 a.m.-noon Sunday, Oct. 26 on the beach at 33rd Avenue to benefit the Humane Society of Atlantic County. Bring your dog to the beach and take a plunge in the ocean. Registration starts 9 a.m.; the fee is $10 per couple (dog and owner). Call Amy Strawder at 609-823-2731, ext. 100.

‘Phantom of the Opera’ screening

The original silent film “The Phantom of the Opera” will be shown 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26 at the Adrian Phillips Ballroom at Boardwalk Hall. The film features Lon Chaney, Norman Kerry and Mary Philbin. Tickets are $20 and proceeds benefit the Historic Organ Restoration Committee Inc. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com or at the door starting 7 p.m. For information about the organ restoration see www.boardwalkhall.com/organs.asp or call 609-515-5857

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Margate Police present $5,581 check to Gilda’s Club

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, October 21, 2014 11:18 am

Pictured from left are Beth Wray, Vickie Perry, Adria Light, Lauren Crenshaw of Gilda's Club, James Costa, Christopher Taroncher, Shane Conesky and Kenneth Bergeron of the Margate Police Department. Pictured from left are Beth Wray, Vickie Perry, Adria Light, Lauren Crenshaw of Gilda's Club, James Costa, Christopher Taroncher, Shane Conesky and Kenneth Bergeron of the Margate Police Department.

LINWOOD – The Margate Police Department, Police Benevolent Association Local 65 and Margate Business Association partnered to present a check for $5,581 Oct. 15 to Gilda’s Club of South Jersey.

A portion of the funds were raised during Margate’s Fall Funfest by the Bay at the department’s Dunk-a-Cop dunk tank campaign. Participants paid for three chances to dunk an officer. The officers also sold T-shirts to show support for Gilda’s Club.

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Ventnor man charged in string of vehicle, shed burglaries

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, October 21, 2014 10:38 am

VENTNOR – The Ventnor City Police Department arrested a resident Oct. 15 in connection with a rash of vehicle and shed burglaries over a weeklong period.

David Parke, 26, was arrested Wednesday and charged with seven counts of burglary and theft and other related charges, according to public information officer Detective Lt. Steven Ireland.

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