• MARGATE – For the fourth year in a row, the tax rate for real property in Margate will remain unchanged. The Board of Commissioners introduced its 2015 municipal budget Feb. 19 with no increase in taxes.

    The $31.5 million budget calls for a tax rate of 60.1 cents per $100 of assessed valuation, the same as last year. The average homeowner with a house assessed at $516,007 will pay $3,101.20 in municipal taxes this year.

    Salaries, pensions and debt service are up slightly, but overall spending is down $124,843, according to Chief Financial Officer Lisa McLaughlin.

  • Lt. Frank CulmoneLONGPORT – At its Feb. 25 regular meeting, the Board of Commissioners unanimously agreed to support Mayor Nicholas Russo’s recommendation of Lt. Frank Culmone as the next chief of police.

    Culmone will replace Police Chief Vincent Pacentrilli, who will retire April 1 after 29 years on the police force.

    Russo said Culmone has the two most important traits for a police officer – morals and ethics.

  • The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Tuesday, Feb. 24 cancelled its bid solicitation to build sand dunes on the beaches of Margate and Longport.

    “Today, we notified the bidders that we are cancelling the solicitation,” said Steve Rochette, public affairs officer of the Army Corps Philadelphia District.

    The Army Corps had received two extensions to finalize the contract from two bidders vying for the job. The latest deadline to award the contract was Wednesday, Feb. 25.

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Letter: A master jetty is the only answer to the dune question

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Written by Opinion Wednesday, February 25, 2015 12:00 am

Letter: A master jetty is the only answer to the dune question Letter: A master jetty is the only answer to the dune question To the editor:

So far the Margate no-duners have spent thousands of taxpayer dollars only to delay the inevitable.

I doubt very much that any judge would allow any city or citizens group to stop the Army Corps of Engineers from a dune project. It would open a Pandora’s box that could delay or stop many Army Corps of Engineers coastal projects. That is, unless you have the only answer that will actually work.

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Downbeach In Your Town

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, February 24, 2015 12:00 am

JCC Falafel and Film

The Milton and Betty Katz JCC in Margate will host a Falafel and Film program 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26 featuring an evening of food, fun and a new Israeli film. Enjoy a kosher falafel meal complete with humus, tahini and Israel salad followed by several short films from Jerusalem’s Ma’aleh Film School that highlight current events and issues in modern day Israel.  Early bird cost is $8 for members/ $10 for non-members up to one week before event, $10/$12 afterwards.  For more information, contact Josh Cutler 609-822-1167, ext. 138 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Freeze for a Cause

The Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation will hold its sixth annual Freeze for a Cause 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 28 at North Carolina Avenue beach in Atlantic City. The after party begins 6 p.m. at Margaritaville with live music by The Danbees. Registration for the first division is $30 online and $40 the day of the event. Tickets to the after party are $25. Benefits people who have cancer. See www.thedrcf.com.

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Letter: Margate should disclose dune fight expenditures

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Written by Opinion Tuesday, February 24, 2015 12:00 am

Letter: Margate should disclose dune fight expenditures Letter: Margate should disclose dune fight expenditures To the editor:

The Press and The Downbeach Current, along with local news broadcasters, have reported that a federal judge has ruled that, although the state of New Jersey many not have used the proper procedures for the taking of property for the Margate dune project under eminent domain, the state may proceed by proper eminent domain procedures and, if successful, value the property being taken in accordance with existing New Jersey law.

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Women who do

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, February 23, 2015 04:30 pm

Atlantic County Hadassah presidents work and learn together. From left are Denise Borisch, president of Golda Meir Hadassah, and Sunny Otto and Nicole Weisman, co-presidents of Shaloma Hadassah. Atlantic County Hadassah presidents work and learn together. From left are Denise Borisch, president of Golda Meir Hadassah, and Sunny Otto and Nicole Weisman, co-presidents of Shaloma Hadassah. Local Hadassah women participated in a “Helping Hands” leadership seminar Monday, Feb. 9 at Temple Emannual in Cherry Hill. The workshop was attended by Hadassah leaders throughout southern and central New Jersey. Hadassah, the Woman’s Zionist Organization of America, supports the Hadassah Medical Organization in Jerusalem. According to their website, Hadassah women are activists, fundraisers, visionaries, wives, sisters, daughters and mothers who “do”

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Colmar Kitchen and Bath honored at industry show in Las Vegas

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, February 23, 2015 03:58 pm

Pictured in front of the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show booth displaying photographs of Colmar Kitchen and Bath’s showroom are Colmar’s design team, from left, Danielle McDonald, Rachel Pinckney, Tom Collins, Jr. and Tim Kriebel. Pictured in front of the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show booth displaying photographs of Colmar Kitchen and Bath’s showroom are Colmar’s design team, from left, Danielle McDonald, Rachel Pinckney, Tom Collins, Jr. and Tim Kriebel. MARGATE – Colmar Kitchen and Bath of Margate was voted one of the top three small retail showrooms at the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show awards presentation held in Las Vegas Jan. 21.

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Ventnor students measure up at annual science fair

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Thursday, February 19, 2015 01:57 pm

First-place winner Lauren Biondi disproved her hypothesis that warm rubber bands would stretch farther. First-place winner Lauren Biondi disproved her hypothesis that warm rubber bands would stretch farther. VENTNOR – Thirty-seven projects completed by 88 seventh-grade students at the Ventnor Middle School library were on display at the annual science fair in the library Friday, Feb. 7 – and some of the results were surprising, according to a few of the young scientists.

“Students had the option of participating in groups of two or three, or by themselves, and we had 100 percent participation,” science teacher Rochelle Gimmillaro said.

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Downbeach towns of one mind regarding single-use bags

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, February 18, 2015 04:21 pm

bag it   Sustainable Margate, Ventnor Green Team, Longport sponsor screening of documentary ‘Bag It’

Sustainable Margate, the Ventnor Green Team and Longport Borough, in conjunction with the Surfrider Foundation South Jersey Chapter, will host a screening of the award-winning documentary “Bag It” 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 10 at Steve & Cookies by the Bay.

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Letter: Woerner’s figures are inaccurate

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Written by Opinion Wednesday, February 18, 2015 12:00 am

To the editor:

The recent letter by Mr. Woerner should say, “Let me rewrite history.” His criticism of Commissioner Blumberg could not be more biased or baseless, and his recollection of the facts could not be further from the truth.

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Letter: MCCG is a political tax advocacy group

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Written by Opinion Wednesday, February 18, 2015 12:00 am

To the editor:

The Margate Concerned Citizens Group claims to be a nonpolitical tax advocacy group. This label is important because they meet in the Margate school, which can’t be used to promote political interests.

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Added assessments should eliminate tax increase in Margate

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Tuesday, February 17, 2015 04:43 pm

MARGATE – A building boom in Margate should all but eliminate an increase in taxes this year, Chief Financial Officer Lisa McLaughlin reported at the Board of Commissioners work session on Feb. 5.

It’s still under review, but a draft budget is complete and “I anticipate getting very close to a zero increase,” McLaughlin said.

In her unaudited finance update, McLaughlin noted that the city increased ratables by more than $14 million, which brings the net taxable value of real estate in the city to $3,560,607,377.

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