• TRENTON – Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced Nov. 20 that Ventnor City would receive a $501,000 grant to restore historic City Hall. The building was one of four in Atlantic County selected for Sandy Disaster Relief Grants for Historic Properties to fund the preservation, stabilization, rehabilitation and repair of New Jersey historic structures that were damaged by the storm.

    Other Atlantic County structures awarded grants include Fire Station 3 in Atlantic City, which received $338,289, Fire Station 2 in Atlantic City $205,649 and Gateway Playhouse in Somers Point $102,400.

  • MARGATE – Local firefighters and EMS workers who routinely arrive at drug overdose calls are now carrying the life-saving antidote, naloxone.

    Chief Anthony Tabasso made the announcement at the Nov. 6 Board of Commissioners work session meeting.

  • MARGATE – City Clerk and Tax Collector Tom Hiltner will resign from both positions Jan. 1 and receive $260,000 payable in installments over the next two years as part of a settlement reached in his whistleblower lawsuit against the city.

    Under the agreement, the city will also give Hiltner $12,000 a year for the next eight years for health insurance, and pay $50,000 in attorney fees to Jacobs & Barbone, his attorneys.

  • MARGATE – Despite differences of opinion regarding the dunes issue, the Board of Commissioners Nov. 6 agreed to uphold the wishes of the voters and proceed with an effort to stop the state and Army Corps of Engineers from building sand dunes on the beach.

    Congratulating the advocacy group Margate Citizens Questioning the Beach Project, which lobbied to fight the dunes project, Commissioner Brenda Taube said she would join Commissioner Maury Blumberg and Mayor Michael Becker in support of voters who passed a nonbinding referendum Nov. 4 that asked if they wanted the city to spend up to $200,000 in legal fees to try to stop the NJ Department of Environmental Protection and the Army Corps from proceeding with the project. The unofficial vote count was 1,140 yes, 1,091 no. Provisional ballots are still being counted. Certification by the Atlantic County Clerk is expected Monday afternoon.

  • VENTNOR – The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs has awarded $230,000 in Post-Sandy Planning Assistance grants to help the city become more resilient to storms.

    Mayor Michael Bagnell said the grants will help the city plan for the future after several years of struggling with the aftermath of hurricane Sandy, which flooded the city in October 2012.

Downbeach Current | Longport, Margate, Ventnor

Prep senior conducting book drive for VECC

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Tuesday, November 18, 2014 04:08 pm

Haddon Antonucci, center, collected more than 4,000 books for students at the Hess School in Mays Landing several years ago. He is now collecting books for the Ventnor schools. Here he is with former Hess School reading coach Jennifer Farrell and former administrator Jennifer Baldwin. Haddon Antonucci, center, collected more than 4,000 books for students at the Hess School in Mays Landing several years ago. He is now collecting books for the Ventnor schools. Here he is with former Hess School reading coach Jennifer Farrell and former administrator Jennifer Baldwin. RICHLAND – Haddon Antonucci, 17, of Mays Landing, a senior at St. Augustine Preparatory School, is conducting a book drive to benefit students of the Ventnor Educational Community Complex. It is the second book drive he has conducted to instill a love of reading in today’s youth.

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Margate Fire Dept. to carry life-saving naloxone

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Tuesday, November 18, 2014 04:06 pm

MARGATE – Local firefighters and EMS workers who routinely arrive at drug overdose calls are now carrying the life-saving antidote, naloxone.

Chief Anthony Tabasso made the announcement at the Nov. 6 Board of Commissioners work session meeting.

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Longport approves bonding for repairing water tower

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Tuesday, November 18, 2014 03:49 pm

longport water tower LONGPORT – The Board of Commissioners approved a $50,000 temporary bond ordinance Wednesday, Nov. 12 to pay for work on the water tower, which underwent structural repairs and had a new paint job last summer.

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Longport school board considers special election to ask voters for more money

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Tuesday, November 18, 2014 03:40 pm

LONGPORT – The Board of Education may have to ask voters for more money to fund the school district budget, Business Administrator Jann Cohen told board members at meeting Thursday, Nov. 13 at Longport Borough Hall.

“There’s no possible way we can fund our budget next year,” she said.

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Water department recommends winterizing pipes now

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Tuesday, November 18, 2014 03:18 pm

VENTNOR – The city often gets requests from residents during the winter to turn off water service to properties that have sprung water leaks due to frozen pipes. Many of the calls stem from outside showers that have not been properly turned off, according to Water Department Superintendent Thomas Klein.

Klein recommends that all residents, and especially seasonal residents, check their outside showers to ensure that the water is turned off and pipes are drained to prevent freezing. He recommends having a certified plumber winterize the home.

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Letter: Becker squandered $236,847 in legal fees

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Written by Opinion Tuesday, November 18, 2014 09:20 am

Letter: Becker squandered $236,847 in legal fees Letter: Becker squandered $236,847 in legal fees To the editor:

Yes, Margate Mayor Becker would finally declare defeat in the settlement of the whistleblower case. He'd love nothing more than to insist "It's time to move on." After blowing nearly a million dollars of taxpayer money, he magnanimously goes on to proclaim: "I'm glad we could come to a mutual reconciliation."

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Margate considers banning helium balloon release

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Monday, November 17, 2014 12:50 pm

MARGATE – If you’re planning to release helium balloons at your festive occasion, city officials may be about to burst your bubble.

What floats 5 miles up eventually comes down, and some of it washes up on beaches and ends up in the stomachs of wildlife. Helium-filled balloons may disappear from view, but they do not disappear from the environment, according to some environmentalists.

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Downbeach In Your Town

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, November 17, 2014 12:00 am

Fundraiser at Boccaser

Shaloma Hadassah will hold a fundraiser 5-9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2 at Bocca Coal Fired Bistro, 7805 Ventnor Ave., Margate. Receive a certificate and present it to the server and Bocca will donate 20 percent of the purchase price to Shaloma Hadassah. For information or to obtain a certificate call Eve at 609-822-0024.

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Letter: Dune litigation can be funded from current budget

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Written by Opinion Friday, November 14, 2014 12:00 am

To the editor:

In the 2013 election, 65 percent of the people who voted agreed that there should not be any dunes in the city. Nonetheless Mayor Michael Becker and Commissioner Brenda Taube voted to have a second referendum, asking the electorate to vote on funding the estimated $200,000 to sue the state to stop the dunes project. This referendum also passed.

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Village by the Shore offers access to social and service networks

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, November 14, 2014 12:00 am

MARGATE – For those looking for a present for a parent, neighbor or friend, Village by the Shore membership is a gift that keeps on giving, according to Jewish Family Service of Atlantic and Cape May Counties.

Village by the Shore provides services and socialization for adult members over age 50. It has no physical location; it is a network that provides access to a range of services, programs and activities including concierge and professional services, transportation, social activities, discounted service rates and free programs, according to its website. 

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