• City Commissioner Maury Blumberg, right, recognizes retiring City Clerk Tom Hiltner with a proclamation naming Dec. 18.MARGATE – Tom Hiltner attended his final government meeting as city clerk Thursday, Dec. 18. He will retire at the end of the year after more than 25 years as the city’s keeper of records. He was also the city tax collector.

    The Board of Commissioners appointed Deputy Clerk Rosie Freed to replace him as city clerk and Linda Morgan as tax collector. Freed was sworn in at the end of the meeting with her family present. Morgan will take the oath of office at the next meeting when her family can be present.

  • ATLANTIC CITY – An activist for open government will be heard in court Monday after the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office denied his request for information about the alleged theft of funds from the Margate Firefighters Benevolent Association Inc. The case is scheduled to be heard 9 a.m. Monday, Dec. 15 by Superior Court Judge Nelson C. Johnson.

    According to a complaint filed Nov. 10 in Superior Court, John Paff of Somerset, chairman of the New Jersey Libertarian Party Open Government Advocacy Project, the Prosecutor’s Office refused to provide any information about the case. He is asking for the immediate release of all incident and investigative reports related to the case.

  • LONGPORT – The Board of Commissioners is considering a request from the city engineer to be more assertive in its support of the pending Absecon Island Beach Protection project – which its neighbor to the north is trying to stop.

    “We went to great lengths to try and get this money and to protect our infrastructure and properties through the dune system. I really think we ought to look at what proactive activities we can do because of the court case out there,” borough engineer Richard Carter told the commission at its Wednesday, Dec. 11 workshop meeting.

    “If you want this, might have to fight for it.”

  • Board of Commissioners appropriates $50,000 more for legal work

    MARGATE – U.S. District Court Judge Renee M. Bumb issued an order Tuesday, Dec. 9 adjourning a court hearing on the dunes project from Dec. 17 to 10 a.m. Jan. 15 to allow the parties to come up with an “amicable resolution.”

    The order was issued in response to a joint request for adjournment from Margate’s special counsel, Jordan M. Rand of Dilworth Paxson LLP, and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

  • CAMDEN – Margate won the second round Thursday in its legal battle to negotiate an alternative to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plan to build sand dunes on the beach.

    On Dec. 4, U.S. District Court Judge Renee Marie Bumb extended the temporary restraining order she imposed Nov. 24 that barred the DEP from awarding a contract to build the dunes.

Ventnor Coffee is created by, and for locals

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Ventnor coffee owners and family members Laura Pagano, her mother Christine Pagano, and her husband Michael Einwechter of Margate. Ventnor coffee owners and family members Laura Pagano, her mother Christine Pagano, and her husband Michael Einwechter of Margate.

VENTNOR – There’s a buzz on Dorset Avenue created by the smell of brewed coffee and the sound live music.

Ventnor Coffee owners Michael Einwechter and Christine Pagano said creating a place where people gather over good coffee and culture was a dream that became a reality.

“We have always dreamed of owning a coffee shop and having it in a garage-style location. Christine has always wanted to own a coffee joint of her own. She wanted a place where everyone come hang out and have some coffee, a place to relax and read a book or listen to live music,” Michael Einwechter said. “I've always wanted a coffee shop that would bring culture to our small town. A little shop that offered a one-on-one spot where musicians could explain their songs in a forum style.”

As the third-generation owner and operator of Schallus and Sons Construction, the Margate resident who grew up in Ventnor put his skills to use converting the former auto glass repair shop into a coffee house that looks like a living room inside and incorporates an outdoor patio.

He still works as a contractor when he is not brewing coffee or serving as president of the Ventnor Tourism Association. His wife Christine worked as a secretary for Prudential Fox and Roach before opening the coffee shop and enjoys spending time with their grandchildren. The couple held a grand opening celebration at Ventnor Coffee Sunday, Aug. 4.

“Ventnor Coffee is catered to our locals; a place where everyone can just come and chill. Our coffee is inexpensive and very good,” Einwechter said.

A small coffee is $1.50, $1.75 for medium and $2 for large.

Ventnor Coffee offers a variety coffee supplied by Bucks County Coffee including an organic light roast breakfast blend, a Colombian medium roast, a Costa Rican dark roast and Colombian decaf. There is also iced coffee brewed fresh every morning and iced tea, espresso, Americanos, cappuccinos, lattes and other coffee drinks.

Einwechter said Bucks County Coffee roasts the beans fresh for Ventnor Coffee and the owners inspect each delivery for packaged dates. He said the coffee is roasted, packed and sent to the store within a week.

“We have two specialty coffees that have been a huge hit: our Ventnor-chino, which is a mocha with coffee ice cream from Custard’s. We also do a banana bomber which is a blended espresso frappe with a whole banana,” Einwechter said.

In addition to coffee, there is plenty of pastries including cupcakes, danish, muffins, brownies, cookies and biscotti.

“Every day, we try to have something different,” Einwechter said. “We don't sell cooked items, but right next door is Annette's. You can come get coffee from us and go to Annette's for some breakfast, and in the afternoon you can go right across the street and get some fantastic pizza at Viggo's. If you want coffee and the kids want ice cream, you can get that at Custard’s directly across the street,” Einwechter said.

Pagano said her favorite item on the menu is the red velvet cupcakes, and Einwechter likes the Ventnor-chino.

In addition to java, Ventnor Coffee has a large lending library where the owners allow customers to exchange books and high speed Wi-Fi.

“We've been told the we’re the fastest of all coffee houses around,” Einwechter said.

Ventnor Coffee also has a local rewards card that is punched for each drink purchased and the 11th order is free.

The walls of the shop are adorned with local art, which is all for sale and rotates five to six different featured artists each month, Einwechter said.

“We also have some of our own personal sculptures including an 8-foot Fender guitar, custom furniture built from pallets, and a unique sculptured Ventnor coffee sign cut and finished from some old wood,” Einwechter said. “We are also waiting on a 6-foot statue from an artist that will be placed outside of the coffee shop.”

Local musicians are frequently a part of the atmosphere at Ventnor Coffee. Solo artists, jazz and rock bands have all performed there and it was host to a Coffee and Canvas art and music show Sunday, Sept. 1.

Local jazz band YGB plays 7:30 p.m. Sundays and 7 p.m. Wednesday is open mic night.

Einwechter actively updates the Ventnor Coffee Facebook page and the shop can be reached at (609) 992-3046 and This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . See ventnorcoffee.com.

Ventnor Coffee is open 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, and 7 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 

Owner Michael Einwechter of Margate steams milk for a latte. Owner Michael Einwechter of Margate steams milk for a latte.   An 8-foot-tall custom-built Fender Stratocaster sculpture adorns a wall at Ventnor Coffee. An 8-foot-tall custom-built Fender Stratocaster sculpture adorns a wall at Ventnor Coffee.


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