• 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.

Anne Leeds remembered at funeral Mass

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Hundreds wait in line to pay their respects to the family of Anne Leeds. Hundreds wait in line to pay their respects to the family of Anne Leeds. LONPORT – Hundreds of people turned out amid cloudy skies Thursday, June 5 to say goodbye to Anne Leeds, who was tragically killed in a plane crash that took the lives of all seven on board May 31 including her summertime neighbor, billionaire philanthropist Lewis Katz.

The line stretched around the block as people waited to pay their respects to the Leeds family. Before the Mass began, her husband, Longport Commissioner James Leeds Sr. stepped out of the church to greet those still waiting in line.

Anne T. Leeds Anne T. Leeds Leeds, 74, is the grandmother of nine and mother of four adult children, who paid her the highest tribute in their eulogies at a funeral Mass at Holy Trinity Parish, Church of the Epiphany in Longport.

The retired nursery school teacher grew up in the West Oak Lane section of Philadelphia and eventually married her lifeguard sweetheart.

She was devoted to children and joined Katz and two other friends at the last minute Saturday afternoon on a plane ride to Bedford, Mass., to attend an educational fundraiser at the home of historian Doris Kearns Goodwin.

Their return trip to Atlantic City International Airport never left the ground. Katz’s Gulfstream IV corporate jet crashed into a communication tower and landed in an embankment.

The explosion that followed took the lives of all seven souls on board, including Katz; Leeds; Marcella M. Dalsey, 59, of Haddonfield, president of the KATZ Academy Charter School; Susan Asbell, 68, of Cherry Hill and Margate. The three crew members killed in the crash were Pilot James McDowell of Georgetown, Delaware; flight attendant Teresa Benhoff, 48, of Easton, Maryland; and Co-pilot Bauke "Mike" de Vries, 45, of Marlton.

Each of her children said their mother epitomized the meaning of “love.”

Her son Jim read a prayer Anne Leeds wrote asking for blessings for the children she taught.

“Help us to be positive and responsible role models, sensitive to their particular needs for love, understanding and comfort in this often insensitive world,” Jim Leeds Jr. read.

Her daughter, Patellen Coor, encouraged those present to take something of her mother away from the church so that she lives on.

“There’s a lot to choose from: her humble faith, her great love for Christ, her giving spirit, her welcoming nature, infectious smile or her great sense of humor, her gratitude for all she had or her lifelong philosophy of ‘enough is a feast,’ her love of simplicity, her respect and deep devotion for children, her love for the written word, her unique ability to never say a bad word about another person or her unwavering love of her family. If you ever come across a piece of sea glass on the beach, you’ll know it’s a gift from her,” Coor said.

Ryan, 34, the youngest of the Leeds children, said he had a special bond with his mother and they had their favorite songs, which he said epitomized what was so special about her. One was “What a Wonderful World,” performed by Louis Armstrong.

“This song truly was my mom, because she was so happy and so humble. All around her, what she saw was God’s beauty in the faces of family and strangers,” he said. “To my mom, love was all that there was. She didn’t need a special occasion to love, she loved every day. Love was everything and my mom loved you all.”

Son Ted said he had the “best mother in the world,” who was always there for him and his siblings.

“When you think about how much love my mother gave in her life, whether to her kids, grandkids or someone walking down 36th (Avenue) with a peek from behind her book and a smile, that’s a love that she got back over her life. That’s something to think about as you go through your life. When it’s your time, when you’re lying in there, what’s going to be going through everyone’s mind who comes to see you? If you live your life with love, people are going to love you,” he said.

Ted Leeds said his mother was a “simple person. She didn’t need a lot to make her happy. She needed the love of her children, a good book, her daily walks on the beach. And, she loved to laugh…and Dad,” he said.

She also received high praise from her pastor.

“Anne was the cornerstone of Holy Trinity Parish,” who helped build the parish and revived Longport’s Blessing of the Sea tradition, Rev. Joseph R. Ferrara said.

Although her death was a tragedy, she was lifted up to perfection, and was a blessing to the parish, he said.

“Anne was the light, she was an angel of the Lord, she is a woman of faith,” Rev. Farrara said. “She was an expression of God.”

A private burial will be held at a later time.


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