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Ventnor man convicted of 2006 murder in Atlantic City

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, January 23, 2015 02:32 pm

MAYS LANDING – A Ventnor man was convicted in Atlantic County Superior Court Jan. 22 in the fatal shooting eight years ago of an Atlantic City man, Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain announced Thursday, Jan. 22

An Atlantic County jury found Laquay Williams, 36, of Ventnor guilty of murder and three weapons possession charges in connection with the 2006 shooting death of Jerrod Moss, 20, whose body was found in an Atlantic City parking lot.

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Attorney’s report exonerates Taube in beach shack advertising clash

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Thursday, January 22, 2015 05:06 pm

MARGATE – A report prepared by an attorney the city hired to investigate what happened with a beach shack advertising program exonerates City Commissioner Brenda Taube, saying she was just doing her job.

The city paid A. Michael Barker of Barker, Gelfand & James $10,000 to investigate the city’s position with regard to potential litigation from one of the advertisers, GiGi Rosenberger of Marketplace Realty.

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Ohio man charged with multiple car burglaries, possession of a weapon

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, January 22, 2015 04:18 pm

Lyndal L. Tabler Lyndal L. Tabler VENTNOR – Police arrested an Ohio man Thursday afternoon and charged him with more than 15 counts of burglary and theft.

According to a press release from Chief Michael Miller, the arrest came after a rash of vehicular burglaries over several nights.

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DEP to host meeting in AC Friday night for billion dollar disaster resilience competition

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, January 22, 2015 11:37 am

TRENTON – The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection will be hosting a public meeting at the Chelsea Heights School, 4101 Filbert Ave. in Atlantic City 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23 to identify future storm vulnerabilities and frame the unmet recovery needs in the Atlantic City  region as part of a billion-dollar National Disaster Resilience Competition.

The Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development recently announced the new competition, with a goal of helping to improve the resiliency of communities that have been struck by natural disasters in recent years. There are 67 eligible applicants across the country for this $1 billion national competition.  The State of New Jersey is one of the eligible applicants for NDRC funding.

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Margate, Ventnor partner to raise awareness about single-use bags

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, January 21, 2015 01:32 pm

Steve and Cookie’s to screen ‘Bag It’ Tuesday, Jan. 27

MARGATE – Sustainable Margate and the Ventnor Green Team, in conjunction with the Surfrider Foundation South Jersey Chapter, will show the award-winning documentary “Bag It” 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. at Steve & Cookie’s by the Bay.

The screening is geared to businesses. Admission is free, and light hors d’oeuvres will served. Drinks can be purchased.

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MBA accepting scholarship applications

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, January 21, 2015 01:28 pm

MARGATE – Submissions are being accepted for the Margate Business Association’s Daniel and Maria Walters Scholarship Program. Each year, the program awards two $2,500 college scholarships to high school seniors who have attended Margate schools.

The program has awarded more than $70,000 since its inception in 1999.

Applicants must submit three references who are not relatives, a list of activities and awards and a 300- to 500-word essay on the topic:

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Margate group should be barred from meeting at school, resident says

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Wednesday, January 21, 2015 01:04 pm

MARGATE – A local resident wants the Board of Education to rescind the approval it gave for the Margate Concerned Citizens Group to meet at the William H. Ross School, saying the group’s purpose is political.

The school board approved the organization’s facilities use request Oct. 8, allowing it to meet at the school one evening a month until July 20.

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Ventnor presents keys of the city to K-9 donor

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Wednesday, January 21, 2015 12:56 pm

Police Chief Michael Miller, left, applauds as Mayor Michael Bagnell, right, presents the keys to the city to Officer Jim Binns of the Darby Township Police Department. Police Chief Michael Miller, left, applauds as Mayor Michael Bagnell, right, presents the keys to the city to Officer Jim Binns of the Darby Township Police Department. VENTNOR – The mayor and Board of Commissioners presented the keys to the city Wednesday, Jan. 15 to two men who made it possible for the city to acquire a new police canine at no cost to taxpayers.

Bagnell presented the keys to the city to Officer Jim Binns of the Darby Township Police Department in Pennsylvania, who convinced Pete Ciarrocchi, owner of the Chickie’s & Pete’s sports bar chain, to buy the dog and pay for narcotics detection training for the dog and its handler.

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