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59 Families in Margate school community opt-out of PARCC testing

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Thursday, March 05, 2015 11:38 am

MARGATE – Parents who chose to have their children opt-out of the new PARCC (Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) test will have a brief window of opportunity to change their minds.

The computer based test, which measures student progress in language arts and mathematics, has riled some parents to boycott the test. Nevertheless, districts are required to administer the assessment in grades three through 12.

According to Superintendent John DiNicola, 59 students, half of them eighth graders, refused to participate in the assessment, which is being administered in the schools March 2-17 and again in May.

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Volunteers give volumes to preserve history

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Wednesday, March 04, 2015 12:32 pm

Retired art teacher Suzanne Stryker of Galloway selects type to emboss onto a book cover. Retired art teacher Suzanne Stryker of Galloway selects type to emboss onto a book cover. ATLANTIC CITY – On the second floor of the Herman Pogachefsky Senior Services Pavilion on Atlantic Avenue, a group of volunteers are preserving the pages of history using the age-oldart of hand bookbinding.

Retired teacher Emmy Todd of Ventnor started volunteering at The Bookbindery when it opened in Ventnor 16 years ago. It later moved to Pleasantville and then to its present location in 1999. Now, as coordinator, she provides leadership to the volunteers, who reverently piece together the pages of damaged tomes and turn dissertations, manuscripts and recipe collections into books.

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Tax rate to rise 5.6 cents under Ventnor budget proposal

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Wednesday, March 04, 2015 12:20 pm

VENTNOR – The Board of Commissioners introduced a budget Thursday, Feb. 19 that appropriates $1.5 million less than last year, but carries a municipal tax rate increase of 5.6 cents per $100 of assessed property value, mainly due to a drop in property values.

A homeowner with a house assessed at $350,000 would see their municipal tax rise $196 under the proposed spending plan.

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Longport takes lead in discouraging the use of single-use plastic bags

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Thursday, February 26, 2015 04:40 pm

LONGPORT – The borough has taken the lead in a Downbeach-wide effort to discourage the use of single-use plastic bags, which could eventually include a total ban the distribution of plastic bags at local businesses.

The Board of Commissioners unanimously passed a resolution during its Wednesday, Feb. 25 meeting encouraging residents to use reusable cloth bags and educate others about how detrimental plastic bags are to marine life. 

According to statistics cited in the resolution, Americans use 100 billion plastic bags every year. The worldwide count is 1.2 trillion or 300 for every adult.

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Dr. Suess’ extended alphabet comes to life at VECC

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Wednesday, February 25, 2015 03:37 pm

Katie Lolla of Atlantic City and Sarah Carr of Lower Township bring the Cape May County Zoo Conservation Craze program to students at the Ventnor public schools to celebrate Read Across America Day. The program linked the zoo’s outreach program to Dr. Seuss’s book ‘On Beyond Zebra.’ Katie Lolla of Atlantic City and Sarah Carr of Lower Township bring the Cape May County Zoo Conservation Craze program to students at the Ventnor public schools to celebrate Read Across America Day. The program linked the zoo’s outreach program to Dr. Seuss’s book ‘On Beyond Zebra.’ VENTNOR – There were no sneedles, yekkos or zatz-its, but students at the Ventnor Educational Community Complex got a kick out of meeting some furry, spiny and slithery zoo animals at assemblies held Tuesday, Feb. 24 to celebrate Read Across America Day.

According to librarian Renee Woerner, employees of the Cape May County Zoo brought several small animals to the school as a way to bring to life “On Beyond Zebra!” one of the lesser-known books written by Dr. Seuss, the pen name of Theodor Geisel.

In the book, Seuss extends the English alphabet beyond the letter Z.

“We thought this would be a fun way to instill in our students a love of reading,” Woerner said.

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BOE recognizes Tighe School Student Council

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Wednesday, February 25, 2015 03:30 pm

Tighe School Student Council officers from left are Alana Sanchez, Gavrielle Jacobson, Mackenzie Smith, Chloe Dulac and Catherine Agostini. Tighe School Student Council officers from left are Alana Sanchez, Gavrielle Jacobson, Mackenzie Smith, Chloe Dulac and Catherine Agostini. MARGATE – The Board of Education recognized the Eugene A. Tighe School’s newly installed Student Council at its Feb. 11 meeting.

The student-led club organizes events through the year and conducts fundraisers that benefit student activities.

This year’s student council officers are Catherine Agostini, president; Chloe Dulac, vice president; Mackenzie Smith, secretary; Gavrielle Jacobson, treasurer; and Alana Sanchez, public relations.

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Tighe School Titans walk the red carpet, just for the glam of it

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Wednesday, February 25, 2015 03:21 pm

All decked out in a tuxedo and formal wear are Joey D’Amico and Madison Brestle, both seventh-graders at the Tighe School. All decked out in a tuxedo and formal wear are Joey D’Amico and Madison Brestle, both seventh-graders at the Tighe School. MARGATE – In the olden days, girls wore dresses to school and boys wore ties, but not quite as formally as the students at the Eugene A. Tighe School did on Friday, Feb. 20. Students came to school in formal wear to celebrate the Oscars, just like the Hollywood stars.

One teacher remarked that the students were on their best behavior all day long because they were dressed to the nines. Some of the girls wore sparkled black, red and pastel colored dresses, while the boys wore suits, shirts and ties or their dad’s tuxedos.

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Downbeach firefighters respond to more than 400 calls for leaky pipes

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Wednesday, February 25, 2015 12:37 pm

The deep freeze has taken its toll on homeowners in Downbeach as firefighters in Ventnor and Margate respond to call after call of freezing, broken pipes that are causing millions of dollars in damage to older, newer and under construction homes.

Ventnor Fire Chief John Hazlett said firefighters have responded to more than 200 calls for water leaks in the past two weeks, while Margate Director of Public Works Frank Ricciotti said crews have been called to more than 100 homes and the city is expecting that number to rise.

“We’ve dealt with several snow storms, which weren’t a big deal for us, but it’s the cold weather that’s getting to us,” Ricciotti said.

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