Relief offered to Ventnor residents

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ventnoraid  VENTNOR – Answering the call for help, the city is providing two distribution points of food and supplies for its residents beginning Sunday.

A food and supply distribution center will open 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4 in the community room of the cultural arts center, 6500 Atlantic Ave., on the ocean side of the building.

Donations coordinated by Ventnor City Police Capt. Doug Biagi and Assistant City Solicitor Amy Weintrob, include pet food, diapers, paper products and clothes available for Ventnor residents. 

Biagi estimated six truckloads of supplies were delivered to the community room just before 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3.

“It was a caravan that rolled downbeach. It was incredible,” said Biagi.

Weintrob added that the center can deliver to people who can’t get to the center. She also requested volunteers donate an hour at a time at the center.

Bill Melfi, the city emergency management coordinator, praised the two for their efforts and said he was there to assist in the coordination of donations.

Melfi’s network of emergency management and community response teams across the state are expected to bring 10 volunteers from Monroe Township in Gloucester County.

Teachers, cafeteria staff and the Board of Education at the Ventnor Educational Community Complex will be serving lunch 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4 in the school cafeteria. There will also be household goods and water for residents in need.

Melfi encourages residents to share the information with their neighbors and on Facebook and Twitter.


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