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Absecon Home Depot displays corporate responsibility to the community it serves

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Written by From the Mayor’s Chair by Absecon Mayor John Armstrong Wednesday, October 02, 2013 03:13 pm

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Certain business owners recognize that giving back to the community is not only good for business, but also just a good thing. In our community, Joe Smith of Ace Hardware in Galloway, who is our Absecon fire chief, and Stan Weiner of Hometown Variety and Picture Framing come to mind as local businesspersons who always step up to fulfill some local need.

Last week, I learned that our own Absecon Home Depot deserves to be placed among those ranks.

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Fix the Problem: Our broken economy

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Written by From the Mayor’s Chair by Absecon Mayor John Armstrong Friday, September 27, 2013 09:11 am

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The first step in solving a problem is recognizing that you have one. We, as residents of Atlantic County, have a problem. Put simply, our local economy is broken.

The Atlantic City Press recently described our circumstances as “dire” and the numbers support that characterization. Our unemployment rate has fluctuated between 11.5 percent and 13.5 percent over the last year, reflecting only a seasonal fluctuation in casino business. By comparison, the unemployment rates nationally and statewide have been reduced to 7.3 percent and 8.5 percent, respectively.

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Absecon’s Property Maintenance Ordinance addresses poorly maintained dwellings

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Written by From the Mayor’s Chair by Absecon Mayor John Armstrong Tuesday, September 17, 2013 03:07 pm

Absecon Mayor John Armstrong Absecon Mayor John Armstrong Nobody’s perfect. When it comes to home maintenance, we all tend to put off certain chores. Maybe, the front door needs to be re-stained. Perhaps, a few windows suffer from wood rot and need to be replaced. But then there are those homes that look like they could be the set for a re-make of that old horror classic “The House on the Haunted Hill.”

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Letter: Overspending on legal budget not Save Absecon's fault

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Written by Joseph A. Courter Wednesday, September 04, 2013 05:53 pm

Letter: Overspending on legal budget not Save Absecon’s fault Letter: Overspending on legal budget not Save Absecon’s fault

To the editor:

I take serious umbrage at Absecon Mayor John Armstrong blaming the increase in city taxes on the Absecon Gardens and Visions lawsuits. I am responding to the article, “Nobody likes paying taxes, but Absecon has an explanation,” in the Aug. 16 edition of The Current.

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Absecon city leaders must plan now to avoid 2014 tax increase

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Written by By Absecon Mayor John Armstrong Wednesday, September 04, 2013 01:07 pm

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It is good to get away. Vacations allow us to throttle back a bit, enjoy family and friends, and also reflect a bit on the challenges and frustrations that are a part of everyday life. Last week, my family and I spent a week along the coastline of Maine.

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City vandalism angers Absecon Mayor

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Written by By Absecon Mayor John Armstrong Monday, August 26, 2013 12:03 pm

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NOTE: Absecon Mayor John Armstrong often takes time from his busy schedule to cherish the good of his city, praise its devoted citizens and occasionally mention the areas that need to improvement.

I am angry. In fact, I am furious. I performed three weddings last week at the Gazebo in HeritagePark. That’s not what has me agitated. That is one of my most interesting and enjoyable duties as mayor. What has me up in arms are the continuing acts of vandalism in Absecon, especially in our parks.

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Absecon helps you save on your energy bills

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Written by Absecon Mayor John Armstrong Tuesday, August 20, 2013 02:05 pm

Absecon Mayor John Armstrong Absecon Mayor John Armstrong You may have read recently about some local municipalities considering entering into contracts for energy aggregation on behalf of their homeowners and businesses. Although the details are more complicated, the basic idea is simple. By joining together, individuals can use their collective purchasing power to pay less for electric and gas energy than they might if they purchased it through their local utility distributor (in our case, Atlantic Electric and South Jersey Gas). The more municipalities and more energy consumers there are who join together, the more the potential savings. Here’s how it would work.

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Hail to our CFO, good-bye to night herons

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Written by From the Mayor’s Chair by Absecon Mayor John Armstrong Friday, August 02, 2013 10:12 am

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Editor’s note: Absecon Mayor John Armstrong takes time each week write a column that praises the great things about the city he serves and advises its residents about current events. Unfortunately, this week’s print editions contained a previously run column. The Current regrets the error.

The chief financial officer plays a critical role in city government. She is responsible for the financial management of city operations, helping to develop the annual budget, assuring that revenues and expenditures are in accordance with the budget and in compliance with state regulations, arranging for capital financing, purchasing equipment and materials in accordance with public procurement laws, and keeping the payroll and paying the bills, among other things. I say “she,” because in Absecon, we are fortunate to have Jessica Thompson as our chief financial officer. I am pleased to select Jessica as Absecon’s Employee of the Second Quarter.

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Pope John Paul II sainthood is too much too soon

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Written by Albert Maslar Monday, July 08, 2013 03:09 pm

To the editor:

Pope Francis XXIII recently announced that Pope John Paul II is to be declared a saint. I for one do not agree to two things; the rush to judgment or the rush to sainthood for Pope John Paul II.

Everyone who passes from this life in the good graces of God is a saint. So why the rush to sainthood for Pope Paul II? I firmly believe that this rush is short-sighted because Pope John Paul II was held in much esteem, receiving earthly accolades and honors, which even Jesus Christ did not want or receive.

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Florist sets up shop in Pleasantville

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Written by R.J. Liberatore Jr. Tuesday, July 02, 2013 04:13 pm

  R.J. Liberatore Jr./Haydee and Willie Gainer, the husband-and-wife co-owners of Do AC Florist in Pleasantville have everything you need for everything you to say with flowers. R.J. Liberatore Jr./Haydee and Willie Gainer, the husband-and-wife co-owners of Do AC Florist in Pleasantville have everything you need for everything you to say with flowers.

PLEASANTVILLE – If you want to know where to get flowers, look for the guy in the red hat, they used to say. Well, the red hat has found a home in Pleasantville.

“You can spot me anywhere,” said Willie Gainer, 68, from a chair in the middle of the showroom of Do AC Florist by Gainer.

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