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Absecon city government’s budget remains flat this year

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Written by From the Mayor’s Chair by Absecon Mayor John Armstrong Tuesday, April 01, 2014 01:05 pm

From the Mayor’s Chair by Absecon Mayor John Armstrong From the Mayor’s Chair by Absecon Mayor John Armstrong Over this past year, I have tried to communicate how much aware we in city government are of the financial stress all of us are under because of the collapse of the casino industry. We see it in the drop in real estate valuations, the growing local tax delinquencies, the properties we see that are in foreclosure, and the reports of our neighbors of lost jobs and reduced business activity.

City government has responded by reducing the costs of government wherever possible. Over the last year, we moved to a part-time city administrator and reduced a clerical position to part-time also, saving approximately $100,000 a year. We settled responsibly certain litigation against the city which was costing us over $150,000 a year, and we negotiated necessary concessions to our police contract which will save the city additional hundreds of thousands over the next ten years. We do not intend to stop reducing costs, and our proposed 2014 budget reflects that commitment.

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A welcomed warm breeze

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Written by From the Mayor’s Chair by Absecon Mayor John Armstrong Tuesday, March 11, 2014 03:55 pm

From the Mayor’s Chair by Absecon Mayor John Armstrong From the Mayor’s Chair by Absecon Mayor John Armstrong The warm breeze this morning may be a sign that this seemingly endless winter is actually ending. With that comes equally optimistic news from our county and state officials. Both County Executive Dennis Levinson and Senator Jim Whelan have recently spoken about the urgent need for diversification of our local economy. While efforts continue to stabilize the casino industry and improve operations of Atlantic City government, there is a bi-partisan push to provide alternatives to gaming and tourism as a means to produce jobs for our area.

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Absecon's PTO Supports Our Schools

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Written by From the Mayor's Chair by Absecon Mayor John Armstrong Wednesday, March 05, 2014 12:41 pm

Over this past year, I have been impressed by the variety of volunteer organizations which contribute to the life of our community. One such group is Absecon's Parent-Teacher Organization. Over this past year, I have been impressed by the variety of volunteer organizations which contribute to the life of our community. One such group is Absecon's Parent-Teacher Organization. Over this past year, I have been impressed by the variety of volunteer organizations which contribute to the life of our community. One such group is Absecon's Parent-Teacher Organization. The PTO is made up of hundreds of parents of Absecon schoolchildren who support our teachers and administration, encouraging them to do their best and offering them activities and program supplements which enrich the educational experience for our children. Examples of this assistance include teacher appreciation luncheons and special requests for classroom materials, student projects, special assemblies and other activities which are outside of the school budget. The PTO also sponsors class parties and school dances.

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School Board officials to address City Council regarding bond referendum

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Written by From the Mayor’s Chair by Absecon Mayor John Armstrong Wednesday, February 12, 2014 07:48 am

From the Mayor’s Chair by Absecon Mayor John Armstrong From the Mayor’s Chair by Absecon Mayor John Armstrong

A few weeks ago, I reported that City Council President Chris Seher and I had discussed with the Absecon School Board a possible joint meeting to discuss publicly a number of pressing issues.

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The art and science of predicting winter weather

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Written by From the Mayor’s Chair by Absecon Mayor John Armstrong Wednesday, February 05, 2014 10:40 am

The art and science of predicting winter weather The art and science of predicting winter weather Recently, I sat down with Jim Eberwine, Absecon’s Emergency Management Coordinator and meteorologist extraordinaire. Jim is retired as the long-time chief meteorologist for the National Weather Service at its regional office in Mount Holly.

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Absecon receives grants for redevelopment of Absecon Creek

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Written by From the Mayor’s Chair by Absecon Mayor John Armstrong Monday, February 03, 2014 02:00 pm

I was informed late last week of approval of Absecon’s applications to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for grants to redevelop two critical areas along Absecon Creek – the former swimming area off Turner Avenue at the entrance to Absecon Shores, and the former Kunkley’s marina site west of the boat ramp off East Faunce Landing Road. I was informed late last week of approval of Absecon’s applications to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for grants to redevelop two critical areas along Absecon Creek – the former swimming area off Turner Avenue at the entrance to Absecon Shores, and the former Kunkley’s marina site west of the boat ramp off East Faunce Landing Road.

I was informed late last week of approval of Absecon’s applications to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for grants to redevelop two critical areas along Absecon Creek – the former swimming area off Turner Avenue at the entrance to Absecon Shores, and the former Kunkley’s marina site west of the boat ramp off East Faunce Landing Road.

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Farewell to Absecon's Al Bibeault

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Written by From the Mayor’s Chair by Absecon Mayor John Armstrong Wednesday, January 22, 2014 08:46 am

From the Mayor’s Chair by Absecon Mayor John Armstrong From the Mayor’s Chair by Absecon Mayor John Armstrong Absecon lost one of its finest gentlemen last week with the passing of Al Bibeault who died at the full age of 96 years. I will be unable to attend his funeral so I wish to say a few things here on Al’s behalf.

Al was not native to this community. He was introduced to the Atlantic City area as a member of the Army Air Force during World War II. Assigned to handle the logistics of establishing a military hospital in Atlantic City hotels, Al made his way back here after the war to begin what became a long and successful career in the hospitality industry, managing the old Colton Manor in Atlantic City and later at what became Resorts Casino. Al was well-suited for that career. He was a big man, with a big smile and a big personality.

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Important Public Safety Services in Absecon; Hembergers return to city

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Written by By ABSECON MAYOR JOHN ARMSTRONG Tuesday, January 14, 2014 01:12 pm

The Hemberger famiily has returned to Absecon/submitted The Hemberger famiily has returned to Absecon/submitted Recently, I was reminded of two important public safety services available to Absecon residents. The first is a service called “Lifeliner.

We have many senior citizens in Absecon who live alone and could benefit from someone checking in on them on a regular basis. Under “Lifeliner,” a resident can arrange to call police dispatch daily at a pre-arranged time to confirm that the resident is well and does not require assistance. If the resident does not call at that time, then a police dispatcher will call the resident. If the resident does not respond, then the Absecon Police will send out an officer to the home to confirm that the resident does not require assistance.

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Absecon Mayor Armstrong offers State of the City address

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Written by By ABSECON MAYOR JOHN ARMSTRONG Tuesday, January 14, 2014 11:01 am

Absecon Mayor John Armstrong Absecon Mayor John Armstrong In reflecting upon the past year and looking ahead to 2014, I am reminded of the famous opening lines of Charles Dickens’ “A Tale of Two Cities.” “It was the best of times. It was the worst of times”. Much has happened in Absecon over the last year, and a good deal of it is positive. We have successfully transitioned from a full-time to part-time city administrator, with substantial savings for our taxpayers. As of today, we welcome back Tom Henshaw as a prime-time city administrator. Tom has already demonstrated an interest and enthusiasm which bodes well for the future. Tom knows Absecon, and he is committed to a management approach which will emphasize accountability and good service.

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Absecon’s Employee of the Fourth Quarter: Rich Doherty

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Written by From the Mayor’s Chair by Absecon Mayor John Armstrong Wednesday, December 18, 2013 01:42 pm

Absecon’s Employee of the Fourth Quarter: Rich Doherty./ Submitted Absecon’s Employee of the Fourth Quarter: Rich Doherty./ Submitted Rich Doherty has been an employee of the City of Absecon since 2005, most recently serving as supervisor of the Absecon Police Communications Department. He oversees a staff of five full-time and five part-time dispatchers. Receiving and arranging for response to requests for assistance due to a police, fire or medical emergency is a great responsibility, and assuring that our dispatchers discharge that duty properly is an even greater one. Rich takes that responsibility very seriously.

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