• Sen. Jim Whelan joins volunteers who showed up last year to clean the beach in Atlantic City. Volunteers will turn out en masse Saturday to be part of the solution to ocean pollution. Beach sweeps will be held in shore communities up and down the New Jersey coastline on Saturday, April 26.

    Volunteers in Downbeach communities will canvass the beaches to pick up trash and debris to get them ready for summer visitors.

    Organizations and families are encouraged to participate in the statewide event to keep beaches clean and safe and protect New Jersey’s coastal environment.

  • The Ventnor Fishing Pier opens on Monday, April 28 with new membership fees for the 2014 season.

    Memberships are now available on a seasonal, weekly and daily basis with new fees and fines for violating the Ventnor City Recreation Board’s rules and regulations.

    The Board of Commissioners approved the amended ordinance at its April 17 meeting. The commission added a new weekly fee schedule in addition to last year’s seasonal and daily rate schedule.

  • VENTNOR – The city’s municipal budget was introduced last month and adopted April 17 without comment from neither the governing body nor the public. City Commissioner Theresa Kelly voted against its adoption.

    The $30,934,239 budget raised municipal tax rate 4.9 cents to $.896 per $100 of assessed valuation, up from $.847 last year. The average homeowner with a house assessed at $250,000 will pay $124 more this year for a total municipal tax of $2,240, up from $2116 last year. In Ventnor, a penny on the tax rate is equal to $250,000 in spending.

    “Money is tight all over and a lot of our residents are still suffering from Sandy,” Kelly said. “Some are unable to pay their taxes now, and there are so many houses for sale.”

  •  Members of the Mental Health Association were available to help homeowners still struggling more than 18 months after the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. Pictured are caseworkers Jordan Brunette of Absecon, Jaime Angelini of Smithville and Meghan Cusack of Linwood. EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – More than 50 people showed up to find out how they can get help repairing their Sandy damaged homes at a special meeting held at the township’s Community Center Wednesday, April 16.

  • VENTNOR – The Planning Board will need more time to decide what type of commercial uses and ancillary uses, including live music, are allowed in the Dorset Avenue Commercial Zone.

    At a lengthy board meeting April 10 about zoning concerns in the city, planners heard complaints from area residents about the noise coming from Ventnor Coffee, which recently held daylong band competitions. Officials said Ventnor Coffee will need a use variance to continue to provide live music at the shop.

  • VENTNOR – The Board of Commissioners took no action following a lengthy executive session on Thursday, April 10.

    Mayor Michael Bagnell and city attorney Amy R. Weintraub were excused from the meeting, which was called to hear a report from an independent attorney who investigated the city’s involvement in a Latin music festival that was cancelled at the 11th hour at the end of last summer.

    “Amy and I recused ourselves from the discussion because it involves us,” Bagnell said as he left the auditorium at the Ventnor Educational Community Complex where public meetings are being held while the municipal building undergoes extensive HVAC renovations.

  • LONGPORT – Following a 30-minute executive session Tuesday, April 8, the Board of Commissioners agreed to revise commissioner appointments and duties.

    Mayor Nicholas Russo gave a brief statement following three unanimous votes to approve the new assignments and realigned duties.

  • Cookie Till plants primroses in the flower garden. PLEASANTVILLE – More than 15 volunteers showed up Friday, April 11 to ensure several local residents eat well, get fresh air and socialize with neighbors.

    Volunteers from Jewish Family Service of Atlantic and Cape May counties and representatives of Growing Green AtlantiCare, built raised garden beds and helped JFS consumers plant early spring vegetables they can harvest by June.

    The JFS garden program is in its second three-year cycle, which includes building the gardens, planting, growing, weeding and harvesting over a three-year period.

    The first garden project was completed in Hammonton, but this project was completed at a house owned by the Pleasantville Housing Authority and occupied by three tenants who need the ongoing assistance that JFS offers.

Downbeach Current | Longport, Margate, Ventnor

Clean Ocean Action wants you to be part of the solution

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Wednesday, April 23, 2014 03:36 pm

Sen. Jim Whelan joins volunteers who showed up last year to clean the beach in Atlantic City. Sen. Jim Whelan joins volunteers who showed up last year to clean the beach in Atlantic City.  Volunteers will turn out en masse Saturday to be part of the solution to ocean pollution. Beach sweeps will be held in shore communities up and down the New Jersey coastline on Saturday, April 26.

Volunteers in Downbeach communities will canvass the beaches to pick up trash and debris to get them ready for summer visitors.

Organizations and families are encouraged to participate in the statewide event to keep beaches clean and safe and protect New Jersey’s coastal environment.

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Ventnor Fishing Pier opens Monday with new membership fees

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Wednesday, April 23, 2014 03:17 pm

The Ventnor Fishing Pier opens on Monday, April 28 with new membership fees for the 2014 season.

Memberships are now available on a seasonal, weekly and daily basis with new fees and fines for violating the Ventnor City Recreation Board’s rules and regulations.

The Board of Commissioners approved the amended ordinance at its April 17 meeting. The commission added a new weekly fee schedule in addition to last year’s seasonal and daily rate schedule.

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Margate Police blotter, Apr. 23, 2014

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, April 23, 2014 12:00 am

Margate Police Police Blotter information is supplied by local police departments and other law enforcement agencies. All persons named are presumed innocent unless proven guilty.

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Margate citywide yard sale weekend

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, April 22, 2014 04:06 pm

Margate will hold its annual citywide yard sale weekend 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 10-11.

No permit is required to hold a yard sale this weekend, but residents can register to get their location on a map distributed to shoppers for a fee of $7 payable to the city of Margate. Cut-off date is April 21. Sunday, May 11 is cleanup day. For information call 609-822-5438.

   

Beth Judah visiting scholar weekend

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, April 22, 2014 12:00 am

VENTNOR - Congregation Beth Judah of Ventnor will host the Charlotte Kulp Memorial Scholar in Residence weekend starting 7 p.m. after Shabbat services Friday, April 25.

Guest scholar Mehdi Khalaji, a senior fellow at the Washington Institute, will speak on the topic of Shiite-Sunni tension and its historical roots and implications for Israel. 

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North Beach committee to meet

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, April 22, 2014 12:00 am

VENTNOR - The North Beach Ventnor Residents Committee will meet 10 a.m. Saturday, April 26 at the Ventnor Library, 6500 Atlantic Ave. North Beach area residents and business owners are welcome.

See www.northbeachventnor.com for information.

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Longport Ocean Beach Sweep

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, April 22, 2014 12:00 am

Longport will hold an Ocean Beach Sweep 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 26.

Participants can check in and pick up cleaning supplies at the Community Center, 32nd and Atlantic avenues. Organizations and families are encouraged to participate in this statewide event to keep beaches clean and safe and protect New Jersey’s coastal environment.

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Sons of Italy dinner

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, April 22, 2014 12:00 am

VENTNOR - Order Sons of Italy Lodge 2601 of Ventnor, Margate and Longport will hold a ravioli and meatball dinner 6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 26 at St. James Hall, South Newport Avenue, Ventnor.

Tickets are $20 and must be purchased in advance. For reservations call Marie Craver at 609-487-3133. 

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