• MARGATE – An engineer and attorney hired to represent the city regarding the pending dunes project have questioned the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and the Army Corps of Engineers.

    Margate Administrator Richard Deaney provided a written update to the Board of Commissioners Sept. 18 about the progress being made by outside counsel and an environmental engineer hired to represent the city against the dunes plan. Deaney said the city has received a revised edition of the engineering plans for the dunes project, which is slated to begin in November, and is being reviewed by the city’s engineer.

  • VENTNOR – An engineering consultant last week recommended ways the city can become more sustainable and resilient to storms in the wake of hurricane Sandy.

    Stewart Weiser of Remington, Vernick and Walberg presented his Strategic Recovery Planning Report to the Board of Commissioners at its Sept. 17 meeting. The report was funded with a $30,000 grant that was made available to communities in the nine counties most affected by the storm. To qualify, municipalities had to show they lost at least $1 million in ratables as a result of the storm.

  • LONGPORT – The Borough Commission Sept. 17 passed a resolution that approved all the necessary documentation to start the long-awaited dunes project.

    Mayor Nicholas Russo signed an authorization for a state aid agreement with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection to construct the Brigantine to Great Egg Harbor Inlet Storm Damage Reduction Project

  • VENTNOR – The City Commission, Planning Board and Planning and Zoning Department are considering changes to the zoning and building codes to address a number of issues.

    On Aug. 21, the commission asked the Planning Board to review zoning for the R-7 District, which is zoned single family. The commission is asking planners to consider allowing duplexes as a conforming use in the zone.

    According to Zoning Officer Jimmy Agnesino, the area was once zoned for multifamily dwellings, but in the 1990s the city rezoned it for single family only.

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Ventnor Police change focus of K-9 Unit

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Tuesday, September 30, 2014 02:45 pm

Ventnor K-9 Officer Axel with his partner Ptl. David Gaeckle. Ventnor K-9 Officer Axel with his partner Ptl. David Gaeckle. VENTNOR – Police Chief Michael Miller said he is changing the focus of the department’s K-9 Unit, and switching from a dual purpose canine to one that is only trained to sniff out drugs.

“There is a significant amount of narcotics coming through Ventnor being we are so close to Atlantic City. Without a K-9 we would lose many opportunities to enforce and eradicate that problem. A K-9 is a great tool to do that,” Miller said in a telephone interview on Monday.

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Margate couple advocates for children in need

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, September 30, 2014 09:47 am

Richard and Carole Couzens of Margate are CASA volunteers. Richard and Carole Couzens of Margate are CASA volunteers. MARGATE – Retired attorney Richard Couzens and his wife, Carole, a market research professional, moved to Margate full time from Yardley, Pennsylvania, in 2009 after raising three children.

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Area cyclists raise more than $5K for JFS

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, September 29, 2014 12:13 pm

MARGATE - Hopping on a bike and cruising along the scenic shoreline and beautiful landscape is a passion for so many. In early September, dozens Rachel Ludwig and Doug Stanger participate in the Battle Against Hunger Bike Ride Sept. 5-7, raising funds and creating awareness about the JFS Food Pantry. Rachel Ludwig and Doug Stanger participate in the Battle Against Hunger Bike Ride Sept. 5-7, raising funds and creating awareness about the JFS Food Pantry. of local community members cycled for a cause in two bike rides to benefit Jewish Family Service.

Jewish Family Service Past Presidents Patti Rosenberg and Doug Stanger led the charge to support the agency with bike ride fundraisers. This year, the Marc L. Rosenberg Friends and Family Bike Ride and the Battle Against Hunger Bike Ride raised more than $5,000 for JFS.

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Neighbors feuding over no parking enforcement on Callender Avenue

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Monday, September 29, 2014 11:34 am

VENTNOR – Neighbors living in the area near Callender Avenue are feuding over a lack of parking on their streets. The city recently started enforcing the no parking regulation, which has been on the books for years, Mayor Michael Bagnell said.

Callender Avenue resident Sylvia Santiago told the Board of Commissioners Sept. 17 that since the city started enforcing the no parking regulation on Callender Avenue neighbors have been arguing over parking spaces on streets in the surrounding neighborhood.

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Sun shines on Margate’s annual Funfest by the Bay

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Sunday, September 28, 2014 09:31 am

Chloe Mako, 13, of Longport gets her caricature done by Maria Bibbel of Yardley, Pa. Chloe Mako, 13, of Longport gets her caricature done by Maria Bibbel of Yardley, Pa. MARGATE – Organizers got everything they had hoped for this weekend as the city celebrated its end-of-summer festival, Funfest by the Bay, including wall-to-wall sunshine.

Throngs of thrill seekers, shoppers and foodies crammed the Amherst Avenue business district to enjoy summerlike weather that returned one week into the fall season. With temperatures in the low 80s, vendors lined the avenue selling unique artwork and fine crafts, organizations distributed literature and giveaways boasting all they do for society and chefs offered some of the tastiest treats and drinks. Teens found the surfing and ride a shark attractions the most fun, while bands played on two stages throughout the day.

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Bay-Atlantic Symphony lecture series looks at supernatural and scary music

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, September 26, 2014 01:38 pm

Paul M. Somers will lecture about the supernatural and scary in music Oct. 9 at the Margate Library. Paul M. Somers will lecture about the supernatural and scary in music Oct. 9 at the Margate Library. MARGATE – You can learn about the supernatural and scary in music at the October installment of music lectures by Paul M. Somers and sponsored by the Bay-Atlantic Symphony.

Discover how various composers through musical history have portrayed fairies, ghosts, Druids, and the Spanish Inquisition 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9 at the Margate Public Library, 8100 Atlantic Ave.

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Nights in Ventnor Go Green mounts effort to beautify the business districts for the holidays

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Thursday, September 25, 2014 02:46 pm

This is the design for the new two-sided banners that will be installed along the Dorset Avenue and Wellington Avenue business districts after Thanksgiving. This is the design for the new two-sided banners that will be installed along the Dorset Avenue and Wellington Avenue business districts after Thanksgiving. VENTNOR – When people come together for a common cause, great things can happen.

A local woman has enlisted the support of Nights in Ventnor Go Green to solicit donations to erect holiday banners along the Dorset Avenue and Wellington Avenue business districts.

“Alone we can accomplish much, together we can accomplish more,” resident Carolyn Polisano said is the theme for the community-wide effort.

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Katz JCC hosts coffeehouse acoustical concert

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, September 25, 2014 01:34 pm

Scott Friedman of WFPG 1450 will entertain at the Katz JCC coffeehouse concert Nov. 9. Scott Friedman of WFPG 1450 will entertain at the Katz JCC coffeehouse concert Nov. 9. MARGATE – The Milton and Betty Katz Jewish Community Center will host an acoustic musical concert 6-10 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 9 with an appearance by WFPG 1450 talk radio co-host Scott Friedman.

Attendees will be treated to acoustic musical performances by eight local musicians in a relaxed coffeehouse atmosphere.

“We wanted to create an event to highlight the area’s talented musicians in a setting that appeals to the entire family,” event Chairman Eric Goldstein said.

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This weekend's Fall Funfest offers full lineup of entertainment

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, September 24, 2014 01:13 pm

Children look through microscopes to see what tiny organisms live in the sea. Children look through microscopes to see what tiny organisms live in the sea. MARGATE – The annual Funfest by the Bay set for Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 27-28 on Amherst Avenue will offer more to see and do this year.

Sponsored by the Margate Business Association, the two-day family event will feature mini-golf for the first time, along with new amusements, craft vendors, a smorgasbord of food, boat rides, critters for the kids, entertainment on two stages and a visit from Miss New Jersey 2014 Cierra Kaler-Jones.

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Margate consultants seek revisions to the Army Corps dunes plan

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Tuesday, September 23, 2014 02:27 pm

MARGATE – An engineer and attorney hired to represent the city regarding the pending dunes project have questioned the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and the Army Corps of Engineers.

Margate Administrator Richard Deaney provided a written update to the Board of Commissioners Sept. 18 about the progress being made by outside counsel and an environmental engineer hired to represent the city against the dunes plan. Deaney said the city has received a revised edition of the engineering plans for the dunes project, which is slated to begin in November, and is being reviewed by the city’s engineer.

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