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May 17, 2013 | BY DON RUSSELL, For the Daily News
TO ALL THE OBNOXIOUS, yakking, shoving, foul-breathed Central Park pigeon-feeders of New York City who were displaced by Sandy, the gentlefolk of Margate, Ventnor and Longport would like you to know you're welcome to stay this summer. Just don't wear your damn N.Y. Rangers jersey into Maynard's Café, said Ed Berger, president of the Margate Business Association. To which this longtime Longporter visitor might add: _ Do not park on the beach blocks. And no, it doesn't matter that you drive a Bentley.
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September 1, 2013 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
LONGPORT, N.J. - Mayor Nicholas Russo has a smile on his face, but his borough does not. All summer without a smile. This has nothing to do with Sandy, which crashed through this affluent beach town nearly a year ago. This missing smiley face is that smiley face, the one on the Longport water tower, which vanished earlier this year during a routine tower repainting and has yet to return. The loss of Longport's smiley face has unexpectedly plunged the borough into despair.
NEWS
October 18, 2013 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Joseph A. Martin Sr., 87, of Longport, N.J., a former borough commissioner there and a freight account executive for trucking firms, died of cancer Thursday, Oct. 10, at Shore Medical Center in Somers Point, N.J. Born into the family that owned the former Philadelphia tugboat firm P.F. Martin Inc., Mr. Martin was known by many by his nickname of "Tugger. " He grew up in Port Richmond, graduated from La Salle College High School, and as a teenager served on a destroyer providing support to World War II convoys in the North Atlantic, son Patrick said.
NEWS
June 2, 1999 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Two high school teachers from Ocean City submitted the high bid yesterday for the hotly contested licenses to sell ice cream on the beaches of Longport this summer and next. With a rate of $1.50 per fudgie wudgie, they are going to have to sell a lot of ice cream just to break even. The bids - about $12,200 for each of three two-year licenses - left last year's ice cream vendors stunned at being shut out. The two men - James Callista and Mark Hyman - had been bickering with one another all winter and spring about who would get the licenses as the borough rewrote the ice cream rules.
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September 6, 1993 | By William H. Sokolic, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Before July, Shirley Gindhart used to be able to step off the deck behind her beige two-story oceanfront home on Point Drive and onto a beach wide enough for sunbathing. But no more. Now if she were to step off that wooden deck, Gindhart would take a 10-foot plunge into the surf. Gindhart and her neighbors have watched the sand in their back yards disappear into the ocean, leaving only a bulkhead as protection. "(The disappearance) started July 4, and most of the sand was gone in four weeks," she said.
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July 25, 2004 | By Amy S. Rosenberg INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The thing is, you can take chances on the beach in summer that you would never take at home, which may explain why a 16-year-old boy known to all as L Dawg is spending this afternoon gamely carting around a folded-up piece of loose-leaf paper to groups of girls on the beach, dubiously promoting a party at his house. "It's all set," he reports after unfolding, waving around, folding and then retreating from one group of girls. "They're coming. " Whatever you say, L Dawg. L Dawg, a Lower Merion High School student who will not divulge his given name on the chance that the girls are humoring him and do not plan to actually show up ("We're a big deal for him," explains Madeleine DiLeonardo, at 15, the apparent alpha girl on the 32d Street Beach)
NEWS
September 13, 2002 | By Amy S. Rosenberg INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The borough of Longport said it would begin the process of seeking state coastal permits for its controversial beachfront walkway even as it continues to fight a lawsuit from beachfront homeowners furious about the plans. The lack of permits under the Coastal Area Facility Review Act (CAFRA) was one basis for the objections raised in the homeowners' lawsuit. "We don't want it to sit here and become a political football," said borough solicitor Thomas Subranni. "We're preparing papers.
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July 18, 1994 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
For 45 years - practically her entire life - Elaine Mutchnick has been fishing off the bridge that is the central gateway to this southern tip of Absecon Island. If she snares a particularly good catch, she'll stop on the way to her Philadelphia home and show the bounty to her 84-year-old father, the man who taught her to hoist those lines over the railings and see what Risley's Channel brings in as it flows from the ocean. "This bridge, the fishing, has always been a big part of my life since I was 5 years old and learned how to fish from my father," said Mutchnick, 50, an interior designer.
NEWS
July 3, 2012 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
LONGPORT, N.J. - Burned and tattered, the Episcopal and American flags were nonetheless set in place on either side of the makeshift altar. The wooden offering plate was damaged. The silver chalice had been dug out of the rubble by firefighters. Most of the prayer books were destroyed, but one with a few unscorched pages would constitute the Gospel reading. With both the sparkling blue waters of the bay and the badly charred historic church and tower in their view, two dozen members of the Church of the Redeemer in Longport came together Sunday morning to pray on a small lawn beside the remains of their house of worship, destroyed during the violent storm that ravaged parts of the Jersey Shore early Saturday.
NEWS
September 4, 2002 | By Amy S. Rosenberg INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
They don't want people parking near their homes - unless, of course, they're on the guest list for their parties. They don't even want people walking by their homes, if you really want to know. They are beachfront owners in tony Longport, a Shore town that wants passersby to pass right on by - unless, of course, they are cruising at more than 25 m.p.h., in which case the borough's ever-vigilant police will nab them with a ticket. This summer began with a shock when the elite of the beach blocks learned police were discontinuing the longtime custom of "courtesy parking," whereby a properly placed phone call could activate an official wink at guests' vehicles on the "No Parking Any Time" blocks in front of their homes.
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January 17, 2015 | By Barbara Boyer, Inquirer Staff Writer
A federal judge decided Thursday that the State of New Jersey cannot - at least immediately - begin construction of protective dunes on Margate's beaches until another court confirms that the state has easement rights. The dispute between the state Department of Environmental Protection and Margate belongs in Superior Court, where a judge can decide, based on eminent domain law, whether state authorities have the right to turn a large portion of Margate's beach into dunes, U.S. District Judge Renee Marie Bumb said in her ruling following a hearing in federal court in Camden.
NEWS
December 5, 2014 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
It is the beach town that roared. Or at least filed suit. And on Thursday, Gov. Christie's grand plan to build one continuous dune along the entire coast of New Jersey will be challenged in U.S. District Court by the City of Margate, whose voters have stubbornly opposed the dune in two referendums. Last month, Margate's lawyers, including former U.S. Rep. Robert E. Andrews, made good on their threats and sued the state Department of Environmental Protection and the Army Corps of Engineers to try to stop the awarding of a contract for construction on its beaches, which they said was imminent.
NEWS
October 27, 2014 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
On Point Drive at the tip of Longport, where houses were cracked open two years ago by Hurricane Sandy's waves and wind, their multimillion-dollar vulnerability bared to the sea, all is as it was. The Hankins finished a total rebuild. The Tuchmans debated selling, but decided to do the repairs and keep their summer home after all. Marvin Ashner, who never left, not even during the storm, still answers his door beneath whimsical Blues Brothers statues. "Everybody's back," said Steven Hankin, an Atlantic City lawyer who lives on Point Drive, which overlooks the inlet's washing machine currents.
NEWS
August 7, 2014 | By Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writer
LONGPORT, N.J. - Andrew Biddle commandeered powerboats internationally, so his supposed plight in a crash of his pontoon boat in Longport last month was curious to some. "He's going to know those channels really well," Tom Murphy, 42, thought after Biddle's crash. But it took a little more than unsubstantiated suspicions for Murphy to seriously consider that the boat accident he witnessed may have been planned. "There were a lot of rumors going around since he disappeared, but I thought it was probably all nonsense," said Murphy, a Villanova, Pa., resident who was at his Shore home on Atlantic Avenue at the time of the July 20 incident and went into the water to assist immediately after.
NEWS
August 4, 2014 | By Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writer
LONGPORT, N.J. - Authorities are suggesting that a champion powerboat racer, declared missing following a crash of his pontoon boat late last month, may have staged the accident to evade theft charges. Egg Harbor Township police said Friday that a report that Andrew Biddle had planned the incident to "avoid prosecution" is a scenario that "must be considered. " That announcement followed a story by the Atlantic City Press citing a police flier, apparently not intended to go public, that reportedly stated: "It is believed Biddle is alive and well and on the run. " Township police, in a statement, said the correspondence was "intended for law enforcement purposes only.
NEWS
August 3, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
IT SOUNDS LIKE a screenplay: Noted powerboat racer fakes his death in a watery wreck to avoid the cops closing in on his trail. But, according to Egg Harbor Township police, there's a chance that's exactly what happened to Andrew Biddle. Investigators are now considering the possibility that Biddle, 45, staged a boating accident to avoid prosecution on theft charges, Detective Captain Christopher Ruef said. Biddle has been missing since July 20, when a boat he was allegedly riding in crashed after striking a buoy in the waters off Longport's southern shore.
NEWS
July 22, 2014 | By Amy S. Rosenberg and Joseph A. Gambardello, Inquirer Staff Writers
LONGPORT, N.J. - The Coast Guard suspended its search Monday evening for a champion powerboat racer who disappeared late Sunday when his pontoon boat apparently hit a buoy and then slammed into a jetty at the southern tip of Longport. Officials identified the missing boater as Andrew Biddle, 44, of Egg Harbor Township, who was returning from dinner at a waterfront restaurant across the bay in Somers Point. A passenger was able to swim to shore. Biddle is a two-time national powerboat champion.
NEWS
May 12, 2014 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, Inquirer Staff Writer
WILDWOOD Competing for tourist dollars is rough. So this summer, Wildwood is going to give dogs their day – at the beach – with the first official oceanfront area along the southern coast of the Jersey Shore designated for canines and their owners. In the off-season, from the beginning of October until the middle of May, dogs usually have free reign on many New Jersey beaches. But come peak summer season, Fido isn't usually welcome on the strands. There are only a few offshore dog parks in Atlantic and Cape May Counties and a small undesignated "dog beach" in a no-man's-land area of bayfront in Egg Harbor Township between Ocean City and Longport.
NEWS
May 12, 2014 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
The world was a different place when the Betty Bacharach Home for Afflicted Children opened on Mother's Day 1924. Polio, rheumatic fever, tuberculosis, and other disabling diseases were widespread in America, and few facilities offered long-term care for pediatric patients. Five siblings in the wealthy, powerful, and politically wired Bacharach family of Atlantic City - then a prosperous, even glamorous destination - wanted to help. So they opened a tiny charity hospital in Longport for severely disabled youngsters, regardless of "race, creed or color;" named the place for their mother; and nurtured it into a cause célèbre among celebrities of all stripes.
NEWS
March 24, 2014 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, Inquirer Staff Writer
LONGPORT, N.J. - Bob Lawrence has no choice but to put behind him the memory of Hurricane Sandy ripping apart the deck and outdoor shower of his summer rental home. "In this game you have to keep moving forward. . . . You can't look back. You have to come back stronger and better from something like that," said Lawrence, 57, who replaced much of the old wooden structure with fiberglass components to help attract renters to the three-bedroom bay-front Longport home that he privately rents for as much as $6,000 a week.
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