Events

MAY 2017

Official Beach Opening Will Kick Off Saturday, May 27, with Ribbon Cutting Ceremony


5/22/2017 -

The City will officially celebrate the opening of its beaches on Saturday, May 27, with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10:15 a.m. at Suffolk Avenue Beach. 

Join us to officially welcome the summer season!

 

Ventnor Officials Announce Funding for Improvements in North Beach Business District


5/22/2017 -

Ventnor City and New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) Officials will hold a press conference to announce NJEDA grant for streetscape improvements in the North Beach Business District on Thursday, May 25, 2017, at 11 a.m. in front of Sage Restaurant at the intersection of S. Weymouth Avenue and Atlantic Avenue in the City of Ventnor.

 

Who: Ventnor Mayor and Commissioners and NJEDA officials

What: Announcement of NJEDA funding for Business District Enhancements on Atlantic Avenue from Weymouth Avenue to Surrey Avenue.

Where: Intersection of S. Weymouth Avenue and Atlantic Avenue in Ventnor

Directions: If entering the City on the Black Horse Pike (US Route 40/322), turn right on Atlantic Avenue, proceed to Weymouth Avenue.   

When: Thursday, May 25th at 11 a.m.

 

All media and public are invited to attend. 

Summer Recreational Activities


5/18/2017 -

The Ventnor City Recreation Department has planned the following activities for summer 2017:

Memorial Day Weekend 2017 Men’s Baseball Tournament
National men’s adult baseball teams from east coast states face off. Games are played in Somers Point, Margate and Ventnor ball fields all weekend long from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.  Come out and enjoy some great games with no fees!

Volleyball League
Tuesday Nights Beginning May 30, 2017 through Labor Day 
Suffolk Ave. Beach Courts. 
6 to 10 p.m.
Teams range from beginners to experts.  A full summer league of team play. 

Summer Sports Camps
June 26 to August 18, 2017
Held at Ventnor School
You can choose daily or pick various weeks, full day or half day. For ages 6 yrs. and up.  Download an application at:
http://ventnorcity.org/pdffiles/VentnorRecSportsCamps2017.pdf

Annual Ventnor One Mile Fun Run
June 30, 2017
Begins 6 p.m. Signups prior to run at Community Building (rear of Library )
This is a fun family event for ages 8 yrs. and up. T-shirts for registered runners, food and music will be provided. 

Annual Chuck’s 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament
July 29-30, 2017
Held at Ventnor Gyms. Divisions for men and women with various age groups. Runs 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. both days. 

Soccer Camp
August 21-24, 2017
9 a.m. to Noon
Held at Ventnor Ball field.  Ages 5yrs. and up.  T-shirts provided for campers.

For more information on any of the above events, please call the Recreation Department at 609-823-7950.

 

City Encourages Those with Special Needs to Sign Up for New Jersey Register Ready Program


5/17/2017 -

The Register Ready special needs registry for disasters is an important emergency program designed to help those who may have difficulty during an evacuation because of physical or other limitations, or lack of transportation. It's a program that will help first responders make the best use of limited time and resources by planning to help those with limited options for evacuation during an emergency.

People with special needs (or caregivers on their behalf) are encouraged to register electronically, if possible, by accessing www.registerready.nj.gov.

Alternatively, they can call New Jersey’s toll-free 2-1-1 telephone service. This service will register people, offer free translation, and provide TTY services for the hearing impaired.

Paper registration can be downloaded by clicking here or picked up from the Ventnor City Office of Emergency Management:

Ventnor City Emergency Management
6201 Atlantic Avenue
2nd Floor – OEM Ventnor NJ
08406
609-823-7919 

Information entered in Register Ready is confidential and is not available to the public. All information is maintained in a secure database and will be used only for emergency response. The only information needed is that which explains how a disability or limitation may affect one’s ability to evacuate their residence.

If you or someone you know has not registered yet, don’t put it off for another moment. Register today and be ready

 

Ventnor Chef's Night Out Now Sold Out


5/16/2017 -

All tickets for "Ventnor Chef's Night Out, A Restaurant Dine-Around" on Sunday, May 21, 2017, have been sold! Thank you to all that purchased tickets! 

Pre-paid tickets must be picked up at Ventnor City Hall 3 to 4 p.m. the day of the event. Must present tickets to all restaurants. Advance Purchase Only.

Ventnor Food Truck Festival Trucks, Vendors, Music Announced 


5/10/2017 -

Boardwalk Entertainment is happy to announce the first five food trucks registered for the Ventnor Food Truck Festival on June 10th at Ski Beach off Dorset Ave. The event is a new event for the city, and will feature a total of 7 trucks, multiple vendors, the KidZone, live music and more throughout the day. The website for the event was launched earlier this week, and can be found at www.ventnorfoodtrucks.com.

The registered trucks are CAPE MAY BARBECUE, featuring BBQ items including burgers, hot dogs, and pulled pork; KONA ICE CAPE MAY, featuring gourmet shaved ice; MOOCHEEZE, featuring grilled cheese, mac and cheese, and more; AUSAMS TROLLEY STOP. featuring wraps, bison burgers, turkey burgers, and GRUBAHOLICS, featuring Jamaican product such as jerk chicken cheesesteak.

"I think we have a very unique festival, and I love this variety of vendors," says Boardwalk Entertainment owner, Amanda Thomas. "We've got everything from the standard hot dog and burgers to a bison burger and a jerk chicken cheesesteak. These aren't typical food items for the area, which makes the festival really special."

Vendors at the event include Sassy Sweets with Lemonade, local honey farm Busy Bees Honey, Christine Bucca with LuLaRoe, and Cannoli World featuring their famous local cannoli's.

Live bands to be featured include the Tree Rats reggae band, Doghouse Roses, and Pure Acoustic.

The event starts at 11 AM and goes until 6 PM and has free entry. Food prices range will from $5-$15 for a meal, and some options include smaller bites. The KidZone will be on site and will feature a bounce house, balloon artist, face painter and more. Entry into the KidZone is $5, which includes all attractions, even face painting, and directly benefits the CompleteCare Family Health Foundation. Guests do not need to purchase food to enjoy the festivities, however no outside food or beverages are permitted.

Commissioner Tim Kriebel says The City of Ventnor is excited to have the opportunity to showcase the City and Ski Beach. Commissioners Tim Kriebel, Lance Landgraf and Mayor Beth Holtzman all plan to attend the event.

"We are excited for this new event and partnership that we believe will enhance the Ventnor experience for both residents and visitors," said Landgraf. "I personally can't wait for the event. "

"I am so excited about this event and hope to see all our residents there," added Mayor Holtzman.

There are still two truck spaces available, and multiple vendor spaces. Local residents can enter into the event for $100 registration fee with the promo code VENTNOR. All others can use promo code SUMMER to save $25. Registration is available online at www.boardwalkentco.com/shop

 

Dorset Avenue Street Fair Returns May 10


5/8/2017 -

Festivities, local merchants, crafters, artists, and live music will be available along the two commercial districts of Dorset Avenue on Wednesday, May 10th from 6 pm – 9 pm. The event is presented by Amazing Ventnor and Hammer Fiber. 

After last year’s successful event, Mayor Beth Holtzman asked Michael Einwechter, President of Amazing Ventnor to try and plan one in each district in 2017. Amazing Ventnor now has four dates including May 10th, June 14th, August 16th, and September 13th for 2017.

As of Wednesday, April 26th over 15 artists, crafters, and musicians are participating in the first Ventnor Street Fair of 2017. During the Dorset Street Fair, Amazing Ventnor will be debuting its newly built Mobile Band Stage repurposed from an old RV trailer. 2:15 the Band will be showcased on the new stage trailer at 7:30pm during the street fair. 

The Dorset avenue merchants include Annette's Cafe, Red Room, Ventnor Coffee, Custards Last Stand, Rain Florist, The Ship Shop, Smiling Dragon Kung Fu, Community Liquor, Enchanted Day Spa, Capri Pizza, Attorney Nancy Mazin, Gitto Electric, Shelly's Salon, PC Medic, Horn Electric, ArtSpot Studio, Tri-State Accounting, Dorset House Inn, Luv Leigh Hair Salon, and A-1 Residential Cleaners. 

Sponsors include: SJ Hauck Homes, Shore Local Newspapers, Downbeach Express, Farley & Ferry Real Estate, ACUA, GMS Law, Mark at the Shore Real Estate, and WIBG 94.3 

Event Details : 

Local acoustic musicians along Dorset Avenue 

Artists and Crafters setup in front of businesses 

Meet and Greet the Local Business Owners 

Interested volunteers can contact michael@amazingventnor.com

Parking/Locations: 

All parking is on street, we recommend walking, biking if you live nearby 

All crafters and musicians will be in front of stores, all sidewalks will be passable. Parking available at the Ventnor Football field at Surrey and Calvert Aves  

Click here to join the Facebook event

 

Hurricane Preparedness Week is May 7-13


5/8/2017 -

It's Hurricane Preparedness Week! Click on the links below for information on how you can prepare for a hurricane now:

May 7 - Determine Your Risk 

May 8 - Develop An Evacuation Plan 

May 9 - Assemble Disaster Supplies

May 10 - Secure an Insurance Check

May 11 - Strengthen Your Home

May 12 - Check on Your Neighbor

May 13 - Complete your Hurricane Plan 


More information from Ready.gov:

City To Host Press Conference on Beach Replenishment Project  Thursday, May 4, at Noon


5/4/2017 -

The City of Ventnor is holding a press conference Thursday , May 4, 2017, at noon on the Ventnor City Fishing Pier to discuss the beach replenishment project. All are welcome to attend. 

Click here to watch the live video stream of the press conference on Facebook.

Response to Dune Replenishment Project Update 


5/3/2017 -

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection unilaterally informed Ventnor this week that it is altering its beach replenishment schedule. Once again, far-flung bureaucrats are placing the disruptive work from June 8 to July 12 and likely beyond – squarely at the height of summer tourism season.

Unfortunately, the city, its business and our residents have made other plans at this time and our beaches are unavailable for the dune and replenishment work. Our city has multiple concerts, a surf camp, Independence Day celebrations and thousands of visitors coming to town for their hard-earned summer vacations. We hope the state understands that this revised timing simply doesn’t work for Ventnor.

Ventnor has enthusiastically supported the state and the Corps dune and replenishment work from day one – and we will continue to do so if they adhere to their original timeline. It is important work, but so is the summer tourism season. We simply cannot allow one to jeopardize the other.

Today, we are notifying the state and the Army Corps of Engineers that our beaches will not be available for the replenishment and dune work until after Labor Day, which is when they had previously said the work would be performed.

 

Hydrant Flushing To Begin May 8


5/1/2017 -

Beginning on Monday, May 8, 2017, the Ventnor Water and Sewer Utility, in conjunction with the Fire Department, will conduct flow testing of the City’s fire hydrants and flushing of the system’s water mains.

The testing will begin at Jackson Avenue and proceed south to Fredericksburg Avenue, followed by Ventnor West, and finishing in Ventnor Heights.

The testing will continue through Friday, May 12, 2017.

Residents should not be alarmed if discoloration of tap water is noticed, as this condition is not harmful and will dissipate in several hours. Residents should avoid washing clothes, especially white loads, throughout the testing period or while water is discolored.

There may be periods when water pressure will drop somewhat when testing and flushing are ongoing throughout the day.

City of Ventnor Seeking Tax Assessor


5/1/2017 -

 The City of Ventnor is seeking a qualified individual to serve as its certified Tax Assessor.

The individual shall be responsible for the full-range of responsibilities associated with serving as a Municipal Tax Assessor, including but not limited to the requisite field work, preparing and maintaining property record cards, ensuring tax maps are accurate and up-to-date, preparing annual assessment rolls, preparing for and assisting in the defense of tax appeals at both County Board of Taxation and State Tax Court. The individual is also responsible to provide polite and courteous customer service to the property owners in the municipality.

The ideal candidate must possess a certified Tax Assessor License from the State of New Jersey, a high school diploma (college degree preferred) and an in-depth knowledge of New Jersey’s local tax assessment laws. The candidate must also have strong organizational, research, as well as solid oral and written communication skills.

For informational purposes, the City completed a comprehensive revaluation in 2016 for the 2017 Tax Year.

Please send a copy of your resume, a completed City of Ventnor Employment Application, an informative cover letter along with salary requirements to City of Ventnor, Lisa H. Hand, City Clerk, 6201 Atlantic Ave, Ventnor, New Jersey 08406. Resumes must be postmarked on or before Friday, May 12, 2017. E/O/E.

APRIL 2017

Ventnor Recreation Sports Camps for Summer 2017


4/28/2017 -

The Ventnor Recreation Department has released its sports camps for summer 2017.

Each week has specialized sport with added various fun games! For ages 6 to 13.

Week 1 -  June 26-30 - Mixed Sports

Week 2 - July 3-7 (off 4th) - Soccer/Deck Hockey

Week 3 - July 10-14 - Flag Football/Golf Trip

Week 4 - July 17-21 - Beach/Tennis at Suffolk Ave.

Week 5 - July 24-28 - Basketball

Week 6 - July 31-August 4 - Baseball/Softball

Week 7 - August 7-11 - Soccer

Week 8 - August 14-18 - Games Week Wrap-up/Trip to Water Park

You can choose to do one or multiple weeks. Choose between times 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. or select both for a full day.

PRICING:

1 Week - $200

3-4 Weeks - $425

5-6 Weeks - $500

7-8 Weeks - $550 

For a full day, double the weekly cost then take 15% off combined total. 

Click here to download the registration form.

Holiday Weekend Beach BBQ Information


4/27/2017 -

The City of Ventnor is pleased to announce that on the following 2017 holiday weekends open bar-b-queuing is allowed without any permits from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.:

Memorial Day: Saturday, May 27, Sunday, May 28, Monday, May 29

Independence Day: Saturday, July 1, Sunday, July 2, Monday, July 3 and Tuesday, July 4

Labor Day: Saturday, September 2, Monday, September 3, Monday, September 4

NO OPEN FIRE PITS ALLOWED, only grills. 

Please obey all rules and regulations! Beach badges required. 

Have a happy and safe summer season! 

City Expands Beach Badge Sale Locations for May


4/27/2017 -

The City of Ventnor will expand hours and locations of beach badge sales to increase convenience throughout the month of May.

Pre-season ($7) and Senior Citizen ($3.50 for 65+) pricing ends May 31. Regular Season pricing ($15) begins June 1.

Throughout the month of May 2017, City Hall will be selling badges on the weekends from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and at the Fishing Pier from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

They will be also be sold at the following locations on the specified dates:

5/6/2017     

Acme 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

5/7/2017      

Acme 2 - 3 p.m.

5/13/2017   

Vassar Square 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Regency Towers 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

5000 Boardwalk 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

 5/14/2017   

Vassar Square 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Regency Towers 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

5000 Boardwalk 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

 5/20/2017    

5000 Boardwalk 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Regency Towers 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Vassar Square 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

5/21/2017   

Vassar Square  9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Regency Towers 11 a.m.  - 12 p.m.

Sunset Harbour 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

5000 Boardwalk  2 - 3p.m.

You may continue to purchase beach badges during regular business hours (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) at Ventnor City Hall or online through the Viply App.

 

Ventnor City Farmers Market Opens Friday, May 26


4/25/2017 -

The Ventnor City Farmer’s Market begins its 2017 season on Friday, May 26, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon on the grounds of Holy Trinity Parish at the corner of Newport and Atlantic Avenues. It will run for 15 Fridays until September 1.

The market’s mission is to provide access to a variety of locally grown and produced food items such as vegetables, fruits, baked goods, meats, fish, and plants. It’s also a wonderful opportunity for Ventnor residents to gather and build a greater sense of community.

For more information, or to volunteer on Friday mornings, visit:

 www.ventnorcityfarmersmarket.com

www.facebook.com/ventnorcityfarmersmarket

Ventnor Fishing Pier Now Open


4/24/2017 -

The Ventnor Fishing Pier will open Monday, April 24, 2017, for the season. The Pier will be staffed 7 days per week from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. *Exception for Monday, April 24, Thursday April, 27, and Friday, April 28 the pier will be staffed from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 

Yearly Membership Costs:

$175 per year 

$150 per year (Senior Citizens Ages 62+)

$50 per year (Kids Ages 10-17)

For Spectators with a Key:

$50 per person per year

Weekly Membership Costs:

$50 per week 

$25 per week  (Senior Citizens Ages 62+)

$15 per week (Kids Ages 10-17)

Daily Membership Costs:

$10 per day

$5 per day (Senior Citizens Ages 62+)

$5 per day (Kids Ages 10-17)

Daily Walk-On (Non-Fishing Fee)

$5 per day for individuals ages 10+

 

At all times when accessing and using the fishing pier, every member/key holder of the Ventnor City Fishing Pier must have in his/her possession the official Ventnor City photo identification and key issued to him/her by the Ventnor City Pier Master. The identification must be on the person visible at all times while on the pier. Individuals without identification are subject to being removed from the pier and fined.

Individuals who have purchased a weekly or daily membership shall be prohibited from using or accessing the pier at any time other than during the hours of operation. Furthermore, no individual with a weekly or daily membership shall be issued a key or a photo identification card.

 

Thumbail Photo by Jack Zigon

 

New Chief of Police for City of Ventnor to be Appointed on May 1, 2017


4/20/2017 -

Long term Ventnor Police Officer, and lifetime resident of the City of Ventnor, Police Captain Doug Biagi will be promoted to become the new Chief of Police of the Ventnor City Police Department effective May 1, 2017.

This appointment was recommended by Police Commissioner Tim Kriebel, with the advice and consent of Mayor Holtzman and Commission Landgraf, during an Executive Session held on March 13, 2017.

The current Police Chief, Michael Miller has announced his retirement effective April 30, 2017.

A Special Meeting of the Mayor and Commissioners will be held on May 1, 2107 at which time a resolution is expected to be adopted to make this promotion official.  Also at that time, Captain Howard Bloom will be promoted to the position of Deputy Chief of Police.

The new Police Chief has been a police officer in the City of Ventnor since 1988.  He was assigned as the Juvenile Detective in 1991, where he established the Ventnor Police Department’s D.A.R.E. in the Ventnor School System. Mr. Biagi was promoted to Police Sargent in 1993 and was transferred to supervise the Community Policing Bike Unit in 1995.

In April of 2002 Captain Biagi was promoted to Lieutenant and in January 2012, was promoted to Police Captain, and assigned as Operations Commander of the Patrol Division.  In 2014 Captain Biagi was reassigned as the Administrative Captain, and was also responsible for the Police Department’s Program for NJSACOP.

Captain Biagi is a lifelong resident of the City of Ventnor, is well known in the Community by residents, school children, and business owners.  Biagi is active in many community volunteer committees and is currently a member of the Ventnor Board of Education, a position he has held for 10 years.  Captain Biagi has received numerous commendations during the course of his 30 years of law enforcement, including the NJ State PBA Award for Heroism.  

Captain Biagi has two Bachelor of Arts Degrees in Criminal Justice and Psychology from Stockton State College, and he continues to work towards his Master Degree in Criminal Justice from St. Joseph University. 

It is interesting to note that Doug Biagi started working for the City of Ventnor when he was 14 years old as a tennis court attendant and summer beach crew.  He was also a Fire Fighter - EMT for the Ventnor City Fire Department for two years before becoming a Police Officer.

“I am thrilled to be able to recommend Captain Biagi and Bloom to their respective new roles.  Both these gentlemen have a combined total of over 50 years of dedicated service to the City of Ventnor and are extremely committed to the public safety and welfare of our community”, said Commissioner of Public Safety, Tim Kriebel.   

 

 

Bicycles To Be Auctioned Off Saturday, April 22


4/19/2017 -

Bicycles that have been abandoned, suspected stolen or recovered during police investigations that have not been retreived by their owners will be auctioned off by the Police Department this Saturday, April 22, at 10 a.m. at the Public Works Complex on Cornwall and Winchester Avenues. 102 bicycles will be auctioned off.

 

Click here to read the Resolution

 

 

Public Notice: Accreditation Team Invites Public Comment


4/19/2017 -

The Ventnor City Police Department is scheduled for an on-site assessment as part of the accreditation process through the New Jersey Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission, which is administered by the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police.  Successful completion of the process will also result in accreditation with the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police (NJSACOP)

The accreditation program requires agencies to comply with standards that represent the best practices in Law Enforcement.  The accreditation process is rigorous and includes a close examination of the agency’s written directive system, operation, and facility.

As part of this final on-site assessment, employees and members of the general public are invited to provide comments to the assessment team. They may do so by telephone or email.  The public may call 609 822-2101 ext. 1969 on Sunday April 23rd, 2017, between the hours of 11 am and 1 pm.  Email comments can be sent to dbiagi@police.ventnorcity.org.

Telephone comments are limited to 5 minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with the NJSACOP standards.  A copy of the standards is available for inspection at the Ventnor City Police Department at 6201 Atlantic Ave. Ventnor City, NJ 08406.  Please contact Captain Douglas Biagi at 609 823-7980.

Anyone wishing to offer written comments about the Ventnor City Police Department ability to comply with the standards for accreditation is requested to email the Accreditation Program manager at hdelgado@njsacop.org or write the New Jersey State

Association of Chiefs of Police, Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission at 751 Route 73 North, Suite 12 Marlton, N.J. 08053.

 

New Smart Parking Meters Will Make Parking a Breeze


4/18/2017 -

The City of Ventnor will be installing new solar-powered parking meters that are equipped with smart technology to replace existing meters. The new meters will allow customers to pay with coins, credit cards or via phone.

Installation of the new meters will begin in May and run through October.

The meters will cost $112,517 and will be purchased using the City’s capital fund.  The cost is expected to be recouped in one to two seasons.

A public hearing on increasing the hourly rate for parking meters from $1 to $2 will be held on Thursday, May 18 at 6 p.m. at City Hall. 

The City is also considering new locations for meters and encourages public feedback. 

Community Yard Sale Coming August 19 & 20


4/12/2017 -

The Ventnor Community Yard Sale will be held on two days this year, Saturday, August 19, and Sunday, August 20, 2017.

To register, please click here to download the form. 

Forms should be returned to City Hall by August 5.

You may also apply via email. Send information to: Dianne McDevitt at dmcdevitt101@gmail.com

Please put YARD SALE in the subject line. And include your name, address and phone number.

There is no cost to participate.

Kenny Wayland Memorial Run Coming May 28, 2017


4/10/2017 -

The Kenny Wayland Memorial 5k, 10k and Fun Run will be held on Sunday, May 28, 2017 beginning at 9 a.m.

The run, sponsored by the Ventnor City Firefighters FMBA Local 38 in association with the Ventnor City Board of Recreation, benefits the Kenneth Wayland Scholarship Fund.

Event Information:

5K Run or 10K Run & Fun Walk

Course: 5k/10k course is an out and back starting at Newport & Atlantic Ave. Fun Walk on Boardwalk.

Fees:

$15.00 up to April 30, 2016, after that price will increase to $20 up to May 26, 2016. (includes T Shirt)

Saturday Night & Race Day Registration: $30.00 (T-SHIRTS WHILE SUPPLIES LAST). Water, bagels and oranges provided.

Register:

Register Online

Download Registration Form

Packet Pickup & Race Day Location:

Ventnor Community Building
6500 Atlantic Ave, Ventnor, NJ

Saturday Night, May 27, 2017 (6 - 7:30 p.m.) or Sunday Morning (7:30 - 8:30 a.m.)

Awards/Ceremony: Trophies/Medals will be awarded for various divisions. A ceremony will be held in back of the Ventnor Community Building.

Become a Sponsor:

Download Sponsorship Request Form

More Information: Phone: (609) 823 7956 or Email: FMBA38@aol.com

 

Run and Scholarship Background:

On December 15, 1972 the Ventnor City Fire Department was called to a fire at a high rise building. While searching for an occupant of the fourth floor apartment, Firefighter Kenneth Wayland, was cut off from exiting the apartment by fire. With insufficient fire department manpower to place an aerial ladder truck into service and with no alternative way out, he was forced to a window, eventually having no option but to jump. Most tragically, the occupant had self-evacuated without notifying anyone.

On December 20, 1972 Firefighter Wayland passed away as a result of his injuries. He was just 35 years old.

In early 2000, the Ventnor City Firefighters FMBA Local 38 was asked to take over the operation of the Run that had been held in Ventnor City for many years on Memorial Day Weekend. Although the task of staging the Run would be challenging, it was felt that this would be a great opportunity to memorialize the sacrifice of Firefighter Wayland.

The Run was named the Kenny Wayland Memorial Run and staged by Ventnor Firefighters each year since 2000. A scholarship program was named in his honor with the goal of providing Ventnor City high school seniors funding for college on an annual basis. All proceeds from the Run provide the funding for the Scholarship Program. To date over $65,000.00 has been awarded to over 80 Ventnor City students in memory of Firefighter Wayland.

 

Ventnor City Employees to Participate in 2017 Heart Walk


4/10/2017 -

Employees of Ventnor City will be participating in the 2017 American Heart Association Southern NJ Spring Heart Walk on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at the Ocean City Sports and Civic Center Football field located at 6th Street and the Boardwalk. 

Children walk and enjoy the rides! As a thank you for children (under 17) who participate on a Walk Team, register online, turn in a walker envelope and raise a minimum of $50, they will receive a wristband to Gillian’s Wonderland Pier for use on the day of the event between 1 and 3 p.m. This is limited to the first 1000 children and the turn in date is 5/17!

To join or donate to the Ventnor City Team, please click here.

New York Yankees Bus Trip


4/10/2017 -

The Ventnor Board of Recreation will host a trip to the New York Yankees vs. the Houston Astros at Yankees Stadium on Saturday, May 13, 2017. 

The bus will leave from the Ventnor Ball Field at 8:30 a.m. The game is scheduled for a 1:05 p.m. start. 

$100 includes bus fare and ticket in Section 208 as well as a sub and drink donated by Ventnor Merchants.

Call Ventnor Recreation to reserve your seat! 609-823-7950.

Ventnor City Police Department's K9 Joker Has Received Body Armor


4/3/2017 -

Ventnor City Police Department’s K9 Joker has received a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. K9 Joker’s vest is sponsored by Jennifer Luciano of Vineland, NJ and embroidered with the sentiment “Protect me and my partner from harm”.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) charity located in East Taunton, MA whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. The non-profit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four-legged K9 officers. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided over 2,400 protective vests, in 50 states, through private and corporate donations, at a cost of over 1.9 million dollars. All vests are custom made in the USA by Armor Express in Central Lake, MI.

The program is open to dogs actively employed in the U.S. with law enforcement or related agencies who are certified and at least 20 months of age. New K9 graduates, as well as K9s with expired vests, are eligible to participate.

The donation to provide one protective vest for a law enforcement K9 is $1,050.00. Each vest has a value between $1,795 – $2,234 and a five-year warranty, and an average weight of 4-5 lbs. There is an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States. For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provides information, lists events, and accepts tax-deductible donations of any denomination at www.vik9s.org or mailed to P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718.

K9 Joker, a 2 year old Belgian Malinois, joined the Ventnor City Police Department in August of 2015 and partnered with K9 Officer Marc Franco Jr. K9 Joker has completed over 28 weeks of training and certified in tracking, apprehension, article search, building search, and narcotic detection. The vest will provide an additional level of protection to K9 Joker in the performance of his duties as he protects the residents of Ventnor and the members of the Ventnor City Police Department. The Ventnor City Police Department would like to thank Jennifer Luciano for the generous donation and Vested Interest in K9s for providing the vest.

MARCH 2017

Food Truck Festival and Movies on the Beach Coming to Ventnor


3/31/2017 -

Boardwalk Entertainment will host a Ventnor Food Truck Festival on June 10th at Ski Beach in Ventnor Heights, and weekly Movies on the Beach, Mondays through July and August on Suffolk Ave. The two events are the first of its kind to take place in Ventnor, and are free to the public.

"While planning our event season, I had the opportunity to meet the commissioners of Ventnor and found the town would be a great addition to 2017," said owner of Boardwalk Entertainment, Amanda Thomas. "Commissioner Kriebel took me on a great tour of town, and really showed me that Ventnor is very invested in its community. I like to host events in cities that have a strong sense of community, I am happy to be able to work with Commissioner Kriebel and the City of Ventnor for these events."

The Ventnor Food Truck Festival will come to Ventnor on June 10th. Seven food trucks will line the field at Ski Beach from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. There will be a few retail and craft vendors, along with live music for the day. Ski Beach is a desirable location for this event, and Boardwalk Entertainment hopes to draw at least 500 attendees. There's plenty of fun for the kids with a bounce house, face painting, balloon artists and more.

The Movies on the Beach event is planned for every Monday at Suffolk Ave Beach, where the volleyball courts are located. An inflatable movie screen will be placed on the beach, along with a food and snack vendor for the evening. Popular, family-friendly movies will be shown each week through July and August.

"I'm convinced a food truck event at Ski Beach and beach-front movies are a perfect fit for summer in our city," said Commissioner Tim Kriebel. "Amanda Thomas from Boardwalk Entertainment worked with all our departments to create fun and family-friendly events. These events will be a great addition to everyone's summer and I hope will encourage walking or biking to take part in them."

Boardwalk Entertainment was the creator and promoter of the 2016 Celebrate America Weekend featuring Tim McGraw, Hunter Hayes, and Maggie Rose. This year, the company will host the Pro Footvolley Tour in Wildwood, along with the Wildwood Food Truck Festivals, and additional events in South Jersey including some that are soon to be announced.

More information on these events will be available within the coming weeks. Entry into the events is free. To become a vendor, please contact info@boardwalkentco.com or visit www.boardwalkentco.com

Door-To-Door National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey Coming Through Atlantic County


3/30/2017 -

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently alerted the Ventnor Police Department that they will be conducting a door-to-door survey throughout Atlantic County, including Ventnor City, for the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), from March 29 through June 7.

The survey is a major study of the health of persons living in the United States and has been conducted for more than 55 years. It helps provide current and vital data on health conditions and concerns in the U.S. Data are collected through household interviews and standardized medical examinations in mobile examination centers.

Personnel will be knocking on doors of randomly selected households throughout the county. They will conduct a brief questionnaire at the doorstep to obtain demographic information used to identify sample participants for the survey.

The CDC assures this is a legitimate survey that is part of a federally funded national effort with significant influence on health policy across the nation.

Names of NHANES Interviewer Staff:

FULL-TIME INTERVIEWERS & ID#

BLAKE, ODETTE - 2891

BORRO, CARLOS (ARMANDO) - 2811

CANCEL, EVY - 1967

CARLOS, SHEILA -1033 CARRINGTON, DON - 2464

CHASE, EVELYN - 2920 CHAVARRIA, ELSTON - 2812 COFFER, RUTH - 1727

COFFMAN, BARBARA - 1930 COPLEY, RANDY - 2893

DYSON, KIMBERLY - 2247

FARLEY, HORTENSE - 2514

FREE, BRITT -2894

GARCIA, RENE - 1969

HAGAR, JENNIFER -2843 HAGSTROM, JOHN - 2346 K

RUDWIG, JILL – 2249

MCEVILLY, DANIEL - 2750

MCKISSACK, CARLA - 2813

MELLO, KIMBERLY – 2576

MITCHELL, ANA - 2047

MOSLEY, KIMBERLYN – 2846

POOLE, PATRICIA (PATSY) - 2814

POPE, ESTHER - 2697

SATCHER, CRYSTAL - 2784

SEGURA, CARLOTTA-1931

SKRIPEK, DIANNE - 2923

SMOOT, SHARON - 1971

SOUSA, GEORGE - 2537

TYE, CHERI - 2924

BACK-UP INTERVIEWERS & ID#

KING, RUBY -2844

OVIEDO, EDWARD - 2752

TRAVELING INTERPRETERS

CHACON, GEORGE

DENG,PETER

 

Click here to learn more about the program 

 

 

Minor Flooding Expected Thursday, March 30 through Friday, March 31


3/29/2017 -

Scattered rain showers forecasted for the evening of Thursday, March 30, into Friday, March 31, may cause minor coastal and tidal flooding. 

We advise residents to move cars from flood-prone areas between Thursday and Friday nights' high tides (10:15 p.m. Thursday through 11:07 p.m. Friday).

Remember to Renew Your Dog License for 2017!


3/28/2017 -

Ventnor City Residents: Dog License(s) are due. Please remember to renew your 2017 Dog License. Owners will be charged a late fee of $10.00 if not renewed by May 1st. Please be aware that Summons will be issued to Dog Owners who have not renewed by August 1st. To avoid additional fines and penalties please renew your Dog License today.

Download the Dog License Application Form

Now Hiring for Beach Badge Supervisor Position


3/21/2017 -

The City of Ventnor is seeking a full-time, seasonal Beach Badge Supervisor.

Job Description:

  • Full-time Seasonal position. 
  • Weekends a must. From mid-April to mid-September.
  • Supervise teenage Beach Checkers. 
  • Reconcile daily receipts and badges. 
  • Weekly reports.
  • Must be able to deal with the general public.

Interested applicants should submit a City of Ventor Employment Application (download here), a letter of interest and a resume to Lisa Hand at lhand@ventnorcity.org.

 

Spring Flooding Safety Tips


3/20/2017 -

When spring hits, whether it’s “official” or feels like spring, many of us are eager to get out of the office and into the fresh air. However, too much rain or thawing snow after a long winter can bring severe flooding. Floods are the most common and costly natural disaster in the United States. Here are some things to keep in mind as the spring flood season draws near.

  • Never drive or walk through flooded streets. It only takes six inches of moving water to sweep a person off their feet (and not in the romantic way) and 12 inches to move a car. Remember, if a street is flooded, Turn Around; Don’t Drown.
  • Floods are expensive. A few inches of water in a 1,000-square foot home could cost more than $10,000 in repairs and replacement of personal possessions. Visits FEMA’s data visualization website to learn more about the costs and impacts of floods in your state
  • Most insurance does not cover flood damage. Only flood insurance will cover the damage from floods. Speak with your insurance agent to learn more and remember flood insurance takes 30 days to take effect, so purchase now to protect your family!
  • Talk with your family and make an emergency plan for you and your pets. No matter the disaster, it’s always a good idea to have emergency supplies ready at home, at work, and in the car.

You can learn more about the dangers of flooding and find information about flood insurance at Ready.gov/floods and Floodsmart.gov. We also have prepared a Flood Safety Social Media Toolkit so you can share tips with your friends and family prepare at www.ready.gov/flood-toolkit.

Ventnor City Board of Recreation Meeting Rescheduled to March 21


3/16/2017 -

The Ventnor City Board of Recreation has rescheduled it's meeting on March 14, 2017 to now be held on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at 6:30pm at our recreational complext located at Surrey & Balfour Avenues.

Ventnor Weathers Stella


3/15/2017 -

The only damage reported as a result of winter storm Stella thus far was in City Hall and at the City Firehouse where there were some leaks reported in offices. Insurance reps and a restoration company were on the scene this afternoon.

City Hall was closed as a result of the storm, but Public Works employees were on the scene to help where needed and to deal with flooding, placing barricades at the more traveled intersections that were flooded and monitoring the pump activity on a constant basis to mitigate flooding.

Parts of Monmouth and Winchester Avenues were closed for about 4 hours as well as Dorset Avenue Bridge from 10 a.m. to about 12 p.m.

Police, Fire and the Office of Emergency Management assisted with rescues due to people driving through water, and in some cases, ignoring the barricades. Several motorists were rescued in floodwater by our fire department.

“It’s really important for the public to remain inside during inclement weather to avoid the potential of personal injury or loss of property,” stressed Commissioner Kriebel, commissioner of public safety.

For the Ventnor City Police Department, it was business as usual.

“Nor’easters are just another day for our department. We patrolled and assisted the public during Stella with no stoppage of services in spite of the elements, which included severe damage to a number of offices in city hall, our firehouse and the police department. Our police and fire departments work extremely well together, and couple that with the services provided by public works and office of emergency management, the citizens of Ventnor had nothing to worry about,” said Captain Doug Biagi.

Ventnor also received assistance from the Atlantic County Sheriff’s Department.

More damage assessment will be done tomorrow.

There were no power outages reported today.

Weather Update for March 14 and March 15, 2017


3/14/2017 -

Today: Periods of heavy rain and isolated sleet through this afternoon before the storm wraps up around 1 to 3 p.m. Winds will be 15-30 mph with gusts ranging 50-60 mph. High near 40-45.

Moderate flooding is expected with this morning's high tide. Numerous roadways are expected to flood with many roads becoming impassable. Coastal Flooding Warning will expire at 3 p.m. 

Tonight: Mostly Cloudy, Perhaps an Isolated Flurry. Low 20-25. Surface winds will remain gusty and will help push water offshore and out of the back bays. As a result, only spotty minor tidal flooding is expected during tonight's high tide.

Wednesday: Plenty of clouds as flurries/snow showers attempt to develop midday and last through the early evening. High around 32.

Wednesday Night: Any lingering snow shower ends early, otherwise, clouds give way to mainly clear skies by daybreak. Coating to 1" of snow possible. Low near 20.

CRDA Offering Free Parking During Storm


3/13/2017 -

At the request of the City of Atlantic City’s Office of Emergency Management, the New Jersey Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) has authorized the Wave Parking Garage, located at the corner of Mississippi and Fairmount avenues, to provide free overnight parking for all area residents and visitors beginning 8 p.m. on Monday, March 13, 2017, through 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 14, 2017, in preparation for the impending winter storm and flooding conditions. 

Parking will only be permitted between the second and top floors of the garage during this time.  Parking on the first floor will be prohibited due to the possibility of flooding.  Standard Parking personnel will be on duty through the overnight hours.

 

Weather Advisory and Code Blue Alert


3/13/2017 -

A wintry mix of rain and snow will arrive the evening of Monday, March 13, and continue through Tuesday, March 14. Any precipitation will be heavy, making for a slushy mess. Toward noon, the precipitation will lighten up and by midday, 2" to 4" is expected.

The heaviest precipitation and strongest winds are expected late Monday into Tuesday afternoon. Precipitation is expected to taper off Tuesday night. 

Moderate coastal flooding and minor tidal flooding with the high tide cycle (8 to 10 a.m. and 9 to 11 p.m.) on Tuesday is expected. See elevation map below for flood risk.

Strong winds are expected, especially near and at the coast, where gusts of 50 to 60 mph are likely. Please prepare for potential power outages.

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Code Blue Alert

Due to the National Weather Service prediction that temperatures are expected to drop well below freezing with wind chills and the anticipated snow/rain associated with the winter storm watch, the Ventnor City Office of Emergency Management is issuing a Code Blue.

“This is not a time to be without shelter” said City Emergency Management Coordinator Donna Peterson adding “It can be life threatening.” During weather as we are forecasted to experience with Winter Storm Stella, hypothermia can be deadly in a relatively short period of time.

Ventnor City OEM suggests those on medication ensure they have an adequate supply as travel may be extremely difficult during the cold weather event.  During this dangerously frigid weather, keep pets inside and check on senior citizens who can become chilled rapidly without realizing it.

The Atlantic City Rescue Mission will receive homeless persons without shelter and both provide warm meals and sleeping accommodations.

The VCPD, when possible, will provide a ride to the shelter if so requested. 

Ventnor City Expected to Adopt 2017 Budget on April 13


3/9/2017 -

The public hearing on the City of Ventnor’s 2017 budget will be held at the March 16 commission meeting at 6 p.m., and is expected to be adopted at the April 13 commission meeting. The adoption date was moved to accommodate the Board of School Estimate Meeting regarding the Ventnor City School District budget.  

The City’s budget is expected to increase by less than 3% for a total spending of $30,237,914.  Included in this spending is $9.1 million for school and city debt service, uncollected taxes, and statutory and deferred charges as follows: $1.4 million for school debt, $1.83 million for city debt, $2.76 million for uncollected taxes and $3.15 million for statutory and deferred charges which is primarily comprised of employer taxes such as Social Security and Unemployment Insurance, Medicare Insurance, and payments due the State for the Police and Fire and Public Employees retirement systems.

The bulk of the remaining $21 million in expenses is for operating the city.  Of this total, $13.7 million is for salary and wages.  Public Safety, which includes the city’s police and fire departments, each governed by their respective union contracts, account for over $9 million or 66% of the total salary budget. These Public Safety contracts expired on 12/31/16 and are currently being renegotiated.

The Mayor and Commissioners reviewed this budget very closely to determine if any reductions can be made. They looked at areas where costs can be cut without affecting service to the residents and businesses of Ventnor.  1.4% of the total requested salary and other expenses were taken out of this budget prior to introduction.

The Revenues for the 2017 budget also total $30,237,914 as required to balance and are comprised of surplus, state aid, grants, other local revenues, delinquent tax, school tax, and the local purpose tax levy. 

Surplus budgeted for 2017 is down by $470,000 when compared to 2016, an 18.8% decrease; and one cause for the proposed increase in the local tax rate this year. Last year at the public hearing for the 2016 budget, Mayor Holtzman and Commissioners Landgraf and Kriebel, who were candidates for office, expressed dire concern over the amount of surplus being used and strongly urged the governing body not to go that route. They believed using $500,000 more in surplus than what had been used in the prior years’ budget would impact the amount available to the 2017 budget year and it has.

“We ended the year with $841,000 less in surplus than the prior year” said Mayor Beth Holtzman.  In addition to using more surplus last year, certain local revenues were not realized as budgeted or had been over-budgeted, affecting the amount of surplus that could have been available. 

“Because of this we are using less surplus in the 2017 budget, directly impacting the local tax rate by 2 cents,” added Mayor Holtzman.  “To mitigate this 2 cent impact by anticipating more surplus in this year’s budget would not be responsible, could be detrimental to the City operations and may require us to raise taxes in 2018,” said Commissioners Kriebel and Landgraf. 

The drop in 2016 local revenues has also affected the amount of revenue that can be anticipated in 2017, for the City is not permitted to anticipate revenue greater than it realized in 2016.    For example, ambulance service fees was the most significant of  the local revenues that came in lower last year, from the $295,000 that was budgeted in 2016 to $100,000 budgeted in 2017.  The decrease in ambulance fees equates to a one cent increase in the local tax rate. Combined, budgeted surplus and other revenues are down by about $950,000, when compared to 2016, accounting for about 4 cents of the increased local tax rate.

“Consequently and after much consideration for our tax payers and the future of the City of Ventnor, this governing body is faced with proposing a local tax rate increase of $.077,” said Mayor Beth Holtzman, adding, “We believe this is required now to move the City forward in a responsible manner, as we implement changes that will allow us to operate efficiently and effectively with financial prudence and integrity, and provide for a financially sustainable future.”

The $.077 tax rate impact to a property owner is based on their individual property assessments.  For example a home valued at $300,000 will see their local taxes go up by $231.00 in 2017.

Moving forward, the city is encouraged by the interest that developers and builders have expressed in our city, such as the new restaurants and shops that are opening  and the existing ones that continue to thrive, the liquor license auction coming up soon and the new construction throughout the City. All of these will have immediate positive effects on our downtown, residential areas, and our local economy. Meanwhile this administration continues to work towards keeping our city well run, safe, vibrant, clean, and bustling every day.  

Turn and Test for Daylight Savings Time


3/8/2017 -

It is almost time to spring forward for Daylight Saving Time.

When setting your clock ahead one hour on Sunday, March 12, make sure your smoke alarms are working, and check that the batteries have plenty of charge. It is also a great time to check the expiration dates of your emergency supplies.

A smoke alarm with a dead or missing battery is the same as having no smoke alarm at all. Take care of your smoke alarms according to the manufacturer instructions, and follow these tips from the U.S. Fire Administration:

  • Smoke alarm powered by a nine-volt battery - Test the alarm monthly. Replace the batteries at least once every year. Replace the entire smoke alarm every 10 years.
  • Smoke alarm powered by a 10-year lithium (or “long-life”) battery - Test the alarm monthly. Since you cannot (and should not) replace the lithium battery, replace the entire smoke alarm according to the manufacturer's instructions and dispose of it properly at a household hazardous waste site or by sending it back to the manufacturer.
  • Smoke alarm that is hardwired into your home's electrical system - Test the alarm monthly. Replace the backup battery at least once every year. Replace the entire smoke alarm every 10 years.

Replace any of your emergency supplies that will expire within the next six months and use the old supplies before they expire. Some examples of items that can expire are:

  • Water
  • Food
  • Prescription medications
  • First-aid supplies
  • Batteries

For more information on emergency supplies, visit Ready.gov.

Ventnor Dunes to be Rebuilt from Richards to Fredericksburg Avenue at No Cost to Ventnor Taxpayers


3/7/2017 -

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently met with the down beach communities including Ventnor’s Public Works Director, Engineer and other staff to discuss the beach nourishment and completion of the original Absecon Island dune project. The project involves the hydraulic placement of approximately 2.9 million cubic yards of beachfill along the Atlantic Ocean coastline of Absecon Island. This project area encompasses Atlantic City, Ventnor, Margate City and Longport Borough. Base beachfill volume for Ventnor is 325,000 CY of the 2.9 million.

The Absecon Island Coastal Storm Damage Reduction project was only partially completed when Hurricane Sandy hit the New Jersey shore in 2012. The project in place served to dramatically reduce damages in those sections of the island. The Army Corps had completed the initial construction of the project in Atlantic City and most of Ventnor City in 2004. This section of the project received nourishment in the spring of 2012 and was restored after Hurricane Sandy in 2013. The Army Corps issued a Notice to Proceed to Weeks Marine Inc. to commence construction in December last year. The awarded contract work is expected to run through October 2017.

The Army Corps issued a Notice to Proceed to Weeks Marine Inc. to commence construction in December last year. The awarded contract work is expected to run through October 2017.

Ventnor’s schedule is as follows:

8/11/17 - 8/31/17: Pre-placement condition surveys

8/25/17 - 8/29/17: Setup pipeline and booster

9/1/17 - 10/5/17: Beachfill operation

10/6/17 - 10/12/17: Post placement condition surveys

10/6/17 - 10/28/17: Demobilize equipment/dredge

 

It is expected the Army Corps will mobilize at the Suffolk Avenue beach area. Beachgoers will still have access to that beach.

In an earlier press release from the Army Corps of Engineers, the Corps indicated the completion of the initial construction in Margate and Longport is being entirely funded by the federal government through the 2013 Disaster Relief Appropriations Act (PL113-2), commonly known as the Hurricane Sandy Relief Bill, whereas the periodic nourishment of the Atlantic City and Ventnor City portion of the contract is being cost shared with the Federal government and the non-federal sponsor, the NJDEP. Sixty-five percent is funded by the federal government and thirty-five percent is funded by the DEP and respective municipality. Ventnor’s share is estimated at $440,917 for Richards Avenue to Jackson Avenue and will be funded by remaining bond funds and a new bond ordinance. The cost does not include the cost of any additional sand if needed during construction.

There will be no cost to the City of Ventnor to rebuild the dunes that were loss from Richards Avenue to Fredericksburg Avenue.

 

Atlantic City Electric Giving Away Free Trees


3/6/2017 -

Atlantic City Electric (ACE) is providing 1,150 free trees to its residential customers through the Energy-Saving Trees program, which helps customer’s conserve energy and reduce household energy bills through strategic tree planting.  

Residents can reserve one free tree per household by visiting www.arborday.org/ace or by calling 1-855-670-2773.

Customers should have their ACE account number handy when ordering the free tree. 

Ventnor City Recreation Department Seeking Tennis Supervisor and Tennis Court Attendant


3/3/2017 -

The Ventnor City Recreation Department is seeking to fill positions for a Tennis Supervisor and a Tennis Court Attendant. See job descriptions below:

Tennis Court Attendant Job Description

Tennis Supervisor Job Description

Please submit a cover letter and resume to City Administrator Maria Mento at mmento@ventnorcity.org.

Ventnor Green Team Seeking New Members


3/2/2017 -

The Ventnor Green Team is seeking new members! Meetings are held on the first Monday of every month at 5 p.m. on the second floor of City Hall. Some of the topics regularly discussed include reducing plastic pollution, Ventnor’s bicycle and pedestrian plan, a community garden and more!

If interested, please reach out to Jim Rutala jmrutala@comcast.net or 609.743.0354.

 

FEBRUARY 2017

Severe Weather Alert for Wednesday, March 1, 2017


2/28/2017 -

Isolated thunderstorms may develop late this morning through early this afternoon (roughly 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.). The primary threat from these storms will be small hail and heavy rain.

There is a potential for one or two organized lines of strong to severe thunderstorms to move through the region late this afternoon (3 to 6 p.m.) and/or this evening (6 to 11 p.m.). The primary threats with these storms will be damaging winds, deadly and damaging lightning, and heavy rain. Isolated tornadoes and hail are also possible.

Ventnor Board of Education Seeking Member


2/23/2017 -

The Ventnor Board of Education is seeking someone with a strong financial background to join the board. Candidates should submit letters of interest to Mayor Beth Holtzman

Ventnor Welcome Program Looking for Business Participants


2/17/2017 -

The Ventnor Green Team, with the support of Mayor Beth Holtzman, Commissioners Lance Landgraf and Tim Kriebel, along with ACUA, are creating and filling “Welcome to Ventnor” packets to be offered to all new renters and home buyers as they join our community.

A “welcome” bag will be a reusable shopping bag filled with useful information, phone numbers and websites to inform newcomers of the many policies, activities and resources in our community as well as a city map highlighting the business district.

Businesses are encouraged to offer incentives in the form of coupons.

If you are interested in participating, please drop off your coupon request or design to the Mayor’s Office, call 822-7900, or email bholtzman@ventnorcity.org.

Snow and Possible Tidal Flooding Expected February 9th


2/8/2017 -

Heaviest snowfall with lowest travel visibilities will occur between 6 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Thursday, February 9th. Heavy snow, sleet and a wintry mix may result in downed power lines and trees. Conditions on roadways, bridges, sidewalks and other surfaces may be hazardous throughout the day. Minor coastal flooding may occur with high tides this morning.

Reconstruction of Wellington Avenue To Begin Late March


2/2/2017 -

Atlantic County has scheduled reconstruction of Wellington Avenue from the Black Horse Pike to Dorset Avenue. Work will begin in late March 2017.  The project has a 90-day construction window. The 2.43 million dollar project consists of ADA ramps, drainage improvements, and roadway reconstruction. Construction equipment will be stored behind the shopping center.  

Click here to see a map of the project area.

We will notify residents as updates become available.

 

Road Closure Notice: Monmouth Avenue - February 3, 2017


2/2/2017 -

Monmouth Avenue will be closed Friday, February 3 from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. A tractor trailer will be delivering a modular home to 6300 Monmouth Avenue.

No parking signs will be posted on both sides of Monmouth Avenue from Rosborough to Newark Avenues.

Alternate routes during this time is preferable.

Now Hiring Pier Master/Fishing Pier Attendant - Part Time, Seasonal


2/1/2017 -

The City of Ventnor is looking to hire a Pier Master and Pier Attendant or Attendants.  These positions are  seasonal and will be available April through September. The Pier Office will be open from 8 a.m. until 12 Midnight, shift work will be required. This position works under the direct supervision of City Administrator and the Commissioner of Public Works, Parks and Public Property. 

The Pier Master is responsible for the day to day operations and working of the Pier and its members. Duties include, but are not limited to, Membership Applications, including collecting of all fees, issuance of keys, ordering of supplies, and daily deposits.

Fishing Pier Attendant is responsible for assisting the Pier Master with the daily operations of the Pier.  Duties will include daily deposits, membership applications, distribution of keys and any additional duties assigned.

General knowledge of fishing is a must. Applications available at Ventnor City Hall, City Clerk’s Office.  Submit employment application and resume (do not submit resume only) to Lisa H. Hand, City Clerk at lhand@ventnorcity.org or mail to 6201 Atlantic Ave., Ventnor, NJ 08406, Attn: Lisa Hand.  Deadline Feb 10, 2017. EOE/M/F

JANUARY 2017

The New Jersey Organization Project (NJOP) To Host Kick Off Meeting in Ventnor February 25th


1/31/2017 -

The New Jersey Organization Project (NJOP) is a grassroots organization focused on Sandy Recovery efforts. They will be hosting a 2017 Action Kick-Off Meeting for the Atlantic City area on Saturday, February 25, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Ventnor Library located at 6500 Atlantic Avenue in Ventnor City, NJ. 

Click here to download the official event flyer for full details.

The City of Ventnor posts this notice as a public service. This organization is an independent entity not associated with the City of Ventnor.

 

Weather Advisory


1/30/2017 -

Periods of light snow will continue through 10 a.m. Monday, January 30.

It becomes breezy behind the system, so minor blowing/drifting remains possibles. Another system arrives tomorrow, Tuesday, January 31, in the form of a few scattered flurries/snow showers, but the best threat for dustings will remain north.

Please be sure to shovel your sidewalk for pedestrians and school walkers.

Winter Power Outage Prep


1/30/2017 -

Winter storms can bring freezing temperatures, mountains of snow and dangerous travel conditions, but they can also result in downed trees and power lines causing power outages.

Before the power goes out in your winter hideaway, follow these preparedness tips from Ready.gov:

  • Build or restock your emergency preparedness kit, including a flashlight, batteries, water, food, prescription medication, cash, first aid supplies, and extra clothing, blankets or sleeping bags to stay warm.
  • Make sure you have alternative charging methods for your phone or any device that requires power. For more information visit, Get Tech Ready.
  • If you rely on anything that is battery-operated or power dependent like a medical device, determine a back-up plan. For more planning information tips visit, the Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities and Others with Access and Functional Needs pages.
  • Know where the manual release lever of your electric garage door opener is located and how to operate it.
  • Keep your car’s gas tank full. Gas stations rely on electricity to power their pumps. 
  • If you use your car to re-charge devices, do NOT keep the car running in a garage, or close to your home, this can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Be prepared to close off unused rooms to consolidate and retain heat.
  • If the power may be out for a prolonged period, plan to go to another location (the home of a relative or friend, or a public facility) that has heat to keep warm.
  • Only use generators outside, away from your home and NEVER run a generator inside a home or garage, or connect it to your home's electrical system. For more information about generators visit, the Generator Safety page of the Department of Energy.

Visit Ready.gov for more tips on how to prepare for a Winter Power Outage.

 

Report Outages to Atlantic City Electric

Residents should also remember to report power outages through Atlantic City Electric's app or website.

Scholarship Available for HS Students


1/27/2017 -

Three $1,000.00 scholarships will be granted to three NJ high school juniors or seniors as part of the Louis Bay 2nd Future Municipal Leader Scholarship Competition. This statewide scholarship competition centers on the theme "What My Municipal Government Does Best" and seeks to advance the virtues of elected and volunteer members of municipal government.

Many of the elected officials and appointed board members serve the City of Ventnor with little or no compensation. It is their altruistic desire to serve their community which compels them to public service. These officials, along with a cadre of dedicated professionals, are guardians of our hometown comforts and security. They give of their time and talents to help plan our community and preserve our way of life.

They serve us year round, every day and yet are hardly noticed. This scholarship competition will help rectify that, while encouraging our future municipal leaders. Full details on the application process and contest are below. Please return all applications NO LATER THAN MARCH 10, 2017 to:

Mayor Beth Holtzman
6201 Atlantic Ave.
Ventnor, NJ 08406.

PLEASE MARK SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION on the envelope.

We hope to see many of our young adult representing the City of Ventnor in the Louis Bay 2nd Future Municipal Leaders Scholarship Competition.

Download the Scholarship Application

Burglar Thwarted by Ventnor Police Dept.


1/26/2017 -

Around 3:30 this morning, Ventnor Police ruined the plans of a suspect who entered an unoccupied summer residence at 5800 Boardwalk.

Sgt. Steven E. Doyle, Officer Patrick M. Hiltner, K9 Officer Marc Franco Jr. and K9 Joker, under the supervision of Lt. Joseph T. Wootton, responded to the scene of a burglary after a concerned resident heard noises coming from a nearby condominium. After speaking with the owner to determine no one was permitted to be at the residence, the officers made contact with the suspect. The suspect initially refused to comply and exit the property. Prior to the completion of the announcement of the deployment of K9 Joker, the suspect surrendered. The suspect was charged with burglary and obstruction.

Ventnor Little League Baseball, Softball and Tee Ball Registration 


1/24/2017 -

Registration for Ventnor Little League Baseball, Softball and Tee Ball will be held on February 11, 18 and 25 at the VECC School Gym from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. 

Click here to Download the Registration Form

 

Fishing Pier Access Restricted Until Storm Passes


1/23/2017 -

Due to high winds and strong surf conditions, access beyond the Pier Master's office will be closed until after the storm has passed.  The first gate will be closed and locked. 

Heavy Rain and Possible Coastal Flooding Expected 


1/22/2017 -

Heavy rain, windy conditions and possible coastal flooding is expected through Tuesday, January 24.

Hazards:

Strong Winds – Northeast winds 20 to 35 mph with gusts to 45 mph are possible, with the strongest winds near the coast. 

Heavy Rainfall – Heavy rainfall is expected.

Coastal Flooding – Minor flooding is probable, especially along the ocean. 

Recreation Meeting Update


1/18/2017 -

Please be aware that the February 2017 meeting for the Ventnor City Board of Recreation originally scheduled for Monday, February 13, 2017 has been changed to Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. Location remains the same (Rec building, located at corners of Balfour & Surrey Ave, Ventnor Heights).

 

Ventnor Senior Shuttle Hours Expanded fake designer handbags


1/17/2017 -

The hours of operation for the Ventnor Senior Transportation have expanded from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Monday through Friday for picking up /dropping off residents.

The service is free for Ventnor residents age 60 or older.  Senior citizens can arrange pickup by calling 609-823-7994 the day before and leaving a message. 

Holiday Lighting Contest Winners


1/17/2017 -

Congratulations to the winners of our annual holiday lighting contest! We thank all those who showed off their holiday spirit this season.
Certificates of recognition will be awarded to all winners on January 19th, 2017 at the 6 p.m. Commissioners Meeting.


2016 Ventnor Home Lighting Contest Winners:

City Wide – 
John Smith
222 North Wissahickon Ave


1st Place – 
Ed & Jackie Thonpson
305 Windsor Drive


2nd Place – 
Isa & Disha Shpresa
508 North Burghley


3rd Place – 
Rita & Russell Conti
512 North Suffolk Ave


4th Place – 
Timothy & Valerie Koob
11 North Oakland Ave


5th place – 
Bernadette & Fred Casper 
408 North Dorset




 

2016 Ventnor Business Winners

1st Place – 
Ventnor Professional Campus
Office #205
6601 Ventnor Ave


2nd Place – 
Sapore Restaurant
6501 Ventnor Ave


3rd Place –
Red Room Café
141 N Dorset Ave


4th Place – 
Wimberg Funeral Home
7300 Ventnor Ave


5th Place – 
Shellem Surf Shack
6524 Ventnor Ave


Winter Weather Alert


1/13/2017 -

Ventnor is expected to receive a period of wintry weather on Saturday, January 14. 

It will be cloudy with periods of light snow during the afternoon. Some sleet or freezing rain possible. High 36F. Winds NE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of snow 60%. Snow accumulations less than one inch.

Please use caution when traveling.

 

Ventnor Police Department's K9 Joker To Receive Body Armor


1/10/2017 -

Ventnor City Police Department’s K9 Joker will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. K9 Joker’s vest is sponsored by Jennifer Luciano of Vineland, NJ and will be embroidered with the sentiment “Protect me and my partner from harm.” Delivery is expected within eight to ten weeks.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) charity located in East Taunton, MA whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. The non-profit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four-legged K9 officers. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided over 2,200 protective vests, in 50 states, through private and corporate donations, at a cost of over 1.9 million dollars. All vests are custom made in the USA by Armor Express in Central Lake, MI.

The program is open to dogs actively employed in the U.S. with law enforcement or related agencies who are certified and at least 20 months of age. New K9 graduates, as well as K9s with expired vests, are eligible to participate.

The donation to provide one protective vest for a law enforcement K9 is $1,050.00. Each vest has a value between $1,795 – $2,234 and a five-year warranty, and an average weight of 4-5 lbs. There is an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States. For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provides information, lists events, and accepts tax-deductible donations of any denomination at www.vik9s.org or mailed to P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718.

K9 Joker is a 2 year old Belgian Malinois who joined the Ventnor City Police Department in August of 2015 and is partnered with K9 Officer Marc Franco Jr. K9 Joker had over 28 weeks of training and is certified in tracking, apprehension, article search, building search, and narcotic detection. K9 Joker, K9 Ofc. Franco Jr and the Ventnor City Police Department would like to thank Jennifer Luciano for the generous donation and Vested Interest in K9s for providing the vest. The vest will be a great way to help keep K9 Joker safe while he is out there working to help keep the residents of Ventnor safe.

 

Please Clear Sidewalks of Snow


1/9/2017 -

The City of Ventnor requires all homeowners and tenants to clear their sidewalks of ice and snow within 12 hours of its accumulation. Please be courteous of the children that have to walk to school, especially if you are located along the school walking routes, and pedestrians that need to navigate the City safely.

By ordinance, the City can remove the ice and snow and charge the owner for the removal to ensure the safety of our residents. 

Click here to view the ordinance.

Click here to view the School Routes Map

Street Sweeping and Parking Restrictions On Hold


1/9/2017 -

Street sweeping is suspended until weather and conditions permit. Also no ticketing will be issued in those areas untill the roads are clear and temperatures permit the normal street cleaning schedule 

Winter Storm Watch & Code Blue Alert


1/7/2017 -

Highest amounts of snow 5 to 9 inches across the coast and in Ventnor. 

Temperatures in the 20s on Saturday and 10-15 degrees Saturday night, with above freezing temperatures not returning until Tuesday.

Snowfall rates could reach 1 inch per hour closer to the coast. 

Blowing and drifting snow develops Saturday afternoon especially along the coast where northerly winds will gust to 35 mph.

Areas of blowing and drifting snow will continue through Sunday with gusty northwest winds along with bitterly cold wind chills.

Hazardous travel is expected on Saturday. Gusty winds, especially along the coast, and times of heavier snowfall will lead to poor visibility.

Please use caution if you need to drive or walk.


Code Blue Alert

Effective 8 a.m. Saturday, January 7 through 8 a.m. Monday, January 9.

The Code Blue is being issued due to the NWS, National Weather Service, forecast that temperatures are expected to drop below freezing with wind chills in the teens and the anticipated snow associated with the Winter Storm Watch.

“This is not a time to be without shelter” said City Emergency Management Coordinator Donna Peterson adding “It can be life threatening.” During weather as we are forecasted to experience through this weekend, hypothermia can be deadly in a relatively short period of time.

Ventnor City OEM suggests those on medication ensure they have an adequate supply as travel may be extremely difficult during the cold weather event. During this dangerously frigid weather, keep pets inside and check on senior citizens who can become chilled rapidly without realizing it.

The Atlantic City Rescue Mission will receive homeless persons without shelter and both provide warm meals and sleeping accommodations.

The VCPD, when possible, will provide a ride to the shelter if so requested.

In Memory of Former City Commissioner Stephen Weintrob


1/5/2017 -

We are saddened to report that former Ventnor City Commissioner Stephen D. Weintrob passed away on January 3, 2017, at age 74.

Stephen was a Ventnor City Commissioner from 2008 to 2012.  We send our deepest condolences to his family and friends.

Services will be held on Friday, January 6, 2017 at Beth El Synagogue located at 500 N. Jerome Ave. in Margate. 

Please click here to read Stephen's full obituary.

Tree Removal


1/5/2017 -

Time to get rid of your Christmas Tree?

ACUA will pick up real Christmas trees with yard waste collections on January 9th or 23rd. Please remove any decorations.

 

Ventnor Chef Michael Brennan Wins Food Network's Cons vs. Cooks


1/4/2017 -

Exciting news! Chef Michael Brennan of Cardinal Bisto was named the winner of Cons vs. Cooks, Food Network's popular show hosted by Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian.

In the episode that aired Wednesday, January 4, 2017, Chef Michael beat out a group of chefs and home cooks for the #1 spot and $10,000! 

Congratulations Chef Michael!

 

Cardinal Bistro was established in July of 2016 inspired by the culinary creations of Chef Micheal. The idea behind Cardinal Bistro is to provide an upscale dining experience to guests without the stuffiness of the fine dining restaurant. Cardinal Bistro takes great pride in sourcing ingredients locally and humanely, taking a Baldor Local Pledge to source products from New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.

DECEMBER 2016

New City Hall Hours


12/30/2016 -

Ventnor City Hall will extend its hours beginning January 3, 2017 to better accommodate residents and businesses. New hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Polar Bear Plunge on January 1


12/26/2016 -

Get a fresh start to 2017! The City of Ventnor and the Ventnor Merchants Association invite you to its annual Polar Bear Plunge.

The event will kick off at 1 p.m. behind the Ventnor Library located at Newport Ave and the beach.

Immediately following will be a chili cook off!

Please call 609-576-2779 for questions. No registration is required.

Reminder: Menorah Lighting on December 28th


12/23/2016 -

We remind residents to join us for our Menorah Lighting Ceremony on Wednesday, December 28, at 6:30 p.m. at Ventnor Shul located at 6605 Atlantic Avenue. 

Rabbi Rapapport of Ventnor Shul will share in leading the blessing in song for the menorah lighting.

What Do Winter Weather Watches & Warnings Mean?


12/23/2016 -

What Do Winter Weather Watches & Warnings Mean?

Do you know the difference between a storm watch, warning, or advisory? It can mean all the difference in the time you have to prepare for the storm with at least three days of food, water and emergency supplies to stay at home and keep off the roads. 

The National Weather Service (NWS) issues watches, warnings and advisories for all winter weather hazards. Here’s what they mean and what to do. Use the information below to make an informed decision on your risk and what actions to take. 

Winter Storm Watch: Be Prepared. A watch means that severe winter conditions, such as heavy snow or sleet or an ice storm, may affect your area, but where, when and how much is still uncertain. NWS issues a watch to provide 12 to 36 hours notice of possible severe winter weather. A watch is intended to provide enough lead time for you to prepare. 

Winter Storm Warning: Take Action! NWS issues a warning when its scientists forecast 4 or more inches of snow or sleet in the next 12 hours, 6 or more inches in 24 hours, or 1/4 inch or more of ice accumulation. Travel will become difficult or impossible in some situations. Delay your travel plans until conditions improve. 

Winter Weather Advisory: Be Aware.  An advisory informs you that winter weather conditions are expected to cause significant inconveniences that may be hazardous. If you exercise caution, advisory situations shouldn’t become life-threatening. 

Blizzard Warning lets you know that snow and strong winds will combine to produce a blinding snow (near zero visibility), deep drifts, and life-threatening wind chill. 

Remember to listen to your local officials’ recommendations and to a NOAA Weather Radio, which broadcasts alerts and warnings directly from the National Weather Service. Learn more by visiting the NWS Winter Storm Safety page.

 

Give the Gift of Emergency Preparedness

If you still need some last minute gift ideas, consider giving the gift of preparedness.

Help your friends and family members prepare for emergencies this holiday season with an item for their emergency kit. 

Pick an emergency item from the lists below or find more ideas at Ready.gov.

  • NOAA Weather Radio.
  • Hand-Crank Flashlight/Radio/Cell Phone Charger.
  • Cellphone Charger or External Battery Pack.
  • First-Aid Kit.
  • Manual Can Opener.
  • Smoke or Carbon Monoxide Alarm.
  • Fire Extinguisher.
  • Enrollment in a CPR or First-Aid Class.
  • Blanket.
  • Rain/Wet Weather Gear.
  • You might consider items for a roadside emergency, such as:
  • Jumper Cables.
  • Tools – tire pressure gauge, screwdrivers, wrenches, pliers, shovel, ice scraper, etc.
  • Emergency Flares.

For those with pets, supplies for a pet emergency kit:

  • Pet First-Aid Kit.
  • Pet Carrier.
  • An extra leash or harness.

For information on how to give a fully stocked emergency preparedness kit, visit the Ready.gov Build A Kit page.

 

Don't Flush "Flushable" Wipes Down the Toilet


12/22/2016 -

Did you know wipes, even the ones that claim to be flushable, clog our pipes and should never be flushed down the drain?

The clogs can slow down the sewer system, cause operational problems and even costly repairs.

Help us protect our infrastructure by never flushing wipes, even those that say “flushable” on the package, down the drain.

A few other items that should never be flushed down the toilet or put down the drain include:

  • Cooking oil and grease residue
  • Fat trimmings
  • Q-tips
  • Toilet cleaning pads - yes, even those "flushable" ones
  • Paper towels 
  • Tampons, condoms and feminine hygiene products

Articles About the Issue:

 

How To Winterize Your Car, Protect Your Pets and Avoid Frostbite


12/19/2016 -

Winterize Your Car

Don’t hit the road without a jack or until your car is ready for winter weather.

There are specific emergency items to store in your car during the winter. There are also maintenance checks to keep you safe, your vehicle warm and your engine running.  

Follow these tips and find more winter preparedness information at Ready.gov.

Check or have a mechanic check items, such as:

  • Antifreeze levels - ensure they are sufficient to avoid freezing.
  • Battery and ignition system - should be in top condition and battery terminals should be clean.
  • Exhaust system - check for leaks and crimped pipes and repair or replace as necessary. Carbon monoxide is deadly and usually gives no warning.
  • Heater and defroster - ensure they work properly.
  • Lights and flashing hazard lights - check for serviceability.
  • Windshield wiper equipment - repair any problems and maintain proper washer fluid level.
  • Install good winter tires - Make sure the tires have adequate tread. All-weather radials are usually adequate for most winter conditions. However, some jurisdictions require that to drive on their roads, vehicles must be equipped with chains or snow tires with studs.

Add winter items to the emergency kits in your vehicles:

  • A shovel.
  • Windshield scraper and small broom.
  • Water.
  • Snack food.
  • Extra hats, socks and mittens.
  • Necessary medications.
  • Blanket(s).
  • Tow chain or rope.
  • Road salt and sand.

Additional winter preparedness tips are available to keep your family safe and warm all winter long. To view more, check out the America’s PrepareAthon! How to Prepare for a Winter Storm guide

 

Cold-Weather Pet Care

If it’s too cold for you, it’s probably too cold for your pet, so keep your animals inside.

If left outdoors, pets can be susceptible to frostbite, hypothermia, become disoriented, or lost. Don’t leave pets alone in a car during cold weather, either. Cars can act as refrigerators that hold in the cold and cause animals to freeze to death.

To help prevent cold weather dangers from affecting your pet’s health, follow this advice from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA):

  •  Never shave your dog down to the skin in winter, as a longer coat will provide more warmth. If your dog is short-haired, consider getting him a coat, sweater with a high collar, or turtleneck with coverage from the base of the tail to the belly.
  • Winter walks can become downright dangerous if chemicals from ice-melting agents are licked off of bare paws. Bring a towel on long walks to clean off stinging, irritated paws. After each walk, wash and dry your pet’s feet and stomach to remove ice, salt, and chemicals—and check for cracks in paw pads or redness between the toes.
  •  Massaging petroleum jelly or other paw protectants into paw pads before going outside can help protect from salt and chemical agents. Booties provide even more coverage.
  • Make sure your pet has a warm place to sleep, off the floor and away from all drafts. A cozy pet bed with a warm blanket or pillow is perfect.

For more information, visit the ASPCA’s Cold Weather Safety Tips page, the Humane Society or Best Friends Animal Society, and find Cold Weather Guidelines for Large Animals and Livestock on Ready.gov.


Recognize Frostbite

Don’t let Jack Frost nip at your nose. Protect yourself from frostbite with information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Frostbite is an injury caused by freezing. It most often affects the nose, ears, cheeks, chin, fingers, or toes. Frostbite can permanently damage the body and severe cases can lead to amputation. The risk of frostbite is increased in people with reduced blood circulation and among people who are not dressed properly for extremely cold temperatures.

At the first signs of redness or pain in any skin area, get out of the cold or protect any exposed skin—frostbite may be beginning. Any of the following signs may indicate frostbite:

  • White or grayish-yellow skin area.
  • Skin that feels unusually firm or waxy.
  • Numbness.

As soon as you detect the symptoms of frostbite, seek medical care. If immediate medical care is not available, proceed as follows:

  • Get into a warm room as soon as possible.
  •  Don’t rub the frostbitten area with snow or massage it at all. This can cause more damage.
  • Unless absolutely necessary, do not walk on frostbitten feet or toes as this increases the damage.
  • Immerse the affected area in warm—not hot—water (the temperature should be comfortable to the touch for unaffected parts of the body).
  • Don’t use a heating pad, heat lamp, or the heat of a stove, fireplace, or radiator for warming. Affected areas are numb and can be easily burned.

Taking preventive action is your best defense against having to deal with extreme cold-weather conditions. For more information on frostbite, visit the CDC’s Frostbite page.

 

Ventnor Holiday Lighting Competition


12/16/2016 -

Join us for the 2016 Holiday Lighting Competition to thank residents and businesses that go above-and-beyond in decorating their properties for the winter holiday season.

Entry guidelines and rules for the 2016 competition

  • The contest is open to all Ventnor residents and businesses
  • Entries must be prepared by December 20, 2016 at 4:00 p.m.
  • The 2015 winners are eligible for the 2016 competition with change in lighting venue
  • All lights must be on from 4:00 pm to 8:00pm from December 20 through 24 for judging

Additional Information

  • One award will be presented to each winning resident or business
  • Five subcategories of awards will be presented 
  • One overall, citywide winner will be selected
  • Contest winners and citywide winner will be published in Downbeach Current during the month of January 
  • The contest winners will be announced during the 2016 Polar Bear Plunge Chili Cook Off

2016 Judging Criteria

Total of 100 possible points based on the criteria below:

  • First Impression - 25 Points
  • Design - 20 Points
  • Originality - 20 Points
  • Suitability to Site - 15 Points
  • Creativity - 20 Points (environmental elements including recycling, energy conservation, etc. will also be taken into account) 

Dates

December 20, 2016 – Official contest kickoff.  

December 20-24, 2016 – Contest judges will tour the community and rate potential winners

January 1, 2017 – Contest winners will be announced at the Polar Bear Plunge Chile Cook Off

 

Holiday Tree, Travel and Home Safety Tips


12/8/2016 -

Christmas Tree Safety

Christmas trees account for hundreds of fires each year, according to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA).

Keep your holiday trees well-watered.  Dry and neglected trees can easily catch fire from a short in electrical lights or lit candles, lighters and matches.

Before your tree burns your house down, be fire smart with these USFA tips:

  • Place the tree away from heat sources and exits.
  • Use only non-flammable decorations.
  • Inspect lights for frayed wires or other defects before use.
  • Don’t leave lights unattended and turn off holiday lights at night. Keep natural tree stands filled with water at all times and don’t let your holiday tree dry out. 
  • If the tree becomes dry, discard it.

Find extra holiday, Christmas tree and fire safety information, videos, and graphics on the U.S. Fire Administration Holiday Safety page.

Holiday and Travel Safety Toolkit

Help your community prepare for the holidays with the Ready.gov Holiday and Travel Safety Social Media Toolkit. 

The main tips for holiday and travel safety include:

  • Stay off the road during and after a winter storm.
  • Keep candles away from flammable materials or consider using flameless candles instead.
  • Keep an eye on food when cooking.
  • Put a winter supply kit in your car.
  • Shop securely online over the holidays.

For more tips, visit the Holiday and Travel Safety Toolkit

Avoid the “Invisible Killer”

Breathe easy this winter and avoid carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.

CO is called the “Invisible Killer” because it's a colorless, odorless, and poisonous gas. According to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), more than 150 people in the United States die every year from accidental nonfire-related CO poisoning associated with consumer products, including generators. Other products include faulty, improperly-used or incorrectly-vented fuel-burning appliances such as furnaces, stoves, water heaters, and fireplaces.

Protect your family from CO poisoning with these USFA tips:

  • Install and maintain CO alarms in a central location outside each separate sleeping area and on every level of your home to provide early warning of CO.
  • Use portable generators outdoors in well-ventilated areas away from all doors, windows, and vents.
  • Make sure vents for the dryer, furnace, stove, and fireplace are clear of snow and other debris.

Learn the symptoms of CO poisoning and other CO safety information on the USFA Carbon Monoxide Safety page.

 

 

Upcoming Holiday Events


12/1/2016 -

The City of Ventnor invites residents to celebrate the holidays with us at the following events!

Twilight Holiday Parade
Saturday, December 10
4:30 p.m.
Ventnor Avenue from Cornwall to New Haven Avenues

Tree Lighting Ceremony
Tuesday, December 13
6:30 p.m.
City Hall - 6201 Atlantic Avenue

Menorah Lighting Ceremony
Wednesday, December 28
6:30 p.m.
Ventnor Shul - 6605 Atlantic Avenue

 

 

NOVEMBER 2016

Protect Yourself from Holiday Scams


11/30/2016 -

The FBI Office of Public Affairs shared the below information to keep consumers safe during the holiday season.

With the holidays ramping up and seasonal shopping in full swing, criminals are also gearing up for a busy season. Cyber criminals don’t take the holidays off. In fact, they’re especially busy trying to steal your money and personal information. Shoppers should be more vigilant than ever for scams designed to steal their money and personal information. Though criminals are often aggressive and creative in their efforts to obtain such money and personal information, there are certain red flags and common schemes holiday shoppers can guard against this holiday season.

Online Shopping Scams
If a deal looks too good to be true, it probably is. Scammers often scheme to defraud consumers by offering too-good-to-be-true deals via phishing e-mails or advertisements. Such schemes may offer brand name merchandise at extremely low discounts or promise gift cards as an incentive to purchase a product. Other sites may offer products at a great price, but the products being sold are not the same as the products advertised.

Steer clear of un-trusted sites or ads offering items at unrealistic discounts or with special coupons. You may end up paying for an item, giving away personal information and credit card details, and then receive nothing in return except a compromised identity. In addition, do not open any unsolicited e-mails and do not click on any links provided.

In addition to securing your banking and credit accounts with strong and different passwords, secure all your other accounts that contain anything of value, such as: rewards accounts, online accounts that save your payment information, or accounts containing your private, personal information.

The emergence and prevalence of secondary markets for airline miles, gift cards, rewards credits, and the like have inadvertently increased the demand for, and resale value of, your stolen information.

Be vigilant when receiving items purchased from online auctions and third-party marketplaces. If an item arrives from some other online merchant, it may have been purchased using a stolen credit card number or stolen rewards points, etc. and then shipped directly to you. Report such cases to both the marketplace where you bought and the merchant who sent it.

Social Media Scams
Beware of posts on social media sites that appear to offer vouchers or gift cards, especially deals that are too good to be true, such as a free $500 gift card. Some may pose as holiday promotions or contests. It may even appear one of your friends shared the link with you. Often, these scams lead you to participate in an online survey that is actually designed to steal personal information.

In addition, if you purchase or receive theater, concerts, or sporting event tickets as a holiday gift, do not post pictures of the tickets on social media sites. Fraudsters can create a ticket using the barcode obtained from the photo and resell the ticket. Protect ticket barcodes as you would your credit card number, and never display them on social media.

Smartphone App Scams
Be careful when downloading mobile applications. Some apps, often disguised as games and offered for free, may be designed to steal personal information. Before downloading an app from an unknown source, research the company selling it or giving it away, and look online for third-party reviews of the product. Also, be mindful that alternative app marketplaces available to “jailbroken” or “rooted” devices can potentially include copyright-infringing, stolen content and compromised versions of otherwise trustworthy applications.

Work-From-Home Scams
If you are in need of extra cash this time of year, beware of sites and postings offering work you can do from the comfort of your own home. These opportunities rely on convenience as a selling point for applicants, but often have unscrupulous motivations behind them. You should carefully research the job posting and individuals or company offering you employment.

Protect Yourself
Here are some additional steps you can take to avoid becoming a victim of cyber fraud this holiday season:

  • Check your credit card statement routinely. If possible, set up credit card transaction auto alerts, or check your balance after every online purchase to ensure the proper amount was charged to your account. It is important to keep checking your card after the holiday season, as many fraudulent charges can show up even several weeks later.
  • If purchasing merchandise, ensure it is from a reputable source.
  • Ensure a site is secure and reputable before providing your credit card number online. Don’t trust a site just because it claims to be secure.
  • Do your research to ensure legitimacy of the individual or company you are purchasing from.
  • Beware of providing credit card information when requested through unsolicited e-mails.
  • Do not respond to unsolicited (spam) e-mails.
  • Do not click on links contained within an unsolicited e-mail.
  • Avoid filling out forms contained in e-mail messages that ask for personal information.
  • Be cautious of e-mails claiming to contain pictures in attached files, as the files may contain viruses. Only open attachments from known senders. Scan the attachments for viruses if possible.
  • Verify any requests for personal information from any business or financial institution by contacting them using the main contact information on their official website.
  • Secure your credit card accounts, even rewards account, with strong passwords, change passwords and check your account routinely.
  • Be wary when replying to unsolicited e-mails for work-at-home employment.
  • Be cautious of exaggerated claims of possible earnings or profits.
  • Beware when money is required up front for instructions or products for employment.
  • Do not give out your personal information when first interacting with a prospective employer.
  • Be leery when a job posting claims “no experience necessary.”
  • Be cautious when dealing with individuals outside of your own country.

Who To Contact If You Suspect You’ve Been Victimized:

  • Contact your financial institution immediately upon suspecting or discovering a fraudulent transfer.
  • Contact law enforcement.
  • Request that your bank reach out to the financial institution where the fraudulent transfer was sent.
  • File a complaint with the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.IC3.gov, regardless of dollar loss. Provide all relevant information in your complaint.

 

 

 

Holiday Beach Badge Sales


11/29/2016 -

Treat your family and friends to a summer of sun and sand in Ventnor! 

Holiday badges are boxed and ready to give as gifts! $12.00 per badge. They can be purchased at City Hall or through the Viply App

Regular seasonal badges are also available for sale at $7 per piece or $3.50 for seniors.

Gift certificates for badges, Fishing Pier Membership ($175, Senior $150) or Fishing Pier Access (No Fishing - $40) are also available at City Hall.

Happy Holidays!

Learn Your Local Evacuation Routes


11/29/2016 -

Evacuations from your home or work are more common than many people realize. FEMA urges residents to know their evacuation routes and to heed the direction of local officials taking seriously their instructions to evacuate.  According to the Ready Campaign, fires and floods cause evacuations most frequently across the U.S., and almost every year, people along coastlines evacuate as hurricanes approach. In addition, hundreds of times per year, transportation and industrial accidents release harmful substances, forcing many people to leave their homes.

You don’t have to wait for an official evacuation notice to prepare, you can start now. Contact your local emergency management agency (see contact info below) for the evacuation routes in your community.

Additionally, follow these guidelines for evacuation:

Be ready to evacuate yourself and your family with Ready’s Evacuation Guidelines

Ventnor Emergency Management Contact Information

Office of Emergency Management City of Ventnor
6201 Atlantic Avenue – 2nd Floor
Ventnor City, NJ 08406
609-823-7919 
oem@ventnorcity.org

Ventnor Emergency Evacuation Routes

  • Atlantic Avenue or Ventnor Avenue to Dorset Avenue
  • If flooding, then take Atlantic Avenue into Atlantic City to the Expressway

DECEMBER 2015

Zoning Board Dissolved
12/31/2015 - Effective December 31, 2015, the Ventnor City Zoning Board and the Ventnor City Planning Board were combined to a single Planning Board. This section will remain as an archive for information. All current Zoning Information is on the Planning Board portion of the website. Thank you.

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