Events

MARCH 2017

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. 

Thursday's high tide is expected at 10:15 p.m.

Friday's high tide is expected at 11:07 a.m. 

 

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 Beautification Committee To Host Ventnor Chef's Night Out, A Restaurant Dine-Around


3/16/2017 -

The Ventnor Beautification Committee will host "Ventnor Chef's Night Out, A Restaurant Dine-Around" on Sunday, May 21, 2017 from 4 to 8 p.m.

Featured restaurants include Cardinal Bistro, Domenico's, La Padella, The Red Room, Sapore Wood Fire Pizza, Stella, Tutto Frisco, Uncle Gino's Ventnor Yama, Yama Sushi II, Carisbrooke Ice, Community Liquors (5-7 p.m.), SunDaze Ice Cream, Ventnor Coffee, Ventnor No. 7311

Try them all for $40! (Non-refundable)

For tickets, call Shelley 267-980-7632 or Rose 484-432-5593

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

 

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


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

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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 replica designer handbags


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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