Margate School Achieves Blue Ribbon Status

We all know how important a decent education is for our children. It provides a good foundation for their future as adults. One local Margate school achieved national “Blue Ribbon” status last month. But what does this mean and how does it effect our kids?

Tighe Middle School recently achieved Blue Ribbon status, making it the only Margate school (public, private or charter) to receive this distinction.

Margate School Achieves Blue Ribbon Status

Search homes for sale at the Jersey ShoreTighe Middle School became the first middle school in all of Atlantic County to achieve this coveted status. It’s also one of just nine schools in New Jersey’s Department of Education to reach this achievement. And, it marks the only Margate school (private, charter or public) to receive this distinction. This shows how dedicated our Margate school system is to creating a nurturing educational environment for our children.

What is a Blue Ribbon School?

For 35 years, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has analyzed elementary, middle, and high schools throughout the United States (both public and non-public). They look at each school’s academic success as well as how they’ve managed to close any gaps in achievement among subgroups. Student success provides a good barometer for the devotion of the school faculty to the students’ educational career. And, a Blue Ribbon status creates a level of success that all schools across the country wish to achieve.

To be granted a Blue Ribbon status by the US Department of Education, public schools must rank in the top 15% of their state’s test scores in reading and mathematics. When it comes to closing subgroup gaps, these groups must rank within the top 40% of all schools tested in the state. Then, these scores are compared to the previous year’s scores for improvement.

Let’s all give a round of applause to the hard-working students and faculty at Tighe Middle School. Their efforts paid off well. They now provide a shining example of excellence that all other schools in the area can look to for inspiration. Way to go, guys!

Sherri Lilienfeld, Helping You Live Your Jersey Shore Dream

Margate Small Business Weekend 2017 Winter Spectacular

The holiday season is upon us. Office parties, Christmas parties, and family gatherings all ramp up this time of year. Gifts will most definitely be exchanged at some point. Support our local economy and get a jump on your holiday shopping. Come to the Margate Small Business Weekend 2017 winter spectacular Thanksgiving weekend.

Take advantage of some great deals and photo-ops with Santa and Frosty during the Margate Small Business Weekend 2017 Winter Spectacular.

What: Margate Small Business Weekend 2017
Where: Downtown Margate
When: November 24th to 26th
Contact: Margate Business Association (609) 822-1129

Margate Small Business Weekend 2017

Search homes for sale at the Jersey ShoreThanksgiving Day’s less than a week away. Once you’ve recovered from your turkey hangover, grab your wallet and your shopping list. Then, head to the heart of Margate City for the Margate Small Business Weekend 2017 winter spectacular.

‘Tis the season of giving. But it’s also the season of receiving. Santa’s coming to town on a firetruck on Friday. Grab a photo with him and Frosty the Snowman at Bocca Bistro. Kids receive a free slice of pizza and cup of soda afterward. Fun fact: Santa’s fluent in American Sign Language. Then, there are trolley rides, live music, carolers, kids crafts, and a free screening of “The Polar Express”. On Sunday, come watch the lighting of the Christmas tree and raising of the menorah at Margate Library Park at 5 pm. So much to do! For a full schedule of events, please visit the Margate Business Association’s website here.

Passport to Savings

During Margate Small Business Weekend 2017, all guests are encouraged to grab a Margate Passport. Visit participating shops, take advantage of their specials, and receive a stamp on your passport. Once you’ve collected 10 stamps, take your passport to Bocca Bistro for a free kid’s pizza. Passports will be available at all of these participating businesses.

Avoid the last minute rush this year. Start your holiday shopping the day after Thanksgiving. Instead of battling the crowds at a Black Friday event, support our local shops. Make Margate Small Business Weekend 2017 your destination of choice for holiday shopping this year.

Sherri Lilienfeld, Helping You Live Your Jersey Shore Dream

Margate Dunes Drainage Installation Could Continue Into Summer 2018

Earlier this year, City officials announced their acquiescence for construction of the Margate Dunes Project amid mounting legal fees to fight it. Then, Absecon Island excavation and extensive rainfall created a huge ponding issue at the beginning of summer. Public safety concerns put the project on hold temporarily. Judge Marie Bumb lifted the hold a week later, with restrictions.  Now, it appears that the Margate Dunes drainage installation could continue into the summer of 2018.

The Army Corps of Engineers recently announced that the Margate Dunes drainage installation could continue into the summer of 2018.

Margate Dunes Drainage Installation

Search homes for sale at the Jersey ShoreOne of the concerns Margate residents and officials raised was access to beaches during the busy summer season. The ponding issue made beach access extremely difficult and unsafe, forcing closures at multiple locations. When you live in a beach community that relies on summer tourism dollars to fill City coffers, this can be damaging.

The Army Corps of Engineering’s solution to preventing future ponding issues involves installing five separate outfall pipes along the shoreline as well as one main pipe along the bulkhead. The outfall pipes guide stormwater runoff directly to the ocean instead of allowing it to puddle and stagnate at the end of city streets.  Margate Dunes drainage will be covered by the dunes and berms set up throughout the project.

Margate Dunes Drainage Delays

Originally, the entire Margate Dunes Project envisaged a completion date of September 2017. Now, they say it may end up taking until the end of 2018 to complete. Why the delays? First, the ponding issues created a slight delay. Now, a harsh hurricane season took its toll on construction materials. Many of the same materials needed for the Margate Dunes drainage project been diverted to recovery efforts in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico. Work on the outfall pipes may not start until January. Then, they estimate that it might take an entire year to complete.

Updated Margate Dunes Drainage Timeline

Currently, work at the Point should be completed by the end of the year. After that, installation of the outfall pipes begins. They expect three of the five pipes to be installed by May 2018. These represent the largest flooding areas. The final two pipe locations sit near the Margate Pier. Also, minimized construction areas allow for less impact on beach access. However, engineers cannot guarantee a definitive end date at this time.

How do you feel about the updated Margate Dunes drainage installation? Please let me know in the comments below.

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