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Polar Bear Plunge raises more than $70K for Fisher House

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Written by MICHAEL FEELY Monday, January 13, 2014 12:15 pm

  Polar Bear Plunge raises more than $70K for Fisher House Polar Bear Plunge raises more than $70K for Fisher House  BRIGANTINE - The bright sunlight was a harbinger of a great day Jan. 1 at the 14th Street Beach in Brigantine, where more than 1,000 started their New Year by jumping into the Atlantic Ocean.

Joining the group in the water this year was Mayor Philip Guenther, who accepted a $500 bet from Councilman Andy Simpson to enjoy the “balmy” weather and dive into the 45-degree water.

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Cold feet and fun times at Brigantine’s Polar Bear Plunge

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Written by Keri O’Connor Monday, January 13, 2014 12:07 pm

 Flyers fever inspired these fans to brave the cold wearing nothing but swim shorts and a coat of body paint. Flyers fever inspired these fans to brave the cold wearing nothing but swim shorts and a coat of body paint. BRIGANTINE - The city’s annual Polar Bear Plunge was held on Wednesday, Jan. 1 on the 14th Street beach. Proceeds benefited Fisher House.

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Brigantine Police blotter – DWI, assault, mischief arrests

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Written by Lt. Jim Bennett Monday, January 13, 2014 12:03 pm

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For the week ending Jan. 8, the Brigantine Police Department responded to approximately 310 calls for service, including 30 motor vehicle stops (with 10 summonses issued and two arrests), eight domestic disputes and five accidents.

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Strategic recovery plan could help city deal with future storms

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Written by MICHAEL FEELY Monday, January 13, 2014 11:48 am

BRIGANTINE - Brigantine is developing a state identity for a proactive platform after the impact of Superstorm Sandy. The leadership of Brigantine’s Long Term Recovery Group (BrigStrong) and the work of City Engineer Ed Stinson have been noted by state as well as federal authorities (FEMA).

On Tuesday, Jan. 7, the city held a meeting led by city consultant Jim Rutala and attended by Mayor Phil Guenther, Councilwoman Lisa McClay, Councilman Joe Picardi, City Manager Jennifer Blumenthal, Stinson, and City Construction Official Rich Stevens. The purpose was developing a Strategic Recovery Planning Report, which will lead to “creating a more resilient community.”

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Mayor takes plunge for veterans

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, January 13, 2014 01:00 am

 Mayor Guenther goes for a swim at the Brigantine Polar Bear Plunge  Mayor Guenther goes for a swim at the Brigantine Polar Bear Plunge

Mayor Guenther goes for a swim at the Brigantine Polar Bear Plunge Jan. 1 in support of Fisher House, a veterans charity. From left are Linda Simpson, Councilman Andy Simpson, Lee Ann Guenther, Julia Guenther and Mayor Philip Guenther. 

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Eye Health Tip of the Week: Acupuncture as Amblyopia Therapy

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Written by Dr. Emerson Tracy Friday, January 10, 2014 01:00 am

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Amblyopia or “Lazy Eye” is being researched in Hong Kong with the use of Acupuncture instead of wearing an eye patch over the “good” eye. The theory of patching the eye is to make the weak eye work using its abilities rather than just “turning off” the eyes use altogether.

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Sports Scrapbook – No. 3 Holy Spirit beats Rancocas Valley 69-61

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Written by Don Marrandino Thursday, January 09, 2014 10:46 am

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The highly touted Holy Spirit Spartans were tested by fire for the second time this past week and knocked off nemesis Rancocas Valley 69-61. The win came off a 58-57 loss to Philadelphia power Roman Catholic. Thus, Spirit improved to 4-1 and maintained its No. 3 ranking in the Press Elite 11. John Middleton led the Spartans with 17 points.

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Michael J. Lange Sr. and Mike Lange Jr. join Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, January 09, 2014 10:00 am

Michael J. Lange Sr. and Mike Lange Jr. join Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach  Michael J. Lange Sr. and Mike Lange Jr. join Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach

BRIGANTINE - Bob Sutton, manager of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach Realtors in Brigantine, recently announced the addition of Michael J. Lange Sr. and Mike Lange Jr. as Realtors.

In addition to their real estate sales expertise, the father and son are both New Jersey state-certified real estate and FHA-approved appraisers.

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Bill to stop prisoner abuse of public benefits goes to governor

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, January 09, 2014 01:00 am

NEW JERSEY - Legislation intended to prevent inmates from fraudulently obtaining public benefits gained final legislative approval on Monday, Jan. 6 in the Assembly and was sent to the governor.

The bill, A-3812/S-2626, would have the state establish a verification process so that unemployment checks, food stamps or Medicaid payments are not sent to prisoners.

The legislative action is a response to a recent investigation that found more than 7,600 inmates illegally collected approximately $10 million.

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Garden Club News – Members decide against fountain sculpture

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Written by Margaret Moore Thursday, January 09, 2014 01:00 am

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I hope everyone had a happy and safe holiday. As we begin 2014, the club is looking forward to a very busy year with new and exciting programs.

We will be starting a little earlier than in previous years in order to get things going and have plenty of time to implement plans that will enhance our interactions in the community. Hopefully, we will continue to draw new members and they will continue to come up with new projects and ideas. We are all looking forward to a very productive year. 

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Kenny G. warms audience’s hearts at Harrah’s

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Written by Jackie Fabel Monday, January 06, 2014 02:25 pm

Kenny G. performs a clarinet solo during his show at Harrah’s. Kenny G. performs a clarinet solo during his show at Harrah’s.

As we were getting our tickets for Kenny G.’s show, there seemed to be a crowd just opposite the ticket window. As it turned out, there stood the man himself, busy signing autographs for people who were buying his CD before the show. Each CD came with a ticket for a drawing midway through the show to win a saxophone that Kenny would play just for them on stage before handing it over. Somehow he did finish that autograph session and still managed to open his show with just a slight delay.

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Snowy owl photographs by Richard Dutton

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, January 06, 2014 12:52 pm

BRIGANTINE - Photographer Richard Dutton captured a photo of this snowy owl on the Beach on Saturday, Dec. 21 and Sunday, Dec. 22.  Snowy owl Brigantine

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