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Rare Saturday City Council meeting held

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Written by MICHAEL FEELY Thursday, May 29, 2014 05:53 pm

BRIGANTINE - City Council held one of its rare Saturday meetings on Saturday, May 24 with the intent of giving second homeowners an opportunity to participate in the political process in Brigantine.  It is estimated that 70 percent of the homes on the island are now second or vacation homes. 
The meeting started briskly with council quickly moving to the resolutions on the agenda as there was no public comment on agenda items. 
Council approved the hiring of Class 1 Special Police Officers who will serve on an hourly basis for a one-year term but the hiring will supplement the full-time force for the summer influx of visitors. The officers hired are: Sean Taggart, Joseph Petillo, Ryan Valentino, Alexander Corcoran, Frank O’Brian, Michael Martin, Charles Bontorno Jr., Robert Durham and Kenneth Panas. Approval was given to the city manager to submit grant requests with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection for a Municipal Public Access Planning and Municipal Coastal Vulnerability Assessment.  This grant program is funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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Girl Scouts offer scholarship for Brigantine students

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, May 29, 2014 04:50 pm

BRIGANTINE - For the third year in a row, 12 local girls from Girl Scout Troop No. 16537 have joined forces to offer two community service scholarships to female Brigantine graduates. The girls have completed the fundraising through their hard work delivering phone books, selling sand art and pony rides at local fairs, and performing as the Spinderella disc jockeys at various dances and parties. They have also designed the applications, selected the criteria, and will review the applications, sitting on the board that will select the recipients.

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Brigantine City Beach Patrol news, May 30, 2014

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, May 29, 2014 03:48 pm

BCBP BCBP BRIGANTINE - The Brigantine City Beach Patrol would like to remind all beach patrons to please be safe while enjoying the beaches our island has to offer. Parents should please be vigilant in the watching of their children both on the sand and in the water.

Recent storms have created some large gullies and sandbars on our island. These conditions may lead bathers to go from waist-deep water to overhead depths quickly.

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Council meeting infighting was intolerable

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Written by Opinion Wednesday, May 28, 2014 11:00 pm

To the editor:

On Saturday, May 24, I had the opportunity to attend my first Brigantine council meeting after being a part-time resident for 11 years. My hope was to witness something other than the bickering and infighting that these meetings have become notorious for. Those hopes were unfounded as discussions regarding finances, civil employee contracts, positions taken, and unauthorized release of information became fodder for sniping.

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Still no answer to question of overtime pay

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, May 28, 2014 11:00 pm

To the editor:

The following comments were made at the May 24 City Council meeting.

First, The Brigantine Taxpayers Association wants to thank publicly Mr. Dan Howard for his many accomplishments as director of public safety. He has exemplified the meaning of the word ‘professional’ in his skills and in his behavior. It is fair to say that, too often, and not to Brigantine’s credit, his professionalism was not reciprocated.

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New baby in Brigantine

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, May 28, 2014 11:00 pm

The following birth announcement was provided by Shore Medical Center in Somers Point.

Gina and Edward DeJesus of Brigantine welcomed a daughter, Alexa Abigail DeJesus, on April 26. 

   

The Gold and Silver Mine, edition of May 23, 2014

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Written by Staff Reports Sunday, May 25, 2014 02:18 pm

A weekly column dedicated to “digging out” current information about precious metals, coins and other numismatics.

Several weeks ago I wrote about my trip to the Baltimore Coin Convention and being on hand for the release of the National Baseball Hall of Fame 75th Anniversary Commemorative Coins. This coin was unique as it is the first coin not struck flat, but rather cupped, with one side featuring and appearing like the side of a baseball and the other featuring a cupped baseball glove. Well, these coins have proven to be a “hit” with collectors and sports fans. (Sorry, I couldn’t resist the pun.)

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Scotland family thanks friends for support

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Written by Staff Reports Saturday, May 24, 2014 11:00 pm

BRIGANTINE - The Community Presbyterian Church is grateful for the prayers and support for Lizzy and the Scotland family. 

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St. Thomas Mass held on the beach

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, May 23, 2014 11:00 pm

 Reverend Bill Vandegrift, Deacon Lenny Long and Reverend. Alfred Mungujakisa from St. Thomas the Apostle Parish celebrated Mass on the 16th Street Beach Sunday, May 18. Reverend Bill Vandegrift, Deacon Lenny Long and Reverend. Alfred Mungujakisa from St. Thomas the Apostle Parish celebrated Mass on the 16th Street Beach Sunday, May 18.

 Reverend Bill Vandegrift, Deacon Lenny Long and Reverend. Alfred Mungujakisa from St. Thomas the Apostle Parish celebrated Mass on Brigantine's 16th Street Beach Sunday, May 18. 

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NJ Senate to vote on beach smoking ban

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Written by MICHAEL FEELY Friday, May 23, 2014 03:12 am

TRENTON - New Jersey’s beaches are a step closer to becoming smoke-free, after a state Senate committee unanimously passed a bill amending the “New Jersey Smoke Free Air Act,” which bans indoor smoking in public places.

On Monday, May 19, the bill sponsored by State Senator Shirley Turner was sent to the New Jersey Senate for a vote. If approved by the Senate and signed by Gov. Christie, most smoking on the state’s beaches would be subject to a fine of $250 for a first offense, $500 for a second offense, and $1,000 for all subsequent offenses.

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