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Letter: Mayor must consider all of Brigantine's taxpayers

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Written by Opinion Friday, January 09, 2015 02:03 pm

Letter: Mayor must consider all of Brigantine's taxpayers Letter: Mayor must consider all of Brigantine's taxpayers To the editor:

This is a response to Mayor Guenther's article in the Jan. 2 Beachcomber, “Together we can move Brigantine forward.”

To quote the mayor, “New members of City Council will be seated in January, bringing fresh ideas and a less divisive approach to city government. With less focus on partisan politics and more unity of purpose, we can begin to address the big issues that impact our budget and taxes.”

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Kern speaks at Lions Club dinner meeting

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, January 09, 2015 01:31 pm

Kern speaks at Lions Club dinner meeting Kern speaks at Lions Club dinner meeting Dr. Frank Kern, right, was the guest speaker at the Lions’ Jan. 5 dinner meeting at St. George's Pub. Here, Lion First Vice President George Blood presents Kern with an engraved desk weight as a token of appreciation for his presentation.

   

Sports Scrapbook: 50 years ago the Little Army Navy Game was played in Convention Hall

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, January 09, 2015 01:00 pm

Sports Scrapbook: 50 years ago the Little Army Navy Game was played in Convention Hall Sports Scrapbook: 50 years ago the Little Army Navy Game was played in Convention Hall “Somebody forgot the first down chains”
The New Year’s sports section of the Press of Atlantic City carried headlines about the debut of indoor college football in 1964 at the Atlantic City Convention Hall. The article about Convention Hall stirred many memories. I recall the Little Army and Navy game that was regionally televised between Pennsylvania Military College and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

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Big race weekend coming to Atlantic City

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, January 09, 2015 12:31 pm

Big race weekend coming to Atlantic City Big race weekend coming to Atlantic City The odds are definitely stacked in the favor of excitement for the race fan at the Len Sammons Motorsports Productions NAPA Know How Weekend inside Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall Friday and Saturday, Jan. 30-31.

With 198 entrants in three classes and four feature races on the agenda, fans can expect non-stop racing excitement, punctuated by hair-raising crashes.

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Team to Move holds victory party

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Written by Keri O’Connor Friday, January 09, 2015 11:30 am

Republican President Jim Mackey, Mayor Phil Guenther with his wife Leeann, daughter Julia, Jeff Wynkoop and Linda Camerota. Republican President Jim Mackey, Mayor Phil Guenther with his wife Leeann, daughter Julia, Jeff Wynkoop and Linda Camerota. A victory party was held Friday, Jan. 2 at the Elks lodge for the Team to Move Brigantine Forward – Mayor Phil Guenther and Councilmen-at-Large Andy Simpson and Vince Sera.

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Polar Bear Plunge brings thousands to Brigantine (Slideshow)

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Written by Michael Feely Friday, January 09, 2015 11:00 am

Keri O’Connor/Taking the plunge quickly is the technique chosen by most of the bathers.  Keri O’Connor/Taking the plunge quickly is the technique chosen by most of the bathers. BRIGANTINE–The water was a balmy 44 degrees, just a bit warmer than the air temperature this New Year’s Day when thousands of residents and visitors dashed into the Atlantic to celebrate the New Year.

It is estimated that more than 1,500 swimmers hit the water. The event has become iconic for the island, and Philadelphia television stations were on site to record the many who ventured into the water. 

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Bew, Kane and Murray being considered for 1st Ward council seat

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Written by Michael Feely Friday, January 09, 2015 10:30 am

Bew, Kane and Murray being considered for 1st Ward council seat Bew, Kane and Murray being considered for 1st Ward council seat BRIGANTINE–The election of Andy Simpson as councilman at large requires the Republican Party to nominate three individuals and choose one from among them to fill Simpson’s vacated 1st Ward seat. Simpson resigned his seat Dec. 18 and was sworn in as councilman at large Jan. 2. 

The individuals selected by Brigantine Municipal County Committee Leader Rose Roberts are Karen Bew, Neil Kane and John Murray. 

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Brigantine council makes professional appointments; Maguire named municipal judge

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Written by Michael Feely Friday, January 09, 2015 10:10 am

Mayor Phil Guenther takes the oath of office with his wife, Leeann, and daughter, Julia, by his side. Mayor Phil Guenther takes the oath of office with his wife, Leeann, and daughter, Julia, by his side. BRIGANTINE–The frigid weather did not keep local residents from attending the first scheduled City Council meeting of the year.

The meeting actually started at 5 p.m. with council adjourning into executive session to review candidates for the vacated 1st Ward council position. City Solicitor Fred Scerni reported that council had discussed matters dealing with the 1st Ward replacement and the city manager but that no action was taken on either issue. It is anticipated that the 1st Ward councilperson will be sworn in at the next council meeting.

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Brigantine CER Announces winter program

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, January 09, 2015 09:15 am

The Brigantine Community Education and Recreation Department has announced the winter program for residents of Brigantine.

Courses to be offered starting the week of Jan. 12 include ballroom and Latin beat dancing, intro to piano, digital photography, ukulele, jewelry making, CPR and country line dancing.

Increased emphasis has been placed on fitness course offerings: pilates, Zumba, spin, shape up, yoga and qigong will be offered.  Also, move into wellness and traditional Usui-Reiki.

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Brigantine police officer indicted for sexual assault on 16-year-old girl

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, January 09, 2015 07:42 am

ATLANTIC COUNTY — A Brigantine police officer was indicted Thursday, Jan 8 on charges that he sexually assaulted a 16-year-old girl, Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain announced.

An Atlantic County grand jury indicted Brigantine Police Officer Ralph M. Pereira, 44, of the 5000 block of Ontario Avenue on 10 criminal counts in connection with the sexual assault of the girl in 2012 and 2013. The charges were: two counts of sexual assault, a second-degree crime; three counts of official misconduct, a second-degree crime; three counts of second-degree endangering the welfare of a child; one count of third-degree endangering the welfare of a child; and one count of criminal sexual contact, a fourth-degree crime.

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