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Absecon Lighthouse turns 158

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, December 31, 2014 11:00 am

Birthday celebration in Atlantic City Jan. 17-18

Absecon Lighthouse, New Jersey’s tallest, will host a celebration to honor its 158th  birthday  Saturday and Sunday,  Jan. 17-18.

There will be free climbs 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. and birthday cake from The Bake Works in Northfield at 1 p.m. Saturday

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Letter: Pullella, Kern changed council for the better

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Written by Opinion Wednesday, December 31, 2014 10:30 am

Letter: Pullella, Kern changed council for the better Letter: Pullella, Kern changed council for the better To the editor:
Two outstanding councilmen, Tony Pullella and Dr. Frank Kern, recently ended their terms and political careers on Brigantine City Council.

The citizens of Brigantine and we Democrats in particular owe a great deal of gratitude to these individuals for the groundbreaking service they provided while on council. 

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Pullella advocates leasing golf course to Jaworski group

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Written by Michael Feely Wednesday, December 31, 2014 10:00 am

BRIGANTINE–Outgoing Councilman at Large Tony Pullella read a statement regarding the Brigantine Golf Course at the City Council meeting Monday. This issue promises to be the first big issue for council – and the city – for 2015. Following is his statement.

“For the past two years we have discussed the possibility of leasing the Golf Course long-term to a third-party professional as a means of reducing taxpayer risk. The process has been open and transparent.

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Guenther: Together we can move Brigantine forward

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Written by Mayor Phil Guenther Wednesday, December 31, 2014 09:30 am

Mayor Phil Guenther Mayor Phil Guenther As 2014 comes to an end, I am hopeful that the coming year will be a year of positive change for Brigantine. Obviously, we cannot ignore the collective challenges that we face as a community tethered to the uncertain future of Atlantic City or the personal financial difficulties that many of our residents face as the economic engine that propelled our local economy continues to sputter. Our history as a community demonstrates our resilience in the face of adversity; therefore, I am optimistic that in 2015 we will move our city forward.

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Brigantine council takes care of year-end business

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Written by Michael Feely Wednesday, December 31, 2014 08:59 am

Brigantine council takes care of year-end business Brigantine council takes care of year-end business Simpson, Sera to be sworn in Friday 

BRIGANTINE–Annually Brigantine’s City Council holds a brief meeting at the end of the year to balance some internal accounts and transfer funds. So it was this past Monday as the mayor and four council members met to do so.

Outgoing 4th Ward Councilman Andy Simpson was sitting in the audience, as he had resigned the 4th Ward seat Dec. 18, giving the Republicans time to complete their due diligence on three nominees to replace Simpson after the New Year. Simpson, along with incoming councilman Vince Sera, will be sworn in as councilman at large 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 2.

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Cold dip forecast for Polar Bear Plunge

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Written by MICHAEL FEELY Tuesday, December 30, 2014 10:45 am

Keri O’Connor // The Polar Bear Committee, comprised of Claire Croskey, Tricia Cosgrove and Bunny Peratzner, were selling Polar Bear t-shirts and sweatshirts and other merchandise at Ace Hardware for the past few weekends to help raise funds to support Fisher House. Keri O’Connor//The Polar Bear Committee, comprised of Claire Croskey, Tricia Cosgrove and Bunny Peratzner, were selling Polar Bear t-shirts and sweatshirts and other merchandise at Ace Hardware for the past few weekends to help raise funds to support Fisher House. BRIGANTINE - Jan. 1 is the date for Brigantine’s Polar Bear Plunge, which will take place in front of the Laguna Grill at 14th Street, starting with a tailgate party at 9:30 a.m.

This event is being billed as Brigantine’s biggest party. Last year more than 9,000 people attended, cheering on the estimated 1,200 swimmers that took the plunge to raise money for the Fisher House Foundation.

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Aversa’s holds holiday party

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Written by Keri O’Connor Tuesday, December 23, 2014 11:02 am

Aversa’s holds holiday party Aversa’s holds holiday party The staff at Aversa’s Italian Bakery enjoys their holiday party at Andre’s Wine Bar and Grill Sunday, Dec.  21. 

 

Kern issues farewell statement

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Written by Michael Feely Tuesday, December 23, 2014 10:58 am

BRIGANTINE–Frank Kern has served as a Brigantine councilman at large for the last four years. His service was marked by concise and erudite speech and meeting-opening remarks that included quotes from Lincoln, Churchill and others.

Last Wednesday, at his last regularly scheduled council meeting, he made a statement reflecting back on those four years.

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Santa makes the rounds

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Written by Keri O’Connor Tuesday, December 23, 2014 10:49 am

Santa waves from a fire truck. Santa waves from a fire truck. Santa toured Brigantine with the fire department Dec. 17-18. 

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Tax break extended for mortgage debt relief

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Written by Michael Feely Tuesday, December 23, 2014 10:43 am

BRIGANTINE–The U.S. Senate recently approved a one-year extension of a series of tax breaks, one of the most important of which is an extension of mortgage debt reduction tax relief, especially for Sandy victims.

“Families who faced the wind and the storm and the surge from Superstorm Sandy shouldn’t have to face insurmountable tax bills because their mortgage was underwater,” New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez said in a news release. "It makes no sense to ask these families to pay thousands in taxes they simply cannot afford on income they never even saw.”

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