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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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Council recognized by Polar Bear Plunge committee

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Written by Michael Feely Monday, December 22, 2014 07:15 am

Brigantine Council recognized by Polar Bear Plunge committee Council recognized by Polar Bear Plunge committee

It was a quick City Council meeting that was bracketed by two unique events. The Brigantine Polar Bear Plunge committee showed up en masse, colorfully attired in a rainbow of plunge sweatshirts. A presentation was made to the mayor and City Council by Polar Bear Plunge founders John Hand and Augie Peltonen to recognize the support the city has given the group over the last 15 years.

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The Lighthouse Players have a cast

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, December 22, 2014 03:53 am

The BB Lighthouse Players have held auditions for our new play "Rumors" by Neil Simon, to be presented Feb. 27 and 28 and March 1, 6, 7 and 8 at the Brigantine Community Presbyterian Church. The Friday and Saturday night performances start 8 p.m., and the Sunday matinees begin 2 p.m.

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Mental health first aid classes

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Written by Staff Reports Sunday, December 21, 2014 11:22 am

Mental health first aid classes are being offered to residents of Atlantic County. Based on national curriculum taught across the country, the topics include education about mental illness and addictions, tips for talking to people in crisis, identification of risk factors and warning signs, and resources for interventions and recovery.

The free classes are provided through the Mental Health Association in Atlantic County through a grant. The two-part series will be offered 1-5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 10 and 17 at the Quail Hill Community Center in Galloway.

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Doctor praises Toys for Tots program

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Written by Staff Reports Sunday, December 21, 2014 12:00 am

Dr. Frank Kern and his staff thanked patients and members of the Brigantine Democratic Club for their support in collecting toys and checks for the 2014 Toys for Tots campaign. Here, program coordinator Ron Powell, retired from the U.S. Marine Corps, joins Councilman Joe Picardi and Councilman Tony Pullella. The office donation box was filled to the brim three times, making this year’s collection the best yet. 

Submitted by Maryann Kozack

   

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