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Brigantine loses representation on AC school board

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Written by Michael Feely Friday, January 30, 2015 11:00 am

Brigantine loses representation on AC school board Brigantine loses representation on AC school board BRIGANTINE- Last week Brigantine taxpayers lost representation on the Atlantic City Board of Education.  Brigantine Superintendent Brian Pruitt was advised by the Atlantic County Office of Education that the enrollment for Brigantine students attending Atlantic City High School had fallen below the 10 percent required to permit Brigantine to have a seat on the Atlantic City school board.

Steve Bonanni, a member of the Brigantine Board of Education and a former City Council member, had been serving in that capacity.

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WHYY accepting nominations for American Graduate Champions

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, January 28, 2015 10:00 am

WHYY is accepting nominations for its American Graduate Champions project. An American Graduate Champion is a person or an organization that goes above and beyond to help a student, a classroom or a community succeed by setting high expectations, building and finding effective supports or helping students or schools make the successful journey from preschool to high school graduation, according to a news release.

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Nominations sought for Atlantic City Host and Spirit of Hospitality Awards

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, January 26, 2015 02:00 pm

Nominations are being accepted for the 18th annual Atlantic City Host and Spirit of Hospitality Awards, which honor employees in the tourism and hospitality industry who enhance the experience for Atlantic City visitors.

 Nominations will be accepted in 27 categories from management personnel only who wish to enter a nonmanagerial employee from a hotel, restaurant, retail, tourism or hospitality-related field, as well as the public sector.

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Gold and Silver Mine: Beware of coin collecting scams

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Written by Douglas Keefe Monday, January 26, 2015 09:00 am

The Gold and Silver Mine: Beware of coin collecting scams The Gold and Silver Mine: Beware of coin collecting scams I admit to not being much of a fan of TV programming these days (it seems you get more advertisements than show). However, the other night while looking for a news program before going to bed I came upon a show on CNBC, “American Greed,” dealing with frauds and cheats – you get the idea. The topic of one of the segments was about a coin scam developed by two brothers in Long Island, New York.

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Treadmilling for Walkers to be offered at Brigantine Fitness Center

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, January 23, 2015 11:37 am

Treadmilling for Walkers to be offered at Brigantine Fitness Center Treadmilling for Walkers to be offered at Brigantine Fitness Center The Running Center, a new running and fitness company, is partnering with the Brigantine Fitness Center to present a fitness class for active adults. The class, Treadmilling for Walkers, will include walking at various speeds and inclines on the treadmill, proper fitness walking technique, stretching and balance exercises.

Participants will receive guidance for their level of fitness, and individual goals will be established. The class will be led by Mindy Solkin, owner and head coach of The Running Center, who created the class to give seniors a full-body workout.

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All in a day at the Brigantine Beach Community Center (Slideshow)

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Written by Keri O’Connor Friday, January 23, 2015 10:54 am

‘Always protect the king,’ chess instructor Barbara Ackermann tells youngsters.  ‘Always protect the king,’ chess instructor Barbara Ackermann tells youngsters. The Brigantine Community Education and Recreation Department offers activities and classes for all ages at the Brigantine Beach Community Center. Here are a few things that were going on Tuesday, Jan. 20.

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Sports Scrapbook: Vikings knock off No. 1 Holy Spirit 59-52

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Written by Staff Report Friday, January 23, 2015 10:35 am

Sports Scrapbook: Vikings knock off No. 1 Holy Spirit 59-52 Sports Scrapbook: Vikings knock off No. 1 Holy Spirit 59-52 Atlantic High erased a Holy Spirit six-point third-quarter lead with a 13-2 run in the last three minutes to win 59-52 before one of the largest crowds in the history of the game. The Spartans had taken a six-point lead with a 19-9 third quarter scoring edge. However, Viking pressure, unforced errors and poor shooting cost Spirit the win. The Vikings broke open a close game in the last minute of the fourth quarter of a thriller. They won by displaying vintage Viking full court man-to-man defense.

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Deadlines near for 2 Sandy recovery grants

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Written by Michael Feely Friday, January 23, 2015 10:02 am

Deadlines near for 2 Sandy recovery grants Deadlines near for 2 Sandy recovery grants BRIGANTINE–ReNew Jersey Stronger, a program by the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, announced last week that the Low- to-Moderate Income Homeowners Rebuilding Program is now accepting applications.

The program is designed to provide reconstruction, rehabilitation and elevation assistance to homeowners with low to moderate incomes who were impacted by Superstorm Sandy and whose damaged primary residence is in one of the nine most impacted counties.

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Brigantine Fire Department appoints new medical director

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Written by Michael Feely Friday, January 23, 2015 09:30 am

Fire department medical director Dr. Ken Lavelle talks to firefighters about new medical protocols. Fire department medical director Dr. Ken Lavelle talks to firefighters about new medical protocols. Training now includes use of Narcan 

BRIGANTINE–Chief Alan Weidner recently announced the appointment of Dr. Ken Lavelle as medical director for the Brigantine Fire and EMS Department.

Lavelle, a consultant for Emergency Training and Consulting, will work closely with Lt. Tim Daley, the department’s emergency medical services coordinator and training officer. He will work with Daley to train, educate and implement new protocols for the island’s EMS, fire, police and beach patrol personnel. The protocols are designed to assist New Jersey EMT and basic life support agencies to improve the care of patients.

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Brigantine council terminates Blumenthal, names Stinson city manager

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Written by Michael Feely Friday, January 23, 2015 09:13 am

Tony Pullella, left, and Dr. Frank Kern receive plaques for serving as councilmen at large. Tony Pullella, left, and Dr. Frank Kern receive plaques for serving as councilmen at large. BRIGANTINE–The Republicans moved quickly Wednesday night to solidify their political gains. New 1st Ward Councilwoman Karen Bew was sworn in at 4:30 in front of family and friends. The regular City Council meeting started 5 p.m., and council shortly moved into executive session, resuming the public portion of the meeting after 6 p.m.

Mayor Phil Guenther called the meeting to order and offered two resolutions, the first to confirm a separation agreement with city manager Jennifer Blumenthal, and the second to appoint City Engineer Ed Stinson as the new city manager, effective Jan. 22.

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