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Brigantine Police Blotter Sept. 26

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, September 26, 2014 10:58 am

Police Blotter Sept. 26 Police Blotter Sept. 26 For the week ending September 17 the Brigantine Police Dept. responded to approximately 350 calls for service, including 20 motor vehicle stops with 20 summonses issued.

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Letter: Appalled by recent letter

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Written by Opinion Friday, September 26, 2014 10:42 am

To the editor:

It was most disheartening to read Rita D’Armi’s recent letter to the editor questioning the integrity of honest, hardworking, caring citizens of our island, and their right to be heard.

Ms. D’Armi initially insults Anne Cooker by implying her husband’s donation to the Republican Club resulted in her son getting a job with the fire department; apparently she doesn’t know the testing and other rigorous standards required to hold this most important position.

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City awarded grant from National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

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Written by Michael Feely Friday, September 26, 2014 10:29 am

BRIGANTINE­­-The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation recently notified the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection that it had been awarded a grant of $3,440,000 to support the Building Ecological Solutions to Coastal Community Hazards project. The award was made on the condition that these funds are matched by $894,888 in additional funds contributed by the NJDEP specifically for the project.

Rutala and Associates, the city’s grant consultant, had submitted a grant proposal on behalf of the city in December 2013 to develop a “coastal resilience project” and will receive a grant of $125,000 with a 50 percent match that can include “salaries, fringes, indirect and use of municipal equipment” as well as nonfederal funds.

The grant request from the city indicated a need to “make the bay side of the island more resilient by creating living shorelines.”

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Letter: Teach your children well?

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Written by Opinion Friday, September 26, 2014 10:15 am

Letter: Teach your children well? Letter: Teach your children well? To the editor:

In response to a recent letter by Anne Marie Cooker, I think she may want to rethink who she is supporting in this election. In the letter she said, “I am appalled when I watch certain individuals, both city council members and members of the audience, speak to our mayor (and other council members) with such disregard, disrespect, and contempt in their body language and tone of speech! Is this the example that they want to give the young people of our island?”

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County error means property tax refund for Brigantine homeowners

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Written by Michael Feely Friday, September 26, 2014 10:00 am

BRIGANTINE-A letter this week to Mayor Guenther from Atlantic County Tax Administrator Margaret Schott admitted to a tax error that will result in a refund for property owners in Brigantine and most other county municipalities.

The city overpaid the county $484,099.81 in 2014 for county library and public health taxes. The refund will most probably be returned to taxpayers in their first-quarter tax bills for 2015. The city tax collector, Dana Wineland, is on vacation and was unable to respond to an email regarding confirmation of that action.

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Lions Club celebrates birthday, swears in new members

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Written by Staff Reports Sunday, September 21, 2014 03:00 pm

Lions President Steve Satz welcomes new members Linda Camerota and Steve Osterman, who were sponsored by Toni Bibikos and Bill Ronca. Lions President Steve Satz welcomes new members Linda Camerota and Steve Osterman, who were sponsored by Toni Bibikos and Bill Ronca. The Brigantine Lions Club celebrated Philomena Arena's 97th birthday at a dinner meeting held at St. George's Pub. Arena was presented with a cake, balloons and flowers.

Lions President Steve Satz officiated at the swearing in of new members Linda Camerota and Steve Osterman, who were sponsored by Toni Bibikos and Bill Ronca. Home appraiser Mike Brennan, the guest speaker, provided insight about home values in Brigantine.

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Eye Health Tip of the Week - Acting up

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

Squinting isn’t the only sign a child has impaired vision.

If your tween or teen disrupts class by talking or fidgeting, have his or her eyes checked. It could be the underlying problem.

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Brigantine Garden Club President’s Cup winner to be announced

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, September 19, 2014 03:00 pm

Phyllis and Fran with President's Cup at last year's gathering. Phyllis and Fran with President's Cup at last year's gathering. BRIGANTINE–As you are reading this, the very special end of the year event to honor board members, committee chairmen, bed tenders, pot waterers, and all committee volunteers is just a day away.  One person has been selected to receive the prestigious President's Cup for outstanding service and dedication to the club and its goals.  Who will it be?  As last year's recipient, I had a chance to see all of the names of the former winners. Some I recognized and some not. 

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Brigantine Fire Department trains for residential fires

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Written by Michael Feely Friday, September 19, 2014 09:42 am

Brigantine Fire Department B Platoon Capt. Tom Bornodaro and firefighter Dan Hurtt practice ‘vertical ventilation’ on a residence in Brigantine. Brigantine Fire Department B Platoon Capt. Tom Bornodaro and firefighter Dan Hurtt practice ‘vertical ventilation’ on a residence in Brigantine. BRIGANTINE - It was a Monday morning after the summer crowds had departed from Brigantine.  Brigantine Fire Department B Platoon was out on a sunny morning climbing the roof of a home on Ocean Avenue training for a residential structure fire. The department was catching its breath after a busy summer.

According to a report supplied to the Beachcomber, the department had responded to 637 calls from Memorial Day to Labor Day: 446 EMS calls and 191 fire runs. Year to date, the department has responded to 1,431 calls in total.

Capt. Tom Bordonaro was working with firefighter Dan Hurtt as they practiced a technique called “vertical ventilation.” The purpose is to vent “superheated gasses” from the building to increase the odds of survival for any person trapped in the structure – occupant or firefighter.

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Brigantine City Council discusses demolition of abandoned homes

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Written by Michael Feely Friday, September 19, 2014 09:34 am

Brigantine Public Works employee John Blair receives plaque of recognition from Brigantine Garden Club's Debbie Puccci. Brigantine Public Works employee John Blair receives plaque of recognition from Brigantine Garden Club's Debbie Puccci. BRIGANTINE - It was an unusual City Council meeting this week – almost anticlimactic after the chaotic summer meetings that sometimes ran as long as six hours. There was barely enough on the agenda to keep council occupied and the audience awake as council approved resolutions dealing with a state-required cash management plan and a requested road closure application. 

The majority of the meeting was run by Deputy Mayor Frank Kern, as the mayor was otherwise engaged at an “open house” at Atlantic County Institute of Technology where he is the superintendent.

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