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April 21, 2014 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
BRIGANTINE, N.J. - There was never any question about the lift. When your trusty rancher is about to become a second-floor rancher - wrenched off its foundation and cranked up 51/2 feet like a boat resting on the shoulders of a lifeguard - measures have to be taken. "I have two artificial hips," said Helen Josephine "Jo" Capelli-Brehm, 74, of 527 Lafayette Blvd. in Brigantine's Sandy-deluged North End. "Tom has one artificial hip and one artificial knee. " "Left hip," says Tom Brehm, 71, her husband of five years.
NEWS
July 15, 2012 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
BRIGANTINE, N.J. - People who sit on the beaches of Ventnor, Wildwood, and Atlantic City - where the ice cream man will put his box down and hand over a banana Fudge Bomb without your even moving, except to find the money - might be shocked to learn that in Brigantine, people lack this fundamental Jersey Shore right. And that, for the most part, they do not care. But that, possibly as early as next week, when the City Council is scheduled to vote on a seven-page ice cream ordinance 15 years in the making, they could at last be granted the right of beach ice-cream sales.
BUSINESS
July 2, 2012 | By Sally Friedman, For The Inquirer
It was a wonderful seashore cottage in its time. But as their children grew up, the original Brigantine house that Robert and Cindy Biester bought in 2001 seemed to be shrinking. And initially, they thought about buying a larger place. "So we looked into other towns, went to see model homes, talked to about 10 builders, and finally realized that Brigantine was where we still wanted to be," says Cindy, a specialist who administers ultrasounds for high-risk pregnant women within the Virtua Health System.
NEWS
October 21, 2013 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
BRIGANTINE, N.J. - "I did everything I was supposed to do," Laurel Haeser is saying from inside her kitchen on Cummings Place in Brigantine. "What I got was a letter that said it looks like we qualify, but they ran out of money. It said, 'Don't do anything else; you're on the list.' " One year after Sandy made landfall not far from the narrow barrier island of Brigantine, this is just one variation on a theme along Cummings Place and, indeed, the entire deluged Jersey Shore: Laurel and Bill Haeser's officially sanctioned paralysis.
NEWS
October 8, 2012 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
BRIGANTINE, N.J. - Maybe in their wildest dream, a fantasy fueled by 114 years of losing elections to Republicans, the Democrats of Brigantine - yes, there are some! - imagined a savior. Someone who would appear on their narrow barrier island in the shadow of Atlantic City, the place the kids call Narnia - one way in, one way out - and the pols call the sanctum sanctorum , the sacred center of the Atlantic County Republican Empire, the last vestige of the backslapping/stabbing reign of a guy named Nucky Johnson.
NEWS
November 1, 2012 | By Amy Rosenberg, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Residents of Longport, Margate, and Brigantine are now being allowed back home after Gov. Christie lifted evacuation orders for those towns. Police are allowing people with proof of home ownership or residency in the towns to return to their homes. But Ventnor and Atlantic City remain restricted: Residents who stayed behind can leave, but those who left the island cannot return. At the Margate Bridge Thursday afternoon, streams of cars were both entering and leaving Margate.
NEWS
February 14, 2013 | By Frank Kummer, Breaking News Desk
We knew Superstorm Sandy was devastating, but a new report by the The National Hurricane Center details just how bad it was. Here are some snippets of the report released yesterday on Sandy, which began as a hurricane and struck the New Jersey coast as a tropical cyclone on Oct. 29 ( Read Tony Wood's 'Weather or Not' blog post on the report) : -The number of direct deaths caused by Sandy is estimated at 147, with 72 of those recorded in the U.S. However, at least 87 other indirect deaths were recorded from exposure, falling trees, and other factors.
NEWS
May 3, 2013 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
How has the recovery process from Superstorm Sandy gone for you and your family? Share your story with the Daily News at ph.ly/SandyStories . BRIGANTINE, N.J. - In her little shop at North Point Marina, Donna Vanzant stocks clam rakes and boat anchors, tide charts and neon fishing lures, and an assortment of bug sprays that probably don't keep this island community's infamous greenhead flies at bay. But the one thing you'd expect...
NEWS
November 2, 2012 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer
THE STRANGEST THING happened to Steve Kabala on Monday night as the bay crashed onto his front steps and churned inside his garage in Brigantine. It was about 8 p.m., he said, when Hurricane Sandy's eye brought a moment of peace to what had been a hellish day at his north-end home. The moon was out along with the electricity, and stars spread across the hole in the clouds above the quiet Shore community north of Atlantic City. Then Kabala, whose dog is named Sandy, heard his neighbors screaming, and saw flashlights pointing up Hutchinson Place.
NEWS
May 27, 2013 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
  BRIGANTINE, N.J. - As milestones go, Memorial Day weekend was always more of a shoobie thing than for the locals on Cummings Place. After all, a local was there the day before and would be there the day after, when the crowds recede again in Brigantine. Since Sandy, though, that "we'll be here tomorrow" assuredness is not something anyone around Cummings Place and similar blocks at the Shore will ever take for granted. "It's really been so much longer than we expected," said Bill Haeser, displaced with wife Laurel since the Oct. 29 storm.
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NEWS
October 31, 2014 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
BRIGANTINE, N.J. - When Hurricane Sandy made landfall near her home exactly two years ago, Barbara Fox, then 75, was in the hospital undergoing a heart procedure. When she got back two weeks later and saw the mountain of her ruined belongings on the curb like the belongings of nearly all her neighbors on Cummings Place, the shock sent her right back with a heart attack. Health problems are just one of many obstacles faced by Fox and her neighbors on the congenial block of Cummings Place near Sheridan, where frustration levels remain as elevated as some of the rebuilt houses.
NEWS
September 12, 2014 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer| narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
TEARS WILL BE shed Sunday night along the Atlantic City Boardwalk when one lucky lady is crowned Miss America. For Miss Delaware's family, win or lose, tears will flow - joyous tears for Brittany Lewis beaming up on the stage, and tears for her sister Gina Clarke-Lewis, who was slain in Camden County in 2010. "She's keeping Gina's memory alive just by being up there," Brenda Lewis said of her daughter. Brittany Lewis, 24, is about as close as it gets to a hometown favorite, having grown up a few miles away, across the inlet in Brigantine.
NEWS
August 2, 2014 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mary Collins was hanging out one day in their South Philadelphia neighborhood with a cousin, Flossie Druding, when she made a life-shaping revelation. "She said she didn't like being an only child," her son Francis said. " 'When I get married, I'm going to have seven children,' " she told her cousin. A bit of unexpected determination, perhaps, for a 15-year-old. On Saturday, July 26, Mary Collins Masino, 76, of Brigantine, N.J., mother of seven, died of cancer at Seacrest Village, the nursing and rehabilitation center in Little Egg Harbor, N.J. Mrs. Masino grew up near Second and Porter Streets, her son said, and cousin Flossie lived near Third and Wolf Streets.
NEWS
May 25, 2014 | BY BECKY BATCHA, Daily News Staff Writer batchab@phillynews.com, 215-854-5757
AS FAR as Father Bill Vandegrift can tell, Philly's Catholics become more soulful and devout when they cross the causeways. His evidence: Not only are Jersey Shore churches mobbed for Sunday Masses (his church, St. Thomas the Apostle in Brigantine, gets 2,000-plus on any given summer weekend), but weekday Masses and rosary devotions also draw flocks of shorebirds. Vandegrift, a Cardinal Dougherty grad (class of '62), attributes the big Sunday numbers to good upbringing. "I think it's the old Philadelphia training.
NEWS
April 21, 2014 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
BRIGANTINE, N.J. - There was never any question about the lift. When your trusty rancher is about to become a second-floor rancher - wrenched off its foundation and cranked up 51/2 feet like a boat resting on the shoulders of a lifeguard - measures have to be taken. "I have two artificial hips," said Helen Josephine "Jo" Capelli-Brehm, 74, of 527 Lafayette Blvd. in Brigantine's Sandy-deluged North End. "Tom has one artificial hip and one artificial knee. " "Left hip," says Tom Brehm, 71, her husband of five years.
NEWS
October 21, 2013 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
BRIGANTINE, N.J. - "I did everything I was supposed to do," Laurel Haeser is saying from inside her kitchen on Cummings Place in Brigantine. "What I got was a letter that said it looks like we qualify, but they ran out of money. It said, 'Don't do anything else; you're on the list.' " One year after Sandy made landfall not far from the narrow barrier island of Brigantine, this is just one variation on a theme along Cummings Place and, indeed, the entire deluged Jersey Shore: Laurel and Bill Haeser's officially sanctioned paralysis.
REAL_ESTATE
August 26, 2013 | By Sally Friedman, For The Inquirer
Katie Hartman and Steve Dunbar knew just what they wanted when they decided to buy a house in Brigantine, the island community near Atlantic City. These year-round Moorestown homeowners were after what Hartman calls "a turnkey operation" - something simple, affordable, low-maintenance, and move-in ready. And back in 2007, they thought they had found it. A simple twin house on the beach block on the south side of the island was small, manageable, and a perfect kick-back place for the family: Hartman, 50, a busy attorney; Dunbar, 60, an attorney who had returned to his media-specialist roots for the Princeton School District, and their then-teenage daughter and son, Molly and Riley.
NEWS
August 2, 2013 | By Amy S. Rosenberg and Sean Carlin, Inquirer Staff Writers
Updated at 10:50 a.m. Friday Four more dolphins have been found dead at the Shore, bringing the total since July 9 to 25, the Marine Mammal Stranding Center in Brigantine said Friday. Bob Schoelkopf, the center's director, said one died in Ocean City Thursday after it washed up in the surf, still alive but struggling. A shark then came up and took a bite out of it, he said. Two dead dolphins were found Friday in Avalon and another in Lower Township, he said. Earlier Story: BRIGANTINE, N.J. - Dead dolphin No. 21 lay zipped inside a blue body bag, 61 inches from the tip of its bottle-shape nose to the point where the boat propeller had sliced off its tail.
NEWS
May 28, 2013 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
William S. Palmer, 90, a former Frankford mill worker who saved several of his wounded foxhole buddies from a German onslaught during World War II, died of cancer Monday, May 13, at the Brigantine home of his daughter, Teri Ryan. "He was in a hospice for the last three years, but he wanted to die in the house," his son-in-law Thomas Ryan said. Born in Kensington, Mr. Palmer grew up in Juniata, and, as a teenager, worked in the Civilian Conservation Corps, helping to build roads in Arizona in the 1930s, Ryan said.
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