October 31, 2014 |
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.
September 12, 2014 |
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.
August 2, 2014 |
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.
May 25, 2014 |
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.
April 21, 2014 |
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.
October 21, 2013 |
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.
August 26, 2013 |
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.
August 2, 2013 |
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.
May 28, 2013 |
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.