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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
September 6, 2015 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
BRIGANTINE, N.J. - It can be hard out there for a lifeguard. So when someone like Rich "Rich the Butcher" Hill shows up at the Jetty, fires up the Weber, and starts passing up bacon burgers to the Beach Patrol members on the lifeguard stand - and we're talking custom burgers where the bacon is blended into the mix - legendary status is immediately bestowed. Rich the Butcher, 56-year-old owner of the Colonial Village Meat Market in West Chester, has very much earned most-honored-shoobie status at the Jetty, a drive-on south-end beach in Brigantine.
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
March 28, 2016 | By Bob Fernandez and Kathy Boccella, STAFF WRITERS
The Coast Guard suspended Saturday afternoon its search for a boat that was reported capsized Friday night off Brigantine, a spokesman said. Three to four people were feared to have been aboard, according to the report. Helicopters, planes and boats searched 196 square miles of the Atlantic Ocean off Brigantine and found "no clues that there was a boat that capsized," Coast Guard Chief Nick Ameen said Saturday evening. Those clues would have included floating debris. The search was suspended about 3:30 p.m. Saturday.
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
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.
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.
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June 23, 2016
THE PARENTS: Mary-Jo Dooling, 43, and Jim Dooling, 47, of Lansdale THE KIDS: Molly Elizabeth, 18; Jimmy Joseph, 16; Paige Elizabeth, born April 5, 2016 MARY-JO'S BIGGEST PREGNANCY COMPLAINT: Incessant snoring that drove the couple to sleep in separate rooms for the final two months. Molly had just begun her freshman year at Temple University, and her brother was a high school junior, when their parents drove into town, took the pair to dinner at Max Brenner, and said they had something to discuss.
NEWS
June 17, 2016 | By Walter F. Naedele, Staff Writer
When Thomas Holmes was near the end of his career as a Philadelphia police officer in the 1990s, he became a turnkey at the former 23rd District station at 17th Street and Montgomery Avenue. "If somebody gets locked up," his wife, Margaret, said, "the job of the turnkey is to make sure they get locked up. " As a jailer in that police station near Temple University, she said, "it was an important job. " On Sunday, June 12, Mr. Holmes, 79, of Brigantine, N.J., a Philadelphia police officer from 1967 to 1995, died at home of progressive supranuclear palsy.
NEWS
March 28, 2016 | By Bob Fernandez and Kathy Boccella, STAFF WRITERS
The Coast Guard suspended Saturday afternoon its search for a boat that was reported capsized Friday night off Brigantine, a spokesman said. Three to four people were feared to have been aboard, according to the report. Helicopters, planes and boats searched 196 square miles of the Atlantic Ocean off Brigantine and found "no clues that there was a boat that capsized," Coast Guard Chief Nick Ameen said Saturday evening. Those clues would have included floating debris. The search was suspended about 3:30 p.m. Saturday.
NEWS
March 28, 2016
Carbon monoxide kills 4 at apartments New Castle County police were investigating Saturday four deaths at a Wilmington apartment complex a day earlier from suspected carbon monoxide poisoning. Found Friday evening in two units of Building G of the Evergreen Apartments at Riverfront Heights on Homestead Road, police said, were Carl Dunfee, 60; Veronica Mousely, 58; Andrew Spanakos, 72; and Nancy Uniacke, 56. A dog also was found dead, police said. In addition, five adults and three children were stricken and treated at Wilmington hospitals.
NEWS
October 30, 2015 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
One in an occasional series. BRIGANTINE, N.J. - Bob Huff was on the fast track, Sandy rebuilding-wise. How quaint that all seems now, when he was told he was in the "tiger" group, pushed to the head of the line in the months just after the storm. But three murky and frustrating years followed, stops and starts, grants that added up to almost nothing, then endless volunteers, do-gooders who couldn't nail boards straight, an 88-year-old sent to his ruined home, resumé-building kids who think they can paint, more than a year living in a gutted house, his family in and out, help from the church, then changes in state procedures that helped others but not his own family.
NEWS
September 6, 2015 | By Dan McQuade, For The Inquirer
Doug Taylor says there's a lot to learn before driving on the beach. Novice drivers, he says, frequently keep their cars in drive. "They think they can just put it in drive and go," said Taylor, corresponding secretary for the New Jersey Beach Buggy Association. "That will cause a lot of problems. As you speed up, your tires spin faster - and you get stuck. You have to keep it a lower gear ratio. " One of the top spots for driving on the beach is in Brigantine - one of only three beaches in New Jersey that allows driving year round.
NEWS
September 6, 2015 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
BRIGANTINE, N.J. - It can be hard out there for a lifeguard. So when someone like Rich "Rich the Butcher" Hill shows up at the Jetty, fires up the Weber, and starts passing up bacon burgers to the Beach Patrol members on the lifeguard stand - and we're talking custom burgers where the bacon is blended into the mix - legendary status is immediately bestowed. Rich the Butcher, 56-year-old owner of the Colonial Village Meat Market in West Chester, has very much earned most-honored-shoobie status at the Jetty, a drive-on south-end beach in Brigantine.
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.
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