Brigantine Beachcomber - Apr. 22, 2011
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Vol. 36, No. 45
APRIL 22, 2011
Jessica Newcomer sworn in as new Class 2 ofﬁcer
City Council calm after two must-see-TV meetings
Staff Writer The Brigantine City Council meeting this past Wednesday, April 20 was relatively calm compared to the last two meetings, with council adjourning to executive session at an early 8 p.m. Many residents have come to bookmark the bimonthly meetings, creating a must-seeTV date. This meeting started with Mayor Phil Guenther swearing in the Police Department’s new Class 2 officer, Jessica Newcomer. Newcomer comes from a Brigantine family and will replace an ofﬁcer who has retired. She attended North School, Atlantic City High School and Atlantic Cape Community College before earning a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey in 2009. She had previously worked for the Brigantine Police Department as a Class 1 special ofﬁcer and for the North Wildwood Police Department as a Class 2 ofﬁcer. A Class 2 ofﬁcer has the same police powers as a regular ofﬁcer but does not carry that authority off duty. Ordinance 7-2011 was introduced proposing that Cherokee Boulevard (immediately off of Atlantic Brigantine Boulevard) be vacated. This ordinance also includes a conveyance of property from and to the city. Attorney Michael Blee represented property owner Louis DelBorrello. The land conveyance would result in straightening the street, COUNCIL continued on Page 27
Getting on the ball for tennis
Kaitlyn Bonner, Kunal Jadeja, Kerin McGuire, Kelly Kline, Sean Sivley, Austin Davis, Tyler Gully, Shamus Heaney, Megan Baldwin, Samantha Grahsler and Samantha Smith pause after a hard yet fun day of tennis practice with coach Lee Mendell April 19 at the courts. See more photos on page 35.
Hiber-Not Triathlon results are in
Staff Writer The Beachcomber News and Brigantine’s Community Education Recreation department announce the successful completion of the ﬁrst annual Hiber-Not winter triathlon. Originally designed to get Brigantine residents out of their winter “caves” and out exercising, it developed into a competition between some of the more eager individuals on the island, including our Police Chief John Stone. The following individuals completed the following distances. Ultra Ironman – 4-mile swim, 225 miles on bike, 55-mile run: Liesje Cardillo, Patty Conroy, Alexis Gillio, Charlene Goff, Suzanne Phalines, Frank Medford Smith and Jerry Zebrowski. Iron man – 2-mile swim, 112 miles on bike, 26.2-mile run: Police Chief John Stone, Michelle DiSanto and 70-yearold Dave Khan, who has decided to enter the Brigantine Triathlon in August. Phalines will also enter the Triathlon. “Thank you for presenting the challenge,” said Conroy, as she submitted her results. “This was a great idea,” noted Phalines. “I gained a lot of respect for swimmers,” said Stone, who would only enter the August Triathlon as a member of a relay. All those who ﬁnished the triathlon will be awarded medals next month.
Mayor Phil Guenther swears in new Brigantine Police Department Class 2 Officer Jessica Newcomer (left) during the April 20 City Council meeting. Rebecca Newcomer holds the Bible.
Charter-Tech students blow bubbles for autism awareness on Brigantine beach
Staff Writer Charter-Tech High School for the Performing Arts teachers and Brigantine Beach Patrol lifeguards Jeff Szeker, Tom Cooker Jr. and JR Henry brought their students to Brigantine’s 16th Street beach Friday, April 15 to join in an international effort to raise awareness about autism and to set a Guinness world record for blowing the most bubbles simultaneously at multiple locations. Blow Bubbles 4 Autism was originally started by Ventnor resident Isabelle Mosca who came up with the idea 10 years ago when her son Kyle, now 12, was diagnosed with autism. Mosca founded the FACES (Families for Autistic Children Education and Support) Network, a nonproﬁt organization dedicated to autism awareness. On April 15, the FACES organization hosted its eighth annual event that had groups all over the country participating, including as far away as Australia and the Dominican Republic. This year was the second year that FACES has attempted to beat the Guinness world record. They needed 37,000 participants to blow bubbles for one minute at one time. The Charter-Tech BUBBLES continued on Page 20
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