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Charter rejection won’t stop push for all-boys school in Atlantic City

Ricardo Belgrave and Ruben Stewart aren’t going to let a little thing like rejection get in their way. Despite falling short in getting the Frederick Douglass School for Boys approval as an Atlantic City  charter, the childhood friends are still determined to bring a tuition-free all-boys school to their hometown. Belgrave, a city teacher for a decade, got the idea years ago after seeing the gender gap in education — especially among black and Hispanic
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Dozen Atlantic City police officers retire

Atlantic City lost a dozen police officers to retirement Tuesday. All have served at least a quarter-century on the force, Sgt. Kevin Fair said. Those retiring include the Police Department’s only current deputy chief, William Mazur. Also retiring are Capts. Frank Brennan and Robert DeGaetano, Sgts. Chris Barber, Dave Madamba and Ed Reigel, and Officers Keith Bennett, Lonell Jones, Jerrell Lathan, Andy Pronovost, and brothers David and Michael Trivers. “We wish them great success in
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Dunkin’ Donuts gets approvals for Ventnor location

Dunkin’ Donuts has plans for Ventnor, the lawyer who got their approvals says. The free-standing location with a drive-thru got site plan and variance approvals for the corner of Portland and Ventnor avenues, Eric Goldstein said. “They’d like to get going to improve that corner, which was once an abandoned garage/service station,” he told BreakingAC. Goldstein did not have a timeframe for the construction. The Dunkin would be open from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.,
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Lack of youth programs gets Atlantic City Council’s attention

Atlantic City’s youth got some attention at Wednesday’s City Council meeting. LaToya Dunston opened the Multicultural Community Center on North New York Avenue a little more than a year ago. But she had to close down after she says parties used as fundraisers were shutdown due to what she said were threats of fines from the city. “Where do the youth go? Where do they go?” she asked council, as the men on the dais
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Atlantic City’s youth will be heard at council meeting, group says

Atlantic City’s children will stand up for themselves at Wednesday’s City Council meeting, according to a group saying the city’s youth need to be heard. Steve Young, local head of the National Action Network, claims that the city is not taking children into account even when it plans for them. Most recently was the closing of the Multicultural Community Center, started by Latoya Dunston. Funeral attempts to save center helping Atlantic City’s youth The building
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Pleasantville friends paying it forward with Atlantic City homeless event

Friends Jason Smart-El and James Pressley decided they wanted to do something positive for the community. “(We wanted) to be able to bring a positive light to Atlantic City,” said Smart-El, a Pleasantville native who lives in Atlantic City. The result was Community Day Feeding the Homeless and Less Fortunate, set for 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday. It will provide a hot meal for those who need it as well as introducing the services of
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Longtime Galloway pediatrician remembered as one-of-a-kind

Tears were never seen at Dr. Cheul Kwon’s pediatric office. “I never remember seeing kids in his office crying,” said former patient Valencia Terrell, who sent her children to the Galloway Township doctor as well. “It was like he had a gift.” Kwon, 79, died last week in a crash in Ventnor. What caused his car to cross into the oncoming lane and strike a stopped NJ Transit bus is still under investigation. Many mourned
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Team honored for actions night Atlantic City officer was shot

Atlantic City Police Chief Henry White’s voice was filled with emotion as he recalled the day last year one of his officers was shot. Officer Josh Vadell was critically injured with a gunshot wound to his head as he exited his patrol car to stop an armed robbery in the pre-dawn hours of Sept. 3, 2016. The multi-agency response saved Vadell’s life and tracked down two suspects and three victims. The shooter was killed when
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Atlantic City Dolphins retire jersey of man slain last year

The Atlantic City Dolphins retired the jersey of slain former player Demond Cottman on Sunday. The 21-year-old new husband and father was fatally shot outside the Hamilton Mall at about 1 a.m. on Black Friday. He left behind a young widow, a then-7-month-old son. But on Sunday it was a time to celebrate No. 28, and his love of football, shared with those who loved him. Cottman’s father, Demond Tally, began coaching in 2003, just after his
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Atlantic City native sworn-in as Stockton University alternate student trustee

An Atlantic City native was sworn Wednesday in as the alternate student trustee on Stockton University’s Board of Trustees. Deon Davis, 20, a 2015 Atlantic City High School graduate, is a junior major in communications. He was in the Boys and Girls Club’s Champions of Youth Program, and was Atlantic County Youth of the Year in 2015. “That’s where I honed my leadership skills,” Davis said. He chose Stockton because it was small and offered
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