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‘Love is the key,” Atlantic City mayor says of keeping Dr. King’s dream alive

Residents and city leaders joined to honor Dr. Martin Luther King in Atlantic City on Monday. Starting at the school that bears the slain civil rights leader’s name, the march continued to the Civil Rights Garden, where leaders talked about the current times, and King’s legacy. “We’re facing times that we thought were passed,” Mayor Frank Gilliam said, echoing other speakers who touched on the current presidency. “The president has caused us to go back
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Atlantic County cousins helping to keep those in need warm

When Randi Carter saw someone she knew outside I the cold, she felt she needed to do something. That’s when the Pleasantville woman reached out to her cousin Kristin Eason and the two decided to do what they can to help those stuck in the cold as the temperature continues to drop. As the snow fell Saturday, the women and others went out to Atlantic City and Pleasantville with coats, scarves, gloves, hat and hand
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Atlantic City police play Santa for Rescue Mission kids

Boys and girls at the Atlantic City Rescue Mission were told to “dream big” when they made their Christmas wish lists And Atlantic City police didn’t disappoint them. Officers escorted Santa Claus into the mission Thursday to give gifts to 13 children living there. Community Outreach Officer Jose Gonzalez sent the names, ages and wish lists department-wide. Each division/unit picked a child and bought the requested gifts, Sgt. Kevin Fair explained. Gifts included iPads, sneakers,
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Trip to the gym leads to snowy owl rescue in Northfield

Bob DeGaetano figured he was getting a workout Wednesday morning. But when he pulled into the Island Gym parking lot in Northfield, he got a surprise. There was a bird stuck in the grill of a car. So, he took out his phone and, with video rolling, went to investigate. Turns out, it was a snowy owl who had been struck by the car. “The thing was chill as can be,” he said of the
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Atlantic City native talks failures, successes and the importance of testicular self-exams

Scott Petinga thrives on failure and rejection. The Atlantic City native returned to his hometown Tuesday to talk about the success he found by following his passion no matter how many bumps he hit along the way. That includes a battle with testicular cancer whose treatment he says made him a super hero and led to a lasting mission to have men focus on checking below the belt the way women have been taught to
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Galloway mom fighting to save daughter from inoperable brain tumor

Lisa Jackson is banking on a miracle. The single mom from Galloway Township  watched last year as her sweet, smart and active daughter went from a normal toddler to an irritable, struggling child. Less than two months shy of her third birthday, Antonia Miles was diagnosed with a highly aggressive brain tumor called Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma. The rare disease usually strikes children younger than 10 with about 300 news cases each year. It’s inoperable
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Walk shoppers can help ACFD make a kid’s Christmas better

Visitors to Atlantic City’s Tanger Outlets The Walk can help make a needy kid’s Christmas better while getting their own shopping done. Starting at 10 a.m. Black Friday, Atlantic City’s firefighters will have their boots out collecting money for their Toys for Children drive. The firefighters work with administrators, city officials, church leaders, hospital administrators, the Rescue Mission and local businesses to help identify children in need. All of the money collected is used to
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Happy Thanksgiving, from BreakingAC

BreakingAC is thankful for its readers… The site is continuing to grow and reach new people thanks to you. Whether you have submitted a story idea, sent a tip, asked a question about what’s going on or just shared a link letting others know where they can get confirmed news they can trust, you are appreciated. And for those who have trusted me to tell their stories, I’m especially grateful. Whether good news or bad,
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Atlantic City Police Foundation raffling off a new Camaro

Someone will win a new Chevy Camaro RS on Saturday, courtesy of the Atlantic City Police Foundation. The group that started three years ago helps fund public safety programs, initiatives, training and equipment that Atlantic City’s budget otherwise wouldn’t allow. Tickets will be sold at the Atlantic City-Holy Spirit High School football game Thanksgiving as well at Tanger Outlet stores on Black Friday. The winner will be drawn at 4 p.m. Saturday at Tanger Outlets.
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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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