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Pleasantville hosts first ‘Pizza with the Prosecutor’

Greeting members of the community at Pleasantville’s Johnny D’s, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon Tyner felt like he was returning home in a way. Formerly the Board of Education’s solicitor, he came to Pleasantville for his first Pizza with the Prosecutor event. It was the first of what he expects to be regular events to allow county residents to come out, get to know the members of the Prosecutor’s Office and ask any questions they may
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Atlantic City’s junior police have fun while learning discipline

Jixelys Tapia says she’s always been shy. So this summer, the Atlantic City 10-year-old decided to go outside her comfort zone and join the Atlantic City Junior Police Academy. Just one week into the two-week program, she’s seen a difference. “I have friends and I’m not as shy as I was before,” she said Friday, as the first week came to an end. In its fourth year, the academy allows a mix of education, physical
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Youth Corps gives new beginning to young graduates

“Today is a day of a new beginning for me,” said Jalia Herring, as she prepared for her graduation from Youth Corps of Atlantic County. Sitting in her wheelchair making last-minute checks in front of a mirror, the 25-year-old gets emotional as she talks about all she’s overcome to get here. But on this day, “these are tears of joy,” she said. “It’s not pain, hurt, confusion and sorrow. It’s tears of joy, accomplishment, strength,
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Numbers show predictive policing working in Atlantic City, professor says

Predictive policing is working in Atlantic City, according to statistics for the first three months of the program. Shootings and homicides were down 7 percent and robberies 27 percent from February through April, said Rutgers Professor Joel Caplan who developed the system. Risk Terrain Management is a new way of looking at crime that focuses on what attracts crime to a certain area rather than the people who live in or frequent there. The model
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Atlantic City’s newly reopened park is closed — temporarily

Atlantic City residents may have been confused Wednesday, after finding Brown’s Park closed just days after its grand reopening. But the locks are just temporary, according to Chris Filiciello, the mayor’s chief of staff. There were a couple of things that needed to be finished up, he said. The park is expected to reopen Friday morning. The park that had become a home to the homeless and a haven for drug activity reopened Memorial Day
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Atlantic City residents see hope in opening of troubled park

It was an unusual sound coming from the park situated between two of Atlantic City’s most troubled areas. But it was unmistakable. Children laughing and shouting  filled the air as a cleaned up Brown’s Park officially opened Monday. “I love this park,” 6-year-old Kasir Harris shouted as he jumped up and down before heading up to play. Kasir had been waiting for this, asking each time they passed the fenced-in park, his grandmother Denise Pettus said.
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Double dutch event looks to jump start improved Atlantic City park

Indra Owens grew up in Atlantic City. But she never played in the park honoring the first African-American resident to die in World War II. Through the years, Harold Brown’s Park came to be known for drugs and violence. Sandwiched between two of the city’s most troubled areas — Stanley Holmes Village and Schoolhouse Apartments — and just a couple of blocks from the Atlantic City Rescue Mission, it became a haven for illegal activities.
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Pleasantville police officer’s quest to help youth begins with basketball tournament Saturday

As a Pleasantville police officer, Miracle Mays noticed a lot of the calls involved juveniles. “So, I started talking to them and (realized) a lot of the time they spend is wasted,” said the U.S. Air Force sergeant. Most had no knowledge of the programs available to them, so Mays is making it his goal to help that. He recently started the nonprofit Atlantic County Empowerment Programs. The first event is a 3-on-3 tournament at
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Atlantic City residents express concerns with violence, police response

Atlantic City residents had a lot to say during a Town Hall meeting held in a neighborhood that began the month with three homicides in nine days. Council President Marty Small — who covers the Second Ward where violence recently heated up — organized the meeting at Brigantine Homes in the city’s Back Maryland section, where three men died in gunfire from May 5 to 13. In attendance were Police Chief Henry White, FBI Special Agent
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Police officers ride for Atlantic City cop who survived

The Police Unity Tour usually honors officers who lost their lives in the line of duty. But on Wednesday, dozens of riders left Atlantic City in honor of one who lived. Officer Josh Vadell was shot in the head as he approached an armed robbery in progress at about 2:30 a.m. Sept. 3. His partner, Thomas McCabe Jr., shot back, killing the suspect. Other officers quickly responded and, on Wednesday, Vadell was there to wish
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