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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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Star of Atlantic City’s viral video tries to bring positive focus to his hometown

Stanley Holmes Village was the scene of a music video Thursday, as the man made famous through a viral video tries to continue his positive message. VIEW THE VIDEO: Ibn Ali Miller gained attention after he talked two teens out of fighting and it was captured on video. That video was seen by millions, and even landed Ali and the teens on Steve Harvey’s show. For the most part, Ali has avoided the attention. But now
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Organ donation gives hope to Somers Point family after loss to addiction

Vincent Battipaglia’s family feared his addiction would take his life. But after the worst happened this past October, they found something to give them hope, they said Friday. The 27-year-old Somers Point man’s organs helped save two others people’s lives. The family was honored yesterday during a ceremony for the Gift of Life Donor Program at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center’s City Campus. The hospital is one of 131 in the South Jersey/eastern Pennsylvania/Delaware region that
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