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Atlantic City man who broke up fight becomes a Stockton student

The Atlantic City man who gained national attention for breaking up a fight in a video that went viral is going back to school. And he’s not leaving home to do it. Stockton University has given incoming student Ibn Ali Miller a $1,000 scholarship and a Leadership Award for his positive influence. “Ibn is the type of student that truly represents the best of the Stockton community,” said John Iacovelli, the university’s dean of Enrollment
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Atlantic County leaders rally against hatred in light of Charlottesville, presidential response

"This is just the beginning of what we have to do," NAACP head Kaleem Shabazz says. pic.twitter.com/B6z0tc4bgB — Lynda Cohen (@LyndaCohen) August 16, 2017 A group of local leaders held a rally that most said shouldn’t be necessary in 2017. But with the violence in Charlottesville — and President Donald Trump’s much-criticized response — they felt Atlantic County needed to take a stand. “We are here today in all our diversity to state that we
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Funeral attempts to save center helping Atlantic City’s youth

The drums caught people’s attention as the group paraded past Atlantic City’s Stanley Holmes Village. Groups of children quickly ran to see what was going on. Some smiled. Others moved to the beat. A few ran into the line. This was a funeral, of sorts. But not for a victim of violence. Instead, it was to draw attention to a group trying to help give the city’s youth an alternative to the streets. The Multicultural
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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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