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Atlantic County teen debuts design on NYC runway

Aston Ragsdale was 12 when she asked for a sewing machine. She didn’t really know how to sew, but loved being creative with clothes. Four years later, the Atlantic County teen had her first design at Men’s Fashion Week in New York City. “It was exciting,” said Ragsdale, who grew up in Pleasantville and Galloway Township. Her paternal grandmother and maternal great-grandmother were both seamstresses, so it seems to be in the teen’s blood. She
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Atlantic City modeling call is looking for women of all types

Aliyah Cherrisse knows that beauty doesn’t come in a certain size, shape or race. The plus-size model who grew up in Atlantic City has found success in her curves. But Cherrisse, who grew up in Atlantic City’s West Side, has struggled as well. After having her third child, she went through heartbreak, insecurity and self-esteem issues. Now, in raising her own spirits, she is hoping to help other BBWs — Big Beautiful Women, that is
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Atlantic City group gives women in need a happy Mother’s Day

An Atlantic City group gave an early Mother’s Day present to local women in need. Princess Inc. packed about 1,000 purses as part of their #packyourpurse event that first aimed to fill about 600 new or gently used purses. Inside were necessities and cosmetics donated by several groups. Princess founders Indra Owens and Automne Bennett have used their group to mentor young girls and have benefits that helped homeless. But for this event, they decided
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Cafeteria worker calms student during bomb scare at EHC school

A cafeteria worker served a student some peace of mind last week when a bomb threat caused anxiety. The bomb threat to the Egg Harbor City Community School turned out to be false, but the fear was real for some children. “This is an evacuation. This is not a drill,” came the warning over the loudspeaker. As teachers and staff worked quickly to calmly evacuate the children, cafeteria worker Tina Lavigna saw a student looking
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Pleasantville firefighters honored for rescuing resident injured in fire

  Three Pleasantville firefighters were honored this weekend for their rescue of a resident from a burning home last year. Capt. Peter Bowker, and Firefighters Stan Kolbe and Gary Guerra were given the 2018 Valor Award by the Professional Firefighters Association of New Jersey for the Jan. 30, 2017, from the home in the 1500 block of Sixth Avenue. Resident suffers severe injuries in Pleasantville fire Upon arrival, the three-story home had heavy flames, according
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Losses to violence spur locals to come together for change

It took a long time for Domanique Townsend to accept that her little brother was gone. Todd Mitchell was just 13 when he was fatally shot in Pleasantville along with another teen on Dec. 5, 2012. Seeing the boy his loved ones called “Doodie” in a casket changed her, said Townsend, herself just 17 at the time. “I didn’t know how to take it at first, it was tragic,” she said. “I just knew my
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Pleasantville friends looking to empower local boys

James Pressley and Jason Smart-El were hoping to empower 100 local adolescent boys from single-parent homes. But their “Save Our Boys” event got so much support, they are hoping even more boys will be heading to Young’s Skating Center in Hamilton Township on Tuesday evening. The night out is aimed at boys ages 7 to 15 from single-parent homes. Buses will take the boys to the skating center, where they will get food, two hours
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Group wants to pack purses for Atlantic City’s homeless women

Atlantic City’s women-led Princess Inc. is looking to give help to 600 of the city’s homeless women. The #PackYourPurse initiative is asking for donations of gently used handbags that will be filled with cosmetics and other products that women need but are unable to get. “We want the women to feel loved, respected and know that their circumstance doesn’t stop anyone from helping them meet their needs,” Princess co-founder Automne Bennett wrote in a letter
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Gospel concert to honor those in area who give back

More than a dozen residents who help the community will be honored with a Gospel concert this month. Elder JP Ministries will give special recognition March 31 at Pleasantville’s Lighthouse Community Church. “These individuals are the humanitarians of our community and we simply pause to say thank you,” said James Pressley, who is holding the event for the second year in a row. Honorees include religious leaders, educators and administrators, local business owners and music
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Local DJ looks to bring Atlantic City’s musical talent together

Kyshawn Wyman thinks Atlantic City can be a music industry hub. And as DJ Young Hitta, he’s hoping to help make that happen. “We need to change the culture of the area,” he said. The talent is here, but it’s what happens after the music is made that’s been a hindrance to local artists. He’s looking to answer the question of “What’s next?” “If we had artists in one place coming together, that could be
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