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Fund-raiser benefits family who lost home in fiery drunken-driving crash

Noranne Thompson and Stephen Weiss decided last year that they wanted the music to mean more than just putting on a show. The couple who own the Atlantic City-based production and promotion company NorStep decided that their monthly acoustic showcases would be the place to start. Then an allegedly drunken-driver crashed into two stores on Atlantic Avenue early Christmas morning, displacing a mom and her three little girls who lived in an apartment upstairs. Man
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Atlantic City firefighters recount rescue efforts at Jeffries Tower

The man’s name was Jack. He and Firefighter Steve Kohler met on the 15th floor of Atlantic City’s Jeffries Tower as alarms rang during an electrical fire Thursday night. Firefighters had rushed in to help the nearly 300 mostly elderly and disabled residents evacuate the 18-story building. “I tried to build a relationship with him to keep him calm,” Kohler said. “He wasn’t able to move all that well.” They stopped several times in the
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EHC woman’s gratitude turns her yard into food pantry

Angela Seri Krukauskas was looking for a way to express her gratitude for what she has in life. What she found was generosity and even more to be grateful for. The Egg Harbor City woman built a food pantry in her front yard this month, in hopes that no one locally would go hungry this Christmas. When her husband, Tom Krukauskas, suffered some setbacks after surgery in October, she said she had a lot of
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Atlantic City officer honors mother’s memory with coats for kids

John Devlin kept trying to think of a lasting way to honor his mother’s memory. Sixteen years after Eileen Devlin’s death, everything fell into place this year, the retired Atlantic City police officer said. Growing up in Buzby Village, the then-Eileen Dayton always struggled to get a new winter coat each year. So, her son decided to put together a plan to get coats for kids whose families couldn’t afford them. He got the names
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Atlantic City officers and their families give back to those less fortunate

Atlantic City police will have something special when they encounter the city’s homeless this month. Members of the city’s Charlie Platoon, who work midnights, gathered in the morning after their shift this weekend to make Blessing Bags. The idea came from Sgt. B.J. Dessicino, who enlisted not only the members of his platoon but their families as well. “We are all excited to do our part in making a difference in someone’s life who is
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Pleasantville family who lost everything in fire finds community’s generosity

The Ortegas started the week with a devastating loss. But it ended with them finding how deep the area’s generosity goes. An accidental fire at the home on South Second Street last Sunday took all of their belongings, including Christmas presents that had yet to be given. Since then, the community has come out with offers of money, clothes, toys and other needs for the family of three. “It really is amazing to see all
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Atlantic City event warms homeless while honoring man lost to violence

Nearly 300 of Atlantic City’s needy will be warmer this winter thanks to two friends from Pleasantville. Jason Smart-El and James Pressley hosted a hat, scarf and gloves giveaway at Atlantic City’s Turning Point Center on Saturday. It was the second event the friends hosted in two months at the new center opened by the Rev. Collin Days. “Feeding the homeless last month was really an eye-opening experience as it relates to the large population
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Atlantic City event looks to keep less fortunate warm

Pleasantville friends James Pressley and Jason Smart-El had such success feeding the homeless last month, now they’re looking to help dress them. The pair will be giving hats, scarves and gloves to those at Atlantic City’s Turning Point Day Center from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Saturday. The originally planned time had to be moved due to a death in one the men’s families. As the temperature is dropping, Pressley and Smart-El want to make sure
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Atlantic City mentor programs helped teen on path to college

Terri Forrest knew her son had the potential for anything. But getting others onboard wasn’t always easy. Elijah Kelsey was born with his left eardrum closed, which made learning to pronounce words properly difficult. When he couldn’t communicate, he would just stop trying. Learning issues would sometimes be seen as behavioral issues instead. In elementary school, one teacher told him he would never amount to anything. “Now, I am going to be the first in
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Feeding more than 300 in need just the start for Pleasantville friends

James Pressley and Jason Smart-El set out to do something positive for the community. What the two Pleasantville friends got from feeding more than 300 homeless and hungry this weekend was just the beginning. A total of 325 people ate Saturday at Atlantic City’s Turning Point Day Center, a new building there to help the homeless and less fortunate opened by the Rev. Collin Days. They gave out food, personal hygiene products and some hope
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