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Scannapieco Notches 900th Win as Brookdale Softball Head Coach

The Brookdale Community College softball team is having one of those special seasons. The Jersey Blues are the nation’s top-ranked Division III team, sporting a 46-3 record. In a doubleheader on April 19, the season became even more memorable. When the Jersey Blues swept against Cumberland County College, 16-1 and 15-0, they earned head coach Bo Scannapieco his 899th and 900th career wins at the Lincroft college. Now in his 27th year as the Brookdale skipper, Scannapieco has built up a résumé that is second to none and has already put the Jackson native in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Hall of …

A Message in a Bottle and Trash on the Beach

A message in a bottle, a plastic bottle filled with sand, a flip flop, building materials, dog poop and lots of plastic were among the items found on the sand in Point Beach and Point Borough on Saturday. Skyler Kummer, 8, a Point Borough resident, found a message in a bottle during the Saturday morning Beach Sweeps at Maxson Avenue beach in the Borough. The message was sent on Oct. 9, 2012 by Robert Peters from a Spring Lake beach. Skyler notified Peters of the find and he said he had been hoping it would be found in South Africa rather than so close to home.

Brookdale seats new trustee

A veteran businessman and restaurateur was sworn in Thursday night to serve on Brookdale Community College’s board of trustees as an appointee of Gov. Chris Christie. Gary S. Tolchin, 53, of Marlboro took his place on the 12-member board at its monthly meeting at Brookdale’s main campus in the Lincroft section of Middletown. Tolchin, appointed to the board by the governor on April 3, replaces trustee Richard M. Maser of Red Bank, who had been appointed by then-acting Gov. Donald T. DiFrancesco in 2002. Maser’s term expired on Oct. 31, and he had continued serving on the board until his replacement was sworn in.

Generals roar past North Country, improve to 27-2

Herkimer County Community College’s women’s softball team continued to roll Thursday, pounding out 40 hits in sweeping North Country 16-4 and 19-0 to improve to 27-2. Stephanie Siriano led the offensive eruption with two home runs, a triple, two singles and six RBIS. Samantha Smaldone also drove in six runs and had six hits, and Ashley Sterritt homered and had four hits and three RBIs in the second game. Kat Dolly also had four hits in the second game, and Delaney Buckley had a pair of doubles.

Middlesex Softball Ranked Tenth, Drops Doubleheader to Brookdale

Since the month of April opened, the Middlesex County College softball team had been red hot, picking up ten straight victories. The team’s stellar play had earned them the #10 ranking in the NJCAA Division III National Coaches Poll, released April 10. But on Thursday, April 11, as the temperatures dropped and the #1 team in the coaches poll, Brookdale Community College, came to Edison for a late-season doubleheader, the bats of the Lady Colts went cold and the girls suffered only their fourth and fifth losses of season.

Sport Shorts

The Community YMCA and Dreams for Kids are planning a night of basketball at the Hoops for Hope Tournament on Friday, April 26 at Brookdale Community College’s Robert J. Collins Arena in Lincroft. NFL football greats representing Dreams for Kids will be challenging basketball teams fielded from the community, including Red Bank Police, YMCA members, students from Red Bank Charter School, the Monmouth University women’s basketball team, Red Bank Catholic High School’s varsity girls basketball team and Tormee Construction.

Rebuilding the Jersey Shore Discussion at Brookdale with Sierra Club’s Jeff Tittel

Jeff Tittel director of the N.J. Chapter of the Sierra Club and a long time critic of the state’s permissive and dangerous zoning regulations, will explain how development interests are continuing to elevate profits over safety in rebuilding our coastal communities. Gov. Cuomo of NY is proposing buying out residents whose homes have been devastated, but pro-development Gov. Christie of NJ is less than enthusiastic. While the rebuilding effort is being described as a local concern, much of the rebuilding will involve federal tax dollars, as will the next rebuild after the next major storm.

Brookdale’s Hall-of-Fame Softball Coach Bo Scannapieco Reaches Illustrious 900th

Brookdale Community College softball head coach Bo Scannapieco has one more notch on his belt of softball accolades. After the NJCAA top-ranked Jersey Blues swept Cumberland County College 16-1 and 15-0 this afternoon, Scannapieco earned his 900th career victory. The 27-year veteran entered the 2013 season as the NJCAA career leader in victories among Division III softball coaches, and after this afternoon’s sweep, his career mark currently sits at 900-249-3 (.781 win percentage). The Jackson native’s impressive resume also includes three National Championships (2002, 2005, 2010), 14 Garden State Athletic Association titles…

Concordia Youth Chorale and Brookdale Concordia Chorale in Joint Performance

On Sunday, May 5th, Brookdale Concordia Chorale will be joined by the Concordia Youth Chorale in a rendering of Karl Jenkins’s vocal composition, The Peacemakers. The concert will be held in the Performing Arts Center at Brookdale Community College at 7:00 PM. Neighboring-community residents and students are invited to attend this free concert that is dedicated to peace. Given the tragedy in Boston, the global tensions, the constant drumbeat of impending wars, and the terrorism and violence surrounding us, we are drawn to Jenkins’s composition, which extols peace.

Book on killer nurse Charles Cullen faults NJ hospitals

Nearly a decade after New Jersey’s most prolific serial killer was put behind bars, Somerset Medical Center is having to defend itself against renewed criticism that officials there may not have done enough to save innocent lives. The hospital is among nine where Charles Cullen, 53, worked as a nurse for 16 years. Cullen recalled killing 13 and attempting to kill another three while he worked at Somerset Medical Center from September 2002 to October 2003. Cullen is serving several life sentences in state prison in Trenton after pleading guilty to killing 29 patients in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

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