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Prince Harry’s Jersey Shore visit brings royalty back after 74 years

The last time a member of the royal family visited the Jersey Shore, the world was teetering on the brink of world war. It was June 10, 1939, when King George VI and Queen Elizabeth arrived at the Red Bank train station on their way to Fort Hancock at Sandy Hook and eventually to the World’s Fair in New York and President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s estate in Hyde Park, N.Y. Spurred by the rise of the Nazis, the king and queen came to the New World to draw support. When their great-grandson Prince Harry, 28, makes a visit to the Jersey Shore Tuesday, it will be brief — one leg of a tour that focuses on charitable causes. He is extending support to …

Businesses wade through loan and grant applications as rebuilding continues at the shore

The lingering Hurricane Sandy damage that nearly caused Michael Bienz and Sam Nativo Jr. to lose Mix, their 12-year-old Long Branch martini lounge, can’t be photographed. A lagging shore economy has hit sales hard — closing businesses that otherwise survived the storm — and has left Nativo yearning for the days he battled tourists for parking. The men had been planning a grand opening for 2nd Floor Restaurant, a sit-down eatery located above Mix, the same weekend the hurricane hit. When forecasts predicted widespread destruction, they decided to protect their investment by riding out the storm in the restaurant.

Brookdale’s season ends with loss to Camden

The Brookdale Community College baseball team’s season ended at 38-14 with a 3-2 loss to Camden County College in a National Junior College Athletic Association Region XIX Tournament elimination game at Gloucester County College on Saturday. Eddie Millner slugged a three-run homer to left field on the first pitch in the bottom of the opening inning for second-seeded Camden (35-7). The third-seeded Jersey Blues scored two runs in the ninth. Sophomore first baseman Dave Egeland (Toms River South) opened the inning with a home run to right on a 1-1 pitch. It was his fourth homer of the season.

Brookdale Community College baseball beats Northampton

The Brookdale Community College baseball team defeated Northampton (Pa.), 7-2, on Friday to remain alive in the National Junior College Athletic Association Division III Region XIX Tournament at Gloucester County College. The third-seeded Jersey Blues (38-13) will play 11 a.m. today against an undetermined opponent in the loser’s bracket of the double-elimination event at Gloucester. Brookdale lost the first game to second-seeded Camden, 7-0. In the second game, the Jersey Blues erupted for five runs in the bottom of the seventh inning.

In the second game, the Jersey Blues erupted for five runs in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Study: Community colleges lack rigor, but incoming students ill prepared

There’s been a lot of talk lately of college- and career-readiness for high-school graduates, but according to a study released Tuesday, what community colleges actually require is less rigorous than we think – and many high school graduates aren’t meeting even those low standards. What is being taught and emphasized in high school math and English, moreover, is out of alignment with what is needed to succeed in community college, the report concludes. The study, from the National Center on Education and the Economy (NCEE), set out to look at what is actually required of first-year community college students

AAUW Urges Action on Child Care, Women’s STEM Participation at Community Colleges

With Mother’s Day fast approaching, the American Association of University Women (AAUW) organization released a report Thursday to bring attention to the need for community colleges to facilitate campus-based child care services as well as to highlight the potential of community colleges for enabling women to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. The report, “Women in Community Colleges: Access to Success” pays “special attention to student mothers and the importance of child care in enabling the educational success of women at community colleges,” said Dr. Catherine Hill …

Some remedial math classes unnecessary at community colleges, study says

Many students are sent to remedial math classes at community colleges to learn high school math they won’t need in their first-year programs anyway, according to new research on what it takes to be successful in community college. Colleges nationwide have been looking for ways to reduce the high numbers of students who must take English or math classes to meet prerequisites. Colleges generally require incoming students to take placement tests in English and math, and the failure rates are high. A survey last year found that on average, 52 percent of students entering two-year …

No. 1 Brookdale reclaims Region XIX softball crown

Brookdale Community College’s women’s softball team is back on top. The Jersey Blues went into the Region XIX Tournament at Middlesex County College in Edison (May 4-5) ranked No. 1 in the country and left it where they started after defeating defending national champion Gloucester County College, 5-2, in the finals on May 5. “We knew a lot of teams were coming at us,” said pitcher Samantha Hosey, who was the tournament’s Most Valuable Player. “After the first game (4-1 win over Northampton Community College) we just went with it.

BCC’s Johnson garners 500th career victory

When the Brookdale Community College baseball team swept Globe Institute of Technology, 5- 4 and 15-1, on April 27, it gave head coach Johnny Johnson his 500th win as leader of the historic program. Johnson, who is in his 15th year in charge of the Jersey Blues, has been named the Region XIX Coach of the Year five times and the Garden State Athletic Conference Coach of the Year six times in his illustrious career at the helm. Johnson’s career record now stands at 502-184. Johnson, who starred at Middletown High School South before playing at Brookdale, had big shoes to fill when he replaced Hall of Fame coach Paul MacLaughlin …

Legal issues just beginning for Sandy victims, pro-bono attorney says

Hurricane Sandy is long over, with reconstruction under way in most places, but for many impacted by the storm, problems are still piling up – legal problems, that is. That is why a cadre of pro-bono attorneys has fanned out throughout areas of New Jersey to provide legal advice to affected residents. Cathy Keenan, director of Volunteer Lawyers for Justice, says her volunteers have seen an upswing in storm survivors asking for legal assistance. “People’s legal issues right now are more acute than they were previously,” Keenan said.

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