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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.

Brookdale shines in NJAC tourney

The Brookdale Community College men’s tennis team won National Junior College Athletic Association Division III Region XIX Tournament titles at three flights at Mercer County Park on Saturday. Winning at first singles was second-seeded freshman MacLane Smoke (Manasquan). Prevailing at second singles was No. 2 sophomore Ambrose Tingan (Neptune). The second-seeded Smoke and Tingan won at first doubles. Smoke (12-3) toppled top-seeded Ahmad al-Shawafi of Mercer County Community College 6-3, 6-4…

Brookdale College Goes to the (Therapy) Dogs

Maria Ramiro sat in a circle alongside other Brookdale Community College students, admiring Molly the miniature schnauzer — a furry, teddy bear-like ball of fluff, perched on all fours and showing off her pink tongue.


It was average Joes vs football pros on the hardwood last Friday night as local amateur and school basketball teams faced off against a “dream-team” consisting of past and present NFL players – all in the name of charity. The Hoops for Hope event, created by local son turned NFL player Lonnie Allgood and held at Brookdale Community College’s Collins Arena, consisted of a series of quick exhibition games and other activities to raise money for Dreams for Kids and the YMCA’s Strong Kids program, dedicated to providing underprivileged kids with a healthy lifestyle.

N.J. seeks to grant $1.27B to higher ed: Monmouth, Ocean schools would receive $47.4 million

Gov. Chris Christie’s administration has submitted a list of more than $1.27 billion in higher-education construction projects to the Legislature for its approval, including $47.4 million for schools in Ocean and Monmouth counties. The list of 176 projects announced Monday night was derived from among more than 250 applications filed by colleges around New Jersey — public and private, four-year universities and two-year community colleges, including Ocean County and Brookdale community colleges, Beth Medrash Govoha and Georgian Court University.

Brookdale to host Law Enforcement Career Fair

A Law Enforcement Career Fair and tribute to first responders will take place at Brookdale Community College on May 17 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Student Life Center on the Lincroft campus. The event is free and open to the public. Representatives from at least 25 federal, state, county and local law enforcement agencies will be present to promote careers in the respective agencies, a few of which are presently hiring, according to a press release from organizers. Among the agencies that will be represented are the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA); Bureau of Alcohol…

Sunday, May 5th at Brookdale Community College; NJ premiere of Karl Jenkins’s vocal composition, “The Peacemakers”

On Sunday, May 5th, Brookdale Concordia Chorale will be joined by the Concordia Youth Chorale in the NJ premiere 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 are invited to attend this free concert that is dedicated to peace. By weaving together words and texts of iconic figures like Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Mandela, Mother Teresa, Anne Frank, St. Francis of Assisi, the Persian mystic poet, Rumi…

Building the future: N.J. colleges get $1.3B for construction projects

The grants range from $101,060 for technology upgrades to classrooms at Rowan University, to $86.3 million to transform a New Jersey Institute of Technology building into a hub for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. In all, 176 higher education capital construction projects worth $1.3 billion have been approved, in what Gov. Christie called the first concerted contribution to New Jersey’s higher education infrastructure in decades. “Today, we begin a new era of opportunity for New Jersey’s colleges and universities,” the governor said in a statement tonight.

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