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School Districts Demand Guenther and ACIT Cease Expansion Plans.

Atlantic County Institute of Technology, ACIT, causing an uproar again. Sending school districts not happy with Superintendent Phil Guenther’s plans to expand the ACIT with little input from surrounding districts. The Greater Egg Harbor Regional High School District wants Guenther and ACIT to “immediately cease” plans to expand. ACIT Superintendent Phil Guenther is accused of …

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Guenther and Brigantine School Board Blasted for Low Test Scores

The two Brigantine public schools will soon be consolidated into one. Pre-k through 8. It’s about time. And what about test scores and teacher performance? Is it a money thing? It already costs taxpayers $28,000 per student for Brigantine schooling. Brigantine is one of the very few ‘Title 1’ school districts in NJ. That’s out …

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Brigantine’s Phil Guenther Considered Weak Candidate for NJ Assembly

Former Mayor of Brigantine, Phil Guenther wants to be a NJ Assemblyman. Opponents cite Guenther’s poor track record of fiscal management as one major hurdle he’ll have to overcome. As supervisor of ACIT, Guenther is facing accusations that he’s in conflict with his full time, school job. Much like former Congressman Frank Lobiondo, Guenther sees …

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Brigantine’s Guenther & Simpson: Jersey Devils Crane Not Our Problem

A 22-ton crane once used by Jersey Devils Marine Construction has sat unused for almost a year. Last week, the barge it was sitting on, looked to be sinking in the back bay waters of Brigantine Boulevard. The DEP says the equipment is not leaking now. It does not present an environmental problem. Last week, …

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Taking Back Brigantine. Step by Step Guide by Albert Zini

Brigantine homeowners, especially those who invested heavily in secondary vacation homes, have been stepping up their inquiries into a variety of questionable City Hall financial activity. For over 15 years, Brigantine has been consistently identified as having some of the worst record keeping & financial accounting of any small town along the South Jersey shore….and …

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Guenther & Simpson OK Brigantine Dune Destruction by Homeowners

“I see no harm” says Brigantine Councilman Andy Simpson. Mayor Guenther and Vince Sera concur. They all voted YES to allow Brigantine dune destruction by select homeowners. Oddly, Brigantine Democrats did little to share this information with local taxpayers. The Brigantine Republican majority adopted the dune destruction / maintenance ordinance. They call it “dune maintenance”. Others …

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Simpson & Guenther OK Brigantine Homeowners Carving Back Dune System

A handful of select Brigantine homeowners will soon be allowed to cut and modify portions of the dune system. Is this for the good of all Brigantine homeowners? Or is this controversial dune manipulation, purely a way for political insiders to enhance their beachfront properties? Simpson & Guenther OK Brigantine Homeowners Carving Back Dune System …

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Audit Reveals Brigantine Homeowners Over-Taxed. $6.3 Million Slush Fund.

A tiny Brigantine tax cut right before an election. A smooth move after 3 years of over-taxation. A recent financial review of Brigantine tax monies reveal that homeowners were indeed, over-taxed. Citizen audit reveals Brigantine homeowners over-taxed for past 3 years. A $6.3 million slush fund. That’s what some are calling Brigantine’s massive ‘general fund’. …

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Bloated Brigantine School District Forcing Sea Tots To Close.

Sea Tots in Brigantine, the city’s popular, early childhood learning center is days away from closing. It’s been a family favorite for 27 years. Owner Joanne Kuchinsky has been providing daycare services from the very beginning. She also teaches preschool classes at Sea-Tots, daily from 7:30 a. to 5:30 p. Kuchinsky is being force to …

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Brigantine Teachers: 6th Highest Paid in New Jersey

It’s been reported by NJ.com that Brigantine has the 6th highest paid teachers in New Jersey. This comes on the heels of news revealed last week, that the Brigantine School District may have received pre-school funding using an error-prone application. Note: the term ‘median’ means half of the teachers get paid higher, the other half …

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Spot Zoning Spin Zone. More Affordable Housing Coming To Brigantine?

Brigantine City Council adopted four ordinances on Aug. 15 that will likely bring 3 new areas of affordable housing to the city. The actions are mandatory, stemming from a settlement between Brigantine and the Fair Share Housing Center, an org that supports housing rights of low-income, NJ citizens. 3 Brigantine Neighborhoods Spot Zoned for Affordable …

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Sera & Simpson Accused of Brigantine School Funding Scam, Plan to Shutter Popular Sea-Tots?

BrigantineNOW learned of another, sad story of Brigantine Green Head Politics in action. The following post comes from comments posted here on Sept 4, 2018. Here are some excerpts, lightly edited for clarity: Hello, my name is William Kuchinsky. My wife Joanne and I own Sea Tot’s Early learning Center. Sea Tot’s has been in …

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After 26 Years As Brigantine Mayor, Guenther Senses Change. Will Not Run Again.

After 26 years, the Mayor of Brigantine, Phil Guenther is stepping down. Why exactly, is Guenther not running for another 4 year term? Many questions remain. With Guenther exiting, will voters finally institute term limits for it’s elected officials? Especially the position of Mayor? Guenther is insanely popular among full-time Brigantine residents. Part-time residents do not …

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Brigantine Still Handing Out Longevity Pay, 4 Years After Voting to Stop It.

Time to once again point the finger at Brigantine’s City Manager Stinson. According to the BTA, Brigantine Taxpayers Association, it looks like Mr. Stinson didn’t get the memo. Brigantine longevity pay was phased out in 2013, but Stinson is still doling out the cash. Longevity pay is bonus money for public employees that simply show …

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Mayor Guenther Ignores Law Regarding Public Union Contracts

BRIGANTINE TAXPAYERS ASSOCIATION called out Mayor Phil Guenther in the local papers this week. BTA president Anne Philips asks: Why is Brigantine City Council keeping taxpayers in the dark about public union contracts? A new police contract, to replace the one which expired on 12/31/16, is being negotiated. The two parties are the City of …

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