By Katelyn Woolford, Stockton University
May 2019 marks the 70th anniversary of Mental Health Awareness Month, a national event for fighting stigma, providing support, educating the public and advocating for policies that help people with mental illness and their families.
By Michelle Dawn Mooney, SJNtv
E. E. Cummings said, “For whatever we lose (like a you or a me) it’s always our self we find in the sea.” It’s a notion of lost and found known all too well by Lyntaga Smith.
By Bill Sprouse, Route 40 News
Abdullah Anderson Sr., who is 48, cuts hair five days a week at Omar and Abdullah’s Hair Bazaar at 1208 Atlantic Avenue. He opens his shop at six a.m. two days a week (the other three days he opens at eight), and he works until six or eight p.m. every day.
By Elinor Comlay, Route 40 News
You’d be hard pressed to say it was a thriving Main Street, but the barbershop, Mexican restaurant, pizza place, tobacco store, mini-mart and even the closed-looking gift store are all open on a short span of Atlantic City’s Ventnor Ave, between Harrisburg and Trenton. In an age of dying malls and online shopping, something is working here in the Lower Chelsea neighborhood.
By Diane Stopyra, The Press of Atlantic City
It’s the middle of the third inning, and it’s not looking good for Atlantic City High School. Absegami is leading nine to zip. A lone spectator in the visitor stands sighs into her cell phone.
“These guys can’t catch a cold out here,” she says.
By Shannon Joyce, Stockton University
“They don’t have a beach; we have a beach,” says Henrietta Shelton in a voice full of emotion as she speaks to an attentive audience at the Stockton University Atlantic City campus during a rainy April morning.
By Lynda Cohen, Breaking AC
An entrepreneur falls in love with public relations, and uses her skills to highlight the spirit of Atlantic City and the businesses who are reigniting it. A young man pushes past the stereotypes of his surroundings, and works to clear a path for other kids. An immigrant finds a new language and new strength in her adopted home, and now fights for others as a civil rights investigator.
These are among the true Stories of Atlantic City.
By Alexa Taylor, Stockton University
“I love the community, I always have,” says Katzen. “These kids like to skate, and deserve to have a place solidified for them.”
By Marissa Luca, Stockton University
“It’s important for them to know their value and what they can do,” Burroughs says, “because unless you know you can, you won’t.”