Sea Isle City Police Chief Thomas D'Intino has a yellow brick in his office, and it means a lot to him. It is proof that he completed the grueling 6.1-mile "Yellow Brick Road" endurance course at the FBI's Quantico, Va., National Academy.
To tackle the course and earn a brick, participants climb over walls, run through creeks, scale rock faces with ropes, crawl under barbed wire in muddy water, then run more than three miles. The course, created by the U.S. Marine Corps, is named for the yellow bricks that highlight the path through a forest.
"The hardest part was when I came out of the woods. ... I looked up and saw a hill that went on forever. They call it 'Cardiac Hill,'" D'Intino, 44, said. "I got to the top and still had two-and-a-half miles to go."
It was one part of an invitation-only, 10-week training that D'Intino attended with 267 other law-enforcement professionals from the United States and 27 partner nations around the world. He returned home last month, having made friendships and contacts that will help him in his work for years, he said.
He is the first official from Sea Isle City to be invited to the academy.
D'Intino also displays a blue brick in his office, which he earned by completing the academy's 34-mile swim challenge.
A hippie in 'Hair'
Dean Maffei, a 16-year-old Vineland High School junior who got his first professional gig in a production of "A Chorus Line" at the Eagle Theatre in Ham-monton in January, has been cast as a featured dancer and hippie tribe member in "Hair," which opens at the Eagle Theatre on Friday night, he said.
"The cast of the hippies is awesome," he said, adding that he sings and dances.
Tickets are $25. Call 609-704-5012 or see theeagletheatre.com
Four win scholarships
Four local students are among just 800 outstanding black American high school seniors who have won $2,500 National Achievement Scholarships from the National Merit Scholarship Corp. The awards are based on the 2011 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, their academic records and SAT results.
Recipients are: Omolola G. Agabalogun, of Egg Harbor Township High School, studying neuroscience; Jerome File Jr., of Millville High School, studying aerospace engineering; Lydia J. McAllister, of Absegami High School and Smithville in Galloway Township, studying pathology; and David E. Salsburg, of Northfield and The Yale School in Cherry Hill, studying computer engineering.