BRIGANTINE — Family, friends and former students surprised preschool teacher Joanne Kuchinsky on the last day of class at Sea Tots Early Learning Center on Friday. After teaching and providing day care services at Sea Tots for 27 years, Kuchinsky is retiring. Sea Tots is closing after the city decided to expand its preschool program, leaving the private center without enough students to continue. The party allowed local families and friends to thank Kuchinsky for her work helping the community.

— Amanda Auble