Fentanyl, Renewable Energy, No South Jersey Amazon HQ – Monday’s Roundup

An arrest was made in connection to last week’s 14 overdoses from Fentanyl-laced heroin in Camden, NJTV reports. “One individual we saved was able to provide us info which gave us the ability to go back and find the individual distributing these packets of fentanyl-laced heroin and place him under arrest,” Scott Thomson, chief of Camden County Police Department, told NJTV.

Mapping AC Overdoses, Casino Numbers – Friday’s Roundup

Atlantic City’s casinos had a good September and the seven remaining properties recorded 4.1 percent higher monthly revenue than the eight properties (including the soon-to-shutter Taj Mahal) in September last year. For the year through September, however, revenue for all the casinos was up just 2.3 percent.

Pinelands Mining, AC Firefighters, McMansions – Thursday’s Roundup

The Pinelands Commission’s Comprehensive Management Plan trumps local land-use laws and mining is not permitted in Pinelands “forest areas”, a state appellate court found yesterday. NJSpotlight reports that the court rejected a mining project that had been approved by a local planning board in Jackson Township.

One-Sided Debate

Colin Bell, the candidate for the Second Legislative District in the New Jersey State Senate, stood by himself on the stage last night at what was supposed to be a debate at Dante Hall in Atlantic City, after his opponent, Chris Brown, cancelled yesterday morning.

Elections, Mold in School – Tuesday’s Roundup

‘Tis the season of elections (again), although based on our conversations with people for the Voting Block project, there’s a whole lot of apathy around the governor’s race in particular. Still, there’s a gubernatorial debate tonight and NJSpotlight has prepared everything you ever needed to know about the candidates, plus an interactive map of local races and a searchable campaign finance database.

CRDA Land Auction, Recovery High – Monday’s Roundup

There is $100,000 up for grabs for a South Jersey high school to develop a plan for a “recovery high school program” that would team up with a substance abuse treatment center to help high school students with abuse disorders. The money has been set aside specifically for New Jersey’s eight southern counties, as part of Gov. Chris Christie’s $200 million anti-opioid campaign.

Drug-Maker Suits, School Consolidation, Seafood Club – Friday’s Roundup

“Nothing short of evil,” was how New Jersey’s attorney general on Thursday described the conduct of a drug manufacturer that makes a powerful fentanyl painkiller spray. Finally, drug companies are being scrutinized as the opioid epidemic spreads and overdose deaths from supposedly tightly-controlled opioids such as fentanyl are rising.

Support a Food Charity And Eat Delicious Fresh, Local Fish

Sublime Seafood Company, tucked away in the corner of the Produce Junction plaza on Tilton Road in Egg Harbor Township, does an amazing fish taco. It’s also run by a guy with a heart, who is on a mission to get more people in the community to eat better food. Sublime’s owner and chef, Charles Soreth, is pitching the Sublime Seafood Club, which he hopes will both give back to a good foodie cause and get people to eat fresh fish regularly. The 12-week program will give participants two dinner-sized portions of a responsibly-sourced fish each week, plus a recipe and information on the fish. The cost is $220 (that works out to $18.33 a week) and the proceeds go to the Community FoodBank of New Jersey.

AC Brewery, Revel, County Politicking – Wednesday’s Roundup

In case you hadn’t noticed from the latest TV ads, things are getting tense in New Jersey’s second legislative district. Last week’s Stockton University poll showed LD2’s Republican candidate Chris Brown and Democrat candidate Colin Bell tied in the race for state senator and there’s been a ratcheting up of tension on the airwaves and elsewhere since.

Straub’s Revel in Sights of Lessee TEN, Denver-Based Developer

Glenn Straub’s Polo North agreed to sell the casino property known as the Revel to a group of developers that had been leasing the property and trying to reopen it as TEN. The purchasing entity is backed by Bruce Deifik, founder and president of Denver-based developer Integrated Properties.

Tax-Exempt Redevelopment, Cumberland County Jail Suicides – Tuesday’s Roundup

Camden’s redevelopment is often touted as a blueprint for Atlantic City, so it’s worth paying attention to. The Inquirer’s Kevin Riordan recently took a tour along Cooper Street in Camden to look at the results of urban renewal projects that have revived and restored older buildings, and connect the street with newer building projects around the town.

Grapes, Amazon, Kids Health Insurance – Monday’s Roundup

The Philadelphia Inquirer has a neat feature about South Jersey viticulture, featuring interviews with Atlantic County vineyard-owner Larry Coia and others about the increased demand for their grapes. Coia, who farms and harvests but does not make wine, and other local vineyard owners say there are a lot of problems to harvesting grapes in the area but there is a good demand for quality grapes for wine.