Online Gaming Story, Jewish Farmers – Tuesday’s Roundup

The Brigantine local who won the World Series of Poker on Sunday attributed his success to practice on New Jersey’s legal online gaming sites. “Two weeks ago, I was just a New Jersey online grinder and nothing’s really changed,” Scott Blumstein, a 25-year-old with an accounting degree from Philadelphia’s Temple University, told reporters (the Associated Press).

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Singles, Beach Water Testing, Airbnb – Monday’s Roundup

Atlantic City ranks higher than Nashville, New Orleans, San Diego and a whole lot of other destination cities in a new Travel & Leisure magazine survey of the best cities and towns for singles. Kudos to PhillyVoice for picking up on this and noting that the magazine also credited AC with being “a favorite destination for girlfriend getaways.”

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Last Week’s Roundup Podcast

Too little time to read our weekday emails? Or stuck in shore traffic and looking to catch up on the local news? Now you can download and find our Route 40 Roundups summarized in a weekly podcast format by our fantastic intern Steve Harrison. Subscribe via iTunes, Soundcloud or your favorite podcast platform.

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Beach Spreading, Foreclosures, Atlantic City Crust – Thursday’s Roundup

We’ve all been on the beach next to the group that just – you know – keeps spreading. Chairs, towels. Maybe tents, and even tables have been witnessed. Amy Rosenberg covers the phenomenon of beach spreading in Sea Isle, where she encountered “a stretch of beach dotted with 6-by-6 portable cabanas, 10 by 10 canopies, half-moon baby tents, folding end-tables, a 12-by-12 canopy, wading pools, rafts the size of a twin bed and other elements of these elaborate compounds.”

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The Crust View of Atlantic City

“Maybe if people see what’s going on to our f*cking beautiful home, they’ll want to do something about it,” says Erik Klemetti, at the start of an Atlantic City documentary he and friends from the @AtlanticCityCrust Instagram feed have put together. It’s a 40-minute mashup of videos Klemetti and the Crust crew filmed in Atlantic City, including interviews with all of your favorite AC characters. And in amid the chaos and confusion there are some wise words spoken about the Queen of Resorts. We’ve written about Klemetti before. Earlier this year, he set up a GoFundMe page to help out Alex, who was sleeping rough behind an Atlantic City gas station for more than a decade.

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Pinelands, NJ Startups, Oxycodone – Wednesday’s Roundup

A proposal before the New Jersey legislature could weaken conflict-of-interest laws would make it easier for Pinelands Commission members to vote on issues in which they have a direct and indirect financial interest, Joe Hernandez reports for Newsworks. There are currently two major gas pipeline proposals at different stages of play in the 1-million-acre Pinelands and numerous other development plans come before the commission.

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Margate, South Jersey Perceptions – Monday’s Roundup

Margate public workers’ brand-name prescription costs quadrupled to a whopping $3.5 million in 2015 and the municipality has received a subpoena seeking more information on certain prescriptions, NBC 10’s Ted Greenberg reported on Friday. Margate Mayor Michael Becker said the city receives limited updates on prescription costs but was unaware of the scale of the increase that year.

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Route 40 Roundup Podcast – Test Run

Route 40 intern Steve Harrison put together this podcast on July 9, based on a roundup of last week’s roundups. We’re testing a podcast out to learn how it works and to see whether some of our readers might be interested in also being listeners. Please get in touch if you have comments, suggestions or any feedback at all.

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COPS Hiring, NJ Welfare, Water – Friday’s Roundup

A U.S. Department of Justice program that paid for police officers in South Jersey and elsewhere could be cut under a new U.S. House bill, Route Fifty reports. Three new officers in Hamilton Township were hired under the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program last year. Other South Jersey police forces including in Asbury Park and Camden would also be affected if the cuts go through.

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