Atlantic City’s Second Wind Farm In Holding Pattern

An offshore wind farm planned for Atlantic City’s coast is still waiting for approval. The wind farm would be the city’s second since a pioneering onshore project in 2005 started five turbines spinning to power a county wastewater treatment plant.
Gov. Phil Murphy in January signed an executive order designed to incentivize further the development of offshore wind farms in New Jersey, but companies interested in building an offshore wind farm are waiting to hear who will be allowed to do so. The rules have yet to move on from the desk of the state’s Board of Public Utilities.

‘Best Barber in the World’

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.

Where The American Dreamers Work

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 the 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.

Breathe, It’s After School

Laurie Egrie is walking down the hallway of Sovereign Avenue School carrying a cardboard box filled with odd little balls and popsicle sticks with notelets stuck to them, and she’s wedged an easel-sized writing pad under one arm. The corridor is half dark. School let out 15 minutes ago.

Who Are You Calling a Contractor? – Tuesday’s Roundup

eorge Norcross has lawyered up – or his company, Conner Strong & Buckelew has – to tell us all that the task force investigating recent EDA credits and grants (many of which went to Norcross-related companies) was “unlawfully constituted” the Inquirer reports. NJ Spotlight reports the lawyers also say the process is “tainted” and political retribution.

Autism Rates, Recovery Coaches, Wrongful Convictions – Friday’s Roundup

Autism Rates A report published by the Centers for Disease Control said one out of every 23 4-year-old boys in New Jersey is diagnosed with autism, and New Jersey preschool children have the highest autism rates ever recorded in the U.S . The study looked at autism rates across seven states. Recovery Coaches The Press has a cool story about a group of recovery coaches who are working to “fill in the gaps of substance abuse treatment and outreach” in Atlantic City, as Colt Shaw puts it. The Recovery Force of Atlantic County is looking to get office space above St. Mike’s Church.

Casino Workers, Wawa Day – Thursday’s Roundup

Local 54 head Bob McDevitt went before the Casino Control Commission yesterday to talk about the hedge funds and private equity funds that have been buying up big stakes in casino companies, and every other company in god’s green America for that matter, and the threat they pose to local wage-earners.

Unpopular Politicians, Bike Paths etc. – Wednesday’s Roundup

Matt Friedman at Politico has an amazing story on “phantom candidates” in Camden County, an old practice where people who aren’t interested in holding office filed to run for election just to make the ballot more confusing and protect incumbents, in this case the Norcross Dem machine.

Bruce Deifik, George Gilmore, Greyhound Tickets – Tuesday’s Roundup

Everybody reports the news that Bruce Deifik, the former owner of the casino formerly known as the Revel, died in a car crash in Denver on Sunday.

Deifik bought the casino in early 2018 but lost it to a hedge fund this year. He was scheduled to go before casino regulators tomorrow over allegations of sexual harassment from employees at the casino, Amy Rosenberg reports.