Suburbs! Diversity! Fall Has Fallen – Monday’s Roundup

Happy Monday, Route 40 Roundup Readers! Hope you had a good weekend! And what a busy weekend it was on the world-famous Atlantic City Boardwalk. On Saturday, they had a longboard competition in front of Showboat and the old Revel casino, and the waves seemed super. The BW also hosted Vagabike VI, a scenic beachfront fund-raising ride organized by Vagabond restaurant.

Rent Too D*amn High – Wednesday’s Roundup

A bill that would let the state buy up foreclosed homes and turn them into affordable housing was passed 4-0 by the Senate Economic Growth Committee Monday, meaning it moves on now to the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee. Versions of this bill have been passed in the…*searches thesaurus* past but were always vetoed by Chris Christie, who was a famous softball player.

Rumors, Holtec Madness – Monday’s Roundup

There’s absolutely no truth to the rumor that a needle-exchange is coming to the old Dorset Avenue Wawa in Ventnor. File that along with the thing about Lucy the Elephant migrating to AC under: Rumors I First Heard When They Were Being Debunked. I’m badly informed!

CRDA, Prescription Probe, Innovation! – Friday’s Roundup

Do you want to know what local officials said about the CRDA audit? David Danzis of the Press of AC will tell you. Not to spoil things, but I get the impression they’re comfortable going forward, business as usual. Another young entrepreneur from Margate has pled guilty in the prescription-drug scheme, after admitting to receiving $179,370 in “gross proceeds” and being ordered to pay $2,092,791 in restitution. Atlantic City and Atlantic County were both winners of $100,000 (each) Innovation Challenge Grants from the New Jersey Economic Development Authority.

Cabeza Explosiva – Thursday’s Roundup

The CEO of Holtec told reporter Anjalee Khemlani it’s hard to find the help these days, since there isn’t a culture of work in Camden.

“They can’t stand getting up in the morning and coming to work every single day.” Am I crazy or is the guy whose company got $260 million in tax incentives suggesting African-Americans inner-city persons poor persons get too much stuff from the government?  It’s enough to make your head explode.

Atlantic City’s Igloo-Dwelling Cats

Tracey is a cat lady. It’s her job, actually.

As an employee of Alley Cat Allies, she delivers food come lashing rain or sweltering heat to the dozens of cats that live under Atlantic City’s Boardwalk.

Millennials aren’t Migratory? – Tuesday’s Roundup

Millennials aren’t Migratory? A report from New Jersey Policy Perspective says Millennials are not leaving the state at high rates relative to previous generations, and levels have been stable since the 1980s. “We also found that New Jersey millennials aren’t leaving the state at any more a frequency than millennials in New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and those around us,” Cliff Zukin, a professor at Rutgers, said. Flooding! Boy there was a lot of water in town the other night!

Nature Rears its Windy Head – Monday’s Roundup

Happy Rosh Hashana to everyone out there celebrating. Hope you enjoy wind and rain. I kind of do, but then, we don’t have central air in the Route 40 newsroom/house, so I’m just glad the heatwave has broken. Controversial, I realize. This weekend’s storms put a tiny damper on the A.C. Seafood Festival, prompting Jon Henderson, the guy behind the event, to take to Facebook.

Tax Men, Sex Abuse and Drivers Licenses For The Undocumented – Friday’s Roundup

A bill sponsored by Vince Mazzeo would set up a countywide tax assessment program to replace the system we have now, where municipalities do their assessing on their own. It has the support of a committee made up of mayors John Armstrong (Absecon), Jesse Tweedle (P’ville) and Sonny McCullough (EHT) who went around the state last year looking at how different counties did their assessments.

Schools, Schools, Schools! – Tuesday’s Roundup assembled a handy list of the school districts with the highest median teacher salary, and Ocean City, Brigantine, Margate and Atlantic City are all in the top ten. Our teachers are gd heroes and we should pay them even more.