Poets’ Night Out

On Wednesday night at the monthly gathering of the South Jersey Poets Collective, Cole Larry Eubanks, who has been an ice-cream man on the Atlantic City beach for 24 years, at least, read an original work on immigration.

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A Guy’s Guy, Crony Capitalism Status Report, and the Closing of the Fox Manor – Thursday’s Roundup

Historically unpopular former Governor Chris Christie announced he’s putting a book out this winter called Let Me Finish, a brilliant title when you think about it, that cunningly pre-supposes the good people of New Jersey have ever had any real success getting Christie to shut the f*ck up in the first place. Longstory short: Atlantic City’s own Jitney Guy took to Twitter to ask, innocuously enough, if Atlantic City might get a mention, prompting a response from Christie’s own brother, who is an exec at Ernst & Young, who didn’t like that JG had referred to his Grace the Governor as a “guy.” “‘The guy’? You mean the 55th Governor of NJ? The Republican who won twice in a blue state?

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Small Businesses Collaborating, Innovating In County Still Mesmerized By Gaming

Atlantic County isn’t known for its small businesses or entrepreneurs. But in between the casinos and the imminent ‘opportunity zones’ that are the latest hope for kickstarting the area’s still-troubled economy, small business owners are working together to create new services and products.

Photographer Kelly Lentz earlier this year started taking pictures of Brigantine businesses and sharing them on Facebook and Instagram under the theme ‘Spotlight on Local’. Lentz started off wanting to photograph the businesses to show them the value of hiring a professional. But she found she was creating new relationships.

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Meat & Vegetables – Friday’s Roundup

Asbury-Park developer Patrick Fasano paid $919,995 for a bunch of properties owned by Gary Hill and John Schultz on St. James and New York Avenues. Fasano’s plans for this real estate have been reported (by the excellent Erin Serpico at the Press of AC) but Elinor has details on pricing, from the land records. To be honest, I heard Millennial “shipping-container-style hotel” and had a picture in my head, then I saw a picture of the food they’re serving at Bourré and it looks like meat strips, served with side meat, a mug of hot cheese and maybe some more onions and meat. Also collard greens.

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Fireworks over Fireworks, Your Taxes and More – Thursday’s Roundup

So Johnny X who owns the Ducktown Tavern said $16,000 worth of fireworks were stolen from a tent in the parking lot outside his bar/restaurant in the wee hours of July 2, which is a shame of course but hey what do you expect in that neighborhood, Lynda Cohen reports. Then surveillance footage showed boxes (the fireworks, we’re told) being kind of lazily loaded into a pickup truck by some Atlantic City police officers, and now I don’t know what to think. But the PBA President says we shouldn’t attempt to pass judgement in public. “It appears some very strong accusations have been thrown at several of our members.” “When the investigation is complete, we are sure the truth will change the tone of the rhetoric and theme to these complaints.

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Covering Controversy, Dying Malls – Wednesday’s Roundup

“Shoppers arrived Saturday morning and found what resembles a set for a movie about a suburban apocalypse,” writes The Inquirer’s Kevin Riordan about the death rattle of the Burlington Center mall, one of New Jersey’s “worst” and “saddest” failed shopping centers.

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