Back in June, Dimitrios Patlias and Tonya Smith of Egg Harbor City were driving through West Virginia when they were pulled over by a state trooper who–after accusing them of smuggling cigarettes among other heinous crimes–let them off with a warning for failing to drive in their lane–but not before he seized more than $10,000 through the exciting process known as civil forfeiture.
In Atlantic City’s Lower Chelsea neighborhood, in the blocks around the new Stockton University campus, things are starting to change. Ocean City donut-and-coffee shop Drip n’ Scoop is moving in (at Ventnor and Bartram Aves). Directly across the street it seems as if something is going on behind the boards that shield the burnt-out shell of A&B Market (the city moved to foreclose on the owners of the property earlier this year). And at the corner of Raleigh Ave, a contractor working for an Egg Harbor Township-based dentist has painstakingly renovated the interior of a three-story building and reworked the surrounding stone steps and courtyard. The new outpost of Atlantic Smiles is coming soon, a sign says.
Phil Murphy is scheduled to make an appearance at the former “Xanadu” property, now the “American Dream” mall up off the NJ Turnpike, with generous state support. “That’ll be the fifth NJ governor (McGreevey, Codey, Corzine, Christie Murphy) waiting for this thing to open.”
So many stories in the neighborhood! I thought this was supposed to be a slow news week. The Press of AC’s Nicole Leonard has two great feats of journalism: One on the recent spike in methamphetamine in South Jersey, often overlooked because of opioids. The other is a profile of the drug court and Judge Sandson. Meanwhile, the Root Beer Barrel in Brigantine is closing for good after Labor Day and the incomparable Kevin Riordan has a profile on the shop John Garbries opened in 1974.
So much football in the neighborhood! Glory Days has features on the upcoming Holy Spirit and Pleasantville seasons, and the Press of AC has a picture of Leo Hamlett, in front of a leaf-strewn yard, for its feature on the Atlantic City Vikings. It looks like something out of Friday Night Lights (the picture). How that TV show didn’t get better ratings I’ll never understand.
Chief Riggin of the Pleasantville Police Department is asking for support to install ShotSpotter gunfire sensors around the city, which cost money. There’s a question on the ballot in November, and they’re having an Information Session at the middle school September 10.
Two Atlantic City beaches are under an advisory for bacteria levels. On Air Show day too… Seth Grossman said the KKK was never “active” in New Jersey, or something, and told a guy at an NAACP event his “history was fake” and he’d been “brainwashed with every Hollywood movie, every media thing, the crap they’re teaching in schools,” etc. for thinking otherwise. “Remember, the KKK was dead after the Civil War.”
A few weeks ago, Seth told me the KKK was a backlash to rising Black wealth in the 1920s, so he can’t even keep his fake history straight.
Nor’Easter Nick displayed his surprisingly extensive railroad knowledge yesterday in pointed questioning of NJ Transit Executive Director Kevin Corbett, in town to do damage control since they’re shutting the AC to Philly line for the next however many months. Corbett says the trains will be back in the New Year, but Nick points out that the executive director has also said that NJTransit is unlikely to complete the work needed by that date.
The Ventnor Twin movie theater will reopen next spring (yep, as a movie theater), Nanette LoBiondo of Downbeach.com reports. The new owners also run the Harbor Square Theater in Stone Harbor, so they (hopefully) know what they’re getting in to.