48 Blocks, Early Retirement Bill – Thursday’s Roundup

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48 Blocks
Atlantic City is 48 blocks long and on Saturday its streets will be covered with art, as the AC Arts Foundation joins forces with Stockton University to bring a new festival to town. There will be live music, ballet, free yoga, performance art, poetry on a jitney and an AC memory-sharing project (among other things). The festival will run from 10 am and at 6 pm there will be a celebration at the Noyes Arts Garage where you’ll be able to try Little Water Distillery’s 48 Blocks vodka (50 cents from the purchase of each bottle goes back to the Arts Foundation) and the ’48’, a signature pizza made by Tony Baloney’s.
Here’s the map of art and activities for Saturday and you can read more about the project via AC Weekly:

Early Retirement Bill
Democratic Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo has proposed a bill that would reinstate an early retirement program for Atlantic City police and firefighters. An early retirement initiative was included in the state legislation that allowed it to take over Atlantic City and make changes to police and fire employment contracts, but the state’s lawyers moved to force pay cuts and other changes without offering any package. “Atlantic City’s Police and Fire Departments have made significant cuts over the past few years to bring themselves in line with the needs of the community. Additional restructuring can happen through early retirement incentives, which is why I worked to include that as a cornerstone of the intervention legislation,” said Mazzeo. More here via The Press of Atlantic City.

Need a distraction? Check out this video and piece on a fawn that likes to swim in a family pool in Freehold.

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In the rest of the news from the last 24 hours, Reuters has a long-read dig into shady online transactions that are often tied to gaming in states where internet gambling is illegal, there’s a plan afoot to boost NJ library funding with a bond issue, and nobody is tracking New Jersey’s unspent funds and maybe something should be done about it. All that and more below:


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