A Tale of Two Drug Clinics
Pleasantville Mayor Jesse Tweedle fought hard to stop a drug-treatment clinic from coming to his city, but he said he’s heard few complaints since it opened almost a year ago. Meanwhile, as Camden officials move forward on plans to relocate a methadone clinic from the heart of the city’s downtown to a semi-industrial section of Bergen Square about a mile away, the proposal has been met with anger from those who live and work nearby. The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Allison Steele takes a look at both projects.
New Jersey is enjoying a small uptick in sheep farming and the biggest sheep farm in South Jersey is in a surprising location: Moorestown, surrounded by luxury homes. The owners of Little Hooves farm lease some of their land from Burlington County under a farmland preservation project, and the business keeps going thanks in part to the area’s ethnic diversity and demand for lamb from muslim and orthodox communities. The well-heeled neighbors don’t mind the sheep because they’re less smelly than cows, the owners say. The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Jan Hefler took a look and wrote this piece on Friday.
Hank Flynn of Fox 29 went to the Knock Out Opioid Abuse Town Hall event at Stockton last week and talked with Atlantic City Crust King’s Erik Fischetti about the link between prescription opioids and heroin abuse, as well as the financial incentive for pharmaceutical companies to manufacture powerful painkillers. The video piece includes a run down of the town hall event and talks to some other Atlantic City residents about their addiction stories. Watch and read the story here.
In the rest of the news from the weekend and this morning, dry conditions mean the wildfire season is starting a little earlier, James Cooper, founding partner of law firm Cooper Levenson, died on Saturday, and the holdout Margate homeowners have dropped their suit over the dunes. All that and more below:
Humans a Main Enemy of Local Endangered Species–It’s amazing what human disturbances can do to wildlife - even a trip to a beach can alter an animal’s habitat. Here in South Jersey, certain endangered and threatened species are in despairing conditions, and local refuges and organizations are working to avoid disturbances for these animals. Press of Atlantic City
Atlantic City Police Get New Biking Equipment for Patrols from Tanger Outlets–The Atlantic City Police Department unveiled new bicycle equipment it received Friday from the Tanger Outlets. Press of Atlantic City
CRDA to Vote on Master Plan Amendments–The Casino Reinvestment Development Authority board of directors is expected to vote on a plan Tuesday to streamline the regulatory process and spur economic development. Press of Atlantic City
Farmers Markets Returning to Atlantic City this Summer–A pair of farmers markets will return to the resort in June, organizer Mark Bolner said. One will be open Thursdays at Center City Park, North Carolina and Atlantic avenues, the other will be Sundays near the Boardwalk at Bartram Avenue. Press of Atlantic City
Absecon Lighthouse Wants Stories About the Inlet–If you grew up or lived in Atlantic City’s Inlet section, the people involved with Absecon Lighthouse want to hear your stories. Press of Atlantic City
South Jersey Teen Badly Hurt After Being Accidentally Shot by Friend, Cops Say– A 19-year-old from South Jersey is in critical condition after being accidentally shot by his friend in an Atlantic City parking deck Thursday night, authorities said. The friend, Joseph Crouch, 20, of Alton, Ill. was arrested after throwing the gun out of the car while he and a third person drove the victim to the hospital, Atlantic City police said Friday. NJ.com
Body Found at Marina Identified as Missing South Jersey Man–Jonathan "Jay Jay" Thompson Jr. of Salem was last seen by his family on March 20, authorities said. NJ.com
South Jersey’s Largest Sheep Farm Isn’t Where You Think It Is–In the middle of a fast-developing town known for its desirable zip code is a sheep farm believed to be the largest in South Jersey – and you wouldn't know it's there. Little Hooves farm in Moorestown is where a flock of 300 sheep and lambs thrive mostly out of sight, inside three sprawling dairy barns that decades ago held cows. Philly.com