DeWalt Brewing Company, which earlier this year secured a $1 million tax credit over 10 years to move to Atlantic City from Pennsylvania, hopes to soon begin work on its site next to the Little Water Distillery. Brewery owner Chris DeWalt said he is hoping to hold a grand opening for the site in the spring. Read more from Route 40’s interview with DeWalt.
An ‘Agreement of Sale’ was filed for the casino property formerly known as the Revel yesterday. It’s not at all clear what – if anything – it means (although it doesn’t seem to bring a reopening of the site any closer). The document was signed by Bruce Deifik, a Denver-based developer, but it wasn’t signed by any representatives for Glenn Straub’s Polo North (the Revel’s holding company). Deifik is working with the group that wanted to rebrand the property as TEN. Read Route 40’s story here.
In case you hadn’t noticed from the latest TV ads, things are getting tense in New Jersey’s second legislative district. Last week’s Stockton University poll showed LD2’s Republican candidate Chris Brown and Democrat candidate Colin Bell tied in the race for state senator and there’s been a ratcheting up of tension on the airwaves and elsewhere since.
Elsewhere in local politics, the Atlantic County Republicans are now requesting the state’s deputy attorney general investigate what they say is evidence of mail-in-ballot vote tampering. According to the letter and the ballot attached to it, an Atlantic City voter recently requested a mail-in ballot form from the Atlantic County Clerk’s Office: when he received it, it was already marked with votes cast for three Democratic candidates. Read the letter and see the ballot yourself. Also, here’s a response from the Atlantic County Clerk’s Office. And read more via the Press of Atlantic City. Also – cast your mind back to the Atlantic City Democratic primary when there was a recount after a tight race that saw Frank Gilliam win on mail-in ballots.
In the rest of the day’s news, the cash-strapped Memorial Hospital of Salem County is on “life support” lawmakers say, the bribery trial for U.S. Senator Bob Menendez is still going on, casinos “have to change everything” to assure safety and Camden County has received federal funding to help more prison inmates overcome addiction. All that and more below:
$900M South Jersey Road Project Won’t Be Done Until 2024–Has the Department of Transportation's massive $900 million Direct Connection project to improve the interchanges between Route 295, 77 and 42 hit a speed bump on the road to completion? That $900 million question was posed by a reader who asked for an update about the project, which was divided into four phases. www.nj.com
Michael Cahill Takes Over as Chief of the Ventnor Fire Department–After 24 years as a Ventnor city firefighter, 50-year-old Michael Cahill is going from the front line to an administrator, which he said will be an adjustment. www.shorenewstoday.com
Mullica Man Gets 30 Years In Prison For Murdering Wife–A Mullica man who insists he accidentally shot his wife while cleaning her gun was sentenced to 30 years in prison Tuesday. Sergio DeRosa, 59, will have to serve the entire sentence. breakingac.com
NJ Football: As Non-Publics Bludgeon Publics, Shore Conference Must Act–Remember this is the storied Brick football program we’re talking about here. The one with 14 NJSIAA sectional titles, including seven won on the field, the last of which came in 2013. www.app.com
Rowan Celebrates $100 Million Gift That Changed its Course 25 Years Ago–Rowan University is honoring the 25th anniversary of the $100 million donation to then-Glassboro State College from the Rowan family with a new webpage and video. In 1992, Henry and Betty Rowan made history when they gave the college $100 million, prompting the renaming of the post-secondary institution in Gloucester County. www.pressofatlanticcity.com
The Evolution of the Miss’d America Pageant–Rich Helfant remembers the first year of the Miss’d America pageant, when the winner was awarded a Burger King paper crown and given a bouquet of dead roses wrapped in The Press of Atlantic City’s help wanted ads. He recalls another year early on when winner Chunky Marinara fell through the runway. www.pressofatlanticcity.com
TSA Awards US$19m Private Screening Contract at Atlantic City International Airport–The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has selected VMD Systems Integrators as the private screening contractor for Atlantic City International Airport (ACY) under the agency’s Screening Partnership Program (SPP). The contract - just shy of $20 million - is for security screening services for both passenger checkpoint and checked baggage operations. www.passengerterminaltoday.com
Two Atlantic City Men Arrested In EHT With Guns, Brass Knuckles–Two Atlantic City men were arrested this weekend after police found two weapons and drugs during a car stop in Egg Harbor Township. Officer Jonathan Nieves stopped the car near the Inn of the Dove in the township’s Cardiff section, Lt. Robert Gray. breakingac.com