Talking To Trees

“We’re gonna talk to them!” says Robert Preston, Atlantic City’s interim planning director, when I ask him how the city is going to make sure 45 young trees survive planting in Uptown Park. One of the side effects of being a city that is constantly in the cross hairs of some or other developer is that the city is a sort of mausoleum to dying and dead landscaping. The buildings go up, the trees go in, the ribbon is cut, and then everyone forgets about watering the plants. There’s probably a metaphor there somewhere.

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A Weekday Night At Mr Steak

The girl in the white hijab wants to be a software engineer.

She holds a microphone and stands before a group at Mr Steak on Atlantic and Indiana Avenues. She raises her voice to be heard above the air conditioning and the chattering kids and parents packed around every table in the restaurant.

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Atlantic City’s Igloo-Dwelling Cats

Tracey is a cat lady. It’s her job, actually.

As an employee of Alley Cat Allies, she delivers food come lashing rain or sweltering heat to the dozens of cats that live under Atlantic City’s Boardwalk.

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The Students Are Coming

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.

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Trains, Fish, Boards – Tuesday’s Roundup

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.

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Comeback Story For Atlantic City Wrestler

Phillip Eisenstein was a wrestling fan as a kid. He grew up and stopped thinking about it, much. But at the end of this month, under the stage name Ike Phillips, he will take the ring at the Celebrity Theatre at The Claridge alongside a poster-full of big-name talents for the first ever Boardwalk Beatdown.

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Hispanic Renaissance?

Bert Lopez has a full-time job and is involved with more than a few chambers and charitable organizations. He isn’t sure he wants another side project. But as one of the founders of the long-dormant Hispanic Alliance of Atlantic County, he’s been under some pressure lately.

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