Beach Trash, Town Hall, Early Retirement Spin – Thursday’s Roundup

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Beach Trash
New Jersey’s ocean and beach cleanup group Clean Ocean Action released its annual report and runs down the list of things the group found on beaches last year: a toilet seat, a pink flamingo, decorated Christmas trees and so much more. The next round of beach sweeps organized by the group are this Saturday, from 9 am to 12.30 pm, and here is the list of beaches where a cleanup is being organized, plus details on how you can join in.

Town Hall
Your 12-term (yes) U.S. Representative Frank LoBiondo has opted to hold meetings with individual residents, groups and organizers, as well as taking questions on radio shows and (he says) replying to Tweets (@replobiondo), instead of appearing at a town hall. So yesterday a group calling itself Cooper River Indivisible held a town hall meeting to which LoBiondo was invited, but he didn’t show up. And they tweeted to him, but he didn’t reply. Amy Rosenberg has the story.

Picture from the Bayshore Center at Bivalve, by @southjerseyadventurer on Instagram

Early Retirement Spin
State Senator Jim Whelan wants early-retirement benefits to buy out Atlantic City police and firefighters. Christian Hetrick has the details for the Press. There’s been a lot of back and forth over the cuts. It seems the state is winning some warped spin campaign here, which is that the more time we all spend talking about police and fire salaries, the less attention we’re likely to spend on the real causes of Atlantic City (and the county’s) fiscal distress: tax deals and debt. Oh, and remember the water authority? That’s still at stake. The takeover legislation gives the state power to sell or dissolve the Atlantic City Municipal Utilities Authority. As a reminder, there’s a press conference today at 1.30 in Atlantic City’s Council Chambers at City Hall to discuss the water privatization possibility.

It was a busy day on Route 40‘s site yesterday: We had a story on For Atlantic City, By Atlantic City, a new nonprofit that is planning an open-air dining extravaganza at Bader Field as a fundraiser for the Boys and Girls Club, plus news on Atlantic City’s bike loop project, and the search for a statue for Brown Memorial Park. Thanks to our sponsor, Island Vapes, and all our members for the financial support this week!

In the rest of the news from the last 24 hours, Atlantic City’s former Mayor Lorenzo Langford was fined for filing an election form 598 days late, here’s video and a writeup of the latest beautiful building to be torn down in AC, and climate change is probably making asthma worse in New Jersey. All that and more below:

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