Perpetual Crisis for Perpetual Salvation The Associated Press says the likely failure of the vote to expand legal gambling to the Meadowlands might, just might, be a “boon” for Atlantic City, whose casinos have failed to save it for forty years. There was a rally yesterday. We attended it. It was a little depressing.
I Never Liked this ‘Debate’ The Sporkful podcast this week addresses the long debate over the proper name for pan-fried processed ham slices: Is it porkroll or Taylor Ham? I don’t care what you call it, but it was definitely “pork roll” at the Our Lady Star of the Sea cafeteria on California Avenue in Atlantic City, not that I ever had the money to buy one. Likewise here of course.
Whelan Talks Trump–Former Atlantic City Mayor (he taught my fifth-grade swim class at the Uptown Complex) Jim Whelan spoke to the Philly Inquirer's Amy Rosenberg about Donald Trump.The takeaway: He makes absurd, grandiose promises and never delivers. Just like now!Read the story.Philly.com
‘Debtor’s Prison!’–Anthony Kneisser is suing Burlington Township Municipal Court claiming it operates as a "debtor's prison" after Judge Dennis McInerney sentenced him to five days in jail after he said he was unable to pay a $239 littering fine for throwing a cigarette butt out his window on the New Jersey Turnpike."From the outset, Judge McInerney's motive was clear; the only thing the court was interested in that day was generating revenue," Kneisser's suit says.Read Rebecca Everett's story. NJ.com
Offshore Windfarms–An auction is being held December 15 for the rights to build a windfarm on the seafloor about 18 miles off the coast of Sandy Hook.There's a website where you can get a simulated view of the big turbines as they might look from Asbury Park at night.I think the ones here in Atlantic City are kind of adorable.NorthJersey.com
Should Home-Schooled Kids Be Allowed to Play Sports?–Hot new pub The Pine Barrens Tribune tells the story of Adam Cunard, age 14 of Tabernacle, and his struggle to play on the Seneca football team.Dr. Carol Birnbohm, Superintendent of Schools, "sped through a prepared statement" in response.“Students who are educated elsewhere than at school are not eligible to participate in LRHSD curricular, extra-curricular, or athletic programs or activities.” pinebarrenstribune.com
Strong as an Oak!–Moody's called Atlantic City's recovery plan "robust." The A.C. Press's Christian Hetrick has deets.My dictionary tells me "robust" comes from Latin robustus, meaning literally "strong as an oak!"Now, the finance people have stolen that one too.Press of Atlantic City