Would you like to live blocks from the ocean, with bay or Atlantic views, in an affordable but beautifully-renovated apartment? What if it were in Atlantic City? The Iron Room’s Mark Callazzo is betting that some people who work in the city – but live offshore or downbeach – might be enticed back to the city, if there were a decent housing choice for them. We took an exclusive tour around his new apartment building at 1 N. Boston Ave and interviewed him about his outlook on Atlantic City. You can watch the video and read the piece here.
Grand Ol’ Opry
On the other side of South Jersey, the Pinelands Cultural Society is gearing up for a special concert to mark the 20th anniversary of Waretown’s legendary Albert Music Hall on Jan. 7 and those that rebuilt it. You can read more about the amazing venue and its history at Philly.com here.
The Press of Atlantic City takes a look at the possible future of the former Atlantic Club casino at the southern end of the boardwalk. The owners haven’t said much beyond that the property is up for sale, so the article is mostly just academic speculation on how the place could be reused (part casino, part condos seems like the general verdict).
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The rest of the day’s headlines include some crime news from Camden, a housing issue in Medford, an Atlantic County freeholder choosing not to run for re-election and Gov. Christie’s latest comments on newspapers. You can see the details below:
Pharmacist Allegedly Filled ‘Bleached’ Drug Prescriptions–A Medford Lakes man pleaded guilty Thursday to allegedly operating a "long-running conspiracy" to distribute large amounts of oxycodone and other controlled dangerous substances, according to the U.S Attorney's Office. David Goldfield, 58, of Medford Lakes, pleaded guilty in Camden federal court before U.S. District Judge Jerome B. Simandle to conspiring to illegally distribute and dispense oxycodone and other controlled substances. NJ.com
Town At Center Of Affordable Housing Issue To Build 879 More Units: Report–A recently-approved settlement with the Fair Share Housing Center tasked with enforcing affordable housing means Mount Laurel will see nearly 900 units built. According to the Courier-Post, Mount Laurel will create 879 homes in two periods of construction and that some have already been built. NJ.com
Christie Lashes Out At newspapers: ‘Feeding Like Pigs At The Government Trough’–Gov. Christie on Thursday night blasted the newspaper industry as hypocritical for fighting a bill that would lift a state requirement that legal notices be published in newspapers. On his Ask the Governor radio show on New Jersey 101.5FM, Christie said newspapers had been "unmasked" in the legislative fight as "feeding like pigs at the government trough." Philly.com
Freeholder Marino Won’t Run For Re-Election Or State Assembly–Atlantic County Freeholder Alex Marino won’t seek re-election next November and won’t pursue a state Assembly seat either. Press of Atlantic City
3 Indicted In Fatal Shooting Of 8-Year-Old South Jersey Girl–Three people have been indicted in connection with the shooting death of an 8-year-old girl in Camden earlier this year, Camden County Prosecutor Mary Eva Colalillo and Camden County Police Chief Scott Thomson said. Tyhan Brown, 18, of Camden, was indicted for first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder and attempted murder for shooting at Amir Dixon, who was the intended target of the gunfire that killed Hill-Carter. Gloucester Township, NJ Patch
Trenton Man Sentenced to 20 Years in Cherry Hill Human Trafficking Case–A Trenton man convicted of human trafficking and promoting prostitution in Cherry Hill was sentenced Wednesday to 20 years in state prison. Brian Moore, 47, was found guilty of five counts of first-degree human trafficking and six counts of third-degree promoting prostitution in October. NJ PEN