Controlled Burns, Cherry Hill JCC Threat, Casino News, AC Takeover News – Tuesday’s Roundup

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Controlled Burns
With wet weather forecast for the second half of the week, South Jersey forestry teams have stepped up prescribed burn efforts to clear the dead twigs and brush that feed wildfires, NJ 101.5 reports. There’s a chance you might smell the burns today, even though they are not in Atlantic County. Meanwhile, Wednesday is set to bring record temperatures AND thunderstorms.

Cherry Hill JCC Threat
The Katz JCC in Cherry Hill received a telephoned bomb threat yesterday, amid a wave of threats made to Jewish Community Centers around the country. The threats were unfounded, reported The Margate Katz JCC through Monday had not received any threat.

Casino News
In the weird world of Atlantic City, the fact closed casinos can be more newsworthy than open ones was proved yesterday by two breaking Press of Atlantic City stories. Firstly, Christian Hetrick reported that the Revel – or TEN – owner Glenn Straub has no intention  this quarter of making his Payment In Lieu Of Taxes (PILOT), even though he did pay $5.2 million last year on the closed building. This time, he is in a fight with the Casino Control Commission over licensing. He said, “We’ve been shut down now for three years. As an abandoned building, we want the value of an abandoned building, not the value of a casino hotel.” Meanwhile, at the other end of the boardwalk, Nicholas Huba reports that Trump Entertainment Resorts is considering knocking down Trump Plaza and the Holiday Inn. I can’t tell whether I’d rather see a gap there on the boardwalk or the currently-abandoned building. What do you think? Let us know.

AC Takeover News
In more news from Atlantic City, the city’s firefighters will be in court this afternoon, facing the state’s lawyers, in their effort to prevent more layoffs. You can read that story here, via The Press. Yesterday, Democratic candidate for governor Phil Murphy repeated that he is not a fan of the takeover. The takeover countdown is on, but it looks like it’s going to be a long 10 months for the city.

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In the rest of today’s news, read how new farmland assessments show that ‘fake farmers’ are still getting tax breaks, a humpback whale was found dead in a river in Cumberland County, and the Cherry Hill guy who beat back the red-light cameras is now on a mission to change South Jersey school spending. All that and more below.

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