Country Music Festival Cancelled, Poverty & Race in NJ – Wednesday’s Roundup

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Country Music Festival Cancelled
The Garden State Country Music & Food Truck Festival has been cancelled due to “unforeseen circumstances” announced the organizers Jersey Boyz Productions on their Facebook page yesterday. The organizers (who also run PierAC on Atlantic City’s former Garden Pier) will offer refunds to ticket holders, the announcement said. Alternatively, ticket holders could also elect to receive a voucher for the full ticket value plus 20 percent at The Bourbon Room (formerly the House of Blues). This is new news (we think) – that Showboat will be reopening its concert space. Jersey Boyz Productions plan to start booking acts there in the fall and hope to book the lead acts from the festival, Cat Country reported.

Batsto fire tower. Photo by Robert B. Laucks of @pinelandsadventures.

Poverty & Race in NJ
A new report is proposing dozens of changes in New Jersey to address structural racism that it says is keeping blacks and Hispanics from succeeding in the state. NJ Spotlight says the report, by the Anti-Poverty Network of New Jersey,  recommends reinstating a Public Advocate to address residents’ rights to things like housing and beach access, strengthening the state’s Division of Civil Rights and requiring more data collection on race (among other things). Access part 1 and part 2 of the report via these links.

Route 40’s co-editors previously lived in Mexico City. Our two children were born there. We lived through a few earthquakes but were fortunate enough to never experience anything like yesterday’s tremor. We are struggling to deal with images of now-collapsed buildings that we walked past daily. There are many Mexicans in the South Jersey area who have friends and family in the affected Puebla, Morelos or Mexico states. There is no worse feeling than being away from home when something terrible like this happens. Give them a hug. And if you can, consider coming out to this fundraiser at the Mexico restaurant on Ventnor Ave in Atlantic City on Friday.

In the rest of the day’s news, Stockton University wants to know who’s been posting bias flyers around campus, a woman allegedly assaulted a man in Atlantic City for his (Baltimore Grill) pizza, a group of lawmakers is trying to revive manufacturing in New Jersey, there is duplication and too much competition among New Jersey’s taxpayer-supported universities, voters oppose subsidies for nuclear power plants, Camden County wants Amazon, two South Jersey towns have reduced DWIs with free uber rides, and New Jersey would lose $3.9 billion in funding under the latest proposal to repeal the Affordable Health Care Act. All that and more below:

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