Hard Rock, ARTeriors – Thursday’s Roundup

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It’s been a while since there’s been a casino opening ceremony in Atlantic City and the Hard Rock team pulled out some stops. There was a rock star, a governor non-grata (via helicopter) and some Seminole Tribesmen, as Amy Rosenberg reported for The Philadelphia Inquirer. Then there’s the matter of who was claiming credit for reopening the casino – as Christian Hetrick reported for The Press of Atlantic City. The nearly $400 million project is set to (re)create 3,000 jobs. Now’s probably not the time to be cynical, but… Weren’t we supposed to be moving on from casino jobs? This new map shows income growth by county across the United States since 1990. Atlantic County has the second lowest growth in income in the nation (behind Cape May County). Both counties are in the nation’s bottom 20th percentile for income growth.

The Atlantic City Arts Foundation’s third iteration of ARTeriors, a project that temporarily takes over empty building space in the city with art, sculpture and performance pieces, will open at Ginsburg Bakery on Friday. We were lucky enough to get a sneak peak last week and meet some of the artists – read about it here and check out the pictures. We’re also hoping to post some video from the visit to our YouTube channel later today.

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In the rest of today’s headlines, the alleged leader of an Atlantic County drug- and gun-trafficking ring was held pending trial, Northfield taxes are set to increase by 2.9 percent, NJ Spotlight has this interesting piece on first-responders who are struggling with addiction, a 100-bed rehab complex is coming to Hammonton, read this NJ Monthly piece on hiking the Mullica River trail and there’s another #longread in The Guardian about MGM National Harbor’s efforts to work with the community in Maryland – read it, and let us know what you think. All that and more below:

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