Healthcare Skirmish – Kind Of
Local residents from Burlington and Ocean Counties visited Rep. Tom MacArthur’s office in Marlton yesterday to deliver a letter. MacArthur, whose amendment to repeal the Affordable Care Act almost passed earlier this year, has yet to come out in favor of or against the latest Republican effort to repeal the legislation known as Obamacare but residents in his district are taking no chances, The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. The residents were expecting a skirmish, but they wound up reading out loud their letter opposing the ACA repeal and handing it over to a MacArthur staffer, then moving on.
Meanwhile, over in District 2, Rep. Frank LoBiondo says he is supporting efforts to safeguard budget funding for local healthcare centers that provide services to some of the area’s poorest residents. Rep. LoBiondo has not yet made a public statement on the Senate’s efforts to roll back the ACA, although he has voted against previous repeal bills.
The Ventnor end of the boardwalk briefly turned into a truck lane in the early hours of yesterday morning after an 18-wheel tractor-trailer, under the influence of nothing more sinister than a GPS, turned onto the beachside boards. It took almost four hours and the removal of railings before the truck could drive off the boardwalk. Ventnor City officials are checking to see whether any structural damage was done, SNJ Today reports.
In the rest of the day’s news, the Hard Rock Casino is embroiled in a lawsuit with a former Taj Mahal strip club, a new brewery will open in Egg Harbor Township this fall, local Mexican communities are coming together to help quake victims, an Atlantic City native was sworn in yesterday as the alternate student trustee on Stockton University’s Board of Trustees, Christie doesn’t want you to know exactly how he’s funding his $200 million anti-opioid-addiction push, and read this feature on how a South Jersey veteran is helping officials find the 300,000 war dead missing for four decades in Vietnam. All that and more below:
Across the Philly Region Communities Come Together For Mexico’s Quake Victims–Inside the offices for the Mexican Consulate in Philadelphia, the emotions of the staff grew as television images showed collapsed buildings, rescue workers in chaos, and tearful families looking for relatives lost in the ruins of the 7.1 earthquake in central Mexico. www.philly.com
Toms River Mayor: Our Cops Don’t Show Favoritism to Jews–A letter township police sent to Toms River's Jewish community last week urging residents to inform police if they were going away for the Jewish New Year was not meant to show favoritism to Jewish homeowners, Mayor Thomas Kelaher said Tuesday. www.app.com
Three-Car Crash In Egg Harbor Township–Egg Harbor Township police are investigating a three-car crash that happened Wednesday afternoon. The crash occurred at English Creek Avenue near the Black Horse Pike, according to police. breakingac.com
Lower Township Cuts Ribbon on Bike Path Expansion–It was a celebration for cyclists when County Freeholder Jeffrey L Pierson and Lower Township Mayor Erik Simonsen cut the ribbon on the new bike path expansion that connects Lower and Middle townships. Cyclists are now able to take the completed bike path from the Cape May-Lewes Ferry terminal, take the Cold Spring Bike Path to the Middle Township Bike Path and ride north all the way to the Cape May County Park and Zoo. www.capemaycountyherald.com
Atlantic City Has to Repay More Than $38 Million in Deferred Payments–After settling more than $100 million in casino tax appeals this year, the city now has to turn its attention to repaying $38 million in health benefits and pension payments it delayed making. Those repayments were due in 2015, but with the city on the verge of financial collapse, it delayed paying more than $20 million in group health-insurance payments and $18 million in state pension payments. www.pressofatlanticcity.com
Atlantic City Dads Take Their Children to School–In an effort to push parental involvement in the educational process — particularly with fathers — the city joined Tuesday with the national Dads Take Your Child to School Day. “I think it would be beneficial for the fathers to take an active role and just become and continue to remain present in their families’ lives during their educational journey,” said Nicole Williams, Atlantic City’s Title I coordinator who helped put together the program. www.pressofatlanticcity.com
Christian Rockers in South Jersey for Drug Prevention Benefit Concert– For area residents who enjoy listening to the glorious, uplifting and spiritually healing sounds of Christian music, there’s a special treat for you. On Thursday, September 28, three well-known and revered Christian music artists—Dez Childs, Tyrus Morgan and Unspoken—will be performing at the New Life World Outreach Church in Millville. www.snjtoday.com
No Payday: South Jersey Company Bounces Dozens of Paychecks–Few people expect a check from their employer to bounce, but that is exactly what happened to dozens of employees at Cherry Hill-based Telepoint Communications. The company, which offers call center and other e-commerce services, allegedly issued up to 20 handwritten paychecks that could not be deposited or cashed at any bank. www.nbcphiladelphia.com
Jose Brings Beach Erosion, Flooding to South Jersey–Watch this video of beach erosion and flooding along the South Jersey coast after Jose passed northward out to sea. www.msn.com