Atlantic City kids will one day – in the not-too-distant-future – have a jazz school complete with a recording studio, thanks to the efforts of the people behind the Chicken Bone Beach concerts. A house on Indiana avenue was donated to the group and they are fundraising for the costs needed to renovate the property. Maxwell Reil has the details for The Press of Atlantic City.
About Those Taxes
If you live in Atlantic County and you’re worried about your tax bill, you might want to take a look at this: the most expensive hotel sold in 2016 was Atlantic City’s Borgata. (Heads up – that’s a paywall link). If you can remember way back to last year, Borgata was still fighting Atlantic City over its valuation and how much it should pay in taxes. The state stepped in with the PILOT agreement, which fixed a rate for all casino properties. Everyone has been fighting ever since, pretty much, about who gets how much of those PILOT payments. Borgata, in negotiations with the state’s lawyers, agreed to settle its outstanding claims against the city for overpaid taxes. The state then turned around and said the county would get a smaller share of the casinos’ taxes than county executive Dennis Levinson had agreed with the city’s mayor. Read Geoff Rosenberger on the same topic here.
Chipmunk, via @lkriggin on Instagram.
Harry’s Oyster Bar and Seafood is holding a job fair today at 11 am at the Bally’s Casino Traymore A Room. They are looking for: food servers, server assistants, hosts/hostesses, bartenders, bar porters, cooks and more, and will hold interviews at the fair. More details on their Facebook event page here.
In the rest of the news from the weekend and this morning, read how a motorcycle club helps kids in Atlantic City, a look at the future of closed retail stores in South Jersey and LoBiondo is still opposed to offshore drilling. All that and more below:
Local Mental Health Agencies Remain a Lifeline for Many–Roberta Franchetti didn’t know what to do when her adult daughter started hearing voices and hallucinating, so she resorted to books on mental and psychiatric illnesses.
Through educating herself about local resources, Franchetti was able to get help for her daughter and support for herself from local mental health agencies. Press of Atlantic City
NJ Medical Marijuana Experts Want to Expand Program for More Access–If Eileen Konieczny knew 20 years ago what she knows now about marijuana’s benefits for cancer patients, she would have made sure her mother, dying of pancreatic cancer, got some even when it was illegal in New Jersey, she said.
“All she wanted was for food to taste good,” Konieczny said, pausing to catch her breath. “That’s all this woman wanted.” Press of Atlantic City
Powerboat Rally to Return to Atlantic City Next Month–The New Jersey Performance Powerboat Club has announced the dates for its popular Powerboat Rally to Atlantic City on June 16 and 17. The 2017 edition of the event is being held in the honor and memory of longtime NJPPC member Tom Healey, who passed away unexpectedly in late 2016. Boating Magazine
2 Killed In Head-On Fatal Crash In South Jersey–Two people were killed late Friday afternoon in a head-on crash in New Jersey, according to police.
The accident happened at 4.24 pm on Friday, when the Hamilton Township Police Department (Mays Landing area) responded to Millville Avenue (Route 552) for the report of a motor vehicle crash, police said. patch.com
Traffic Problems Exacerbated by Construction–Some would liken driving in the Garden State to any number of unpleasant things: a migraine, getting a tooth pulled or being forced to watch a “Keeping up with the Kardashians” marathon.
Of course, driving around South Jersey has its headaches, although most of us see relief between Labor Day and Memorial Day, as the number of cars on the roads declines drastically. Press of Atlantic City
EHC Coalition Hosts Health Fair– For chiropractor Brian Pauling, the Coalition for a Safe Community Health Fair, gave him a chance Saturday to chat about spine health with people he would not normally see. The group’s goal is to mobilize the community into action and work toward ending violence in Atlantic County. Press of Atlantic City
Communicating Effectively with Municipal Leaders Free Workshop to Be Held May 11–The Sustainable Jersey Hub of Atlantic Cape May Counties is offering a free workshop on communication strategies on Thursday, May 11 from 6-8 pm at the Ocean City Library. Dr. Mary Nikola, Director of Organization & Leadership Development for the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences at Rutgers University will share her insight on using key skills and best practices that can help citizen volunteers get heard, and turn challenges into opportunities for collaboration. Cape May County Herald
Longport Point Revetment Project Could Delay Dune Construction Till Fall–According to borough engineer Richard Carter, the Longport Point revetment project, which is currently out to bid, could delay beachfill and dune construction in the lower portions of Absecon Island, possibly until after Labor Day.
The state Department of Environmental Protection is seeking bids for reconstruction and damage repairs to the 11th Avenue terminal groin and Atlantic Avenue jetty. Shore News Today