New AC Coffee Shop, Overdose Death Charges, Tootblans, Taxes – Friday’s Roundup

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New AC Coffee Shop
There’s a new coffee shop in Atlantic City and it’s the result of a neat collaboration between Stockton University and the Rescue Mission – oh, and it’s “pay what you want”. The coffee shop, called ‘Hopeful Grounds’, will provide job training to Rescue Mission residents. It’s already proving popular with shoppers at the Rescue Mission Thrift store, Diane D’Amico reports for The Press of Atlantic City.

Overdose Death Charges
An Ocean County man accused of supplying a lethal dose of heroin to a 26-year-old from Brick Township has been charged with (among other things) strict liability drug-induced death. This charge has been rarely used, in spite of the levels of the opioid epidemic in New Jersey. This new case will follow the conviction in February of a Camden county man on the same charge.

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Did you know that one of the best-sounding baseball stats – the Tootblan – was invented by a Ventnor resident? It was news to us, too, and it’s a fun story. Route 40’s Bill Sprouse has the details.

It’s About Taxes, Stupid
USA Today took at look at Atlantic City’s past and why Hard Rock thinks it can be successful with a new casino now. It comes down to costs. Hard Rock Chairman Jim Allen said he’s not concerned about what’s happening elsewhere: the tax rates in surrounding states are much higher than Atlantic City’s. Investors will be more willing to invest in Atlantic City properties and bring more jobs to the city, he adds. “It’s Atlantic City that has a competitive advantage,” he says. “It’s a very welcoming area to do business.” What’ll happen to those 3,000 $12-an-hour jobs when the current PILOT deal for casino taxes runs out in 14 years? Lets hope the local economy has diversified by then.

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The former editor of the Gazette and Leader newspapers in Cape May, Bill Barlow, interviewed Kim Guadagno and contributed the piece to Route 40. Read the piece here and feel free to contribute back to Barlow via his PayPal. Every little bit helps us continue to report local news that matters.

In the rest of the day’s headlines appellate judges ruled pay and benefit cuts for Atlantic City’s firefighters can go forward (we’ll be writing more on this topic next week, when we’ve digested the details), a new pet health company is adding jobs near Rowan University, and the Center for Disease Control is doing a study in Atlantic County. All that and more below:

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