Pinelands Blazes and Shopping Local Rebates – Tuesday’s Roundup

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There are several forest fires burning in Atlantic County’s Pinelands and more than 200 acres of Wharton State Forest have already been wiped out as 30-mph wind gusts are hindering efforts to contain the blaze. No roads or buildings are threatened but the windy conditions are challenging firefighters’ efforts to control the flames. The Press of Atlantic City reports that firefighters believe they should have the fires under control later today.
Would you spend more in local stores if you could get money off your property tax bill in return? Haddonfield is the latest South Jersey town to try such a program, but as our NJ News Commons colleague Matt Skoufalos reports at NJ Pen, it is not as straight-forward as it first sounds and high upfront costs for business owners have hamstrung a wider rollout of the ‘Shop Local’ program.

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The rest of what we’re reading today includes the latest on how much taxpayers are spending on Christie’s legal defense, news on Thanksgiving meal charity efforts and an update on the Hard Rock Cafe’s progress since the Taj Mahal casino closed:

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