Pinelands Firebreaks, AC Mayor, Galloway Meetinghouse, Atlantic County Shakeup? – Monday’s Roundup

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Pinelands Firebreaks
There are miles and miles of wide (more than six feet) firebreaks in the pinelands, often built and maintained by local residents as well as paid contractors. But the Pinelands Commission is considering a change to its Comprehensive Management Plan that would require a permit for the construction and maintenance of any firebreak wider than six feet. Some concerned residents spoke with Jacqueline Urgo of The Inquirer.

Yes, he’s looking at you. Photo by @hollyferetphoto on Instagram (toad spotted in Bridgeton).

AC Mayor
The next mayor of Atlantic City, Frank Gilliam, stands to benefit from a turnaround begun under outgoing Mayor Don Guardian, writes Wayne Parry for the Associate Press. Mayor Gilliam will also inherit the city’s lingering troubles: a weighty debt load, high unemployment and a stalled development project at Bader Field. Brigid Harrison, a political science professor at Montclair State University, said continuing Mayor Guardian’s work to diversify AC’s economic base will be key to further strengthening the city and region.

Galloway Meetinghouse
Dozens gathered this weekend at a newly-restored 189-year-old Quaker meetinghouse in Galloway Township, reports The Press of Atlantic City’s Jack Tomczuk. The meetinghouse was originally built in Salem County and had a stint in Historic Smithville before the Atlantic City Area Friends Meeting moved it to its current location, next to a more modern meetinghouse on Pitney road.

Atlantic County Freeholder Board Shakeup?
The Atlantic County board of elections is meeting today to count hundreds of provisional ballots that could lead to more change for the county freeholders’ board. After votes were counted last week, the Dem. candidate for freeholder-at-large Thelma Witherspoon is just 285 votes behind incumbent Rep. John Risley. “If she is able to defeat Risley, the freeholder board will be comprised of five Republicans and four Democrats, a drastic change in the board’s makeup. The last time there was more than one Democrat on the board was in 2015, when Ernest Coursey and Colin Bell were both in office,” wrote John DeRosier for The Atlantic City Press.

In the rest of the headlines from the weekend and this morning, the downward spiral of the $21-million Camden baseball stadium built on taxpayers’ backs, teachers expressed disinterest in politics at the Atlantic City convention last week, New Jersey has started a pilot program that will reduce in-home triggers for children with chronic asthma, Affordable Health Care signups are surging in the Philadelphia area, this summer’s cancelled Wildwood and Atlantic City beach concerts were the result of poor communication and how does new-to-NJ convenience store chain Royal Farms stack up against Wawa? All that and more below:

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