July 21, 2017

Pink Tips, Galloway Water, Historic Demolition, Revel – Friday’s Roundup

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Into the Pines, via @mckinnonerario on Instagram.

Into the Pines, via @mckinnonerario on Instagram.

Pink Tips
Bar staff that worked the Pink beach concert last week told Philadelphia Magazine they believe thousands of dollars in tips went missing. Some say they saw representatives from the company that contracted the bar staff taking money from the tip jars. It seems like there was a lot of confusion over who was doing what at the event. A concession company called Prince Catering was hired to run food and drinks, but could not get a liquor license. So it hired another company called Golden Gate Food to contract staff and run the bar. A representative from Golden Gate told the magazine that the staff were an “unprofessional” bunch. Meanwhile, we understand from Facebook that Local 54 bartenders who have previously worked the beach concerts were frustrated to be shut out from the event… Get in touch if you have a beach concert bar story to tell us!

Galloway Water
Galloway Township could get 14 new drinking-water wells as part of a superfund site cleanup project by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Groundwater in the area is contaminated around Emmell’s Septic Landfill, where septic waste and sewage sludge was dumped in the 1960s and 1970s, along with illegal chemical waste. The new proposal is a modification of an original 2008 cleanup plan. SNJ Today has the story and news on a public meeting to discuss the project on August 3. More details via the EPA press release here.

Historic Demolition
Remember earlier this year when one of South Jersey’s revolutionary-war era homes was demolished for a highway construction project (in spite of having a last-minute stay from a judge?) Now, the Camden County Historical Society is suing the New Jersey Department of Transport, the U.S. Department of Transport and the Federal Highway Authority over the demolition, claiming the NJDOT unilaterally declared the house ineligible for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places and citing violations of the Historic Preservation Act. All the details with Kevin Riordan for The Philadelphia Inquirer.

We reported yesterday that a lien on the Revel was discharged. The lien was filed in May by lawyers for the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, over around $64,000 in unpaid Special Improvement District assessments. Talk continues about a possible sale of the still-closed casino property.

In the rest of the day’s news, a 1,000-acre fire in Wharton State Park is spreading smoke across the region, this Mays Landing under-eight softball team is trying to raise money to go to the softball world series in Florida, a New Jersey-wide medical patients database will soon be rolled out, the Atlantic City lifeguard classic (including Cape May County beach patrols) on Friday will take place on Chelsea Ave beach this year because of Stockton-related construction at Albany Ave, another Salem County township has banned smoking outdoors, there’s a new federal flood insurance program that’s learning lessons from Sandy, two brothers drowned in a Vineland quarry this week, and the heat will peak today (thunderstorms over the weekend). All that and more below:

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