Pizza Taxes, Pleasantville Voting Block, Animal Welfare – Wednesday’s Roundup

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Pizza Taxes
What is it about Ocean City pizza joints? With Manco & Manco’s Charles Bangle finally sentenced to jail for evading almost $92,000 in taxes, another Ocean City Boardwalk pizza-store owner on Monday pleaded guilty to cheating the government out of $85,000 in taxes. John Gaeta, 54, of Cherry Hill, admitted trying to conceal his ownership of Big Slice Pizza and failing to report $683,999 in taxable income in 2012 and 2013, Joseph Gambardello writes for  The Inquirer.

Pleasantville Voting Block
Earlier this month we sat in on a dinner-time conversation at a home in Pleasantville, as part of the collaborative reporting project Voting Block NJ. The goal was to talk about issues that matter to the community in the run up to next month’s gubernatorial election. Attendees talked about voter apathy, marijuana legalization, and jobs, among other issues. Read more here and subscribe to our Route 40 podcast (on all podcast platforms) to listen to the conversation.

Photo taken by Lisa McLaughlin (@lisagalee on Instagram) at Whitesbog Preservation Trust.

Animal Welfare
New Jersey’s SPCA is failing to investigate animal cruelty and spending exorbitant amounts on legal fees, guns, ammunition and cars (among other things), according to a new state report. The SPCA is now under the oversight of an outside monitor after the State Commission of Investigation found multiple serious problems and deficiencies had not been corrected since a similar report in 2000. Read more via The Inquirer.

In the rest of the day’s news, Sweeney’s attempt to keep his seat in a battle with NJEA-backed Rep. candidate Fran Grenier is smashing campaign spending records, a father and son taken to hospital on Wednesday after a Pleasantville house fire, Tuesday’s four-vehicle crash on Route 40 in Mays Landing has resulted in a DWI charge for one driver (whose license was already suspended), South Jersey (particularly Cape May County) is getting more ‘extreme-heat’ days which increase certain health risks, and not in South Jersey, but interesting: why some cities are buying trailer parks.  All that and more below:


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