Powwow, Opioids, Dunes, PierAC Update – Friday’s Roundup

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Our intern Scott Yunker went to visit to the Salem County Fairgrounds the other week for the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Tribal Nation’s 38th annual powwow. Read his piece here – it’s another great look at a piece of history and culture in South Jersey that tends to get forgotten beneath the superficial layer of Wawas and casinos.

A Bog Asphodel, via @the_pine_baron on Instagram.

One of the criticisms of Governor Chris Christie’s addiction-prevention crusade this year is that his administration hasn’t done a whole lot to address one of the sources of the problem: the pharmaceutical industry. Now, however, the Record has learned that New Jersey has joined a multi-state probe into Big Pharma for its role in the opioid crisis. Separately, NJ’s Attorney General’s office has issued a subpoena to New Brunswick-based Johnson & Johnson related to opioid marketing practices at its subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals.

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Dune construction is starting at the shore and people are ranting, writes Amy Rosenberg for The Philadelphia Inquirer. The pipes have arrived and work is set to begin imminently in Ventnor, ending in early August, at which point work will start in Margate.

PierAC update: Since we wrote about how there was nothing going on at Bart Blatstein’s pier at the far end of the boardwalk, closer to Showboat, a website for the pier has been launched. It says it’s “Atlantic City’s newest destination for social gatherings, special events and water activities.” Blatstein’s other pier will host food trucks (AC’s favorite controversy) and the AC Surf School, plus live music (and we checked, there are some artists booked in July…. so maybe they will get around to clearing the ivy from the railings outside the property by then.)

In the rest of the day’s news, NJSpotlight takes a look at the pre-k expansion included in the current school-funding proposal (it would add pre-k for 2,500 kids), but the state’s budget stalemate is threatening $4 billion in transportation projects, lawmakers could legalize New Jersey firework sales, and there’s a new warning about the danger of exposure to the prescription opioid Fentanyl that’s worrying South Jersey police. All that and more below:

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