Public Safety Rally, Monopoly Board Properties, Peaches – Friday’s Roundup

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Public Safety Rally
There will be a rally today at noon in the Atlantic City Hall lobby, to highlight the impact the state’s cuts are having on the city’s police and fire department and how, with peak tourism season around the corner, the new status quo is rather bleak. Christian Hetrick of The Press of Atlantic City reported yesterday that the state has dialed back – a tad – from its police pay-cut project (which went into effect Wednesday) to make a special exception for AC Police Officer Josh Vadell who was shot in the head last year. The police department, unsurprisingly, was unimpressed: On Twitter, PBA Local 24 criticized the state’s statement, Hetrick wrote. “Oh ok so each officer that gets shot going forward will we just have to sue to get this same ‘determination.’ Thanks,” the tweet said.

Monopoly Board Properties
NJ.Com has revisited an old favorite activity in these parts, with a piece looking at Here’s What Property on the Monopoly Streets of Atlantic City Sells for Today. Two comments: One, the piece was written by a staff photographer who must have come down back when the weather was great, which definitely helped. Yes, there’s a lot of blight in the city but this listicle also shows off properties that you have probably driven past 100 times and never looked twice at. Two, I swear all the city needs is a faster rail line to Philly with more frequent trains. There really are people like us around that would love to live in some of those places.

The warm-cold whammy of the last couple of weeks had some speculating it could damage the peach crop in New Jersey, but it seems like the delicate fruits are, well, just peachy, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. No word on the similarly delicate blueberry crops – the state’s Department of Environmental Protection and Department of Agriculture last week gave farmers permission to use open burns and smudge pots to protect the plants as they flower.

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In the rest of the headlines from the last 24 hours, the Ocean City school district now has an opioid antidote policy, there’s a circus in Egg Harbor Township and, in case you missed it, read this “New Jersey Blockbuster” on Sweeney and Norcross’ bustup with an ally. All that and more below:

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