Revel, Healthcare Center Cuts, Camden Schools – Monday’s Roundup

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A New York-based investment firm said it increased its offer for the former Revel casino to $225 million (from $220 million), Nicholas Huba reported for The Press of Atlantic City on Friday. Property owner Glenn Straub said he hadn’t heard of the offer and it’s costing him $1 million a month to run the (closed) casino. Keating & Associates – the firm reported to have made the offer – has retained attorney Brian Callaghan, Huba reports.

Healthcare Center Cuts
Health centers that provide pediatric and adult services to some of the poorest New Jersey residents could see billions of dollars wiped from their budgets if a 2015 federal plan goes through to cut the centers’ spending. Federally Qualified Health Centers would lose about $1 in every $5 they currently receive, if the federal budget deal agreed two years ago goes through, NJ Spotlight reports. In South Jersey, healthcare centers including Atlanticare’s in Atlantic City would be affected, as well as the Southern Jersey Family Medical Centers, which serve thousands of children each year.

Yes, that’s the Atlantic City World War I memorial with a touch of Endless Summer. The design is by artist, photographer and designer Drew Dennis (also known as Listen of Art Before Crime). You can find more of his work at and follow him on Instagram @listenofabc.

Camden’s Schools
What happens when the state government takes over responsibility for something previously under local control? What’s the process for backing out? Atlantic City-watchers might want to pay close attention to Camden’s school district, under a state takeover since 2013, and where there are no plans to fast track a handover process back to local authorities, NJ Spotlight reports. Even under state oversight, school instructional programs are graded poorly and Camden schools are still far from meeting targets set under the takeover.

In the rest of the headlines from the weekend and this morning, the Hard Rock Cafe in Atlantic City is laying off all its staff, Tropical Storm Jose could bring coastal flooding to New Jersey, Gov. Christie will spend $200 million to fight the heroin epidemic, watch state assemblywoman Maria Rodriguez-Gregg (whose district includes Hammonton) call officers “f**king a**holes” when pulled over for a DWI, New Jersey Democrats met in Atlantic City, South Jersey is at the bottom of a ranking of counties where people make the most money (Cumberland, Salem and Atlantic counties are numbers 21, 20 and 18 respectively) and two people killed in a shooting in Buena over the weekend have been identified. All that and more below:

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