Spoonbill, Business Bootcamps – Wednesday’s Roundup

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A strange, beautiful pink bird known to prefer southern climes has been spotted in South Jersey: at the Heislerville Wildlife Management Area in Cumberland County, to be precise. It turns out it is a roseate spoonbill and it may have come north seeking shelter from the storms, the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Jacqueline Urgo has the details.

Steel Pier’s fabulous new addition to the Atlantic City skyline – photo by Sue Rogo (@suerogo624 on Instagram).

Business Bootcamps
We had two dozen South Jersey business owners in a room last night for the first episode of our Business Bootcamps series and it was a blast. Read more about the event here – and you can buy tickets to Episode 2, with Mark Ganter of Little Water Distillery, here. (Tickets are free to Route 40 Members – become a supporting member here!) Also – why does this matter? Well, studies show that small businesses tend to pay higher wages. And South Jersey is dominated by the low-wage tourism and hospitality industry. In fact, leisure and hospitality created 40 percent of New Jersey’s jobs last year, NJ Biz reports. So we want to do something to help support small business development and boost the local economy.

Need a feel-good read this morning? Check out this story from The Inquirer about how South Jersey animal shelters are taking in dogs displaced by hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

In the rest of the headlines from this morning, Irma fragments are nearing New Jersey, read this op-ed from Clean Water Action on the New Jersey Natural Gas pipeline proposal through the Pinelands, Norcross is defending Steve Sweeney (under fire from the NJEA), here’s how Atlantic City could benefit from sports betting, read this mother’s story of how corporate greed contributed to the death of her daughter from fentanyl, skunks are stinking up Maple Shade, and Atlantic City’s Housing Authority got $250,000 to improve security. All that and more below:


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