Stockton Bust Saga
Stockton University has formed a volunteer committee of faculty, administrators, students and instructors to “thoughtfully and objectively” curate an exhibit – and an eventual curriculum – that will discuss the university’s slave-owning namesake’s history and legacy. University President Harvey Kesselman said the debate about removing a bust of Richard Stockton from the library had been going on for several years, prior to its removal last week amid nationwide protests over controversial historical figures, reports Jacqueline Urgo for The Philadelphia Inquirer. “It has created the opportunity to engage in a discussion of the man, his role in American history, and how we might better remember him today,” Kesselman said.
Atlantic City received four responses from a request-for-proposals to purchase and redevelop the 143-acre former airstrip known as Bader Field, the Press of Atlantic City’s Erin Serpico reports. One of the bids was from the current owner of the Long Island Ducks minor league baseball team (Frank Boulton, who is also a former owner of Bader Field’s Surf Stadium). Glenn Straub (owner of the casino formerly known as Revel) was another bidder with a proposal to revive the airstrip at Bader Field. Two other proposals came from companies in Ocean and Monmouth counties.
Remember last summer when there were days when it looked like there were Caribbean or Mediterranean waters off of South Jersey, because a blue-green algae was changing the water color? Now the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection has a strategy for responding to Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB), reports Waldy Diez for the Press. The algae can produce toxins that are harmful to the health of people and animals and anyone who sees a bloom is encouraged to call a new hotline and check out the DEP’s new HAB website.
In the rest of the headlines from the last 24 hours, there are two storms forming in the Atlantic that could reach the coast, Christie called Texas lawmakers against Sandy aid “hypocrites”, Atlantic County Democrats will meet on Sept. 5 to name a replacement for state Senator Jim Whelan, Craig Coughlin is moving closer to winning out over Vincent Prieto in a battle for NJ’s Assembly Speaker, kids throwing rocks at cars on the AC Expressway around Winslow injured two people, and Costco is coming to Cherry Hill. All that and more below: