A project to create a walkable, bikeable space on Tennessee Avenue in Atlantic City that will be home to a beer hall, coffee shop, yoga studio and chocolate bar is on track to launch this Fall. We interviewed one of the developers at the site last week to catch up on the project – read the story here.
Could Atlantic City’s arts district (around Ducktown) soon be getting some new space? The Parish of Saint Monica is working to reopen the old St. Michael’s School on Mississippi Avenue (it’s been closed for 30 years). “I want to bring some life back to it. We want the parish … to be a part of the (city’s) arts corridor,” Rev. Jon Thomas told The Press of Atlantic City’s Vincent Jackson. Rev. Thomas and the St. Michael’s Church Preservation Society hope to refurbish the rooms and former school offices for use by the church, the parish, the city and the neighborhood, he added.
In the rest of the morning’s headlines, Atlantic City also received a subpoena for workers’ prescription details and Ventnor is mum on subpoenas but “cooperating” with the FBI (separately, Harry Hurley reported from a source that the FBI was rounding up suspects), the new EHT Walmart opens tomorrow, you can now gamble on fantasy sports at Resorts, Pink has better taste in AC/Philly food than Ed Sheeran, if you have a bit of time today you’ll want to read this feature on Margate’s Marven Gardens, and New Jersey is ranked dead last of all states in terms of its fiscal health. All that and more below:
Midget Wrestling Returns to Atlantic City for 2nd Round–The city's biggest little event returns this Saturday as six pint-sized wrestlers will battle it out to become Atlantic City's Midget Wrestling Champion.
Sponsored by Good Time Tricycle Productions and the Micro Wrestling Federation, the second annual Knee High Knuckle Buster Midget Wrestling Championship will take place at Ducktown Tavern's outdoor "Back Duck" Arena. NJ.com
As Heat and Humidity Build this Week, Just How Hot Will it Get?–Temperatures for the summer so far are running about two degrees warmer than average. For vacationers or those hoping for warm, dry and cooperative weather for outdoor plans, the summer has been a generally nice one overall. Press of Atlantic City
Legislating Against Blacklisting to Help Tenants Find Better Housing–Yanira Cortes hits play and her phone displays a video of the wood-floored hallway of her Newark apartment. After a few seconds, a large brown rat scurries across the floor from one corner of the hall into an open doorway. www.njspotlight.com
Brothers Write Book to Remember High Times of Tennis in Millville–South Jersey is home to many things: Miss America, blueberry farms, sparkling beaches. Most towns boast something special in their rich histories, but what you might not know is that Millville sprouted many great tennis players. Press of Atlantic City
Former Student Exhibits for First Time with Teacher, Displaying ‘Happy Paintings’ in Stone Harbor–When Sarah Becktel was 3, she was no different from other young girls who loved to play dress up, except rather than dress like a princess or a movie star, Becktel would dress up as an artist, complete with a smock and beret. And while, back then, she wasn’t quite sure what being an artist truly meant, somehow she knew she was destined to become one. Press of Atlantic City
Bacharach Brings Back Ability Fair to Stockton University–Bacharach Institute for Rehabilitation will host its third Ability Fair at the Stockton University Campus Center on July 26, featuring vendors, technology and services aimed at improving the lives of those with physical and learning disabilities. Experts and business leaders at the free event will answer questions and showcase products such as wheelchairs, ramps, home remodeling aids, accessibility features for cars and assistance devices. Press of Atlantic City
Drowning Deaths Stress Importance of Precautions–This weekend’s tragedy was the third child drowning in South Jersey this month. Experts say preventing drowning deaths is possible, but you have to be aware of the steps to take. www.snjtoday.com
Norcross: Link Minimum Wage to Must-Pass Priorities Like Debt Limit or Tax Cuts–Democrats in Congress should demand action to raise the minimum wage if Republican leaders need their votes to pass bills to keep the government open, cut corporate taxes or increase the debt limit, Rep. Donald Norcross said Monday.
The second-term Democrat from Camden County and former labor leader also said that while he is willing to support some of President Donald Trump's policies, such as a major infrastructure program, he is fighting Trump's immigration crackdown, partly because his daughter-in-law was an undocumented "dreamer" faced with deportation. North Jersey
Heart of Surfing Offers Youngsters with Special Needs Chance to Surf–On Saturday, July 15th, officials from the Margate Fire Department and Heart of Surfing hosted a fun event to give children and young adults with special needs a chance to learn how to surf. Longport and Margate Patrol lifeguards made special appearances to help donate four new surfboards to the Heart of Surfing organization so they can continue to provide these types of activities to those in need. www.snjtoday.com