Howdy Roundup readers, we’re back in sunny Atlantic City after our two-week tour of her Majesty’s Commonwealth. Thank you for indulging us. We’re told we missed some casino openings.
Photo of tractor tracks in Vineland by Kate (@k.amari on Instagram)
On the Twitterbox, Jim Kennedy points out the ORC has accumulated a shocking number of “terrible” reviews already, though one I read complained that the problem was the slot machines at the ORC were the same machines they had at the Revel, which they liked (sorry “loved”) so I don’t get it.
I wonder sometimes why we build $2 billion skyscrapers for grind gamblers when a laptop and a portable toilet would effectively accomplish the same thing.
Two suspicious deaths were reported at condo in Ventnor. The Prosecutor’s Office says there’s no “apparent” danger to the public though. Not entirely reassuring.
The Asbury Park Press has a feature on why it’s “easy” to steal from youth sports leagues. “One watchdog estimates that parents spend $800 million on youth sports in New Jersey,” yet “oversight of nonprofits are so lax that it makes theft from youth sports as easy as hitting a T-ball.”
For more feats of journalism from across your region, see below:
Why It’s So Hard to Investigate NJ Police Shootings of Unarmed Suspects–A small protest took place on Sunday at a Deptford, New Jersey, Marshall’s in response to a police officer’s shooting of 36-year-old LaShanda Anderson. The protesters numbered around 40 and carried signs reading “Justice for Shanda” and “Black Lives Matter.” Anderson, a Philadelphia mother, was shot twice in the back while fleeing the scene in a vehicle last month. observer.com
Somers Point’s best friend Neil Regina will be laid to rest Tuesday–SOMERS POINT — The city lost a good friend Thursday, when Neil Regina died after a lengthy illness. He was 59. www.pressofatlanticcity.com
IS NJ READY FOR WATER-USE FEE TO FUND BILLIONS IN UPGRADES OF AGING INFRASTRUCTURE?–It has never won support in the past, but a state senator is reviving a decades-old bill that would impose a fee on water use to fund the rebuilding of New Jersey’s aging water infrastructure. www.njspotlight.com
SWEENEY: ‘RADICAL SURGERY’ ON GOVERNMENT NEEDED TO SAVE NJ–If you thought state budget talks were contentious, just wait a couple weeks until a working group organized by the Senate issues final recommendations for government reforms. nj1015.com
LAWMAKERS WANT TO BORROW $1B FOR EDUCATION ITEMS BUT LEAVE VOTERS WITH FINAL SAY–A proposed $1 billion bond question on the November ballot to fund a range of education-facility upgrades won overwhelming bipartisan support as it moved through the Legislature in recent weeks. Now, Gov. Phil Murphy must decide whether New Jersey voters should have the final say this fall. www.njspotlight.com
evelopment plans popping up on Atlantic County township agendas–With interest rates low and a positive business climate, various Atlantic County municipalities have decided designating an area “in need of redevelopment” is the best way to attract new businesses and encourage the renovation of old ones. www.pressofatlanticcity.com