February 28, 2015 |
Kevyn Orr, the restructuring expert appointed by Gov. Christie to help stabilize Atlantic City's finances, told Bloomberg News that it would be inappropriate for him to talk about whether Atlantic City was a "shoo-in" for bankruptcy. "You know, nothing is shoo-in. But first of all I'm not the principal on Atlantic City. Kevin Lavin is the principal. He is the emergency manager. I'm just a counselor, a consultant in Atlantic City," Orr said in a question-and-answer piece published Thursday.
February 27, 2015 |
STAFFORD TOWNSHIP, N.J. - Investigators said Wednesday that an explosion that leveled a house and injured a dozen people Tuesday was caused by gas from a two-inch street main on Oak Avenue that leaked into the house and was ignited by a utility flame in the basement. Minutes before the explosion, police evacuated residents of the neighborhood following reports of a heavy odor from a chemical added to natural gas. As utility workers tried to find the leak's source, the house exploded at 10:32 a.m. Among those injured were utility workers, firefighters, and emergency medical responders.
February 25, 2015 |
J AY Z'S potential love child? He's a Philly guy. Beyonce 's husband is named as the father of Philadelphia's Rymir Satterthwaite in a closed civil suit filed in New Jersey. Satterthwaite currently calls Blackwood, Camden County, home. The suit claims that Hova and Sattherthwaite's mother, Wanda , who, according to Facebook, attended Lincoln High School, became acquainted before his debut album "Reasonable Doubt" was released in 1996. Satterthwaite was born in 1993.
February 25, 2015 |
Jason Martinak has come a long way since his freshman year. And that's just on the scale. "It's the biggest jump I've ever had for a wrestler," Haddon Township coach Brian Farnham said of Martinak's progression from a 113-pounder to a 182-pounder in the course of his high school career. Martinak hasn't just gained weight. He's become a more accomplished wrestler, too. The Haddon Township senior stamped himself as a wrestler to watch at the regional level with an impressive performance at the District 28 competition at Collingswood last weekend.
February 24, 2015 |
One summer in the 1960s, when he was in his 40s, John F. Born took his family on a vacation in New England. "We came across a rail yard in Vermont, and he was struck by the mechanical beauty of the locomotives," his son Matthew recalled. "He became kind of a rail fan, and a couple of times a year, he would go on short trips and photograph railroads all over the country. " Eventually, his son said, Mr. Born became a contributor to the Triumph series of books about the former Pennsylvania Railroad published by Barnard, Roberts & Co. That was just for fun after he retired, his son said.
February 23, 2015 |
At 44 years old, Stockton University is experiencing a growth spurt. The school, known until last week as Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, has broken enrollment records four years in a row, expanded its geographic footprint into Ocean and Cape May Counties, and opened a slew of graduate programs. By fall, a new campus at the former Showboat Casino will fully open in Atlantic City and house Stockton's hospitality program and provide space for dance, music, and theater programs.
February 21, 2015 |
ATLANTIC CITY - They gave up their city cars. Or, in the words of city resident Frank "@JitneyGuy" Becktel, "HOLY C--- THEY'RE GIVING UP THEIR CARS. " Yes, the City Council of Atlantic City did what many in this turbulence-struck seaside town thought would never happen - they relinquished full-time use of city-funded cars. With Atlantic City in the dual grip of a fiscal meltdown and multiple emergency state overseers, City Council members said the time had come to park the cars back on the lot. "We're not in La-La land," said Council President Frank M. Gilliam Jr. He said the move was symbolic and wouldn't save much money.
February 20, 2015 |
In the frantic final minute, everybody in the sold-out gymnasium was on edge. Except Lamar Thomas. "I felt great all day," Atlantic City's junior guard said. "I knew we were going to win this game. I even knew it in the last minute. " Thomas backed up his positive thoughts with some productive play as Atlantic City rallied to edge Holy Spirit 54-53 in a Cape-Atlantic League American Division instant classic Wednesday night. Thomas hit a three-pointer with 44 seconds left to cut Holy Spirit's lead to 53-52, then lifted a steal and fed junior Jamir Prevard for the winning layup with 0:12 on the clock before a roof-raising crowd in Holy Spirit's gymnasium.
February 20, 2015 |
ATLANTIC CITY - Financial pressure on Atlantic City will intensify this year as taxable real estate values are expected to plummet to $7.35 billion from more than $11 billion last year. But instead of sharply raising the tax rate as the city has done in each of the last two years to keep revenues stable, the city is taking a sharper scalpel than ever to its operations, Mayor Don Guardian said Wednesday evening in his State of the City address before the City Council. "This year we have no intention of doing that," Guardian said, referring to boosting the property-tax rate.
February 16, 2015 |
ATLANTIC CITY - In what is expected to be one of the most hotly contested and expensive legislative races in the state this year, Republican Assemblyman Chris A. Brown announced his reelection campaign Saturday alongside Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian. The sprawling Second District includes Atlantic City, which is in the midst of an economic meltdown after four casinos closed last year, taking with them 8,000 jobs. The resort is desperately seeking other revenue sources to keep municipal services and city government running.