February 2, 2016 |
The charges that former city elections official Renee Tartaglione engaged in an especially low form of corruption - stealing government funds entrusted to a nonprofit clinic for the poor and mentally ill - suggest a familiar pattern. The Tartagliones once ran the city elections office like a family business, using the public agency to serve their personal and political agendas. Former City Commissioners Chairwoman Marge Tartaglione hired daughter Renee as her chief deputy. When Renee's husband, Carlos Matos, got out of prison, he was put on the Democratic Party payroll.
February 1, 2016 |
Atlantic City's hardships and perhaps its tenuous hopes revolve around tourism. So it's fitting that Trenton's perplexing response to the resort's crisis can be credited to none other than New Jersey's tourist in chief, Chris Christie. Christie is not only the Garden State's governor but also, since he began running for president, a sometime visitor. You may have caught the recent whistle-stop during which he declared Atlantic City subject to a state . . . something. "You can call it what you want to call it," Christie said.
January 29, 2016
The Atlantic City International Airport was evacuated for about an hour Wednesday afternoon after a suspicious package was found. According to Sergeant First Class Gregory Williams of the New Jersey State Police, the suspicious package was reported at 3:40 p.m at the airport in Egg Harbor Township. It was not yet known where the package was found or who discovered it. Williams said the airport was immediately evacuated and the state police arson and bomb unit was sent to investigate.
January 29, 2016 |
From the outside, the unremarkable building at 2637 N. Fifth St. - Juniata Community Mental Health Clinic's headquarters - looks no different from dozens of other drab structures that line the roads in the city's poverty-stricken Fairhill neighborhood. But, federal authorities say, the building lies at the heart of a fraud worth hundreds of thousands of dollars and one that could leave yet another blemish on the reputation of a Philadelphia political dynasty. On Wednesday, prosecutors accused Renee Tartaglione - the building's owner and daughter of former city elections chief Margaret "Marge" Tartaglione, sister of State Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione (D., Phila.)
January 29, 2016 |
GROUNDHOG DAY came early for Michael "Danger" Castro when he was arrested again Wednesday for the murder of a 77-year-old man. Castro, 34, of Pemberton Township, Burlington County, had been arrested in 2013 for the Feb. 5, 2012, shooting death of John Kingsbury in rural Mullica Township, Atlantic County. Authorities contended that Castro, a Muay Thai kickboxer, had planned to rob Kingsbury's residence, which belonged to Castro's business partner, Glenn Kingsbury, the victim's son. Castro, authorities said, encountered the older man and put two bullets in John Kingsbury's head.
January 28, 2016 |
TRENTON - Back from the campaign trail, Gov. Christie announced a plan Tuesday for the state to take control of Atlantic City's finances. Christie, flanked by Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D., Gloucester) and Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian at a Statehouse news conference, said "all three of us up here agree" that greater state involvement is needed in Atlantic City, which has been rocked by casino closures. Guardian's presence in Trenton alongside Christie and Sweeney represented a détente in a high-stakes standoff that had state officials threatening a hostile takeover while city officials considered bankruptcy.
January 28, 2016
Boys' Basketball BURLINGTON COUNTY LEAGUE Bordentown 70, Burlington Township 44 CAPE-ATLANTIC LEAGUE Mainland 50, Cedar Creek 43 Atlantic City 79, Lower Cape May 40 Wildwood Catholic 85, St. Joseph 76 FRIENDS SCHOOLS LEAGUE Moorestown Friends 42, Friends Select 35 PENN-JERSEY LEAGUE New Foundations 76, Doane Academy 71 TRI-COUNTY CONFERENCE DIAMOND Woodstown 59, Schalick 54 NONLEAGUE LEAP Academy 78,...
January 26, 2016 |
SOME PEOPLE depend on the kindness of strangers. In this case, the stranger was Kindness. As cars struggled and swerved, stranded along treacherous Chestnut Hill side streets, Tony Kindness, 40, shoveled the middle of Evergreen Avenue to clear a path for a marooned Jetta. "Normally, they do a pretty good job, but for whatever reason, not today," said Kindness. "Right now, we're just trying to get this Jetta out. " As the piles of snow - nearly two feet or more in many areas - began to thaw Sunday morning, residents such as Kindness emerged to deal with the mess, digging out buried cars and hacking away at frozen sidewalks.
January 25, 2016 |
If Trenton takes over Atlantic City, Mayor Don Guardian might want to hear - and perhaps heed - the advice of his former counterpart in Camden. "I would tell him, 'Gather your residents around you, empower them, and they will help you fight,' " said Gwendolyn Faison, who vividly recalls the state's taking control of her City Hall in 2002. That eight-year takeover's most significant legacy, beyond an enduring sense of disenfranchisement, was to channel nearly $100 million in public money to development projects at major city institutions, such as Cooper University Hospital.