November 30, 2014 |
An Atlantic City firefighter fell through the floor of an abandoned rowhouse, and two others were injured, as they rescued a woman from a two-alarm blaze less than an hour after their Thanksgiving meal Thursday. The blaze ignited around 6:55 p.m. on a block of abandoned rowhouses, the windows and doors covered with plywood, along Lighthouse Court. Investigators are calling the blaze suspicious - there was no working electricity or heat in the home that could have caused it. When firefighters arrived at the home, they had to rip off plywood and cut it with a saw, Atlantic City Fire Chief Dennis J. Brooks said Friday.
November 27, 2014 |
Municipal bondholders owed $118.9 million are at the center of a dispute that is threatening the sale of Atlantic City's bankrupt Revel Casino Hotel. But two New Jersey companies, whose joint venture built and operates Revel's utility plant and owes the $118.9 million, could suffer significant collateral damage if efforts this week to salvage the sale are unsuccessful. The two partners each have $20 million in equity at stake in ACR Energy Partners L.L.C., the plant that chills water for Revel's air-conditioning, provides hot water, and distributes electricity to the 47-story tower.
November 25, 2014 |
ATLANTIC CITY - This town has always had its bosses. Its political Nuckys, Haps, and Sonnys, its corporate Steves and Donalds, its gangster Nickys and Joeys. But is the Boardwalk Empire ready for a new emperor? One with unilateral power to sideline the city's Republican mayor and Democratic council, throw out municipal labor contracts, sell off assets, slash spending, and privatize city departments? Jon F. Hanson, powerful two-time author of how-to-save-Atlantic-City reports delivered to Gov. Christie, is proposing exactly that - an emergency manager with "extraordinary supervisory powers" to stabilize a cratering city where casinos have closed and debt and taxes have skyrocketed.
November 24, 2014 |
Pennsylvania's gambling board approved the state's lucky 13th casino last week amid a glut that has much of the betting business folding fast. The chosen casino will go by the oddly emphatic name "Live!" - almost as if to tempt fortune and the marketplace to kill it. Despite hesitating to approve Philadelphia's second slots emporium, the ironically dubbed Gaming Control Board recovered from that bout of good sense and rejoined what the New York Times called a "frenzy" of regional casino construction.
November 21, 2014
THANK YOU to the 700-plus people who showed up at Stella Maris Hall to make their feelings clearly known about the very negative prospect of a casino at 10th and Packer. The meeting was hugely united in opposition to a local casino despite some intimidation and a few "planted" speakers who were in attendance to arouse discord against the community leaders who have devoted their time and energy from day one to fight this deadly project. We apologize to everyone who reported feeling intimidated - however, we purposely chose not to limit the audience or the speakers, feeling that an open meeting was more transparent and honest.
November 21, 2014
ISSUE | SCHOOLS Seeking the middle As a parent of two children in Cheltenham schools, I share the concerns expressed about Superintendent Natalie Thomas, but I am more disturbed by the depiction of our schools ("Storm over Cheltenham schools chief," Nov. 16). Cheltenham reflects the two public education systems in this country: one that excels, another that struggles. According to the state's performance profile, Cheltenham compares favorably to nearby districts. Students graduate at similar rates, excel on Advanced Placement exams, and do well on the SATs.
November 21, 2014 |
Anthony Racobaldo nearly went out for cross-country. In the summer before his senior year at Williamstown, Racobaldo was trying to decide on a third sport. He has been a standout wrestler and baseball player. He wanted to play something else in the fall. "We have a 'Triple-Threat Award,' " Racobaldo said of a Williamstown honor that is bestowed on a three-sport senior athlete. "I wanted to try for that. I was thinking about cross-country, because I already run a lot for wrestling.
November 19, 2014
AFTER NEARLY two years of extensive analysis and review, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board appears set to announce the winning applicant for Philadelphia's second casino license. This is welcome news for those of us in the construction and broader business communities. Philadelphia needs and deserves a second casino. In just the past three years, our four regional casinos have returned more than $1.5 billion in tax revenue to the state and more than $141 million in tax revenue to their local and county governments.
November 19, 2014 |
ATLANTIC CITY - Superior Court Judge Julio Mendez ruled Monday against Charlie Birnbaum, a piano tuner fighting to keep his family home near the former Revel casino from being seized by the state casino redevelopment authority. In a 27-page opinion issued Monday evening, Mendez said the state's enactment of the Tourism District Act is "the legislative declaration of a legitimate public purpose" that would justify the seizure of property by eminent domain. "The fundamental public purpose contained in this legislation is to promote tourism, to create and protect jobs in Atlantic City, and to assist the ailing gaming industry," Mendez wrote.