July 8, 2016 |
ATLANTIC CITY - Hillary Clinton wanted Missouri and Pacific Avenues, in front of the blank white tower of the now-shuttered Trump Plaza, where you can still make out the impressions left by the letters T-R-U-M-P. But in a town where casinos still hold sway, despite four closing in 2014, that idea was nixed because it would have cut off traffic and business into neighboring Caesars. Instead, Clinton settled in to take aim at her rival on the Boardwalk that helped build his brand, her podium set up on a diagonal so that another Trump remnant, a rubbed-out "TRUMP PLAZA," where lit-up marquee letters had been, was visible behind her. Donald Trump himself had sued to get his name removed in 2014 while the Plaza was in its death throes.
July 3, 2016 |
An avid scuba diver, Wendy Hamilton, 45, general manager at the newly expanded SugarHouse Casino, majored in marine biology. She imagined that one day she'd be teaching - in college, or somewhere like the all-girls' Catholic high school she attended in Bryn Mawr. So how did Hamilton end up running a major casino, one of the few women to hold that job in the nation? "My dad teases me and says it was all that exposure to Catholic bingo that put me into this," Hamilton said. Very funny.
July 2, 2016 |
A 15-year-old boy has been arrested in the carjacking of an 82-year-old woman in a Burlington County supermarket parking lot this month, New Jersey state police said Thursday. The teen, whose name is not being released because he is a juvenile, was located Tuesday in Atlantic City, where he is from, police and the county Prosecutor's Office said. He was charged with carjacking and theft, and placed in a juvenile detention center, authorities said. About 9:30 p.m. June 11, the woman was sitting in a silver 2015 Toyota RAV4 while her daughter went inside the ShopRite at 1520 Route 38 E. in Hainesport.
July 2, 2016
Two Atlantic City firefighters were arrested last week after allegedly buying fake heroin from an undercover detective, authorities said. Eric Funk, 39, and Matthew Doherty, 33, would be suspended, said the Atlantic City Fire Chief Scott Evans, who said he was unaware of the arrest until Thursday. The state police got a tip the men were buying heroin near the fire station and set up a sting. Funk was in uniform when he allegedly paid $20 for the fake heroin. Doherty, who was not in uniform, allegedly exchanged a watch for the fake heroin because he did not have enough cash.
July 2, 2016 |
ATLANTIC CITY - In a tense meeting, the Atlantic City Council voted by 5-4 Thursday night to ask the state to allow city voters to consider reducing the council's size by two at-large members, leaving six ward members and one at-large. The at-large members objected, saying the plan targeted the people who typically oppose Council President Marty Small, who initiated the plan. "I applaud the concept as far as cutting budgets," said Councilman Mo Delgado. He said the move appeared to be more about tit for tat. Councilman George Tibbitt said council members should cut their pay by $11,800 each instead.
June 30, 2016 |
ATLANTIC CITY - In bracingly wonky detail, Mayor Don Guardian took a room full of his city's residents step by step Tuesday night through the city's work-in-progress plan to right its financial ship and stave off a threatened state takeover. In a related matter, Guardian said the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority had agreed to auction many of the 450 lots it owns and on which it does not pay taxes. Millions of dollars have been kept off the tax rolls for years by the state CRDA, contributing to Atlantic City's cash crisis.
June 26, 2016 |
George D. "Bob" Pugh, 74, a former Camden police chief and director of public safety in Atlantic City, died at Fox Chase Cancer Center on Tuesday, June 21, of a heart attack following surgery. Camden Mayor Dana L. Redd said in a statement that the city and its residents "deeply mourn the loss of one of its own. " "Bobby Pugh was born in Camden, lived in the Parkside community, and led a long, distinguished policing career," she said. He became a Camden police officer in 1965, was named chief in 1988, and retired in 1996, Redd said.
June 25, 2016
KIDS Through Jan. 1, Academy of Natural Sciences , 19th and the Parkway. $17.95; $14.95 seniors; $13.95 ages 3 to 12; under 3 admitted free. 215-299-1000. Breaking news: A Tyrannosaurus rex will be roaming the vicinity of the Ben Franklin Parkway for the rest of the year. Also, a stegosaurus, gigantoraptor, bronto, and more. (We know, can't be any more of an inconvenience than the cattle-chute road construction that's been there since the late Paleozoic). This exhibit features more than a dozen life-sized, realistic, animatronic dinosaurs, plus skeletons, fossils, a dig site for young paleontologists, and, of course, dino poop (scientists call it coprolite, but we don't have to)
June 23, 2016 |
Richard Trumka, president of the national AFL-CIO, the nation's largest labor federation, spoke at the New Jersey AFL-CIO convention in Atlantic City Tuesday, praising Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and saying that GOP candidate Donald Trump "is profoundly unfit to be president. " At the convention, Charles Wowkanech and Laurel Brennan were re-elected president and secretary-treasurer by some 600 union leaders, all delegates attending the state AFL-CIO's convention.
June 22, 2016 |
ATLANTIC CITY - Atlantic City, a city with a gay mayor and a storied gay community that has long knit itself into the traditions of its beloved seaside resort, officially mourned for Orlando on Monday evening. It was at the edge of the sea that the city's mourning took place, at Iowa Avenue near the Tropicana, in a ritual common among surfers and others with lives so tied to the ocean: a casting off of a wreath, brought out by Mayor Don Guardian and lifeguards Vince Granese and Mac Mancuso, who rowed the mayor out in a boat that first rocked over high waves.