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July 10, 2015 | Chuck Darrow, Daily News
If you are a Master-of-the-Universe developer like Philly's Bart Blatstein, it's nothing to embark on a spur-of-the-moment jaunt to Nashville and Austin, Texas, and return from the two-night westward excursion with a crystalized concept for a long-struggling Atlantic City property you recently acquired. That, in a nutshell, is the story of T Street, the first phase of The Playground, the ocean-straddling entertainment complex that Blatstein and his partner, acclaimed casino architect Paul Steelman, believe represents a crucial step forward in Atlantic City's post-casino-industry-collapse era. It's located on the site of what was most recently the failed Pier Shops at Caesars, a mostly high-end shopping mall that was a victim of, among other things, Atlantic City's devastation from legal gambling in neighboring states.
NEWS
July 9, 2015 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
Atlantic City police fatally shot a man who stabbed another man to death inside a store Tuesday morning, authorities said. The incident occurred around 8:30 a.m. at the Cedar Market at Adriatic and Pennsylvania Avenues when police responded to a 911 call. Officers found the suspect outside and shot him during a confrontation, the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office said. It declined to provide details of that confrontation, including how many officers fired and if any had been put on administrative duty pending an investigation.
NEWS
July 5, 2015 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
In the 1920s, in Atlantic City, there were no segregated beaches in the resort town, and black residents rented bathing suits from bathhouses and waved from Miss America Parade floats like any other bathing beauties. But by 1928, influential hotel owners were pressured by wealthy white guests who did not want to "bathe side by side with colored bathers," to quote a letter on Hotel Strand letterhead, a copy of which is in the new blockbuster exhibit "Jet Black, Brown and Tan on the Beach," at the city's Arts Garage at 2200 Fairmount Ave., across from Angelo's.
NEWS
July 3, 2015 | BY MICHAEL KLEIN, Philly.com Staff Writer mklein@philly.com, 215-854-5514
ED HITZEL, 64, known for tough but fair restaurant reviews as well as an encyclopedic knowledge of the Jersey Shore restaurant and food scene, died Monday. Hitzel, who lived in Mays Landing, was stricken during dinner with friends at the Maplewood, in Hammonton, whose spaghetti he frequently raved about. His wife of 33 years, Susan, told the Press of Atlantic City that the cause was cardiac arrest. Hitzel, the Longport-raised son of an Atlantic City hotelier, rose from a copy boy in the 1970s to editing jobs at the Press , then left in the early 1990s to publish Ed Hitzel's Restaurant Magazine.
NEWS
July 3, 2015 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
In a space that looks like a warehouse in the back of a Hatboro candy shop, Sean Shanahan ignites the flame beneath a 40-year-old copper vat. Holding a long wooden paddle, Shanahan, 30, an apprentice at the family-owned Stutz Candy Co., adds a few more ingredients to his cauldron. Butter. A bit more sugar. And even more heavy cream. Then, he stirs. This is the beginning of fudge, 64 pounds of glop, churned until it bubbles. It has been the same inelegant start for that classic summer indulgence since the Stutz family started making its version in 1938.
NEWS
June 27, 2015 | By Amy S. Rosenberg and Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Staff Writers
Atlantic City is one step closer to getting a PILOT to steer it through rough economic seas. On Thursday, the New Jersey Senate passed a rescue package, including the long-awaited PILOT - Payment in Lieu of Taxes, a new casino taxation system - and other bills aimed at stabilizing the city's dire finances. The bills, stalled since December amid political wranging and an unsettled labor situation at Trump Taj Mahal, now go to Gov. Christie. The bills have been endorsed by both the casino industry and elected officials, including Mayor Don Guardian, who has said the stabilized tax system under the new PILOT was better than defending against repeated tax appeals that have put the city near bankruptcy.
BUSINESS
June 27, 2015 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - In the latest bid to strengthen Atlantic City as a shopping and entertainment destination, developer Bart Blatstein unveiled the first floor of his $50 million venture, the Playground, to an enthusiastic crowd Thursday. T Street - an urban streetscape lined with bars and live entertainment intended to resemble Music Row in Nashville - is to open to the public on Friday. The city's Who's Who of politicians, local business leaders, and prominent residents, among others, got a sneak peak at a VIP event Thursday evening.
NEWS
June 17, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
Incapable of resuscitating Atlantic City, Trenton is moving to euthanize it by legalizing casinos in North Jersey. It's a bad move for the state and especially for Atlantic City, whose dire condition is Exhibit A in the case against relying on gambling for an economic revival. Atlantic City saw four of its 12 casinos close last year. Though the downward trend was apparent for years as the city struggled with competition from casinos in Pennsylvania and other nearby states, officials were slow to take steps to diversify the resort's economy.
NEWS
June 16, 2015 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Joseph F. Tomasello, 61, of Cape May Court House, an Atlantic County sheriff's officer from 1980 to 2005, died of pancreatic cancer Tuesday, June 9, at home. Born in Hammonton, Mr. Tomasello graduated from Pleasantville High School and served in the Army in West Germany in the 1970s. He returned to duty in the New Jersey Army National Guard, where he was a supply sergeant in charge of weapons at the National Guard armory in Atlantic City, said his wife, Irene. Mr. Tomasello joined the National Guard in the late 1970s, his wife said, and retired in 2005, at the same time that he retired from the sheriff's office.
NEWS
June 14, 2015 | By Harold Brubaker and Jeff Gammage, Inquirer Staff Writers
Until the last minute, Philadelphia NAACP president Rodney Muhammad was set to denounce a developer who intends to build a casino in South Philadelphia. Muhammad was to star at a City Hall news conference Thursday to release a report on alleged racist practices by Baltimore-based Cordish Cos. He decided not to attend, he said Friday, after receiving a call from Mayor Nutter, who said they needed to talk, and a second call from national NAACP officials. Without Muhammad's presence, the news conference, organized by Jason Ortiz, a managing director with consulting firm Metropolitan Public Strategies of New York, unraveled.
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