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October 17, 2013 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - Guarding stunning women didn't come cheap for this struggling resort. Making sure the 53 Miss America contestants were safe and sound cost more than a quarter of a million dollars just in police overtime during the nearly two weeks they were shuttled around town last month. The total overtime tab for police, fire, and emergency management security for the City of Atlantic City to put on Miss America, from the time the contestants arrived Sept. 3 to the lead-up to the big parade and pageant weekend on Sept.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 8, 2013 | By Molly Eichel
FORMER 'NSYNC -ER Joey Fatone hit Atlantic City this weekend to check out the Boardwalk Rodeo for his show "My Family Recipe Rocks," on the Live Well Network. Thankfully, bucking broncos aren't on the menu. Instead, Fatone wanted to highlight Jersey in ways that it isn't known for, like judging the DO AC Smokin' Hot Atlantic City BBQ Championship. "There are other things besides boardwalks and casinos," Fatone said. The crazy part of his off-the-boardwalk-path exploration of N.J.?
NEWS
September 20, 2013 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, Inquirer Staff Writer
The fire that devastated four blocks of the boardwalk in Seaside Park and Seaside Heights last week, which officials say was caused by electrical wiring likely damaged by Hurricane Sandy, had other Shore towns concerned Wednesday. Atlantic City's top fire official said that while the city had inspected buildings along its boardwalk in the storm's immediate aftermath, "after this fire in Seaside, we're thinking of doing another round of those [public-service announcements]. " Chief Dennis J. Brooks said: "We went out and inspected most of the buildings because things like this can happen when electrical wires come in contact with salt water.
NEWS
September 20, 2013 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
EVEN KEVIN DURANT, one of the NBA's best free-throw shooters, would have a hard time winning his own Oklahoma City Thunder jersey by shooting hoops on the Wildwood boardwalk. The rims aren't exactly circular, the balls are overinflated and seagulls often block your line of vision. And if that's not bad enough, federal authorities say, shooters lucky enough to sink shots at games operated by two Atlantic County brothers have been rewarded with knock-off jerseys. According to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Newark, Brett Strothers, 32, of Egg Harbor Township, and Evan Strothers, 28, of Mays Landing, are accused of buying 16,700 counterfeit NBA and NFL jerseys from two men, Joseph Cuozzo, an American living in Thailand, and Haresh Aildasani, an Indian citizen living and manufacturing the fake jerseys in China.
NEWS
September 19, 2013 | By Matt Katz, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
Gov. Christie's plan to redirect $15 million in federal Sandy aid to another tragedy - the fire last week on the Seaside boardwalk - is vague on eligibility requirements, and is drawing criticism from both the left and the right. Officials on Tuesday attributed the blaze to old and faulty electric wiring - under a building that housed a custard stand and a candy shop - that was exposed to sand and saltwater during the storm surge. But Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph Coronato said officials "will never know" if Sandy actually caused the fire.
NEWS
September 19, 2013 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, Inquirer Staff Writer
TOMS RIVER, N.J. - Nearly a year after Sandy ravaged the Jersey Shore, investigators said Tuesday its severe flooding may have compromised belowground electrical wiring and equipment in a building that housed a frozen custard stand and candy store, and sparked a fire that destroyed four blocks of the boardwalk in Seaside Park and Seaside Heights. Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato said 27 investigators from federal, state, and county agencies had worked more than 40 hours in the four days since the fire to conclude a criminal investigation that determined that Thursday's blaze, which gutted as many as 50 businesses, was accidental.
NEWS
September 17, 2013 | By Sandy Bauers, Inquirer Staff Writer
In the early hours of Sunday, the fire that devastated the boardwalk connecting Seaside Park and Seaside Heights at the Jersey Shore suddenly flared up again. Firefighters arrived shortly after the flare-up was noticed about 2:20 a.m., according to the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office. They extinguished the flames, which were in a debris pile at the southern end of the boardwalk behind the Sawmill Bar. Then they drenched the entire area with water to ensure against more flare-ups.
NEWS
September 16, 2013 | By Chris Palmer and Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writers
SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J. - With the southern tip of the boardwalk still smoldering after Thursday's raging fire, Gov. Christie first met privately Saturday afternoon with dozens of local business owners and state officials in Seaside Heights, and then announced the potential for an immediate $15 million in recovery funds. The state's Economic Development Authority is expected to take action Wednesday to add that money to the Stronger NJ Business program, now being used in Hurricane Sandy relief.
NEWS
September 15, 2013 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
SEASIDE PARK, N.J.- The day after a raging fire devastated a four-block stretch of boardwalk, children woke to see the skeletal remains of beloved carnival rides, merchants peered into stores charred black against a brilliant blue sky, and firefighters, weary from a night of battling one of the worst blazes in state history, continued to douse smoldering timbers late into the afternoon. The cause of the fire, which began at Kohr's Custard Stand around 2:30 p.m. Thursday, is still under investigation.
NEWS
September 14, 2013 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo and Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writers
SEASIDE PARK, N.J. - A fire that apparently began in an ice cream shop in Seaside Park on Thursday afternoon and swiftly consumed several blocks of the boardwalk that connects the Shore town and neighboring Seaside Heights, as well as buildings along the walkway, was finally brought to heel about 8 in the evening. Officials said at least 20 businesses along the boardwalk were destroyed or heavily damaged in the wind-whipped blaze, including familiar institutions such as Maruca's Pizza; the Carousel Arcade; the clubs Jack & Bill's, Beachcomber, and Sawmill; as well as a Kohr's frozen custard joint - where the fire apparently began.
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