The head of the Greater Atlantic City Chamber has concerns about an agreement reached by legislative Democrats to raise New Jersey’s minimum wage to $15 an hour. Joe Kelly telling the Press of Atlantic City that while the chamber feels workers should be paid a fair wage, it’s against any initiative that results in businesses having to reduce staff, hours or benefits.The legislation would introduce salary steps to the equation, resulting with a $15 minimum wage by 2024.
35 years ago this week, 7 year old Cary Grant Jr. was murdered in Atlantic City, his body found in an abandoned lot on the 100 block of North California Avenue. Despite the best efforts of law enforcement, the case remains unsolved. Despite all the time that has gone by, prosecutors say they continue to work on the case and will in order to give the Grant family closure. The spot where the young boy’s body was found, was just two blocks from his house.
The Parish of St. Monica in Atlantic City is offering up free affordable home ownership classes which start next week. Topics to be covered include mortgage qualifying and the process, budgeting, the importance of a good credit history, developing alternative credit and understanding responsible home ownership. Participants will hear from Credit Counselors, Attornies Loan officers, Realtors and Utility company reps. The first class is 6 to 8pm on January 24th and classes continue each of the next six Thusdays, wrappingup on March 7th. They take place at Quaremba Hall at St. Michael on Mississippi Avenue.
Esports is an event coming to Atlantic City this summer. The Esports Travel Summit takes place June 25th through the 27th. What we do know is the event is sponsored by Sports Travel Magazine and Meet AC, along with the Atlantic City Sports Commission. What we don’t know is where exactly it’s taking place. Organizers say the event focuses on competitive video game tournaments as large-scale events from which the convention and travel industries can benefit.
More than three-quarters of a million old municipal warrants for minor offenses have been dismissed by New Jersey’s Supreme Court. The order effective today follows a panel’s recommendation to toss the warrants for the sake of fairness and efficiency. It’s part of the Supreme Court’s overall review of municipal court operations. The warrants date back 15 years or more. At least one dates back to 1976. The dismissals affect less-serious matters such as minor motor vehicle offenses, fish and game violations and local ordinance violations.
A suspect wanted by the Atlantic County Sheriff’s Office has been arrested, officials confirmed Wednesday. Lewis Wilkerson, 28, was arrested out of state on Dec. 13, according to the Sheriff’s Office. He was wanted for charges including terroristic threats, narcotics and resisting arrest.
Barbara Woolley-Dillon has been appointed director of planning and development by Atlantic City Council. The Tuckerton resident starts in her new position on Tuesday. City salary structures say the job pays between $75,000 and $92,000, although Woolley-Dillon’s predecessor was making $98,000. Alsto Wednesday night, community volunteers were sworn in as the 15-member Atlantic City Citizens Advisory Board.
An Atlantic City resident Ibn Miller, is one of the people featured in a new Gillette razor commercial to air during the Super Bowl. You may have heard about the ad that addresses toxic masculinity and is lighting up debate on social media. Miller gained attention in a 2017 video that went viral in which he broke up a fight . Gillette is also changing its moniker from The Best A Man Can Get, to The Best Men Can Be, for the spot.
Paving which was set to start for Sea Isle Boulevard Tuesday has been postponed until Friday morning January 18th with starting time at 7:00am, subject to acceptable weather conditions. Paving was put off due to delays associated with the winter storm that occurred on Sunday. The remnants of the snow and ice coupled with cold overnight temperatures over the next 4 nights didn’t allow for acceptable paving conditions. The next possible acceptable paving window is on Friday, January 18th when the contractor will attempt to complete the base paving. Once the paving operation begins, it will proceed continuously on Friday through Friday night, and into Saturday morning.
Today’s the day a new law kicks into effect, but the real impact will be seen come warmer weather. It’s now illegal to light up on any shore point in New Jersey. The ban applies to cigarettes and cigars, even vape pens and anything else that can be smoked. The law allows municipalities to set up designated smoking areas, but most communities affected have already instituted smoking bans of their own.