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One year ago: Atlantic City welcomes back ‘Boardwalk Empire’

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On Saturday, Caesars Atlantic City will once again screen the season premiere of HBO’s ‘Boardwalk Empire’ — this time, one day before the rest of the country.

The season three premiere, called “Resolution,” is set to debut on HBO at 9 p.m. Sunday, but will be screened for free at the Circus Maximus Theater at 9 p.m. Saturday.

Caesars’ premieres for seasons one and two were held simultaneously to the national broadcast.

Scheduled to be on-hand at the premiere is Anthony Laciura, who plays Nucky Thompson’s butler, Eddie Kessler, and Stephen DeRosa, who plays actor and singer Eddie Cantor. Co-executive producer Gene Kelly will also be present.

Doors open at 8 p.m. Advance tickets can be picked up at the box office starting at 4 p.m. Saturday. Entry is based on availability.

Five years ago: Man charged in 1991 killings ruled still unfit for trial

Jarrod Sayers, who killed Zeus Sporting Goods clerk Walter Lee in Egg Harbor Township in 1991, is scheduled to be sentenced Friday.  

Sayers was 16 years old when he was arrested. He was waived up to adult court but then deemed incompetent to stand trial. He pleaded guilty Aug. 8

He spent most of the past 20 years in Ancora psychiatric facility, according to Press archives.

Sayers went to the store to steal guns in order to sell them. The next day, he was arrested at the Eldorado Motel in Atlantic City.

One year ago: Winchester & Western / Love it or hate it, railroad has deep Cumberland ties / Train more than just roadblock

Winchester and Western railroad will receive $513,585 in state grants, the NJ Department of Transportation said Thursday.

The money is allocated for a project called a seashore branch runaround. It is one of the NJDOT’s eight rail freight assistance program grants totaling $6.6 million.

Winchester and Western will pay $57,065 in addition to the state money.

Cumberland County also received a $230,000 grant for Hopewell and Upper Deerfield townships for improvements to CR 540 over the Cohansey River. It is one of 13 local aid infrastructure funds.

Four months ago: Pleasantville-based group turns graffiti into its Art Before Crime clothing line

Art Before Crime, the Pleasantville-based clothing line, opened a pop-up shop in Ventnor last month.

It rented a small well-lit space on Ventnor Avenue for a month.  It opened in late August and will be closing Sept. 24.

“It was a huge learning experience,” said Monique Colon.  “And we got a lot of new people coming in. It’s been really great.”

Paintings, stencils and designs of pandas, the groups logo, line the walls. A glass counter is filled with Art Before Crime shirts. A dollar bill is hung behind the register.

“It feels great to see our stuff hanging up like this,” Drew Dennis said.  “Some of our shirts are selling really well.  We sold a painting. But honestly we’re just always looking for something new.  We’re looking to start wholesaling our shirt. We would definitely want to open another pop-up store, too.”

He said that he’d like to open a location closer to Atlantic City’s downtown.

“It’s been amazing though,” he said. “Just to learn and get our stuff out to new people.”

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