ATLANTIC CITY — Residents and business owners in the city's 1st and 2nd wards voiced concerns and offered solutions on topics ranging from crime to poverty to better communication from City Hall during a community town hall Tuesday evening.
The event at the Uptown School Complex drew nearly 75 residents and mirrored similar town halls that have taken place in the city in the past 12 months. Moderators oversaw breakout sessions and recorded ideas as residents discussed jobs and vocational training; local government; public safety, police and community relations; public health; land use and affordable housing; arts and culture; and pathways to success for youth.
Since Gov. Phil Murphy's administration released its report on returning the city to local sovereignty in September 2018, the state has held several community town halls in an ongoing effort to elicit ideas from residents. The state Department of Community Affairs and the Atlantic City Initiatives Project Office organized a citywide town hall in January at Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall and a Spanish language town hall in June at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church.
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Atlantic City has been under state control since 2016. Oversight is expected to last until at least the end of 2021.
Jim Johnson, special counsel to Murphy and co-author of the state’s transition report on Atlantic City, said each town hall makes the state "sharper, smarter and more responsive" to the community and the people.
"The point of this gathering is to learn from you," Johnson said. "The way we move forward is together."
Those who attended the town hall — and others before it — expressed gratitude for the opportunity to have their voices heard, but some questioned whether it was having any impact or whether officials were focused on the issues that truly mattered.
Based on the results of previous town halls, Johnson predicted a few of the ideas presented by residents Tuesday night would be implemented.
Mayor Frank Gilliam Jr., who spoke briefly before the breakout sessions began, said the "survival of Atlantic City is going to take all of us."
The mayor listed several projects underway in the 1st and 2nd wards. The Caspian Point bulkheads would be completed in 2020, as would those at the end of Magellan Avenue. The mayor also said new bike lanes, LED lights and ramps on the new inlet Boardwalk section and the Maine Avenue promenade widening project were all in the works.
Pacific Avenue also is going to have "blue boxes" that will connect directly to the Atlantic City Police Department, Gilliam said. The emergency boxes, identifiable by their prominent blue light, are common on college campuses.
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ATLANTIC CITY — When the TV news show “60 Minutes” came to town on the 20th anniversary of legalized gambling here, Atlantic City was booming — beating out Las Vegas for gaming revenue.
Atlantic City code enforcement officers conduct walk-throughs as a way of updating the resorts list of abandoned and blighted properties. The city has 12 compliance officers to cover 11 densely populated square miles.
ATLANTIC CITY — The team of city code enforcement officials met up at North New Jersey and Magellan avenues shortly after 10 a.m.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Jenn Hampton was walking past boarded up buildings on Asbury Park’s boardwalk when she had an idea.
Atlantic City has had difficulty in shielding its visitors from unpleasant urban realities such as poverty, crime and drug use, which is often visible right outside the doors of the city’s casino hotels.
ATLANTIC CITY — A few doors down from Sheila Freeman’s quaint, bayside house sits a home with its windows boarded up and overgrown grass spilling onto the sidewalk.
ATLANTIC CITY — Rather than sit back and wait for those in need to come to them, a group of vested community stakeholders is taking its efforts to the streets.
ASBURY PARK — Local musician Reg Satana was a child here in the 1960s, at the end of the resort’s former life as a popular family vacation spot with beaches and a middle-class downtown.
Staff at the Comfort Inn on the Black Horse Pike became accustomed to seeing guests sell narcotics in the parking lot.
The block of Tennessee Avenue between the Boardwalk and Pacific Avenue has seen a recent flurry of investment and redevelopment, resulting in a handful of new businesses opening their doors.
ASBURY PARK — Former Mayor Ed Johnson still remembers a trip he took to Trenton in 2001.
ATLANTIC CITY — Within these 48 city blocks, men, women and children are falling through the cracks of health care.
ATLANTIC CITY — Nearly a year ago, Alyssa Spruill was at a prenatal visit with her doctor when she learned she would have to deliver her baby 16 weeks early after developing severe preeclampsia.
Atlantic City’s Health Department, down to just one employee and 20 percent of its 2014 funding, is a health department in name only.
ATLANTIC CITY — When Ralia Williams was a freshman at Atlantic City High School, her aunt recommended she see school counselors for her anger issues.
ATLANTIC CITY — Pastor Raymond Hollis Jr. and his wife, Shonda, inherited the blighted property on North Connecticut Avenue after his father passed away in 2011.
GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP — The smallest surviving baby ever born at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center’s Mainland Campus celebrated her first birthday Tuesday with the doctors and nurses who cared for her during her 113-day stay last year.
Shanita White had only known Tamara Etheridge for about 15 weeks before the two shared one of the most intimate moments a person can experience.
ATLANTIC CITY — A little less than two hours before the sun rose over the city Feb. 10, Demond Tally was shot dead as he walked from his neighbor’s home to his own on Presbyterian Avenue.
ATLANTIC CITY — In a city as diverse in demographics and economic status as Atlantic City, having access to quality care can mean the difference between life and death.
ATLANTIC CITY — Music blared from an old-school boom box inside the fitness room at the Uptown Complex on a recent Thursday evening.
ATLANTIC CITY — Ronsha Dickerson put it like this: An urban black woman makes a prenatal appointment. This is not her first pregnancy, and she has Medicaid.
ATLANTIC CITY — The people who approached the Hope One van one day in late March were from various backgrounds and on different steps along the path to recovery.
ATLANTIC CITY — Many years back, Doug Martin remembers staring out his window and watching his family members leave for work, thinking to himself, “I just want to be normal. I just want to be normal.”
ATLANTIC CITY — Shamirah Howard, 26, is trying to keep her young son on the right path, which is part of what led her to bring Lyfe Watson, 9, to the boxing gym on the third floor of the Atlantic City Police Athletic League on a recent Thursday evening.
ATLANTIC CITY — A bright yellow backhoe sat on top of five feet of rubble in the middle of Keener Avenue in the resort’s Westside neighborhood Thursday evening. A bedroom door flapped on its hinges inside half a row home, the house’s insides exposed.
ATLANTIC CITY — Sharon Aloi remembers years ago when she saw more patrol cars parked in the city, including one near her property in Lower Chelsea.
David Schwartz read off the headlines of a Las Vegas newspaper Wednesday afternoon in quick succession; police were arresting suspects and investigating robberies and a shooting, but he paused to read further into the murder of a professor he knew.
When Danielle Fletcher, who has lived in Atlantic City all 43 years of her life, saw a group of boys arguing outside the Atlantic Avenue barbershop where her sons were getting their hair cut, her first instinct was that things might escalate.
ATLANTIC CITY — Since buying Gem Liquor Store at Atlantic and North Indiana avenues last month, Dharam Patel has put in a half-dozen security cameras, but he said he still needs to install more outside to watch for loitering and other illicit behavior on the street.
ATLANTIC CITY — Atlantic City Police Chief Henry White grew up here, rented his first apartment and bought his first home here.
ATLANTIC CITY — Juan Pemberti began his law enforcement career in Atlantic City as a Class II Special Officer.
A video that captured a fight inside the McDonald’s on Arkansas Avenue in March racked up more than 1 million views on Facebook and sparked multiple online comments.
ATLANTIC CITY — Velvet Wright loved her tiny, red row home on North Tennessee Avenue.
The days of building public housing in huge towers or “villages” only for the poor are over, officials say.
ATLANTIC CITY — Drive down Pacific Avenue, past old motels converted into condos, and you might guess how it looks inside: popcorn ceilings, a musky smell and sticky carpets.
ATLANTIC CITY — Now that WinnDevelopment has purchased three historic buildings long used for low-income housing, the company will begin renovating 153 rental units with residents on site.
ATLANTIC CITY — Like he does most afternoons, Edward Selva, 26, waited for the jitney near Columbia Avenue to pick him up for work. The Lower Chelsea stop is convenient for the 26-year-old food service worker, who lives nearby.
ATLANTIC CITY — A coordinated effort between the city and the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority will result in a reduction in the number of rooming houses in the Tourism District.
ATLANTIC CITY — During the mornings inside the bus terminal at Atlantic and Ohio avenues, a steady flow of people moves in and out to purchase tickets, check schedules or grab a seat and wait.
ATLANTIC CITY — Dayshawn Reynolds doesn’t own a car.
ATLANTIC CITY — Cyclists riding down Pacific or Atlantic avenues might feel the rush of wind on their backs as trucks, cars and jitneys stream past them.
ATLANTIC CITY — Kathleen Jurimas takes the 5:47 a.m. train from Atlantic City to Philadelphia for work every morning. And since the Atlantic City Rail Line returned in May, she’s had to take the bus home.
Twice a year, John Conway and his wife, Carol, fly to visit Atlantic City from their home in Tampa, Florida.
For Kyle Schuster, a 22-year-old studying marine biology at Stockton University’s Atlantic City campus, life is good at the college’s beachfront dorm.
ATLANTIC CITY — When people visit the Absecon Lighthouse between 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. most Thursdays, the first person they see and the friendly voice they hear belongs to a gray-haired woman with glasses wearing a lighthouse cap and sweatshirt.
ATLANTIC CITY — In between sipping from a glass bottle of mango juice at a table at Jeni’s Pizza and Mexican Food on Arctic Avenue, Kevin Gil-Clara talked about the struggle of surviving through the winter as a student and a resident of Atlantic City.
The screen door slams each time one more neighborhood kid filters into Danielle Fletcher’s Indiana Avenue home. Fletcher hustles around her kitchen, putting french fries in the oven, frying chicken on the stove and cutting watermelon into slices.
ATLANTIC CITY — A free concert series returned to Gardner’s Basin this year after a three-year hiatus, and so did locals, beach chairs in hand, to sit in the grass and enjoy an entertainment staple they thought they’d lost forever.
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