Local Beat: Icahn flipped Taj for Atlantic City’s Chelsea Hotel

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ICHAN FLIPS TAJ FOR ATLANTIC CITY’S CHELSEA HOTEL
Well-known billionaire and real estate investor Carl Ichan acquired the mortgage for Atlantic City’s Chelsea Hotel last week, less than three months after selling the Taj Mahal casino. Elinor Comlay of Route 40 looks into what happened to the Chelsea and why it closed nearly 10 years to the day before it was purchased by Ichan.

PROBABLE CAUSE HEARING FOR CRIMINAL CHARGES AGAINST PARSIPPANY-TROY HILLS MAYOR
The legal battle between New Jersey gubernatorial candidate Bill Brennan, Parsippany-Troy Hills Mayor James Barberio and Business Administrator Ellen Sandman continues. Frank Cahill of Parsippany Focus examines the history and context of the recent probable cause hearing for Barberio, which took place on April 19 at the Morristown Municipal Court.

CRANBURY: TEEN HIT-AND-RUN VICTIM’S FATHER SPEAKS OUT, SEARCH FOR DRIVER CONTINUES
The father of a 13-year-old hit-and-run victim is speaking out after his daughter was hit by an unknown driver earlier this month while she was walking her dog. Charles Kim and Nicole Wells of TAP into South Brunswick-Cranbury say the search for the driver is ongoing.

PHIL MURPHY VISITS EAST BRUNSWICK TO TALK ABOUT HIS VISION FOR NEW JERSEY
More than 200 people crammed into the Estate on the Lake in East Brunswick to hear Democratic candidate for governor Phil Murphy lay out his thoughts on what New Jersey might look like after eight years under a Governor Murphy. Maureen Berzok of TAP into East Brunswick says Murphy positioned himself as a leader in the movement to oppose the policies of President Donald Trump and Gov. Chris Christie before moving on to explain his economic policies and other plans for New Jersey.

TOWN OF WESTFIELD BACK IN COURT OVER PROPOSED STOP & SHOP EXPANSION
A lengthy battle over the proposed expansion of the Stop & Shop in downtown Westfield could finally be coming to an end after nearly five years in court. Jackie Lieberman of TAP into Westfield says the case could be over as soon as June of this year, nearly two years after a superior court’s decision to allow the expansion was appealed.

GREATER MORRISTOWN FLASH MOB CHEERS HEDDA, 14, AS SHE FACES MORE CHEMO
A flash mob appeared in Morris Township over the weekend to surprise and support 14-year-old Hedda Sivertsson, who is preparing to face another round of chemotherapy for brain cancer. Kevin Coughlin of Morristown Green says Sivertsson has become something of a local celebrity in Greater Morristown.

LONNIE BUNCH RECEIVES THE JOHN COTTON DANA AWARD
Lonnie Bunch, a Belleville native and founding director of the new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, recently received the Newark Museum’s John Cotton Dana Award for Visionary Leadership in Museums. Susan Wallner and Dan Gordon of State of the Arts went with Bunch on an exclusive tour of some of the most meaningful objects in the new museum on the National Mall, where they learned about Bunch’s childhood and his relationships with his colleagues at the Newark Museum.

CYCLISTS MOURN FALLEN RIDERS IN 2017 RIDE OF SILENCE
Several cyclists gathered in front of the Collingswood Senior Community Center last week for the start of a seven-mile, five-town Ride of Silence to mourn and honor the memory of fallen cyclists. Matt Skoufalos of NJ Pen says the rolling vigil was organized by Bike Camden County, an affiliate of the Bicycle Coalition of Philadelphia.

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