July 18, 2016 |
ATLANTIC CITY - Gino Iovino doubled down and risked it all on Philadelphia and Atlantic City. Where others saw gritty urban facades with little to offer, Iovino saw diamonds in the rough. First, he gambled on an Italian restaurant - Girasole Ristorante, at 13th and Locust Streets - in 1990, when there was not as much of a food scene in downtown Philadelphia. It became a hit, so he took the concept, and name, to Atlantic City two years later. Fast-forward to 2016. He's wagering again, this time on a pair of retail stores in what was once the Pier at Caesars, now called the Playground.
July 17, 2016 |
MARGATE, N.J. - Lobster, challah, hollah! Ten things I learned at the Margate Community Farmers Market: 1. There's lobster in those waters off Atlantic City. Not only are people freaking out over the Caribbean-blue waters at the Jersey Shore this summer (due to drought conditions resulting in less storm water runoff plus a whole lot of phytoplankton), but there are lobsters! In fact, fisherman Patrick Irwin, 42, says he catches the lobsters that many people are eating in New York City and Philadelphia restaurants 12 miles off Atlantic City's Delta Basin on Maryland Avenue.
July 16, 2016
Atlantic City's attempt to auction off its defunct municipal airfield, Bader Field, has been postponed until Aug. 4, city officials said. Elizabeth Terenik, the city's planning director, said the sealed-bid auction was postponed due to a "technical issue regarding the advertising required. " She did not say how many, if any, bids were received before Thursday's original deadline. Bader Field, a historic airstrip on Albany Avenue leading into the city, once fetched an $800 million offer from a company contemplating a casino complex.
July 10, 2016 |
Erendira Wallenda is no stranger to heights. As an aerialist and the wife of fellow daredevil Nik Wallenda, defying gravity is in her job description. And, with generations of circus lineage on both sides of her family - her Mexican father is Vinicio Vazquez, of the Flying Vazquez trapeze artists, and her Australian mother is Golda (Ashton) Vazquez, of the historic Circus Joseph Ashton - it's also her birthright. "Being in the circus, a generational circus performer, you sort of learn how to do everything," said Wallenda, 35, who has performed professionally since she was 5 years old. The Vazquez family has been in the big top biz for seven generations, the Ashtons for eight.
July 8, 2016
Guess from these photos where Inquirer restaurant critic Craig LaBan ate this week. (Answers below.) 1. The best fried chicken in the region? 2. Tacos al Pastor on housemade tortillas. 3. Rigatoni carbonara with cauliflower and housemade chorizo. For a fresh serving of Craig's Crumb Tracker quiz, join him 2 p.m. Tuesdays on his online chat: inquirer.com/ labanchats Answers: 1. Henri's Hotts Barbeque (1003 E Black Horse Pike, Hammonton, NJ 08037)
July 8, 2016 |
ATLANTIC CITY - Hillary Clinton wanted Missouri and Pacific Avenues, in front of the blank white tower of the now-shuttered Trump Plaza, where you can still make out the impressions left by the letters T-R-U-M-P. But in a town where casinos still hold sway, despite four closing in 2014, that idea was nixed because it would have cut off traffic and business into neighboring Caesars. Instead, Clinton settled in to take aim at her rival on the Boardwalk that helped build his brand, her podium set up on a diagonal so that another Trump remnant, a rubbed-out "TRUMP PLAZA," where lit-up marquee letters had been, was visible behind her. Donald Trump himself had sued to get his name removed in 2014 while the Plaza was in its death throes.
July 3, 2016 |
An avid scuba diver, Wendy Hamilton, 45, general manager at the newly expanded SugarHouse Casino, majored in marine biology. She imagined that one day she'd be teaching - in college, or somewhere like the all-girls' Catholic high school she attended in Bryn Mawr. So how did Hamilton end up running a major casino, one of the few women to hold that job in the nation? "My dad teases me and says it was all that exposure to Catholic bingo that put me into this," Hamilton said. Very funny.
July 2, 2016 |
ATLANTIC CITY - In a tense meeting, the Atlantic City Council voted by 5-4 Thursday night to ask the state to allow city voters to consider reducing the council's size by two at-large members, leaving six ward members and one at-large. The at-large members objected, saying the plan targeted the people who typically oppose Council President Marty Small, who initiated the plan. "I applaud the concept as far as cutting budgets," said Councilman Mo Delgado. He said the move appeared to be more about tit for tat. Councilman George Tibbitt said council members should cut their pay by $11,800 each instead.
July 2, 2016
Two Atlantic City firefighters were arrested last week after allegedly buying fake heroin from an undercover detective, authorities said. Eric Funk, 39, and Matthew Doherty, 33, would be suspended, said the Atlantic City Fire Chief Scott Evans, who said he was unaware of the arrest until Thursday. The state police got a tip the men were buying heroin near the fire station and set up a sting. Funk was in uniform when he allegedly paid $20 for the fake heroin. Doherty, who was not in uniform, allegedly exchanged a watch for the fake heroin because he did not have enough cash.
July 2, 2016 |
A 15-year-old boy has been arrested in the carjacking of an 82-year-old woman in a Burlington County supermarket parking lot this month, New Jersey state police said Thursday. The teen, whose name is not being released because he is a juvenile, was located Tuesday in Atlantic City, where he is from, police and the county Prosecutor's Office said. He was charged with carjacking and theft, and placed in a juvenile detention center, authorities said. About 9:30 p.m. June 11, the woman was sitting in a silver 2015 Toyota RAV4 while her daughter went inside the ShopRite at 1520 Route 38 E. in Hainesport.