May 16, 2015 |
Atlantic City is the new home of the BeachGlow Festival. On June 27, the fourth annual EDM fest will debut in A.C. after previously taking place in Wildwood. "Atlantic City welcomed us with open arms," co-organizer Gerard Kunkel said about the switch. BeachGlow is a nonprofit and all-volunteer. Last year, the fest donated $40,000 to the Red Cross. This year's charity is Little Kids Rock, an organization that raises money for music programs in public schools. An extra $10 donation, in addition to the ticket, is suggested.
May 16, 2015 |
Can music save Atlantic City? With four casinos shut down last year, live music receives a big summer job: Bring bodies - and dollars - back to the beleaguered resort. The Borgata opens an outdoor venue that holds 5,000, and there's a beefed-up series of big-name shows at Boardwalk Hall (including those highlighted below), plus the Eagles on July 17 and Puerto Rican pop singer Chayanne on Aug. 20. There will once again be two giant free concerts spread over one long weekend this summer, modeled after the Blake Shelton and Lady Antebellum experience of last summer, though dates and headliners are yet unknown.
May 16, 2015 |
There is a Wawa on the Coastal Highway in Ocean City, Md., one of a few things visitors from our region would find familiar about this beach town roughly a 150-mile ride southeast of Philadelphia. Another is the geography of the resort, which offers a nice, reasonably nearby change of pace from the Jersey Shore. Ocean City sits on a skinny barrier island, much like Jersey spots such as Long Beach Island, Wildwood, and Atlantic City. The other Ocean City is reached after traversing miles of flat land and crossing a bay on a causeway.
May 12, 2015 |
When Platinum Productions billed its Saturday showcase at Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall as a "Mother's Day Music Festival," you had to ask yourself, "How sexy is my mom?" Because an event featuring R&B lover men the Isley Brothers and Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds along with lover lady Fantasia could turn out to be a pretty steamy affair (Platinum produced more typically Mom-centric shows on Mother's Day itself with Freddy Jackson, Blue Magic, and Marvin Sapp, throughout Atlantic City)
May 10, 2015 |
ATLANTIC CITY - Behind closed doors in the mayor's office, parties interested in the fate of the former Showboat casino hotel met Friday to try to resolve a tangled legal impasse. But when the meeting at City Hall was over, no one - including Mayor Don Guardian and Florida developer Glenn Straub - would say what had transpired, citing confidentiality. Also in attendance were representatives of Stockton University, which bought the shuttered Boardwalk casino with a plan to turn it into a campus, and of Trump Entertainment Resorts.
May 8, 2015 |
ATLANTIC CITY - Kevyn Orr, the former Detroit emergency manager tapped by Gov. Christie to advise Atlantic City, billed the state at a rate of $950 per hour, with an available 25 percent discount, for a total of about $70,000 for three months' work, the state said Wednesday. Orr was appointed Jan. 22 as general counsel to Kevin Lavin, who continues to serve in a daily capacity as Atlantic City's emergency manager at an annual salary of $135,000. Orr, who steered Detroit through its bankruptcy, left the job at the end of April to return to his law firm, Jones Day in Washington.
May 7, 2015 |
ATLANTIC CITY - Amid the tumult of layoffs, a busy Mayor Don Guardian declared a summer of entertainment, then vowed to try to save Stockton University's "island campus" project. Guardian laid out an impressive to-do list for the season during a conference call with reporters Tuesday. After declaring his beleaguered but resilient Boardwalk town the "entertainment capital of the Jersey Shore," Guardian said he was convening a meeting Friday to try to coax a settlement in the Stockton standoff.
May 2, 2015 |
The parent company of Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa boosted its 2015 earnings target for the Atlantic City property to $165 million from $160 million after a strong first quarter. Boyd Gaming Corp., of Las Vegas, on Thursday reported first-quarter net revenue for Borgata of $182.6 million, up 9 percent from $167.3 million in the same period a year ago. The market-leading casino's operating profit nearly doubled to $37.8 million from $20.5 million, thanks in part to a property tax benefit.
May 1, 2015 |
GALLOWAY, N.J. - The roller-coaster ride on which Stockton University has found itself in recent weeks can end well if everyone pulls together, the school's interim leader suggested Wednesday. After 35 years at Stockton, most recently as provost, Harvey Kesselman's last few weeks there may prove to be his most difficult. Before he leaves July 1 to become president of the University of Southern Maine, Kesselman has a variety of tasks to undertake - finding an interim president to replace him, updating the university's governance structure, and either salvaging a deal to convert the former Showboat casino into a campus in Atlantic City or selling the property.
May 1, 2015 |
ATLANTIC CITY - After 20 days in the dark, power was restored to the Revel property shortly after 11 a.m. Wednesday, but the future of the former casino hotel remained murky. Lights began to gradually come on in the 47-story tower that once was the $2.4 billion Revel, as the result of a temporary deal between new owner Glenn Straub and the energy company built to power the 6.2 million-square-foot property. Timothy Lowry, attorney for ACR Energy Partners, said the company's agreement to turn on the power was the result of a deal orchestrated by U.S. District Judge Jerome Simandle.