May 22, 2015 |
With Stockton University's leadership and expansion plans in turmoil, the school said Wednesday that its acting president, who had planned to leave July 1, would stay on in an effort to bring stability. Harvey Kesselman, who had been slated to become president of the University of Southern Maine, will stay at Stockton, where he will continue to handle the fallout from the university's stymied deal to build an "island campus" at the former Showboat casino in Atlantic City. "There is no way I would have been comfortable at this point to leave," Kesselman said Wednesday afternoon.
May 21, 2015 |
Atlantic City is attempting today to sell $40.56 million in bonds to repay a state loan issued in December when the financially beleaguered city was shut out of the bond market over concerns that the city would default. This time Atlantic City is using a New Jersey program established by the Municipal Qualfied Bond Act that diverts state aid into a fund to repay bonds. Moody's Investors Service said in a note that the state backing "should improve the city's market access," but warned the city still faces numerous financial challenges, including a $101 million deficit this year and thousands of property-tax appeals.
May 19, 2015 |
ATLANTIC CITY - Bass Pro Shops opened here April 15, and the outdoor gear and apparel retailer surpassed expected sales by "40 percent" for its first month. "It was outstanding," said Eric Clements, the store's general manager, whose Springfield, Mo., firm doesn't release specific sales numbers. The Bass store sales represent a hopeful blip in this ailing gambling town, where four casinos closed last year, snuffing out 8,000 jobs. Retail is expected to play a bigger role here.
May 18, 2015 |
OF ALL THE SINS that go down in Atlantic City, skipping Sunday Mass isn't one among devout Catholics. Even for casino gamblers, "vacations are not a vacation from church," says Father Joe Pham, pastor of Our Lady Star of the Sea, on Atlantic Avenue. It's not about praying for luck, he says. "It's for their faith. They fulfill their obligation to God. " Pham's church celebrates 10 weekend Masses, in three languages: six in English, three in Spanish (led by his assistant priest, Father Jaime Hostios, who's from Columbia)
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.