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February 22, 2008 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - Jeffrey Barton moved to the Shore from Redondo Beach, Calif., a year ago to cash in on an unprecedented building boom here. "I'm here for one thing," said Barton, 44, who makes $31.97 an hour as a tile finisher. "The work. " There are plans over the next four years for $20 billion worth of casino, hotel, restaurant and retail construction and renovation projects, many of which began in 2003. And in a slowing national economy, all that development is attracting construction workers from around the country.
NEWS
September 14, 1987 | Special to the Daily News by Mary D'Anella
The women have arrived in Atlantic City for the Miss America Pageant, and they're hard at work. Miss Nevada, Stacie James, works out on a Nautilus machine; Miss Texas, Jo Thompson, gives an interview. They're all hoping to be named Miss America 1988 on Saturday night.
NEWS
September 14, 1987 | Special to the Daily News by Mary D'Anella
Miss American Pageant contestants Showing off in swimsuits in Atlantic City are (jumping) Susan Campbell, Miss North Dakota, and (from left) Katherine Ann Killen, Miss Minnesota; Nancy Humphries, Miss South Carolina; Cindy Hodgkins, Miss Illinois; and Patricia Brant, Miss Louisiana.
NEWS
August 15, 1986
A national television audience, including viewers in localities where casino-gambling proposals are under consideration, got a grim look at the realities in Bill Moyers' CBS special Wednesday night: Big Gamble in Atlantic City. The tragic neglect of poor neighborhoods and inhabitants - hardly more than a dice-throw from the glitter of gaming halls - was accurate and perhaps even understated. There were some flaws in the show and it might have been better balanced, as Inquirer staff writer Lee Winfrey noted in a preview.
NEWS
February 12, 1988 | By ROBERT STRAUSS, Daily News Staff Writer
It's been 11 years now since mild-mannered former New Jersey Gov. Brendan Byrne, looking forward to the opening of Atlantic City's first casino 12 months later, put out his most virulent warning: "Organized crime, get your hands out of Atlantic City. Keep the hell out of our state. " By the time the Resorts International Hotel-Casino opened in 1978, many in New Jersey thought Atlantic City itself was Hell on Earth. The hotels were vacant, stores were being abandoned and the only thing moving more quickly than the pickpockets' fingers were the residents moving to the mainland.
SPORTS
September 26, 2005 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
The Atlantic City Surf closed out the Atlantic League regular season yesterday by edging the Bridgeport Bluefish, 7-6. Jason Law's two-run double highlighted a four-run rally in the eighth for the Surf, who finished 80-60 overall and won the second-half South Division title with a 48-22 record. At 6:35 tomorrow night in Atlantic City, the Surf will begin the best-of-three first-round playoffs against Somerset. Camden 7, Somerset 4 L.J. Biernbaum hit an RBI double for the Riversharks, who ended the Atlantic League season with a win over the Patriots at Campbell's Field.
NEWS
May 22, 1990 | By Jonathan Storm, Inquirer Staff Writer
"Growing up in Atlantic City was like growing up in Disney World," says one longtime resident. "It was like having a carnival going all year long," says another. In Search of Atlantic City, a half-hour produced by WHYY-TV and airing at 9 tonight on Channel 12, looks lovingly back at the queen of resorts through the eyes of some of its sons and daughters. It's the TV-show equivalent of Burt Lancaster, in that famous line from Atlantic City - the movie - looking out at the waves and saying that it used to be some ocean.
NEWS
January 6, 1986
Atlantic City's 11 casinos reached a milestone in 1985: the $2 billion mark in winnings from gamblers. Preliminary figures indicate the casinos racked up a total of $2.13 billion, an increase of 9.6 percent over 1984. The city's first casino opened in 1978 and the 11th last June. Yet much of Atlantic City has a bombed-out look. Wrecking balls and bulldozers have leveled much of the South Inlet where low-income residents were forced out by land speculators. Surviving residential areas of the Inlet are a mix of vacant buildings and dilapidated housing occupied by forgotten people who are still poor.
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BUSINESS
July 18, 2016 | By Suzette Parmley, Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
July 17, 2016 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
July 10, 2016 | By Zoë Miller, Staff Writer
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.
FOOD
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)
NEWS
July 8, 2016 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, STAFF WRITER
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.
BUSINESS
July 3, 2016 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
July 2, 2016 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
July 2, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, Staff Writer
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.
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