September 16, 2015 |
Developer Bart Blatstein is poised to buy the former Showboat casino property in Atlantic City from Stockton University, potentially ending a political and legal mess that has dogged the school for months. The Philadelphia-based Blatstein is finalizing an agreement with Stockton for a price greater than the $18 million the school paid for it last December, a person with knowledge of the deal said. Details of the agreement remained murky Monday evening, with Stockton's president and Blatstein both declining comment.
September 14, 2015 |
ATLANTIC CITY - If the pageant is still here, then Atlantic City must be, too. Right? Or is it the other way around? At this precarious moment in the life span of both cultural touchstones, it seems, however unlikely, that the Miss America Pageant might have a little more momentum than its ancestral and current home port, the always lovably edge-of-cliff, still bellying up to the tables, Atlantic City. In a social media world, Miss America can still trend. Even the once-disgraced Vanessa Williams - who long ago established that Miss America needed her more than she needed it - wants back in, returning as head judge in Sunday's pageant (9 p.m., 6ABC)
September 13, 2015 |
Kevin Lammers scored so quickly Friday night that he wasn't quite ready to give the ball back. The Bishop Eustace senior took the first play from scrimmage 61 yards to the end zone. Moments later, he recovered an onside kick to give the Crusaders another possession. The drive ended with a field goal, and Eustace held on to defeat Woodrow Wilson, 13-0, in a West Jersey Royal football game. Tristan Golowski, who executed the onside kick, made field goals of 28 and 37 yards. Lucas Franz ended the game with a sack.
September 9, 2015 |
ATLANTIC CITY - Summer ended with a splash here on Labor Day, with packed casino pools, a full beach, and a busy Boardwalk on a perfectly sunny day - giving the struggling resort one more weekend of reprieve before another nearly deserted offseason. It was just as glorious an ending for the Shore in general, capped with a tribute to Philadelphia-bred music legend Chubby Checker in Wildwood, where he first performed "The Twist" live at the Rainbow Club in 1960. From Cape May to Long Beach Island, tourism officials raved about the great weather and the warmer water that helped boost visitation over last year.
September 6, 2015 |
Doug Taylor says there's a lot to learn before driving on the beach. Novice drivers, he says, frequently keep their cars in drive. "They think they can just put it in drive and go," said Taylor, corresponding secretary for the New Jersey Beach Buggy Association. "That will cause a lot of problems. As you speed up, your tires spin faster - and you get stuck. You have to keep it a lower gear ratio. " One of the top spots for driving on the beach is in Brigantine - one of only three beaches in New Jersey that allows driving year round.
September 2, 2015 |
THIS JUST IN from the "All Trump, All the Time" news desk . . . Donald Trump is one of 12 notables who will be inducted into the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame at its 46th annual Dinner and Induction Ceremonies on Nov. 12 in Garfield, N.J. But before you rush out and buy a ticket (they're $85) in the hope of hearing the current front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination announce a comprehensive plan to deport illegal immigrant boxers or to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexican border to keep any more from slipping into this country, be advised that it is a longshot that he shows up to accept the mini-championship belt on a plaque that goes to honorees.
August 25, 2015 |
ATLANTIC CITY - For Inlet residents and businesses here, the seven-decade wait is over. Large cranes stationed along the Boardwalk last week began work on a new seawall to reconnect the South Inlet with the North Inlet for the first time since 1944, a visible sign of action on a project that had long been all talk. For bikers and pedestrians, the seawall's completion will mean once again being able to travel the Boardwalk seamlessly to the Inlet from other Shore towns, including Margate and Ventnor.
August 23, 2015 |
Bob Rose said he had tried but figured there was no shot. He and a partner book shows each summer on the Ocean City Music Pier. Before each season, he talks with city officials and residents about which acts they'd like to see. This year, someone suggested the Beach Boys. "I'm thinking, 'Yeah, right,' " Rose said. "So I talked to my partner, and he decided to pursue it, and, lo and behold, [the Beach Boys] liked the idea of playing in Ocean City. When you're pitching 'America's Greatest Family Resort,' you can't think of a better band than the Beach Boys.
August 17, 2015 |
ATLANTIC CITY - Out on the Boardwalk, across from the Donald Trump-branded-but-no-longer-owned Taj Mahal, regulars have a unique view on the 2016 Republican presidential race. "They're fake," Tony Johnson, on a familiar family jaunt from North Carolina, said as he sat face-to-face with a big TRUMP sign. He was talking about the candidates, not the faux-Taj spires. "I came here because I hate Chris Christie," said Cinnaminson teacher Jackie Wilson, explaining her choice of the Taj, in effect voting with room nights.
August 15, 2015 |
When Rascal Flatts comes to Atlantic City this week, the band won't be the only act to hit the beach. Nick Jonas and his abs, along with the gentlemen pop stars of Maroon 5, play that sandy A.C. spot Sunday. But Rascal Flatts - singing cousins Gary LeVox and Jay Demarcus, vocalist/guitarist Joe Don Rooney - will bring big-time country-crossover music to the Jersey Shore. "We love playing Atlantic City, whether it's the casinos or on the sand," says Rooney. "It's a good time anytime we're in Jersey.