June 5, 2015 |
WE COULD ALL take a lesson from the life of Reese Palley. "He used every speck of his life," said his wife, Marilyn. "He used up his life to the very last minute. Relaxation was not a word in his vocabulary. He hated weekends and holidays because no one was around. "Reese believed that every moment of life is an event. " And, let's face it, a guy who could write a 1,000-word history of concrete - and get it published - was someone to be reckoned with. His restless mind never stopped cranking out ideas and opinions.
June 3, 2015 |
TRENTON - New Jersey lawmakers introduced legislation Monday that would ask voters to amend the constitution to allow the state to expand gaming to North Jersey. The amendment, which would permit the establishment of up to three casinos in Essex, Bergen, and Hudson Counties, would require legislative approval before going to voters on the general election ballot. The constitution currently restricts gaming to Atlantic City, where four casinos closed last year amid competition in Pennsylvania, New York, and elsewhere.
June 3, 2015 |
ATLANTIC CITY - As ominous clouds continue to swirl over this seaside resort's finances and its 37-year monopoly on gaming in the state under direct threat, developer Bart Blatstein on Monday unveiled the entertainment, food, and beverage providers supporting the Playground, the ambitious shopping, dining, and music emporium set to open July 4. Bonfire Entertainment out of Philadelphia, which books the Electric Factory, among others, will provide...
June 2, 2015 |
ATLANTIC CITY - The Soul's first foray into Atlantic City wasn't a royal flush, but it wasn't snake eyes either. The local arena team hauled its 50-yard field and its own padded walls down the AC Expressway for its first-ever regular-season home game away from the South Philly sports complex. After a sluggish first half, the Soul dispatched Las Vegas, 51-43. But the Boardwalk experiment was more than a football game for the AFL, which is forever trying to nudge its way up to the feeding dish occupied by the more mainstream sports in Philadelphia.
June 1, 2015
IT'S ALWAYS funny in Philadelphia - and especially so this August when king of comedy Jerry Seinfeld and fresh prince Kevin Hart both perform locally. Seinfeld is at the intimate Borgata Event Center in Atlantic City for two nights, with 2,400 high rollers in attendance per night. Tickets start at $95 (list) and soar into the stratosphere ($700-plus) at reseller sites. White-hot Hart plays the Linc - as in, the football stadium. He's the first comic ever to headline an NFL venue, this one with a 68,000-seat capacity.
June 1, 2015 |
EVERY BEACH TOWN has its signature. In A.C., it's flash and drama. In O.C., it's all about the kids. Wildwood is retro plus rides. Cape May's vintage charming. Eleven can't-miss events for those of us who are heading down there this summer: Nighttime climbs at Absecon Lighthouse, Atlantic City, June 2, July 1, Aug. 29 . Ascending all 228 steps of Jersey's tallest lighthouse to see clear across the Atlantic is impressive enough by day. Come evening, the tower seems colossal, the climb up more mysterious.
May 31, 2015 |
ATLANTIC CITY - It's hard to make out against the crush of casino closings, but some things in Atlantic City are being reborn. Start with the Claridge Hotel, nearly a century old, now with no gambling but recently reopened, somewhat paradoxically as a 1920s-theme luxury boutique hotel. Off the lobby, art dealer David Holtzman has opened what he calls the largest independent art gallery in the world. On a high floor, familiar Atlantic City LGBT marketer Joel Ballesteros is in charge of a new gay club, Club 11, and the Children's Discovery Museum will move there in the fall.
May 29, 2015 |
Mike Bowman, chief executive of Valley Forge Casino Resort, will become president of the Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board, where he has been chairman, the Upper Merion Township casino announced Wednesday. Bowman, a veteran of the casino industry who got his start in Atlantic City, plans to step down June 15, the announcement said. Until the casino, which is controlled by investor Ira Lubert, replaces Bowman, chief financial officer Alex Figueras and chief marketing officer Jennifer Galle will oversee the property.
May 29, 2015 |
SOUL COACH Clint Dolezel had an interesting observation after watching video of last week's 44-point win over Tampa Bay. "I wouldn't want to play us right now," the coach said firmly. Halfway through the 18-game schedule, the Soul are sitting at 8-1 with one of the most anticipated regular-season games in the team's 10 seasons of play. The Soul will bus down the Atlantic City Expressway this afternoon in advance of tomorrow's home game against Las Vegas at Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall.
May 28, 2015 |
Caesars Entertainment promised Stockton University it could resolve a 1988 legal restriction on the former Showboat casino property the school wanted for an Atlantic City campus even as Caesars knew that was unlikely, Stockton contended in court filings last weekend. Stockton bought the property for $18 million in December. Now, in the claims filed Saturday, it is seeking up to $22 million in damages from Caesars as the restriction has stymied the school's plans for the campus. Caesars Entertainment Operating Co. has a pending Chapter 11 bankruptcy case in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Illinois, as does the company it set up for the Showboat property, Showboat Atlantic City Propco L.L.C.