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June 13, 2016 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - Tick tock, tick tock. No, this was not part of some book read to third graders by Mayor Don Guardian during career day Thursday at Pennsylvania Avenue school - students there were more interested in peppering the mayor about World War II. This was Gov. Christie taunting his least favorite mayor since Fort Lee's Mark Sokolich just days after signing a rescue package that included tens of millions in redirected aid and gave...
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June 13, 2016 | By Molly Eichel, Staff Writer
Summer means the big names in comedy head to the Shore to entertain at the casinos. But there are also quite a few laughs to be had in Philly, from hometown hero Big Jay Oakerson, who in August will headline a four-night stand at Helium in Center City, to Punch Line Philly, the new Fishtown comedy club that opens July 8 with Last Comic Standing 's Russell Peters, who stays through the 10th. Ron White (June 17, Caesars) Tater Salad brings his down-home humor to Atlantic City.
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June 13, 2016 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - Five days out from the reopening of the vaunted place formerly known as Revel, and you might imagine there would be a frenzy of activity around the multiblock, Boardwalk-front, glass-sheathed, 47-story edifice. Or perhaps a sign or two around the property - or a website - to at least disclose the new name or branding. But no one was scrubbing the exterior of the lavishly designed structure - which is meant to appear like a big glass wave rising up on the beach adjacent to the Atlantic Ocean - although the place looks as if it could certainly use a good power washing.
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June 10, 2016 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, STAFF WRITER
OCEAN CITY, N.J. - Bob Rose  was still in junior high school when he promoted his first music show. A few hometown Bridgeton bands were looking for gigs, and a school dance needed performers. Several years later, in 1974, Rose put together his first big outdoor concert - a five act garage-band show at the now-defunct Palatine Race Track in Centerton, Cumberland County. Back then, social media didn't exist, so Rose had to rely on old-fashioned word of mouth and some concert posters.
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June 10, 2016 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - Don't take those red Solo cups out to the Boardwalk just yet. For the second time, the Atlantic City Council pulled off its agenda an ordinance that would permit open containers of alcohol on the Boardwalk. In a consolation prize of sorts, the council did agree Wednesday night to extend Boardwalk summer bicycle hours from the current 6 a.m.-until-10 a.m. to 6 a.m. to noon, consistent with neighboring Ventnor's hours. The open-container ordinance was first proposed last month, but was pulled by Council President Marty Small to allow further input.
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June 9, 2016 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - Shortly after 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sylvia Hegedus, 53, walked back inside the Showboat for the first time since she closed out a 27-year cocktail waitress career on the casino's last day, Aug. 31, 2014. "I opened it and I closed it," Hegedus said of Showboat, one of four casinos to close that year. "Now we're going to reopen it again. It feels like I'm coming home. " As the Springsteen song "Atlantic City" goes, Maybe everything that dies someday comes back. In this case, it's the Showboat, shut down by bankrupt parent company Caesars Entertainment as the second of four casinos to close during Atlantic City's epic collapse.
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June 6, 2016 | By Melanie Burney, Staff Writer
Paper or plastic? New Jersey lawmakers could answer that typical checkout question for consumers under a bill that aims to curb plastic-bag use statewide. If passed, most major retailers, supermarkets, and drugstores would be prohibited from freely giving out nonbiodegradable plastic bags. Customers who insist on plastic - or paper - would pay 5 cents for every single-use bag beginning in June 2017. Proponents hope consumers, instead, will use reusable carryout bags. The bill, introduced by Assemblywoman Grace Spencer (D., Essex)
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June 5, 2016 | By Jonathan Lai, Staff Writer
Atlantic City's shuttered Showboat casino-hotel will reopen next month as a hotel only, Philadelphia developer Bart Blatstein announced Friday. With 852 rooms, it will be the largest non-casino hotel in New Jersey, Blatstein's Tower Investments said in a news release. "There's a lot more coming," Blatstein said Friday. "This is the start of a much greater plan. " Showboat, along with the Atlantic City Hilton, Revel, and Trump Plaza, closed in 2014 amid fierce gambling competition on the East Coast, which squeezed Atlantic City's only real industry.
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June 5, 2016 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, STAFF WRITER
ATLANTIC CITY - Time moves slowly for Anthony Catanoso and his brothers at the famed and historic Steel Pier, a place where all sorts of outlandish ideas eventually do come to fruition, but glacially. So here Catanoso is, his pier's signature Crazy Mouse coaster safely beyond the grasp of lenders who tried to seize it, in typically absurd Atlantic City fashion, sitting at last inside a gondola car of his boldly envisioned $14 million, 227-foot-high Observation Wheel. Alas, the rest of the wheel, fashioned in Italy and shipped earlier this year to New Jersey in 32 containers, is still in various warehouses in Pleasantville and Williamstown.
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