February 21, 2014 |
The state individual wrestling tournament will begin this weekend with district competition. South Jersey wrestlers will compete in eight district tournaments. The top three finishers in each weight class at each district will advance to the region tournaments. Wrestlers from Districts 25 through 28 will advance to the Region 7 tournament Feb. 26 and 28 and March 1 at Robbinsville. Wrestlers from Districts 29 through 32 will advance to the Region 8 tournament Feb. 26 and 28 and March 1 at Egg Harbor Township.
February 17, 2014 |
My favorite thing to wear for cold-weather running is a pair of violet capri-length tights that I bought for $10 at the Nike Outlet in Atlantic City. The material is sweat-wicking, and the bottom-leg elastic is snug but not so tight that I can't slip a pair of knee-high compression socks under them. This setup is more comfortable for me than ankle-length tights. They are perfect for running, but when I wear them I become a target. My rear end was smacked by a group of men passing me on my way to the gym; a cluster of teenage boys paused while shoveling snow to give me their opinions of my butt; and two men in a City of Philadelphia vehicle yelled out of their window how they thought I filled out my colorful pants.
February 14, 2014 |
ATLANTIC CITY - Gamblers in New Jersey lost $9.5 million playing poker, slots, and other casino games online in January. That was $2 million, or 28 percent, more than in December, the first full month of legal Internet gambling in the state, the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement reported Wednesday. Caesars Interactive Entertainment Inc., which has three online brands in New Jersey - CaesarsCasino.com, Harrahscasino.com, and WSOP.com - accounted for nearly half of the increase.
February 11, 2014 |
Linnea Zepf, 66, of Northfield, N.J., an Atlantic County social worker, died of lung cancer Wednesday, Jan. 29, at home. Since 2007, Ms. Zepf had worked for the Division of Intergenerational Services of the Atlantic County Department of Human Services, her daughter, Dawn Joslin, said. Born in Philadelphia, Ms. Zepf graduated from Cherry Hill West High School and earned a bachelor's degree in political science at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey in 1989. She attended the Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Mich., from 1991 to '93. At Pennsylvania State University, she and her daughter attended a short program, Ice Cream 101, Business Management for Ice Cream Retailers, Joslin said, "so we could open an ice cream store in Ventnor.
February 11, 2014
I WAS watching 30 years ago when Vanessa Williams made history by becoming the first black Miss America. Her crowning was one of those unforgettable TV images that have stayed with me all these years - seeing her, dressed in that lilac gown with the big pouf on her shoulder, accomplishing what no African-American had done before. No doubt, that historic moment will be in the back of Williams' mind when she returns to Atlantic City Friday night for a concert at Caesars. AC must hold bittersweet memories.
February 10, 2014 |
Howard Kupperman, 82, mayor of Longport, N.J., from 1983 through 1992, died of cancer Tuesday, Feb. 4, at his home in Tarpon Springs, Fla. He was a member of the Longport Board of Commissioners from 1966 to 1992 and, among other accomplishments, was known for having a smiling face painted on the municipal water tower, his wife, Lina Jane, said in a phone interview. During his one term in the New Jersey Assembly in the 1970s, he was the Republican sponsor of legislation that led to the legalization of casino gambling in Atlantic City, his wife said.
February 10, 2014 |
Recently, in his state-of-the-city speech, Mayor Don Guardian sounded upbeat. He said he was ready to tackle the most difficult problems facing Atlantic City. Can he do it? The first and most serious problem deals with the city's finances. Currently, Atlantic City's budget is about $250 million per year. Most of the revenue to pay that budget comes from property taxes, and most of that comes from the casinos. With the 40 percent decline in casino revenue from the peak years, casinos are seeking to reduce their assessed value.
February 9, 2014 |
WILDWOOD Over the last several years, Mayor Ernie Troiano says, the city has tried a variety of ways to raise money for the upkeep of its beaches, which, unlike those at most Jersey Shore resorts, are free. It has tried concerts, and tournaments, and camping, and even horseback riding. Now it is trying one more thing: a beach bar. The city commissioners voted unanimously Thursday to accept a bid from a group of Philadelphia club and restaurant owners to operate a beach bar beginning this summer.
February 8, 2014
An uncharacteristic note of caution has crept into the state gambling board's efforts to saddle Philadelphia with another casino. Regarding the likelihood that there is scant demand for even more gambling in the region, Gaming Control Board member Gregory Fajt said last week, "Saturation is the elephant in the room. It's something I'm personally concerned about. " Now he tells us. With SugarHouse in Fishtown, three more gambling houses in Philadelphia's suburbs, and a total of a dozen statewide, Pennsylvania now claims more casinos than Atlantic City.
February 8, 2014 |
It is a silvery, soaring monument to a stream of bad decisions. Revel Casino Hotel in Atlantic City offers a remarkable tale of government and industry collaboration on what has proven to be a magnificent failure that has obliterated at least $2 billion in investments. Despite a bankruptcy last year that wiped out $932 million in debt and cut yearly debt payments by 96 percent, losses grew, leading Revel's hedge-fund owners to put the casino up for sale. A deal - for as little as $200 million - could happen this month.