July 14, 2014 |
Daniel Heneghan prepares to ascend the spiral of stairs inside the Absecon Lighthouse. Again. At least once a week, the former newspaperman climbs those 228 iron steps to stay fit - and raise a bit of money for a magnificent, if underappreciated, Atlantic City landmark. Standing about 170 feet, or 16 stories, Absecon Lighthouse is widely described as the tallest in New Jersey and the third-tallest in America. Heneghan, 61, has been climbing it regularly since early 2013. "The fastest I ever did was just under three minutes," he tells me before we start our journey Thursday - his 42d of the year, my first of a lifetime.
July 14, 2014 |
ATLANTIC CITY - While the amusement-park sound of slot machines filtered through Trump Plaza on Saturday, the men and women who staff the casino put on their brave faces. While they dealt cards, swept the gaming floor, or emptied trash bins as usual, the crisis in this battered resort had deepened the night before. Owners of Trump Plaza confirmed they plan to close the casino in mid-September and will issue formal layoff notices Monday to about 1,600 employees. "I'm not ready to believe it until I get that notice in my hands, telling me it's time to look for another job," said slot attendant Parimal Mehta, 57, of Egg Harbor Township, who has worked at Trump Plaza for 22 years.
July 10, 2014 |
ATLANTIC CITY - Caesars Entertainment Corp. is open to selling the Showboat to save the casino hotel from closure, the company confirmed Tuesday. "We're willing to sell if we receive a reasonable offer from a responsible buyer," spokesman Gary Thompson said. "We've received some expressions of interest from a number of groups and are reviewing them. " Caesars announced June 26 that the Mardi Gras-themed Showboat was seeing its last summer. Its 2,100 employees received notices the following day that the casino planned to close Aug. 31. Unite Here Local 54, the casino workers' union representing about 900 of Showboat's employees, will stage a protest Wednesday - starting at 5 p.m. at Brighton Park, just off the Boardwalk - over the planned closure.
July 10, 2014 |
GARY McBRIDE clearly remembers the day his father, Ed McBride, took him on a boat ride along the Atlantic City shoreline. Ed had a vision. He could see a line of casino hotels along the Boardwalk, replacing the seedy arcades, popcorn stands and hotdog joints that were there then. Of course, Ed's vision eventually came to fruition, and he had a significant part in its creation. Edward A. McBride, longtime labor leader whose focus was always on the welfare of the working men and women in his unions, died July 1. He was 87 and had been born and raised in Kensington.
July 9, 2014 |
TRENTON - While proclaiming his staunch support for Atlantic City, State Senate President Stephen Sweeney said Monday that he is open to expanding casinos to North Jersey - as long as they generate a "sustainable amount of money for capital and infrastructure" for the struggling resort. Lawmakers could put a gaming question on the ballot as soon as November 2015, Sweeney said, giving residents a chance to end Atlantic City's 36-year exclusive right to casino gambling in New Jersey. The seaside city has been battered by regional competition from Pennsylvania, New York, and Maryland.
July 8, 2014 |
CONGRATS TO 6ABC's Brian Taff and wife Mara , who welcomed twin boys July 2. The twins, Brady Donovan and Sawyer Patrick , weighed in at 4 pounds, 11 ounces and 5 pounds 4 ounces, respectively. These are the Taffs' first children. In fact, the boys could serve as unofficial 6ABC mascots. Not only does Brian co-anchor the 4 p.m. newscast, but Mara works in the creative services department. A 'Real' diva "Real Housewife of New York's" Aviva Drescher and the fam spent her July Fourth weekend in Philly, stopping by hotspots of all different stripes.
July 4, 2014 |
An A.C. opening, how rare! More than 20 years ago, club disc jockey and sandwich-shop owner Steve Martorano left Philadelphia for Fort Lauderdale, Fla. With only a few bucks in his pocket, he started a restaurant in a strip mall, Cafe Martorano. The shtick was a hit, as it were - mob movies playing on TVs, Sinatra crooning from the speakers, the red gravy flowing, the late-night crowd dancing amid the tables. A few years ago, the casinos came calling, and Martorano opened in Seminole Hard Rock in Hollywood, Fla., and at the Rio in Las Vegas, and, this fall, at Paris in Las Vegas.
July 2, 2014 |
Each year, Philadelphia University receives about 2,500 applications for its graduate program in physician assistant studies - and 20 percent of those applications typically come from New Jersey. Most have to be turned away. The private university based in East Falls has only 50 spots a year and keeps half of them for students who have come through its undergraduate program. That's despite predictions by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics that physician assistants - who diagnose and treat patients under the supervision of a physician - will be the second-fastest-growing profession in the next decade, as more people get health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. On Tuesday, the university is to unveil a partnership that crosses state boundaries, spans the public/private sector, and is aimed at filling that demand, particularly in underserved urban areas such as Atlantic City, Camden, and Trenton.
July 1, 2014
A photo caption Sunday with the "Shore Dining" feature Sunday gave incorrect information. The person pictured is Paul Tonacci (above), co-owner of the Iron Room in Atlantic City. A photo published Sunday of a Bryn Mawr property for sale for $7.5 million was taken by Herb Engelsberg Photography.