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.
February 3, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA During three days of testimony last week for a second casino license in Philadelphia, the questions from commissioners were almost as important as the answers from the five applicants. And it was clear from their back-and-forth that this state gaming board wants to minimize risk and avoid past mistakes. More than once, commissioners invoked the names of Foxwoods and Revel like warnings. The Foxwoods group lost its license for a South Philadelphia waterfront casino after repeated internal setbacks.
February 2, 2014 |
This was supposed to be a rebuilding year for St. Augustine in basketball. It has become something much more than that for the Hermits. That was clear on Friday night, when St. Augustine stunned Atlantic City, 60-52, on the Vikings' home court in the nightcap of the first session of the 20th Battle by the Bay showcase. Relying heavily on a precocious freshman and two unflappable sophomores, St. Augustine outplayed Atlantic City in a clash of Top 10 teams and Cape-Atlantic League rivals before a near-capacity crowd in the Vikings' cavernous gymnasium.
January 29, 2014 |
Coming off an emotional win last week over South Jersey's top-ranked Holy Spirit, Atlantic City again called on Isiah Graves and Dennis White in the second half of Monday's 62-44 over host Egg Harbor Township in a Cape-Atlantic League boys' basketball game. The Vikings trailed, 20-19, at halftime before Graves and White hit the Eagles with an offensive barrage after the break. Graves connected on two treys as he scored nine of his game-high 21 points in the third quarter. White was held to just four points in the first half, but poured in 14 more in the second to join Graves in double figures.
January 29, 2014 |
A Philadelphia judge denied a bail request Monday for reputed mob associate Ronald Galati, who is being held on charges that he ordered the killings of three men. Galati, 63, who worked at a South Philadelphia auto-body shop, has been held without bail since his arrest Dec. 13. He is accused of ordering the murder of a rival auto-body-shop owner and that man's son for allegedly cooperating with authorities investigating possible insurance fraud...
January 28, 2014 |
It has been a busy month for the folks at SugarHouse Casino. On New Year's Eve, the company brought 2014 in with a bang - literally - by bankrolling the fireworks on the Delaware River. The casino also sponsored the Mummers Parade. Then, actual business interfered. On the downside for Gregory Carlin, 47, chief executive of the casino, were hurdles erected by Pennsylvania gaming regulators to the casino's plan to build a temporary poker facility in advance of its $155 million expansion slated for 2015.
January 26, 2014 |
Val Pineiro didn't score in the second half, but with all the damage she did before halftime, it didn't matter all that much. Pineiro scored all 15 of her points in the first half Friday as Audubon downed visiting Camden County Tech, 45-23, in a nonleague girls' basketball contest. Maddie Lord added 13 points and eight rebounds for the Green Wave, who raced to a 31-8 lead by halftime. Miracle Carraway led Camden County Tech with 11 points. NONLEAGUE Northern Burlington 36, Cinnaminson 32: Brianna Coit's 17 points enabled the Greyhounds to slip past visiting Cinnaminson.
January 25, 2014 |
Isiah Graves had one of the best seats in the crowded house in the second quarter. So did Dennis White. But they did their best work as participants, not spectators. Atlantic City's senior leaders bounced off the bench in the second half and carried the visiting Vikings to an imposing, 62-46 victory over Holy Spirit on Thursday in a Cape-Atlantic American battle of Top 3 boys' basketball teams. Graves scored all 13 of his points in the second half, and White scored 10 of his 16 as Atlantic City, the No. 3 team in The Inquirer's South Jersey rankings, pulled away from the top-ranked Spartans before a capacity-plus crowd.