June 8, 2015
ISSUE | OIL TRAINS Safer routes The reality is that Bakken oil trains endanger thousands in the Delaware Valley, rail accidents are a daily reality, and federal regulations are too weak ("Good safety record, getting better," June 2). Better to transport oil by ship through the Great Lakes directly to refineries. Leaders in City Hall need to demand that no lives be imperiled so that Philadelphia can become an energy hub. |Michael Volpe, Philadelphia, email@example.com ISSUE | CLIMATE Role for church Climate-altering pollution is leading to more deadly storms, drought, and famine - impacts disproportionately felt by the poorest in our communities ("Santorum says Pope Francis should butt out of climate debate," June 3)
June 7, 2015 |
Faced with declining finances and church attendance, Atlantic City's four Catholic parishes will be merged into one, Camden Bishop Dennis Sullivan announced Friday. The combined parish will be called the Parish of St. Monica as of July 1. Our Lady Star of the Sea and St. Nicholas of Tolentine will serve as the churches of the parish. The churches of St. Monica and St. Michael will be closed as of July 1, a diocesan spokesman said. At a briefing Friday, Sullivan introduced the priests assigned to the merged parish.
June 7, 2015 |
ATLANTIC CITY - Coby Frier, 48, saw the writing on the candy pink stucco wall of his AC Dolls club on Pacific Avenue. Business was good - how could it not be? - but there was pressure to get it off the main drag through town. And the immediate area outside made the strip club look like the Smithsonian or something. So he closed up AC Dolls and decamped to a side street - but not just any side street, the fabled New York Avenue beach block. He opened, side by side, Strip Search, and in April, his flagship, Brittany Shannon's Hideaway, a members-only gentleman's club in partnership with Shannon, an adult film star and onetime Miss Howard Stern of the Month.
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.