May 27, 2015
AN HISTORIC night from Joe Goosby helped the Soul register its most impressive win of the season on Saturday. Goosby, playing both sides of the ball, ran for three 1-yard touchdowns and scored another on an interception return as the Soul thumped host Tampa Bay, 71-27. Goosby also caused a pair of Storm fumbles and scored two more points on a blocked PAT. Goosby personally accounted for 26 points, one fewer than the Storm. The AFL hands out individual awards for each game, and Goosby became the first player in Soul history to be named top offensive and defensive player in the same contest.
May 27, 2015 |
ATLANTIC CITY - It was a sunny holiday weekend, literally and figuratively. While Ma Nature provided almost-perfect weather conditions (save for some unseasonably chilly nights), visitors provided smiles all around for those who make their livings in this beleaguered seaside resort. "In every sense - gaming metrics, hotel metrics, food and beverage - it was a strong weekend," bragged Tony Rodio, who, as CEO and president of Tropicana Entertainment, oversees operations at Tropicana Atlantic City.
May 26, 2015 |
PLEASANTVILLE, N.J. - Ramon Melo has finished a day of teaching algebra and calculus at Pleasantville High School, finally using his background as a chemical engineer in the Dominican Republic - not to mention his Spanish - after spending 14 years as a cocktail server for now-closed Showboat. But little more than 12 hours after arriving home from the substitute teaching job, he will be headed for a familiar 4 a.m. shift at Bally's Wild Wild West, slinging drinks for gamblers in the predawn hours.
May 25, 2015 |
The Soul rebounded from their only loss of the season by routing the Tampa Bay Storm, 71-27, on Saturday night at Amalie Arena in Florida. The Soul (8-1) jumped to a 13-0 lead in the first quarter and never looked back. Dan Raudabaugh threw for 213 yards and three touchdowns on 19-for-26 passing. Bryan Randall was 4 for 6 for 57 yards and two scores. Lonnie Outlaw led all receivers with 85 receiving yards and a touchdown on four catches. Joe Goosby led a Soul defense that held the Storm scoreless in the first half.
May 22, 2015 |
With Stockton University's leadership and expansion plans in turmoil, the school said Wednesday that its acting president, who had planned to leave July 1, would stay on in an effort to bring stability. Harvey Kesselman, who had been slated to become president of the University of Southern Maine, will stay at Stockton, where he will continue to handle the fallout from the university's stymied deal to build an "island campus" at the former Showboat casino in Atlantic City. "There is no way I would have been comfortable at this point to leave," Kesselman said Wednesday afternoon.
May 21, 2015 |
Atlantic City is attempting today to sell $40.56 million in bonds to repay a state loan issued in December when the financially beleaguered city was shut out of the bond market over concerns that the city would default. This time Atlantic City is using a New Jersey program established by the Municipal Qualfied Bond Act that diverts state aid into a fund to repay bonds. Moody's Investors Service said in a note that the state backing "should improve the city's market access," but warned the city still faces numerous financial challenges, including a $101 million deficit this year and thousands of property-tax appeals.
May 19, 2015 |
ATLANTIC CITY - Bass Pro Shops opened here April 15, and the outdoor gear and apparel retailer surpassed expected sales by "40 percent" for its first month. "It was outstanding," said Eric Clements, the store's general manager, whose Springfield, Mo., firm doesn't release specific sales numbers. The Bass store sales represent a hopeful blip in this ailing gambling town, where four casinos closed last year, snuffing out 8,000 jobs. Retail is expected to play a bigger role here.
May 18, 2015 |
OF ALL THE SINS that go down in Atlantic City, skipping Sunday Mass isn't one among devout Catholics. Even for casino gamblers, "vacations are not a vacation from church," says Father Joe Pham, pastor of Our Lady Star of the Sea, on Atlantic Avenue. It's not about praying for luck, he says. "It's for their faith. They fulfill their obligation to God. " Pham's church celebrates 10 weekend Masses, in three languages: six in English, three in Spanish (led by his assistant priest, Father Jaime Hostios, who's from Columbia)
May 16, 2015 |
Atlantic City is the new home of the BeachGlow Festival. On June 27, the fourth annual EDM fest will debut in A.C. after previously taking place in Wildwood. "Atlantic City welcomed us with open arms," co-organizer Gerard Kunkel said about the switch. BeachGlow is a nonprofit and all-volunteer. Last year, the fest donated $40,000 to the Red Cross. This year's charity is Little Kids Rock, an organization that raises money for music programs in public schools. An extra $10 donation, in addition to the ticket, is suggested.
May 16, 2015 |
Can music save Atlantic City? With four casinos shut down last year, live music receives a big summer job: Bring bodies - and dollars - back to the beleaguered resort. The Borgata opens an outdoor venue that holds 5,000, and there's a beefed-up series of big-name shows at Boardwalk Hall (including those highlighted below), plus the Eagles on July 17 and Puerto Rican pop singer Chayanne on Aug. 20. There will once again be two giant free concerts spread over one long weekend this summer, modeled after the Blake Shelton and Lady Antebellum experience of last summer, though dates and headliners are yet unknown.