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.
August 26, 2014 |
ATLANTIC CITY - It was always just weed, grass or pot. No one ever called it marijuana when he was growing up in South Philly, and as far as Jeffrey Matteo knew, all it ever did was get you high, hungry and tired. But decades later, as his mother, Josephine, fought and beat a round of lymphoma only to see it come back and ravage her some more, Matteo learned more about the plant and its medicinal powers. He persuaded his mother to try it, for the second time in her life, dipping a toothpick in hemp oil and putting it on her tongue, and it began to pry her and constant pain apart.
August 19, 2014 |
THE 'SEINFELD' fans among us no doubt remember the episode in which George Costanza (played by Jason Alexander) declared the "Summer of George. " Well, it may be accurate to proclaim this the "Summer of Guy. " Last month, Guy Fieri, the tatted-up, spike-haired star of Food Network's "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives" opened Guy Fieri's Chophouse at Bally's Atlantic City. Last night, he saw the second-season debut of "Rachael vs. Guy: Kids Cook-Off," a competition series he co-hosts with another TV-foodie titan (and his close pal)
June 29, 2014 |
The planned closure of the Showboat casino on Aug. 31 is a severe blow to its 2,100 workers and another deep bruise on the Atlantic City casino industry. But at a Friday afternoon news conference outside the Tanger Walk outlets, where a Bass Pro Shop is under construction, Mayor Don Guardian kept his chin up and said, "Atlantic City is still on the move despite this economic hiccup. " The mayor called the decision by Las-Vegas-based Caesars Entertainment Corp. to close Showboat "a shame," and said it would motivate him to "work 24/7 to bring new investment to Atlantic City.
September 29, 2013 |
PHILADELPHIA'S most prominent boxers fared well this summer, ousting whoever stepped into the ring against them. Kensington's Danny Garcia (27-0) defeated Lucas Matthysse on the Mayweather-Canelo undercard. North Philadelphia's Bryant Jennings (17-0) managed a stellar knockout over Andrey Fedosov back in late May Middleweight Gabriel Rosado lost a split decision to J'Leon Love in May that was overturned when Love failed a drug test. But with all that, it's likely that Jesse Hart put together the busiest and most prolific summer.
May 17, 2011 |
KATHLEEN TURNER, Tyne Daly and playwright Terrence McNally will be among guests at the Philadelphia Theatre Company's 35th-anniversary gala June 6 at the Hyatt at the Bellevue. Former Gov. Ed Rendell hosts the gala event honoring Sara Garonzik , PTC's producing artistic director, and longtime board member Kenneth S. Kaiserman . Turner appeared last year in PTC's "Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins ," and Daly is about to star in the revival of McNally's "Master Class" on Broadway.
April 4, 2011 |
IT WASN'T that long ago that Joey Fatone was twirling, gliding and crooning his way across hockey-arena stages while thousands of young girls squealed at his every move, and that of his four fellow 'N Sync members. So that can't possibly be the same Joey Fatone on the stage of the intimate Palace Theater at Bally's Atlantic City, handing out cash and prizes to the quarter-slots crowd as host of "The Price Is Right Live!" can it? It can and it is. Through April 27, Fatone, 34, is making like Drew Carey in the live version of the iconic CBS-TV game show.
November 28, 2010 |
LAS VEGAS - Like all major U.S. destinations, Sin City has felt the full throttle of the recession. But Vegas' economy, built entirely on spending - whether through gambling on the Strip's 33 casinos, relaxing at the lavish spas, or shopping at the upscale malls - needs tourists more than any other. And starting in early 2011, the city's marketing message will be heavily geared toward those who survived the recession. Why the push? "Survival," Rob Dondero, executive vice president of R&R Partners, the Las Vegas public relations firm that coined the famous "What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas" slogan, said candidly.
July 1, 2010 |
T IGER WOODS worked out at Bally's in King of Prussia yesterday afternoon following his first day golfing at the AT&T National. Woods, accompanied by caddy Steve Williams , and a few other guys, did some free weights and stretching with an exercise ball. Dressed in head-to-toe Nike gear, Woods was gracious to gym members who came over to say hello including Kurt Laufer , of GirlsofPhilly.com, who told Woods to "Give 'em hell this week. " Laufer was tempted to offer to introduce Woods to one of the nude models on his Web site, but took the high road instead.
June 11, 2010
ARE YOU ready for some beer pong? If you are, the Wild Wild West casino at Bally's Atlantic City is the place to be as the town's first bee- pong facility opens tonight. In case you just got back from an extended trip to Saturn, beer pong is a college-campus and sports-event tailgating staple. It's played on a regulation pingpong table, but no paddles are involved. The object is to toss a pingpong ball into a plastic cup filled with beer on the opponent's side of the table. (The game generally involves 10 cups per side, arranged in a triangular shape.