April 19, 2014 |
ATLANTIC CITY - A directive to "watch the tram car, please" may have to be added as the Boardwalk grows more crowded in the coming months, but for now, a toot of the horn from the battery-powered Boardwalk Jitney will have to do. People strolling the boards during a trial run Friday may not have been used to vehicles beyond the usual rolling chairs. So as the grasshopper-green prototype made its way along the Boardwalk, some seemed reluctant to get out of the way. "They'll just have to get used to it," observed passenger Judy DeCaellis of Galloway as some of the walkers - after receiving several toots from the horn - moved to the side to let the vehicle pass.
March 31, 2014 |
ATLANTIC CITY - It is, as Boardwalk Hall staff organist Steven Ball puts it with the utmost affection, like the painting next to the Mona Lisa . Colossally overshadowed, yes, but an enigmatic entrancer nonetheless. This is Boardwalk Hall's other organ, its console situated in an upstairs balcony in the ballroom, an instrument installed in 1929 to accompany silent movies. Of all the things you knew about the monumental and still-pulsing Boardwalk Hall and its ballroom, this one may have slipped by. The ballroom, built for dancing and showing motion pictures, was equipped with the surround sound of the day: the pipe organ.
December 31, 2013 |
Schalick controlled the paint and the game at Sunday's Boardwalk Classic, taking down Pleasantville, 87-61, in the Chickie Ludman Memorial boys' basketball showcase at Wildwoods Convention Center. The Cougars, who are ranked 12th in South Jersey by The Inquirer, outscored Pleasantville by 46-32 down low. UMass recruit Rashaan Holloway had 25 points and 11 rebounds, and his younger brother Mike Holloway added 19 rebounds. In the Big Al Bracket, Mainland outlasted Penns Grove, 81-77, in double overtime to win the consolation game.
November 22, 2013 |
IT'S BEGINNING to look - and, especially, sound - a lot like Christmas in Atlantic City, with various venues planning seasonal musical productions over the next five weeks. Only one gaming hall, Tropicana Atlantic City, has an extended-run revue. Others are staging one- or two-nighters where big-name artists covering musical genres from country ( Kenny Rogers ) to jump-'n'-jive ( Brian Setzer Orchestra ) put their own spin on the season's sounds. 'Holiday Extravaganza': Seasonal revusical features a high-kicking ensemble and a sleigh-full of favorite holiday tunes, both pop and traditional.
October 17, 2013 |
ATLANTIC CITY - Guarding stunning women didn't come cheap for this struggling resort. Making sure the 53 Miss America contestants were safe and sound cost more than a quarter of a million dollars just in police overtime during the nearly two weeks they were shuttled around town last month. The total overtime tab for police, fire, and emergency management security for the City of Atlantic City to put on Miss America, from the time the contestants arrived Sept. 3 to the lead-up to the big parade and pageant weekend on Sept.
October 8, 2013 |
FORMER 'NSYNC -ER Joey Fatone hit Atlantic City this weekend to check out the Boardwalk Rodeo for his show "My Family Recipe Rocks," on the Live Well Network. Thankfully, bucking broncos aren't on the menu. Instead, Fatone wanted to highlight Jersey in ways that it isn't known for, like judging the DO AC Smokin' Hot Atlantic City BBQ Championship. "There are other things besides boardwalks and casinos," Fatone said. The crazy part of his off-the-boardwalk-path exploration of N.J.?
September 20, 2013 |
The fire that devastated four blocks of the boardwalk in Seaside Park and Seaside Heights last week, which officials say was caused by electrical wiring likely damaged by Hurricane Sandy, had other Shore towns concerned Wednesday. Atlantic City's top fire official said that while the city had inspected buildings along its boardwalk in the storm's immediate aftermath, "after this fire in Seaside, we're thinking of doing another round of those [public-service announcements]. " Chief Dennis J. Brooks said: "We went out and inspected most of the buildings because things like this can happen when electrical wires come in contact with salt water.
September 20, 2013 |
EVEN KEVIN DURANT, one of the NBA's best free-throw shooters, would have a hard time winning his own Oklahoma City Thunder jersey by shooting hoops on the Wildwood boardwalk. The rims aren't exactly circular, the balls are overinflated and seagulls often block your line of vision. And if that's not bad enough, federal authorities say, shooters lucky enough to sink shots at games operated by two Atlantic County brothers have been rewarded with knock-off jerseys. According to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Newark, Brett Strothers, 32, of Egg Harbor Township, and Evan Strothers, 28, of Mays Landing, are accused of buying 16,700 counterfeit NBA and NFL jerseys from two men, Joseph Cuozzo, an American living in Thailand, and Haresh Aildasani, an Indian citizen living and manufacturing the fake jerseys in China.
September 19, 2013 |
Gov. Christie's plan to redirect $15 million in federal Sandy aid to another tragedy - the fire last week on the Seaside boardwalk - is vague on eligibility requirements, and is drawing criticism from both the left and the right. Officials on Tuesday attributed the blaze to old and faulty electric wiring - under a building that housed a custard stand and a candy shop - that was exposed to sand and saltwater during the storm surge. But Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph Coronato said officials "will never know" if Sandy actually caused the fire.
September 19, 2013 |
TOMS RIVER, N.J. - Nearly a year after Sandy ravaged the Jersey Shore, investigators said Tuesday its severe flooding may have compromised belowground electrical wiring and equipment in a building that housed a frozen custard stand and candy store, and sparked a fire that destroyed four blocks of the boardwalk in Seaside Park and Seaside Heights. Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato said 27 investigators from federal, state, and county agencies had worked more than 40 hours in the four days since the fire to conclude a criminal investigation that determined that Thursday's blaze, which gutted as many as 50 businesses, was accidental.