July 28, 2016 |
Emma Sanders was late to the Mississippi delegation's breakfast Tuesday, almost skipped it altogether, the exhausting first night of the Democratic National Convention having taken its toll on the great-grandmother. But when she finally arrived, she was in fine spirits, ready to talk about the momentous time in Atlantic City, when she was a Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party delegate. It has been 52 years. The 1964 convention in Boardwalk Hall was the last time the Democratic Party held its national gathering in the area, and the bad reviews that came out of Atlantic City were a punch to the gut for the resort.
July 10, 2016 |
ON THE VENTNOR-ATLANTIC CITY BORDER - The days when 10 a.m. was the bicycle witching hour - the time when any illusion of One Boardwalk stretching from Ventnor's Margate border on through Atlantic City's inlet evaporated, when Ventnor's "until noon" bicycle hours collided head-on into Atlantic City's "until 10 a.m. " - are over. Not quite officially over, but almost, and very, very unofficially over. After some adjustment, police have accepted the city ordinance is changing, and have adopted a laissez-faire attitude.
July 8, 2016 |
ATLANTIC CITY - Hillary Clinton wanted Missouri and Pacific Avenues, in front of the blank white tower of the now-shuttered Trump Plaza, where you can still make out the impressions left by the letters T-R-U-M-P. But in a town where casinos still hold sway, despite four closing in 2014, that idea was nixed because it would have cut off traffic and business into neighboring Caesars. Instead, Clinton settled in to take aim at her rival on the Boardwalk that helped build his brand, her podium set up on a diagonal so that another Trump remnant, a rubbed-out "TRUMP PLAZA," where lit-up marquee letters had been, was visible behind her. Donald Trump himself had sued to get his name removed in 2014 while the Plaza was in its death throes.
June 25, 2016
KIDS Through Jan. 1, Academy of Natural Sciences , 19th and the Parkway. $17.95; $14.95 seniors; $13.95 ages 3 to 12; under 3 admitted free. 215-299-1000. Breaking news: A Tyrannosaurus rex will be roaming the vicinity of the Ben Franklin Parkway for the rest of the year. Also, a stegosaurus, gigantoraptor, bronto, and more. (We know, can't be any more of an inconvenience than the cattle-chute road construction that's been there since the late Paleozoic). This exhibit features more than a dozen life-sized, realistic, animatronic dinosaurs, plus skeletons, fossils, a dig site for young paleontologists, and, of course, dino poop (scientists call it coprolite, but we don't have to)
June 19, 2016 |
OCEAN CITY, N.J. - The Miss New Jersey pageant is like a mini-me, the kid sister from another boardwalk allowed to tag along with Miss America in September. State pageants, the qualifiers for Miss America, bring pageantry back to their basics, a journey deep to the heart of a Miss Seashore Line labyrinth. Here you really see how the whole enterprise is rooted not in cookie-cutter perfection but in something more akin to, hey, why not me? But also, why? A Miss New Jersey has not been crowned Miss America on pageant night since 1937.
June 12, 2016 |
Summer is a great time for kids to play in the sand, climb trees, investigate tide pools, and lift rocks in the creek to see what's underneath. There's also plenty else for them to do, from children's concerts and theater to animatronic dinos. Kidchella (June 17, July 15, and Aug. 19, Smith Playground) Wee ones get a chance to break out the tie-dye and dance at the third annual children's festival, now a three-concert affair on Friday evenings. On tap: Jazz-folkie Lucy Kalantari and kindie-rocker Joanie Leeds (June 17)
May 11, 2016 |
ATLANTIC CITY - With a Trump casino carcass next door and a local union in a protracted war with billionaire Carl Icahn, Atlantic City provided Bernie Sanders with plenty of material Monday. "I don't have to tell you too much about Donald Trump," the Democratic presidential candidate told a crowd inside Boardwalk Hall, which is next to the closed and stripped-of-all-branding Trump Plaza casino hotel. "You know more about him than most Americans. " Sanders took sharp aim at both Trump and Icahn at the impassioned morning rally.
March 5, 2016
Here is the schedule for the wrestling state championships: At Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City Friday Preliminary round, 5 p.m. Pre-quarterfinals to follow Saturday Wrestleback No. 1, 10 a.m. Quarterfinals and wrestleback No. 2 to follow Semifinals and wrestleback No. 3, 5 p.m. Wrestleback No. 4 to follow Sunday Wrestleback No. 5, 10 a.m. Third-place finals to follow Championship finals, 3...
December 17, 2015 |
ATLANTIC CITY - Glenn Straub has a broken bone that's just not fitting into his schedule. It's an odd lump on the 69-year-old Florida billionaire's shoulder, some cracked something from a few months back that he never got checked out and probably won't. He figures that it's healing on its own or that he'll probably break it again, the same way he did before, playing full-contact polo atop 1,000-pound thoroughbreds with other wealthy men in tony ZIP codes. "Yeah, I fell off a horse for like the 47th time or something and broke something, but I don't have time to get it fixed," he says, a West Virginia drawl still deep in his voice.
October 1, 2015 |
THE THIRD SEASON of the NBC police drama "Chicago PD" starts tonight, and Jesse Lee Soffer , who plays Detective Jay Halstead, sat down with me yesterday to offer a sneak peek of what to expect. Soffer, who's been acting since he was 6 years old, had a smaller role in "Chicago Fire," playing an ambiguously dirty policeman. It's when producers on the show decided to make a spin-off based on the police department's perspective that they cast Soffer as a cop in the intelligence unit whose moral and ethical boundaries are a little muddled.