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.
May 24, 1986 |
The prosecutor couldn't find enough glowing words of praise for the defendant. The judge was apologetic. The court clerk couldn't control her tears. And after Celestine Tate was convicted yesterday she gave an impromptu courtroom organ concert that was applauded warmly by the police who testified against her. The unusual proceeding occurred yesterday in Atlantic City, where Tate was convicted of violating a 1910 city law forbidding begging on the Boardwalk. Tate, 30, of Germantown, was born with a rare deformity that has left her with tiny, useless arms and legs.
September 1, 2002 |
Jack Webb can't remember how long he's been living under the Atlantic City Boardwalk. At least two years, maybe longer. He's only 53, but his memory fails him most of the time. "I really don't know what I'm going to do," Webb said. "I've been drinking so heavy that I'm going through DTs (delirium tremens). I start shaking and everything. I need to go to the hospital. " In Atlantic City, where tourists drop thousands at the casinos in a single night, so many people live under the Boardwalk that city officials do sweeps there twice a month.
July 13, 2003 |
OCEAN CITY, N.J. - The local kids await the return of Rob Holt. He is the best in their midst, and their crowd - call them goth, punks, freaks, whatever, they don't really care - tends to outclass the summer people. When he shows up on the boardwalk at 7:25 p.m. - dressed all in black, boots laced up to his knees under heavy pants, hair dyed black but eyes still baby blue - the wispy Holt, 17, generates an immediate buzz. He looks as if he's headed to hang out with the others as they complain about being hassled by the cops, compare pinky-size holes in their ears - a tangle of brooding and chains and spiky hairdos herded inside the green box painted on the boardwalk to designate a smoking zone.
July 6, 1989 |
The word in Atlantic City is that Mike Tyson was so smitten with a boardwalk sales clerk he dated earlier this week that he bought her a diamond watch. This mystery woman, who reportedly works at the trendy Gucci store, must not have read the recent book excerpt that quoted Tyson as bragging that one of his haymakers sent ex-wife Robin Givens caroming off their apartment walls like a pinball. Or maybe this woman can take a punch. Either way, she doesn't seem scared. Tyson has his own theory.
August 21, 1988 |
A Sicklerville man was arrested Friday by Atlantic City police and charged with resisting and eluding police after they said he drove a van for 35 blocks on the Boardwalk, striking two women. Adam R. Bailey, 27, an employee of the Greater Egg Harbor Regional School District, drove a van onto the Boardwalk near the Tropicana Hotel & Casino about 1:30 p.m. Friday and crashed through a construction barricade, Patrolman Kirk Sutton Sr. said. The van traveled east, striking the two women, and continued along the Boardwalk for 35 blocks at an estimated 30 m.p.h.
July 4, 2012
A blackout on the Ocean City, N.J., boardwalk Tuesday night resulted in several chaotic and scary minutes for Shore revelers. Atlantic City Electric reported more than 53,000 customers were without power across South Jersey around 10:50 p.m. Many of those outages were caused by last weekend's storm. There was no immediate information about how extensive Tuesday's outage in Ocean City was. Frank Seravalli, a reporter for the Philadelphia Daily News, said he was at Playland's Castaway Cove when, around 10:20 p.m., "all of the sudden the lights go out. " Small children started screaming while parents frantically tried to locate them.
June 30, 1999 |
The Atlantic City Seagulls walked the walk again Monday night in the United States Basketball League. So today, they will get to ride the Boardwalk in a victory parade back home. Coach Kevin Mackey's squad became the league's three-peat champions in Salina, Kan., by beating the Connecticut Skyhawks, 83-77. "If you can't be a player, it's great to be an owner," owner Ken Gross said. "One thing even better than being an owner is being a winning owner. " Despite the title, Gross has said he expects to sell or disband the team, citing a lack of fan support.
September 6, 2014 |
The hand-carved carousel in Seaside Heights, a longtime boardwalk staple that was set to be sold in an auction, is back from the dead. Borough officials introduced an ordinance Wednesday that would allow Seaside Heights to acquire the 104-year-old ride, coined the Dr. Floyd L. Moreland Historic Dentzel/Looff Carousel. The owners of Casino Pier - who were planning to sell it - would receive oceanfront property in exchange, according to the ordinance. The man whose name the carousel bears said Thursday he was "ecstatic" about the plan.
July 1, 1988 |
For 101 years, the most chic way to travel the Boardwalk has been in a rolling chair, a wheeled wicker vehicle in which two or three can ride beneath a gaily colored canvas canopy, pushed by a young man with strong legs and enough charm to talk walkers out of at least $5. Now Stuart McGinniss and Ernest English say they want to revive another idea for Boardwalk transit: electric rolling chairs. For most of the last week, the two entrepreneurs have run what they say is an electrified rolling chair for five along the boards, picking up riders for $1 each.