June 4, 2015 |
THE MYSTERIOUS clay bust found on the Ventnor boardwalk is of a dentist from Wilmington. Though some said the 20-pound sculpture found on the boardwalk last year looked like Notre Dame football coach Knute Rockne, Luca Brasi from "The Godfather" or comedian Tim Allen, Betsy Schwartz says it's her "Pop Pop," Samuel Shames. "He definitely was the patriarch of our family," Schwartz, a Wilmington native who lives in Connecticut, told the Daily News on Wednesday. Police in Ventnor found the sculpture on the boardwalk near Lafayette Avenue in November and assumed it had been stolen and discarded.
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 12, 2015 |
When Platinum Productions billed its Saturday showcase at Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall as a "Mother's Day Music Festival," you had to ask yourself, "How sexy is my mom?" Because an event featuring R&B lover men the Isley Brothers and Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds along with lover lady Fantasia could turn out to be a pretty steamy affair (Platinum produced more typically Mom-centric shows on Mother's Day itself with Freddy Jackson, Blue Magic, and Marvin Sapp, throughout Atlantic City)
March 29, 2015 |
OCEAN GROVE, N.J. - Two and a half years ago, Joe Gigas sat in a hotel room and made a decision. His house had just been ripped apart by superstorm Sandy. The homes and lives of his neighbors had also been upended. Chaos reigned. As the race director of the New Jersey Marathon, he knew that there was one thing he could do to bring back some sense of normalcy: pronounce that the 2013 race would go on as planned. "I didn't have a clue how we were going to do it," he said. He did it by working with the governments and police departments of eight Shore towns in Monmouth County.
March 18, 2015 |
ATLANTIC CITY - A full house showed up at Atlantic City Council chambers Monday to hear plans by a team of city-appointed architects, planners, and engineers on how to convert Bader Field and Gardner's Basin into moneymaking enterprises for the struggling city. Mayor Don Guardian stood near the front to listen and watch the PowerPoint presentation by Maser Consulting P.A. of Red Bank. The first half of the 21/2-hour meeting focused on transforming the 140 barren acres at Bader Field, a former airport, into a site for sporting events, athletic fields, retail, dining, and housing similar to Ocean City, Md.; Key West, Fla.; and Myrtle Beach, S.C. "The idea is to reactivate this site," said lead presenter Gerald DeFelicis Jr. of Maser.
March 13, 2015 |
THE SOUL will play its May 30 home game in Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall, the Daily News has learned from a source close to the situation. Philadelphia will play the Las Vegas Outlaws at 6 p.m. on the Saturday after Memorial Day weekend. The game is being billed as the "Brawl at the Hall" and is the initial sporting event for the Atlantic City Sports Commission, a group trying to revitalize the city. The fantasy sports website DraftKings.com is the lead sponsor. Ticket sales will open at noon tomorrow and will be available at www.PhiladelphiaSoul.com or by calling 888-879-SOUL.
March 3, 2015 |
WILDWOOD - This is a Shore town with a reputation as an almost-anything-goes kind of place - famous for its racy T-shirts sold on the boardwalk and annual debauch known as Senior Week. It is also a place where town leaders are still determining the fine line between what is acceptable behavior and what isn't. You can certainly sport one of those off-color T-shirts on a boardwalk stroll. But just make sure your pants are pulled up or you'll risk a fine under a droopy drawers law. Coming for Senior Week?
February 24, 2015 |
ATLANTIC CITY - In the shadow of the casinos lies Gardner's Basin - a quaint, fishing village-like swath in the city's Northeast Inlet that many consider a gem, one that's been hidden and underused for decades. That's about to change as Atlantic City, faced with an uncertain economic future that must depend less on gambling, hopes an ambitious plan to transform Gardner's Basin into a destination like Baltimore's Inner Harbor will jump-start a revival. "Everyone in Atlantic City knows that Gardner's Basin could really be something special," said longtime Northeast Inlet resident Frank Becktel, 43, who drives a jitney for a living.
February 14, 2015 |
Charlie Wilson, known as "Uncle Charlie" to his hip-hop collaborators, such as Snoop Dogg and Kanye West, has just released Forever Charlie , another of his tough but romantic R&B albums. It's fitting he'll be at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City for Valentine's Day. "I'll always miss my brothers," says Wilson. He's referring to Robert and Ronnie Wilson, his brothers and bandmates in the Gap Band, with whom he made hits like "Outstanding" and "You Dropped a Bomb on Me" before going solo in 2000.
January 16, 2015 |
VENTNOR, N.J. - The message was clear Wednesday morning from the mayors of Ventnor and Longport to Margate, the beach town that sits between them: Get out the way and allow a protective dune to be built. After filing suit against the state Department of Environmental Protection, Margate will appear in federal court on Thursday to continue to plead its case to prevent the DEP and the Army Corps of Engineers from proceeding with a $74 million project that would build a contiguous dune along the length of Absecon Island from Atlantic City south to Longport.