September 15, 2013 |
SEASIDE PARK, N.J.- The day after a raging fire devastated a four-block stretch of boardwalk, children woke to see the skeletal remains of beloved carnival rides, merchants peered into stores charred black against a brilliant blue sky, and firefighters, weary from a night of battling one of the worst blazes in state history, continued to douse smoldering timbers late into the afternoon. The cause of the fire, which began at Kohr's Custard Stand around 2:30 p.m. Thursday, is still under investigation.
September 14, 2013 |
SEASIDE PARK, N.J. - A fire that apparently began in an ice cream shop in Seaside Park on Thursday afternoon and swiftly consumed several blocks of the boardwalk that connects the Shore town and neighboring Seaside Heights, as well as buildings along the walkway, was finally brought to heel about 8 in the evening. Officials said at least 20 businesses along the boardwalk were destroyed or heavily damaged in the wind-whipped blaze, including familiar institutions such as Maruca's Pizza; the Carousel Arcade; the clubs Jack & Bill's, Beachcomber, and Sawmill; as well as a Kohr's frozen custard joint - where the fire apparently began.
September 6, 2013 |
* LAST TANGO IN HALIFAX. 8 p.m. Sunday, WHYY12. * BOARDWALK EMPIRE. 9 p.m. Sunday, HBO. WHAT COULD be sweeter - or safer - than a show depicting a rekindled romance between two people in their 70s? Quite a lot, if the show is "Last Tango in Halifax," which makes its U.S. debut on PBS Sunday. It's not that you couldn't dance this one with your grandparents (or with teenage grandkids, if you are grandparents). But like that other British import, "Call the Midwife," which has worked topics like abortion and incest into its deceptively cozy stories of nurse-midwives in 1950s London, "Last Tango in Halifax" isn't afraid to step on some toes.
September 5, 2013 |
ATLANTIC CITY - The heels of generations past were back on the Boardwalk once again Tuesday, as Atlantic City welcomed back its wayward true love Miss America after her seven-year sojourn in the Las Vegas desert. It was a mutual love affair, a family reunion, a warm and grateful embrace. And only one Miss America contestant - Miss Indiana, Terrin Zoe Thomas - got her stilettos stuck in the boards at the Boardwalk arrival ceremony. But hey, that in and of itself is a tradition of the Atlantic City-born-and-bred pageant.
September 4, 2013 |
THE GRAY clouds socked in over the Jersey Shore may have been a disappointment to those who had hoped for a sunnier holiday, but yesterday's gloomy skies were certainly appropriate as folks bid a sad goodbye to the 2013 summer vacation season. The weather had persuaded enough people to beat a hasty retreat, so that by 10:30 yesterday morning, westbound traffic on the Atlantic City Expressway was moving sporadically at best. Stretches of easy cruising were replaced by a stop-and-go crawl exacerbated by rainfall that hopscotched between gentle and monsoonlike.
September 1, 2013 |
ATLANTIC CITY may have lost its status as the gambling capital of the East, but it continues to take a back seat to few locales as a hotbed of live entertainment. Among the big names headed to town are Harry Connick Jr., Jerry Lewis, Jerry Seinfeld and John Fogerty. There is also a full slate of shows at Sands Bethlehem, including the once-in-a-lifetime teaming of the Beach Boys' sainted Brian Wilson and guitar god Jeff Beck. September 1: Bobby Rydell. The turn-of-the-'60s pop-rock icon has overcome some recent serious health and personal issues and is still ripping it up with his blend of signature tunes and "Great American Songbook" selections.
August 26, 2013 |
ATLANTIC CITY - At the helm of what may be one of the longest surviving family-owned businesses on this storied Boardwalk, Debbie Devlin has seen a lot of summertime trends come and go over the last 53 years. "I've always been here. . . . We're Boardwalk people; that's all we know," said Devlin, 67, owner of Irene's, a souvenir shop near South Carolina Avenue that since 1950 has supplied the kinds of trinkets and treasures that seem to top off a seaside vacation. Stocked cheek-by-jowl in the 1,800-square-foot throwback shop - where success and defeat come in waves beneath bug-zapping fluorescent lighting and atop a mishmash of flooring - thousands of items await purchase.
August 23, 2013 |
THE ATLANTIC City Alliance has garnered praise for such big-time initiatives as the free 3-D light show at Boardwalk Hall and Nik Wallenda 's global-publicity-generating high-wire strut over the beach in 2012. But another project has helped the seaside resort project an image far more subtle than that of a high-voltage, 24/7 party town. Launched last year, ARTlantic is designed to bolster Atlantic City as a tourist destination with public-art displays at two Boardwalk locations.
August 13, 2013 |
WILDWOOD - Becki Freiberg and Justin Crean ambled along the boardwalk, arms laced around one another with python intensity. In the Sunday afternoon crowd, among the bobbling bellies, deep cleavage, and large acres of exposed flesh, they seemed relatively well-dressed. Freiberg wore short shorts that revealed large, edgy cat tattoos on her thighs. Her low-cut T-shirt exposed her bra in the back. She had made the trip from Philadelphia to the Shore via Harley with Crean, a cosmetology student from Northeast Philadelphia whose loose, unbuttoned shirt was drawn open like curtains on the hairless stage of his chest.
August 12, 2013 |
ATLANTIC CITY - When Miss America returns to the Queen of Resorts next month after nearly eight years in Las Vegas, much is at stake for both. Since 2006, reality TV has put a sting into pageant viewership, while bruising casino competition from surrounding states has sapped this town's main industry and lifeblood. Miss America and Atlantic City - while perfect together - are each fighting for survival and relevancy. Each is trying to make a comeback against the odds and the backdrop of a city that many say has more grit, crime, and dilapidated buildings than when Miss A departed for the glitz of Vegas in January 2006.