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July 25, 2014 | By Andrew Seidman and Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writers
New Jersey Senate President Stephen Sweeney said Wednesday that he envisioned creating a nonprofit board composed of top business leaders that would reinvest gaming revenue from potential casinos in North Jersey into Atlantic City. Faced with the prospect of four Atlantic City casinos closing this year, Sweeney recently signaled an openness to casino expansion in North Jersey, possibly as soon as November 2015. Sweeney's idea is one of several being contemplated as the Shore city grapples with declining gaming revenue and worker layoffs.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 22, 2014 | BY CHUCK DARROW, Daily News Staff Writer darrowc@phillynews.com, 215-313-3134
ONCE UPON a time, Atlantic City's casino showrooms hummed and buzzed year-round. Classic gaming-hall venues like the Claridge's Palace Theater and the Trump Plaza showroom were dark only when one midweek presentation had ended and another was preparing to open. Today, extended-run presentations, much like the city itself, are pretty much warm-weather attractions - somewhat odd when you consider that summertime is AyCee's peak season and thus less-dependent on such attendance-growing lures.
NEWS
July 22, 2014 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - This resort faces the prospect of having four major vacancies on its famed Boardwalk come mid-September. The grim reality sank in July 14 when Trump Plaza issued layoff notices and targeted Sept. 16 as the date to cease operating as a casino. Perception is reality in tourism, experts say, and the Boardwalk is synonymous with Atlantic City. How will four hulking, empty buildings sit with visitors - especially at night - and will they impede tourism when Atlantic City needs it the most?
NEWS
July 20, 2014 | By Vernon Clark, Inquirer Staff Writer
A study by two Philadelphia researchers has found that crime in the immediate area of SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia's Fishtown section has not increased since the casino opened 2010. The study, by Lallen T. Johnson, assistant professor of criminal justice at Drexel University, and Jerry H. Ratcliffe, chair of Temple University's department of criminal justice, says crime rates in Fishtown were largely unaffected by the arrival of SugarHouse in the 1000 block of North Delaware Avenue in September 2010.
NEWS
July 19, 2014 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
The odds appear stacked in Parx Casino's favor. At a public input hearing Thursday ahead of a township vote on whether to renew the casino's gaming license, comments from township and state officials and regulators were almost universally in favor of renewal. "This has not only been a home run," State Rep. Gene DiGirolamo (R., Bucks) said of the eight-year-old casino. "This has absolutely been a grand slam for Bensalem Township. " Parx officials opened the meeting with a presentation about the gaming facility, discussing the millions of dollars of tax proceeds that have gone to the township, the 2,000 jobs the casino supports, and its donations to community groups.
NEWS
July 16, 2014
The biggest gamble in Atlantic City these days is the gambling business. With Trump Plaza likely breathing its last gaudy gasps, politicians in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and other states should be hastening to abandon government-sanctioned casinos. But many are poised, like so many problem gamblers, to chase the loss. The probable closure of Trump Plaza, which cruelly left some 1,600 employees to learn they could be laid off from news reports, means Atlantic City stands to lose a third of its casinos in less than a year.
NEWS
July 16, 2014 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - With the Trump Plaza Hotel & Casino's expected closing, Donald Trump, whose name is emblazoned on the casino and who once owned three of the gambling palaces here, said he can't help but feel bad for the resort he helped build. In an interview Monday, Trump also predicted that an oversaturation of casinos would mean more closings in other places, including the Philadelphia area. Trump endured multiple bankruptcies as head of Trump Entertainment Resorts Inc., and he and his name will always be linked with Atlantic City even if his share of the casinos is now only about 10 percent.
NEWS
July 16, 2014 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - In the latest blow to Atlantic City, layoff notices were issued to Trump Plaza Hotel & Casino employees Monday, advising them that the casino will close in mid-September. That would make Trump Plaza the fourth casino to close or threaten to close in this resort by fall. It also leaves just one Trump-branded casino - the Trump Taj Mahal - from what used to be three. About 1,600 workers would be affected by this latest shutdown. Trump Plaza issued a statement just before noon Monday stating: "WARN notices were sent to the employees of Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino today to advise them that the management and board of directors of Trump Plaza Associates L.L.C.
NEWS
July 14, 2014 | By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic
ATLANTIC CITY - Behind doors so richly red they glow even amid the glittering casino, the Borgata Resort's Music Box theater on Sunday evening will welcome something it wasn't built for: the Bay-Atlantic Symphony playing the Shostakovich Piano Concerto No. 1 with superstar pianist Yuja Wang. There are no obvious explanations. "It's an eclectic age," says Jed Gaylin, the 17-year music director of the Bay-Atlantic Symphony. "Classical music is no longer 'that stuff.' It's a change of pace.
NEWS
July 14, 2014 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - While the amusement-park sound of slot machines filtered through Trump Plaza on Saturday, the men and women who staff the casino put on their brave faces. While they dealt cards, swept the gaming floor, or emptied trash bins as usual, the crisis in this battered resort had deepened the night before. Owners of Trump Plaza confirmed they plan to close the casino in mid-September and will issue formal layoff notices Monday to about 1,600 employees. "I'm not ready to believe it until I get that notice in my hands, telling me it's time to look for another job," said slot attendant Parimal Mehta, 57, of Egg Harbor Township, who has worked at Trump Plaza for 22 years.
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