July 31, 2015
ARMED with a look of fierce determination and concentration, and an increasingly empty baggie that was, at one point, weighted down with quarters, 6-year-old Jude Snyder was resolute. He was going to win a prize Tuesday night at Morey's Pier in Wildwood. The object of his game of choice - to land a 25-cent piece on a glass cake plate - proved a little too difficult for the tyke, as it seemingly did for everyone - young and old alike - who tried their luck and skill at the game on this sea-breeze-cooled evening.
June 8, 2015
ISSUE | OIL TRAINS Safer routes The reality is that Bakken oil trains endanger thousands in the Delaware Valley, rail accidents are a daily reality, and federal regulations are too weak ("Good safety record, getting better," June 2). Better to transport oil by ship through the Great Lakes directly to refineries. Leaders in City Hall need to demand that no lives be imperiled so that Philadelphia can become an energy hub. |Michael Volpe, Philadelphia, firstname.lastname@example.org ISSUE | CLIMATE Role for church Climate-altering pollution is leading to more deadly storms, drought, and famine - impacts disproportionately felt by the poorest in our communities ("Santorum says Pope Francis should butt out of climate debate," June 3)
May 16, 2015 |
Pinky Kravitz has spent Fourth of July in Atlantic City since Nucky Thompson ruled the Boardwalk Empire, or at least nearly so. "There is nothing like the summer holiday at the beach. Everyone comes and everyone has a good time," said Kravitz, whose Pinky's Corner radio show on WOND-AM (1400) is in the midst of its sixth decade, and whose similarly named column runs in the Press of Atlantic City every Thursday. Kravitz, who will turn 88 a week after the Fourth, has, as they say, seen it all. He worked on the Steel Pier near the diving horses as a youth and has been part of the scene in earnest in the casino era. "The Fourth was the time when the ice cream vendors and the hotdog guys always did their best sales," Kravitz said.
June 17, 2014 |
BY HIS OWN admission, Russ Connor was something of a wild man in his youth. There was the time he and some buddies commandeered a trolley to drive them from dry Ocean City, N.J., to wet Somers Point for a night of intemperance. He once raced his Pontiac GTO full-out on an unopened section of the Atlantic City Expressway, not the safest venture even on a vacant road. His expenses and his caprices were paid for at least in part by the $20 weekly check he got from the government as a returning GI. He was an Army veteran of World War II. Donald Russell Connor, who went from his carefree years to the sober world of banking, working his way up to vice president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, a jazz buff who wrote four books on Benny Goodman and became pals with drummer Gene Krupa, died Wednesday at age 92. He was one of the original homeowners in Levittown.
June 8, 2014 |
There's that excruciating moment of doubt before the adrenaline kicks in that comes just after you've decided to seat yourself on that Tilt-A-Whirl, gigantic roller coaster or dangling-feet swing ride. But it's too late to change your mind and exit when that safety bar slams down. And within seconds you're off, whizzing five, six, then seven stories above all those tiny people on the beach and boardwalk. This isn't too bad, you think. The view's pretty good and then — slam.
May 12, 2014 |
The world was a different place when the Betty Bacharach Home for Afflicted Children opened on Mother's Day 1924. Polio, rheumatic fever, tuberculosis, and other disabling diseases were widespread in America, and few facilities offered long-term care for pediatric patients. Five siblings in the wealthy, powerful, and politically wired Bacharach family of Atlantic City - then a prosperous, even glamorous destination - wanted to help. So they opened a tiny charity hospital in Longport for severely disabled youngsters, regardless of "race, creed or color;" named the place for their mother; and nurtured it into a cause célèbre among celebrities of all stripes.
July 21, 2013 |
Atlantic City's iconic diving horses won't be there. Shiloh and Amir and all those other audience-thrilling equines have gone to the big Water Tank in the Sky. But one of their warm-up acts, Rich "Cannonball" Carty, will be among those gathering Saturday for a reunion of the Steel Pier's performers, workers, and patrons. "The pier was a part of my life," said Carty, 73, who as a young man would climb into a little car atop a 50-foot high tower, have it plunge down a track, and then do a midair backflip over the water before oohing crowds.
July 15, 2013
People in this area are blessed to have a huge natural resource in the Atlantic Ocean. It's there for all to enjoy at no charge in Wildwood, North Wildwood, Wildwood Crest, and Atlantic City. If you want to visit it elsewhere along the Jersey coast, be prepared to pay. Having grown up here - Germantown, Mount Airy, Cherry Hill - I know that folks have allegiances to certain Shore towns. I just don't believe in paying to go to the beach. I came along when a "Little Miss America" shirt was de rigueur on the Atlantic City Boardwalk, and we had to get dressed up to go there after dinner, my dad in jacket and tie, my mom in a dress and heels.
July 8, 2013 |
ATLANTIC CITY - Elnora Jenkins couldn't wait to get back here. She has vacationed in this beach town for 12 years, and a hurricane wasn't going to keep her away for long. So Jenkins, 47, of the Rosedale section of Queens in New York City, had returned in early November, just days after Sandy made landfall Oct. 29. "We came once we got the clearance," she said Saturday at Schiff's Central Pier before she left to gamble with her husband, Tristen. On Saturday, she was joined by thousands who were undeterred by a heat wave and made it clear that business was booming in this mostly unscathed city.
May 31, 2013 |
JUNE IS shaping up to be a busy month in Atlantic City, as special events - all of them free - take place on land, on the sea and in the air. 'Grainy' art The fun kicks off June 13 with the World Championship of Sand Sculpture, which runs through June 30 on the Missouri Avenue Beach, just west of The Pier Shops at Caesars. The seaside art attack marks the first time the contest will be staged in the northeastern U.S. Event organizers insist it's only right that Atlantic City hosts it, because the art of sand sculpture pretty much developed here during the late 19th century, and was a major draw for the town into the 1940s.