An Evening of Romance & Renewal at Absecon Lighthouse

January 28th, 2015

unnamedATLANTIC CITY — Absecon Lighthouse is hosting “An Evening of Romance & Renewal” for Valentine’s Day, Saturday, Feb. 14.

Couples are invited to take part in a group Vow Renewal ceremony by a non-denominational minister in the Keeper’s Cottage at 7 p.m., followed by a champagne toast of congratulations and romantic dancing to the tunes of PJ the DJ.

A donation minimum of $40 per couple includes the ceremony, tower climb, DJ dancing and champagne toast — but couples are asked to “give from the heart,” as this is a fundraising event.

Not married? No problem! You don’t have to be married to get romantic at the lighthouse, because hours of operation will be extended and the lighthouse will be open for climbing from 11a.m. until 8 p.m. on Valentine’s Day.  Climb the lighthouse tower with the one you love before heading out to a romantic dinner.  Please make a reservation by calling the lighthouse at 609-449-1360.

Couples can also climb the lighthouse at a two-for-one price on Sunday, Feb. 15. Sunday’s hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with the last climb at 3:30 p.m.

Limited Tickets Left for Screenings of ‘I’ll Be Me’ to Benefit Seashore Gardens

January 28th, 2015

MV5BMjAzMzMxMDI0NF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNDE5NDExMzE@._V1_SY317_CR3,0,214,317_AL_GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J.  — Seashore Gardens Foundation is screening the film I’ll Be Me — the remarkable story of superstar Glen Campbell’s diagnosis with Alzheimer’s disease and farewell tour — as an awareness and education program for those touched by the dreaded disease.

The screenings will be held Monday, Feb. 9, at 6pm at the Richard Stockton College Campus Center Theater in Galloway Township; and Wednesday, Feb. 11, at 6:30pm at the Congregation Beth Israel in Northfield.

Tickets are $15. The screenings will serve as a fundraiser for a proposed Teapot and Water Can Healing Garden and Sensory Trail at the Seashore Gardens Living Center, located at 22 West Jimmie Leeds Road in Galloway Township. The center plans to re-purpose an existing courtyard in our Comfort Care Neighborhood to be used by its Alzheimer’s residents and families.

For more information about sponsorship opportunities or tickets to the screenings, please contact Sharon D’Angio at 609-748-4614 or  e-mail dangios@seashoregardens.org.

 

Rod Taylor 1930-2015

January 9th, 2015
Rod Taylor from the 1960s.

Rod Taylor from the 1960s.

My love of all things Australian at the movies was supercharged by the 1970s new wave of Down Under films, but it really began a decade earlier with Rod Taylor. He was versatile enough to seamlessly move from action movies like The Time Machine to romantic comedies like Glass Bottom Boat, not to mention the ability to move easily from film to TV and back again.

In many ways he was the Australian version of James Garner; matter of fact they worked together in the terrific, underrated 36 Hours (1964), about a German doctor (Taylor) who sets up an elaborate hoax to convince an American spy (Garner) that he is in a hospital with amnesia after WWII when in fact the doctor is trying to get him to give up the date for D-Day. Eva Marie Saint also co-stars.

He was gorgeous, charming and rugged, qualities that rarely came in the same package. Some of my favorite Taylor movies include Hitchcock’s The Birds (1963); opposite a young Maggie Smith in The VIPS (1963) and Young Cassidy (1965) — they were a terrific screen team — and an absolute guilty pleasure, Sunday in New York (1963), opposite Jane Fonda.

As noted he also did a lot of television both as a series star in the show Hong Kong and numerous guest-starring roles, including a Twilight Zone.

His last film role was a cameo appearance as Winston Churchill in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds (2009).

I’m planning on having a Rod Taylor fest via Netflix this weekend.

Hump Day Report: Congrats to Noyes Museum

January 7th, 2015

Rants and raves about burning topics that have caught my attention midweek, be it greedy corporate shenanigans, frustration or joy in regards to the Philly sports teams, a movie, show or DVD that has fired up my imagination, an intriguing personality, or what’s happening in the region. — Lori Hoffman, Associate Editor, Atlantic City Weekly.

NoyesLogoLet’s begin this column with a shout out to the Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton College which just announced its nomination for “Favorite Art Museum” in the 2015 JerseyArts.com People’s Choice Awards. The Noyes Museum is among 96 organizations and 10 arts districts nominated for the yearly awards program organized by Discover Jersey Arts to honor the work of New Jersey’s vital, vibrant and diverse arts organizations. Discover Jersey Arts is a co-sponsored project of the ArtPride New Jersey Foundation and New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State dedicated to increasing the awareness of and participation in the arts in NJ.

“The Noyes Museum is extremely grateful to be nominated as favorite art museum,” said Michael Cagno, Executive Director. “We’re honored to be recognized by our NJ colleagues, and to be a part of such a strong arts community that supports each other and works to help one another thrive. We hope our wonderful community of patrons will also support us by voting in this year’s Awards.”

Public voting begins today, January 7, and runs through February 19, 2015. Go here to vote. Winners will be announced in early March and will be honored at the New Jersey Conference on Tourism, held each year at the Golden Nugget.

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Atlantic City has been through a lot of changes in the last few years, painful changes including the closing of four casinos. However, don’t even think about saying that the town is dying. Yes, there are struggles ahead, but as many times as Atlantic City has been written off, it has survived the tough times and bounced back. I should know; I was born in Atlantic City and have spent most of my 61 years in the area. Atlantic City has weathered plenty of storms, including actual storms like Hurricane Sandy, and will survive this most recent economic storm.

Urban Land Institute Panelists To Present South Inlet Redevelopment Recommendations

January 6th, 2015

ULIThe Urban Land Institute and its panel of global experts, who convened in Atlantic City last spring, will present its findings on South Inlet mixed-use neighborhood ideas to the public on Wednesday, January 14, from 8-10:30am at the Atlantic City Convention Center in room 302.

The participating panelists also will reveal their recommendations for generating new jobs in Atlantic City through a focus on education, medical services, and a new and creative economy.  This public presentation, presented by the South Jersey Regional Satellite Council of the Urban Land Institute Philadelphia which serves Eastern and Central Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey and Delaware, was originally scheduled for Wednesday, October 8, but was rescheduled due to scheduling conflicts with several panel members.

The scheduled keynote speaker is Tom Murphy, Senior Resident Fellow, ULI/Klingbeil Family Chair for urban development and former Mayor for the City of Pittsburgh, Pa.

Urban Land Institute panelists scheduled to attend include:  Wasseem Boraie, Managing Member, South Inlet Partners Urban Renewal LLC/Boraie; Dr. Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr., President, The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey; The Honorable Donald A. Guardian, Mayor, City of Atlantic City; Victor Nappen, Chair, Greater Atlantic City Chamber of Commerce; John Palmieri, Executive Director, Casino Reinvestment Development Authority; and Nicholas F. Talvacchia, Partner and Chair of the Land Use Practice Group, Cooper Levenson.

Help Celebrate Abby’s 158th Birthday!

January 6th, 2015

 

ATLANTIC CITY — Absecon Lighthouse, New Jersey’s tallest and the third tallest in the nation, will host a birthday unnamedcelebration to honor the 158th birthday of the iconic landmark on Saturday, Jan. 17. There will be free climbs from 11am-3:30pm and birthday cake from The Bake Works in Northfield at 1pm.

To honor “Abby’s” birthday, Atlantic City students in grades 6 through 12 are invited to submit poems, paintings, photographs, and drawings in the annual “Abby & the Arts” contest. Cash prize winners will be announced at 1pm.   Entry forms and details are available by clicking here.

The celebration continues Sunday, Jan. 18, with buy-one-get-one admissions from 11am-3:30pm. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience a 360-degree view of Atlantic City’s sparkling skyline, and wish a Happy Birthday to Atlantic City’s oldest historic structure!

A Rockin’ Free Show with Tony Mart’s and The Billy Walton Band Jan. 10

January 6th, 2015

unnamedEGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP — He is the real life Eddie Wilson from the cult classic film Eddie and the Cruisers. He earned his Jersey Shore rock ‘n’ roll pedigree with no less that Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes. Together with the iconic producer “Slammin Tony” Braunagel, and the living legend of blues-rock keyboards “Big Mike” Finnegan, he created one of the finest albums of 2014 — Wish for What You Want. He just may be the next big Jersey Shore rock ‘n’ roll sensation!

He is our own Billy Walton, performing with his electrifying six-piece band in a free concert at the EHT Elks Lodge — 1815 Somers Point Road in EHT — this Saturday, Jan. 10, from 7:30-11pm It’s a free concert compliments of Tony Mart’s Presents.  The doors open at 6pm, and reserved seats can be guaranteed for $5. They will almost certainly sell out, so call early if you want to guarantee a seat but there will be plenty of room to party with the Billy Walton Band!

Chef Richard Spurlock and Chef Benelli will prepare culinary treats including Pasta Primavera with fresh vegetables and Louisiana delicacies. For more info or to reserve a spot, call 609.653.6069, e-mail Tonymarto@aol.com or click here.

Let the good times roll
to warm your soul!

Tropicana CEO Steve Callender is New President of 200 Club

January 6th, 2015
Steve Callender

Steve Callender

Steve Callender, General Manager of Tropicana Casino & Resort, has been elected President of the 200 Club of Atlantic and Cape May Counties. The non-profit organization is dedicated to providing financial assistance and support for the families of police, fire and rescue personnel who have risked and lost their lives in the line of duty.

“I am truly honored for the opportunity to serve an organization as significant as the 200 Club of Atlantic and Cape May Counties,” Callender said. “As president, I look forward to bringing increased attention and recognition to the organization, which supports the spouses and children of local heroes who have made the ultimate sacrifice.”

The Atlantic and Cape May Counties Chapter of the 200 Club was established in 1986. Contributions from the community enable the 200 Club to provide financial support to those left behind – usually within 24 hours of a tragedy. This enables families to take care of funeral arrangements, a mortgage payment or anything else they need during their time of devastating loss.

The 200 Club also provides scholarships, valor awards for heroism and funding for a variety of important community projects related to police, fire and rescue. For more information, or to learn how you can become a member of the 200 Club, please visit the Website.

Standing Ovation Entertainment to Manage Borgata Comedy Club

January 6th, 2015

Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa has announced that Standing Ovation Entertainment, led by Darcy Novick and Richie Minervini, will be the new managing partner of the Borgata Comedy Club effective January 15.

“The Borgata Comedy Club has been an integral part of Borgata’s Entertainment lineup providing nightly performances and driving an excellent midweek entertainment offering to our guests for over a decade,” said Borgata Sr. Vice President of Operations Joe Lupo. “We couldn’t be happier to have Darcy and Richie stepping in to oversee the day-to-day roster and bringing along their great reputations and experience for attracting comedic talent.”

Richie Minervini.

Richie Minervini

The two pros have been collaborating in comedy for over twenty years starting when Richie hired Darcy to manage The East Side Comedy Club where comics such as Kevin James, Eddie Murphy, Rosie O’Donnell, Jay Leno, Jerry Seinfeld, Adam Ferrara, Joey Kola, Bob Nelson, Gary Valentine and Ray Romano shaped their careers. They have also successfully collaborated to produce comedy shows such as the LI Comedy and Music Fest through Darcy Novick Productions and have used their comedy/music shows to raise over $125,000 for cancer research and awareness through the “Bosom Buddies” charity as Darcy successfully battled breast cancer.

The Borgata Comedy Club first originated in 2004 by Ray Garvey, a former NYPD officer and longtime funnyman from Brooklyn who learned the trade while managing the well-known Brooklyn comedy club Pips. Ray’s wonderful demeanor and gregarious personality cultivated the club into one of the best known venues on the East Coast until his passing in 2010.

“Darcy and I are very excited to join the Borgata Family. Our goal is to book quality comedy shows, from the newest, hottest comics to some of the great legends in our business,” said Richie. Darcy added that “We look forward to creating a culture where everyone is treated with respect so they truly enjoy coming to the property, whether as a comedian or a customer. We are absolutely honored to carry on Ray Garvey’s legacy.”

Hump Day Report: Hello 2015

December 31st, 2014

Hump Day LogoRants and raves about burning topics that have caught my attention midweek, be it greedy corporate shenanigans, frustration or joy in regards to the Philly sports teams, a movie, show or DVD that has fired up my imagination, an intriguing personality, or what’s happening in the region. — Lori Hoffman, Associate Editor, Atlantic City Weekly.

Here is hoping you have a fun but safe New Year’s Eve. Then, when 2015 rolls around at midnight, you can decide if you want to made New Year’s resolutions you will only keep for a few weeks or come up with an alternative way to celebrate the beginning of a new year.

I’m thinking about making resolutions that aren’t the standard, often health related choices. Why say I plan to lose weight when I will likely only lose a few pounds then lose focus? Instead, I’m thinking about trying different foods. Some will be healthy, some will not be. I’m planning on finding something in the produce aisle I’ve never tasted before and give it a try.  Hopefully I will not waste too much money.

I plan not to worry about money. Worrying about money is bad for your health and it doesn’t usually lead to figuring out where to find more money. The financial wizards keep telling us the recession is over, so I’m going to live like it is over, even if I haven’t seen the proof in my bank account.

The Downton cast in modern dress at a PR event.

The Downton cast in modern dress at a PR event.

Even though I review movies for a living, I didn’t see as many as I wanted this year so I plan on seeing even more movies in 2015. Lately television has been so outstanding, it is hard to get off the couch, hoping the efforts on the big screen will be as interesting as what is on the telly. And, since I have to wait until Jan. 8 to see the highly anticipated movie Selma, I’ll have to make do with Downton Abbey which debuts on PBS on Jan. 4.

What will 2015 bring? The journey begins tonight.