Is The Donald Returning to A.C.?

September 17th, 2014

ATLANTIC CITY — Donald Trump says he is taking a serious look at regaining control of Trump Entertainment Resorts, the parent company of both Atlantic City casinos that bear his name.

Donald Trump

Donald Trump

Trump retained a 10 percent stake in the company after pulling out as CEO in 2009 and allowing the company to maintain his name for a licensing fee. Recently he sued the company — which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Sept. 6 — to have his name removed from the buildings, believing that public perception of  mismanagement is being attributed to him.

According to online reports, a Tweet was sent Tuesday morning, Sept. 16, from the @realDonaldTrump account that Trump’s office has confirmed as authentic, indicating that he may want to reinvest in the Trump Plaza and Trump Taj Mahal. The Tweet stated:

“I left Atlantic City years ago, good timing. Now I may buy back in, at much lower price, to save Plaza & Taj. They were run badly by funds!”

Reports indicated that Trump would not be able to take any action without the agreement of billionaire activist investor Carl Icahn, the largest creditor of Trump Entertainment Resorts, which closed the Trump Plaza on Sept. 16 and has threatened to chairman towerclose the Taj Mahal in mid-November.

Trump Plaza first opened in 1984, and Trump says he will make a determination if the casino-hotel is still viable to keep open if he bought back the company.

The Taj Mahal opened in 1990. In August 2008 — when the Atlantic City casino landscape was still on solid ground — the Taj Mahal opened the Chairman Tower (pictured right, far right), a 40-story, 782-room, $255 million hotel that first broke ground in July 2006.

Kira Kazantsev Becomes Third Straight Miss New York Crowned Miss America

September 16th, 2014
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Photo by Lew Steiner

ATLANTIC CITY — Miss New York Kira Kazantsev was crowned Miss America on Sunday evening at Boardwalk Hall, marking for the first time in the pageant’s 88-year history that the winner was from the same state three years in a row.

The pageant was broadcast live on ABC-TV from Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall. With the win, Kazantsev, a graduate of Hofstra University, earned the pageant’s $50,000 scholarship.

“My scholarship is going to go toward funding law school for me,” she said. “I’ve deferred from Notre Dame and I so look forward to being able to graduate hopefully debt-free, and that’s all because of the Miss America Organization.

“As Miss America I look forward to being an ambassador for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, to advocate for STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education and making sure little girls know that, regardless of what their dreams are, they can push through that education. I’m also excited about promoting my personal platform ‘Love Shouldn’t Hurt: Protecting Women Against Domestic Violence.’”

Click here to see a photo gallery of the pageant.

Click the video link below of Miss America Kira Kazantsev’s post-pageant speech.

CRDA to Fund 9/11 Memorial

September 15th, 2014

acw_neverforgetMillions of Americans gave pause last week to reflect and fondly remember those who lost their lives 13 years ago in New York City, Shanksville, Pa. and Washington D.C.

To ensure that the memory of that day and the sacrifice that the many brave men and women selflessly gave will never be forgotten, the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA), in partnership with the Atlantic City Alliance (ACA) and the City of Atlantic City, will soon be unveiling the First Responders & 9/11 Memorial on the Boardwalk at St. James Place.

“The CRDA recognizes the brave efforts and dedication that our first responders — police, fire and emergency medical personnel — put forth day-in and day-out,” said CRDA Executive Director John Palmieri.  “This is particularly relevant here in Atlantic City where ensuring the safety of our residents, visitors and work force is of paramount importance.”

The memorial is being developed by Hanlon Sculpture Studio who also designed, constructed and installed the Miss America Statue at Kennedy Plaza on the Boardwalk in front of Historic Boardwalk Hall.

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Stockton College Rises in U.S. Rankings

September 15th, 2014

By Morgan Mulloy

stocktonGALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. — U.S. News and World Report released its “America’s Best College” edition and the Richard Stockton College made the rankings.

Stockton College ranked at #9 on the Top 10 public Regional Universities of the North. Stockton was also ranked #41 out of 135 public and private Northern universities.

This is a five-spot jump from last year’s rankings in the top 10 public, and a 19-spot jump in the overall rankings. Read the rest of this entry »

Thousands Chow Down on Ocean’s Bounty @ AC Seafood Festival Sept. 13-14

September 15th, 2014

seafoodATLANTIC CITY — Despite threatening weather on Saturday, thousands flocked to the Atlantic City Seafood Festival at Bader Field both Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 13-14.

Held for the third year at Bader Field (and a revival of a festival held for years in Gardner’s Basin), the event was presented by Good Time Tricycle,  the city of Atlantic City and the CRDA.

The two-day extravaganza featured over 50 culinary purveyors and personalities, a variety of cooking demonstrations and seminars, live music, local arts and crafts, chowder cook off and a special section called the New Jersey Pirates and Privateers weekend, where guests learned historical facts about pirate life in the 1700s including sword fights, a battle on sea and shore, and a pirate band.

The Seafood Fest and Bader Field also served as the finish line and awards-ceremony site for the fourth annual Atlantic City International Triathlon, which took place Sunday and included a one-mile swim, 20-mile bike ride and 10K (6.2-mile) run. A shorter spring race (quarter-mile swim, 10-mile ride and 5K run) was also held.

Members of the U.S. Army competed in the fourth annual Atlantic City Triathlon. Photos: Christine Steiner

Members of the U.S. Army competed in the fourth annual Atlantic City Triathlon. Photos: Christine Steiner

For a video slideshow presentation of Seafood Fest, click below.

Claridge Hosts Annual ‘Forever Miss America Meet and Greet’ on Sunday

September 12th, 2014

ATLANTIC CITY — The Claridge Hotel, located at Park Place (off Ohio and Indiana avenues) and the Boardwalk, has partnered with the 2014 Miss America Pageant. The partnership will bring some exclusive events to the hotel including the annual Forever Miss America Meet and Greet autograph session with 32 former Miss Americas. This event will be free and open to the public.

leemeriwether“On behalf of the Miss America Organization, we are proud to partner with the Claridge Hotel as they host our annual Miss America autograph session,” said Sharon Pearce, president of the Miss America Organization, in a media release. “This is a wonderful event for fans to see their favorite Miss America throughout the decades, up close and personal.  We hope it will create Miss America memories to treasure.”

The meet and greet will be Sunday, Sept. 14, from 10-11:30am in the Claridge Ballroom. It will span eight decades of former Miss Americas, including Miss America 1948 Bebe Shopp, Miss America 1955 Lee Meriwether (pictured above), and several others through Miss America 2013 Mallory Hagen (right). Attendees will be able to mingle and have their pictures taken with the former Miss Americas.MissAmerica_MalloryHytesHagan_2013

“We are thrilled to be part of this Atlantic City tradition and share the excitement with our guests,” said Sherry Amos, Claridge Hotel spokesperson/marketing associate. “The Claridge Hotel enjoys the rich history of Miss America, and in 1952 was the choice hotel for Marilyn Monroe while being a celebrity judge for the pageant.”

Leading up to Sunday morning’s meet and greet, the Claridge will offer prime seating for the Miss America “Show Us Your Shoes” Parade on Saturday. Seating will be available at the Claridge’s courtyard at Brighton Park for $22.50. Tickets are available at the Claridge box office, by calling (609) 348-0031, or online at ticketmaster.com. The parade starts 5pm and seating starts at 3pm.

The Claridge will also provide two Miss America room packages that includes VIP parade seating for two on the Boardwalk and more. Package options are for one- or two-night stays. Details are below:

Miss America Two-Night Room Packages
Valid Saturday-Monday, Sept. 13-15
Includes a two-night/three-day stay in deluxe room accommodations, VIP seating for two on the Boardwalk to view the Miss America parade on Saturday, VIP line access to the Forever Miss America Meet and Greet on Sunday morning,  two welcome cocktails at Malcolm’s or the Celebrity Lounge, and the first 20 packages to book receive a complimentary Miss America program book. Total cost of the package is $450 plus taxes and fees.

Miss America One-Night Room Package

Valid Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 13-14
The package includes a one-night two-day stay in deluxe room accommodations at the Claridge with a 2pm late check-out on Sunday, VIP seating for two on the Boardwalk to view the Miss America parade on Saturday, and VIP line access to the Forever Miss America Meet and Greet on Sunday morning. The first 20 packages to book receive a complimentary Miss America program book. Total cost of the package is $350 plus taxes and fees.

Visit claridge.com for more.

Gordon Ramsay Restaurant Coming to Caesars

September 11th, 2014
Gordon Ramsay

Gordon Ramsay

Celebrated chef, restaurateur, and television personality Gordon Ramsay announced a partnership with Caesars Entertainment to open his first restaurant in Atlantic City at Caesars. Located in the space currently occupied by Mia restaurant, Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill will offer guests a sophisticated environment with a bit of ‘Garden State’ flair.

Michelin Star Chef Ramsay, known not only for his superior cuisine, but also his popular TV personality on the FOX Network programs Hell’s Kitchen, MasterChef, Kitchen Nightmares, MasterChef Jr. and Hotel Hell, emerged on the Las Vegas culinary scene with rave reviews at the recently opened Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill at Caesars Palace, Gordon Ramsay Steak at Paris Las Vegas, and Gordon Ramsay BurGR at Planet Hollywood. Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill at Caesars in Atlantic City will provide fans in the Northeast an outlet to enjoy the chef’s award-winning skills in a lively and approachable English pub-style setting, offering the finest casual food utilizing the freshest ingredients.

“We’re really excited after such a great success in Vegas to be expanding to Atlantic City. We have a tremendous team, and it’s been a terrific partnership with Caesars,” said Ramsay.

The menu at Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill at Caesars will be comprised of items consistent with British pub fare. Classic British favorites such as, bangers and mash, fish and chips and roasted chicken, as well as some of Ramsay’s favorites like London broil prepared on a wood-burning grill, will all be part of a rustic menu that will change seasonally. Paying homage to a true pub, the new restaurant will feature a wide selection of craft and microbrews from around the world, offering beer enthusiasts more than 30 beers on tap.

“With the announcement of Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill at Caesars, Atlantic City continues to elevate itself as a culinary destination, one that features big television personalities, celebrity chefs, and now a Michelin-rated chef,” said Kevin Ortzman, President of Caesars and Bally’s Atlantic City. “Chef Ramsay is one of the world’s most highly-regarded chefs as evidenced by his multiple culinary accolades and we are honored to partner with him at Caesars.”

EDG Interior Architecture + Design will create a space that is welcoming, high-energy and comfortable, utilizing distressed woods with cheeky references to historic and iconic events throughout the space. The centerpiece of the space will feature a striking bar with an array of beer taps on display and the backdrop inspired by traditional London red telephone booths. Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill will take advantage of its location with a patio area extending onto the casino floor where guests can be in the middle of the action. Kegs will serve as a major part of both the dining experience and the design, while pop culture relics from both England and the United States will fill the walls. The 250-seat restaurant will include an impressive bar, a vintage-style lounge, a series of casual dining rooms and a private dining room, giving guests a variety of culinary experiences to fit any mood.

‘Doll Up’ Sept. 9-14 @ The Melting Pot

September 9th, 2014

ATLANTIC CITY — A pageant-inspired ladies-night-out event called The Doll Up is happening at the Melting Pot of Atlantic City from Tuesday through Sunday, Sept. 9-14 , in honor of the Miss America Pageant’s return to Boardwalk Hall.mc-bethlehems-melting-pot-invites-guests-to-do-001

The six-day, glamour-inspired event will include a grand-prize giveaway of two tickets to the final judging of Miss America, a one-night stay for two at the Sheraton Atlantic City Convention Center Hotel, and a $50 gift card to Melting Pot on Saturday evening, Sept. 13.

Get all dolled up to indulge in a four-course fondue meal for $39 per person, sip glamorous $9 cocktails, and visit with in-house jewelry vendors each night including Premiere Designs and Origami Owl.

For more information and reservations, call 609-441- 1100 or visit meltingpot.com/atlantic-city/specials.

Second Annual Craft Beerfest at Resorts

September 8th, 2014
Friends sampled several brands of quality suds Saturday at Resorts

Friends sampled several brands of quality suds Saturday at Resorts (photo: Tom Briglia)

ATLANTIC CITY — On Saturday, Sept. 6, beer enthusiasts from across the region gathered for a few cold ones at the second annual Resorts Craft Beerfest.

Among the suds represented were Cape May Brewing Co., Flying Fish, Tuckahoe Brewing Co., River Horse, Dogfish Head, Victory, and Oskar Blues. The wide selection of breweries brought their best, and My Hero Zero provided the soundtrack for this taste-testing day of festivities.

Atlantic City Boardwalk Art Show Winners

September 8th, 2014
 Ron Ross Cohen was the winner of the 3D Art/Sculpture/Mixed Media division

Ron Ross Cohen was the winner of the 3D Art/Sculpture/Mixed Media division Saturday. Photo: Stephen Segal

ATLANTIC CITY — Following a mix-and-mingle preview event at the Noyes Arts Garage on Friday evening, Sept. 5, the Atlantic City Boardwalk Art Show was held at Kennedy Plaza on Saturday, Sept. 6.

The show was sponsored by the Atlantic City Arts Commission and The Noyes Museum of Art of Richard Stockton College.

Local singer/songwriter Gina Roche provided the entertainment during Friday night's meet-n-greet.

Local singer/songwriter Gina Roche provided the entertainment during Friday night’s meet-n-greet.

Below is a list of the first- and second-place winners in each of several categories. Nearly 100 local artists were competing for $2,000 in prizes.

Painting/Drawing
1st place – William Bunting
2nd place – Kristin Miller
Photography
1st place – Paul Dempsey
2nd place – Talib Aleem
3D Art/Sculpture/Mixed Media
1st place – Ron Ross Cohen
2nd – Rob Obringer
Fine Crafts
1st place – Scott Dillinger
2nd place – Shana Zimnoch and Brenda Kele
Best in Show – William Bunting