Gov. Christie Signs Updated Sports Wagering Legislation

October 20th, 2014

ChristieBill SignWhile the state of New Jersey still has a fight on its hands against the federal government about its desire to have sports wagering, Gov. Chris Christie continues to show his support for the bill.

Reinforcing that support for legal sports wagering in New Jersey, Christie on Friday, Oct. 17, signed legislation that reflects recent court rulings and removes prohibitions against sports wagering in New Jersey.

“As I’ve said all along, I am a strong proponent of legalized sports wagering in New Jersey.  But given earlier decisions by federal courts, it was critical that we follow a correct and appropriate path to curtail new court challenges and expensive litigation,” Governor Christie said. “I believe we have found that path in this bipartisan legislative effort.”

In a signing statement with the bill (S-2460), the Governor explains that this bill corrects the critical flaws in the Legislature’s earlier bill on sports wagering that was vetoed. For example, the new bill specifies that certain collegiate sports contests and athletic events shall not be the subject of wagering, as the New Jersey Constitution mandates, and it limits the repeal to wagers placed by persons at least 21 years of age. The bill also repeals the prior Sports Wagering Act in its entirety, thereby providing certainty and clarity to the law.

Hard Rock’s Pinktober Celebration is Friday, Oct. 24

October 17th, 2014

68849-3-4D-29-83-B5-54-DE-09-AF-88-95-0B-84-00-5D-32-0A-B4-D1-9A-89ATLANTIC CITY — Hard Rock Cafe Atlantic City is hosting its 15th annual Pinktober Celebration on Friday, Oct. 24, to raise money in the fight against Breast Cancer, and the RNS Cancer and Heart Fund  is lending a hand to create a “Kick Ass” event! The fun starts 9pm and admission is free.

The Sherwood Brothers (pictured below) will perform live acoustic rock classics beginning at 9pm and will jam ’til the early hours. Check out their tunes by going here. 1412690179_Sherwood_Brothers_092

Photography By Exposure”  will be on hand to make guests into rock stars! Have your picture taken on our Pink Carpet Backdrop for a $10 donation and you’ll get a digital picture of you rockin’ out by providing an e-mail address! Also, try your luck at a silent auction where various items will be auctioned to the highest bidder — with all proceeds benefiting RNS.

One of the signature items of the silent auction is a one-of-a-kind golf bag signed by all the pros from the 2015 LPGA Tour, generously donated by Stockton Seaview Golf Club.
For more information call 1-609-441-0007 or click here.

Climb Absecon Lighthouse During Annual ‘Lighthouse Challenge’ Oct. 18-19

October 17th, 2014

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Are you up for a challenge that includes fascinating history about maritime New Jersey and an aerobic challenge up multiple winding staircases?

This Saturday and Sunday, October 18-19, offers those with both historical curiosity and strong legs the opportunity to climb into history during the annual Lighthouse Challenge of New Jersey. Lighthouses and selected museums throughout the state host the Lighthouse Challenge. Take the challenge, tour the state and visit each participating lighthouse over the weekend to help raise funds for continued lighthouse preservation.

The Absecon Lighthouse in Atlantic City is the state’s tallest lighthouse at 171 feet and has 228 steps. According to Jean Muchanic, executive director of the Absecon Lighthouse, “the people who take the Lighthouse Challenge, their goal is to visit all 11 lighthouses and Atlantic City is a great destination because there are a lot of food choices and overnight accommodations and we are right in the middle of the tour. We are also one of a handful of lighthouses that are open for a night climb. A lot of people finish off their day in Atlantic City.

“It is our biggest event of the year. We are only open a few times at night so this is one of the rare opportunities to see the Atlantic City skyline at night with a 360 degree view and it’s breathtaking.” She also notes that the climb attracts people from across the country. “We have a group from Kansas every year.”
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Miranda Lambert at Boardwalk Hall March 27

October 17th, 2014

MirandaMiranda Lambert, one of only two female country artists (Taylor Swift is the other) who can regularly crack the country charts dominated by men these days, will bring her Platinum Tour to Boardwalk Hall on March 27, 2015. Tickets go on sale Friday, Oct. 24 at 10am and will be available at the Boardwalk Hall Box Office, Ticketmaster.com, Ticketmaster Outlets or charge-by-phone at 800-745-3000. She will be joined by Justin Moore plus Ashley Monroe and Jukebox Mafia.

Miranda thrilled audiences across the country this summer, and the critics raved about her performances.  The Philadelphia Inquirer proclaimed, “Miranda Lambert works the same thematic turf about growing up and growing older in rural America as her (almost entirely male) competitors atop the country charts. She just does it way better than they do.” Check out this 2011 interview with AC Weekly.

Atlantic Cape Has New Hospitality and Gaming Wing at Atlantic City Campus

October 16th, 2014
The event featured the official ribbon cutting and remarks from Dr. Peter L. Mora, Atlantic Cape president; Howard Kyle, chief of staff for the Atlantic County executive; Don Guardian, Atlantic City mayor; Rick Mazer, president and general manager for Harrah’s Resort, Caesars Entertainment; and John Palmieri, executive director of the CRDA.

The event featured the official ribbon cutting and remarks from Dr. Peter L. Mora, Atlantic Cape president; Howard Kyle, chief of staff for the Atlantic County executive; Don Guardian, Atlantic City mayor; Rick Mazer, president and general manager for Harrah’s Resort, Caesars Entertainment; and John Palmieri, executive director of the CRDA.

Atlantic Cape Community College had a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open the Caesars Entertainment Wing for Hospitality and Gaming Studies at the college’s Charles D. Worthington Atlantic City Campus Thursday, Oct. 16. More than 50 college, government and hospitality representatives attended.

The event featured the official ribbon cutting and remarks from Dr. Peter L. Mora, Atlantic Cape president; Howard Kyle, chief of staff for the Atlantic County executive; Don Guardian, Atlantic City mayor; Rick Mazer, president and general manager for Harrah’s Resort, Caesars Entertainment; and John Palmieri, executive director of the CRDA. Guests then toured the new facility.

Designed by Blumberg Associates of Atlantic City, the 20,000-square-foot addition will train entry- and mid-level culinary and hospitality workers. The wing includes two teaching kitchens, classrooms, offices, Casino Career Institute space and a hydroponic greenhouse. The wing will create a central training facility for introductory and advanced culinary arts, computers, retail training and hospitality management.

“This wing represents the largest expansion of our Atlantic City campus in its 30-year history. With this new addition, the campus is now 100,000 square feet. Through this site, the college has provided undergraduate education and job training to tens of thousands of area residents and employees of the hotel/casino industry,” Mora said.

The facility houses an expansion of Atlantic Cape’s nationally recognized Academy of Culinary Arts, which will provide culinary training courses at this site to meet the needs of employers and employees in the food and beverage operations within the city’s hospitality industry.

“The ability to find talented culinary workers is not as easy as you think. Having this facility in the heart of the city will be a huge benefit,” Mazer said.

The $10 million project was jointly funded by Atlantic County and the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority with funds designated for the project by Caesars Entertainment. CRDA awarded the college a $5 million grant to construct the center and Atlantic County matched that sum as part of its pledge to support capital improvements at Atlantic Cape.

“We want a skilled and competent workforce, and this facility will provide those transferable skills,” Palmieri said.

Located at the Atlantic City Campus, 1535 Bacharach Blvd., the wing will allow Atlantic City residents access to training for employment in the region’s top industries. The center will create a centralized training hub and enhance Atlantic Cape’s existing programs that support the region’s hospitality and gaming efforts, which remain the No. 1 industry.

The Caesars Entertainment Wing for Hospitality and Gaming Studies is one of five key projects in Atlantic Cape’s Master Facilities Plan: Blueprint 2020 that will support the college’s mission of providing superior undergraduate education and top-quality workforce training. For more information about the project, visit www.atlantic.edu.

Man Turns $20 into $1,000,000 at Bally’s

October 16th, 2014

pokerwinCaesars Entertainment has announced that its Three Card Poker 6 Card Bonus™ hit at Bally’s for $1,000,000. Anthony Miles, of Powhatan, VA, got the jackpot of a lifetime when he looked down at his hand in Three Card Poker 6 Card Bonus™ and saw a royal flush all in the diamonds suit. That one bet of $20 helped add $1,000,000 to Anthony’s Atlantic City trip.

The 6 Card Bonus™ side bet on Three Card Poker® gives players the chance to win $1 million with a total wager as small as $15 if they hit a Super Royal in Diamonds: 9, 10, J, Q, K, A. Additionally, $100,000 payouts will be available for the Super Royal in Hearts, Clubs or Spades.

The game offers the first table-game payout of this size without an escalating progressive jackpot in a traditional brick and mortar casino. For years, slot players have enjoyed the opportunity to win mega-jackpots, and now, Caesars Entertainment is offering this same opportunity to table game players where any player can win, on any day, at any time, in just one hand. A player can win $1 million from a $15 total bet on the three different bets if playing at a $5 minimum game.

‘Story Slam’ Returning Nov. 21

October 16th, 2014

11-12StorySlam-Banner_small-e1323976783889Story Slam — a concept developed out of writing workshops as a spin-off of sorts to uber-popular poetry slams — celebrates the art of storytelling. Story Slam puts a dual emphasis on content and performance while encouraging storytellers to focus on what they’re saying and how they’re saying it. It is an exercise in crafting stories within a set time frame (stories are to be limited to 500 words) in an entertaining and enlightening environment.

Created locally by Mike Nees and other aficionados of writing fiction and non-fiction, the first two Story Slams were held at Malelani Cafe in Ventnor last year and at Stockton’s Noyes Arts Garage in A.C. in March, both to much acclaim. A third Story Slam is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 21, at Kramer Hall, Stockton’s state-of-the-art educational and cultural center located at 30 Front Street in Hammonton. 

The event starts 7pm and has limited seating. All genres and styles of writing are welcome, and winners will receive fabulous prizes.

Event organizers are looking for submissions. E-mail 00Nees@gmail.com to submit your story or for more information.

Free Tickets Now Available for Flyers Open Practice At Boardwalk Hall Nov. 9

October 15th, 2014

ATLANTIC CITY — Free tickets are now available for the Philadelphia Flyers open practice at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall on Sunday, Nov. 9. Get tickets online at BoardwalkHall.com or in person at the Boardwalk Hall Box Office.images

All tickets for the event are general admission and patrons are limited to four tickets per order.

The Flyers full team will be in Atlantic City for an open practice for the first time since 1982. The practice starts at noon and is sponsored by Tropicana Casino & Resort, and comes during a five-day break between home games against the Colorado Avalanche on Nov. 8, and the Columbus Blue Jackets on Nov. 14.

Although free, each fan must have a ticket to enter Boardwalk Hall for the Nov. 9 practice. Click here to buy tickets.

Hump Day Report: Cats ’n’ Cranberries

October 15th, 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.

I’m an animal lover in general and a cat fan in particular. Tomorrow, Oct. 16, is National Feral Cat Day created by the organization Alley Cat Allies in 2001. The organization strives to help feral cats with their TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return) policy. They trap feral cats, get them spayed or neutered, give them their shots and return them to their colonies.

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Atlantic City has worked with Alley Cat Allies on the Boardwalk Cats program since 2000, taking care of the feral cats under the Atlantic City Boardwalk. Go here for a story on the feline boardwalk strollers.

My current buddy, an 18-pound classic tabby named Jordi, was dumped at my apartment complex as a sick kitten with a bad eye eight years ago. It turns out he had a condition called small eye and after several trips to the local vet and a trip to an animal eye specialist in Medford, Jordi has grown into his current role as the protector of my front porch.

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Cranberry bogThis weekend Oct. 18-19, offers my favorite food festival of the fall, the Chatsworth Cranberry Festival in Chatsworth, Burlington County. The trip takes about 80 minutes from my apartment in Somers Point and once you hit Egg Harbor City and Philadelphia Ave, which becomes Route 563, it is a spectacular drive on a scenic country road that takes you past cranberry bogs.

After paying a $5 parking fee, you can stroll through the normally quiet town of Chatsworth and find an amazing array of homemade cranberry food creations, free wine samples from a local winery, hundreds of clothing and craft booths (including plenty of Halloween items), numerous food choices and music by the Bullzeye Band. For a donation you can have your picture taken with a wolf from Howling Woods Farm, an animal shelter that rescues and places domestic bred wolves and wolfdog hybrids. I’m proud to say I won a blue ribbon one year for my low fat butternut squash-cranberry bread when the festival still had a recipe contest.

For an additional fee you can go on the bog tour that takes you to a working cranberry bog where you can see the flooded bog, with the cranberries floating to the top where they are corralled. The thrashers they use are fueled with vegetable oil to avoid toxic spills. My trip always includes buying sticky buns made with Craisins instead of raisins, and cranberries of course for holiday baking and more in the coming year since cranberries freeze so well. If you’ve only bought cranberries in the plastic bag from Ocean Spray, you are in for a surprise by the size alone. The berries are much bigger and you’ll find a few white ones in the mix. The forecast for Saturday is temperatures in the 60s so it should be a great day. For directions, more info here’s the Website.

Phillips Seafood Celebrates Cabbie Appreciation Day on Thursday, Oct. 16

October 14th, 2014

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ATLANTIC CITY — Phillips Seafood Restaurant in the Pier Shops at Caesars will be celebrating Cabbie Appreciation Day on Thursday, Oct. 16.

Phillips will provide a complimentary lunch of either a grilled veggie or shrimp salad wrap, an apple and a bottle of water to all cab drivers.

Participating cab drivers must arrive on site in their cabs at Missouri Avenue and the Boardwalk between 11:30am and 1pm to receive the free lunch. Limit one per driver.

Call 215.731.2000 ext. 206 for more information.