The Claridge
 Hotel Unveils Recently Renovated Restaurant ‘The Twenties’

November 21st, 2014
Pictured are Sherry Amos, spokesperson for Claridge owner TJM Atlantic City, and Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian. Photo: Lew Steiner

Pictured are Sherry Amos, spokesperson for Claridge owner TJM Atlantic City, and Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian at the grand opening of The Twenties. Photo: Lew Steiner

ATLANTIC CITY — The Claridge Hotel recently unveiled its newly refurbished Twenties Restaurant on the sixth floor of the hotel — which itself dates back to Prohibition-era America and was restored from the ground up by owner TJM Atlantic City.

The new restaurant will be open for breakfast and lunch from 7am-2pm, and dinner from 5-10pm daily. It features the finest Italian cuisine, steaks and poultry dishes, seafood and salads.

The Twenties also has an exceptional craft beer menu of about 10 varieties, and a craft cocktail menu of eight selections including the Sicilian Manhattan, the Cucumber Gimlet, Hot Summer Nights, the Blood Orange Cosmo and others.

The restaurant is located in the same space that The Claridge’s original restaurant was once located — a venue that served such legends as Marilyn Monroe, Nucky Johnson, Princess Grace of Monaco, President John F. Kennedy and Frank Sinatra.

“The reason we came to the Claridge is because I really believe the hotel has the right idea and is going to be the turning point for Atlantic City,” said co-owner/partner Al MaioIMG_6151rani. “It’s the nicest hotel in the city, the restaurant is magnificent and is going to be great 50 years from now.

“It’s located in the original restaurant space dating back to when the hotel was first built. It has ocean views in the day, (Brighton) Park views at night — you couldn’t ask for a better setting.”

The Claridge is located at Park Place and Boardwalk in Atlantic City, right beside Bally’s. Call 844-224-7386, ext. 2020 for reservations.

Stockton Scholarship Recipients Thank Donors @ Annual Recognition Dinner

November 21st, 2014

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GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. — About 150 Richard Stockton College of New Jersey student scholarship recipients met and thanked the donors who have generously supported their academic endeavors during a dinner at the college’s event center on Nov. 20.

Dr. Herman Saatkamp, president of Stockton College, addresses attendees Thursday.

Dr. Herman Saatkamp, president of Stockton College, addresses attendees Thursday. Photos by Lew Steiner

The college provides financial assistance to nearly 80 percent of its students, and about $11 million in financial assistance. At the recognition dinner, one representative from each of Stockton’s eight academic schools delivered a speech to thank their donors and to share their stories.

“I would not be standing here today if Stockton had not seen potential in me and provided the opportunities to be a distinguished scholar,” said scholarship recipient Kadeisha Pinkney, an economics major who plans to enter the field of medicine. “I’m majoring in something that I love and am passionate about. I did not want to choose between the two, so I integrated both disciplines.”

Donor-supported awards are determined by a presidential-appointed scholarship committee of faculty, administrators and representatives of the Foundation Board of Directors. Award recipients maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.0 and are fully matriculated students.

Somers Point Jazz Society to become South Jersey Jazz Society

November 19th, 2014

jazznotesAs of January 1, 2015 the Somers Point Jazz Society will become the South Jersey Jazz Society
This change is intended to better reflect the geographic reach of the Society and to expand the number of potential area partners with an opportunity to help bring this genre of music to a broader listening audience. Our primary emphasis will continue to be offering music in and around Somers Point, but we will also be looking to present and promote jazz throughout other areas of South Jersey

All of our events are made possible in part through the New Jersey State Council of the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts through the Local Arts Grant administered by Atlantic County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs This program is made possible in part through the New Jersey State Council of the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts through the Local Arts Grant administered by Atlantic County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs and Shore Medical Center.

For more info go here or call 927-6677.

Hump Day Report: Second Wind Dreams For Seniors

November 19th, 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.

Second Wind Dreams, as explained on their website, is an “Organization dedicated to bringing elders to the forefront of our society by enriching their lives and empowering them to age with dignity, hope and joy.” They do this by granting dreams to elderly people all across the country, and by providing caregivers insight into the perils of dementia with their “Virtual Dementia Tour.”

On Nov. 13, the organization, created six years ago by geriatric specialist P.K. Beville, joined forces with Caesars Foundation, the charity wing of the Caesars organization,  to grant wishes to local seniors. November is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month.

One of the most enthusiastic participants was Mary Johnson, who lives at the Villa Raffaella assisted living facility in Pleasantville. Mary is a big Philadelphia Flyers fan and her gift, presented by former Flyer Todd Fedoruk, was tickets to a game and the promise that other former Flyers would drop by and say hi to Mary at the game including Bernie Parent and Bob Kelly.

Mary was thrilled, slipping on her new Flyers sweater and excited that she was given lower level seats and that she would meet more Flyers when she went to her first game ever. To see Mary receiving her dream go here.

The Virtual Dementia Tour.

The Virtual Dementia Tour.

Another important aspect of the Second Wind Dreams organization is their Virtual Dementia Tour, which I took. I just found out recently that a loved one has been diagnosed with dementia. You are given goggles to wear that restrict your vision and earphones that create background noise that makes it hard to hear and gloves that rob you of your dexterity. You are also given lifts in your shoes to make it tougher to walk, although since I walk on a cane I skipped this step. You are then put in a room and told to do a task. Since I didn’t understand the man giving me my task I basically walked around the room confused not sure what to do.

This was a fair comparison to what a person with dementia feels like and reminded me about the difficulties my late grandmother had in the final years of her life, a strong woman who was frightened a lot of the time when dementia took over her life.

Second Wind Dreams is an outstanding organization that is doing a great service to the senior members of our community.

Tropicana’s Annual Holiday Extravaganza Runs Through Dec. 19

November 18th, 2014
Photo: Christine Steiner

Photo: Christine Steiner

ATLANTIC CITY — Tropicana’s annual Holiday Extravaganza is appearing at The Showroom through Dec. 19. The show features an ensemble of 10 dancers, two female singers, a magnificently themed set and multiple colorful costumes.

The show runs on select dates and is $25 for adults and $10 for children ages 16 and under. There is also a $99 package deal available for 7pm shows Sunday, Monday and Tuesday that  includes overnight accommodations, two tickets to the Holiday Extravaganza, and a $20 breakfast credit. Click here for details.

Click the video link below for highlights of the show.

Mayor Guardian’s statement on the Trump Taj Mahal’s imminent closing

November 14th, 2014

OFFICIAL RELEASE, NOV. 14, 2014 — Mayor Don Guardian released a statement on Friday night regarding the closing of the Trump Taj Mahal:

“I am very sorry to hear that the Trump Taj Mahal has decided to close on December 12th. I know this is a very difficult time for all the employees who will be losing their jobs. I want them to know that the City of Atlantic City did everything they could to help keep the Trump Taj Mahal open. However, they still must pay their fair of taxes, just like our residents do.

“Atlantic City has been an entertainment destination for over 160 years, and this one-of-a-kind entertainment destination is not going away anytime soon. We still have several other casino properties operating here in Atlantic City. As the casino gaming market right sizes itself, we will continue to focus on developing our non-gaming attractions and all the other great opportunities that Atlantic City has to offer.”

Cedric the Entertainer Cancels Nov. 21 Show @ Borgata

November 14th, 2014

 

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ATLANTIC CITY — Cedric the Entertainer’s Friday, Nov. 21, show at the Borgata Music Box has been canceled.

No further information was provided. Call 609.317.1000 or go here for more information.

Caesars Foundation Hosts ‘Second Wind Dream’ Event @ Harrah’s on Nov. 13

November 14th, 2014
Todd Fedoruk, a retired nine-year NHL left winger (seven with the Flyers) presents Second Wind Dreams recipient Mary Johnson with her game tickets and Flyers package Thursday. (Photo: Christine Steiner)

Todd Fedoruk, a retired nine-year NHL left winger (seven with the Flyers) presents Second Wind Dreams recipient Mary Johnson with her game tickets and Flyers package Thursday. (Photo: Christine Steiner)

ATLANTIC CITY — The Caesars Foundation, a non-profit branch of Caesars Entertainment designed to strengthen organizations and programs in the local community, hosted a ‘Second Wind Dream’ event at Harrah’s on Thursday, Nov. 13.

The organization gave six seniors the chance to fulfill some of their wishes, among them a trip to an aquarium for one who dreamed of becoming a marine biologist, a Philadelphia Flyers ticket package for a local fan who never attended a live game, and one woman’s chance to cook with a celebrity chef.

The event also included presentation of an American Flag by Atlantic County Sheriff’s Department Honor Guard to 102-year-old Joe Postorino, a WWII veteran who fought at the Battle of the Bulge in 1944, where he lost a leg and received a Purple Heart.

Second Wind Dreams is a non-profit organization designed to change the perception of aging through the fulfillment of dreams, and the offering of innovative educational opportunities to caregivers and communities.

Hump Day Report: News ‘n’ Views

November 12th, 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.

There is still time to take advantage of Somers Point Restaurant Week now to Sunday, Nov. 16. Fourteen SP eateries are offering prix fixe menus for lunch ($11.07) and dinner ($25.07). I had a terrific lunch at Clancy’s By the Bay and dinner at The Windjammer.

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As one of the first students when Stockton College opened in 1971 and a graduate of the school, I’ve been fascinated by the steady growth of the college from its modest beginnings to its current status as a premier college in the state of New Jersey. Just this past Monday, Nov. 10, Stockton was named to the “Best for Vets: Colleges 2015” listing by MilitaryTimes, an organization comprised of the Army Times, Navy Times, Air Force Times and Marine Corps Times.

The Stockton Veterans Program, ranked at No. 22 among 100 four-year schools, began in 2008. It includes a full-time veteran counselor, a faculty resource team, and a separate orientation for veteran students, as well as a veterans’ lounge. Through the Office of Veteran Affairs, veterans and service members can explore eligibility for G.I. education benefits, receive referrals to a wide range of support services and connect with their fellow veterans by becoming a part of Stockton’s Student Veterans Organization.

And as noted on a blog elsewhere on this site, the school has just signed a letter of intent to purchase the Showboat, which closed on Aug. 31. The growth of Stockton over the decades, and particularly in the last ten years, has been phenomenal.

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Connor Barwin has been a beast on D for the Eagles.

Connor Barwin has been a beast on D for the Eagles.

Thank goodness Philadelphia sports fans have the Eagles to cling to as a city franchise that has a chance (an outside chance to be sure) to earn a championship this year. The Phillies were depressing to watch this summer, the Flyers have been inconsistent again so far this season and the Sixers have yet to win a game, currently 0-7. Frankly, right now they look like they will break the record for fewest wins in a season, a dubious record that belongs to the 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers, who went 9-73.

On the bright side, the Sixers have only been blown out once and have been competitive in games until the last 6 or 8 minutes of the fourth quarter when they remember they are young and fall apart to a team with experience players.

It’s tempting to imagine the Sixers going 0-82 but they have been playing without their best player, Michael Carter-Williams, who will finally get to play with Nerlens Noel tomorrow (Thursday, Nov. 13) against the Dallas Mavericks. I don’t expect a win in that game but the Sixers have more games scheduled against Orlando, Detroit, Boston, Charlotte and Milwaukee, all teams they can beat.

Stockton Signs Letter of Intent to Purchase Showboat

November 12th, 2014
The Showboat Casino closed Aug. 31.

The Showboat Casino closed Aug. 31.

The continuing expansion of the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey will add a significant new piece now that the college has signed a letter of intent to purchase the Showboat from Caesars Entertainment.

Stockton said it plans to re-purpose the former Showboat site as a branch campus. The transaction is subject to completion of due diligence by the College and the negotiation and execution of a definitive agreement. Terms of the pending sale were not disclosed.

If the transaction of Showboat Atlantic City is completed, Stockton will acquire approximately 28 acres and a 1,425,000 square-foot building.

“Our intent is to engage in a project that enhances Stockton’s educational growth, offerings and cost-containment while at the same time brings new educational opportunities to Atlantic City,” said Stockton College President Herman Saatkamp. “Because we are merely at the letter-of-intent stage and bound by a confidentiality agreement, it is premature for me to give out any additional information.”

“The transformation and revitalization of Atlantic City requires the addition of a diverse set of reasons for people to come visit,” said Gary Loveman, chairman and CEO of Caesars Entertainment. “I believe the construction of a Stockton campus there will help to diversify the economy of the City, which is critical to its future well-being.”

In the past decade Stockton made a deal to oversee operations at Dante Hall in Atlantic City, created a partnership with Noyes Museum in Oceanville, created a city campus at the Carnegie Library and purchased the Seaview Country Club.