Morey’s Piers Inaugural Boardwalk Bunk-Down Coming Oct. 4 in Wildwood

September 18th, 2014

THE WILDWOODS, N.J. — Morey’s Piers is setting up camp on Adventure Pier and offering outdoor enthusiasts a new type of camping experience with ocean views of the Wildwoods’ coastline.Untitled1

On Saturday, October 4, Morey’s Piers will host its first-ever sleepover on the pier, combining the thrill and excitement of an amusement park with all the fun and memories of camping.

Starting at noon, campers are invited to set-up their tents and sleeping bags on Adventure Pier before heading to Mariner’s Pier to enjoy a full day of rides and amusements. Then, starting 9pm and back at Adventure Pier, guests can cuddle up under the Great White roller coaster for a movie and complimentary popcorn, or visit Morey’s S’mores Bar to toast marshmallows and create the ultimate midnight snack.

A variety of popular boardwalk games including the three-point challenge basketball game and soccer challenge will also be open from 9pm to midnight. The next morning, a complimentary coffee station will help awaken the senses before the morning Beach Fitness Walk at 7:30am. Breakfast will be served at Rendezvous Beach on Mariner’s Pier from 8-9:30am, where early risers can relish in a menu of scrambled eggs, sausage, fresh bagels, assorted cereals, fresh fruit, donuts, milk, juice, and coffee.

For more information, e-mail, call 609-522-3900 ext. 1195, or click here.

Miss Delaware Makes Donation to Atlantic City Historical Museum

September 18th, 2014
 Heather Perez (left), archivist for the Atlantic City Free Public Library and Atlantic City Historical Museum, and Miss Delaware 2014 Brittany Lewis. Photo provided by the Atlantic City Library.

Heather Perez (left), archivist for the Atlantic City Free Public Library and Atlantic City Historical Museum, and Miss Delaware 2014 Brittany Lewis. Photo provided by the Atlantic City Library.

ATLANTIC CITY — Miss Delaware Brittany Lewis, a 2008 Holy Spirit High School alumna and Brigantine native, donated one of the shoes she wore at last week’s Show Us Your Shoes Parade to the Atlantic City Historical Museum (located at ‪Garden Pier‬, ‪South New Jersey Avenue and  the Boardwalk‬ on Thursday, Sept. 18.

Lewis paid tribute to Delaware, known as the Diamond State, by wearing sparkling platform pumps at the parade. The Temple University and Wilmington (Del.) University graduate recently completed her first year with Teach for America in Delaware.

Lewis’ shoe is currently on display at the Historical Museum as part of an ongoing Miss America exhibit that also includes a shoe worn in last year’s Show Us Your Shoes Parade by then Miss New Jersey Cara McCollum.

Call (609) 347-5839 or click here for more information.

Margaritaville AC Participates in No Kid Hungry Campaign Through Sept. 21

September 18th, 2014

ATLANTIC CITY — In the United States alone, nearly 16 million children live in households that struggle to put food on the table, which is about one in every five kids. On top of that staggering statistic, 22 percent of all children in America live in poverty.

nokidhungry-newsheaderTo do its part to help, the national Margaritaville team of restaurants have banded together for National Dine Out to End Childhood Hunger Month. Through Sept. 21, Margaritaville Atlantic City (off the Boardwalk at Resorts) will be offering guests the opportunity to “round up” their check and donate for the cause, both in the restaurant and in the retail store.

In addition to collecting funds, Margaritaville restaurants will be matching customer round-up donations to help the non-profit organization combat childhood hunger. Margaritaville staff will also accept any cash donations that guests would like to contribute.

“We look forward to this annual program every year,” says Kyle Collins, Margaritaville director of marketing. “This is a great opportunity to visit Margaritaville, and create memories over a great meal while helping this tremendous cause. While Margaritaville believes that everyone deserves a little piece of their own paradise, we recognize that paradise for some children is as basic as eating. Programs like Dine Out For No Kid Hungry not only directly address this issue by raising funds, it raises awareness on this important issue.”

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Hump Day Report: Fall Festivals

September 18th, 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.

This is my first Hump Day Report since going on the disabled list with a bad back that needed surgery last month. Thank you Dr. Andrew Glass for taking away my sciatica agony. Now if I could just get my bad knee to stop hurting so much, lol.

I missed my favorite summer outdoor activities this year — going to the beach and picking peaches, blackberries, nectarines and more at Mood’s Farm Market in Mullica Hill. Because of that, I’m looking forward to my two favorite fall activities — watching the Eagles win football games and attending the numerous fabulous fall festivals available in this region.

Here are some of my favorites.

BBQ masters come up with some creative names for their teams.

BBQ masters come up with some creative names.


You don’t have to go far to enjoy a terrific festival right on Absecon Island, the annual Margate Fall Funfest by the Bay featuring family friendly activities, great music like Danny Eyer and the Bubba Mac Blues Band and a dog show. It takes place Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 27 and 28. That same weekend is the adult oriented DO AC Wine Promenade with numerous wines and tasty bites to sample as you stroll the Boardwalk.

Coming Oct. 4-5 is the DO AC Smokin’ Hot Atlantic City BBQ Championship, this year taking place at the Golden Nugget. The “Q” is out of this world from some of the best BBQ pitmasters in the country.

My bounty from the Cran Fest trip in 2009 when I also picked u my Halloween pumpkin and the incredible cream of chicken soup from the Red Lion Diner.

My bounty from the Cran Fest trip in 2009 when I also picked up my Halloween pumpkin and the incredible cream of chicken soup from the Red Lion Diner.

Fans of this column know that my favorite fest is the Chatsworth Cranberry Festival taking place in that sleepy little town in the Pine Barrens on Oct. 18 and 19. Enjoy everything from cranberry ice cream to cranberry bagels plus the usual quick breads, cran-apple tarts and my favorite, sticky buns made with Craisins instead of raisins. It is a beautiful ride if you take the back roads beginning with Rt. 50/Philadelphia Ave. in Egg Harbor City then following the signs to stay on Rt. 563.

For all the details and a more comprehensive list of fall fests, go to my story at

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 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.

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