‘An Evening with The Duprees’ Benefit Concert @ Holy Spirit High on Nov. 15

October 24th, 2014
The Duprees will perform a benefit concert at Holy Spirit High School on Nov. 15

The Duprees will perform a benefit concert at Holy Spirit High School on Nov. 15

ABSECON, N.J. — Holy Spirit High School, in conjunction with the school’s Fathers’ Club and Mothers’ Guild, is hosting a benefit concert entitled “And Evening with The Duprees” on Saturday, Nov. 15.

All proceeds from the event will benefit Adam Bengis in his effort to fight Leukemia. The show takes place in the Holy Spirit High School Auditorium.

Seating starts at 7pm and the show starts 8pm. The special guests emcee for the evening is Lou Costello of WVLT Radio of Vineland.

Guests will have the opportunity to attend a meet-and-greet with The Duprees in the HSHS cafeteria after the show. There will be prizes given out and refreshments available.

General admission tickets are $40. Call (609) 645-8921 for tickets, or order them online by clicking here. If you are not able to attend but would like to contribute to the cause, please make checks payable to:

Ron O’Brien Ent. LLC
and mail to:
Benefit Show
4 Hillside Circle
Absecon, NJ 08201

‘Together AC’ Holds Candlelight Vigil on Oct. 23, at AC’s Second Baptist Church

October 23rd, 2014
Bishop John Gandy, the president of 'Together AC' (pictured far right), AC Mayor Don Guardian (second from right) and other local political and religious leaders will hold a candlelight vigil Oct. 23 to kick off Faith Commitment Weekend.

Bishop John Gandy, the president of ‘Together AC’ (pictured far right), AC Mayor Don Guardian (second from right) and other local political and religious leaders will hold a candlelight vigil Oct. 23 to kick off Faith Commitment Weekend.

ATLANTIC CITY — The “Together AC” coalition — an organization comprised of local dignitaries and political leaders, and designed to provide comfort and assistance to local residents who lost their jobs in the wake of the recent casino closures — will begin Faith Commitment Weekend tonight (Thursday, Oct. 23) with a candlelight vigil at the Second Baptist Church of Atlantic City (110 Rev. Doctor Isaac Cole Plaza).

Bishop John Gandy of Abundant Life Church and the Together AC president, along with AC Mayor Don Guardian and several other Together AC officers and members, will oversee Faith Commitment Weekend Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 24-26, asking participating congregations to set aside their weekend day of worship as a “Giving Day,” when parishioners will be asked to make a financial donation in support of this cause.

“We hope this will be another building block in providing financial and other support to the households of jobless Atlantic City resident casino workers,” said Bishop Gandy. “We are asking faith-based organizations in Atlantic City and throughout the area, regardless of religion or denomination, to come together in support of these individuals and their families.

“We are hoping this event will be the first of many positive actions undertaken by local businesses and government,” he added. “Together AC is working to provide ‘Sustaining Care’ for our neighbors now through the spring and summer of 2015, when new businesses and property openings begin creating new jobs in Atlantic City.”

“It’s inspiring to see our community come together to support one and other as we work to rebuild and revitalize Atlantic City during these tough economic times,” said Mayor Guardian.

Funds raised will provide grants to laid-off AC casino workers’ households to assist with such things as property tax payments, utilities, rental assistance, mortgage assistance, food and clothing, tuition assistance, and other relevant needs to be determined.

If you are unable to attend the vigil but would like to provide support, please mail a check to:

Atlantic City Long Term Recovery Group
1 S. New York Avenue, Suite 401
Atlantic City , NJ 08401
and marking “Together AC” in the memo line. Or you can click here to contribute.

Harrah’s Waterfront Conference Center Topping-Off Ceremony

October 23rd, 2014
Atlantic City Second Ward Councilman Marty Small signs the conference center’s final beam.

Atlantic City Second Ward Councilman Marty Small signs the conference center’s final beam. Photo: Christine Steiner

ATLANTIC CITY — A topping-off ceremony for the $125 million Waterfront Conference Center expansion project at Harrah’s took place Wednesday, Oct. 22, at the construction site. Several local and regional dignitaries signed the final beam before it was hoisted into place.

The new center will focus on bringing corporate meetings to the facility and will be complementary to the tradeshows booked by the Atlantic City Convention Center. It will, upon its completion, serve as the largest and most technologically advanced conference facility in the region.

Speakers at the ceremony included Harrah’s regional president and general manager Rick Mazer, Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian, Casino Reinvestment Development Authority executive director John Palmieri, New Jersey State Senate president Stephen Sweeney, and Caesars Entertainment president and CEO Gary Loveman.

From left, Sweeney, Loveman, Guardian and Palmieri. Photo: Christine Steiner

From left, Sweeney, Loveman, Guardian and Palmieri. Photo: Christine Steiner.

“With 16 billion dollars being spent in annual meetings in the Northeast, and Atlantic City only capturing one percent, this is exactly what the future of Atlantic City, the future of gaming, and the future of Caesars Entertainment is all about,” said Guardian.

“We can offer newness, innovation — a state-of-the-art facility,” said Loveman. “We can offer a very reasonable price with the inventory we have here that’s underutilized Sunday to Thursday, and we’re a lot more fun, there’s no question about that.”

“There are so many positives going on,” said Sweeney, “so no one should think Atlantic City has seen its best days.”

Hump Day Report: Harrah’s Waterfront Conference Center

October 22nd, 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.

Most news about Atlantic City these days has been on the negative side. The hot button topic of the current news cycle is the possibility that the Trump Taj Mahal might close in November, leaving 3,000 more casino employees out of work.

While the fight continues to save the Taj, there is better news from Caesars Entertainment. Harrah’s Resort, one of Caesars Atlantic City properties, had a press conference today for the ceremonial topping off event of its $125 million Waterfront Conference Center.

The $125 million expansion of the waterfront meetings facility at Harrah’s Resort is significant for the market. It is an opportunity to attract a different type of customer to the city and significantly increase mid-week hotel occupancy. The Waterfront Conference Center will focus on courting corporate meetings to the facility and will be complementary to the tradeshows booked by the Atlantic City Convention Center.

Upon its completion, the Waterfront Conference Center will serve as the largest and most technologically advanced conference facility in the region. The space offers convention goers the ability to attend large meetings with the convenience of being able to meet, eat and sleep all under one roof in a facility accompanied with dynamic hospitality offerings and amenities.

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My purple spider.

My purple spider.

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. As a kid I loved dressing up and collection all that yummy candy. As an adult I still love all that yummy candy and the chance to carve an impressive Jack-O-Lantern. The biggest one I’ve ever made was from a 250-lb pumpkin. While I’m not going to hunt for anything that big this year, I’ll still be carving up a pumpkin for my porch. I have been lazy this year and have not yet pulled out my blow-up jumbo spider from the closet. That is the extent of my Halloween decorations since my bad knee makes it hard to do any physical activity. Maybe tonight will be the night the spider comes to life.
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After my annual trip to the Chatsworth Cranberry Festival I now have six pounds of cranberries for cranberry sauce and other cranberry recipes for the holidays and beyond. This one sounds pretty interesting — I think I’ll try it this weekend.

cranguacCranberry Avocado Salsa
Ingredients:
1 Yellow Bell Pepper
12 oz Fresh or Frozen Cranberries (3 cups)
1/2 cup Sugar
¼ cup Orange Juice
1 Jalapeno Pepper, seeded and chopped
1 tablespoon Grated Orange Peel
2 Ripe Hass Avocados, pitted, peeled, and diced
1/4 cup Fresh Cilantro, chopped
Method:
Char bell pepper over a gas flame or in the broiler until the skin has blackened on all sides. Place charred pepper in a paper bag to steam off skin for about 10 minutes. Peel, seed, and chop the bell pepper.
Combine cranberries, sugar, and orange juice in processor. Using on/off turns, coarsely chop cranberries. Transfer to a medium bowl. Add the bell pepper, jalapeno, and orange peel. (Can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate.) Stir avocado and cilantro into salsa. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Yield:
3 1/2 cups

Boomer Esiason is Commissioner of the FFL

October 21st, 2014

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Former NFL all-star Boomer Esiason has accepted the position of commissioner of the first-ever Feline Football League (FFL). Esiason has some experience with cool cats since he was the quarterback for the  Cincinnati Bengals. He will serve as spokesperson for the FFL, which includes a scouting combine, draft, season games and playoffs that lead up to the biggest feline showdown in history, Kitten Bowl II, premiering Su-purr Bowl Sunday, February 1, 2015.

“We couldn’t have formed history’s first Feline Football League without an exceptional commissioner,” said Bill Abbott, President and CEO, Crown Media Family Networks. “Boomer Esiason is the embodiment for everything the Feline Football League stands for and we’re excited to bring him on as the new face and leader of the network’s newest league that celebrates pet adoption.”

Boomer Esisian.

Boomer Esiason.

After graduating from the University of Maryland, Esiason played a 14-year career in the NFL as quarterback for the Cincinnati Bengals, New York Jets and Arizona Cardinals. He was the NFL’s Most Valuable Player in 1998 and became a four-time Pro Bowl quarterback. In 1995, Esiason was honored with the Walter Peyton Man of the Year award for his excellence on the football field as well as his charitable work through the Boomer Esiason Foundation, an organization created to fund research to find a cure for cystic fibrosis.

After retiring from the NFL after the 1997 season, Esiason began his career in the broadcast booth.  In 2002 joined CBS Sports as a studio analyst for The NFL Today.

The FFL brings adorable—and adoptable!—kittens together with celebrities and personalities from the entertainment world as the kittens compete on the field in Hallmark Channel Stadium. Kitten Bowl II is part of Hallmark Channel’s corporate initiative “Pet Project,” a movement dedicated to celebrating pets and the incredible joy they bring to our lives.  The FFL and “Kitten Bowl II” will significantly raise awareness of the plight of shelter animals across the country as Hallmark Channel once again partners with North Shore Animal League America and Last Hope Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation, who will provide the feline competitors with forever loving homes once the games conclude.

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.