Rants 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.
Finding enough money to go to college is a difficult undertaking these days so every little bit helps. RE/MAX of New Jersey has decided to help out a deserving student by launching a new scholarship opportunity for high school and university students from around the country who are in pursuit of a college degree. RE/MAX of New Jersey is sponsoring the I Heart My Hometown Scholarship awarding one worthy candidate $1,000 to help cover costs during the 2014/2015 academic year.
Students are asked to write in 500 words anything from favorite memories, values or places that put the “home” into hometown for them. The entry deadline for the scholarship is Wednesday, April 30. To apply students need to go to this website and fill in the application.
Now let’s see, what was I saying last week about winter finally being over . . . We woke up this morning and had to clean ice off our windshields, WTF. This global cooling is getting on my last nerve, not to mention making my arthritis hurt even more.
Still, having lived in this region all my life, I know that a bad winter equals a great summer. If the weekend weather is good this late spring and summer, people will be flocking to the shore to enjoy the cool breezes, the beautiful ocean and, when the sun goes down, all the fabulous dining and nightlife that Atlantic City and the surrounding area offers. People from Philadelphia, Cherry Hill and northern New Jersey can gamble closer to home but after the worst snow levels in history for some areas, the lure of gaming by the ocean in the summertime is an intoxicating alternative.
Kudos to the Atlantic City Alliance and their DO AC campaign for arranging to have country superstar Blake Shelton, star of The Voice, come to Atlantic City this summer on July 31 for a free concert on the beach. That is all we know so far with no start time or specific beach revealed yet.
However, based on how Wildwood handled the free Kenny Chesney concert two years ago, the event will require tickets in order to control the safety issues involved. And, going by previous free concerts in town, my guess is that the beach will be the one in front of Caesars by the Pier Shops. This is merely an educated guess; I don’t have any inside knowledge but when we do know more, AC Weekly will pass along the details.
FYI: The Voice Tour starring Tessanne Chin and the top three from the current season will beat Blake to town, performing at the Trump Taj Mahal July 5.