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.
The Claridge Hotel was once a stand along casino-hotel and later was sold in 2002 and became part of Bally’s Atlantic City and the home of the Legends in Concert Theater. For decades before that it was part of the distinction skyline of the classic Atlantic City. Built in 1930, the Claridge was a successful hotel during the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s. Marilyn Monroe was a special guest there in the 1950s when she was a judge of the Miss America Pageant.
The Claridge Hotel.
Last year the property was acquired by TJM Properties of Clearwater, Fla., with plans to return it to its earlier glory as a hotel. The sale was made official in February of this year and it has just been announced that the Claridge is now officially accepting room reservations for occupation beginning Memorial Day weekend.
According to the press release, “The 500 room hotel will welcome hotel guest to experience a new standard in customer service while enjoying the world famous Atlantic City boardwalk, beach, restaurants, entertainment attractions and activities.
“Interested visitors can now make reservations on The Claridge Hotel’s web site, claridge.com or by calling the reservation number at 844-AC-IS-FUN. Accommodations include the choice of various room types featuring spectacular oceanfront views and spacious connector suites with Jacuzzis. Hotel guests will also enjoy free Wi-Fi, parking, swimming pool/spa privileges and complimentary coffee service each morning in the newly renovated hotel lobby.”
The release also noted that additional property venues would be announced in the near future as they become finalized.
The Atlantic County Women’s Hall of Fame recognizes and honors local women who have made outstanding achievements and significant contributions in their professions or in their communities. In keeping with this mission, the Board of Trustees of the Atlantic County Women’s Hall of Fame has announced it will award a $1,000 scholarship to a graduating female from an Atlantic County high school. The scholarship applicant must demonstrate excellence in academic achievement, leadership and community involvement.
Applications are available through Atlantic County high schools guidance offices or by calling 927-7549 or (609) 484-8044. You may also print it off their website, www.acwhf.org by clicking on SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION LINK on the home page. All applications must be received by May 10, 2014.
All my NCAA March Madness brackets have been shattered, although I still have a chance to have a correct winner since Florida and Michigan State are still in the running. A double-digit seed will make it into the Elite 8 since Dayton (11 seed) plays Stanford (10 seed). I’m rooting for Dayton, since it is in the Atlantic 10, which I had the pleasure of covering when the A-10 Tournament took place in Atlantic City.
It isn’t likely, but there is still a mathematical chance that Archie Miller, coach of Dayton, could play against his brother Sean Miller, coach of Arizona, in the National Championship game.
Here is my new 16-game bracket: Florida over UCLA, Dayton over Stanford, Arizona over San Diego State, Wisconsin over Baylor, Michigan St. over Virginia, Iowa St. over UConn, Michigan over Tennessee and Louisville over Kentucky. The latter should be an amazing game.
In the next round, Florida beats Dayton, Michigan St. beats Iowa St., Louisville beats Michigan, and Arizona beats Wisconsin.
Final Four: Michigan State defeats Florida and Louisville defeats Arizona.
Championship: Michigan St, beats Louisville 84-81.