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Family Fun Easter Weekend @ the Steel Pier is Saturday & Sunday, April 19-20!

Friday, April 18th, 2014

ATLANTIC CITY — The famed Steel Pier will again be entertaining the entire family on Easter weekend, beginning with a pancake breakfast on Saturday, April 19.

bunnyFor $10, children ages 12 and under will enjoy a pancake breakfast (served 11am- noon) with the Easter Bunny and unlimited rides until 5pm. The pancake breakfast for adults is $6.

On Sunday, April 20, in conjunction with Atlantic City Special Events and hosted by Jim Craine (below right) and the Atlantic City All Stars — celebrating 40 years in show business this year — the Steel Pier’s annual Best Dressed Easter Contest will start 2pm. Registration is 11:30am-craine1:30pm Sunday and free for all families.

The Easter Bunny will put in another special-guest appearance at 1pm, giving away free goodie bags to all kids.

Special Steel Pier ride ticket prices will be available at the event, including buy-one-get-one-free ticket book sales at all ticket booths, or through steelpier.com. The Steel Pier offers more than 25 kiddie and extreme rides (including the only touring helicopter on the Jersey shore) as well as numerous food outlets, a family-style  pub and an ocean-view bar.

Call (609) 345-4893 for more details, or visit steelpier.com.

Gaming Executives Assist In Second Annual Charity Basketball Game @ ACHS

Monday, April 7th, 2014

ATLANTIC CITY — On Tuesday, April 8, the Greater Atlantic City Chamber will have home court advantage when executives and employees from Atlantic City casinos and local businesses play in a basketball tournament at Atlantic City High School, 6-9pm, to benefit the Atlantic City Day Nursery — an establishment founded in 1906 to provide a safe, developmentally appropriate environment for children ages birth-to-six that promotes each child’s social, emotional and cognitive development. The program will also feature Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian. 119056-4

“We created this event last year as a way for the casino employees to let off a little steam and build camaraderie during a friendly game of basketball,” says AC Linen Supply CEO Eric Goldberg, presenting sponsor of the event. “Now, with the backing of the Greater Atlantic City Chamber this year, it has turned into a full blown tournament that features players from several Atlantic City casinos and local businesses. All of the players and local celebrities were very eager to help fundraise for a local charity.

“This year, we’ve chosen the Atlantic City Day Nursery [acdaynurseryschool.com] as our beneficiary,” adds Goldberg.  “Funds raised at this year’s basketball game will help to provide quality childcare and education for infants, toddlers and pre-kindergarten age children.”

Attendees will be eligible for fantastic raffle prizes that will be given out throughout the evening including hotel stays, gift certificates and more.  The winning team will take home a championship trophy and the honor of being named champion of the 2nd Annual Charity Basketball Tournament.

Caesars Entertainment is the other presenting sponsor. Dream Team sponsors are Revel Atlantic City and Cooper Levenson Attorneys at Law. Supporting sponsors include Kisby Lees Mechanical, Junior’s Donuts & Dogs in Margate and WZXL Radio.

Tickets can be purchased at acchamber.com for $2 or at the door beginning at 5pm.  The event will take place from 6-9 p.m.at the Atlantic City High School gymnasium. Teams from Borgata, Caesars and Revel have already been established.  For sponsorship information, or to donate a raffle prize, contact Elisa Monroe at (609) 345-4525, ext. 102.

Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival 2014

Monday, April 7th, 2014
Photo by Christine Steiner

Photo by Christine Steiner

ATLANTIC CITY — The ninth annual “Celebration of the Suds” Atlantic City Beer & Music Festival drew about 24,000 people to the resort town and Atlantic City Convention Center on Friday and Saturday, April 4-5,

The festival featured over 100 craft breweries from around the nation, three major headliners and six independent bands, seminars of all sorts and a new batch of fun stuff for folks to do, (including motorized toilet racing).

Click the link below for some highlights of this year’s festival.

The Backyard Bar: Boardwalk Beer Garden at Caesars Gets New Name

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

BACKYARD-BAR-LOGOThe former Boardwalk Beer Garden, located outside Dusk at Caesars Atlantic City on the Boardwalk, is getting a new name.

Atlantic City Weekly has learned that the new name is The Backyard Bar.

The Boardwalk chill spot — with awesome people-watching opps, ocean breezes, the Pier at Shops across the wooden way, drinks, of course, and more, including live music in season — opened in the summer of 2011. Looking at the new logo (see above), it appears that there will be a distinct difference between the two venues (see former BBG below).

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Plenty o’ Ways to DO AC Free

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

A Compilation of Free Activities Provided By the CRDA
By Kaitlin Montague

ATLANTIC CITY — Everyone wants to have fun for free and during the month of April, Atlantic City is offering fun, free, entertaining events for the public to enjoy.

South Jersey's hippest party band, Don't Call Me Francis, plays The Social and Revel on Saturday, April 5.

South Jersey's hippest party band, Don't Call Me Francis, plays The Social at Revel on Saturday, April 5.

The Noyes Arts Garage, recently acquired by Stockton College, is playing host to a variety of exhibitions throughout April. “The Way We Were” exhibition offers a pictoral timeline of the Northside and Atlantic City dating back to the 1930s to the 1960s. This unique exhibition, geared specifically for Atlantic City, highlights the accomplishments and culture of notable black icons of the Atlantic City area.

In accompaniment to “The Way We Were,” “The Art of Brian Fernandes-Halloran” is also currently being featured at the Noyes Arts Garage (until June 29). This exhibition showcases the works of Brian, a multimedia sculpture artist who channels his inner creativity from significant childhood events and experiences. His works that will be featured consist of Saffron, the resemblance of a dog, Browsing, a self-portrait, and others that will embody his specific style, leaving his viewers open to interpretation. 

Also, everyone is welcome to join in for the opening reception, which includes refreshments, at 4pm.

Also currently at the Noyes Arts Garage is “Hometown Teams,” a Smithsonian exhibition which celebrates American sports through a selection of photographs and memorabilia (until May 4). This exhibit explores assorted features of sports and teams and what constitutes a fan. On Friday, April 4, the Atlantic City Free Public Library staff members, Heather Perez and Beth Ryan will conduct a free, guided tour of the “Hometown Teams” exhibition. The guided tour begins at 1pm. For more information about the tour of the exhibitions, please call (609) 626-3805.

If you’re visiting the Noyes Arts Garage this weekend, be sure to stop by Saturday, April 5 at noon for the Garden State Film Festival Welcome Reception to enjoy live music and refreshments with the filmmakers and film enthusiasts that inhabit New Jersey. Live entertainers will include: Whiskey Danger Heartache, Ryan Douglas Smith and ARGO.

Also fun and free, Atlantic City’s Don’t Call Me Francis, legendary party band, will perform their high-energy tunes at The Social and Revel on Saturday, April 5. Performing for over 25 years, Don’t Call Me Francis is one of the most requested bands in the tri-state area. They have been voted Best Band in South Jersey and the Delaware Valley by the Courier Post’s Readers Choice Awards for 12 years. The concert begins at 9pm. For additional information about the concert, please call (609) 348-0500.
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Casting Calls for Summer 2014 DO CREW in Atlantic City

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014
The 2013 Summer Do Crew

The 2013 Summer Do Crew

The Atlantic City Alliance is hosting casting calls for the Summer 2014 DO CREW.

The summer 2014 DO CREW will be brand ambassadors for the Atlantic City Alliance’s “DO AC” campaign. Six “enthusiasts” will be chosen to help spread the #DOAC love focusing on events, the Boardwalk, shows, casino hotels and more.

“You’ll host fun contests and get fun access to city’s top events,” reads a release from the ACA. “The new DO CREW will also have the opportunity to ‘takeover’ Atlantic City’s social properties capturing YOLO and FOMO moments through their own eyes.”

For those unable to attend the two casting calls (times and dates below)  the ACA is also accepting video submissions here: or at facebook.com/DoAtlanticCity.

Interested applicants must:
·         Be familiar with Atlantic City area
·         Have an already-existing and popular presence on Twitter, Instagram and other social media platforms.
·         Enjoy engaging with people on social media and in person
·         Be available days, nights and/or weekends
·         Have their own transportation

Casting Call Dates & Times:

·         Wednesday, April 9, 4:30–6pm
Golden Nugget Atlantic City – Hatteras 2

·         Thursday, April 10, at 6:30–8pm
Resorts Casino Hotel – Starlight Room

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Million-Dollar Ad Campaign to Bring Chicagoans, Houstonites to Atlantic City

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

400px-AtlanticCityATLANTIC CITY — The Atlantic City Alliance (ACA), in partnership with the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA), is launching a multi-faceted marketing campaign to promote new nonstop air service to the year-round seaside destination from Chicago and Houston aboard United Airlines.

The ACA will utilize a wide array of earned and paid media, including a $1 million advertising campaign, to support the new service, which launched April 1.

In Chicago, the ACA and CRDA are purchasing platform dioramas at strategic places in the Windy City later this month. During the same period, the ACA and CRDA will begin leveraging 11-week radio buys at multiple prominent Chicago radio stations.

The ACA and CRDA are also hosting special events for Chicago-based media and meeting planners to showcase Atlantic City’s many offerings. The events, which will be attended by Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian and key marketing and convention personnel, will include live entertainment from Legends in Concert performers Lady Gaga and Liza Minnelli.Atlantic_City_Airport_Expansion_201305_26

In Houston, the advertising buy will include 11-week radio spots at popular stations and 20 weeks of outdoor advertising at strategic spots. Additionally, the ACA will sponsor a months-long series of FAM (familiarization) tours for Houston area media to visit Atlantic City and experience the destination’s many attractions first-hand.

The ACA and CRDA are also promoting the destination among United passengers traveling to other markets via buys in the airlines in-flight publication Hemispheres, and through a three-minute in-flight airline video. Additional display, search, social and digital buys will be made with outlets such as TripAdvisor, Expedia, Kayak, Priceline, Google, Bing and Facebook.

Daily, nonstop, 50-seat United Express planes will depart Chicago O’Hare International Airport at 8:10am, arriving at Atlantic City International Airport at 11:17am. Return flights will depart Atlantic City daily at 11:52am and arrive in Chicago at 1:10pm. From Houston, United’s flight to Atlantic City will depart at 7pm daily, arriving at 11:20pm. The return flight is scheduled to depart Atlantic City at 6am and arrive in Houston at 8:49am.

RPOST Program Brings Assistance to Still-Suffering Sandy Victims

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

1377373ATLANTIC COUNTY, N.J. — Large numbers of South Jersey residents are still facing a host of challenges related to Superstorm Sandy. Some families are not back in their homes and financial stability is difficult when trying to pay for a place to live while continuing to pay for damaged property. Additionally, other residents are coping with disorders that may have existed before the storm and are now exacerbated from stress resulting from Sandy’s devastation. What may seem difficult or stressful to some individuals may be insurmountable to people who already face challenges due to their personal circumstances.

The Mental Health Association in New Jersey offers a program called RPOST — Recovery Peer Outreach Support Teams, which provides case management specifically to help Sandy survivors in Atlantic and Ocean counties who are in vulnerable populations. This includes seniors; individuals who have physical, mental, and developmental disabilities; members of single-family households; and individuals where a language barrier is present. Comprised of trained advocates who provide case management services, the RPOST program is made possible through generous grants from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the American Red Cross. 1558432_686144174759485_1412067651_n

“It’s all about community collaboration and partnership, as well as a passionate commitment to help,” said Jaime Angelini, Director of Consumer Services for the Mental Health Association in Atlantic County.

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Borgata’s Greg Halka Earns Convention Services Manager of the Year Award

Friday, March 28th, 2014
Greg Halka

Greg Halka

ATLANTIC CITY — Greg Halka, the catering/convention services manager at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, has been named Convention Services Manager of the Year by Successful Meetings (successfulmeetings.com, an online source for news and information for meeting, convention, incentive and trade show professionals).

Halka began working for Borgata as a valet shift manager when Borgata first opened in 2003. Since then he has worked his way up to front desk shift manager, then banquet supervisor, and finally catering manager before being promoted to catering/convention services manager.

“I have to say that working in those departments and building those lasting relationships has been a great resource for me as a CSM,” says Halka.

The award reflects Halka’s hard work and dedication to Borgata over the past 11 years. He and the Borgata’s sales and catering team continue to provide the property’s meetings’ clients with exemplary service.

“He ran errands for us after he was done with work, and came in the next day with everything we needed,” says Abby Kahn, global event manager of the New York-based Numerix, the leading independent analytics provider for over 400 financial institutions and 45 partners in 25 countries. “He goes above and beyond what I would expect a CSM to do.”

Hump Day Report: Claridge, Women’s Hall of Fame

Wednesday, March 26th, 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.

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.

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.

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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.

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marhcMadnessAll 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.