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South Jersey Area Wind Ensemble to Present ‘A Touch Of Italy’ April 28

Monday, April 14th, 2014

SJAWE 2014GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. — The South Jersey Area Wind Ensemble will present its 18th anniversary spring concert American Masterpieces at 7:30pm Monday, April 28, at the Performing Arts Center of the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.

The concert will take the audience on a musical journey through Italy with such well known and loved pieces as “The Barber of Seville Overture,” “The Anvil Chorus,”and “Trieste Overture.” Guest euphonium soloist, John Palatucci, will join the group for a rousing version of “Carnival of Venice.” Palatucci is the co-principal euphonium for the Gramercy Brass Orchestra of New York city and principal euphonium for the Ridgewood Band.

The South Jersey Area Wind Ensemble is a 65-member group comprised of the area’s top professional musicians, music educators and other highly accomplished musicians and has been recognized as one of the top 50 community bands in the United States.

The ensemble has a strong commitment to ensuring that the love of music is passed on to future generations.  Its members have worked closely with South Jersey’s finest student musicians, and 45 students representing 12 area high schools and the Richard Stockton College of NJ have been selected to join them on stage to play “side-by-side” for the second half of the concert.

During the performance, the SJAWE will present the “Vivace” award to recognize those individuals who have supported the live arts and the band over the years.  The honorees are Dr. Herman and Dorothy Saatkamp, Wallace and Roberta Barr, Dr. Walter and Helle DePalma, Frank and Sharon Kollman, Raymond and Gina Ciccone, and Stella Hordes.

The band will be led by conductor Keith W. Hodgson and associate conductor Ron Poorman. Frank Mazzeo, adjunct professor of music at Temple University, will join the group as a guest conductor.

Concert admission is $15. To order tickets, go here or call (609) 652-9000. Find more information at or call (609) 402-5575. Information is available to highlight specific student performers and adult musicians from Atlantic, Ocean and Gloucester counties, by calling Karen Poorman, at (609) 402-5575. The South Jersey Area Wind Ensemble is a member of the South Jersey Cultural Alliance.

The Easter Bunny’s On His Way!

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

This Saturday, April 12, features some fun Easter Egg hunts for the little ones, and the following Saturday and Sunday, April 19-20, will see the ubiquitous Easter Bunny thrilling children down in the Wildwoods. All hunts are free.

That wascally wabbit the Easter Bunny will be making his South Jersey rounds soon.

That wascally wabbit the Easter Bunny will be making his South Jersey rounds soon.

On April 12 from 10:30-11:30am, the annual Children’s Easter Egg Hunt & Chad Juros Magic Show will happen at the Greentree Church, 125 Schoolhouse Rd., in EHT. Children ages 2-10 years are invited to participate in the hunt, which will be followed the incomparable Chad Juros and his magic. There will be prizes and over 3,000 eggs to find.

Children should bring a basket to collect eggs. Call (609) 927-3838 for more.

In Ocean City April 12, the Great Easter Egg Hunt will take place from 11th to 14th streets on the beach in O.C. starting 2:30pm. Five age groups will be birth-2, 3-4, 5, 6, and 7. Only the youngest group may have an adult accompany them into the area. There will be 100,000 eggs distributed, 5,000 with prizes inside.

Patti McWalk is Sunday, April 27

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

By Kaitlin Montague
MARGATE, N.J. — In memory of a beloved Margate woman, the Patti McWalk is celebrating it’s 13th year on Sunday, April 27. Having battled pancreatic cancer for five years, at the age of 43 Patti McDonnell would succumb to the disease’s wrath in February 2002. Soon after, many of her closest friends put together this fundraiser on her birthday, April 18, in her memory. They coined it the “Patti McWalk.”

The Patti McWalk is named in honor of the late Patti McDonnell (pictured), and raises funds for the South Jersey Cancer Fund.

The Patti McWalk is named in honor of the late Patti McDonnell (pictured), and raises funds for the South Jersey Cancer Fund.

“Patti liked living life,” says her older brother, Bob McDonnell. “She was a very generous and giving girl with a lot of friends. She was sort of a free spirit who enjoyed fishing, loved the beach, and was involved all kinds of different activities. Each year she and some friends would go to the Kentucky Derby. She died at 43, but I tell people she squeezed more living into 43 years than many fit into 80.”

On April 27, sign-ups begin at noon at Lucy the Elephant in Margate (9200 Atlantic Ave. in Margate), but the McWalk begins promptly at 1pm. Sign up in advanced for a $20 donation and $25 the morning of the walk. Kids are $10 and children under 12 are free.

One hundred percent of all proceeds will benefit the South Jersey Cancer Fund. Prizes, raffles, food, music, kids bounces, and more will be available throughout the day. An after party, in celebrating of Patti, will be held at Margate Log Cabin. For more information contact

AmeriHealth April Fools Half Marathon @ Revel on Saturday and Sunday, April 5-6

Monday, April 7th, 2014
Photo by Christine Steiner

Photo by Christine Steiner

REVEL BEACH, ATLANTIC CITY — On a splendid spring weekend, AmeriHealth New Jersey, Revel Casino Hotel and the Katz JCC of Margate presented the April Fools Half Marathon series on the Atlantic City Boardwalk.

The event was part of the 56th annual Atlantic City Marathon race series and featured the Shore Medical Center 11K and 7K runs on Saturday, April 5, and the half marathon on Sunday, April 6. The Kids Fit Final Mile, sponsored by Atlantic County Council of Education Association, was also held on Saturday.

Steven Brog, Esq., was this year’s race committee chairman and Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian was a special guest. Atlantic City Weekly was a proud sponsor of the event. Click the video link below for highlights of the event.

Brigantine Concert Series Starts April 10 w/the Famed Atlantic City All Star Band

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

BRIGANTINE, N.J. — The recently announced 2014 Brigantine Concert Series, which gets into full swing during the summer with three live-music events in each of July and August, kicks things off Thursday, April 10, with area favorites Jim “The Singing Lifeguard” Craine and his Atlantic City All Stars, who this year are embarking on their “40th Anniversary Overnight Success Tour.”

Jim Craine and the A.C. All Stars

Jim Craine and the Atlantic City All Stars

“It’s an honor to be kicking off Brigantine’s annual concert series,” says Craine, whose All Star Band will be performing the songs of legends like Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin, Al Jolson, Dean Martin, Tony Bennett, Neil Diamond and many others.

All Brigantine Concert Series shows are free and start 7pm at the Brigantine North School Auditorium, with the exception of Family Fun Day during Fourth of July Weekend when the Original Hobo Band of Pitman, N.J. (established 1946) performs at the 15th Street Recreational Complex (6pm Saturday, July 5), and the Jack Melton Band performs at the Brigantine Beach Community Center at 7pm on July 24.

After the A.C. All Stars, the series continues with a Memorial Day Weekend concert Saturday, May 24, at the North School Auditorium with the Atlantic Brass Band — an award-winning brass ensemble now in its 26th year, and widely considered to be one of the finest brass bands in the nation. The following day, Sunday, May 25, the Atlantic Brass Band will be the opening act in the 25th annual Cape May Music Festival starting 8pm. Presented by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities, the festival runs from May 25-June 14 (click here for info on last year’s event).

The full Brigantine Concert Series schedule is below. All shows are free and all ages are welcome. For more info call (609) 264-7350.

•    April 10: Jim Craine and the All Stars, North School Auditorium
•    May 24: Atlantic Brass Band, North School Auditorium
•    June 19: Bob Ferris Big Band, North School Auditorium
•    July 5: Family Fun Day, Original Hobo Band, 15th Street
•    July 17: Bubba Mac Blues Band, North School Auditorium
•    July 24: Jack Melton Band, Brigantine Beach Community Center
•    Aug. 11: South Jersey Wind Ensemble, North School Auditorium
•    Aug. 24: Tri-County Symphonic Band, North School Auditorium
•    Aug. 31: Bob Ferris Big Band, North School Auditorium
•    Oct. 9: Original Hobo Band, North School Auditorium

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.

Fourth Annual Seashore Gardens 5K Run & Health Walk is April 27 at Resorts

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

ATLANTIC CITY — The fourth annual Seashore Gardens 5K Run and Health Walk will take place Sunday, April 27, on the Boardwalk at Resorts.

This year WOND radio and NBC-TV 40 personality Barbara Altman will be the Honorary Race Director. The race starts at 9am, with day-of-race registration starts at 7:15am. Advanced registration is $25 and day-of-race registration is $35. Go to and click the link at the top to register in advance. seashore5k

Proceeds from this event will benefit residents of Seashore Gardens Living Center. Parking will be free from 7am to noon at Resorts’ self-parking lot, located on North Carolina Avenue. T-shirts and post-race refreshments will be given to all pre-registered participants. This year’s event is dedicated in loving memory to Jane Hoopes, our dear friend and loyal supporter.

Resorts will be offering special room rates for participants. Prizes for winners will include a one-year membership to Tilton Fitness and Wellness, an overnight stay with dinner at Resorts, and more. For more information regarding the race, please contact race director Antonio Tronco at or (609) 748-4615. For more information about sponsorship opportunities, contact Sharon D’Angio at or (609) 748-4614.

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Justice Sandra Day O’Connor Visits Stockton College on Monday, March 24

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014
Dr. Herman Saatkamp (left), president of Richard Stockton College of N.J., introduces retired Justice Sandra Day O'Connor to the audience Monday, March 24. O'Connor was the first woman appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court by President Ronald Reagan in 1981.

Dr. Herman Saatkamp (left), president of Richard Stockton College of N.J., introduces retired Justice Sandra Day O'Connor to the audience Monday, March 24. O'Connor was the first woman appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court by President Ronald Reagan in 1981. Photos by Lew Steiner

GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, NJ — Justice Sandra Day O’Connor (ret.), the first woman to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court, told about 3,000 people attending her presentation at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey on Monday evening that young people need to be taught civics in order to know how to be engaged citizens. Justice O’Connor started, a Web site with lessons and games that teach young people how government works, to get them involved.

Justice O’Connor, who turns 84 on Wednesday, March 26, was the inaugural speaker for the Pappas Visiting Scholar Series at Stockton. She was appointed by President Ronald Reagan in 1981 and served until 2006, having been awarded the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, by President Barack Obama in 2009.

999814_10203497050252750_897179692_nJustice O’Connor (left) grew up on a cattle ranch in Arizona and graduated from Stanford University in 1950 with a degree in economics. She then attended Stanford Law School and graduated in 1952, at a time when only one percent of law-school students were female. Now that figure is about 50 percent, but there is still a lot of work to be done on the gender-equality front, she said.

“It’s been very slow to get women in positions of power in this country,” she told the Stockton crowd. “We’re doing much better now on that scene and I think we continue to progress.”

Stockton president Herman Saatkamp thanked Justice O’Connor in his welcoming remarks, noting that “she makes a limited number of these appearances and we are so pleased and honored that she agreed to come to Stockton.

“Tonight’s event is made possible through the generosity of Dean and Zoe Pappas,” added Saatkamp. “Dean Pappas, a member of the Stockton College Board of Trustees since 2006, and his wife, Zoe, established the Pappas Visiting Scholar Series to allow Stockton students, faculty, staff and community access to outstanding visiting scholars.

“It is important to note that the Stockton community is blessed with this extraordinary opportunity because of the generous, philanthropic support of Dean and Zoe Pappas. Their support is example of the amazing impact of philanthropy and we are pleased to recognize and thank them for making such an important difference on our campus.”

26th Annual Bayfest Returning to Somers Point on Saturday, April 26

Monday, March 24th, 2014
Somers Point anticipates about 30,000 thousand Bayfest visitors to cover 14 blocks of Bay Avenue on April 26.

Somers Point anticipates about 30,000 thousand Bayfest visitors to cover 14 blocks of Bay Avenue on April 26.

SOMERS POINT, NJ —The 26th annual Somers Point Bayfest — the largest, single-day festival in South Jersey — is scheduled for Saturday, April 26, on 14 blocks of Bay Avenue from 10am-5pm. The festival will take place rain or shine. 

The City of Somers Point and the Somers Point Bayfest Committee team with area sponsors to make this longstanding annual tradition possible. Bay Avenue will be filled with music, food, crafters and fun-filled family activities.

The city is expecting more that 30,000 thousand residents and visitors to flock to Bay Avenue this year to enjoy four live bands, 38 food vendors, over 120 crafters and plenty of children’s activities.

An aerial view of a past Bayfest

An aerial view of a past Bayfest

Profits from Bayfest help to fund projects that enhance and benefit the City of Somers Point. Some of the past projects Bayfest has supported include improvements to the Bud Kern Field, the installation of a new playground on the public beach, new banners lining Historic Bay Avenue and donations to the Mainland Region High School Commutation Arts Department.

Parking for Bayfest will be available at the Jordan Road School, located on 129 Jordan Road and Fire House #1, located on 1 Bethel Road. There are also several places for overnight accomodations such as Marriott-Residence Inn, Budget Inn and Economy Motel.

For more information on the annual Somers Point Bayfest, please visit

‘A Night At The Speakeasy’ Dinner Show Friday, April 4, at the Rams Head Inn

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

imageGALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. — Last winter’s production of A Night At The Speakeasy — a Musical & Educational Journey Through the 1920s wowed a capacity crowd in Atlantic City to such an extent that show creator and singer/songwriter Beth Tinnon (pictured left; photo by Patty McCaffery Sanders) was inspired to bring the show back in the form of a dinner theater production.

On Friday evening, April 4, at the historic Rams Head Inn in Galloway Township (9 W. White Horse Pike), A Night At The Speakeasy will return with Tinnon performing the songs of Fannie Brice, Bessie Smith, Duke Ellington, Al Jolson, Louis Armstrong, Cole Porter and several other big names from the era of the Roaring ‘20s.

There will be three costume changes that reflect the whirlwind fashion trends of the era, and an authentic stage set and a video backdrop with a 74-image slideshow complementing the dialogue in between songs that musically entertain and educate the audience about the entire 1920s era chronologically. A four-piece showroom band will accompany Tinnon’s vocals, including Jeff Turner on piano, Andy Lalasis on upright bass, Harry Himles on drums, and John Guida on tenor sax, clarinet and flute. 1890985_10152115707009962_138290707_n

Tickets are $65 (plus tax and gratuity) per person and include a gourmet three-course dinner beginning 6:30pm, and the show starting at 8pm. RSVP is required. Call (609) 652-1700 to make reservations.

Tinnon has enchanted audiences with her unique blend of “class and sass,” and the “roaring ‘20s,” as they were called, inspired her to write and produce this show. Go to for more.