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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 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

Free poetry reading at Atlantic City Free Public Library on April 30

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

ATLANTIC CITY — April is National Poetry Month, and the Atlantic City Free Public Library is celebrating by offering a free poetry reading at 6pm Wednesday, April 30, at the Main Library.

karen-zaborowski-duffy-82x100Poets Karen Zaborowski Duffy (pictured left) and Peter Murphy, who are both former Atlantic City High School teachers, will read from some of their own works and hold a book signing at the end of the program. The reading is free and open to people of all ages.

Duffy is the recipient of two Poetry Writing Fellowships from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and is a poetry consultant for the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation. She has done residencies at Ragdale, Vermont Studio Center and The Norman Mailer Writers Colony at Provincetown, where she was named a 2010 Fellow in Creative Nonfiction. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals, including Calyx, PMS-poemmemoirstory, Salt Flats Annual and Journal of New Jersey Poets.


Holtzman Gallery Meet-and-Greet with Artist Michael Waters Saturday, April 19

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

MichaelWatersVENTNOR, N.J. — The Holtzman Gallery, an upscale fine-art gallery in Ventnor, is hosting its third solo artist exhibition of the year, as the work of award-winning abstract artist Michael Waters (pictured left) will be on display through May 12.

On Saturday, April 19, guests will have the opportunity to meet Waters at an opening reception from 7-9pm at the Holtzman Gallery, located at 5301 Atlantic Avenue in Ventnor, just a few blocks south of Atlantic City. The artist will be on-hand to answer questions about his unique artistic perspective. Fine wine and light hors d’oeuvres will be served. The event is free and open to the public.

Born and raised in Atlantic City, Waters has won numerous awards throughout the region. His work has been exhibited by the Society of New Jersey Artists, the Toms River Artists Community, the Willingboro Arts Center, the Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts, and the Noyes Museum of Art in Galloway Township, where he is a signature artist member. He has also served on the board of the Ocean City Arts Center, Ocean City Fine Arts League, Atlantic City Arts Center and Ventnor Cultural Arts Center.    waters-2

Water’s unique style (right) comes from within, as he allows his intuition and imagination to guide him through the creation process. His inspiration comes from his interest in symbolism, hieroglyphics and the depths of nature — underground and beneath the surface. He uses bold colors and varying textures which result in classic balance and harmony.

For more, visit or, or call (609) 822-8482.

DJ Turbulence Hosts DJ Competition @ Golden Nugget’s Haven Nightclub

Monday, April 14th, 2014

ATLANTIC CITY — On Thursday, April 17, Haven Nightclub at Golden Nugget is giving 11 DJs from the surrounding area an opportunity to showcase their mixing skills by hosting a DJ competition, where competitors will go head-to-head as they present their passion and commitment to their trade. The competition will run from 11pm-4am.1K6A3926-1-1024x720

DJ Turbulence (pictured right) will host as each DJ spins a 10-minute set to battle for ultimate supremacy. Guests will hear a variety of mixes and mash-ups from all different genres by DJ Reach, DJ Turbulence, and the elite list of emerging DJ’s competing in the competition.

Those selected to compete include Sammy Morales, Adam Levine, Anthony Sojo, CDJC, Nick Montone, Edward Lafontant, Andrew Niebling, Dennis Guitierrez, Marco Penta, Terrence Oliver, and Steve Tran.

Toward the end of the night, DJ Turbulence will choose the two finalists who will battle side-by-side for the determining face-off. The winning DJ will earn $500 cash and a headlining gig at Haven on a select night.

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.

Morey’s Piers Seeking Seasonal Jobs

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

THE WILDWOODS, N.J. — Spring is in the air but Morey’s Piers is already thinking summer with over 1,000 jobs to fill in the coming months.  Morey’s is seeking enthusiastic, outgoing, and responsible team players to fill seasonal jobs for this upcoming summer season. Online applications are now being accepted at

Employment opportunities are available in many departments, including ride operations, park services, extreme ride operator, lifeguards, food & beverage, games operator, events staff and much more. Seasonal positions begin with pre-employment training held throughout the spring and early summer. Positions may last through September, with the greatest number of jobs available during the summer months. Supervisor and lead positions are also available for qualified individuals.Untitled1

Many of the seasonal positions at Morey’s Piers are filled with local college/university and high school students who live and work in the Wildwoods each summer.

“Our local student population plays a critical role in staffing our operation,” says Denise Beckson, director of waterpark operations/human resources. “It is always a challenge to fill over 1,000 jobs each season with the limited local labor pool, especially during the ‘shoulder seasons’ when school is typically in session and we are open for business.”

Morey’s Piers supplements its domestic work force with several hundred international work and travel students participating in the U.S. State Department Summer Work Travel J-1 Visa program.

“Having our domestic and international associates work side-by-side offers an incredible and unique educational and cultural experience not found in most summer jobs,” says Beckson.

All associates of Morey’s Piers receive a free season pass as well as discounts at Morey’s restaurants and retail shops, employee picnics and after-hours parties, incentive and rewards programs and more.

The 2014 season begins on Saturday, April 12. For more information please visit or call (609) 522-3900.

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

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 [] 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 for $2 or at the door beginning at 5pm.  The event will take place from 6-9 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.

Marine Mammal Stranding Center to Second Annual Host 5K Benefit

Monday, April 7th, 2014

By Kaitlin Montague
ATLANTIC CITY — On Saturday, May 3, the Marine Mammal Stranding Center is hosting its second annual “Run for the Animals” 5K. The Marine Mammal Stranding Center is a private non-profit organization that was founded in 1978 by Robert Schoelkopf, still current director, with just a few volunteers to help achieve his goals. Currently he and his wife, Sheila Dean, along with small paid staff, continue to work with the animals in need. The Stranding Center is currently located on the barrier islands of Brigantine, which contains New Jersey’s largest wildlife safe haven, though it was originally based in Gardner’s Basin in the inlet section of Atlantic City.marine-mammel-strandiung-center-300x225

Currently, the Center has responded to over 3,900 strandings including whales, dolphins, seals and sea turtles that have washed ashore in this area over the years since its foundation. Although the Center is only responsible for strandings in New Jersey, it is occasionally asked to aid in the rescuing of animals in other states, as well. Since the Marine Mammal Stranding Center in a non-profit organization, most of its funding derives from donations, grants, memberships and fundraisers like this “Run for the Animals” 5K.

All proceeds for the event will benefit the Marine Mammal Stranding Center. Check in for the event is from 7-8:45am at Laguna Grill in Brigantine. There is a $28 registration fee that will include the run and a tee shirt. Register at Activities will take place after the race: awards, a silent auction, music, face painting, games and arts and crafts.

Because running isn’t appealing to all, there is also a one-mile dog walk on the beach and a pet parade that will benefit Beacon Animal Rescue. The registration fee is $10 and the dog walk will commence at 9:30am at the Laguna Grill. Register at Pets should be dressed to impress for the parade! For questions about either event, please call (609) 266-0538.