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
Over the past five months since Hurricane Sandy hit, I concentrated on all the bad reporting about the fact that the Atlantic City Boardwalk was destroyed, which of course it was not, thanks to the dunes that helped protect it.
However, beyond the main stretch of Boardwalk, there was a lot of damage. The legendary White House Sub Shop was closed for a time and The Scales Grill & Deck Bar in Gardner’s Basin, formerly the Flying Cloud Cafe, will be demolished due to damage from Hurricane Sandy. The good news is the White House is back and Scales will be rebuilt.
Another landmark was also damaged. Until I received an email about the reopening of the Edwin B. Forsythe Refuge Wildlife Drive this Saturday (it will only be open weekends to start), I was not aware that the popular trail for birders was also closed due to Hurricane Sandy damage.
There were a lot of other businesses that sustained damage whose owners are working hard to be in good shape for the summer season. Here’s hoping we all enjoy the monster summer season I’m expecting as a major bounce back from Sandy.
Summer is coming but spring is here and that means the Phillies are back. The team will not be burdened by expectations of greatness after last year’s injury-filled season. However, that means the team can stay out of the National League East limelight that will be focused on the Washington Nationals, who are loaded with power and great hitting, and the Atlanta Braves, who looked sharp in beating Cole Hamels and the Phillies on opening day Monday.
While my expectations are not as upbeat as previous years during the 2007-2011 “Golden Era,” the team still has a strong pitching staff — don’t panic, Roy Halliday will be all right — and the return of the “real” Chase Utley has me expecting us to be in the thick of the race. And, while we can’t expect to see the 2008 prime of all three Phillies superstars — Utley, Jimmy Rollins and Ryan Howard — I’ll settle for 60-70 percent of their prime.
Add solid contributions from newcomers Michael Young, Mike Adams and Ben Revere and the coming-of-age of Dom Brown, who had a sensational Grapefruit League season, and the Phillies are still a pretty good ballclub.
From baseball let’s move onto National Library Week. Atlantic Cape Community College’s Academy of Culinary Arts students in Chef Annmarie Chelius’ Centerpiece Artistry class showcased book cakes and edible bookmarks inspired by their favorite books April 1, to participate in the International Edible Book Festival and to celebrate National Library Week.
Some of the edible cakes were created based on the following books: The Art of Walt Disney: From Mickey Mouse to the Magic Kingdoms and Beyond, Brave, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and Clifford.
The cakes were showcased at the Atlantic County Library, Mays Landing Branch, and the Ocean City Free Public Library.
Sarah Nichols of Millville created a book cake inspired by the book “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” by Laura Numeroff.