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Premiere of New Lucy Art Exhibit by Renowned Artist Jon Baker Opens May 10

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

MARGATE, N.J. — South Jersey’s most famous and the world’s largest (and probably oldest, turning 133 on July 21) pachyderm, Lucy the Elephant, will premiere a new collection of artwork by renowned artist Jon Baker.  Lucy photo

The exhibit will kick off with a charity reception on Saturday, May 10, from 6-8:30pm on Lucy’s home turf, 9200 Atlantic Ave. in Margate.

Tickets for the event are available at Lucy’s Gift Shop or on Lucy’s Web site at for a tax deductible donation of $10 per person. Certain items in the collection will be available for sale, with proceeds benefiting the Save Lucy Committee. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and wine will be served.

“Jon is a gifted artist and we are so fortunate that he has graciously offered his talents to benefit Lucy’s ongoing preservation,” says Dr. Dominick Potena,
Lucy board president.

For more info, contact Lucy executive director Richard Helfant at (609) 823-6473 or e-mail

New Mural ‘Journey’ Adorns West Hall

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

Pictured in front of a new plaque unveiled at a media event for the new mural are, left to right, Liza Cartmell, Lance Fung, Mitsu Overstreet and John Palmieri.

Pictured in front of a new plaque unveiled at a media event for the new mural are, left to right, Liza Cartmell, Lance Fung, Mitsu Overstreet and John Palmieri.

ATLANTIC CITY — The section of Atlantic City’s Tourism District at Florida and Pacific avenues has been given a digital facelift, as the Atlantic City Alliance (ACA) and the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) unveiled a massive, digitally created mural installation on the façade of Historic Boardwalk Hall’s West Hall on Tuesday, April 22.

Entitled Journey, the new mural includes 27 panels in total that wrap around West Hall. Each panel is approximately 25-feet wide by 35-feet tall. The combined length is about 700 feet. The entire project is a combination of hand-rendered and digitally composed sketches. The mural has a Mother Nature theme, connecting land and sea from Pacific Avenue and Boardwalk Hall to the beach and ocean. The main goal of Journey, according to a media release, is to highlight the city’s natural environment under the themes of “sunrise” and “sunset.”

Renowned artist Mitsu Overstreet created the West Hall mural in conjunction with the ACA, CRDA and Fung Collaboratives. The mural installations are part of a joint Atlantic City Boardwalk improvement project by the ACA and the CRDA in conjunction with the city’s overall beautification project. CRDA Executive Director John Palmieri said the CRDA plans to allocate $500,000 toward a three-tier citywide mural program in partnership with Atlantic County to enhance the Tourism District, neighborhoods and storefronts as part of the city’s overall beautification initiative.

“The greening of the Florida and Pacific Avenue street corner, and the living wall along Pacific Avenue were successful in softening the landscape and making the pedestrian experience more enjoyable,” said Palmieri. “The addition of the murals creates a much more inviting environment, drawing people toward the Boardwalk and extending a visually exciting experience for vehicles and pedestrians alike.”

“This mural is part of the larger initiative to beautify Atlantic City by removing blight and enhancing public spaces through art,” adds ACA President Liza Cartmell. “This building shares two spectacular displays, one visible during the day — this mural — and one at night, the 3D sound and light shows on Boardwalk Hall [at Kennedy Plaza, a revolving set of themes currently entitled ‘Duality’]. It also celebrates the underappreciated inland waterways of Atlantic City which team with wildlife and are as physically beautiful as the world famous beaches, ocean and Boardwalk.”West Hall mural project of Historic Boardwalk Hall

“Visually, the project’s main goal is to transform the site with a mural that celebrates the beauty of the city’s natural environment under the themes of ‘Sunrise’ and ‘Sunset,’” said Overstreet. “For the community that lives, works and experiences the installation, my hope is that a new sense of place and a connection is created in them that sees through to the environmental aspect of what makes Atlantic City such an amazing region

“Atlantic City’s foundation rests on a natural barrier island, which are known for a dynamic exchange between the ocean and land,” adds Overstreet. “It has quite a balance and is a very unique location. When drawing inspiration from the region’s natural environment I saw that this exchange is part of what this place is about. It’s really beautiful.”

You, The People, Choose the Song

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

ACA FireworksATLANTIC CITY — Atlantic City’s annual July 4th fireworks spectacular will include the elements of a true democracy. Citizens are asked to go to event-sponsor Atlantic City Alliance’s Facebook page ( and choose among 37 songs to serve as the soundtrack for this year’s fireworks gala, scheduled to take place on the beaches of Atlantic City starting 9:30pm Friday, July 4.

Voting for the “We the People, By the People, For the People” Do AC July 4th fireworks spectacular soundtrack song contest runs through Friday, May 2. Ten (10) randomly selected users will be awarded a DO AC Summer Beach Package — a “goodie bag” filled with prizes perfect for the summer on Atlantic City’s free beach, including DO AC sunglasses, beach balls and more.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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


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.