Marine Mammal Stranding Center to Second Annual Host 5K Benefit

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 raceit.com. 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 beaconaminmalrescue.org. Pets should be dressed to impress for the parade! For questions about either event, please call (609) 266-0538.

Seal Day at Marine Mammal Stranding Center

April 7th, 2014

acw_sealMMSCThe Marine Mammal Stranding Center (MMSC),  in Brigantine will celebrate “Seal Day” on Saturday, April 12, 10am-3pm.

There will be guided tours of the rescue and rehabilitation facility along with educational demonstrations and arts and crafts activities for the kids.  There will also be screenings of videos documenting the Center’s founding and present-day work with marine mammals and sea turtles.

Have your photo taken with The Center’s animated mascot “Lu-seal.”

The event is free but donations are welcome. For more info go to the MMSC Website.

Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival 2014

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.

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

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.

Absecon Lighthouse: Extended April Hours

April 4th, 2014
Dogs are welcome on the Lighthouse grounds, too.

Dogs on leashes are welcome on the Lighthouse grounds, too.

Looking for something fun and fit to do with the kids on Spring Break?  Absecon Lighthouse, normally closed on Tuesdays & Wednesdays, will be open daily from Thursday, April 10 through Monday, April 28 from 11am to 4pm.  The last climb is at 3:30pm.

Go to the lighthouse website and print off a special coupon for $1 off admission when you climb.  The museum, grounds, and parking are all free.

Normal business hours will resume on May 1, with the lighthouse being open Thursdays through Mondays, 11am to 4pm.

First lit in 1857, Absecon Lighthouse is the tallest lighthouse in New Jersey and the third tallest in the country.  It is the oldest man-made structure in Atlantic City, boasts a first-order Fresnel lens still in place at the top, and offers fabulous views of Atlantic City and Brigantine.

Admission to climb the 228 steps to the top is $7 for adults, $5 for seniors, $4 for children 4-12, and $3 for Atlantic City residents.  Active Military are invited to climb for free.

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

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

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

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

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

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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Hump Day Report: Hope Springs Eternal

April 2nd, 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.

Well, I believe it is safe now to say that we have seen the last of the snow. Thank goodness for that. I was never so happy to see a rain-filled Saturday and Sunday last weekend, just because it wasn’t snow. Now we just have to get the temperatures up to seasonal. Of course right at the moment I’m happy if it is hovering around 50 degrees. After that horrible winter, 50 degrees feels like 68 degrees to me.

Spring also means the beginning of the baseball season, and things are so bad that when I mentioned the Phillies to my Mom, she starting ranting about the fact that they weren’t worth the trouble and she is not going to watch the games this year. Since she now lives in Mets country in Cranford, she would have to pay for the baseball package, so I can’t blame her.

However, since I only have to pay with my emotional life, I am giving the team the benefit of the doubt to start the season. That worked out well in the first game with the Phillies scoring 14 runs on 17 hits. Cliff Lee gave up eight earned runs and got the win.

Fidel Castro

Fidel Castro's beard ...

Honest Abe.

Honest Abe's beard ...

Of course in game two of the season, the newest Phillie, A.J. Burnett, pitched six scoreless innings which eared him a no decision as the bullpen blew a 2-0 lead and the Rangers got the walk-off win. Is it just me or is Rangers’ Elvis Andrus rocking that no lip-hair beard as a tribute to Fidel Castro? Well it turns out Fidel does have lip hair and the Rangers are calling it his Abraham Lincoln beard since he didn’t have lip hair. Honest Abe’s beard was never that long, but Castro’s is so let’s call it a Lincoln-Castro hybrid.

Somewhere inbetween, Elvis Andrus' beard.

And somewhere in between, Elvis Andrus' beard.

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The NCAA March Madness is coming to an end and this might be my worst bracket year ever once the tourney hit the Sweet Sixteen. In my defense nobody predicted that UConn would go on such an impressive run but I am delighted for former 76er guard and now Huskies coach Kevin Ollie for such a poised team in the clutch.

Will the slipper fall off against Florida? Probably, but this might be the best guard showdown in the tournament with UConn’s Shabazz Napier facing off against Florida’s Scottie Wilbekin. In the Wisconsin-Kentucky game I’m back and forth but I just have a feeling that this is coach Bo Ryan’s year so I’ll go with the Badgers.

In the championship I’m picking Florida over Wisconsin.