Posts Tagged ‘Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge’

Hump Day Report: ‘Wizard of Oz’ in IMAX 3D

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

'The Wizard of Oz' was released in 1939.

'The Wizard of Oz' was released in 1939.

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.

Hump Day LogoThe Wizard of Oz is being presented in IMAX 3D in honor of the film’s 75th Anniversary. The Wizard of Oz was released in 1939 and was not a major blockbuster. It was years later when the movie became a staple on television that it became a beloved classic. Both the IMAX at the Tropicana Casino & Resort in Atlantic City and IMAX at the Tilton Theater in Northfield will present the film for the first time in digitally remastered 3D. Tropicana’s IMAX Theatre, located on the third floor of The Quarter, will present this cherished film for a limited two-week run, September 20 through October 3.
Show times at the Tropicana for September 20 through September 26 are 12, 2, 4, 6 and 8pm. The show time for September 27 through October 3 is 12pm daily. Tickets are $14 online or at the IMAX box office. For advance ticket reservations call Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000.
The show times at the Tilton for a one-week run are 12, 2:20, 4:40, 7 and 9:20pm. Tickets are $17 for adults, $15 for children plus a $1 service charge.
The Wizard of Oz opened at Grauman’s Chinese Theater on August 15, 1939. The film was directed by Victor Fleming (who that same year directed Gone With the Wind), produced by Mervyn LeRoy, and scored by Herbert Stothart, with music and lyrics by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg.

The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey dedicated its $39.5 million Unified Science Center in ribbon-cutting ceremonies at the main Galloway campus Wednesday, Sept. 18.
The 66,350-square-foot, three-story facility expands Stockton’s School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (NAMS), which graduates 20 percent of all the math and science majors in New Jersey — more than any other state college or university.
“Stockton’s distinctive Natural Sciences and Mathematics programs attract many more very qualified prospective students than the college has been able to admit,” President Saatkamp noted.
“With the Unified Science Center providing eight new classrooms, 28 teaching and research labs and state-of-the-art scientific instruments and equipment, the college will be even more of a choice institution as well as a launching pad for future scientists and mathematicians.” said President Saatkamp.

The Friends of Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge have announced the addition of a new 12-passenger solar electric tram. The tram, dubbed “Forsythe Explorer,” will be used for natural history tours of the refuge’s Wildlife Drive. Tours will be offered on Saturdays, September 21, 28, October 5, 12, 19, and 26 from 1-3pm. The tour schedule beyond October is still to be determined.
The tours are limited to 12 passengers and reservations are required, and can be made by calling 609-652-1665. Tram tours will start at the Refuge Visitor Information Center, 800 Great Creek Road in Galloway. A $10 per person donation to the Friends of Forsythe is suggested, which will be used to help with vehicle maintenance.
Guided by a volunteer master naturalist, these tours are an excellent opportunity to learn about and observe the birds and other creatures that stop at the Refuge during fall migration.

Forsythe Refuge Says Get Ready for a Night of … Moth Watching!

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

4440771-ten-night-moths-on-the-white-backgroundGALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. — A moth watching event will be hosted by Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge as part of its “Evenings At Forsythe” series.

The program will be held on Friday, July 19, at 9pm, and will take place in the headquarters auditorium at Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, 800 Great Creek Road, Oceanville (Galloway Township). In case of rain or high wind, the rain date will be Friday, July 26.

Park Ranger Tiffany Kersten will give a short presentation followed by an evening of exploration. The refuge will set up a blacklight against a white bed sheet to see what moths might visit. This is a free event open to the public.

Evenings at Forsythe are sponsored by the Friends of Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge. All programs are free and open to the public. For more information, call (609) 652-1665,  click here, or find the refuge on Facebook at

Hump Day Report: Bird Watching Back

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

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

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.

Sarah Nichols of Millville created a book cake inspired by the book “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” by Laura Numeroff.

Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge Participates in an International Movement to “Take a Child Outside”

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

family in natureGALLOWAY TOWNSHIP — During the week of Sept. 24-30, the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge (800 Great Creek Rd. in the Oceanville section of Galloway Township) will be sponsoring the “Take A Child Outside” program.

As part of a growing nationwide effort to get young people off the couch, unplugged from technology and enjoying the outdoors in their local community, the program is designed to “arm parents, teachers and other caregivers with resources and recreational activities for exploring local habitats” in order to bring children outside into nature. It is designed to help children across the country develop a better understanding and appreciation of the environment in which they live, and a burgeoning enthusiasm for its exploration.

By visiting the Take A Child Outside Web site you can make a pledge to take a child outside and help them experience the natural world. The Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge is providing family nature club activities at 9:15am Saturday, Sept. 24, and a campfire sing-along at 6:30pm. Sept. 24 is also National Public Lands Day, and the entrance fee to Forsythe is waived that day.

The Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge — which is administered by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service believes children want to embrace and explore their world.  This exploration shapes their lifelong relationship with their parents and the environment.  Stress reduction, greater physical health, a deeper sense of spirit, more creativity, a sense of play, even a safer life are all benefits for a family when it invites nature into their lives. Go here for more information.