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APRIL 22-28, 2010
Sparks Will Fly By Lori Hoffman Three years later, Jordin Sparks, the youngest ‘Idol’ champ in history, is as bubbly and genuine as ever.
Relive the Decade of Love By Ray Schweibert
The fifth annual Sensational ’60s Weekend is a celebration of Wildwood’s unique role in music history
State Tourism: Making Do with Less By Michael Pritchard
Local tourism boards will have to find ways to offset cuts made in state marketing funds for the summer
Bayfest Time By Jon Heacock The Somers Point tradition returns this weekend with plenty of grub, live music and family entertainment.
On the cover: – Jordin Sparks
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Quotables Pinky’s Corner Coasting Curtain Call The City Beat Ante Up Whitney’s Radar Good Golf Guide
Nightlife: Don Ellsworth
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Dining: Latin Soul Food
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HILE DETERMINING THE SUBJECT matter for this weekâ€™s column, I came across the Casino Reinvestment Development Authorityâ€™s (CRDA) Atlantic City Regional Transportation Plan, which was presented at the Atlantic City Convention Center in May 2009. I decided to go back into my past columns and saw that I devoted four consecutive weeks here to inform you about the CRDAâ€™s intended projects. I felt this was an opportunity for the future of Atlantic City and with all those involved it seemed like a sure thing that it would get done â€” or at least phases of it would. To insure that it would get off on the right foot, former Governor Jon Corzine signed an executive order that created the Atlantic City Regional Implementation Group for Housing and Transportation otherwise known as â€œAC RIGHT.â€? Corzine said, â€œWithout question, South Jersey is a potent economic engine critical to New Jerseyâ€™s emergence from the current global recession, with Atlantic City being the nucleus. I am confident that by creating the AC RIGHT we will capitalize on South Jerseyâ€™s extensive economic resources and also fulfill the economic promise of Atlantic City.â€? Members in AC RIGHT were to include commissioners and executive directors of cabinet-level agencies as well as representatives from the CRDA and South Jersey planning organizations. The group would have the authority to coordinate multi-agency and regulatory review of projects and make recommendations to streamline the review process as well as conduct public meetings and work with business and community groups to advance its mission. Sounds good doesnâ€™t it? Did you ever hear of any meeting that was held by AC RIGHT or learned of anything they were going to do to further the Atlantic City Regional Transportation Plan? I didnâ€™t. And I never saw it in any newspaper or heard about it on any media source. On May 21, 2009, the headline of this column was: â€œSOUTH JERSEYâ€™S FUTURE.â€? I am happy to report that there has been progress on about one third of the projects mentioned. Of the 20 projects, four are currently under construction â€” the widening of Connecticut Avenue, the widening of Mississippi Avenue between Atlantic and Arctic avenues and a third lane going west on the Atlantic City Expressway. New Jitneys will begin operating on Pacific Avenue June 1. Plans are being drawn for a direct connection from the A.C. Expressway to the A.C. International Airport and plans are underway for the expansion of the airport. What about the other projects? The Mississippi Avenue garage is being held up in the courts due to a challenge of the awarding of the construction contract. Hereâ€™s what hasnâ€™t happened: Pacific/Atlantic Avenue One-Way Pair Corridor, traffic-signal system upgrades, Atlantic City-Brigantine Connector signage improvement, regional traffic operations center, new Atlantic City rail-line airport station, a linked land use/worker housing to transportation, reconfiguring of the A.C. Expressway and Garden State Parkway interchange, full Join us on Facebook:
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Notes Of Interest
The Boardwalk Committee has had complaints about the empty billboard at Dr. Martin Luther King Boulevard and the Boardwalk, which is jointly owned by the Shiff Brothers and Pinnacle Entertainment. I brought this to the attention of Atlantic Cityâ€™s Deputy Solicitor Irv Jacoby and requested that he speak with the owners of the board about allowing the Atlantic City Convention and Visitors Authority (ACCVA) to put a sign on the empty board, until such time as it is rented. Both parties agreed and Maureen Siman, VP of marketing for the ACCVA, is in the midst of getting a sign made to place on the empty board. I urge Atlantic Cityâ€™s City Council to pass an ordinance stating that if a signboard is without a rented sign on it for 30 days, it should be made available first to the city and then to any charitable organization willing to take advantage of it until it is rented. Blank billboards create an ugly atmosphere. The demolishing of the Atlantic City Post Office building is under way. When completed, the area will be seeded and have a park-like atmosphere. This will give the city another long empty lot on Dr. Martin Luther King Boulevard, one third of a block wide from Atlantic to Pacific avenues. It will provide a four-lane roadway to the Boardwalk with the empty Pinnacle block on one side and a large empty area on the other. It would have been nice to have a parking lot on that site, but it is too costly and Pinnacle is not going to spend the money necessary to establish a parking lot. Happy to inform you that Mayor Lorenzo Langford will issue an executive order stating that trucks on the Boardwalk will have to use the nearest ramp for ingress and egress. For years, the Boardwalk Committee has been complaining about the vehicles on the Boardwalk causing nails to come up. The long-awaited redevelopment of the Roosevelt Place pavilion will begin within the next two months and should be completed by the end of the summer. The CRDA is providing the funding and oversight of the development. The next pavilion that should be reconstructed is the one at Pacific Avenue and the Boardwalk. It is a disgrace to have it sitting there the way it looks. n
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HEY’LL BE SHOUTING AT THE slot machines and screaming at the craps tables when Linda Eder takes the stage in Atlantic City this weekend, just as they did when the singer and Broadway star first performed here more than 25 years ago. The big difference is that neither Eder nor her audience will hear all that commotion. That’s just one difference between working in a wide-open lounge just a few feet from the casino floor and headlining in a spacious showroom that’s insulated from all that ambient noise. Still, Eder doesn’t discount the importance that casino lounges meant to her career. For entertainers trying to grab the brass ring of success, learning how to work around the distractions in a lounge can often be a make-or-break proposition. “It’s not an easy audience,” says Eder, who spent three years as a regular in the old Atrium Lounge at Harrah’s Resort in the mid-1980s. “It’s a mix of people who come in for music and people just coming in to take a load off their feet for a little while in between playing on the casino floor,” she adds. And, of course, there’s always the folks who lost more than they could afford to lose and then drank themselves silly to forget their bad luck. “You get all kinds in the lounges,” Eder says. Yet Eder, who headlines Saturday, April 24, at Bally’s Atlantic City, knows how important her earliest casino gigs meant to her career. It was the four, five and six sets a night, six nights a week, that helped her polish her performing style and learn how to deal with distractions. “In the lounges, you really learn how to be an entertainer and deal with all the distractions,” says Eder, who moves easily between a variety of musical genres that include pop, country, standards and jazz. Eder’s long-running casino gig proved to be her ticket out of the lounges and ultimately onto the Broadway stage. In 1986, while she was working at Harrah’s, the Brainerd, Minn., native auditioned for and won a chance to compete on Star Search. Eder, 49, would have been content just to scratch out a win during her first appearance on the show. Instead, her sparkling voice helped her win the weekly competition for three consecutive months. And that attention and national exposure set in motion a chain
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of events that would ultimately lead her to Broadway a decade later, when she originated the role of Lucy in the musical Jekyll & Hyde. Eder is one of those performers who literally was born to do it. From the time she was eight-years-old, she knew she wanted to be a singer. Painfully shy, though, she didn’t perform for an audience until she was in high school and her choir teacher convinced her to sing some solos. Once the spotlight shined on her, though, she realized how much she loved the business and her shyness began to disappear. “If you have it in you, once you get on stage you realize how much you want it,” she says. Because of her success on Broadway, audiences have come to expect her concerts to be filled with popular show tunes and standards. To satisfy her fans, she had drifted away from the pop and country tunes she favored at the beginning of her career. But in recent years, she’s returned to her roots by performing programs and recording albums that have a little bit of everything. “I’ve really enjoyed bringing [pop and country] back into my show, because it’s been so many years since I did that,” she says during a phone call from her suburban New York home. “I got so identified with Broadway and standards, but that’s sort of role playing for me, because that’s not who I am innately as a person, or where I come from. I’m just finally free to be myself on stage, and do the kind of stuff that I write and the kind of stuff that makes me feel like the natural Linda I am offstage.” If she had to pick just one type of music to listen to and sing for the rest of her life, Eder would likely choose music from the Great American Songbook. “I love very down-the-middle pop and country,” she says. “I love beautiful melodies, good stories and lyrics. It’s American kind of music.” n
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Williams and Smothers individually were all life changing for me because of what I learned about entertainment. However, some of the moments that have made me the most proud are the stories that I hope are appreciated by the communityat-large. Annually I bring on Atlantic City health department director Ron Cash to discuss issues like men’s health and AIDS prevention via TV and radio. When President Barack Obama was elected I brought together a panel that included former A.C. councilwoman Barbara Hudgins. I also interviewed Pleasantville Mayor Jesse Tweedle, who was elected the same night as Obama. Coming soon will be the student council members of Atlantic City High School East Campus. The Breakfast Club has also co-sponsored several concerts on the Boardwalk and open mikes, workshops and panel discussions throughout southern New Jersey. No other media outlet reaches out at all to the African-American community here at the Jersey Shore. The past three years on radio have been wonderful because of great guests, loyal sponsors, and great listeners. On April 28 I hope to see you all (or those who are age 21 and over) at the Foundation Room at the House of Blues. The event will feature several artists who have had music featured on the Breakfast Club including singer/songwriters Barbara Sheree, and Melvin McKnight. Indie filmmaker Mike Dennis will bring footage from his film Last Night At The Five Spot (which features exclusive live performances by Floetry, Kindred and Jaguar Wright). We also will recognize 120 who represented Atlantic City with their national appearance on 106th and Park, which was seen by over 17 million people. Remember, admission is free, but please bring a canned food donation for the local Food Bank, and please dress to impress. n
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N WEDNESDAY, APRIL 28, the Alternative Soul Breakfast Club radio show that I host Sunday mornings on WTTH FM 96.1 - The Touch will celebrate the start of its fourth year with a listener-appreciation event called After Dark at the House of Blues’ Foundation Room. Co-hosts, sponsors and show guests will be on hand to celebrate from 7-10pm. Admission is free, but guests are asked to bring a canned-good donation for the Community FoodBank of New Jersey. The cliché goes “time flies when you’re having fun,” and as the producer and host of the Alternative Soul Breakfast Club, time has taken me on an incredible ride. I can hardly believe that it’s going on four years since I started to build something special at the 7am hour every Sunday on The Touch. While being a lot of fun, I have also worked very hard to use radio to reach out to my community and fill some gaps that no other radio or TV stations are filling. I have tried to build a home for diverse music. I’ve had the honor of breaking brand new music by Barbara Sheree, who went on to sing with Patti LaBelle on NBC and to open for Keith Sweat. Currently Sheree can be found on the Billboard dance charts with Beyoncé and Janet Jackson. I’ve had local R&B group 120 drop by and break two singles before they performed on BET’s 106th and Park. There are several other performers, too, like spoken-word artist Michelle Moseley and rapper Illogik, who are close to their time in the national spotlight, but are also pioneers in local entertainment. I promise you’ll hear more from them. Along with the local and up-and-coming, the Breakfast Club has brought some of the most well-known voices of American culture to the airwaves of Atlantic City. Listeners have heard my conversations with Zane, the New York Times best-selling author and producer of Cinemax’s hit show The Sex Chronicles. I’ve discussed entertainment from Pleasantville to Hollywood with Rodney Jerkins. I’ve talked success, politics and brotherhood with Tom Smothers. I’ve even talked Motown, yesterday, today and forever with Otis Williams of the Temptations and William “Smokey” Robinson. My conversations with Robinson,
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OU CAN CHECK OUT BREAKING poker news in A.C. and from the Borgata Spring Open at “The Real Deal” poker blog at acweekly.com/poker. For instance, the Borgata Spring Poker Open (April 10-30) is brand new, adding to the casino’s regular Borgata Open and Winter Poker Open. With that new idea came the East Coast Championship, an early event at the open that carried a pretty steep $7,500 buy-in for the NoLimit tournament. So, at that buy-in, you might expect a light turnout and you’d be right. Only 62 players were in the tournament. But while the field was small, it was also very tight with some big-name pros making the field as competitive as it comes. “It’s some of the best poker I’ve ever played in a big tournament,” says pro Chris Klodnicki of Voorhees, who finished second in the tournament and collected $92,456. “It was a small field, but a tough field, the toughest I’ve played. There weren’t too many soft spots.” The winner of the tournament was Sorel Mizzi of Toronto who collected $170,313. Mizzi won with two pair on the final hand. He gets a crystal trophy and gold bracelet for the win. Mizzi made his name as one of the best online players in the game, but has been appearing in a growing number of live tournaments since about 2007. And lately, he’s been on a roll winning some big online tournaments as well as The Wynn Classic in Las Vegas in March — an $85,000 cash. He also scored an about $600,000 cash for a third place finish at the Aussie Millions in Melbourne this past January. “This is great. I played really well and am happy to survive,” Mizzi told The Borgata’s poker blog. “This was a tough, tough field.” Klodnicki’s earnings now top $1.2 million and he has become a real force at Atlantic City tables. He’s had several cashes in the city, including a $215,000 main event cash at a WSOP circuit event at Caesars in December. Another famous pro in the field was Gavin Smith, also known as “Birdguts,” whose winnings are more than $4.7 million. He was an early chip leader, but finished eighth in the championship taking home about $19,500. Of the top finishers, virtually all were are ranked
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pros or up and comers. So far, the spring open has to be considered a success and the good turnout of pros bodes well for the open’s main event, a $3,300 + $300 No Limit Hold’em tournament with a $1 million guaranteed prize pool. The Open Championship starts April 25. In some other news, pro Annie Duke will be in teacher mode as she makes her first appearance with the World Series of Poker Tournament Academy at Harrah’s Resort in Atlantic City May 1-2. Duke will be the lead instructor for the program. She will also teach at the WSOP Live Hand Analysis Academy May 3. The two-day academy costs $1,899 and is designed for players at all levels. However, to celebrate Duke’s appearance, you can get a $300 discount if you live within 150 miles of Atlantic City. Only 45 seats are open, so you’d better move fast if you’re interested. Go to wsopacademy. com for info or call 800-989-9767. The $999 Hand Analysis Academy will also be taught by Duke, but is even more limited with only 20 seats and is open only to alumnae of the Tournament Academy. Duke’s appearance here does make you wonder if she might catch a plane and get into town five days earlier for the Borgata’s Spring Open Main Event. It’s not likely, but who knows? Visit acweekly.com to look at this week’s poker tournaments schedule in Atlantic City. n see more online @
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RENDY. ORGANIC. FAIR TRADE. Local. Do you look for these traits when shopping for clothes and accessories? Well, look no further because do I have southern New Jerseyâ€™s bestkept secret to share with you. Never Too Spoiled is a store, formerly located at Atlantic Cityâ€™s Historic Gardnerâ€™s Basin, that has been operating out of the Hamilton Mall in Mays Landing for several months. I absolutely love this place! Owner Rene Galvin makes sure to stock fabulous items made with re-used, re-purposed materials. Her store is part of the 10,000 Villages fair-trade retailers. She spoke with Atlantic City Weekly recently.
What trendy accessories do you offer? We try to be more of a trendy classic. Kitson of Hollywood was one of our favorite stores when we were in L.A. We found they had some great items, and offered many items that were not affordable. We began our search for clothing, handbags, jewelry and gifts that had the great look, without sticker shock. Our biggest concentration is on organic and fair trade. Organic clothing is made with cotton minus the pesticides. Once you wear an outfit made from organic cotton itâ€™s hard to go back. Fair-trade gifts and accessories are made by women who have [previously] been exploited. By choosing fair trade, you not only get beautiful crafts, but you are also empowering women with sustainable work and fair wages.
Alcove and did a wonderful fashion show last year coordinated by Shelby Losco. We love being involved in the community and giving back as often as we can. When are you going to have your grand opening? Our grand opening will be held in May. We are planning on having a pink ribbon-cutting, giveaways and samples. Live models and local artisans with trunk shows are just part of the plans. We loved being in Atlantic City and many of our customers have been shopping with us already. Thanks to them we were able to realize we needed to be open year round, which Hamilton Mall allowed us to do. At Never Too Spoiled they offer â€œaffordable spoiling for everyone.â€? From local designers such as Lolly, with her best-selling scarves, to watches by LeMer, there is a gift for everyone here. Lauren, Reneâ€™s daughter, was the inspiration for this fab store, so when stopping in make sure to thank Rene and Lauren for keeping us trendy, yet healthy, and responsible to our earth.
Speaking of accessories, keep your calendars open for Wednesday, April 28, for the first â€œShoe Society Partyâ€? being held at Planet Rose inside the Quarter at the Tropicana from 6-9pm. If you love shoes and want to show them off then youâ€™ll love this event. Cristina Candullo, the founder, is excited for this Atlantic City event where you can show off your What is a 10,000 Villages Retailer? shoes on a pink runway. There will also We are thrilled to be a 10,000 Villages be prizes and giveaways. A portion of Retailer, which is a large chain of fairthe proceeds benefit The Alcove. RSVP trade stores. We just ordered Nicole to firstname.lastname@example.org. n Richieâ€™s New House of Harlow sunglasses. The hottest handbags in Hollywood are Melie Bianco, and we are an authorized reseller. Our books are great sellers, especially inspirational ones. But by far, W HITNEY U LLMAN our best sellers are our jewelry and our Dishing out advice on varorganic clothing. For a night out, or a ious topics to our readcute sundress, or a necklace, we have ers on issues related to been lucky to come to peopleâ€™s mind, networking, dating, emand they stop in. ployment, news, events, shopping and much more. Do you give back to the community or help She is the current presiany local organizations? dent of the Greater Atlantic Absolutely! We have been involved City Jaycees and owner of with local charities for over 10 years, www.GoToWhitney.com. even before starting our new venture. We
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