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Spring Guide 2010: Things to See & Places to Be By Mike Pritchard A look at events, festivals and entertainment in southern New Jersey.
Rumble at Resorts By Ray Schweibert Grassroots mixed martial arts promoter New Breed Fighters will heat up the Superstar Theater again with back-to-back fight nights in Atlantic City
Phillies Fever By Lori Hoffman Fans love their Fightin’ Phils but aren’t used to rooting for frontrunners
The Unknown Benefactor of Atlantic City’s Homeless Youth By Mike Pritchard Covenant House New Jersey will double up the money raised from its annual ‘Night of Broadway Stars’ at the Borgata thanks to an anonymous donor.
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Projects in the Works By Pinky Kravitz
HERE WAS A POSITIVE REACTION TO LAST weekâ€™s column relative to the Atlantic City Regional Transportation Plan (ACRTP), which was presented to the public in May of last year. If you read the column, you learned that there was progress on about one third of the 20 projects that had been unveiled 11 months ago. As a result of that column, information was provided to me to update you on most of the remaining projects. Several of the projects are interlinked. This means that if you start one, others will surely begin thereafter. Here are the objectives of the ACRTP: â€œto provide improvements when and where needed with timely delivery; to support the regional economy, with an emphasis on Atlantic City and the Atlantic City International Airport (ACY); to incorporate land use in the execution of projects to support communities; to employ traditional and nontraditional financing mechanisms to ensure the timely implementation of projects.â€? The following will provide you the â€œtriggerâ€? projects that will be followed by the projects they trigger. The first two triggers relate to the expansion of ACY. First. the construction phase there is about to begin. The other trigger is the Next Gen Aviation Tech Park project where workers have begun the road network. This will result in a direct connection from the Atlantic City Expressway (ACE) to ACY. In May 2011 there will be all-electronic tolling on the ACE that will trigger several projects. The engineering work is currently underway and should be completed in three to six months for new signage on the ACE, the Atlantic City entranceway, and the Atlantic CityBrigantine Connector. It will also result in the easing of the traffic flow on the Albany Avenue corridor and traffic improvements on Michigan Avenue. In addition, the current plan is for new traffic signals for two-way Pacific and Atlantic avenues. If there eventually becomes a need for one-way Atlantic-Pacific avenues, the traffic signals could be adjusted. The work on the Albany Avenue corridor will lead to changes at the intersection of Winchester and Albany avenues. The engineering for that work will start within three months. It will also lead to discussions between the Department of Transportation and the U.S. Coast Guard as to the timing for the openings of the Albany Avenue bridge. This will be adjusted so that the bridge will not open during rush-hour traffic. Lastly, the Revel Entertainment Hotel-Casino complex has triggered the widening of Connecticut Avenue and plans are ready for construction. Obviously, all of those who have been involved in the ACRTP have been busy at work over the past 11 months. However, they have been publicly quiet as to their accomplishments to date. I am pleased to be the first to provide this ACRTP update. This program will not only provide jobs but, when completed, it will enhance the transportation experiences of those coming to what I hope will once again become the â€œPlayground of the World.â€? Join us on Facebook:
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Mayor Lorenzo Langford recently issued an executive order stating that there would be no vehicles on the Boardwalk with the exception of Public Works trucks, police supervisors and emergency vehicles. Public Works director Paul Jerkins agreed that all of his departmentâ€™s trucks should use the nearest ramp for egress and ingress to the Boardwalk for the work they need to do. They should not be using the Boardwalk as a street to reach the area where they need to do work. Regarding the cleanliness of the beach, Jerkins stated at a recent Boardwalk Committee meeting that Atlantic City only has two raking vehicles to cover six miles of beach, and that it cannot be done as well as he would like it to be. Ventnor City has four rakers for a one-mile beach. These machines are quite costly and the budget does not include funds for additional ones at the present time. Jerkins said he would attend future Boardwalk Committee meetings and he looks forward to continued cooperation with those looking to improve Atlantic City.
Sharing a Readerâ€™s Thoughts
Regular readers of this column know that I seldom share e-mails that are sent to me. However, the one below comes after attorney Lloyd Levinson and I discussed a certain topic on my radio show last Tuesday. The woman wrote: â€œJust about every week we go to the casinos in Atlantic City, both on the Boardwalk and in the Marina. We do enjoy A.C., but after visiting Las Vegas a few weeks ago, I have to say there is no comparison as to the feeling of excitement and energy that you experience when visiting there. Also, employees we encountered in any casino there were very friendly and welcoming, and I mean everywhere we went. It was quite noticeable to us that in general â€” not all cases â€” the employees in A.C., especially the cashiers, slot attendants and a good part of the toll takers, are very unfriendly. They either do not acknowledge your presence when dealing with you, or they scowl at you for the most part. It was such a culture shock to me especially, because as a former North Jersey resident I feel that South Jersey people are so friendly, and they are, but not at the casinos. Could it be signs of the economic times? Are they really that unhappy? My husband and I certainly couldnâ€™t get away with such an attitude at our places of employment. I donâ€™t know who else to tell this to, but felt it was important for A.C. Sorry.â€? I hope many casino employees have read the above note, and that they give it some serious thought. n
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Las Vegas Performer of the Year Jimmy Hopper, who also performed at the 2006 and 2007 Street Life concerts, will headline the annual benefit again this year, joined by the regionâ€™s most acclaimed singers and musicians. The concert to benefit the Hansen House takes place on Thursday, May 6, 7:30pm, at the Concert Venue at Harrahâ€™s Resort ($25 per person, $150 for VIP seating, which includes a dessert reception with the musicians after the show). Tickets may be purchased online at hansenhouse.org. Street Life is produced by Melanie Rice and Bob Fowler, with well-known Philadelphia entertainer Eddie Bruce serving as Master of Ceremonies. Hansen House founder Jennifer Hansen will perform, and other popular local entertainers scheduled to appear include Dane Anthony, Howard Issacson, Patty Blee, Geri Mingori, Cathy Rocco, Alex Glover, Gina Roche, Bob Sterling and Bobby Hunter. All proceeds from the annual concert will benefit Hansen House â€” two, 24-bed residential treatment halfway houses (one for men and one for women) located in Galloway Township. A private charitable 501(C) 3 nonprofit corporation, Hansen House treats the diseases of alcoholism and drug addiction, providing clients with the tools and skills needed to live productive and responsible lives. â€” Lori Hoffman
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ITH THE HARROWING WINTER WE JUST had, seldom before has the approach of warm sunshine, sand, surf and sipping cool drinks by the water looked more inviting. If you’re fortunate enough to live by the water’s edge you’ve got it made in the shade. Otherwise the best way to enjoy the latter gratification is by seeking out the many localities that have outdoor decks attached to their businesses. Many of these places allow access by boat and many also complement the dining/socializing scene with live music. Below are a few soon opening for the season that you might consider checking out. Starting north and heading south, the Laguna Grill Martini Bar (266-7731) in Brigantine has a semi-enclosed tiki bar attached to its main restaurant that is hugely popular in warmer weather. It is located right on the beach at 14th Street South and the ocean, and has live music most nights and a tavern menu until 1am. See lagunagrill.com. Across the Absecon Inlet from Brigantine and in Gardner’s Basin, the Flying Cloud Café (345-8222) has had live music and casual dining on its outdoor deck since 1988, and also features an enclosed patio area with panoramic water views. There’s about a dozen specialty cocktails worth sampling, among them the Tiramisu Martini (double espresso vodka, Kahlua, butterscotch schnapps and Baileys Irish Cream), the Pama-Rita (pomegranate liqueur, triple sec and fresh lime) and the Violet Beauregarde (blueberry vodka, blue curacao and fresh sour mix). If you’re traveling by car, the Flying Cloud is at 800 New Hampshire Ave. in A.C. See acflyingcloud.com. The Wonder Bar (344-8888), sited right at the foot of the Albany Avenue Bridge in Atlantic City (3701 Sunset Ave.), features the Tiki Bar that’s accessible through the Intracoastal Waterway. The Tiki Bar has over 250 feet of boat docking and will be open for the season starting Saturday, May 1, from 11am-7am. See wonderbarac.com. There are two great outdoorsy, waterfront bars in Margate — one on the ocean side and the other on the bay. Ventura’s Greenhouse (822-0140) is on the ocean side adjacent to Lucy the Elephant. It has a huge elevated, palm-fringed (they’re imported from Florida) outdoor deck that recently opened for the season, and a semi-enclosed seating area called the Sun Deck with a raw bar and a daily 3-6pm happy hour (11am-6pm Sundays) that has half-priced appetizers and drink specials. See venturas-greenhouse. com. Also in Margate is Maynard’s Café (822-8423), a popular bayside retreat since 1966 that the late Al Troiano modified by buying two adjoining buildings, knocking them down, and converting them into an outdoor oasis called Big Al’s Starlite Garden. The Starlite Garden has its own kitchen, live music Join us on Facebook:
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and DJ entertainment during nice weather, and lots of drink specials including $1.50 Bud Light pints all day. See maynards-cafe.com. On the Mainland, there are several waterfront experiences to be had. The Inlet (926-9611) in Somers Point offers great views of the bay, the Crab Trap (927-7377), off the Somers Point Circle, has its deck with live music in the warmer months and the Oyster Creek Inn (652-8565) in Leeds Point offers waterfront dining and live music. The Tuckahoe Inn (390-3322), located in Beasley’s Point just outside of Ocean City, has an outdoor restaurant/bar called the Back Bay Café that overlooks the Greate Egg Harbor Bay. You can arrive by boat, and when the weather heats up it will have live entertainment five nights per week. See tuckahoeinn.com. A little further south in Strathmere is the Deauville Inn (263-2080), which is open seven days a week starting May 1 and is situated at the foot of the Corson’s Inlet Bridge between O.C. and Sea Isle City (201 Willard Rd., Strathmere). The Deauville features two highly popular outdoor venues — the detached Beach House and the Dockside deck attached to its main building. The deck will have guitarist Lew London and singer Terry Showers performing on weekends starting Memorial Day, and the steel-drum sounds of Cort Farris starting in June. There are 52 slips that allow boaters to pull up, and valet parking is available out front. See deauvilleinn.com. Not to be forgotten are The Deck at Trump Marina, located across from Gardner’s Basin in Atlantic City’s marina district, and the three Boardwalk beach bars at Trump Plaza, Bally’s and the Hilton. All four of these venues will open around Memorial Day weekend and generally function as weekend-only outfits until July 4, when they will be open every day, weather permitting. n see more online @
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ARRAH’S RESORT HAS announced a new partnership with popular poker pro Annie Duke, who will be making regular appearances at the casino throughout 2010. Aside from teaching the WSOP of Poker Academy on May 1-3, as reported in last week’s column, Duke is scheduled to appear at WSOP satellite events at the Atlantic City casino, including May 21-22 during the Harrah’s WSOP satellite meet, which runs May 12-27. She’ll also be at Harrah’s in September and December, according to the casino, but Harrah’s hasn’t released specific dates yet. As for her May appearances, Harrah’s says Duke will meet and greet fans and players, though again, where and when have not been released. Obviously, we’ll try and keep tabs on that. The appearances come out of Duke’s involvement with the WSOP, which is owned by Harrah’s Entertainment and it’s nice that A.C. is getting a little attention from the Vegas-based event. “Our poker players will be treated to several property appearances by Annie in 2010,” says Jay Snowden, senior VP and GM of Harrah’s. “Including multiple sessions where she’ll provide expert advice and an exclusive look at the game of poker as seen by a pro on the WSOP Circuit.” The casino is promising updates on the appearances by following Duke on Twitter (@RealAnnieDuke) as well as insider poker tips and promotions leading up to and during her visits to Atlantic City. For info you can also check out harrahs.com. The other big poker news in the city is The Borgata Spring Open, which started its $1 million guaranteed championship event Sunday (April 25). The event has drawn 383 entrants and a prize pool of $1,263,900, paying the top 36 finishers. The winner takes home $353,000. Despite a strong start (more than 1,200 players were in the open’s first event) entry counts at the open have been a little soft, especially at marquee events. Earlier in the tournament, the East Coast Championship, with a total
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$7,500 buy-in, attracted only 62 players and did not cover its $500,000 guaranteed prize pool. Keep in mind that the championship event of The Borgata Winter Open, played in late January during some major snow storms, attracted 722 players and went over $2 million in prize money. Still, there are some obvious reasons why the entry counts are off. First, this is the first year for the spring open and it comes in a very busy time for poker tournaments around the country. The Borgata Open in September, a stop on the World Poker Tour, is still the Borgata’ signature tournament. Second, the World Series of Poker begins May 28. With nearly 60 events stretching into July, a lot of pros are probably gearing up for that tournament. Plus many major tournaments have been played in the last few weeks. For example, The World Poker Tour Championship was played over seven days last week at the Bellagio in Las Vegas, attracting a lot of name pros such as Phil Helmuth and Scotty Nguyen. That tournament, however, also saw a fall off in attendance with only about 195 players in the main event. But most importantly, poker-room managers have noted that since the current recession began, major poker events such as the Borgata’s Spring Open have been drawing fewer traveling pros and have become more regional in the fields they bring in. The $3,500 buy-in for the open championship and the $7,500 buyin for the East Coast Championship are a little steep for local players. Most of the other events at the open have had respectable turnouts. For a new event, the spring open has done pretty well and has attracted some big names such as actor James Woods (who played in the championship event) and pros like Steve Dannenman, Sorel Mizzi and Gavin Smith. Not a bad start at all. You 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. Also, visit acweekly. com for this week’s regularly scheduled poker tournaments in Atlantic City. n see more online @
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O M E S O N G W R I T E R S instinctively know when theyâ€™ve written music or lyrics thatâ€™s going to strike a chord with the listening public. Tom Johnston apparently isnâ€™t one of them. As a co-founder of The Doobie Brothers and the composer of some of the bandâ€™s best-known early hits, there was only one time when Johnson says he knew heâ€™d written a solid hit song: â€œListen To the Music,â€? from the bandâ€™s 1972 sophomore album, Toulouse Street. Johnston remembers sitting in his bedroom at around 3am and coming up with the familiar guitar riff that opens the song. He woke up Ted Templeman, one of the bandâ€™s record producers, and played the song over the phone. Templeman wasnâ€™t impressed and felt the song needed some work. â€œHe said, â€˜Well, yeah, it might be pretty good. Needs a couple of changes.â€™ But we didnâ€™t ever change anything. It stayed the way it was, the way I had it,â€? Johnston recalled in an October interview with songfacts.com The song became their breakout hit and today, more than 30 million singles and albums later, â€œListen To the Musicâ€? remains the bandâ€™s most distinctive signature. The song â€œChina Groveâ€? is a better example of a Doobie Brothersâ€™ hit that Johnston wrote without many expectations. The music came first, as it usually does, and then the words came later. â€œGenerally I write the music first, and sometimes I have a devil of a time getting the words,â€? he offered. â€œSometimes they come right away, and sometimes itâ€™s like pulling teeth.â€? Johnston was afraid that was going to be the case with â€œChina Grove,â€? not unlike the difficulty the band had with the song â€œLong Train Running.â€? â€œIn the case of â€˜China Grove,â€™ it was a very similar situation,â€? he said. â€œThe words were written last, and they were made up around this whole idea of this wacky little town with a sheriff that had a Samurai Sword and all that sort of thing. The funny thing was that I found out in 1975 in a cab in Houston that there really was a China Grove, although what happened was in 1972, we were touring in Winnebagos, and we were driving into San Antonio. And there is a China Grove, Texas, right outside of San Antonio. I must have seen the sign and forgotten about it.â€? Johnston, whoâ€™ll be leading the latest version of the Doobie Brothers onto the Join us on Facebook:
stage of Caesars Atlantic City on Friday, April 30, helped put the band together in late 1969 along with drummer John Hartman. One year later, they teamed with Pat Simmons and Dave Shogren to form the nucleus of a band that eventually became the Doobies Brothers. Beginning with their 1971 self-titled debut album, they began piling up hit songs and massive radio air play with their southern-style rock â€˜n roll, catchy music and memorable lyrics on songs like â€œJesus Is Just Alright,â€? â€œBlack Water,â€? â€œTake Me In Your Arms (Rock Me),â€? â€œTakinâ€™ It To The Streets,â€? â€œWhat A Fool Believesâ€? and more. The bandâ€™s recording career during the 1970s seems to be divided into two distinct categories: The songs that came before Michael McDonald joined the band â€” most written by Johnston â€” and those written and sung by McDonald during his six-year tenure. The band split up between 1982-87 and then regrouped for a non-stop run thatâ€™s lasted nearly 25 years. Of all the Doobiesâ€™ songs, â€œLong Train Runningâ€? took the most circuitous route from the stage to the recording studio. The band began playing it live around 1970, when the tune was first titled â€œOsborne,â€? not for any particular reason. Then the name of the song was changed to â€œParliament.â€? â€œIt was just anything to put down on the set list so weâ€™d know what song it was,â€? Johnston said, â€œbut it didnâ€™t have any words â€” I would just make up the words as we played the song.â€? After performing the song live at every show for over three years, producer Templeman persuaded the band to record the tune, so Johnston was forced to write words that actually made sense. â€œ[I thought], â€˜Oh, man, this is just a throwaway song.â€™ I didnâ€™t think it was any big deal,â€? he said. â€œI didnâ€™t think it had any great merit as far as the chords and everything went, because it seemed too simplistic to me. But I was wrong.â€? n
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