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Guitar icon doesn’t need the ‘drama’ any more, tours in support of new solo album.
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â€œWhen London, my oldest was born, I still hadnâ€™t learned my lesson. I still toyed with self-destruction. But thatâ€™s not they way I am anymore.â€? â€” See p. 32 â€œOne Atlanticâ€™s mission pointedly includes utilizing prime edible elements from within a 100-mile radius of Atlantic City as much as possible.â€? â€” See p. 38 â€œWhen I was 10 I remember I stopped believing in God because I had a three-yearold cousin who was beaten to death by her step-father and I remember thinking, my mom always talked about God and stuff, and I remember thinking, how do you explain that? Where were you God?â€? â€” Online interview with Flyleafâ€™s Lacey Mosley; visit acweekly.com to read full interview from this weekâ€™s cover story
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Beggars Canâ€™t Be without Permits By Pinky Kravitz
OR YEARS, THIS COLUMNIST AND RADIO host has been besieged by people complaining about beggars on the Atlantic City Boardwalk and throughout the community. When asked for some way to control this issue, I was informed that the courts have ruled that there is a legal right for people to beg. About six months ago, I read a story that said Raleigh, N.C., had instituted an ordinance that controlled begging. I brought it to the Boardwalk Committee and it was discussed at great length. Bruce Ward, a committee member, who at that time was the cityâ€™s First Ward councilman, is an attorney and said he would be happy to research the issue. He contacted Irv Jacoby, a member of the Atlantic City solicitorâ€™s staff, and also a member of the Boardwalk Committee, who was pleased to be involved in such a project. Ward and Jacoby contacted Raleighâ€™s city solicitorâ€™s office for a copy of their ordinance and its history. They learned that several other cities had instituted similar ordinances. In the meantime, Ward was named Atlantic Cityâ€™s solicitor and Jacoby was named deputy solicitor. After careful scrutiny of the issue, they believed an ordinance could legally be instituted that would set parameters for begging in Atlantic City. On April 28, a city ordinance patterned around the Raleigh begging ordinance was introduced to City Council and was unanimously approved on the first reading. On May 12, the ordinance had its second and final reading and was again approved unanimously. I spoke with Mayor Lorenzo Langford about the ordinance and he said he would approve it the minute it reaches his desk. Thatâ€™s the basic background for this ordinance. It was good to see a quick response from the mayor and City Council. It does not stop begging entirely â€” as we noted previously, it is perfectly legal for people to beg â€” but it sets a time limit and specific requisites for their doing so. The following is the ordinance: Whereas, there being numerous complaints from residents and visitors, particularly the elderly, regarding aggressive behavior on the streets of Atlantic City, and whereas all residents and guests should have free and unhampered access to public areas of the city without fear of harassment or intimidation, the following are unlawful acts: 1. â€˜Aggressively begâ€™ is defined as speaking or following a person in a manner that would cause a reasonable person to fear bodily harm or the commission of a criminal act upon the person or property upon the personâ€™s immediate possession or would intimidate another person into giving money or goods. 2. â€˜Ask,â€™ â€˜begâ€™ or â€˜solicitâ€™ all mean to ask for money or goods as a charity, whether by words, bodily gestures, signs or other means. 3. Pedestrian or vehicular interference means to walk, stand, sit, lie, or place an object in such a manner as to block passage by another person or vehicle, or to require another person or a driver of a vehicle to take evasive action to avoid physical contact. 4. Public places means an area generally visible to public view and includes the Boardwalk, alleys, bridges, buildings, driveways, parking lots, parks, plazas, sidewalks and streets opened to the general public, including those that serve food or drink or provide entertainment and the doorways and Join us on Facebook:
entrances to buildings, shops or dwellings and the ground and closing them. Permits â€” It shall be unlawful for any person to ask, beg, or solicit alms (money for the needy) upon the streets or elsewhere in the city without first obtaining a permit from the city. Persons may apply for permission to ask, beg or solicit alms, which such permission shall be issued annually upon application and review by the Department of Licensing and Inspections. The permit shall be valid at for a period not to exceed one year and available at no charge or fee to the applicant. A photo ID is required with the application. A warrant check will be conducted before a permit is issued. At the time a permit is issued, the guidelines relating to the activity will be explained to the permittee. Prohibited Acts â€” No person may ask, beg, or solicit alms, including money and other things of value, in an aggressive manner in any public place. Acts authorized as an exercise of oneâ€™s constitutional right to picket, the right to legally protest any acts authorized by permit or parades issued pursuant to the code of the City of Atlantic City shall not constitute obstruction of pedestrian or vehicular traffic. 1. A person is guilty of pedestrian interference if, in a public place, that person intentionally obstructs pedestrian or vehicular traffic or if that person aggressively begs. 2. No person may ask, beg or solicit alms in any public transportation vehicle or at any bus or train station or stop. 3. No person may ask, beg or solicit alms within 100 feet of any automatic teller machine (ATM) 4. No person may ask, beg or solicit alms from any operator or occupants of a motor vehicle that is in traffic on a public street. 5. No person may ask, beg or solicit alms from any operator or occupant of a motor vehicle on a public street in exchange for blocking, occupying or reserving a public parking space or directing the operator occupant to a public parking space. 6. No person may ask, beggars solicit alms in exchange for cleaning motor vehicle windows while the vehicle is in traffic or on a public street. 7. No person may ask, beg or solicit alms in exchange for protecting, watching, cleaning, repairing or painting a motor vehicle or bicycle while it is parked on a public street. 8. No person may ask, beggars solicit alms on private property or residential property without permission from the owner or occupant. 9. No person may ask, beg or solicit alms between the hours of 8pm and 8am the following day. 10. No person may ask beggars solicit alms within 25 feet of the entrance or exit of any business establishment where the express intent of such asking, begging or soliciting alms is to solicit directly from the employees or patrons of such business establishment. n
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the new Jersey metro Chapter of the national multiple Sclerosis Society will host the 19th annual Bike mS Coast the Coast ride this Saturday and Sunday, may 22-23. the event is expected to draw about 1,500 cyclists in five different ride lengths, including the two-day, 170-mile ride that starts at monmouth University in long Branch, ends Saturday at Pinelands Regional high School in tuckerton, and continues to Cape may on Sunday. there are also single-day rides of 25 or 50 miles Saturday, or 85 miles either day. Prior to participation, cyclists collect pledge minimums ($350 for the full 170 miles) to be applied toward finding a cure for mS — a chronic and often disabling disease that attacks the central nervous system. An estimated 10,000 people are living with mS in the new Jersey metro Chapter area alone, and about 400,000 nationally. “the crisp ocean air, the quaint shore towns and the sounds of the Jersey Shore offer cyclists a terrific feeling of clarity and freedom, and are some of the reasons cyclists return year after year for this ride,” says Bonnie Bardinas, public relations representative for the national multiple Sclerosis Society n.J. metro Chapter. “While cyclists ride for many different reasons — camaraderie with other riders, exercise, the challenge, an organized ride or fundraising — their efforts cumulatively aid in contributing toward the creation of a world free of multiple sclerosis.” last year the event raised $825,000, says Bardinas, and the goal for this year is to raise $1 million. over the past decade it has consistently raised in the $750,000 range. For more information visit bikenjm.nationalmssociety.org — Ray Schweibert
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ing a good time,â€? adds Boyington of the Bike Night crowd. â€œWeâ€™re not talking outlaw bikers here.â€? There is also a 4-7pm daily happy hour at the Lantern Light that includes â€œYou Call Itâ€? Tuesday, where any cocktail is just $4.50. On this Friday night, bartenders Lauren and Corinne kept customers informed of drink specials and daily blackboard specials at the bar. Every Monday night there is a $2 Mexican menu at the bar that offers such items as cheesesteak chiquita with jalapeno cheese sauce, quesadilla con queso, chili perritos con queso, and margaritas â€” all for $2 each. The Historic Towne of Smithville has pre-Revolutionary War roots but, beginning in 1951, Fred and Ethel Noyes established the framework for what would become a national historic landmark. The Historic Towne is sited on the east side of Lake Meone, and was purchased by Tony and Fran Coppola, and Chuck and Laura Bushar, in 1996 (the Village Greene, sited on the west side of Lake Meone, was purchased by Ed and Wendy Fitzgerald in 1997). The restaurant that was once called Joeâ€™s Place was refurbished and renamed Fred & Ethelâ€™s Lantern Light Tavern in honor of the original owners. n A C W E E K LY. C O M / M O N T H 0 0 , 2 0 1 0
HERE WAS MUCH TO CONTEND with last Friday evening â€” an impending storm, locals laying back in anticipation of that weekendâ€™s Mayfest, a season-defining win by the Flyers â€” but the lounge area of Fred & Ethelâ€™s Lantern Light Tavern gradually gained a gathering as musician Jesse Boyington got rolling into his first set. It looked like a regular Friday-evening routine for many of them, and nearly all appeared to know well the singer/guitarist whoâ€™s performed locally for the better part of three decades. Boyingtonâ€™s hour-long first set at the historic tavern included mellow rock classics by the Beatles, Eagles, Cat Stevens, Santana and others sung in accompaniment of an amplified Ovation Balladeer acoustic guitar. Waiting in the wings was a Fender electric heâ€™d use later that night when the pace at the Lantern Light picked up. â€œI love it here,â€? says Boyington, a Smithville resident who often performs with keyboardist/vocalist Sam Marini as the duo Sam & Jesse. â€œIâ€™ve been playing [at the Lantern Light] quite a while, and know everybody here and a lot of people in town. Generally Iâ€™ll start [around 7:30pm] kind of mellow since thereâ€™s still a dinner crowd, and as the night goes on and it becomes more of a nightlife crowd Iâ€™ll pick it up a bit. My last set usually gets pretty rocked out and wild, and sometimes people will even get up and dance [in a small, cleared out section near the bar].â€? Sam & Jesse also play every Tuesday night at the nearby Smithville Inn and do regular gigs at Cousin Marioâ€™s in Mays Landing. The Lantern Lightâ€™s revolving slate of Friday and Saturday night entertainment features another longtime area singer/guitarist, Paul Tozz, along with The Jukebox Kings, The Pickles and other performers. Starting next month, Tozz will jam every Tuesday night on the Lantern Lightâ€™s outdoor patio area (which can accommodate about 70) when Bike Night returns. â€œItâ€™s a popular night during the summer,â€? said Lantern Light general manager Tina Wolfschmidt. â€œWeâ€™ll have Paul playing outside, there will be special parking just for the motorcycles, and we do $5 burgers, $2 Yuengings and $3 Jagermeisters specials.â€? â€œTheyâ€™re all nice, friendly people hav-
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REMEMBER WHEN LOCAL WRITER Bruce Jennings released his first book of poetry in the late 1990s. I Just Explained What Heaven Is... is a book of poetry that reads like a book of revelations. The book captures the everyday life of a black “intellectual.” While many poetry books by young black writers tend to be screams for peace and freedom with the volume on high (and I’m not saying there’s a thing wrong with those books), Jennings work reveals more complexities. With none of the loud and over excessive hype of today’s spoken word, and twice the heart, Jennings’ first book has become a classic. When I heard that Jennings was releasing a second book of poetry, I was excited to see where his poetic pen would take readers this time. Surprisingly, Jennings’ goal today is to engage and take readers with him to new ground. He’s established his own publishing company, Silent Noise, based in Mays Landing, and his dreams and accomplishments so far are much bigger than his “bark.” I caught up with Jennings a few days before his book signing/company launch party at Cousin Mario’s in Mays Landing last Saturday (May 15) to ask him about Join us on Facebook:
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starting up publishing company. “The hardest part was developing a business strategy and doing the research,” says Jennings. “I knew if I was going to do this I’d be competing with everyone else who is self publishing as well as the major publishers so I wanted to get as much info as possible.” Jennings described one thing that his research showed. “Publishers, big and small,” says Jennings, “have to be ready for this new millennium. E-books are about to change the publishing game for everyone.” E-books are considered the industry wild cards, which are forcing every major electronics company to get their version of an e-reader out in the market place. Likewise, all of the major publishers have a digital media department now or are developing one. I asked Jennings how Silent Noise would be different from other self-publishing companies? “Silent Noise isn’t really a self-publishing company,” Jennings tells me. “We have deals with other writers, artists, sculptors and photographers. Just like a major company, once we sign them all the artist has to do is produce the art. We will take care of the marketing, printing and so on.” Jennings adds: “We’re the first publishing company in
by Jennings again take the reader on a tour of a multi-dimensional and well lived life. In one piece, Jennings shares the metaphors of family life as he poetically packs his son’s back pack. What I love about Jennings is that he writes about all the things that most people overlook. Jennings sees these gems and exposes them with some of his literary brilliance. I have not finished Brown Dress Thoughts, but my summer reading list has just gotten a little “browner” and I am very excited about it. Quick note: Please join me on Thursday, the South Jersey area to look for and nur- May 20, for the innaugural Causes and Awareness Day at the Ram’s Head Inn in ture African-American writers.” The packed launch party last Saturday Absecon from 5-8pm. Admission is free included a diverse mix of people there and more than 13 different charities and for the celebration. Jennings read a few organizations that enrich the quality of poems from his new book, Brown Dress life in our region will be there with inforThoughts, and also discussed his goals for mation about their services. n the future. Following his reading, the folks began to R AYMOND T YLER line up to purchase Brown Dress Thoughts. As Jennings met with well wishers, family Raymond Tyler hosts the and fans, his DJ moved the crowd until Alternative Soul Sunday about 10:30pm when the action then Breakfast Club radio show moved to The Chelsea in Atlantic City. each Sunday from 7–8am Aside from poems, the new book features on 96.1FM WTTH - The stirring photography by Scott Mahrer. Touch. Mahrers’s pictures capture a wide array of emotions. The poems that are provided see more online @
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NNIE DUKE, WHO APPEARS this weekend at Harrahâ€™s Resort in support of the casinoâ€™s World Series of Poker super satellite event, has been a top poker pro since the 1990s. But before she picked up the game, there was an Annie Duke who attended the University of Pennsylvania and planned on being a teacher. And in many ways, Duke did become a teacher â€” a poker teacher. She has released numerous DVDs and books on the game and just recently launched a poker app, which provides an odds calculator and daily tips on poker. Earlier this month, Duke was at Harrahâ€™s in Atlantic City teaching classes for a special session of the WSOP Academy and even had a special teaching session with George Stephanopoulos, which aired on Good Morning America earlier this month. Why does she work so hard to make others good at the game? Easy â€” she loves the game and she wants you to love it too. â€œObviously teaching has always appealed to me because at one time I was considering doing it as a career,â€? she tells AC Weekly in a telephone interview from her Los Angeles home. â€œBut then I got really into poker and ended up choosing that as a career. But I never really strayed away from my interest in sort of developing intellect. Poker has given me so much and itâ€™s given me such a cool, interesting, incredible life. So I feel that if I have the capability of teaching well, I really want to teach people to enjoy the game the way I enjoy the game.â€? Of course, learning poker skills offers more than the usual benefits of learning other games. â€œThe thing thatâ€™s interesting about poker as recreation is that you can make money at it, which is unusual for recreation,â€? says Duke. â€œBut also, the better you are the more fun it is. So Iâ€™m really committed to trying to make people better at this game, which creates more enjoyment for people.â€? Of course as one of the top poker pros in the country, you have to wonder if sheâ€™s worried sheâ€™ll ever face down one of her own students at a final table. â€œIâ€™m not trying to create professionals,â€? she says. â€œThatâ€™s not my goal. I mean if somebody does end up becoming a profesJoin us on Facebook:
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sional and doing well because of something I taught them, thatâ€™s really cool, but I donâ€™t think most people want to be professionals. There are 70 million players in this country, the majority of which do it recreationally and I want to give those players more of a lifetime experience with the game that will be fun for them.â€? Part of the experience could include checking out Duke as she makes a rare appearance in an East Coast poker room when she plays in Harrahâ€™s Resortâ€™s room starting at 11am on Saturday, May 22. Duke will also give some welcoming remarks to players at the satellite events at 6pm Friday, May 21, followed by a Q&A session at 8pm. â€œHarrahâ€™s, of course, is the World Series of Poker and thatâ€™s a big part of who I am as a player and what Iâ€™m associated with,â€? Duke says. â€œIâ€™m really happy to be supporting Harrahâ€™s and especially to be supporting their super satellites for the main event. I love trying to help grow poker and I think Harrahâ€™s is one of the keystones in that.â€? Dukeâ€™s Friday appearance comes quickly after she hosts a charity celebrity poker tournament at the Commerce Casino in California Thursday night. The appearance is through her organization the Decision Education Foundation, which develops critical thinking curriculum for K-12 students and supports After School All Stars, an after-school enrichment program started by Arnold Schwarzenegger. Duke will be playing there until midnight and then catching an early morning plane to appear at Harrahâ€™s. We should note that traveling west to east, the time difference will be against her. â€œYeah, it should be interesting,â€? she says. But then, if she can help somebody learn a little about the game, itâ€™ll be worth it. Also at Harrahâ€™s on Saturday, the casino offers the first satellite event where players can win a $10,000 seat at the WSOP Main Event this July in Las Vegas. The $2,000 + $150 Deepstack event begins at 11am. While Duke also appears at 11am, she wonâ€™t be playing in the Deepstack event. Visit acweekly.com for the latest regular tournament action in Atlantic City. Also, visit â€œThe Real Dealâ€? blog at acweekly.com/poker. n see more online @
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Tâ€™S NO COINCIDENCE THAT DENIS Leary is returning to Atlantic City this weekend to kick off the second goaround of his limited-date comedy tour. The 52-year-old comedian and star of the FX Network drama-comedy series Rescue Me is hoping for lightening to strike twice when he takes the stage of Borgataâ€™s Event Center on Saturday, May 22. â€œThe [casino] audiences are really sort of fanatical,â€? Leary explains. â€œTheyâ€™re not judgmental at all. They just come alive.â€? Leary, whoâ€™ll be joined on his 11-city tour by comedians and fellow Rescue Me cast members Lenny Clarke and Adam Ferrara, says he was tipped off to the advantages of launching the tour in a casino by several comedian friends who had preceded him and pronounced the Borgata as the perfect venue to debut the live show, which will also feature musical guests The Enablers with the Rehab Horns. â€œOnce the lights go down ... theyâ€™re just rumbling in the seats,â€? he remembers. â€œSo, Iâ€™ve got to say that was one of our reasons we went back this year, because it really jump-started the tour.â€? The first show of any tour can often be rough, as the performers shake off any rust and get familiar with new material. But of the 15 shows on the 2009 Rescue Me tour, Leary says the Borgata gig remains one of his favorites. In addition to the enthusiastic audience, Leary says he was impressed with the 2,200-seat Event Center as a comedy venue, which made launching the tour an artistic breeze. â€œIâ€™ve got to tell you in terms of the sound and lighting, and backstage setup, and the set-up for the audience as well, itâ€™s terrific,â€? he says. Learyâ€™s fans that follow him on Twitter have been getting previews of the material heâ€™ll be performing on the tour. He says he signed up for social networking service partly to remain â€œcompetitiveâ€? with fellow comedians who use Twitter to keep in touch with their fans. â€œI started to see comedians that I know ... doing it. I thought, â€˜I think of funny stuff every day,â€™â€? he explains. â€œSteven Colbertâ€™s not the only guy. Then I saw Conan [Oâ€™Brien] go on, and I have to admit when I see Conan doing stuff, Iâ€™m always like, â€˜you know, I can do that.â€™ I thought his stuff was really funny.â€? Twitter has proven to be an effective outlet for Learyâ€™s comedy, since he canâ€™t work comedy clubs and theaters when heâ€™s
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filming Rescue Me, which will come to an end next year after seven seasons. Leary, who began his comedy career while he was a student at Emerson College in Boston, says his comedy sets usually evolve out of a series of bullet points he works with on stage. â€œI run off at the mouth from these bullet points that Iâ€™ve written down, and I kind of improvise my way through it,â€? he says. â€œThen, after a few weeks, it starts to form itself into a typical set.â€? His tweets on Twitter â€œoffer a glimpseâ€? into whatâ€™s on his mind on any given day and have emerged as his electronic notes page. A topical comedian, Leary has been musing about everything from the Vaticanâ€™s troubles with pedophile priests to the allegations of sexual misconduct surrounding Pittsburgh Steelersâ€™ quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. â€œThose things are probably things that are going to show up in the show when we get started,â€? he predicts. Now that FX has announced that Rescue Me will end within days of the 10th anniversary of 9-11, Leary says heâ€™s focusing on the finale of the series, which centers on the professional and personal lives of a group of New York City firefighters. Leary knows precisely how the series will end; in addition to being the star and the creator of the series, heâ€™s one of the showâ€™s writers. â€œWe just finished writing it,â€? he says. â€œWe wrote the final two episodes. I think it satisfies people. Not that we were out to please the audience, but we wanted to do something that was organic and, obviously, fit the characters, and fit the tone of the show, which is a group of firefighters who deal with life and death all the time.â€? Without giving away too much, he says the show will wrap up by dealing with a familiar subject thatâ€™s been a recurring theme: mortality. â€œSo, it will deal with the mortality of the characters and it will deal with it, hopefully, in the traditional Rescue Me way,â€? he says, â€œwhich is with some biting drama and some really, really funny comedy.â€? n
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O YOU GIVE TO CHARITY? Do you wish you knew more about local non-profits so you can donate your time and/or money? Well, this Thursday, May 20, you will have the opportunity to get to know 16 local organizations at the first 4 A Star Causes and Awareness Day event at the Ram’s Head Inn from 5-8pm. Ava Holly Lewis, the founder of 4 A Star has a great mantra: “Let’s look out for each other.” It’s such a simple concept, but in this dog-eat-dog world it’s refreshing to meet someone with such passion for life and willingness to do what it takes to make people aware of causes that are dear to her heart. One in particular is brain cancer research because Lewis’ mother passed away from it last year. That was the driving force for her determination in forming her own nonprofit eeFuerst Foundation to support this important cause. More information can be found at 4astar.com. And FYI, this event falls on Lewis’ mother’s birthday, so this not only means a lot to everyone participating and attending, but this date is very meaningful for Ava. Come out and support her as well as her cause and the community. The 15 other participants in this event are the Make a Splash Foundation, The Jan-ai Scholarship Fund, Community Quest, The Alzheimer’s Association, Pink Ribbon Associates, St. Baldricks, S.O.S., Sammie’s Mission, The Alcove, The Noyes Museum, Absecon Lighthouse, The Shirley Mae Breast Cancer Foundation, The Community Food Bank, Hireability and The Donald L. Perry Foundation. Ava plans to have this event annually so if you have a non-profit that isn’t represented, make sure to show up and see how it can be involved next year. On top of showcasing all of these local groups there will also be fun, low-cost activities, such as a pinning event, a dollar dance and a shoe exhibit. Plus there will be several celebrity tribute performers such as Ted Prior as Elvis and Linda Axelrod as Charro. The event itself is free and includes light appetizers and a cash bar. So come out and support Ava and learn about how you can help out with our local organizations.
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Did you know that according to the National Philanthropic Trust, 89 percent of households give to charity and that historically charitable giving rises about one-third as fast as the stock market? Amazing statistics, right? That goes to show you that most households are giving in one way or another. I am proud of that and proud of you. We are all blessed with the ability to give and I truly believe that the more you give the more you get back. Giving doesn’t always mean monetarily; you can volunteer your time (such as during this weekend’s volunteer clean-up of Atlantic County; see acua.com or call 272-6950 for details). So find a cause that is meaningful to you, look up their Web site, call the local branch and see how you can help. It may be as easy as manning a table at an event, or stuffing envelopes, or brainstorming new ideas. I personally love The Alcove Center for Grieving Children and Their Families. I serve on their board and fundraising committee and they would love to have some more volunteers. Check out thealcove.org for more information. Speaking of giving back and helping out a cause that you are passionate about, I have to give a shout out to Mike Hauke and Nick Bonsignore, owners of Tony Boloney’s in Atlantic City, for raising awareness and funds for Alex’s Lemonade Stand through the First Pizza Slaughter Fest in Atlantic City this past weekend (see pics online at acweekly.com and on p. 48). What a great event that brought the city together in a fun way. Congratulations on the success! n
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