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ELIEVE IT OR NOT, I WALKED ON A Boardwalk that took me back to my early childhood, except for the fact that there were no people walking in either direction. The storefronts on this boardwalk were of Atlantic Cityâ€™s 1920 and â€™30s era. The stores were open and even had merchandise within them. One of them blew me away. The sign on the window said, â€œIncubators.â€? Unfortunately, many of you reading this have no conception of an incubator store. It is a store that had incubators containing live, premature and newly born children, just days old. The sign in the window lured me into the store and I opened the door. Upon entering, I had a flashback of myself walking into that store when I was eight years old. There were incubators lined up in a U-shape with live babies in them. I saw myself staring at these newborn children and trying to get their attention. As I walked by each of the enclosed incubators and saw the children comfortably lying there, I marveled at how small they were. There were nurses on duty to provide the utmost medical care necessary to take care of them. As a child, I marveled at the idea that I was looking at children that had been born just a few days before and were obviously brought to the incubator store to receive expert attention. Those of us who walked around and watched the children lying there wondered why they were there. A simple reason was that at the end of your walk around the incubators there was a bucket with a sign asking for contributions for the upkeep of the children. Young as I was and having little money, I reached into my pocket and took out the five pennies for candy money that my mother had given me, and put it in the bucket. Just about everyone who walked through made a contribution. How could you not after seeing these children? Whose children were they? I never knew, and when the nurses were asked they declined to respond. How come I remembered seeing all this some 75 years later? I never forgot the experience of looking at the beautiful newborn children. Of course, there would not be an incubator baby store on the Boardwalk in Atlantic City today. However, it was on the Boardwalk in Atlantic City, across from the Million Dollar Pier and near Arkansas Avenue, in the 1920s and â€™30s. The Boardwalk I strolled on last Thursday in Brooklyn, N.Y., was not a mythical one. It was a 300-foot, true facsimile of the Atlantic City Boardwalk during that era. It was created as a part of the scenery one will see in September when HBO presents a 12-week series based on Nelson Johnsonâ€™s book Boardwalk Empire. From all reports that I have heard, it is destined to be the big hit of the 2010 television season. The series is based on a portion of the life of Enoch â€œNuckyâ€? Johnson, who was the â€œbenevolent dictatorâ€? of Atlantic City for 30 years. It begins in the era of Prohibition. However, there were speakeasies, otherwise known as clandestine bars, in just about every city in the country. Most fondly remembered are those with a closed door with a peephole. To gain access you would knock on the door and a bouncer could see who wished entrance to their Join us on Facebook:
establishment. If he knew you the door opened, if not it stayed closed. It was a time that saw the beginning of the mafia. It is alleged that Nucky helped to bring the leaders of the varied mobs together to a meeting in Atlantic City to get them to work together rather than kill each other. By the way, if you are interested in the exciting history of Atlantic City and its three benevolent dictators who had control of every facet of the city â€” and in many instances the state of New Jersey and in one instance the election of a president â€” I suggest you read Boardwalk Empire. I not only walked along the Boardwalk, I also had the privilege of visiting Nucky Johnsonâ€™s replicated suite on the eighth floor of the Ritz Hotel. The producers of the HBO series put together an exact replica of the magnificent splendor of what was known as Nuckyâ€™s playroom. Every facet one can imagine from that era was evidenced in those rooms. I had not been privileged to have the pleasure of seeing any of the filming, but the few folks I spoke to who have seen it feel that this will be a great replacement for The Sopranos â€” the HBO series that ended in 2007. If it goes as well as anticipated, HBO will begin work on the second season in the fall. What does all this have to do with Atlantic City? In my opinion, it will bring thousands of people who want to see the Atlantic City of the Boardwalk Empire series. Unfortunately, when they come they will see the Atlantic City of 2010, not the A.C. of yore. The question that keeps running through my mind is: What can we do to make the visitors have an experience of that era while visiting modern-day Atlantic City? One thought is to have some of the bars in town go into a speakeasy mode. Have a door with a peephole and a bouncer who will open it when they are shown everyoneâ€™s calling card â€” a dollar bill. Have the waiters in white shirts with the garters holding up their sleeves and wearing a straw hat. Have the waitresses wear the flapper costumes and serve their beverages in teacups, as they were at that time. Play the music of that era and teach everyone to dance the Charleston. Atlantic City must become the wild, exciting town that it was in the era of Nucky Johnson, minus the lawlessness that was prevalent then. I believe this is a gift to improve the business of Atlantic City. We should say â€œthank youâ€? to Nelson Johnson for writing this wonderful book on the history of Atlantic City; the people who had the foresight and talent to produce this series; HBO for its cast, directors and production crew; and the locals who aided in the production by providing information on what Atlantic City was like in the days of Boardwalk Empire. n
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OR ABOUT THE LAST THREE YEARS â€” beginning with a 25th anniversary show celebrating the storied Somers Point landmark called Tony Martâ€™s (1944-â€˜82) â€” the â€œTony Martâ€™s Presentsâ€? series has been reviving the legacy of southern New Jersey rock â€˜nâ€™ roll with a diversity of excellent musicians. That trend will continue, and this year Carmen Marotta of Tony Martâ€™s Presents will also co-produce with Bob Koob a comedy series at Sandi Pointe Coastal Bistro. â€œWe are anticipating a great comedy series this summer with several celebrity comics,â€? says Koob. â€œOur goal is to bring some great comedic entertainment to a small venue such as Sandi Pointe, keep the price down, and give the locals and tourists an awesome night out.â€? Veteran comedian Kevin Brennan will host the Comedy at the Point series starting this Sunday, May 30. The doors will open at 8:45pm and the shows will start at 9:30pm, followed by a â€œDJ Request Hourâ€? after the laughter ends. Tickets will be $20-$25. â€œIâ€™ve had an idea for doing comedy locally since I bought my house in Ocean City ,â€? says Brennan. â€œAs a touring comedian, Iâ€™ve heard a lot of the comedy club owners complain that they donâ€™t have a lot of business because everyoneâ€™s on vacation. The fact is, a lot of people come to this area for their vacations. I talked to Koob [an O.C. police officer] about it and we agreed to do a show. Last year we did a show at Diorioâ€™s [Circle Cafe in Somers Point] on a Tuesday night and it worked out pretty well.â€? Coordinating the comedy nights around DiOrioâ€™s dinner crowd became an issue, but when word got out that the former Macâ€™s Restaurant was being renovated, the comedy series was relocated right up Shore Road. â€œWe were told somebody was buying and renovating Macâ€™s [now Sandi Pointe], and since it has a big [banquet] room we kind of had that on the radar since last summer,â€? says Brennan. â€œWe met with Dan [Anderson, co-owner with his wife Sandi] and they had the perfect space. They already have the bar and the big restaurant, so we wouldnâ€™t be cutting into their dinner business. Itâ€™s the perfect-sized room â€” not too big, not too small, it has its own little bar in the back. I told Koob if we donâ€™t do well here, it wasnâ€™t meant to be.â€? The series kicks off Sunday, May 30, with lifelong southern New Jersey resident Dena Blizzard (a former Miss New Jersey), and JJ Ramirez of New York City. Blizzard recently debuted her one-woman show One Funny Mother: Iâ€™m Not Crazy earlier this month. The show took an introspective look into the daily life of the American mom, and was performed in conjunction with Motherâ€™s Day at the Triad Theatre in New York City. â€œWe had Dena last year, and after her act a lot of people told me, â€˜Youâ€™ve got to bring her back,â€™â€? says Brennan. Affectionately called â€œThe Latin Lunatic,â€? Ramirez is one of New York Cityâ€™s most sought-after headliners. â€œI just try to deliver comics that I know a lot of peo-
Thank a Veteran By Whitney Ullman
ITH MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND upon us, many of us are looking to finally kick off the summer season, relax and have some fun. Between all of the local events going on and the backyard BBQs, there are a lot of choices for the holiday weekend. But try not to lose sight of the real reason why we celebrate this weekend. Let us remember to celebrate the lives of all those who fought for our country’s freedom. Try and take a visit to one of the cemeteries of those who perished and place flowers on the graves. Remember to thank a veteran for the time he or she served. And make an effort to help out the survivors of the families who lost a loved one during war and are struggling to survive both mentally and financially. My grandfather is a veteran of World War II, having served as a sailor aboard the aircraft carrier the U.S.S. Bunker Hill (CV-17). After the war, he suffered tremendously from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and still suffers today, nearly 65 years later. One of his memories consists of running for his life after being bombed while stepping over dead crew mates. Yet, like other servicemen, after the war he had to come home, be a man, and try to live a normal life. He wasn’t diagnosed with PTSD until 1997, 51 years after he served. Many times our
soldiers don’t talk about their experiences for fear of bringing up strong emotions within themselves or burdening others with their own tragic memories. We all know a solider, a veteran, or someone who served in a war. It is important to thank them when you see them. We often see someone with a war hat while shopping or out on an errand; stop and say hello to them. Back in the
Let us remember to celebrate the lives of all those who fought for our country’s freedom this Memorial Day weekend. 1940s, men didn’t have a choice, they had to serve, they fought for our freedom whether they wanted to or not. These days we have many brave people who voluntarily sign up to fight for our country. These are honorable young men and women so make sure to let them know they are appreciated. Coming up on June 6, there will be a Veterans Benefit Day in Galloway at the Veterans National Park from noon4pm. This family event is brought to you by the Rolling Thunder Chapter 4-New
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Sacchetti is a proud local military wife and wanted to show appreciation to our troops during the month of May (a.k.a. Military Appreciation Month). She decided to start an annual chocolate chip cookie collection where the cookies are not only sent to deployed troops, but are distributed to troops based in America as well. She got the idea from a Web site she saw that states that May 15 is National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day. (Who knew?) She sent out invites and requested
the help of her friends, family members and other community members to bake chocolate chip cookies and bring them to her by May 15. With this first event — dubbed the Chip In 4 Our Troops Project — she received over 1,400 cookies. She is looking to turn this into a non-profit organization and will need your help for next year’s event. Check out chipin4ourtroops.com for more information. Finally, Barry Campbell is a great advocate for veterans. He formed the Veterans Quality of Life Access Network. Check out his Web site at vqlan.org. Enjoy your weekend everyone! Have fun, be safe, and, most importantly, thank a veteran! n
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Jersey. There will be food, music, pony rides, vendors and a Chinese auction. Plus all funds raised will go to help out local veterans. Rolling Thunder Inc. is a non-profit organization working hard to help all veterans in need, so any help is greatly appreciated. Visit rollingthundernj-4.org. On a related note, a wonderful person by the name of Susanne Kerrigan-
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HEN BLUES MUSICIAN AND singer Kenny Wayne Shepherd developed a plan to preserve Americaâ€™s only true indigenous musical genre with a multi-media documentary, he knew his ambitious project was as much a race against time as it was a labor of love. In 2006, Shepherd created 10 Days Out: Blues from the Backroads, which took him to Americaâ€™s heartlands to meet and jam with some of the most legendary pioneers of the blues, along with talented but lesserknown artists who had flown under the public radar for most of their careers. Shepherd and his friends, drummer Chris Layton, bass guitarist Tommy Shannon and singer-guitarist Noah Hunt, spent 10 days visiting many of the performers in their homes, backyards and local juke joints, where they kicked around a lifetime of memories and jammed with the likes of B.B. King, Clarence â€œGatemouthâ€? Brown and Pinetop Perkins. The resulting full-length feature film and companion album was nominated for two Grammys and was Billboardâ€™s top-selling blues album of the year in 2007. â€œSix of the people that we featured in that project have already passed away since we did it,â€? Shepherd, who performs at the Trump Taj Mahal this Saturday (May 27), says. â€œSo it definitely underscores the timing and the importance of appreciating these musicians and their music while theyâ€™re still around.â€? Ironically, some of the oldest blues musicians in the business who were included in the project are still alive and touring today, including Perkins, whoâ€™s still playing piano at age 96, and Perkinsâ€™ lifelong friend, guitarist and singer David â€œHoneyboyâ€? Edwards, 94. But some participants in 10 Days Out never lived to savor the success of the documentary, like â€œGatemouthâ€? Brown, Neal â€œBig Daddyâ€? Pattman, Henry â€œMuleâ€? Townsend and George â€œWild Childâ€? Butler. Shepherd, whoâ€™s been performing professionally for more than half of his 32 years, feels 10 Days Out is as much of a historical piece as it is a musical project because it shows several generations of blues artists as well as the various influences they brought to the genre. â€œBlues is 100-percent American music, and itâ€™s something America can call its own,â€? he adds, â€œand it definitely deserves to be preserved and appreciated.â€?
Shepherd is currently putting the final touches on a live recording done in Chicago earlier this year that brought together many of the surviving artists from 10 Days Out for a special concert. â€œItâ€™s a really remarkable performance,â€? Shepherd tells Atlantic City Weekly during a break from his studio mixing session in Sausalito, Calif. â€œWe have [former Howlinâ€™ Wolf guitarist] Hubert Sumlin and [guitarist and singer] Bryan Lee and [guitarist] Buddy Flett and [drummer] Willie â€˜Big Eyesâ€™ Smith from Muddy Watersâ€™ band.â€? A self-taught musician whom Guitar World magazine ranks third in the blues world behind B.B. King and Eric Clapton, Shepherd hasnâ€™t ruled out a follow-up to 10 Days Out, but that will have to wait until after he turns out his next studio album. â€œItâ€™s definitely something that could be more of a series of projects rather than just a stand-alone,â€? he says. â€œBut right now, the focus is to get a new studio record out, because on a daily basis, I get e-mails from fans wanting new material.â€? Shepherdâ€™s fans wonâ€™t have to wait too long for new material. He and his writing partners have already composed and recorded songs for his next record, which will be released later this year. Writing music is something that comes as easily and natural to Shepherd as playing the guitar, which heâ€™s been doing since he picked up the instrument when he was just seven and began playing licks he heard on his fatherâ€™s old Muddy Watersâ€™ albums. â€œBasically, if I sit down with a guitar for more than five minutes and start strumming, eventually ideas just start flowing,â€? he explains, adding that he and his writing partners composed 30 songs for the new album and recorded 20 of them. Heâ€™s in the process now of deciding which songs will make it onto the finished product. And as for the ones left on the editing room floor? â€œIâ€™ll either use them on another record or hand them off to someone who I think would do a good job recording them,â€? he says. n
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TLANTIC CITYâ€™S POKER ROOMS have had a lot of buzz going on the past couple of weeks. Players are competing in a major World Series of Poker (WSOP) satellite tournament at Harrahâ€™s Resort, which included a couple of in-room appearances by poker pro Annie Duke in support of the WSOP May 21 and 22. The Borgata continues to come up with interesting tournament ideas, including a just completed â€œDouble Playâ€? tournament, which came with two days to buy in. The casino has also just announced a schedule for three weeks of play in the Borgata Summer Open, June 11-30. And of course, regular tournament play around the city meets most players needs. But when it comes to buzz, nothing quite compares to a rising bad-beat jackpot. Throughout the weekend the Taj Mahalâ€™s bad beat rose steadily and approached $500,000, the highest bad beat the Taj has had since bad-beat jackpots became standard in the city about two years ago. Love them or hate them, the Taj jackpot became the talk of the cityâ€™s poker rooms. â€œThe phone is ringing every two minutes,â€? Tom Gitto, poker room manager for the Taj reported last week. â€œâ€˜Whatâ€™s the bad beat at?â€™ â€˜Has it hit?â€™ â€˜Can you make sure it doesnâ€™t hit until we get there?â€™ As if we have any control over it. Itâ€™s been funny, but itâ€™s also brought a lot of excitement into the room.â€? The Taj Mahal, with 70 tables in its poker room, can handle a lot of play and normally offers a fair amount of Omaha, and even the classic stud games. But those games donâ€™t carry a bad-beat jackpot. â€œThe bad beat is only on Texas Holdâ€™em,â€? says Gitto. â€œOur stud and Omaha players â€” regular players â€” are all jumping to the Holdâ€™em tables. At this rate, we may go all Holdâ€™em.â€? Ironically, Gitto, who managed the Taj Mahal room when stud was the most popular game in town, isnâ€™t a big fan of bad-beat jackpots. â€œI really think it was the worst thing Join us on Facebook:
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to ever happen to Atlantic City poker,â€? he says. â€œAll the money in these jackpots was taken out of the tables. It should already have been won by our players.â€? Still, the allure of a bad-beat jackpot, where every player at a table can get a share of the jackpot even if they are not part of the deciding hand, isnâ€™t lost on Gitto. â€œI remember when I first saw bad beat jackpots in La Vegas years ago, and I have to admit that winning part of it just for being there seemed amazing. So, yes, I understand the appeal.â€? Of course the buzz for the bad beat gets very loud when one roomâ€™s jackpot starts to climb towards record levels (the actual record is $553,000 set at Caesars in January). But bad beats are actually hit pretty frequently. Caesars bad beat, for example, hit Saturday, May 22 for $229,607 when player Bryan Greeley saw quad sevens lose to quad nines. He collected $114,803. The â€œwinnerâ€? of the hand made $57,401. The remaining eight players at the table got $7,100. Like we said, love them of hate them, bad beats get people pretty pumped up, and make a few people rich. In other news, the Borgata announced the schedule for its Summer Poker Open, (which actually starts 10 days before summer). The tournament runs from June 11 to June 30 and includes 22 events. The championship event will be held June 25-29 and has a $500,000 guaranteed prize pool. Buy-in is $2,000 + $200. Another big event is a $1,000 + $90 event June 19. Early registration is from June 1-9.. Also, the main event of the WSOP satellite meet at Harrahâ€™s begins Thursday, May 27. The $1035 + $65 No Limit tournament awards one $10,000 seat at the WSOP Main Event for every 10 players in the tournament. A field of 100 means 10 seats will be given out. 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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