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Picturesque Pinelands By Bill Beck The breathtaking beauty of southern New Jersey captured in photographs
Halloween Party Guide By Ray Schweibert Plenty of treats to pick from this party-packed weekend
Repeat By Lori Hoffman Phillies go for historic World Series win vs. the Bronx Bombers
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Columns & Departments 4 6 8 10 28
Food & Drink
This Week Pinky’s Corner Coasting The ‘F’ Word The City Beat
After Dark Nightlife Listings
Dining: Savor Borgata
Area & Casino Dining
Arts & Entertainment 12 32 50
Nightlife Spotlight: South Jersey AIDS Alliance Costume Ball
Movies: Amelia Casino Capsule, AC Weekly, Upcoming Headliners Cultural Calendar, Attractions, & Performing Arts
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ITH THE ABSENCE OF THE Atlantic City Surf this past baseball season, you may be under the impression that the topic of professional sports is a dead issue in the Atlantic City region — unless your talking about legalizing sports betting in the casino town. Well, think again. This Friday (Oct. 30) over at the Borgata, baseball will be in the house in a big way. A day before the Phils’ first World Series home game since last fall (versus the Yankees in case you haven’t heard) two of the biggest sportstalk radio stations on the East Coast will be broadcasting inside the Borgata. WFAN, New York’s premier sports station, and its morning team of Boomer [Esiason] and [Craig] Carton will be riling up the Yankee fans at one end of the property (at the B Bar) while Philadelphia sports station WIP will be revving up the Phillie phaithful on the other end of the casino with Angelo Cataldi and The Morning Show broadcasting in front of Gypsy Bar from 6-10am. More sports: Over at the Ego Lounge at the Trump Taj Mahal this NFL season there have been a few NFL player appearances, including a recent meet and greet with New York Giants running back Amad Bradshaw on Oct. 12. Keep an eye out for more football stars at the lounge through the season. Meanwhile, the 51st Atlantic City Marathon, which was in jeopardy of being cancelled this year due to lack of solid leadership, has been rescued by the community and will take place after all, beginning Sunday, Nov. 15, at 8:30am on the Boardwalk in front of Boardwalk Hall. Thanks in part to
the Katz Jewish Community Center, Harrah’s Entertainment and the Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority (ACCVA), the nation’s third oldest marathon is up and running again. Speaking about the marathon, the ACCVA’s president Jeff Vasser alluded to other sports events that the city is committed to, saying, “The Atlantic City Convention and Visitors Authority is proud to do its part to keep the Atlantic City Marathon running. It’s events like the marathon, along with the A-10 men’s basketball championship, ECAC hockey, and the NCAA golf championship, that help diversify Atlantic City’s sports offerings and keep it a world-class resort.” Visit atlanticcitymarathon.org to find out more about the marathon. Finally, look out for next week’s special 35th anniversary issue. We’ve been working hard on compiling a lot of fun and great stuff for the issue and hope that it brings back good memories for our faithful readers — whether they have been picking up the paper since the old Whoot! days or just started reading over the last decade when it became Atlantic City Weekly. Here’s a teaser (pictured); the first cover of the paper, from June 19, 1974. Happy Halloween. n
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C O U P L E O F Y E A R S A G O KATRINA, M Y oldest grandchild, had a school assignment to write about her grandfather. She called me from her home in Los Angeles and we had a lengthy conversation. She then wrote her story and received an A for her work. A couple of weeks ago my only grandson, Zachary, called and said that he had an assignment to write a story about his grandfather. We also had a lengthy conversation and he wrote a very heartwarming report about his grandfather. I am printing Zacharyâ€™s story in my column because I came to realize how little our grandchildren know about their grandparents. Most of us have a lot of good stories that have happened to us during our lives that are worth repeating to our youngsters so that they can have a better understanding of what our life was all about, and why we are the way we are. I am hoping to encourage grandparents and parents to tell their children about their backgrounds, the way they lived, and the good and not-so-good experiences they have had. Here is nine-year-old Zachâ€™s report.
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My grandpa is awesome! I love him so much! He is everything I could ask for in a grandfather and more. Heâ€™s kind, caring, funny, joyful, giving, and opens my eyes to new experiences. He is a pretty cool guy and him being my grandpa is even cooler. His name is Pinky Kravitz, but thatâ€™s not his real name. One day when he was a kid, he wanted to play ball with another boy. The boy asked his name and he said Seymour. The boy didnâ€™t like that name and said he would call him Pinky from a comic book because he looked like him. His nickname stuck with him for the rest of his life. Pinky, or Poppop to me, he has done everything he can think of and more. He is so interesting, I could listen to his stories forever. Pinky was born on July 11, 1927, in Martinsburg, West Virginia. He is the youngest of three brothers. He was a shy boy and one day, when he was five years old, he saw a girl he liked and bought some tootsie rolls. He rode by her on his bike and threw them at her. The next day she came by and said thank you. Pinky worked many jobs, his first was working at a bowling alley as a pin boy. He was drafted into the Army of World War II. He worked at the Pentagon as a deliveryman of secret messages. Several years later he was drafted again for the Korean War. There he was a sports programmer and entertainer for the army. He traveled over seas with the army to Japan and beside his regular job, he worked with Japanese children in his camp. He now has a TV show, radio show, and a newspaper column that he calls Pinkyâ€™s Corner. My Poppop is very well known. Almost everywhere we go someone stops to say â€˜hello Pinkyâ€™ and his greatest joy is introducing his family to them. He is so proud of his grandchildren that every year he has my sisters and me on his television show and this year he lets us ask him questions. Pinky has done a lot of crazy things in his life like getting in a stunt car with a professional stunt driver and riding a speedboat in the ocean with really big waves that almost
turned over. Pinky is a great athlete and played a lot of sports, his favorites are tennis and basketball. He still plays tennis at the young age of 82. He is young for his age and has no problem beating me at wrestling. Pinky has been doing his radio show for 52 years, his TV show for about 35 years and writing a column for at least 40 years. I asked him what job would he pick if he could do any job out of all the jobs he had? He said he likes all of them and he would stick with what he is doing now. One day I hope I can be as successful as he is. Pinky has met many famous people in his life: Helen Keller, Eleanor Roosevelt, the Beatles, the Three Stooges, Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. are just a few of the famous people heâ€™s met and interviewed. His meeting with Helen Keller was so touching he cried. My grandpa is very outgoing, fearless and successful. Heâ€™s great at everything and if he wants to do something he wonâ€™t let anything stop him. Heâ€™s also one of the coolest guys I know. I hope that when I grow up, that I can be as great a man as my grandpa is. Please note, this is the way the report was handed in. There are some errors in grammar and punctuation and he will learn from them. I do not know the mark received for this report, but to me he deserves an A+ for his manner of description. I hope this inspires some of you who have the opportunity to talk with your children and grandchildren about your history. By their conversation with you, it is amazing how much they learn about past history in our nation and how people lived many years ago. Unfortunately, history is not emphasized within our school systems today, as it was when I was a student. Help your family have closer ties with one another and a better understanding of why things are the way they are today. Most of you by now know that I never wrote about my family until I experienced having grandchildren. I hope and pray that each of you has the opportunity of being a grandparent. Being a parent is a marvelous experience. We are so close to the children and do everything we can to enhance their education, their experiences and love. Being a grandparent is that certain something extra that the good Lord decided we should have for bringing children into the world and guiding them in their lives. And now, it is our turn to watch our children raise their children and we now have the opportunity to enjoy that special love there is between a child and his or her grandparents. There is nothing like it. Thank you Lord, for giving us this very special experience in the waning years of our life. n
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This year’s Cape may Jazz Festival (Nov. 6-8) at various venues in Cape May will feature the theme of celebrating the iconic jazz artist Count Basie. The Count Basie Orchestra (pictured) headlines the fest and will perform Friday night in the Theatre at the Lower Regional High School. Other performers include Ravi Coltrane (Saturday), Gary Allegretto (Friday), Richie Cole (Friday) and the legendary saxman Houston Person (Saturday). An All-Event Weekend pass is $150. Individual Friday or Saturday night All-Event wristbands are $55, while some of the individual events, including a Sunday jam session each have their own admission fees. For a full list of venues, ticket details and show times, visit capemayjazz.org. Should be a swinging time. — Jeff Schwachter
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Kill Your TV A By Whitney Ullman
FEW YEARS AGO, I WAS ON THIS SELF-HELP kick where I would listen to various CDs on time mastery, life mastery, sales mastery, etc. I also went to this great seminar in Philadelphia where I got to see and hear a few keynote speakers including Donald Trump and Tony Robbins. Leaving that seminar I realized that in life there is so much we don’t know about. There is a psychology behind everything we do, from our daily routines to how we present ourselves to how others perceive us. At some point, I’d like to write about all of those topics, but this week I want to bring up the issue of our daily routine of watching hours of television. We all have our favorite show — that is OK. But I think that excessive TV watching is not conducive to helping you move your life in the right direction. Statistics show that the average American watches more than four hours of TV each day. That means that in a 65-year life, that person will have spent about a decade watching TV. That’s crazy! Some of us feel as though once we start watching a TV series that we have to finish it, but really if you stop watching it and miss a few episodes, before you know it you won’t even remember that you cared about the show that much.
I taped the show every day. I never thought I would be able to get away from it, but you know what? I did.
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I realized that this was something that definitely needed to be restructured in my life — especially if I was going to move in the right direction of following my passions. I would rationalize that the shows I watched took my mind off of the drama in my personal life and it gave me the mental break I needed. In particular, I had been a loyal of fan of the soap opera All My Children since 1994. I taped the show every day. I never thought I would be able to get away from it, but you know what? I did. And when I started to move my daily routine away from coming home and having to watch my soap opera right away, I noticed that I was being more productive with my time and that I wasn’t losing brain cells. Slowly I started dropping most of my favorite shows and I feel great. Now I have more time for other important things in life. I suggest you try to drop at least one show and see how it will positively change your life.
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such as Facebook and Twitter. Now, I must admit, I haven’t jumped on the Twitter train yet, but Facebook has been an awesome tool for me in order to stay in touch with old and new friends, as well as family and colleagues. I can log in on my own time and keep myself updated on their business and personal lives as well as see what upcoming events there are in the Atlantic City area. Speaking of events, keep your calendars open Nov. 10 and Nov. 11. On the first date, there is an excellent event scheduled — put on by the e-Women Network SNJ Chapter — called “A Night of Gratitude- Supporting Local Non-Profits.” It will be at The Pool in Harrah’s from 6-8:30pm and will honor Atlantic City Electric. For more information go to www.ewomennetwork.com/chapter/snj. Then on Nov. 11, during the day there will be the grand opening of Simply Fly: Apparel for Men and Women, located at 521 Tilton Rd. in Northfield. That night we have Atlantic City Weekly’s 35th birthday party! It will also be at The Pool in Harrah’s, from 6-9pm. There will be food tastings, entertainment and dancing and part of the $10 admission will benefit the local Big Brothers and Big Sisters chapter. You won’t want to miss this party. Space is limited so go to www.acweekly. com/anniversary to find out more. At both of these events you will have an opportunity to network with lots of local business professionals, so make sure to keep your calendars open. Plus be prepared to give people your Facebook address. Nowadays, we say, “Hey, can I have your phone and e-mail, and oh, yeah, do you have Facebook?” How many times have I heard that recently? Be prepared! n
W HITNEY U LLMAN Dishing out advice on various topics to our female readers on issues related to networking, dating, employment, news, events, shopping and much more. She is the current president of the Greater Atlantic City Jaycees and owner of My Jewels by Whitney.
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‘Amelia’ Doesn’t Soar Swank is earnest, but Earhart biopic fails to spread its wings By Lori Hoffman
I OGRAP H IC AL M O V I ES A R E A difficult genre to freshen up. The format is so conventional: Introduce a world famous person as young and green with a desire for greatness that is sometimes nurtured, sometimes presented with roadblocks. We watch the person overcome said roadblocks and soar to heights of fame or greatness and perhaps watch them falter and recover. If it’s a period piece (and most are) there is the added burden of making an earlier era come to life as a rich canvas on which to hang one’s story. One movie in the last decade really hit the mark when it comes to recreating the era of the Depression and the tale of a great athlete who overcame injury to be triumphant. It was a story that brilliantly recreated the era, introducing a group of memorable characters with a wonderful screenplay that came alive in the hands of a fine group of actors. Now if writer-director David Ross could do that so well when his star was a horse named Seabiscuit, why did one of the greatest heroes of the same era, Amelia
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Earhart, elude the grasp of the fine director Mira Nair? The bottom line is usually the screenplay. Amelia was written by Oscar winning screenwriter Ronald Bass (Rain Man) and Anna Hamilton Phelan (Oscar nominated for Gorillas In The Mist). Add to that a cast that included double Oscar winner Hillary Swank in the title role, Richard Gere as her husband-promoter George Putnam and Ewan McGregor as Amelia’s friend and lover Gene Vidal, and this movie should have been better. A lot better. As you watch it unfold, as the details of Amelia’s life are presented, it is not so much that the movie is bad, it is just flat. The scenes don’t capture the spirit of Earhart, one of the most fascinating people to live in the 20th century. As a pre-teen, I think I read half a dozen books on Amelia Earhart; she was a true hero of my formative years. Perhaps the most disappointing aspect of this film is how bland it makes the title character. Amelia Earhart was the polar opposite of bland — she was a flyer when flying was as dangerous a profession as one could find. She was a feminist long before the term was coined. She used her fame to help other women become pilots; she
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was as exciting a role model as you are ever going to find. She knew the dangers and she refused to give in to fear even in the face of a then impossible task, to fly around the globe in a plane that wasn’t yet ready to accomplish the task. And if you want to believe the speculation, her trip around the globe was merely a cover. Her job was to spy on the Japanese navy, which a few years later would attack Pearl Harbor. Nair and the screenwriters decided to ignore the speculation. However, what they decided to emphasize, her romance and “open marriage” with George Putnam, is the least interesting aspect of her life. If there is a woman who should never have been defined by her marriage it is Amelia Earhart. Hillary Swank carries herself well as
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Amelia, but a screenplay that is dull beyond comprehension hampers her efforts to capture the essence of Earhart. If Amelia had been even a decent movie, with enough grit and intrigue to captivate a new generation of young people, it would have been worth the effort. Instead, it is a film that fails to soar even a little bit despite being about one of the greatest flyers in the history of the planet. P.S. There is one scene in Amelia that captures her joy of flying. Amelia is at a party where she meets Eleanor Roosevelt (played by the TV series 24’s last president, Cherry Jones). As they chat, Amelia suddenly has a gleam in her eye and asks the First Lady how she feels about night flying. Moments later we see Amelia in her party dress taking Roosevelt and other partygoers for a plane ride over Washington. Six months from now it might be the only scene I remember from the disappointing Amelia. n
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