May 27, 2009

Hump Day Report

Hump Day Logo.jpgRants and raves about burning topics that have caught my attention midweek, be it greedy corporate shenanigans, frustration or joy in regards to the Philly sports teams, a movie or DVD that has fired up my imagination, an intriguing personality, or my on-going battle to lose weight in our fast food world. — Lori Hoffman, Associate Editor, Atlantic City Weekly

I’m a night owl, so I rarely go to bed before 1am. With Comcast on demand at the ready, I don’t normally watch talk shows as much as a once did, when as a young film critic I kept track of what movie stars were scheduled to visit Johnny Carson, Dick Cavett and Tom Snyder. Cavett? Synder? Yep, I’m giving away my age with those golden oldies from the late night talk wars of yesteryear.
This week, however, with the end of Jay Leno’s reign, I’ve been checking out his final week of shows — Arnold Schwarzenegger last night, Mel Gibson the night before. I’ve also been staying up to finally check out Jimmy Fallon. He’s like a kid in a candy shop, and he has some pretty funny sketches mixed in with the celeb chit-chat and music.
ShrimpWEB.jpgNow, after all that meandering, I’ll get to my point. Seems some local advertisers are taking advantage of the increased viewers this week. I’m happy to report that my own AC Weekly has an ad running in one of the late night slots; good to know the bosses are spending some money to keep us humming along since I’m not ready to retire quite yet.
Also, for two days in a row, Cape May was advertising its restaurant week, May 31- June 7. Gee, that time frame seems awful familiar …

WHAT IS WRONG WITH THESE IDIOTS!

I don’t know who scheduled which first, but Ocean City is launching its first Restaurant Week from May 28 to June 7. While I understand that these Cape May County shore towns sell themselves to different audiences, there is plenty of crossover business between the two communities. So, it begs the question: why turn a desire to increase dining traffic into a war at the shore?

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NJ.COM: "Music community mourns death of father found buried in Millville."

Tragic story on NJ.Com. R.I.P. Dreu Ferguson Sr.

Smokin’ Joe Frazier’s SportzBox

images.jpgBy Kristen Kelleher
Today is your first chance. SMOKIN’ JOE FRAZIER’S SPORTZBOX introduces a novel concept in casino entertainment, blending celebrity guests, comedians and live ringside action into a red carpet affair. Tickets went on sale today, May 27, at 10am for the SPORTZBOX WEEKEND, in which professional pugilists and other stars face off in a Hollywood Squares/Family Feud blend of a game show, all hosted from the center of a boxing ring.
This “Champs and Stars Show” boasts celebrity participants like Joe Piscopo, Vincent “Big Pussy” Pastore, Dan Grimaldi of The Sopranos, Bill Bergey of the Philadelphia Eagles, and many more as wisecracking hosts Al Bernstein (Showtime/IBN), Dave Bontempo (ESPN) and comedian referee Jeff Pirrami field the games.
Bally’s Atlantic City will be hosting the SPORTZBOX WEEKEND, kicking off on Friday, June 12, and continuing through June 14.

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Dachshund Day at Smithville

WeinerWEB.jpgOn Saturday, May 30, at noon, you can visit the Village Greene for a Free Dachshund Picnic sponsored by Paw Dazzle. The event includes prizes, a silent auction to benefit the Dachshund Society, Costello's Hot Dog specials and more. Dress your hot dog in their top dog attire to strut their stuff on the Greene. And speaking of “stuff,” please bring your pooper-scooper! The Village Greene is located in Historic Smithville Village at 615 E. Moss Mill Road, Smithville, NJ. For more information call 748-7110.

Holy Craps! — Woman sets record at Borgata

dice .jpgAccording to an online Associated Press report, a New Jersey woman, playing craps for only the second time, set a record for the longest craps roll in legalized gambling history — four hours, 18 minutes. The record was set at the Borgata on Saturday night, May 23, breaking the previous record of three hours, 6 minutes nearly 20 years ago in a Las Vegas casino.
The AP report said that Patricia Demauro of Denville, Morris County, bought into a game for $100 at 8:13pm and quickly drew a cheering crowd until she "sevened out” about 12:31am after 154 rolls of the dice.
The report stated that Demauro was only playing craps for the second time in her life. She was greeted with a champagne toast by Borgata executives when she finally sevened out. It was not disclosed how much she won.

May 26, 2009

Greek Festival June 4-7

gyros-blogWEB.jpgOne of the great pleasures of summertime in our region is found in the many outdoor festivals that take place from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day Weekend. Talk about a movable feast, I’ve traveled from Ocean City to Wildwood, Hammonton to rural towns in Burlington Country in search of good eats and other fun activities. One of my favorites takes place at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 7004 Ridge Ave. (at Mill Rd.), in EHT, the annual Greek Festival that runs from June 4-7. Just yell Opa! to get in the spirit of the event. My favorite meal is the classic gyro made with thin pieces of lamb from a slowly rotating vertical spit or gyro, with tomato, lettuce and topped with tzatziki sauce, a cucumber yogurt dressing, all wrapped in a grilled pita flatbread. Yummy!
This year the festival is celebrating its 25th festival anniversary, and the admission price is just a buck. Of course beyond all the tasty Greek food and pastries, there are also amusement rides for the little one, Greek folk dancers, live music and fireworks. The festivities begin at 5pm on Thursday and Friday and noon on Saturday and Sunday and continue until well past midnight. Log onto this website for more information.

Memorial Day Weekend Kicks Off With Plunge

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As officials in Ocean City ceremoniously "unlocked" the ocean for the start of the season, as usual, businessmen in full garb plunged into the cold waters on May 22 near the Music Pier. (Photo Donald Kravitz)

May 22, 2009

Danny Ready for A.C.

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From the Hell's Kitchen winner's hometown paper. Check our video page for an interview with Danny Veltri (pictured with AC Weekly correspondent Whitney Ullman.)

Happy 15th Birthday East Bay Crab & Grille

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Here’s a suggestion for starting off the holiday weekend. Check out the 15th Birthday Bar Bash at East Bay Crab & Grille in the Cardiff Shopping Center, 6701 Black Horse Pike in Egg Harbor Twp. It starts at 4pm and goes to 10pm with Extended Happy Hours (3:30 to 9:30), a free Hot n Cold Buffet, and lots of contests and giveaways, including Eagles tickets, beach umbrellas, gift cards & more. The QUIZZO National Trivia Contest starts at 7pm and there’s a DJ from 7-10pm.

Donny Fun Day at Pleasantville Yacht Club

donny  Swim 08[3].jpgEach spring the Donny Fun Day is held at the Yacht Club of Pleasantville and participants row, paddle, run, walk, and swim to support our effort. This is the 15th year for the event. All proceeds are used to provide transportation, clothing, home care, medication, chemotherapy, and special days out for those in need in our local community.
The cost is $25 for rowers, swimmers and paddlers ($15 for students), and $15 for runners and walkers ($10 for students). There will be a breakfast that will be $6 if you are a non-participant. The event has raised over $300,000 for the cause since it was founded 15 years ago.
The Donny Fund, a division of the John and Nancy Sykes Foundation was started in 1993 to honor the memory of Donald Sykes. Its mission is to aid area families affected by catastrophic disease and to promote universal positivity and optimism. Additionally, the Donny Fund and JNS Foundation support the South Jersey Field of Dreams, a place where physically and mentally handicapped disabled children and adults can play and participate in the Great American Pastime, baseball.
Call John Glassey at 641-8666 or go here for more information.


May 21, 2009

Idol Shocker!!!

AdamKrisWEB.jpgThe understated and gracious winner, Kris Allen — after learning that his status as the long shot had paid off big time — reacted to the victory by saying, “Adam deserves this.” Of course anything else he said after that was lost to Comcast cable subscribers when an Amber alert flashed on the screen, cutting into a finale we had been anticipating for months.
The screen went red and told us to go to channel 11 for details. I tried to do that but couldn’t so the alert was useless. That’s the only reason I’m complaining at all about it. It didn’t WORK and it interrupted the finale of American Idol.
But let’s get back to the show. Kris really did seem shocked. I never saw any shots of the judges afterwards, so I don’t know how shocked they were as well, but considering they thought they were handing the title to Adam Lambert on a silver platter, they were no doubt as flabbergasted as the rest of America, and Kris.
Even though I predicted a Lambert victory, I’m delighted to be proved wrong. I just liked Kris’s indie rock vibe more than Adam’s glam rock. Both are going to have strong careers in the Carrie Underwood/Daughtry/David Cook mode. I also expect Allison Iraheta to have a fine career and that Danny Gokey will have a modest success. The other finalists will have fun on tour this summer (coming to AC Aug. 7), and might show up on other reality shows down the road. Did you see that Sanjaya is scheduled for that new NBC reality series, I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here?
I first decided that Kris might have a chance on disco night when he brought such a sensual vibe to his slow hand version of Donna Summer’s “She Works Hard For the Money.”
Did the whole “gay thing” end up hurting Adam? We’ll never know for sure but it certainly won’t hurt his career beyond Idol. His talent will win out.

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May 20, 2009

Route 49 bridge in Upper Township to remain closed through Memorial Day weekend

njdot .gif The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) recently announced that the Route 49 bridge over the NJ TRANSIT Cape May branch rail line in Upper Township will remain closed to traffic through Memorial Day weekend.

NJDOT closed the bridge in October 2008 as part of a $4.2 million project to replace the existing structurally deficient bridge with a higher, pre-fabricated concrete span. NJDOT also is resurfacing the Route 49 approaches to the bridge and improving the existing drainage system. The bridge was expected to be open by the 2009 Memorial Day weekend, but will instead open by mid-June. The entire project is scheduled for completion some time this summer.

NJDOT will install variable messaging signs on routes 49, 55, 50 and 9 to inform motorists of the continuing bridge closure. Construction information and real-time traffic updates are available by going here.

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