Plus the 200 Club Brunch at Borgata Sunday, a new DrewToonz cartoon combining Don Rickles and the rodeo, and ?uestlove and May's Pizza Slaughter Fest.
Southern New Jersey residents may need the occasional reminder of what a extraordinary expanse of land the Pine Barrens truly is. The lore of the Pine Barrenvs is inescapable if you’ve ever spent any significant time in southern New Jersey, touching everyone in some way whether they are aware of it or not. Gloria Repp has seen a huge section of the country, growing up in Hawaii, visiting her children in Virginia and Washington state, residing now in South Carolina and traveling extensively with her pilot husband. So enchanted was she with the Pine Barrens, though, that her recently released 12th children’s book is based on the area. It is a fictitious story focused on a factual place, and entitled The Story Shell: A Tale of Friendship Bog. The idea stemmed from her initial visit to the Wharton State Forest — that part of the Pine Barrens encompassing the now ghost-town of Friendship, N.J. — and Repp now makes a bi-annual trek into the Pine Barrens every spring and fall. “I joined the New Jersey Pine Barrens Forum [see njpinebarrens.com] about three or four years ago because I realized that I wanted to focus on the Pine Barrens for my future book, and I was just enthralled by what I saw there,” says Repp. “The photography, the history, the information and the comments that people make. Inevitably I just honed in on [AC Weekly’s distribution manager] Bill [Beck]’s photography, which I found to be unique. The way he sees things — I can take a picture of something and he can take a picture of the same thing, and it just doesn’t turn out the same way.” To learn more about The Story Shell and Repp’s other books, visit gloriarepp.com. — Ray Schweibert
Honoring the Fallen @ the Borgata
Since 1986, the 200 Club of Atlantic and Cape May Counties has been there for family members of police, fire and rescue personnel who have lost their lives serving the community. This Sunday, April 10, the club holds its major fundraiser for the year with its annual Memorial Service and Brunch. The Service is scheduled for 10:30am at St. Nicholas of Tolentine Roman Catholic Church in Atlantic City, followed by a brunch at the Borgata’s Event Center. Col. Rick Fuentes, superintendent of the N.J. State Police, will be the featured guest speaker. Joseph A. Galante, Bishop of Camden, will be the celebrant of the Mass service and members of the Egg Harbor Township Police Explorers and Atlantic County Sheriff’s Department Explorers, will assist at the church. The mission of the 200 Club is to support and assist survivors and families of police, fire and emergency services personnel who die in the line of duty. It is the goal of the 200 Club to be able to present a check to the family within 24 hours of a tragedy. The bulk of the group’s work is funded through this annual event, which routinely attracts 700-800 attendees, many of whom are survivors, and many others of whom are police, fire and emergency services personnel who participate in uniform. Tickets to the event are $35 and are available by calling 601-1354. — Mike Pritchard
The Roots’ ?uestlove
The drummer, DJ and house band member of Jimmy Fallon’s late night TV show, Ahmir Khalib Thompson (aka ?uestlove), and from Philly hip-hop royalty The Roots will appear at this year’s Pizza Slaughterfest, being held May 14, outside of Tony Boloney’s restaurant in Atlantic City (right near the Revel project). Along with local bands, more than 100 vendors, a beer garden, celeb judges and even a Kids Slaughter Village, the main event will feature a pizza eating contest. The event, in its second year —the brainchild of Tony Boloney’s owner Michael Hauke —is held to benefit Alex’s Lemonade Stand. More info, we are told, will be released early next week. Till then, check the cool site pizzaslaughterfest.com. Click here for photos from last year's Pizza Slaughter Fest.— Jeff Schwachter
Flash forward five years to October 2009. After a couple months of running the current location as a cafeteria-style operation, Hauke closed, rebranded and created the Tony Boloney’s concept.
As the unmistakable smell of thinly cut steak and fried onions wafted through the air in the posh setting of Caesars Palladium Ballroom Friday night for Guy Fieri’s Cheesesteak Battle, fans were stuffing their faces and stuffing the ballot boxes.
While police officers, firefighters and rescue workers are intimately aware of what the 200 Club has meant to the families of fallen colleagues, many people outside the loop may not be so sure. For t...
Let’s take this in simple steps. First step, pizza and beer go together. Got it. Second step, the Atlantic City Convention Center is the site of the sixth annual Atlantic City Beer Festival, better known as “The Celebration of the Suds.” More than 75 different breweries will showcase their products. But also among the exhibitors will be several food vendors including Tony Boloney’s, one of the city’s premiere pizza restaurants. So beer vendors and pizza vendors also go together. Well, at festivals anyway. Got it. So what then is the next step? Well obviously, it’s Tony Boloney’s pizza infused with beer. And we’re not talking about the infusion that happens in your mouth when you bite a slice and swig your beer. We’re talking totally infused. “Basically, we’re cooking the beer...
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