Margaritaville in Atlantic City?
By Pinky Kravitz
A few weeks ago, it was noted in this column that margaritas may be coming to the Marina district of Atlantic City. Rumors abound that not only will there be margaritas in the Marina area, but there will be a complete Margaritaville development. According to those supposedly in the know, in the not too distant future there will be an announcement that will be very pleasing to those who are fans of musician Jimmy Buffett. As of print time, there have been no definitive responses to queries from anyone supposedly involved in this project. No one wants to talk about it �-- but the rumors persist and there is a belief that this rumor will likely become a reality. You might be asking yourself where in the Marina area would this development be? I have, and it leads this columnist to believe there is only one site that would be suitable for a Margaritaville. I'll leave it to you to figure it out.
Monday, May 26, is Memorial Day. What does it mean to you and most Americans? For many, the national holiday means a day off from work or school. It has become a day to go shopping, have a barbecue or go down to the Shore for your first dip in the salty brine -- if the weather is nice. Unfortunately, too many pay little attention as to why we have a Memorial Day. This is the day that we are supposed to pay homage to those who lost their lives defending this great nation. It is sad to note how few homes fly their flag on this day. It is even worse to note how few turn out for the various services that honor those in our Armed Forces who paid the supreme sacrifice so that may we may live peacefully in the United States of America. Cities throughout the nation had parades to call attention to this day of mourning. However, today, those cities that still have parades have seen them grow smaller each year and with fewer participants.
Over 4,000 gallant warriors' names have been added to the list from fighting the war against terrorism. They and those whose deaths preceded them deserve to be recognized. I urge you to attend a memorial service in your community, if possible. Your local daily newspapers generally provide a list of services that are taking place. Show your pride of being a citizen of the United States and fly the American flag on Memorial Day and all other national holidays.
Too often, we take living in this great land of ours for granted. We go through our lives concerned about our families, work and our lifestyles. We neglect to spend a few moments to think about how we got to where we are today. We revel in our good fortune of having been born in this great land or for having parents or grandparents who came here many years ago so we can enjoy what this nation offers us. What do you really know about our history?
Many of us had history classes that gave us a little insight as to the battles that were fought for our freedom. It seems as though in today's classrooms there is little effort to teach our history. I ask that you spend a few moments thinking about those who settled this great land of ours. The wagon trains that went west. The hardships they encountered while exploring the vast regions of America. Do you ever wonder how the city, township or area where you live came to be? Do you care? Why should you? That's good question. You live there, go to work, come home and play and only get concerned when there is too much traffic or someone violates a building code. How often do you go to a meeting of your local governing body? Do you vote? If you don't, that's OK. Those of us who do will select the leaders who we hope will do an honest job of governing our community. You may complain, but you do nothing about it. So you deserve the government you get. Those of us who do care, vote and go to meetings. At least, we are trying to make it better. On this Memorial Day weekend, it is a good time for us to take a look around and acknowledge our good fortune of being Americans. I hope you will resolve to become involved in making your community, your state and your nation the best that it can be.
It's been recently announced that singer Madonna will perform at Boardwalk Hall on Saturday, Nov. 22. Events that will be taking place in May and June inside the Hall include: Saturday, May 24, at 4pm: Greatest Hitmakers 4, in the Adrian Phillips Ballroom, which is a Philippine musical variety show. On Sunday, May 25, at 6pm, Andre Rieu will present an encore performance of this highly regarded show. On Saturday, May 31, at 7pm, Ilya Averbukh's Russian Ice Show will present some of Russia's Olympic champion skaters. The top event in June will take place Saturday, June 7, at 6:30pm, when Kelly Pavlik will defend his WBC/WBO middleweight championship title against Gary Lockett.
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With a singer strumming her guitar and singing "Cheeseburger in Paradise" on the ocean-facing rear deck, the Jimmy Buffett themed LandShark Bar & Grill at Resorts was open for a few hours Saturday, May 18, as a sneak preview of summer fun to come. The new Margaritaville themed complex at Resorts will be rolling out its sandy red carpet for the public at large Memorial Day Weekend.
Partially owned and run by the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority since August 2012, Resorts, on Jan. 10, opened two new players’ club lounges — the Epic Lounge and Paramount Lounge — that combine the elegant feel of a club Boardwalk Empire’s Nucky Thompson would appreciate but with the modern touches — like flat-screen TVs — that current casino patrons will enjoy.
Resorts announces deal with Jimmy Buffett to add a Margaritaville brand complex to casino including a year-round beach bar.
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