ATLANTIC CITY — The new Pennsylvania Avenue School (PAS) is a long-awaited addition to the Atlantic City School System.
Until the 1990s, most of our school buildings had not been replaced since their original groundbreakings more than a century before. By the time I was a school-age girl, mainly in the 1960s, we had five elementary schools, two junior high schools and one high school in Atlantic City.
Eventually, the A.C. Board of Education decided to change the system so that all of our schools comprised grades K-8 and in 1995, the new high school was built.
Most students attending PAS have come from New Jersey Avenue School, one of the oldest in the city, which needed far too many repairs and had become a dark and dismal place for children and teachers alike.
Still, they brightened its walls and hallways as best as they could to create an inspiring atmosphere for learning. Though others rated the school low-performing, the community often gave it a five out of five score.
The new PAS has every possible latest technology and is bright, colorful and airy, amenities other schools in the city have had for some years now. With the same committed parents, teachers and administration in a new building, hopefully, everyone involved will soon be able to rate the school as a high-performing one.
Mikal’s Funeral Parlor
Not far from PAS, Mikal Abdullah, funeral home owner and community activist, opened his new doors in spring 2011. He had been at the location of the new PAS for almost 20 years and was overjoyed to move into his new place right up the street on Pennsylvania Avenue. The modern, tan stone building with beautiful green lettering has warm, comfortable interior furnishings.
Mikal has made such lasting impressions on people for his compassion and professionalism as a funeral parlor entrepreneur, as well as his activism and contributions to the local community. The City of Atlantic City is awarding Mr. Abdullah on Wednesday, Oct. 10. He is also being honored this month with an appreciation banquet for a lifetime of service on Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Linwood Country Club. Tickets are $70/ person; tables of 10 are also available. You can call Wali Abdullah at 609-377-7702 for more information.
There’s nothing like collaboration to produce great events and Dante Hall witnessed some great concerts this past summer as a joint effort between the Chicken Bone Beach Historical Foundation and Stockton College, along with other sponsors.
Because of this effort, the jazz was jumping way past the usual first week in August when free summer concerts are performed at Kennedy Plaza on the Boardwalk. After that, Hispanic musicians, poets and artists filled the space with all sorts of rhymes and rhythms during September for Hispanic Heritage Month.
This weekend, Oct. 12-14, Dante Hall will be the location of the Downbeach Film Festival’s Atlantic City Cinefest. One of the shorts featured at the festival is based on a book by local retired attorney, my friend and fellow poet, Michael Diamond.
Michael has also written two other novels and prides himself on mixing historical facts with controversial environmental issues. The film based on his work is titled Pandora’s Box.
Most single films are $5. You can purchase a one-day pass for $15 or a full-festival pass for $25.
Turiya S.A. Raheem was born and raised in Atlantic City. Currently an English teacher at Atlantic Cape Community College, she loves to describe her neighborhood as “the other Atlantic City,” because it was not the casino-resort mecca most people know today. It was a place with a “cozy, down-home feeling” as she describes in her 2010 book, Growing Up in the Other Atlantic City: Wash’s and the Northside.
The Atlantic County Chapter of the American Conference on Diversity will honor Atlantic City’s Henrietta Shelton at its Annual Humanitarian Awards Dinner at the Atlantic City Country Club in Northfield on Thursday, Dec. 1.
Atlantic City, like many other U.S. cities, once had segregated beaches, but they didn't start out that way. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, Blacks and whites lived side-by-side, worked side-by-side and played side-by-side.
"I hope my daughter will be introduced to a different type of music. She usually plays rock and R&B. I've always tried to keep my daughters busy with something constructive during the summer, no sitting around on your butt watching TV for months."
Do you like the beach? And summer? And live music? And free? Well, the Jazz on the Beach series, which runs Thursday evenings through Aug. 12, is just for you. Especially if you love jazz. The 11th annual Jazz on the Beach concert series in Atlantic City is chock full of amazing talent this year and includes performances by Avery Sharpe with Pete Chavez opening on July 8 and John Blake Jr. with Hassan Abdullah opening on July 15. Each show — the series is put on by A.C.’s Chicken Bone Beach Historical Foundation (CBBHF) — is presented at Kennedy Plaza on the Atlantic City Boardwalk from 7-10pm. The series kicked off July 1 with Ralph Peterson Jr. Kennedy Plaza, on the Boardwalk between Mississippi and Georgia avenues, has a stage for the bands and offers beautiful...
The line-up for the 11th annual Jazz on the Beach concert series in Atlantic City has been announced and the schedule is chock full of amazing talent.
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It’s been 10 years since Henrietta Shelton first organized the Chicken Bone Beach free concert series on the Atlantic City Boardwalk. And despite a decade of bringing great jazz groups to the resort, the biggest testament to the series’ success may come on Thursday, Aug. 27, when New York’s Finest Jazz Ensemble (made up of N.Y.P.D officers, thus New York’s finest) takes the stage.
The familiar sound of sizzling summer jazz along that famous Atlantic City Boardwalk stretch from Missouri to Ohio avenues is back again. The 10th annual Jazz on the Beach Series kicks off Thursday e...
Since 2000, Atlantic City native Henrietta Wallace Shelton has been keeping the spirit of Chicken Bone Beach alive with annual free jazz series, workshops and special concerts. The term "Chicken Bone...
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