Category Archives: Atlantic County

Three-Day Dance Workshop in Atlantic City

The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey will host a free three-day dance workshop at Dante Hall Theatre, located at N. Mississippi Ave. in Atlantic City June 23-25 for children ages 8-18. The workshop will run Monday, June 23 and Tuesday, June 24 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., and Wednesday, June 25 from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Taught by Andrea Mychaels, director of the Andrea Mychaels Dance Project, with assistance from area dance professionals, the workshop is designed to foster creativity in children who may not have previously been exposed to the arts.

Students must bring lunch all three days; dinner will be provided on the final day. A free performance of student and professional works will be held on June 25 at 7:30 p.m. at the Dante Hall Theatre. Registration is limited to 60 participants. For more information, or to register, contact Brian Lyons at 609-652-4891.

Mychaels has been immersed in the theatre and live production business as an educator, freelance choreographer, vocalist and dancer in the Philadelphia area for more than 20 years. She attended Stockton College, where she earned a B.A. in Dance, and Rutgers University, where she completed her Ed.M. in Dance Education. Mychaels holds a Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 Dance Teacher Certification of Eligibility with Advanced Standing in New Jersey.

Currently, Mychaels works as an adjunct professor for Stockton’s Dance Program. She teaches jazz (Broadway and street-style), tap, modern dance, and ballet. Her repertoire includes jazz, funk, hip-hop, ballet, contemporary, modern, tap, theatrical movement, and Las Vegas-style review.

Mychaels has worked with Shawn T. (Hip-Hop Abs), International Award-Winning Neo-Burlesque Troupe, “The Peek-A-Boo Revue” (as seen on “America’s Got Talent,” season five), the New Jersey Nets Dance Team, Kathy Sledge, Taylor Dayne, Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, and The Trammps. During the 2011 season, Mychaels was the choreographer for the Philadelphia Soul (AFL) Dance Team.

Opening of Buca di Peppo & Martorano’s

On the heels of announcing a partnership with Guy Fieri,  Caesars Entertainment Atlantic City today confirmed two additional restaurants slated for an early summer debut.  Making its way onto the 6th floor at Bally’s will be Italian eatery Buca di Beppo and over in the Marina at Harrah’s Resort will be the Italian-American concept Martorano’s. These two additions round out a trifecta of new restaurant options taking over the foodie scene in Atlantic City, raising the culinary bar in a City already known for its celebrity chefs and award-winning dining experiences.


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“Steeped in authentic Italian tradition, Buca di Beppo not only delivers classic old-world flavors, but also serves each dish family-style, an inviting feature which we feel will resonate with our Bally’s customers,” said Kevin Ortzman, President for Bally’s, Caesars, and Showboat Atlantic City. “Bally’s 6th floor has long been considered the casual gourmet leader, and now it will have an additional consideration as the gateway to true Italian cuisine.”





Occupying the space formerly known as 6ix A Bistro, Buca di Beppo offers diners an authentic Italian dining experience with family style service, ideal for celebrations of any kind. Known for its vast selection of Italian dishes to suit every palate and its friendly, communal atmosphere, Buca di Beppo at Bally’s Atlantic City will not only offer a menu of traditional Italian classics but also dishes with a unique Atlantic City twist.


“Buca di Beppo is best known for creating a casual and fun family-style dining atmosphere combined with delicious, Italian cuisine,” said Robert Earl, Chairman and CEO of Planet Hollywood International, parent company of Buca di Beppo. “When we were originally approached to expand the brand to Bally’s Atlantic City, we knew it would be a natural fit for the brand’s expansion. We’re excited to introduce Buca di Beppo’s signature atmosphere, decor and cuisine to the Atlantic City market. We expect a long and successful partnership with both Bally’s and Atlantic City!”


A Planet Hollywood, Inc branded restaurant, Buca di Beppo will be open daily from 7AM – 10PM serving breakfast, lunch and dinner and is the brand’s only location on the East Coast to offer morning cuisine. The breakfast menu will include mouthwatering options such as the Buca OmeletSouth Philly Pepper and Egg Sandwich and the “Jersey Shore,” turkey sausage, egg whites and American cheese on a whole wheat English muffin.  There will also be a traditional buffet offering with breakfast favorites such as hand carved Virginia ham, fresh seasonal fruit and fresh eggs cooked every way imaginable.  Lunch and dinner menus will include dishes such as AC Style Clams CasinoFried Calamari and Penne San Remo. A $20 antipasto bar filled with fresh anchovies, Tuscan kale, roasted beets, sliced prosciutto, sopressata and more, will also be featured during dinner service. The Atlantic City restaurant is proud to be serving Buca di Beppo’s famous half pound meatballs made from the highest quality ingredients and slow cooked in fresh marinara sauce.


Martorano’s, helmed by culinary aficionado and Philadelphia native, Steve Martorano, will be the fourth restaurant in his expanding brand. The new restaurant at Harrah’s Resort will feature fan favorites, such asMartorano’s signature Eggplant StackSouth Philly CheesesteakRigatoni Sunday Pork GravyBucatini Carbonara, and the world-famous Homemade Meatballs, which have been named best in the world by celebrity icons including Jimmy Kimmel and Al Pacino.


“I was a big fan of Steve Martorano during my time in Vegas and cannot wait for him to bring his style and passion to Harrah’s Resort’s culinary family,” said Rick Mazer, Regional President of Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City. “Martorano’s will be a restaurant devoted to classic Italian dishes; oversized meatballs smothered in red gravy will dominate the menu, but done in a manner that only Steve can.”

Martorano’s will also boast the nightclub-like atmosphere found at the Ft. Lauderdale and Las Vegas locations, complete with a dance floor and live DJs. Evenings will start out with the sounds of favorites Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Bobby Darin, but as the nights progress, the soundtrack will segue into classic R&B, disco, soul, hip-hop and a bit of classic rock.

“People who know me well know that I do things only one way – and that’s big!” joked Steve Martorano. “With a vibrant nightlife scene in place and a little something for everyone, Harrah’s Resort is the ideal fit for the launch of my fourth restaurant.”


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Horizon commits up to $10,000 to support the Boys & Girls Club of Atlantic City

The Boys & Girls Club of Atlantic City and one of its key programs for helping keep its members active and healthy received a gift of $5,000 from Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey today through the company’s charitable efforts during the ShopRite LPGA Classic Presented by Acer.  And thanks to a pedometer challenge accepted by LPGA player Karen Stupples – who will be walking the course as a commentator for the Golf Channel -- that gift could reach $10,000 if the golf pro logs enough steps during her coverage of the three days of play at Stockton Seaview Hotel & Golf Club.

Earlier this month, the Boys & Girls Club of Atlantic City announced that it lacked the funding resources needed to keep its doors open and programs running for hundreds of local children. The donation commitment from Horizon -- a long-time annual sponsor of the golf event at Stockton Seaview -- would help the club address its operational funding woes while supporting its First Tee program. The First Tee program helps club members develop into golfers, or just enjoy the health and recreational benefits of the sport.

“Horizon understands how important the Boys & Girls Club is to hundreds of Atlantic City families, and we are determined to help the organization re-open its doors and serve the community,“ said Jonathan R. Pearson, a Director of Corporate Philanthropy and Community Affairs for Horizon BCBSNJ and Executive Director of the Horizon Foundation for New Jersey.

During a check presentation ceremony at Stockton Seaview today, representatives for the Boys & Girls Club of Atlantic City’s Board of Trustees and the First Tee of Greater Atlantic City each accepted a ceremonial donation of $2,500 from Horizon BCBSNJ. At the same time, Ms. Stupples, a previous Women’s British Open winner and still active member on the LPGA Tour, pledged to raise more for both organizations by accepting Horizon BCBSNJ’s pedometer challenge. 

Under the challenge, Horizon will contribute another $1,000 to the organizations for every 10,000 steps Ms. Stupples records as she walks the course during tourney play as a television coverage commentator -- up to $5,000, or $2,500 additionally for each group.

“The pedometer challenge presents a gratifying opportunity to help a good cause while promoting good health,” said Ms. Stupples, who credits her avid pursuit of fitness and nutrition as keys to her success on the course and with a life-changing weight loss of 45 pounds. “At any age, a vigorous walk is a great way to step into a good fitness routine. I am delighted to join Horizon in reinforcing this wellness message while raising funds to help a community organization in need,” she said.
 “We are grateful for Horizon’s generous support,” Diane T. McKoy, Vice President  of the Boys & Girls Club of Atlantic City’s Board of Trustees  “The Boys & Girls Club helps underserved children achieve their true potential.  With the help of caring corporate supporters like Horizon, the Boys & Girls Club of Atlantic City can reach its potential to make a difference in the lives of the children and families who count on us.”

“Horizon’s support of the First Tee program will go a long way toward helping children understand, play and excel in the game of golf,” said Brett H. Matik, President of Greater Atlantic City Charities who accepted the check on behalf of the First Tee. “First Tee counts on the support of corporate donations to bring golf to children who otherwise may not be able to experience the sport.”

Stupples will start her pedometer/fund-raising step count on Friday, May 30 as golfers begin play for the ShopRite LPGA Classic Presented by Acer.  Ms. Stupples will provide a summary of her steps and other commentary through updates on her twitter account, @Kstupples, through the end of play on Sunday, June 1. 
“The support our partners provide to this community is an important part of this event,” said tournament director Leela Narang. “We’re proud to partner with Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey to assist them in their support of Boys & Girls Club of Atlantic City and the First Tee of Greater Atlantic City.”

Since the LPGA started tracking charitable contributions in 1981, the cumulative donations from the LPGA and LPGA Tour events has totaled more than $200 million, $27 million of which comes from the ShopRite LPGA Classic Presented by Acer.

As the 2014 ShopRite LPGA Classic Presented by Acer gets underway, getting close to the action will be as easy and affordable for Horizon BCBSNJ members. On Saturday and Sunday, Horizon members will receive a free admission for two by showing their health insurance ID card at the Main Entrance Gate.

About Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, the state’s oldest and largest health insurer, is a tax-paying, not-for-profit health services corporation, providing a wide array of medical, dental, and prescription insurance products and services.  Horizon BCBSNJ is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, serving 3.7 million members with headquarters in Newark and offices in Wall, Mt. Laurel, and West Trenton.  Learn more at

About The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey
The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey is celebrating 10 years of serving New Jersey’s communities. The Foundation promotes health, well-being, and quality of life across our state by supporting charitable organizations.  For more information about the Foundation, visit