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Fox 29 traffic reporter Kacie McDonnell stalked Prince Harry during the royal Jersey Shore visit today, but alas, her dreams of becoming SILs with Kate aren't happening (for now, because, you never know, and I don't want to be the one to say a girl's not princess material). Naturally, Fox 29's Jennaphr Frederick was Kacie's winglady.Really, this is all for the best because who needs the paparazzi constantly trying to snap you topless and hours of painful small talk in receiving lines and endless thrusting of posies into one's hands and the constant comparison to another long-haired brunette at the
The son of Dutch and Irish immigrants, Charles Whitecar Miskelly was a South Jersey shipbuilder who died in 1963 at age 83. He was also a writer, one who shut himself up in his home office and banged out stories on a typewriter he repaired with a fishing line. He wrote historical novels and short stories about the towns around him, as well as beautiful, sometimes heartbreaking poetry.
Among the ghoulish, abandoned reminders of Hurricane Sandy's destruction, none looms larger than the Seaside Heights roller coaster. And apparently that roller coaster is about to be removed...just as soon as Prince Harry gets to see it tomorrow. It should be out of the water within 48 hours; afterwards, at least a portion of the roller coaster will be installed as part of a memorial on a rebuilt Casino Pier. [NBC 10]
On Tuesday, Prince Harry will be visiting Seaside Heights and Mantoloking, two towns that were torn apart by Hurricane Sandy. That's a very nice gesture, and one that should raise spirits—or at least throngs of screaming women—for a town that's been through so much in the last six months.But let's be real here: This is Prince Harry. Prince "Parties Naked in Las Vegas" Harry. The guy's got some more touring to do.
Are you over 42" tall? Wonderful! Then you can hang out at the Wildwood Boardwalk's new $2 million Flow House, part of the larger Splash Zone Water Park. There, kids can experience the "FlowRider Double," a "hybrid form of surfing/boogie boarding." At night, after the park closes, the Flow House will cater to the teen crowd, and feature music and (if they're up for it) dancing. I'm sure it'll be good fun, but the first thing sounds like what would happen if a rapper branded his own cheeseburger. Here's a rendering of the addition, the largest such project in the
After Hurricane Sandy struck, Chris Christie awarded a bulk of the debris cleanup to a Florida company called AshBritt, without letting other contractors bid on the job. What's more, it "piggy-backed" off a 2008 contract the firm used in Connecticut, lifting those terms word for word. Given AshBritt's history of inflated contracts, it seemed odd for New Jersey to be hiring an out-of-state company to do its dirty work. And it seemed doubly suspicious when Christie's friend and former Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour, who recommended the firm to Christie, began working in an official capacity to connect AshBritt with individual
The Wildwoods, which were largely spared by Hurricane Sandy, have been named to FamilyFun magazine's top-ten list of tourist towns. (This wasn't some arbitrary ranking scheme devised by bored editors; they polled families across the country.) Considering the list also includes Mackinaw City, Michigan--not my idea of an ideal vacation spot--the honor may be a dubious one. Either way, the tourism-dependent Jersey Shore, which has been granted $25 million in federal dollars for Shore marketing, will be happy for the good press.[Courier-Press]
It finally happened—"finally" being a weird word to describe the bankruptcy of a casino that's less than a year old, perhaps, but not when that bankruptcy has been so clearly pre-ordained since the beginning: Revel is bankrupt, filing late Monday for Chapter 11 protection that will let it reduce its debt to a mere $272 million, down from the eye-popping $1.5 billion (!!!!) it now owes. But there are several questions that need to be answered, nonetheless:• Is this the death of Atlantic City as we know it? An alarmist question, perhaps, but gambling has been on the decline in
Having finally received storm relief money from those misers in the House of Representatives, Governor Christie has put forth a plan to spend it. Almost all of the $1.82 billion will go towards helping homeowners rebuild, buy new homes, or protect against future flooding. Half must go towards low and moderate income individuals, as dictated by Washington.Also included in package: $110 million to provide services and pay for police officers, teachers, and other public employees in Sandy-struck municipalities; $300 million for damaged small businesses; $25 million for tourism marketing, to try to convince folks the Shore is still "open for