The Casino Reinvestment Development Authority approved a total of $250,000 in Capital Development Grants to five applicants. The Board also approved preliminary plans to institute a Leadership Development program, and gave preliminary approval for the Margaritaville at Resorts project.  Five Capital Development Grants were approved, totaling $250,000.

The grants were awarded for a variety of projects ranging from outdoor play and recreation areas for youngsters and young at heart, improved lighting at Historic Gardner's Basin, technology and equipment for ACCC's "English as a Second Language" program and land acquisition to expand a community garden.  Recipients are the Boys and Girls Club and the Usry Daycare Center, the Atlantic City  Historical Waterfront Foundation, Atlantic City Housing Authority, Atlantic Cape Community College and The Way of Holiness Temple.

"Redevelopment takes many forms," said CRDA Executive Director John Palmieri.  "Today's grant approvals will positively enhance the lives of Atlantic City residents.  It fosters civic pride and a sense ofcommunity and that's a positive force that carries over into everything we do."

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LEAD Atlantic City tomorrow is a 10-month public policy leadership development program designed for experienced and emerging leaders committed to building a stronger community within Atlantic City through civic engagement and empowerment.  CRDA will provide 100% of funding and collaborate with the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey to provide expertise in development and implementation of the program. 

The Board unanimously approved the Preliminary Determination of Project Eligibility for Margaritaville at Resorts.  Governor Chris Christie later held a press conference at Resorts to publicly announce the project.

The only agency of its kind nationwide- the CRDA has used Atlantic City casino reinvestments as a catalyst for meaningful, positive improvement in the lives of New Jersey residents statewide, investing nearly $2 billion in more than 400 projects statewide.

The North Wildwood Beach Patrol will host the 4th annual “Day at the Beach” for the 21 Down Organization at 2nd & Ocean Avenues in North Wildwood on Friday, July 27 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

21 Down is a non-profit, Down Syndrome awareness group serving families, educators and healthcare professionals of Atlantic and Cape May Counties. Their mission is to create awareness and acceptance of people with developmental disabilities while providing information, support and community events for their families.

Day at the Beach incorporates safe, guarded ocean play time for the children and families of 21 Down, as well as opportunities for interaction and educational opportunities with our seasoned inlet lifeguards as they discuss beach safety with attendees.  The day for the more than 20 families expected to attend includes lunch, beverages and ocean fun as participants have an opportunity to ride the waves on soft-top paddleboards accompanied by the lifeguards.

The North Wildwood Beach Patrol, with the support of local community businesses, strives to create great a summer memories for these children and their families with the Day at the Beach event.

For more information about this event, call 215-203-6824, e-mail or visit:


The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey and Atlantic Cape Community College have entered into an Articulation Agreement for a new Dual Degree Program (DDP) that promises to benefit local students by increasing degrees earned, and reducing the cost of their education.

The agreement, formalized with a signing ceremony today, also streamlines the transfer and admission process into Stockton.  Upon successful completion, students earn an Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degree from Atlantic Cape as well as their Stockton Baccalaureate degree in their chosen program of study.

Stockton President Herman J. Saatkamp and Atlantic Cape Community College President Peter Mora officially signed the agreement in the Grand Hall of Stockton’s Campus Center.

“Stockton is proud to partner with Atlantic Cape to offer a Dual Degree Program to students in Atlantic and Cape May Counties,” Stockton President Herman J. Saatkamp said.  “This program will ease the transfer and admission processes, and provide credit to Atlantic Cape for work completed there before transferring to Stockton College. This program provides the opportunity to earn degrees from both institutions.”

Students participating in the program have the opportunity to reach their educational goals in a cost-effective manner, paying the Atlantic Cape tuition rate for all or part of their lower division

Coursework and paying the senior public tuition rate once they transition to Stockton with as many as 64 earned credits. Students who meet the program requirements will be guaranteed admission to Stockton without loss of credit earned, up to 64 credits.

“The Dual Degree Program agreement between Atlantic Cape and The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey offers students incredible opportunities. The program will give students an incentive to complete their associate degrees at Atlantic Cape and receive greater access to Stockton at the junior level,” Dr. Mora said.

New students may apply for the DDP immediately to be accepted in both the fall and spring semesters of the 2012-13 academic year.  Transfer students enrolled at Atlantic Cape who have not yet applied to Stockton as first-year applicants are also eligible for consideration in this program. Students in this category must complete a DDP form available at Stockton and Atlantic Cape, along with their transfer application.  Atlantic Cape students who wish to transfer to Stockton without having completed their associate’s degree also may apply, provided they have completed a cumulative total of 64 credits. Students who have completed at least 32 approved credits in their Associate’s degree program will earn an A.A. or A.S. degree from Atlantic Cape.

The DDP participants who have completed requirements for an associate’s degree at Atlantic Cape are guaranteed to be admitted as juniors to Stockton with no loss of credit up to 64 previously earned credits.  Those who transfer prior to earning an Associate’s degree are eligible to receive it upon completing the balance of their 64 credits of course work at Stockton. Students must also meet the academic residency and degree requirements at Atlantic Cape.

All students enrolled in the program will take part in an “Orientation to Stockton” seminar, to ease their transition to the College.

Both Stockton and Atlantic Cape agreed to monitor the academic performance of each Atlantic Cape graduate enrolled in the program and to work individually with students to ease the transfer and matriculation processes.