The City Council of the City of Atlantic City unanimously approved an ordinance to rename North Carolina Avenue Dennis C. Gomes Avenue.  On Friday, May 18, Mayor Lorenzo T. Langford and City officials will hold a street naming dedication at the intersection of Pacific and North Carolina Avenues.

As stated in the ordinance, “Dennis Gomes achieved much success and received nationwide acclaim for his important accomplishments in the gaming and hospitality industry... Dennis Gomes was affectionately known as ‘Mr. Resorts’, and was highly respected and noted for his excellent marketing, promotional and management skills, as well as for his honesty, integrity, and professionalism.”

 “My father loved Atlantic City – the potential it held, the closeness of the community and the opportunities it gave him and our family,” said Aaron Gomes, executive vice president of Resorts Casino Hotel.  “For Mayor Langford and the City Council to recognize his vast achievements in taking Atlantic City forward as a destination and his strength of character is a gracious gesture.  It is truly an honor for our family that my father’s name will be forever part of a city in which he gave so much of his heart.” 

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Dennis’ long and illustrious career included three properties in Atlantic City, the last as a co-owner and C.E.O. of Resorts Casino Hotel.  While in Atlantic City, Dennis continued to push the boundaries of the City to create a more well-rounded destination resorts with a critical mass of dining, entertainment, shopping and nightlife options in addition to casino gaming by creating The Quarter at Tropicana and through his efforts to bring one-of-a-kind venues and exciting entertainment at Resorts Casino.

The dedication ceremony will take place on the corner of North Carolina and Pacific Avenues at 1:30 p.m. on  Friday, May 18.

Revel, presents a weekend of rock in Ovation Hall.  Nickelback kicks off the weekend with a live performance on Friday, July 13 at 8 p.m.  Bush opens for Nickelback.  The following night, the iconic multi-platinum bands Def Leppard and Poisonwill take the stage, with Lita Ford opening the show on Saturday, July 14 at 8 p.m.  

Tickets for both concerts go on sale on Friday, May 18 at 10 a.m. at all Ticketmaster locations, online at Ticketmaster.com and by calling 800-745-3000. 

Ovation Hall, designed by Scéno Plus, creates an elevated concert experience for more than 5,000 fans by making the expansive space feel decidedly intimate.  Every seat has an unobstructed view of the performer and a state-of-the-art sound system puts the audience in the center of the action with immersive audibility. 

To receive the latest updates on Revel, book a trip or learn more about the resort, visit revelresorts.com, become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/revel and follow @revelresorts on Twitter.  Revel is located on the Boardwalk at Connecticut Avenue in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

A free, family-oriented beach party will kick off the celebration of the City of Wildwood’s 100thAnniversary on the world-famous beach at Rio Grande Avenue in Wildwood on Saturday, May 19 (rain date Sunday, May 20). 

A full day of fun, games, activities, food and entertainment is planned. The Wildwood Centennial Grand Opening Ceremonies will kick off the day’s festivities at noon. Local radio personality Scott Wahl will emcee the opening ceremonies and will provide the audience with fun facts from the City of Wildwood’s interesting and entertaining 100-year history. State, county and local dignitaries are expected to participate. The ceremonies will take place at the Wildwoods sign, Boardwalk and Rio Grande Avenue, the Wildwoods, NJ. 

The Wildwoods Mayors Tram Car Race commences at 1 p.m. on the boardwalk in front of the Wildwoods Convention Center, 4501 Boardwalk, Wildwood, NJ. Wildwood Mayor Ernie Troiano, Jr., North Wildwood Mayor Bill Henfey and Wildwood Crest Mayor Carl Groon will compete in race down the boardwalk in the Wildwoods’ famous Tram Cars. 

Five hours of family games and activities on the beach at Rio Grande Avenue  will take place from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. is. Island-wide civic organizations will provide free games and activities, including clamshell throws, sack races, corn toss and much more. Also included will be educational activities, nature interpretations and fire safety demonstrations. A food court, including many island culinary specialties, will be available for purchase throughout the day.  

A bonfire is then scheduled on the Rio Grande Avenue beach from 7:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. A family-oriented DJ will provide the entertainment, including exciting, interactive dances. The finale of the beach party event will be a spectacular fireworks display beginning at 10 p.m. 

In the event of rain the 100th Anniversary Beach Party Events will take place on Sunday, May 20. For more information about the Wildwood’s Centennial Celebration Family Beach Party, please contact Ellen DeVito at 609.846.2046 or e-maile.devito@wildwoodnj.org

For additional information about the Wildwoods, visit www.WildwoodsNJ.com or call 800-992-9732.        

 Ocean Galleries kicks off the summer season Memorial Day weekend with guest artist Brian Davis, who will be in Stone Harbor with a collection of his lifelike floral paintings.

The Brian Davis exhibition, Flowers of Light, opens at Ocean Galleries (9618 Third Avenue, Stone Harbor) on Friday, May 25 and runs through Monday, May 28, 2012.  Brian Davis will be at the gallery for receptions from 7:00 PM until 10:00 PM on Friday, May 25, Saturday, May 26, and Sunday, May 27.

The exquisite artwork of Brian Davis hangs in some of the most sophisticated public and private collections in the world.  His long list of fans include Quincy Jones, Barbra Streisand, Cher, Henry Winkler, the Ford family, and many others.  In addition to hanging in prestigious museums, such as the Los Angeles Museum of ArtHuntington Library Art Collections and Botanical Gardens (San Marino, CA), and the Laguna Beach (CA) and Long Beach (CA) Museums of Art, his art graces the walls of numerous upscale hotels.

A native Californian, Brian loved art all his life and began experimenting with photography at a young age.  Formally educated in Fine Art at Pierce College and California State University (Los Angeles), Davis was greatly influenced by the Dutch Masters, along with the artists of the Art Nouveau and Art Deco eras.  Brian was also inspired by images of highly stylized renditions of birds and flowers for their intensity of color achieved by numerous layers of paint.

Using a similar process, Brian Davis begins a painting with the darkest shades of colors, representing the background, and then proceeds to bring layers upon layers of colors forward to achieve the three-dimensional quality of his technique, known as value painting.  His perfection of the 19th Century French painting technique pouchoir gave Brian instant recognition as a serious painter and Master Print Maker.

Brian is a true artist with a vast understanding and knowledge of art.  He has a cerebral view of paintings, stating, "My art, like all art, is, at its core, a form of communication that is not easily translated into words - good art transcends words."

Ocean Galleries sought out Brian Davis to open the summer season.  A big fan of the artist, owner Kim Miller explained,“It is such an honor for us to host this extraordinary artist and his collection of magnificent artwork at our gallery.  His paintings are simply breathtaking – the flowers pop off the canvas, grab the attention of the viewer, and come to life from the detailed subtleties of light and motion.  To be in the gallery when it is filled with this colorful and lifelike floral art will be a truly amazing experience.”

In celebration of this first time exhibition at Ocean Galleries, anyone purchasing original or limited edition artwork by Brian Davis during the weekend exhibition will receive a gorgeous 8” by 10” rose giclée on canvas, hand signed by Mr. Davis.  Flowers of Light will feature a collection of original and limited edition art and is open to the public at Ocean Galleries (9618 Third Avenue, Stone Harbor, NJ) on Friday, May 25 through Monday, May 28, 2012.  Gallery receptions with Brian Davis take place from 7:00 PM until 10:00 PM on Friday, May 25, Saturday, May 26, and Sunday, May 27.  Davis’ artwork will remain on display in Stone Harbor as part of Ocean Galleries’ diverse collection of exquisite art through Monday, June 25, 2012.

The Stone Harbor location of Ocean Galleries is open from 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM daily, with extended hours for the Brian Davis show.  For more information or for directions, call 609-368-7777 or visit www.oceangalleries.com

 

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