The Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) at its monthly Board Meeting approved the fund reservation and authorization to execute an intra-governmental agreement with the City of Atlantic City for the restoration of Garden Pier.

 Also at the meeting, the CRDA approved six community development grant projects including Absecon Lighthouse, Atlantic Cape Community College, City of Atlantic City, the Police Athletic League of Atlantic City, The Salvation Army of Atlantic City and the Youth Advocate Programs, Inc. for a total of $250,000.

 Following the CRDA agenda, an interim briefing of the ideation phase of the Tourism District Master Plan was presented to the Board. CRDA is developing a schedule of public meetings for community and stakeholder input.

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 "We are very excited about the preliminary concepts being assessed," said CRDA Executive Director John F. Palmieri. “We look forward to sharing this material and encourage the public to take time to become involved in this process. Minutes from the meeting will be available on the CRDA Web site,

The 14th annual Boardwalk Basketball Classic will return to the Oceanfront Arena at the Wildwoods Convention Center Monday, December 26 through Monday, January 2, featuring an impressive lineup of high school boys and girls basketball teams from the South Jersey and Delaware Valley areas. Included in this year’s annual holiday basketball tournament will be an additional day of competition, titled Battle at the Boards, which will feature six games that include each of the boys and girls high school basketball teams from Cape May County.

The Boardwalk Basketball Tournament was founded in 1998 and continues to be the largest single-venue coed high school holiday basketball tournament in the United States. The tournament has raised nearly $300,000 in college scholarship money for graduating seniors at Wildwood and Wildwood Catholic high schools, the two host schools of the event, since its inception. The tournament is run by an all-volunteer board that solicits sponsorships, ticket sales, and other support.

For the first time, the Boardwalk Basketball Classic will expand to a seventh day on Monday, January 2, 2012. The Classic will stage a Battle at the Boards showcase event featuring all of the boys and girls basketball teams from Cape May County’s high schools including Wildwood, Wildwood Catholic, Ocean City, Cape May Tech, Middle Township, and Lower Cape May Regional. The Battle at the Boards is made possible thanks to additional sponsorship courtesy of Crest Savings Bank.

The Boardwalk Basketball Classic is sponsored by Crest Savings Bank, the Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement and Development Authority, the City of Wildwood, the City of North Wildwood, the Borough of Wildwood Crest, the J. Byrne Agency, Wawa, and by 98.7 The Coast WCZT.  All games begin at 9 a.m. daily with select games being broadcast live on 98.7 The Coast radio.

The Boardwalk Basketball Classic Tournament is still seeking boys and girls teams to complete this year’s event lineup. Interested teams can contact Brian Cunniff via email at  For further information about the tournament, including the complete schedule, past results, tournament records and ticket information, log on to For additional information about the Wildwoods, visit or call 800-992-9732. 

Enter the spirit of the holidays with the Garden State Philharmonic, under the direction of Maestro Anthony LaGruth. on Sunday, December 18, at 3:00 p.m.  at The Strand Theater, Lakewood, New Jersey. Holiday classics, old and new, performed in true POPS style, promise to make the Yuletide merry for the entire family.


The concert will feature the vocal talents of tenor Christopher Macchio. Inspired by the legendary Mario Lanza, Mr. Macchio imbues his crisp vocal style with a unique blend of bel-canto artistic grace and Lanza's sincere emotive power. Holiday favorites, a golden voice, and YOUR Garden State Philharmonic - an event NOT to be missed! Each season this holiday program is reinvented with a mix of music selections.

Also, audiences will be provided with a extra holiday treat! The Garden State Philharmonic's own Symphonic Youth Orchestra will be playing Tchaikovsky 's Nutcracker Suite No. 1. The SYO features over a dozen of Toms River Public Schools' finest young musicians! In addition to the trumpeting of music, the Philharmonic has picked up two special partners this season. Patrons are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy with them as a donation to Toys for Tots®. On that very same day, Santa will arrive at 2:15 pm.

Tickets on sale now! Orchestra Section: $20 Adults, $16 Seniors, $12 Students Mezzanine Section: $ 16 Adults, $12 Seniors, $8 Students DISCOUNTED FAMILY PASSES ALSO AVAILABLE! $55 Orchestra Seats (includes 4 tickets) $45 Mezzanine Seats (includes 4 tickets)

American Legion Post 430 of Galloway Township has donated $100,000 to fund scholarships to local veterans at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. Representatives of the Post formalized the donation at a meeting of the Stockton College Board of Trustees.

“Stockton is committed to helping student veterans in numerous ways,” said Russell Konrady, a Vietnam era veteran and Stockton employee who was among the representatives of the Post for the presentation of the check. “We felt this was a great way to advance the educational opportunities for our brave men and women who selflessly serve the United States.”

Under the terms of the donation agreement, recipients will be honorably discharged veterans who reside in Galloway and did so at the time of their service. If there are no applicants from Galloway, the scholarships are open to veterans who reside in Atlantic County.  The applications are open to all student veterans from New Jersey if there are no applicants from within Atlantic County.

“We are extremely grateful to the Legion Post 430 for their generosity,” said College President Herman Saatkamp.  “Stockton’s history includes decades of opportunities for returning veterans. This gift will certainly build upon that legacy.”