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Lights for the Cure; a World Premiere: Taj Mahal offer


LIGHTS FOR THE CURE, a joint effort by CBS 3 and Susan G. Komen Philadelphia, will turn the area skyline pink for the 12th year in a row during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month as a reminder to stay vigilant in the fight against breast cancer.     Atlantic City will participate in the campaign with a citywide lighting of nine landmarks on Friday, October 4th in partnership with Susan G. Komen Central and South Jersey.  In addition, the website will "do pink" that day.  


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  Throughout October, CBS 3 and its sister station The CW Philly will broadcast reminders to schedule a mammogram hundreds of times in news broadcasts, including every time a building or landmark is showcased in Eyewitness Weather forecasts this month, and in promotion time.  In addition, the Women of Eyewitness News, will host numerous Breast Cancer Awareness Month events across the region including the Susan G. Komen Breast 3-Day for the Cure October 4th--6th; the Susan G. Komen Central and South Jersey Race for the Cure October 6th which Kathy Orr will host, and Komen Philadelphia Pink Tie Ball®.    



The WORLD PREMIERE OF “GRAVEDIGGER” to be held at the 6th Annual 2013 Downbeach Film Festival Atlantic City Cinefest in Atlantic City, Sunday October 13th  at The Golden Nugget Casino.


“Gravedigger” boasts a cast of a who’s who from TV personalities to sports players, reality stars & many more.

Have you ever felt you needed to just bury your guilt? Literally…

Filmed in New Jersey, comes 2013’s most gruesome tale of fear & fright "Gravedigger." A sinister collaboration between the minds of Award Winning Actor Keith Collins, Doug Bollinger (“Waltzing Anna”), Brandon Ruckdashel (“Co-ed Confidential”) and from the eerie ink of NY Emmy Award Winning Writer Joseph Pepitone & Billy Pepitone (“Stuck in the Middle”), along with original music from Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal ("Guns N' Roses") comes a horrifying shock fest that will keep you on the edge of your seat and the brink of insanity throughout a terrifying journey of paranoia.

A vigilante serial killer is stalking, killing and burying those he has judged guilty and anyone in this corrupt town could be next!




Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort in Atlantic City is offering Federal Employees who have been furloughed due to the Government shutdown two free tickets to see comedian Bill Engvall this Saturday Night! 

To pick up their 2 free tickets to see Bill Engvall, Federal Furloughed employees can go to Trump Taj Mahal's Box Office after 3pm on Saturday, October 5. Maximum of two free tickets per Furloughed Federal Employee. Furloughed employees must present their valid work identification and photo identification upon picking up their tickets. A maximum of 200 tickets will be given for this promotion. 

Bill Engvall, who is performing on Season 17 on Dancing with the Stars tonight on ABC, will perform in the Arena at Trump Taj Mahal on Saturday, October 5, 2013.  Show time is at 8pm. 

"We have a great show this weekend at the Taj, and we think that the Federal employees affected by the shutdown could use a few laughs right about now," said Kathleen McSweeney, Senior Vice President of Marketing for Trump Entertainment Resorts. "These tickets will be offered even if the shutdown ends prior tDante Hall Theater, the Stockton Theatre Program and School of Arts and Humanities are hosting auditions for the February 2014 production of the original play “Growing Up in the Other Atlantic City.”


this show will provide a distraction; if the shutdown ends, it will be part of the celebration."


Dante Hall Theater, the Stockton Theatre Program and School of Arts and Humanities are hosting auditions for the February 2014 production of the original play “Growing Up in the Other Atlantic City.”


The auditions will be held Tuesday, Oct. 15 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Dante Hall Theater, located at 14 N.  Mississippi Ave, Atlantic City. Interested parties must be 16 or older and present a one-two minute monologue. Interested parties should also be prepared to sing 16 bars of music either a cappella or accompanied by a CD track.


The play was adapted for stage by Stockton Theatre Arts Professor Pamela Hendrick in collaboration with Atlantic City native and author Turiya S.A. Raheem. The play is based on Raheem’s memoir of the same name.


Casting is looking for five African American men and five African American women; however auditions are open to all interested parties.


For more information, please contact Pamela Hendrick at Directions and parking information on the theater are available on the theater’s Web site,




 After years of fundraising and planning, the monument in memory of Somers Point native and war hero Richard Somers will be unveiled during a Dedication event on Saturday, October 19.

The 11 a.m. dedication ceremony will be preceeded by a parade starting at 10 a.m. at Dawes Avenue and will proceed to the intersection of New Jersey Avenue and Shore Road. The parade roster is impressive, with more participants expected than in any other parade Somers Point hosts.

The 11 a.m. ceremony of remembrance for the sacrifice that Richard Somers and the Intrepid Crew made for our country will take place at the site of the new monument, along Shore Road next to the Somers Point Library – the original location of Veteran’s Park.  The event will include scheduled speakers, Chipp Reid, author of “Intrepid Sailors: The Legacy of Preble's Boys and the Tripoli Campaign”, as well as Somers Point Historical Society’s Sally Hastings and local public officials. The sculptor, Luigi Badia of Somers, NY as well as guests from Washington, the Libyan Embassy, Intrepid Project committee and Somers’ family members have also been invited to the dedication.

The monument itself is comprised of a 36-inch-tall, 400-pound bronze bust of Richard Somers perched atop a five-foot-tall granite pedestal. The completed monument is in honor of local naval hero Richard Somers and the Intrepid crew, who died in battle in1804.

The Somers Point Historical Museum will be open following the dedication so that attendees can explore the history of Somers Point.  Intrepid T-shirts will also be available for sale, and a new Commemorative Coin marking the occasion and honoring Richard Somers will be available for order. Book signings by several authors who wrote about this time period will also take place.
Master Commandant Richard Somers was the commanding officer of a fire ship filled with explosives that entered the harbor of Tripoli, Libya, on September 4, 1804. The plan was to use the ship as a distraction for the Barbary pirates while the remainder of the U.S. Naval Fleet waited outside the harbor to enter safely once the ship exploded. Somers, along with Henry Wadsworth, uncle of famed poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Joseph Israel and 10 other volunteers fitted the ship and sailed into the harbor. An explosion took place sooner than expected, and the Fleet waited to catch sight of rowboats carrying the crew of the Intrepid to safety, but no boats ever appeared.

There are a few possible scenarios of what went wrong. The Intrepid may have been spotted prematurely going to their destination; the boat may have exploded impulsively on its own; or, Somers and his officers seeing that the mission was going to fail and not wanting explosives in the hands of the pirates, exploded the ship themselves, killing the entire crew so as not to become prisoners of the brutal Barbary pirates.

Initiatives are ongoing in an attempt to return the crew of the Intrepid from Libya to the United States. If the crew of the Intrepid should be returned to the United States, burial of all 13 crew members will be with the monument.

To make a donation toward ongoing historic preservation efforts, please send to Somers Point Historical Society, PO Box 517, Somers Point, NJ, 08244. For more information about the Somers Point Historical Society call 609-927-2900 or visit

For more information about the City of Somers Point, NJ, visit or call 609-927-9088.





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