The Retail, Hospitality and Tourism Talent Network of South Jersey at The Richard Stockton College is co-hosting a Retail, Hospitality & Tourism Industry Week throughout South Jersey from March 17-21, 2014 with the RHT Talent Network North at Fairleigh Dickinson University.


The Retail, Hospitality and Tourism (RHT) Talent Network works with businesses and other workforce organizations to determine the skill sets and experience they are looking for in employees, as well as industry trends and current workforce issues. The RHT Talent Network of Southern New Jersey, funded by a $200,000 grant from the N.J. Department of Labor and Workforce Development, utilizes its resources, such as Stockton’s major in Hospitality and Tourism Management and the Lloyd D. Levenson Institute for Gaming, Hospitality and Tourism (LIGHT), to connect those who are unemployed or under-employed with the tools to better qualify for opportunities guided by the needs of the employers.

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Industry Week raises awareness of the industries in this business group by showcasing a series of events focusing on the employers and jobseekers.

The following events are planned:

  • March 17: Kick-Off Event at iPlay America, 110 Schanck Road, Freehold from 1-3 p.m.

Rick Mazer, with Caesars Entertainment; Tim McMahon with CJ McLoone’s Restaurant, and Colleen Ansbach with Simons Mall Management Group in Flemington, will be honored with Lifetime Achievement Awards for their contribution to their industries.  Each recipient started in an entry-level capacity, and now holds a top management position in his or her company.

  • March 18: Speed Networking Event at Kula Café, 1201 Springwood Ave., Asbury Park from 1:30-2:30 p.m.

A partnership with Monmouth County Workforce Investment Board and the Monmouth and Ocean County Food Bank Job Readiness Class, focusing on communication skills and/or professional culinary skills among young people ages 18-21.

  • March 19 and 20 in Atlantic City:  The RHT Talent Network is sponsoring the New Jersey Governor’s Conference on Tourism at the Golden Nugget, hosted by NJ Travel Industry Association.
  • March 20: Monthly RHT Connect Networking Event at the Carnegie Center, 35 S. Dr. MLK Blvd., Atlantic City at 2 p.m.

Jobseekers throughout Atlantic County are invited to come and share challenges, discuss ideas, share support experiences and receive advice on their job search.


  • March 20: Spring Training Workshop in Cumberland County at the Cumberland County One Stop Career Center, 275 N. Delsea Drive, Vineland expected to run from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Event focuses on refining customer service skills, soft skills, cash handling, communications, presentation and other workplace hurdles.

Participants will receive preparation for a job fair the following day, where jobseekers will have priority service after successful completion of training workshop.


·         March 21: Spring Job Fair at the Cumberland Mall in Vineland from 12 noon-2 p.m., with career-focused fashion show at 11 a.m.

This partnership with Cumberland County One Stop Career Center will bring over 20 employers and vendors to the job fair.


For more Information, contact Caitlyn Weiss at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, 609-626-3456.


 The Albany Devils of the American Hockey League (AHL), and Global Spectrum, operators of Boardwalk Hall and the Atlantic City Convention Center, are encouraging sports fans in the greater Atlantic City Region to bring their dogs to the game with them, when the team hosts the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ, on Sunday, March 23 at 4 p.m.

Hockey fans and dog lovers alike are invited to bring their four legged friends to celebrate “Pucks and Paws" Night during the game. Special dog section tickets are available for $16, offering upper level seating that will allow for plenty of space for the Devils’ doggie fans and their owners to comfortably enjoy the game. The Devils will also offer dogs attending the game special accommodations, hydration stations, dog relief areas and vendor areas from local dog organizations.

The Devils vs. Penguins game on March 23 marks the fourth and final game of the 2014 four-game series of AHL action at Historic Boardwalk Hall.

Tickets for the Pucks and Paws game on Sunday, March 23 are available For group discounts or information on how to become a vendor at Pucks and Paws Night call 609-348-7023.

    The Atlantic City Ballet now has an Atlantic City address.  Today, officials cut the ribbon on the new dance studio and renovated facilities to accommodate the 24 dancers of the Atlantic City Ballet Company.  The $130,000 renovation project was made possible through a grant from the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority.      The CRDA Board approved a project in August 2013 that would renovate existing space within Boardwalk Hall to bring the Atlantic City Ballet Company in residence.   


  "CRDA looks at Boardwalk Hall as a unique opportunity to advance Tourism District initiatives," said JohnPalmieri, CRDA Executive Director.  "Having the Ballet in residence at Boardwalk Hall fulfills a need for the Ballet.  By repurposing under-utilized space in Boardwalk Hall, we activate the Hall and the Boardwalk while strengthening the Arts District in Atlantic City."   


  The Arts District in Atlantic City has been steadily gaining traction.  In June, 2012, the Bay-Atlantic Symphony leased office space at Dante Hall Theater, which gave the regional orchestra a home base at the shore and added to Atlantic City's developing arts district.  CRDA funded $3.5 million in renovations to Dante Hall which were completed in 2003. 


In November 2013, The Noyes Museum of Art and CRDA partnered to open the Arts Garage, a 16,000 sq. ft. facility along Mississippi Avenue. The Arts Garage features 16 tenants ranging from a café to the African American Heritage Museum of Southern New Jersey, and the Noyes Gallery.   Both Dante Hall and The Noyes Museum of Art have partnerships with the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.    


Founded in 1982 by its current founding director Phyllis Papa, the Atlantic City Ballet has been the resident dance company at Atlantic Cape Community College and Richard Stockton College in New Jersey, and the Keswick Theatre in Glenside, Pennsylvania. The Company is comprised of a culturally diverse corps of 24 versatile dancers from North America, Asia, Europe, and Australia.    


Assemblyman Chris A. Brown who serves on the Assembly Tourism and Gaming Committee believes today's ribbon cutting celebrates the legacy of the arts in Atlantic City.  "An international cultural and arts destination requires an in-residence dance troupe. The Atlantic City Ballet belongs in this destination not because of its name, but because of its world class reputation.  By working together, the CRDA and Atlantic City Ballet have advanced the goal of offering more non-gaming attractions."     For information on upcoming performances, please visit the Atlantic City Ballet at Keep up to date on new developments in the Arts District, and throughout Atlantic City's Tourism District at





At 6:30pm on Saturday, March 15thTony Mart Presents celebrates the Ides of March with a free Celtic and Classic Rock concert by The Dan Burke Band accompanied by a fabulous St. Patrick’s Day buffet prepared by Chef Richard Spurlock at the Main Street American Café.  Costing only $22 plus tax and gratuity, the festive Irish American buffet will include potato leek soup, Guinness Beef Stew, Corned Beef and Cabbage, Traditional Irish Accompaniments of soda bread and carrot cake and hand carved Ham baked in Irish Whiskey Raisin Spice Sauce.   The Dan Burke Band will spice up the evening with its Americana Tribute to Bob Dylan and The Band, The Grateful Dead, Neal Young, Little Feat and great Celtic Classics for the Irish holiday.

On Friday, March 28thChef Richard Spurlock will prepare a multi-course Jersey Fresh Feast for the Springseason when the Hawkins Road Trio performs country rock favorites and their incredible Tribute to Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young at 6:30pm at the Main Street American Café, 6002 Main Street in Mays Landing.  Seats for those events should be reserved ASAP by calling 609-625-5500.

As always friends and guests of Tony Mart Presents are welcome to bring their favorite beer and wine to enjoy with Chef Richard’s feasts.

All of these shows are made possible by sponsorship from Aronberg and Kouser a full service law firm at 551 New Road in Somers Point where Carmen Marotta is now office manager (609)365-8249.