Las Vegas-based Tropicana Entertainment Inc. announces the appointment of Tony Rodio as President and Chief Operating Officer for the company. Mr. Rodio has received the regulatory approval in all jurisdictions necessary to assume his new title.

“We consider ourselves extremely fortunate to have someone of Tony’s caliber and experience step up to lead Tropicana Entertainment,” said Daniel A. Ninivaggi, President of Icahn Enterprises L.P., who is also serving as Interim Chief Executive Officer of Tropicana Entertainment. “His strong strategic, operational and leadership abilities will position us to take advantage of the opportunities that lie ahead.”

“What a great opportunity it has been leading the Tropicana Atlantic City. I am honored and excited about the prospect of running the operations of the entire company,” Rodio said. “I look forward to working with the corporate staff as we focus our efforts on growing the company beyond our existing nine properties and introducing even more guests to the Tropicana Entertainment experience.”  

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In his new position, Mr. Rodio will have overall responsibility for company operations at: Tropicana Laughlin, River Palms and Montbleu Resort, Casino & Spa in Nevada; Jubilee Casino and Lighthouse Point Casino in Mississippi; Casino Aztar in Indiana; Tropicana Atlantic City in New Jersey; Belle of Baton Rouge in Louisiana and Tropicana Aruba. He will maintain his role as President and Chief Executive Officer of Tropicana Casino and Resort Atlantic City.

 

 

 

 

 

Acclaimed chef Michel Richard will open the doors this spring to the latest iteration of his celebrated James Beard Award-winning restaurant, Central Michel Richard, and two new restaurant concepts at Revel, the 6.3-million-square-foot resort.  O Bistro and Wine Bar and The Breakfast Room are welcome additions to Richard’s renowned restaurant portfolio. 

 

Chef Richard joins an impressive roster of culinary masters at Revel. Including Richard’s three restaurant concepts, more than a dozen restaurants will be offered to resort guests as well as two nightclubs, a beach club, more than 1,800 rooms, retail shops, a 31,000-square-foot spa, two theaters with capacity for 5,500 and 700 guests respectively and a 150,000-square-foot casino.   Additionally, all culinary partners have a vested interest in Revel and bring their signature flair from their regional restaurants in Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and New York City.  Strong entrepreneurial spirits and a tremendous talent to create gastronomic and lifestyle experiences are common threads among Revel’s partners.

 

Like Revel, the design of Richard’s restaurants takes inspiration from the ocean.  While Central – pronounced sen-TRAL – is named for the central downtown area of Washington, D.C. between the White House and Capitol Building, Chef Richard’s two other concepts are a play on words. The letter “O” is a nod towards the ocean waves that break on Revel’s beach; “O” represents eau and au in Richard’s native French language which respectively mean “water” and “to” or “at,” the place where everyone will want to be.  And always creating concepts with a wink of whimsy, Chef Richard anticipates his guests to respond in delight to the sights and sounds of his restaurants with the exclamation, “Oh!”

  

This spring’s opening of Central Michel Richard at Revel will mark the third location of Chef Richard’s acclaimed modern bistro.  The space will seat 174 guests, include a 14-seat bar and an 18-seat kitchen counter overlooking the casino floor.  The interior design will feature elements of natural woods, neutral colors and an open kitchen to watch the chefs in action - all in a light, airy space detailed with Richard’s signature touches such as his toppling plate sculpture and sphere-shaped burgundy chandeliers.  

 

The Central menu will showcase Richard’s American cuisine with a French accent.  Appetizers including “Faux Gras” and gougeres, main courses like his praised 72-Hour Short Ribs and legendary Lobster Burger and Grilled Mushroom Sandwich will be part of the Central menu. To complete the perfect dining experience, Richard, who began his career as a pastry chef, will offer chocolate bars, flaky Napoleon and banana split desserts. The wine list which is diverse and reasonably priced will focus on small producers from France and the US, with representation from the best of other regions.  The beverage menu will feature beers on tap and seasonal specialty cocktails.

 

The large 25-seat circular bar of the O Bistro & Wine Bar will bring a playful atmosphere to glorious life.  The Bistro and Wine bar will overlook the Atlantic Ocean with huge windows that will allow for a feel of the sea air, sunshine and sky.

 

The O Bistro and Wine Bar menu will feature small plates, such as sliders, gratins, crab cakes potato chip nachos and chicken wings; and main dishes such as lobster rolls, brandade of crab, skate meuniere, and herb crusted roasted chicken.   Additional menu selections will include signature dishes like Richard’s goat cheese Caesar salad, confit tomato with burrata, and fish tacos, variety of specialty burgers; and for desserts orange souffle, and chocolate lava cake. Richard’s master mixologist will create trendy cocktails and liquid “desserts,” for before and after dinner.  An energetic background of hip and modern music will create a lively atmosphere and make it a destination for food and fun.

 

For those moments when guests go au breakfast, The Breakfast Room will be the perfect spot to start the day with eye-opening dishes.  With seating for 120, guests will have the option to enjoy an a la carte menu, as well as a ‘grab and go’ options for those on the run. Menu items will include American standards like breakfast sandwiches, create your own omelets, huevos rancheros, filet mignon and eggs, and homemade corned beef hash; continental specialties like Smoked Atlantic Salmon, house made granola, chocolate croissants, and English breakfast; and Michel’s signature offerings such as French Toast Crème Brule, Belgian Waffles, and egg in a hole brioche.

 

Michel Richard has earned the reputation not only for culinary excellence, but also for his style which combines deeply refined classic flavors with contemporary flair and a wink of meticulous whimsy. Presentations are stunningly playful and each dish has his culinary finesse at its core. 

 

“I am thrilled to be part of this exciting new location in Atlantic City,” Chef Richard said.  “Revel’s attention to detail and elevated sense of fun is in step with my culinary philosophy. It matches the excellence we strive for in our restaurants.  It’s new and fresh and beautiful.  I can think of no better spot to bring our dining experiences.” 

 

With restaurants in several locations in the Washington, DC metro area and one in Las Vegas, Central Michel Richard, O Bistro and Wine Bar and The Breakfast Room will be Michel Richard’s first Atlantic City projects.  

 

Revel will begin welcoming guests April 2 for an eight-week preview featuring 1,800 guest rooms and a progressive schedule of select restaurant openings, gaming, performance spaces, spa, daylife and nightlife amenities.  The complete resort experience will premiere on May 25, the kickoff of Memorial Day weekend.  Reservations will open for both the smoke-free resort’s preview and premiere on March 5 at www.revelresorts.com.

 

Don’t miss the excitement as college basketball descends on Boardwalk Hall for the sixth straight year this March! The 36th annual Atlantic 10 Men’s Basketball Championship returns Friday, March 9 through Sunday, March 11. Single session tickets go on sale Monday, February 20 at noon, and ticket prices start at just $16. Tickets will be available at the Boardwalk Hall box office, all Ticketmaster locations, online at www.ticketmaster.com, or by phone at 800-736-1420. The 2012 A-10 Men’s Basketball Championship is presented by the Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority.

           

The A-10 Men’s Basketball Championship features three days of thrilling NCAA basketball action.  The top 12 teams at the conclusion of the regular season will qualify for the championship.  First round games will be played on Tuesday, March 6, on the campuses of teams seeded #5, #6, #7, and #8.  With eight schools remaining, the setting for the 2012 Championship then shifts to Boardwalk Hall as the quarterfinal round commences at noon on Friday, March 9. Saturday’s semifinal action and Sunday’s championship game are both scheduled to tip-off at 1:00 pm. The Championship features 12 Division I college basketball teams. Last year, the Richmond Spiders won their first ever Atlantic 10 Men’s Basketball Championship, defeating the Dayton Flyers 67-54. The 2012 A-10 champion receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. for the tournament .

 

Call 1-888-AC-VISIT or go online to www.atlanticcitynj.com for more information about accommodations, transportation, attractions and more

The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey’s Theater Club presents “Spring Awakening” on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday March 7, 8, and 9, at 7:30 p.m. all three nights at the Performing Arts Center.

The winner of eight TONY Awards including Best Musical, “Spring Awakening” celebrates the emotional journey from youth to adulthood.  The show is adapted from the 1891 Frank Wedekind play about the trials, tears and exhilaration of the teen years.

Parental guidance is suggested and the performance is not recommended for young children.

Tickets are $8 for general admission, $6 for seniors and students. Tickets are available at the Stockton College Performing Arts Center box office (609-652-9000) or at the door on the nights of the performances. For more information e-mail Theatreclub@stockton.edu.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art has announced that Cheryl McClenney-Brooker, the Museum’s Director of External Affairs since 1987, will retire on March 2, 2012, after 29 years of service. Over the years, Ms. McClenney-Brooker has been a key member of the Museum’s senior administration, serving to generate a broad range of initiatives to attract, engage, and build audiences for the Museum and to advocate on behalf of the Museum to elected officials and many other constituencies. Ms. McClenney-Brooker’s retirement has also occasioned an expanded role within the Museum for her colleague Joseph Meade, who has served as Director of Government Relations since 2010. He will now also assume the responsibilities of External Affairs to help sustain and build upon Ms. McClenney-Brooker’s successes.

John Cecil has been selected as Vice President of Stewardship for New Jersey Audubon. 

“We welcome John to New Jersey Audubon and look forward to his furthering our conservation initiatives and to protecting and restoring habitat,” said Tom Gilmore, President of NJ Audubon.

"Our Stewardship Program, under John’s direction, will continue to lead the way to this sustainable future. John’s background and proven success in fostering collaborations to advance bird conservation with many groups at the State and national level will complement our 112-year tradition of protecting the birds of NJ and the world in this critically important Atlantic flyway,” added Gilmore. 

With an extensive background in wildlife management and conservation, including an M.S. from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, where his research focused on the management of early successional habitat for the benefit of wildlife, Cecil will lead an experienced and talented team working on the active management, restoration and recovery of habitat for the benefit of many different kinds of species. 

Cecil was previously the Director of the Important Bird Areas (IBA) Program for the National Audubon Society. As Director, he oversaw the development and growth of IBA activities at the state and national levels and connected those efforts with a multitude of national and international conservation organizations and agencies, including collaborating actively with the NJ Audubon IBA program. John’s work on conservation planning and implementation throughout the nation has allowed him to work with a wide array of conservation partners. 

As Vice President of Stewardship, Cecil will play a key role in the continued development of award-winning projects such as NJ Audubon’s “Jersey Grown” S.A.V.E.TM (Support Agricultural Viability and the Environment) initiative promoting the production of agricultural products that are economically and ecologically sustainable. The program was recently recognized with a 2011 New Jersey Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award. 

Additionally, Cecil has served as Chair of the U.S. Shorebird Council and brings specialized experience in working on shorebirds. “In joining the Stewardship Department, Cecil will greatly further three decades of effort to protect the Delaware Bay Shore and shorebirds,” stated New Jersey Audubon’s Chief Operating Officer Eric Stiles. 

“Over the last decade I have worked with many different conservation organizations throughout the United States and the world. Those organizations that are best-in-class have become obvious to me. New Jersey Audubon is one of those best-in-class organizations,” said Cecil. 

New Jersey’s natural resources and wildlife populations face tremendous pressure from human development, invasive species and habitats that have been deprived of natural processes. Without active management of New Jersey's wildlife and the habitats they depend upon, the state will continue to lose some of its most valuable, unique and beautiful assets.  NJ Audubon fosters environmental awareness and a conservation ethic among New Jersey’s residents and visitors. With nine staffed nature centers and 34 wildlife sanctuaries throughout the state, NJ Audubon is accessible to its 24,000 members and all other individuals who wish to gain a better understanding or appreciation for the natural world. 

“With the winning combination of internationally renowned research, environmental education available to all ages, leadership on advocacy and public policy, and on-the-ground habitat conservation and stewardship, New Jersey Audubon has the essential ingredients to continue to make New Jersey a better place for people and wildlife,” said John Cecil, Vice President of Stewardship. 

John Cecil will be based at the Wattles Stewardship Center, 1024 Anderson Road, Port Murray, NJ 07865; (908) 837-9571. 

For more information about the New Jersey Audubon and the Stewardship Program, visit www.njaudubon.org.

New Jersey Audubon Society fosters environmental awareness and a conservation ethic; protects New Jersey's birds, animals, and plants (especially endangered and threatened species); and promotes the preservation of New Jersey's valuable natural habitats. NJAS is a privately supported, not-for-profit, statewide membership organization. Founded in 1897, it is one of the oldest independent Audubon societies. With more than 20,000 caring and committed members, NJAS is one of the largest and most effective conservation organizations in the state. Find the NJAS center nearest you by visiting www.njaudubon.org or by calling its Headquarters at 908-204-8998.