Worship Surf Bar Opens; Polling Institute Set, Barnes Offers Free Days

Surfers, lifeguards and beach goers have a new place to go after a day in the sun or on the waves this summer. Showboat Atlantic City is introducing the newest after-beach hot spot, specifically designed to provide a low key hangout for locals and visitors alike.  On April 2ndWorship Surf Bar officially opens on the Boardwalk at Showboat.

The new space occupies the former Club Worship first floor and is located directly on the Boardwalk for easy access. An outdoor patio is set up on the Boardwalk, making it easy to grab a drink and people-watch on the iconic Atlantic City Boardwalk. Eight flat-screen TVs inside will show surfer favorite Fuse TV and Phillies games throughout the summer. No velvet ropes or cover charges here, instead the bar will have a rack for surfers to leave their surfboards before heading in for a drink.

“Delaware and States Avenue has always been a prime location for regional surfers, since way before my days as a lifeguard in Brigantine,” said Don Marrandino, Eastern Division President for Caesars Entertainment. “With Worship Surf Bar we wanted to create a really affordable and legitimate surf and sports hangout that would cater to a flip-flop-kind-of-crowd,” noted Marrandino.

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Worship Surf Bar offers a drink menu with $3 Miller Light Drafts and signature drinks like The Wipeout, Absolut Berri Açai vodka, Rockstar Energy drink and cranberry juice; The Big Kahuna, Malibu Coconut rum, Malibu Black rum, pineapple and cranberry juices and grenadine; and The Barrel, Avión tequila, raspberry liqueur, sour mix and orange juice as well as refillable souvenir shakers.

A new food menu also was unveiled, featuring select offerings from the Crossroads at House of Blues menu developed by celebrity chef Aaron Sanchez. Tasty offerings including Street Tacos, citrus marinated steak tacos with Cotija cheese and roasted tomatillo salsa, Grilled Flat Breads with choices like basil pesto and tomato, wild mushroom and crispy prosciutto, and Chicken Wings in flavors like smoked tomato BBQ sauce, Jamaican jerk style or Buffalo.

Inspired by the iconic beach bars of California and Florida, Worship Surf Bar is located directly on Delaware Avenue Beach at the Boardwalk and States Avenue, which is one of only three beaches that permit surfing in Atlantic City and offers some of the best surfing in the area. Visitors can take in classic photography spanning the decades of surf culture at Delaware and States Ave.

Starting Memorial Day Weekend, Worship Surf Bar will also offer beach service for beachgoers looking to stay in the sun. Guests sitting in the designated Worship Surf area will be able to order directly from a beach server and have their food and drinks brought to them. Grab and go food will also be available.

Dr. Herman J. Saatkamp, president of The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, today announced the establishment of a Stockton Polling Institute to conduct independent public opinion polling at the College.

The polling institute will use its own staff and Stockton students to conduct survey research on elections and issues of importance to New Jersey and to this region. Research will include telephone polls as well as Web and other survey modes.

“The Stockton Polling Institute will advance important goals and objectives of the College, particularly in learning and engagement opportunities in line with the College’s Strategic Plan,” Dr. Saatkamp said.

Existing staff of the William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy, which has conducted polling since 2007, will run the institute. Polling operations will begin in September with 24 call stations in a dedicated room in the N-wing.

Students will be recruited and hired as interviewers over the coming months. Survey interviewer positions may be available for members of the general public.

Dr. Saatkamp said the Stockton Polling Institute will create a number of opportunities for the College community. It will create learning and employment opportunities for students. The polling institute can open new avenues of research for Stockton faculty and staff.

The first polls planned by the Stockton Polling Institute will gauge preferences in this fall’s elections, including the 3rdCongressional District race pitting incumbent Republican Rep. Jon Runyan against Democratic challenger Shelley Adler, widow of the late Rep. John Adler, who lost to Runyan in 2010.

The Stockton Polling Institute plans to offer polling services to outside clients in January 2013.

Hughes Center Director Daniel J. Douglas said the Stockton Polling Institute will allow the Hughes Center to continue to pursue civic and political engagement with the citizens of southern New Jersey.

 The Barnes Foundation announced that its new campus in Philadelphia will open with ten days of free admission beginning on May 19 and continuing through May 28. The building will be dedicated on Friday, May 18, 2012, at 11 am. The inaugural week culminates with a Memorial Day festival weekend, offering round-the-clock free admission to the renowned collection and entire campus. The weekend features a variety of entertainment and programs from noon on May 26 through 6 pm on May 28. Tickets are required for all opening events and are available online or by calling 1.866.849.7056.

The Barnes Foundation's 93,000-square-foot building designed by Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects, conceived as a "gallery within a garden and a garden within a gallery," is set within a four-and-a-half-acre site with landscape design by Olin. The building will provide significant new facilities for the Foundation's core programs in art education, as well as for temporary exhibitions and visitor amenities. At the same time, the legendary Barnes art collection will be presented within a 12,000-square-foot gallery that preserves the scale, proportion and configuration of the original Merion gallery, as well as the founder's conception of a visual interplay between art and nature.

While the new campus on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway enables the Foundation to relax previous restrictions on public visitation, admissions will be scheduled so as to maintain an intimate and contemplative atmosphere. The natural light in the gallery, controlled through contemporary technology, will reveal the true beauty of the Barnes Foundation's unparalleled collection of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist and early Modern paintings, African sculpture, Pennsylvania Dutch decorative arts and other important works.

The seminal painting Joy of Life by Henri Matisse will now be placed in an intimate gallery on the second floor. This new placement allows for safe and improved viewing of the painting and maintains the visual relationship between this work and the Matisse mural The Dance, which was commissioned by Dr. Barnes.

In keeping with the Foundation's historic environmental mission, which includes its programs in horticultural education and its stewardship of the Arboretum in Merion, the Philadelphia building of the Barnes Foundation features a sustainable design, and utilizes filtered natural daylight, a green roof, grey water re-use, reclaimed Pennsylvania and New Jersey wood and other local materials. The Foundation is seeking LEED platinum certification for the building, the highest level possible.

In addition to free public admission hours from May 19 through May 28, a building dedication on May 18 will initiate a week of festivities which will include the Foundation's sold-out black-tie Opening Gala on the evening of the dedication; a symposium on collectors and collections during the day on May 19; a celebratory party on the evening of May 19; and a series of special previews for supporters, members, civic groups and others May 20 through 25.

"Now, after a long and determined effort to secure the future of the Barnes Foundation, we look forward to welcoming the public to our accessible new campus in Philadelphia," said Dr. Bernard C. Watson, Chairman of the Barnes Foundation Board of Trustees. "The time has come for people to see what we offer, and take advantage of this wonderful institution and its collection and educational programming, which Dr. Barnes intended for all people from all walks of life."

Derek Gillman, Executive Director and President of the Barnes, stated, "The Barnes Foundation is rightly celebrated as steward of one of the great achievements of world collecting. We hope the presentation of our collection at the new campus, faithful to the way in which Dr. Barnes displayed it in Merion and, at the same time, shown in a new light, will open the eyes of many more people to these wonderful works of art, and encourage them to engage with the unique educational opportunities now offered in central Philadelphia."

The Foundation's Philadelphia campus has been realized at a total cost of $150 million for construction and related expenses. The Barnes Foundation has successfully raised $200 million to pay for construction with $50 million to establish an endowment, in a campaign that will continue after the opening.

"We are deeply grateful for the overwhelming support we have received from the entire community for this project, which will enable the Barnes Foundation to go forward as an independent, robust and dynamic organization for the future," said Joe Neubauer, Vice Chairman of the Barnes Foundation Board of Trustees. "In addition to the many foundations and corporations that share our vision for an expanded and vibrant Barnes, more than fifteen thousand individuals have joined to support us as members. The Barnes is an incomparable artistic and educational resource, and we are overjoyed to be able to make it more accessible to people in Philadelphia and from all over the world."

The premier sponsors for the opening year of the Philadelphia campus are PNC and Comcast. Both companies support the core principles of the Barnes Foundation in the areas of public access, education and community engagement.

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