Tropicana Casino & Resort Atlantic City has announced a series of significant renovation projects that will include major improvements to its guest rooms, restaurants and casino floor, as well as considerable changes to its nightlife offerings.  Construction will begin in the Fall 2012 and will be completed by the end of the year.

“We are excited to embark on these extensive renovations to one of Atlantic City’s premier entertainment destinations,” said Tony Rodio, President and Chief Executive Officer for Tropicana Entertainment Inc. “These projects provide us with the opportunity to bring new excitement to Tropicana and further enhance comfort and experience for our guests.”

Included in the plans are renovations to 16 floors of the NorthTower, which include 437 standard rooms and junior suites.  Overseeing the design and aesthetics are Bergman Walls and Associates, Atlantic City-based SOSH Architects and Steelman Partners.  The new rooms will feature sleek, contemporary furnishings, bold graphic carpeting, textured wall coverings and modernized bathrooms.  “Due to the commitment and support for Atlantic City from both city and state, we are confident to make this type of reinvestment” Rodio told The Alternative Press.

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In addition, a new Italian fine dining restaurant will be introduced and will offer a plush, comfortable atmosphere featuring a private dining room and 150 seats. The new Italian restaurant will be located next to FIN with a beautiful Trattoria anchoring the two gourmet restaurants.

The new Trattoria, a restaurant-within-a-restaurant, will offer guests a casual Italian Café dining experience.  Hardwood floors, textured brick walls, a brick pizza oven and pendant lights that provide an invitingly rustic backdrop to a tempting menu of pizza, salad and pastas. This 140-seat café will offer lunch, dinner and late night menus.

Tropicana is known for their wide range of nightlife options.  They have already broadened that range by opening the highly anticipated Boogie Nights dance club, which features state-of-the-art sound, lighting and interactive environments.  They will take it one step further by expanding Tango’s Lounge. The expanded space will include over 30 additional seats, a new dance area, and a relocated stage adjacent to Boogie Nights.

Additionally, the casino floor will be further enhanced with close to a $4 million investment in over 150 state-of-the-art slot games.

“These significant renovations reinforce our ongoing investment in Atlantic City. We are committed to working with the city and area businesses to continue to evolve Atlantic City’s reputation as a vibrant entertainment choice and a world-class, multiday tourist destination,” added Rodio.

Tropicana officials state this construction project will create additional opportunities for in-house and new employees, as well as construction trade unions.

Tropicana Casino & Resort is a 24-hour gaming destination located on the beach and Boardwalk. Featuring more than 2,078 rooms and suites and home of The Quarter, a 200,000 square foot entertainment complex, Tropicana is the premier resort in Atlantic City. With more than 20 restaurants, 20 shops, 14 bars and lounges, 2 pools, an IMAX Theatre and a spa, Tropicana is consistently rated as the “Must-See Attraction” in Atlantic City. For more information, visit the official Web site

The Wildwoods have been recognized by leading real estate website,, as an outstanding and distinctive tourism destination for 2012. The site, which is trusted by over 10 million consumers seeking to own or rent property, included the Wildwoods on its recent list of “America’s Top Ten Scenic Seasides for the Summer.”   

The list notes the Wildwoods as offering a variety of tourism options from fun and shopping, to relaxing, making it the nation’s “Best Beach Town for a Classic Experience.”  “Classic” refers to its two-mile boardwalk, FREE Friday night fireworks throughout the summer, Family Fun Nights, and of course the carnival games, “delicious food” and boardwalk amusement piers, waterparks and attractions. 

Other U.S. cities recognized on the list include: Providencetown, Massachusetts; Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; Emerald Coast, Florida; Huntington Beach, California; Nantucket, Massachusetts; Galveston Beach, Texas; Crystal Coast, North Carolina; Miami Beach, Florida and Coronado Beach in San Diego, California.

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“We’re extremely pleased to be consistently recognized as one of America’s top family-friendly places to visit,” said John Siciliano, Executive Director for the Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement & Development Authority (GWTIDA). “To be recognized by such a trusted consumer website like is a welcomed honor for the Wildwoods.” 

In addition to the accolade, the Wildwoods have also been recognized as one of TripAdvisor’s “15 Destinations on the Rise” list, Smarter Travel’s “Best Beach Town In America For a Classic Experience”, one of Sherman’s Travel’s “Top Ten American Boardwalks”,’s “# 1 Beach Boardwalk for Families in the Nation” and one of’s “50 Authentic American Experiences”. 

For additional information about the Wildwoods, visit or call 800-992-9732.

Form in Art, an art program for visually impaired adults, celebrates its 40th anniversary at the Philadelphia Museum of Art with an exhibition opening and graduation party on Friday, May 18 from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., with a private tour and interview opportunities at 12 p.m. Members of the media are invited to preview the installation in the Education Corridor and speak with some of the 30-plus Form in Art students. The installation, which celebrates the program’s 40th anniversary, contains bold sculpture, portraiture, and vessels. With its focus on the permanent collection and special exhibitions, Form in Art continues to provide an innovative program for visually impaired people, incorporating touch tours in the galleries, time in the studio, and more. Form in Art encourages artistic development and personal growth, serving as a model for professionals working with visually impaired adults. Founded in 1971 as a joint project by the Women’s Committee and the Education Department at the Philadelphia Museum of Art,Form in Art is the first course for blind adults to be offered at an American museum.

The program also introduces students to the ways in which talking about art can open new avenues for communication. “Every Friday we get together and share ideas, techniques, personal experiences, and a few laughs,” says Michael Gieschen, Form in Art student. “Together we help each other understand our gifts and to reach our greatest potential as artists and as people.”

Today, up to fifty blind students meet at the Museum one day a week for two semesters per year. They participate in touch and visual description tours of the permanent collection with Museum Guides, hear lectures by guest speakers, receive instruction and inspiration from professional artists who act as their studio instructors, and work in the studio with a variety of materials, including paper maché, ceramics, acrylic paint, and found objects. At the end of each year, an exhibition of student work is held at the Museum. Over the years, this exhibition has travelled to such locations as the Nevil Gallery at the University of Pennsylvania, the Tom Gallery of Touchable Art in Kobe, Japan, and the Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia, which has hosted the annual exhibition for the last 24 years.