Author Archives: PJ Thomas

Restore at the Shore

The Revel Casino opened in Atlantic City, New Jersey in April 2012 with much excitement and fanfare. Since that time the casino has experienced much financial trouble as it seeks to compete in what many describe as an already overbuilt market. So far, The Revel Casino has failed to delivered on its promise to usher in a new era for ...

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Five Must-Have Travel Apps

The past few years have seen an expansion of technology that makes travel planning as easy as it’s ever been. A click of the mouse leads to the best search engine for your particular needs and anyone can now do things that were once exclusive only to a travel agent. There are also travel applications (apps) available on such mobile ...

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Cousins of Color in Nova Scotia, Canada

Halifax is a pretty and colorful city that I got to explore briefly over two days. Thanks to a half-day Your Cab minibus tour guided by Jonathan Duru, a first generation African-Canadian from Ghana, I got an in-depth insight into the communities from the past to the present. In the shadow of the MacKay suspension bridge, we trod through Seaview ...

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Norwegian Cruise Line Offers

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Choices to Make Your Mouth Water By P.J. Thomas Norwegian Cruise Line revolutionized the dining experience with its concept of Freestyle Cruising that allows diners to eat anytime they want in relaxed attire. Norwegian also expanded its restaurant choices on all ships and now includes everything from tapas to teppanyaki, and selections range from as many as nine dining options ...

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Chocolate Tours

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1. Boston Chocolate Tour – Decadent chocolate walking tours, with loads of chocolate treats. Tour delivered by charming, guides and includes exotic imports, closely guarded recipes and intimate tastings. These tours vary by location and season, but can include restaurants and shops in Harvard Square, Faneuil Hall and Beacon Hill among others.- www.bostonchocolatetour.com 2. It’s not just in February, but all ...

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Carnival Glory

By P.J. Thomas Over the past decade, cruise ship companies like Carnival Cruise Lines have expanded the number of U.S. ports in which they dock and convenient places to board now include New York City, Baltimore, Norfolk, Va., New Orleans, Galveston, Texas and Mobile, Alabama. These locations allow travelers the opportunity to simply drive to the nearest port, park their ...

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Traveling With Children

by Robert D. Fertig Traveling with children can be a joy or an ordeal and the result depends a lot on proper planning.  Initially, ask for the child’s input as to where they want to go and what they want to see once you’ve narrowed down a couple of choices.  Allow them to help you finalized the destination by going ...

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Future Home of the American Tennis Association Unveiled in Fort Lauderdale

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by Elmer Smith The 200 ATA members who trickled into the convention center were dwarfed by its soaring spaces. A wine and cheese reception awaited them on a mezzanine that overlooked a massive multi-storied atrium. But then the mahogany doors of the ballroom opened, revealing a vision that matched the magnitude of the cavernous space. Six architectural drawings depicting the ...

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How to Start a Wine Collection

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By J. Sunhawk Collecting wine was once the exclusive purview of well-appointed gentlemen with money to build exacting wine cellars, but that’s no longer so. With a modest amount of cash, attention to detail, knowledge, and an area to store the wine, anyone can try their hand at collecting. First, a dark cellar isn’t necessary. A cabinet or even a ...

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The Newark Black Film Festival – 40 Years of “Reel” Success

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June 25–July 30, 2014 Wednesdays, 7 pm (Adult) (Youth 1 pm, July 9–August 13)  Through all of the ups and downs of Newark, NJ, one constant has remained. The Newark Black Film Festival (NBFF), established in 1974, is the longest running black film festival in the United States. It is still administered by its founder, the Newark Museum, and planned ...

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