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On July 11th, 2011, the public will be able to vote for the winners of each category via online voting on Underground Music Awards.com. THE VOTING STARTS AT 8PM EASTERN TIME... The voting process ends on August 11th 2011. The nominee who receives the most online votes will win for the category he/she is competing in.






Kendrick Lamar
Fred The Godson
Mac Miller
Machine Gun Kelly




Mae Day
Shelly B




Thee Tom Hardy
Jon Connor
Emilio Rojas




R.E.K.S. (Rhythmatic Eternal King Supreme)
J. Rawls

The Hip-Hop Affect
Pharoahe Monch

W.A.R. (We Are Renegades)
Pete Rock & Smif-N-Wessun

Canibus & Keith Murray (The Undergods)

In Gods We Trust: Crush Microphones to Dust

The Great Debater
Jesse Abraham

One Day



Lyricist of the Year

Jesse Abraham
J gunn
The Illz

CLICK HERE TO VOTE FOR Lyricist of the Year



The Kid Daytona
Chevy Woods
Kid Vishis
Scotch Davis
Rocky Fresh



Most Exciting Artist of the Year

Jon Connor
Donny Goines
Reek Da Villian
Five The General

CLICK HERE TO VOTE FOR Most Exciting Artist of the Year



Kendrick Lamar
Dom Kennedy
Casey Veggies
Shawn Chrystopher



Most Dynamic Rap Group or Duo

LEP Bogus Boyz
Random Axe
The Cool Kids
Fame City

CLICK HERE TO VOTE FOR Most Dynamic Rap Group or Duo


Best Punchlines

Blind Fury
Soul Khan




DJ Booth.net www.DJbooth.net
2Dope Boyz www.2dopeboyz.com
Hip Hop Game.com www.HipHopGame.com
Hip Hop DX.com www.HipHopDX.com
Ballerstatus www.Ballerstatus.com




DJ Superstar Jay
DJ Bedtyme 357
DJ Pain 1
DJ Epps




DJ Pain 1
Buda Da Future & GrandzMuzik
Music Mystro




Superstar Radio w/ DJ Superstar Jay
NewNY 105.1FM w/ Jovonn The Last Don
Hate Money Radio w/ Bedtyme 357
Thisis50 Radio w/ Maya The B
Big Sundays Shade45 w/ Ms. MiMi
Streetsweeper Radio with DJ Kay Slay




Apollo The Great
J.R. Bricks
Renegade Foxxx




Five The General
Dimez the Bully
City Haze




Big Worm
Papa Doc




La Femme Nikita
Cess Wonder
Switch Mula
Candis (SheIsHipHop)




Byzantine Kings
Diverse Elegance
Dysfunkshunal Familee




H Squared
Side Kick
Kartel Kapitol
Ashy Lbowz




Young Siege
Mr. Gat
Dolo The Bandit



Essence of Hip Hop Award

Chris Sutton
Iq The prodigy
B.I. Bang

CLICK HERE TO VOTE FOR Essence of Hip Hop Award



Dee Allen
Mr. 44
Young Ro




Adrian Adonis (The Hipsters)
Evan Brown
The Incredible Stro
Blade & Ghost Dog Productions




Star Murphy




Quante' Mr. R&B
Demtry Michaels
Pooh Bear




Main Girl




Beyond This Point
5ive L




D Dave
J Clash
Trife Boss
Yung Trap
Young Lye




Hard White
Gees Extortion
Eerie Canal
New Yitty
Young Rell
Marty Magz




J.R. Bricks
Ziggy Da Don
Young Rossy




King Sage Back Off

Mr. Focus dorm room

Lafonda Infected

S.H.A.H CYPHA Dedicated





H.O.L.L.Y - High Off Living Life Young
La Femme - Nikita Piranha 3D
Catalyst - Shut Up & Listen - The Mixtape Vol. 1
Cashmere - Take Me Away
NewMoney - Just My Thoughts
Byzantine Kings - War! Rules Of Engagement




Jiggy Phantom




Quante Mr R&B




Adoniyah - Young and The Restless
Byzantine Kings [St. Ivan] - "Guilty!"
Lyric - Can't Back Down


- Underground Music Awards

"Elephant Talk 2011 Music Awards: The Complete List of Winners"

Atlantic City Area Winners

•Hard Rock – Soul Pole
•Metal – Meatplow
•Hip Hop/Rap – Jomo Lyles-Belton
•Pop Punk – Life Without a Jacket
•Hardcore – No Holds Barred
•Psychedelic/Jam Band – Soundscape
•R&B – 120 (One-Twenty)
•Reggae Rock – Private Stock
•Reggae Dub – SensaMotion Band
•Indie Rock – Deardarkhead
•Alternative – Juggernaut Drunk
•Punk – Angels 8 Riot
•Singer/Songwriter – 1adam12
•Breakthrough Artist of The Year – Position 9
•Live Act – Soundscape
•Performance of The Year at an Elephant Talk Event – Soundscape at Syd Barrett Fest
•Album of The Year – Bill Ridenour, ”One”
•Track of The Year – Position 9, “Rhythm and Soul”
•People’s Choice Awards (Most Votes, Any Category) – Soul Pole
•Musician of The Year – Bill Ridenour
•Male Vocalist of The Year (tie) – Chris Meckes of Position 9 and Rob Dief of Resident Stone
•Female Vocalist of The Year – Jess Lynn of Soundscape
•Band of The Year (For Excellence in Music and Self Sacrifice to the Atlantic City Area Scene) – Resident Stone
•Hall of Fame Inductees – Malcolm Tent and Jack Zawacki
•Community Service Award – Raymond Tyler of Alternative Soul
•Education – Richard Dekarski, Richard Studios in Northfield, NJ
•Music Pioneer – Nicholas Albrecht
•Indie Press/Radio – Paul Glasser of WLFR 91.7
•Mastodon Award (Top Guitarists) – Rick Land of Resident Stone; Cris G.S. of The Deafening Colors; Mike Faherty of Soundscape; Billy Walton of The Billy Walton Band; Mike Squitieri of Private Stock; Jake Groen of Blame Jake; Nabid Chowdbury of Position 9; Sean Gallagher of Law
Overall Winners (Non-Atlantic City Area, Bands That Have Played At Least One Elephant Talk Event)

•Hard Rock – Killing The Messenger (Newark, NJ)
•Metal – March To Victory (Lancaster, PA)
•Reggae Rock – The Mahlors (Bucks County, PA)
•Ska – No Such Noise! (Sicklerville, NJ)
•Indie Rock – Presto Bando (Washington D.C.)
•Alternative/Grunge – Senium (Manahawkin, NJ)
•Punk – The Choices (New Brunswick, NJ)
•International – The Murderburgers (Glasgow, Scotland)
•Singer/Songwriter – Alex Vans (Washington D.C.)
•Folk/Americana – The Ben Daniels Band (Chelsea, Michigan)
•Pop Punk – Count To Four (Philadelphia, PA)
•Electronic – The Synth Circus (Philadelphia, PA)
•Psychadelic/Jam Band – Flux Capacitor (Philadelphia, PA)
•Breakthrough Artist of The Year – Lenorable (Washington D.C.)
•Performance of The Year At An Elephant Talk Event – David La Viola of The Rhodes and Oscar Bazen, Oktoberfest (New York, New York)
•Track Of The Year – The Glorious Veins, “Blue Eyed Crazy” (New York, New York)
•Album Of The Year – The Glorious Veins, Self-Titled (New York, New York)
•New York City Band of The Year – The Glorious Veins
•Philadelphia Band of The Year – Creepoid
•D.C. Band of The Year – Bellflur
•Band Of The Year (Excellence in Music and Self Sacrifice to The Atlantic City Music Scene) – The Deafening Colors (Morristown, NJ)
•Musician of The Year – Willie Gammell of The Galt Line (Poolesville, Maryland)
•Mastodon Award (Best Guitarists) – Willie Gammell of The Galt Line; Matt Howels of The Glorious Veins; Jacob Graff; Leland Porter; Justin Jones of The Mahlors; Kristina Buddenhagen of America Hearts; Rob Perna, Jr.; Jose Valencia of 7envy; Jim Hughes of Mind Grenade; Andrew McNicholas of Senium; Josh Del Rio of The Know; Dale Becky of Tsunami Rising; James Preto of 20 Paces; Raymond Ward of Trains of Strange
•Community Award – Dave Mann of STPP Booking
•Pioneer – Gig Posters by Riich Berrnett
•Indie Press/Radio – Black Collar Radio
•Hall of Fame – Brian Viglione of The Dresden Dolls and Martin Bisi, Grammy Award Winning Producer
•Man Of The Year – Rhett Bradbury (Graphic Design)
•Female Vocalists of The Year – Melissa DiSalvo of Killing The Messenger, Kelly Bennett of 7envy
•Male Vocalists of The Year – David La Viola of The Rhodes, Paul Pangman of The Glorious Veins
•Bass Players of The Year – Rick Reinhart of The Cast of Characters; Sam Pinola of Ghosts in The Valley; Tom Longobardi of Bellflur; Anthony Villar of The Mahlors; Sam Allen of The Rejects; Froilan Miranda of Delmont; Sam Ross of Resident Stone
•Drummers of The Year – TJ Haslett of The Mahlors; Lui Wiggy Colemares of The Glorious Veins; Marx Lenin Angelito of The Deafening Colors; Andrew Clark of Resident Stone; Chris Franz of Soundscape
Jerry Ryan’s Picks For Best He Has Seen and Heard in 2011

•Breakthrough Artist of The Year – La Dauphine
•Female Vocalist of The Year – Margot McDonald
•Folk/Americana – Hezekiah Jones
•Singer/Songwriter – Dylan Le Blanc
•Performance of The Year – Bellflur at The Strathmere Mansion, Performing “Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots”
- Elephant talk indie


120 wins Best HipHop/R&b Group
120 wins Best New Artist - SJMA's

"2012 AC Weekly Nightlife Awards"

Best Local Group: 120?

- AC Weekly Staff

"120 Celebrates Three Years on 1/20"

Atlantic City R&B group 120 is bringing the party to Somers Point.

Niko, Tarius and Babyboy, the southern New Jersey residents who make up the singing group, have been picking up accolades an awards over the past few years, and over that time, the trio has continued to refine its singing style.

They’ll be showing off their stuff in a show presented by Gorilla Extreme, 120 and 2Life Talent.

On Friday, Jan. 20 (1/20, get it?), 120 will host and perform at a show featuring performances by Yung Chef, Niro, Big Frank, Jai~Sun and Misphit, in addition to a “tribute performance to the troops” featuring Deyvon and 120.

The show also celebrates the group’s third year.

120’s sound is akin to modern-day R&B acts such as BBD, New Edition, Bobby Brown and the late Michael Jackson, with nods to old-school groups such as the Temptations.

Nominated as the Best Male R&B Group two years in a row (2010, 2011) 120 picked up a triad of awards in 2011, including the South Jersey Music Award for Best New Group, the South Jersey Music Award for Best HipHop/R&B Group, and the Elephant Talk Award for Best R&B Band.

The Jan. 20 show takes place at Big Buoy’s in Somers Point. Doors open at 9pm and the show is slated to begin at 11:30pm and will rock till 3am.

Planned giveaways include:

• $100 cash giveaway (plus a bottle of Mascado) to the “sexiest lady”
• Bottle of Mascado for “best-dressed man”
• Plus, the first 50 people get a complimentary glass of Mascodo to toast the event.

Tickets are $10 at the door and $8 in advance.
Here is a link for discount tickets:
120music.eventbrite.com (use code: onetwenty)

- Atlantic City Weekly

"R&B group plays through the night at the Casbah"

The Casbah Night Club: For this month's installment of BLUSH, R&B group 120 is playing live from 10:30 tonight to 4 a.m. Saturday morning. 120 has performed on BET and was nominated for a national Underground Music Award. DJs James Strzz and Dnial will also go thump in the night. There's no cover when you mention WIN Promotions at the door, and promoters are donating a percentage of their bottle sales to The Alcove Center for Grieving Children and Families in Northfield. - Courier Post online

"BLUSH Friday with 120 Performing LIVE"

The party descends up on the dance floor of the Casbah Night Club on Friday March 4, 2011 for the monthly event BLUSH. LIVE performances by R & B Group 120, DJ sets by James Strzz and Dnial. Drink Specials and best of all NO COVER with this invite. Just say you are with WIN Promotions at the door!!! Let us know if you are attending, it's gonna be a fab night! Doors open at 10:30pm..SEE YOU THEN! Plus there will be a donation made through a percentage of bottle sales to The Alcove center for grieving children and families right here in Northfield! Wow! 120 have performed on BET's 106 & Park, NBC10 10! Show, Headlined for The Miss Ink America Pageant @ The Harrah's Pool, Performed at Boogie Nights, the Atlantic City Diabetes Telethon, and opened for numerous recording artists including: Young Steff, Wayne Wonder, Special Ed, Cubb Rock, & Day 26 just to name a few. On top of this, 120 was nominated for an Underground Music Award and were voted as Outstanding People in 2010 by Alternative Soul & 96.1 WTTH The Touch. They have several other performances under their belt and are on their way to the top. COME OUT AND SEE THEM PERFORM LIVE!!! BE THERE!!

- Win Promotions

"Join the Launch! Party at Stockton's PAC Oct. 14"

In the same way some Philadelphia residents may take for granted that so much history exists in their proverbial back yards, some southern New Jersey shore-area residents may be oblivious to the amount of exceptional local music talent that surrounds them.

Unless you’re a residential transplant it might seem trite, or you may assume it’s prevalent everywhere else too, but that’s not the case. Talent flocks here because the area’s culturally diverse and visited by many year-round, and offers plenty of places for those in the music industry to display their talents.

One glitch, though, is that artists can’t always rely enough on solitary sources like word-of-mouth reference, independent Web sites or paid advertisements to publicize themselves. That’s where ACWeekly.com plans to help. In cooperation with WLFR 91.7 FM radio, a launch party will take place Thursday, Oct. 14, at Richard Stockton College of New Jersey’s Performing Arts Center (PAC) to help get the word out to local musicians, lounge acts, DJs, bands, cover bands, jazz trios, solo artists — of whatever genre — to take advantage of a free opportunity to promote their music in ACWeekly.com’s “Local Music Guide.”

“Not only will other bands, music lovers and media reps look at the guide and check out MP3s and video, but local promoters will have the chance to see and hear all the local bands — or bands that often play locally in the southern New Jersey region — and possibly look to book them for future shows,” says Atlantic City Weekly editor Jeff Schwachter. “Down the road, there will be a video series focusing on local bands in the guide, as well as contests and even performing opportunities.”

Feature artists at the launch party will include the hip-hop/soul-singing trio 120 (myspace.com/120world); roots/blues/folk rockers the Ocean Ryders (myspace.com/theoceanryders); acoustic/experimental rockers Communipaw (myspace.com/communipawmusic) and the musically diverse sounds of 1Adam12 (myspace.com/1a12) with special guest Malcolm Tent (myspace.com/malcolmtent).

“I think I can speak for the whole group when I say this is going to be a real great opportunity — actually a blessing — that the effort’s out there to showcase artists in this way,” says Chris “Niko” Morton, who along with Ron “Tarious” Mahoney and Lorence “Babyboy” Green comprise Atlantic City’s 120. “Especially as independent and underground artists, this is going to give us more of a chance to really showcase who we are, to actually put the visual with the audio, and get to know us a little bit better.”

“Launching the ‘Local Music Guide’ is a great idea that will be a huge help for local bands,” says Bill Grohs, station manager for WLFR radio. “There are a lot of local bands out there that I’m not sure even know about ’LFR and that we do play a lot of local music, so I think if they find out about us and the ‘Local Music Guide,’ certainly we can work together in getting these bands some press and making the public more aware of their music. I’m pretty excited about it for both the station and the newspaper.”

Matt Unversaw is a longtime DJ and the Top 200 music director at WLFR who has done a lot to personally promote local music talent.

“I think it’s great that there will be this site focusing on the local scene specifically,” says Unversaw. “While MySpace can organize bands by their location, they don’t know the area as AC Weekly does. This can be a huge resource for artists who play locally and for booking agents. I often get bands asking me where are good places to play around here and for contacts. I try to come up with what I know, but this would put a list right at your fingertips. [AC Weekly] has served both local entertainers and the regular audience for years, and this can only be a positive step into the 21st century.”

Schwachter, a local musician himself and member of the Ocean Ryders, is understandably proud of the new enterprise and this publication’s partnership with WLFR.

“As our ‘Local Music Guide’ — which is now live on our site for local musicians to create their own free Web page — will shine a light, celebrate and bring local artists together, so will the free launch party. We’re encouraging local bands, promoters and music lovers to come to the Oct. 14 event, which is going to be like nothing else ever held in this area, and we’re really psyched that it’s taking place at Stockton College’s extraordinary PAC.

“WLFR has been an amazing partner to work with on promoting and organizing the launch party,” adds Schwachter. “Especially on Stockton’s campus. I’m thinking that with all the promotion that the college’s radio station has helped with, we are going to see a big turnout in terms of students alone.

“And for music fans, this is also a great night to hear some of the best bands in our area. From hip-hop to indie rock, we’ll be offering a diverse range of live music.” (Visit the new “Local Music Guide” at acweekly.com under the Arts & Entertainment tab.)

ACWeekly.com’s Local Music Guide Launch Party
Where: Richard Stockton College Performing Arts Center, Pomona
When: Thursday, Oct. 14. Doors open 7:30pm, show starts 8pm.
How Much: Free, but seating is limited.
- Ray Schweibert

"Top 40 under 40"

Posted by By AC Weekly Staff on Wednesday Mar 2nd at 6:44am
Here Is the 2011 Top 40 Under 40, nominated by members of the Atlantic City region and selected by the Top 40 Under 40 Committee.

For the seventh year, 40 of our region’s most dynamic young leaders have been honored by the Greater Atlantic City Jaycees and Atlantic City Weekly. Some of them are community leaders and volunteers, some are entrepreneurial, others are extraordinary talented and inspiring. One thing they all have in common is that people from around the region nominated them to be one of this year’s Top 40 Under 40. Once again, we are excited to present this year’s honorees inside this annual issue. Our community is a richer one to live in thanks to them.

(See links to past year's Top 40 winners and parties at end of this article.)

Donald G. Anthony Jr.

President & Founder, Network Media Group, Inc.

In 2010, Don formed Network Media Group, Inc., an artist development company created to help independent musicians have a chance to compete with major labels through brand development. Don’s first independent music project — with Imperial Entertainment, The Storm Troopers — made him the first and only music marketer and promoter in the state of New Jersey to ever independently break the top 5 (#4) on Billboard’s Hot R&B Single Sales chart. Don was also successful in charting in several other countries without the backing of a major label. With Don’s proven success Network Media Group, Inc. is destined to become a major force within the entertainment industry. Currently, NMG is in the process of launching a new Bluetooth marketing platform that will, according to Anthony, “revolutionize not only the entertainment industry, but all sectors of business.”

Matt Barker

General Manager, Marriott’s Fairway Villas

Hailing from New Hill, N.C., Matt studied hospitality at Duke University and launched his career with Marriott International. Advancing through a diverse array of leadership positions through the Carolinas, Matt arrived in Galloway Township in 2008 to lead Marriott’s Fairway Villas Resort as general manager. Under Matt’s leadership, Marriott’s Fairway Villas Resort has seen owner and guest satisfaction scores increase, placing the resort at 6th in the company for 2010. Matt also received the Marriott Vacation Club World Class Leadership Award in 2010 while Marriott Vacation Club presented Fairway Villas with the World Class Resort Award. As general manager, Matt has also led the resort to engage in community initiatives, which include raising $20,000 for the Children’s Miracle Network.

Courtney Birmingham

Advertising & PR Director, Resorts Casino & Hotel

Courtney has been working in Atlantic City for the past six years in various marketing capacities. Holding positions in advertising and public relations at Tropicana Casino & Resort, the Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority and currently at Resorts Casino Hotel, Courtney has consistently worked to create positive messages and unique events for visitors. In her current role as advertising and public relations director at Resorts Casino & Hotel, Courtney is involved with all aspects of advertising, public relations, Web, social media and branding. She is excited to be part of the team, led by Dennis C. Gomes and Aaron Gomes, that will bring the new Resorts back as one of the leading Atlantic City destinations. Courtney graduated from Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio, with a degree in communications, where she was a member of the Women’s Crew Team and Chi Omega sorority.

Caitlyn Bradley

Director of Catering and Sales, Ram’s Head Inn

With a bachelor’s degree in business administration (concentration on hospitality and tourism management) from the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, Caitlyn puts her education to work as the director of catering and sales for the Ram’s Head Inn. In 2009, Caitlyn decided to share her love and experience of the hospitality industry by becoming an adjunct instructor at Atlantic Cape Community College. Currently, she sits on the board of the Greater Atlantic City Jaycees where she’s leading a student membership drive to encourage students to value networking. As an active alumna, Caitlyn has served on the Stockton Scholarship Gala Committee for three years and also on the Stockton Golf Tournament Committee in both 2009 and 2010. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her “little sister” who she met through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Atlantic County as well as enjoying Atlantic City’s nightlife.

Michael S. Burns, Esq.

Founder, Burns Property Group, LLC

Michael received his undergraduate degree from Boston University’s School of Management, where he focused on international management. He spent one semester studying at the Copenhagen Business School and another abroad. Michael then attended Yeshiva University’s Benjamin Cardozo School of Law. After graduating in 2002, he worked for Coudert Brothers and Alston & Bird in New York City as an associate in their respective intellectual property practice groups. He left private practice to establish Burns Property Group, LLC, a New Jersey-based land-acquisition and development company. Michael currently serves on the board of directors of the Milton & Betty Katz JCC and the Jewish Federation of Atlantic & Cape May Counties. He also co-founded the Young Leadership Divisions for these organizations. In 2010, Michael received the Esther Leah Ritz Next Generation JCC Leadership Award.

Michael Cagno

Executive Director, The Noyes Museum of Art

Michael is the executive director of The Noyes Museum of Art of The Richard Stockton College, he serves as the first vice chair board member for the South Jersey Cultural Alliance, board member of Art Pride New Jersey, an adjunct art professor at Richard Stockton College and Cumberland County College, and is working with the community of Hammonton to create an arts district. He holds a bachelor’s degree in fine art from Rowan University and a masters degree in museum management from Seton Hall University. Michael is also a practicing artist, and his passion in life is to make the arts more accessible and inclusive to the residents of southern New Jersey. To accomplish this, he has partnered with various organizations in the region, including Seaview Resort & Spa, AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, Seashore Garden Living Center, South Jersey Healthcare, Atlantic County Cultural & Heritage Commission and many more.

Natalie Rose Chipolone

Physical Therapist, Bacharach Institute for Rehabilitation

Natalie graduated from Northeastern University in 2009 Magna Cum Laude with her doctorate in physical therapy, concentrating in early intervention. While in Boston, she participated annually in the “Walk to Cure Diabetes” and donated to the Salvation Army and Locks of Love. She completed a pediatric clinical in both Myrtle Beach and New Orleans, during which she had the opportunity to work with Hurricane Katrina victims. Natalie works for Bacharach Institute for Rehabilitation at AtlantiCare Medical Center, coordinating with a respectful and compassionate team of healthcare professionals. Natalie also volunteers with Stockton’s student program and has been an active member of the APTA since 2007. She continues to donate to national organizations as well local organizations including St. Joseph’s Church and the Atlantic City Rescue Mission.

Matthew Corbo, DC

Associate Chiropractor, Mainland Wellness & Rehabilitation Center

Matthew was born and raised in Somers Point and graduated from Mainland Regional High School in 2001. He received his undergraduate degree from Rowan University in May of 2005 with a bachelor’s of science in Biology. In May 2009, he graduated Magna Cum Laude from University of Bridgeport College of Chiropractic. He has worked at Mainland Wellness and Rehabilitation Center ever since. Matt is constantly following new treatments, nutritional research, and rehabilitative technologies to better serve his patients. He also offers workshops on health related topics to his patients and the public. Matthew is passionate about his job and is known for his high quality patient care. In his spare time, Mattew is active in the Somers Point Business Association and Northfield-Linwood Kiwanis, two groups that help encourage and support growth and development within the community.

Jennifer Cunningham, Esq.

Asst. Deputy PD, Office of Parental Representation

Jennifer is an assistant deputy public defender, with the Office of Parental Representation (OPR), Office of the Public Defender, where she has defended parents in child welfare cases since 2004. Previously, she worked as a law clerk in the Civil Division of the Superior Court of New Jersey. In 2003 she graduated from the Western New England College School of Law, where she participated in the Criminal Law Clinic and also had the honor of participating in an oral argument before the Massachusetts Appellate Court. She also holds a B.S. degree in criminal justice, minor in psychology, from Western New England College. As an undergraduate she assisted women seeking restraining orders in the courts of Massachusetts. Jennifer is an animal advocate and proud supporter of Alley Cat Allies.

Christopher FitzSimmons

Manager of Education, Atlantic City Aquarium

Hailing from West Philadelphia, Christopher decided at the age of three he wanted to be a marine biologist while on a trip visiting Sea World. Steadfast in his dreams, he attended W.B. Saul High School of Agricultural Sciences in Philadelphia to study aquaculture and environmental science. He continued his education at The Richard Stockton College of N.J., where he obtained a B.S. in Marine Science. For the past three years, Christopher has worked at the Atlantic City Aquarium. As the manager of education he is responsible for coordinating lessons and tours for visiting students and deeply enjoys educating youth about their surrounding environments and ecosystems. Christopher hopes to continue his work through the Atlantic City Aquarium’s many programs, such as the Environmental Ambassadors Program. He remains involved in the community through numerous channels and is a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc.

Aaron Gomes

Executive VP of Operations, Gomes Gaming/ Resorts Casino

Aaron’s career in casino operations began in Las Vegas. He is a product of the MGM Mirage Management Training Program specializing in slot operations. During his tenure with The Mirage Casino Resort, Aaron, 28, worked as a slot attendant, a slot technician, a slot supervisor, a slot shift manager, a slot marketing analyst and casino marketing executive. In 2007, Aaron joined the Gomes Gaming team as vice president of marketing and operations to develop, open, and manage a 2,000 slot machine casino in Indianapolis called Indiana Live. Aaron was responsible for the slot department, the marketing department, and the execution and negotiation of casino related contracts. As of December 6, 2010, when the Gomes Gaming team took over Resorts Casino, Aaron has been the executive vice president of operations. Aaron is in charge of all casino and marketing related departments at Resorts.

Julianna Greenawalt

Sales & Marketing Coordinator, Hard Rock Cafe A.C.

Julianna, 25, a lifelong resident of South Jersey, advanced quickly in her career as a nationwide philanthropist. Employed by Hard Rock Café in 2008 as a sales associate, Julianna was promoted within three months. She has also been an active member of various associations including Jaycees, GLBT, ACHLA, and Greater A.C. Concierge Association. Due to her personality, personal interests, and experiences at Hard Rock Cafe, Julianna volunteers her time with various organizations including, but not limited to, the A.C. Humane Society, Toys for Kids, Shirley Mae Breast Cancer Fund, A.C. Free Public Library, A.C. Rescue Mission, Arc Foundation, and Warm-Hearts Warm-Coats Drive. In 2010, she was honored as a “Top 100” fundraiser for the Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk and participated in Walk Now for Autism Speaks. Julianna has helped to raise thousands of dollars, promoted community participation, and continues to look for new opportunities.

William “B.J.” Hamilton

Business Account Executive, Verizon Wireless

Raised in Egg Harbor Township and a graduate of Egg Harbor Township High School, B.J., 29, attended Drexel University. During his time in Philadelphia, he worked for the second largest insurance company in the world, ACE INA. Six years into his employment, he left Philadelphia and took a job in the Caribbean selling 20th-century master paintings on cruise ships. After a year in the Caribbean, B.J. decided to stay in South Jersey and acquired a job with Verizon Wireless. He currently manages corporate accounts all over the nation, and most importantly, in southern New Jersey. When he is not working his day job, B.J. can be found volunteering his time for various local organizations including: coaching hockey for EHT Street Hockey League, scaring people in October at the Scullville Haunted Hayride and Maze, and being actively involved with the Remembering Jamie Foundation.

Michael S. Hauke

Owner, Tony Boloney’s Restaurant, Atlantic City

Mike, 30, strives to make everything he does a win-win. He lives by the mantra that business doesn’t need to be a one-sided profit center, but it can help enhance personal experiences, social/community environments, and ultimately provide a positive outlook across the board for everyone involved. After graduating in 2002 from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, he set out on a 10-year journey of creativity through starting his own businesses. Now he is making his roots in Atlantic City with Tony Boloney’s in Atlantic City’s featuring pizza, subs and grub. Tony Boloney’s was the winner of The Food Network’s Guy Fieri’s Cheesesteak Battle for their Cheesesteak Ole’ and hosted the pizza eating competition called the Pizza Slaughterfest in May 2010. Starting in April he will be working to develop another restaurant and non-restaurant product concepts for the A.C. market. He is marrying Jill Solow in 2012. He also likes to be called, “The Butcher,” adding, “I slaughter ideas.”

Naomi Jones, Ph.D.

Director of Clinical & Intake Services, Jewish Family Service

Naomi, 38, serves as the director of clinical & intake services for Jewish Family Service of Atlantic & Cape May Counties. She is a licensed clinical psychologist who has specialized in working with children and adolescents for the past 14 years. In her current role, Naomi is dedicated to expanding counseling services to individuals of all ages and families. She co-founded The Specialty Center for Youth Interventions, which provides outpatient counseling for those affected by emotional trauma or who have displayed disruptive behaviors. Naomi has expanded children’s services to include three full-time therapists and a part-time psychiatrist. Naomi supervises approximately 50 JFS staff members including case managers relating to intake, outpatient therapists and psychiatrists. Naomi is a volunteer for Gilda’s Club South Jersey and a co-facilitator for “An Ethical Start” Parenting Class hosted by the JCC.

Dan Koch

Financial Advisor, Janney Montgomery Scott

As a financial advisor with Janney Montgomery Scott, Dan, 31, brings a fresh perspective to financial planning, working with clients on everything from monthly budgets to complex investment strategies. As a part of the Mackler-Carlino Racz Koch Wealth Management Group of JMS, Dan organizes wealth management seminars open to the public designed specifically for women. Attendees can learn about financial issues facing women, while they enjoy fun networking activities. He is a sponsor of the Adopt a Beach program in Margate and a volunteer for the Margate Terrapin Rescue Project. Dan also volunteers in the fundraising efforts for the Ruth Newman Shapiro Cancer & Heart Fund, and helps annually with the Jewish Federation Food Drive. Dan and his wife Stephanie own a house in Margate, which they have extensively renovated and remodeled. Dan is also an avid guitar player and gives lessons in his free time.

Kurt Michael Kwart

President, Ground Swell, Inc.

Ground Swell, Inc. is the leading provider of computer support services for small- to medium-sized businesses in Atlantic County. Kurt, 31, co-founded Ground Swell with longtime friend Justin Tinel in 2001. Ground Swell offers businesses a fully outsourced computer support department and tools to strengthen existing IT teams. Kurt’s business is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, Microsoft’s highest level of partnership, and is the only provider in the area with that distinction. Kurt is an active member of the Surfrider Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s oceans, waves and beaches. He has served on Surfrider South Jersey Chapter’s executive committee as volunteer coordinator for just over a year. A lifetime resident of Atlantic County, Kurt has just received his Firefighter 1 Certification for the Longport Volunteer Fire Department and also enjoys surfing, kite-surfing, and mountain biking.

Michael J. Levine

VP of Sales, Chelsea Senior Living

As VP of sales for Chelsea Senior Living, Michael, 31, leads all sales and marking efforts for their 14 senior communities in N.Y., N.J., and Pa. He also sits on the National Sales Round Table for the Assisted Living Federation of America. Michael feels Chelsea is the best team in the business and is very lucky to work with them. In addition to his position with CSL, Michael has founded a charity group called “Young Professionals with No Limits” — a volunteer organization of young professionals who use their skills to help their local community. Michael and his group work with women’s shelters, food kitchens, section eight housing, BBBS, N.O.W., youth crisis centers as well as gang intervention and rehabbing Newark’s youth to lead the city. He is looking to launch a school-based volunteer program this fall. Michael holds degrees from Stockton College.

Dominick Mazotti

VP of Business Development, Masterpiece Advertising

Dominick, 39, is hard to sum up in words. He’s been successful in real estate, marketing and sports marketing; a decorated community servant; and gives freely of his time and resources. Dominick joined Masterpiece Advertising Design as VP of business development in 2007. He paved the way for new client partnerships, expanding Masterpiece’s portfolio in the gaming, healthcare, financial, entertainment, real estate and retail sectors. As a former firefighter, paramedic and SWAT medic, Mazotti earned the Hero of the Year Award in 2004 for assisting a fallen police officer. Dominick supports numerous charities including Building Homes Building Hope, PalmCares, Gilda’s Club, Sister Jean’s Kitchen, Schultz-Hill Foundation, The Boys & Girls Club and Kimmel Cancer Center. A collegiate athlete and graduate of Fresno State University, Dominick has two children, Whitney (13) and Niko (10), and is an active member of the Native American community.

Shannon Lynch McAllister

Vocational Specialist, Covenant House Atlantic City

Shannon, 29, follows her instincts, paving the way for her success. She received her degree in sociology from Richard Stockton College of N.J. Shannon works for Covenant House as a vocational specialist, spending her days teaching homeless youth the importance of job training for their future employment. Shannon ran the New York City Marathon in 2009, raising over $5,000 in charitable contributions for Covenant House. In 2010, she continued to pursue her marathon aspirations by running the Washington, D.C., Half Marathon, while participating in a number of extensive sporting events. Shannon is committed to her community and dedicated to helping those less fortunate. She is a board member and player in the Jersey Shore Powder Puff League, an all female football league that raises awareness for pulmonary fibrous. In addition, she is a tireless volunteer for Alley Cat Allies, and is a cat advocate who helps safeguard their lives.

Niko Morton

Songwriter & Performer, Atlantic City

Gilbert “Niko” Morton is the owner of entertainment company J.South Entertainment. Born in Atlantic City, in 2004 Morton became a member of the American Society of Composers and Publishers as a songwriter. Through his company, he released his first CD, Point of No Return through ITunes Japan, ITunes U.K. and ITunes Europe. The album was released in the U.S. in 2006, and Niko hit the road with a promo tour performing in New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia and The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. In 2007 Niko won the award for Best Live Performance at the 2007 Alternative Soul Awards. In 2009 Niko and two friends Tarius and Baby Boy, came together to form the group 120. With 120 Niko has performed on 106 & Park on BET and Philadelphia’s The 10! Show on NBC. 120 was nominated for Best Male R&B group at the 2010 Underground Music Awards.

Phyllis Pitale

Director, Co-owner, and Teacher; Highland Academy

Phyllis is a lifetime resident of Atlantic County and now resides in Galloway Township with her husband and two children. Ten years ago she took her most idealistic values and morals and co-founded Highland Academy, a private school nurturing students’ natural gifts and talents. Her ideas for educating today’s youth include community service requirements, tolerance and acceptance of individual differences. She has taken her certifications in choice theory and reality therapy and applied them to the school and her students. Phyllis has dedicated herself to creating a safe environment that allows children to grow at their own pace academically while having fun and feeling a sense of power and freedom. Phyllis formed a parent-teacher organization at Highland Academy to allow parents a more active role in the school. Her accessibility to students and their families has created a true extended family.

Ciro G. Randazzo, MD

MPH Division Director, Jefferson Neurosurgery at ACMC / Asst. Prof. of Neurological Surgery, Jefferson University

Ciro is the division director of Jefferson Neurosurgical Associates at AtlantiCare where he helped to establish the first comprehensive stroke center in southern New Jersey. He is one of fewer than 100 neurosurgeons dual-trained in open and endovascular surgical treatment of neurological disease. Ciro was born and raised in New Jersey. He received his B.A. from Johns Hopkins University and then his medical degree and masters in public health from UMDNJ. He subsequently spent seven years at Thomas Jefferson University as a resident in neurosurgery and a fellow in endovascular neurosurgery. He is a member of several national societies and local groups such as the Pennsylvania and New Jersey Medical and Neurosurgical Societies. He has an extensive list of presentations and published studies. He resides in Linwood with his wife and three children – Antonina, Ciro and Francesca.

Avrohom Rapoport

Rabbi/Dir. of Programming; Chabad Lubavitch Atlantic Co.

Rabbi Avrohom Rapoport was born to a large Chassidic family that served as the Chabad emissaries in Atlantic County, N.J. He jokes that he grew up as the only Chassidic beach bum at the Jersey shore. Avrohom was ordained in Brooklyn, N.Y., in 2002 and spent the next two years working as a resident rabbi in Africa, Ukraine, Russia, and India. Today, he lives in Ventnor with his wife and daughter and directs the programming of Chabad Lubavitch of Atlantic County, the local branch of Chabad. Chabad is the world’s largest Jewish organization and enriches lives through social and educational programming. Avrohom’s passion is teaching and inspiring others to live more meaningful lives. He established a branch of the Jewish Learning Institute, offering a range of accredited courses. He also organizes programs that instill Jewish pride in all who participate, such as the annual Jewish Summer Fest, Chanukah on Ice and Birthright trips to Israel.

P.J. Rebovich

Social Media Administrator, Tropicana

P.J. is an award-winning entrepreneur and the social media administrator at Tropicana Casino and Resort. His career in Atlantic City started in 2007 when he worked as a multi-lingual housekeeping shift manager at the Borgata. In 2008, the New Jersey native graduated from Drexel University at the top of his class with a degree in gaming and resort management. After serving as an adjunct instructor at Drexel, he joined the Tropicana advertising team and launched a trend-setting digital and social media strategy. On the weekends, P.J. operates a mobile disc jockey service that has been a part of the community for 13 years. In 2008 and 2009, he was voted Best DJ on the Fox 29 “Hot List.” P.J. also dedicates time to lecturing on social marketing, mentoring young DJs and assisting aspiring entrepreneurs. P.J. loves to travel and currently resides in Smithville, N.J., with his high school sweetheart, Laura.

T. Eric Reich

Vice President, FBK Wealth Management, LLC

FBK Wealth Management, LLC, is a privately held financial services/wealth management company based in Marmora. Currently living in Seaville, Cape May County, Eric graduated from The Richard Stockton College and was formerly both president of the RSC Alumni Association and a member of the Foundation Board of Directors. He also served as president of the local chapter of NAIFA (National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors). Eric has been a Big Brother for three years and serves as a board member for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Atlantic and Cape May Counties. He is a certified financial planner (CFP) and is currently working on obtaining his CIMA (certified investment management analyst) accreditation from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. When not working, Eric finds time to surf and travel with his wife, Chrissy and their two sons, C.J. (age 3) and Cooper (10 months).

Amy E. Rudley, Esq.

Attorney, Cooper Levenson

Amy is an attorney at Cooper Levenson in the firm’s Atlantic City office. Her work focuses on the areas of employment law and casino litigation. She is admitted to the Bar to practice law in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, as well as in the Federal Districts of New Jersey and the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Amy is a southern New Jersey native, graduating from Pitman High School, the University of Delaware, and Rutgers University Law School. She serves as a board member for the Pitman Education Foundation, which has provided over 140,000 mini-grants to teachers for projects, equipment and field trips not funded by the school district. She also volunteers for the Robins’ Nest group home for abused and neglected children. She serves on the MBCA Scholarship Committee. In addition, Amy authors a monthly legal column for the Women of Gloucester County Online Magazine. She, her husband Dan, and daughter Kendall live in Pitman.

Michael J. Ruffu, Esq.

Associate Attorney, Reynolds & Scheffler Law Firm

Michael was born in Atlantic City and is the great-grandson of Mayor Anthony M. Ruffu Jr. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Miami, and his Juris Doctor from the John Marshall Law School in Chicago. During college Michael discovered his true passion — politics — and he has since dedicated himself to public service. While living in Washington, D.C., Michael worked as an intern for the U.S. Senate and as a consultant with the American Bar Association. During law school he clerked for the Illinois Attorney General and volunteered his time for numerous causes, including assisting disabled veterans with their disability claims, helping low-income homeowners with foreclosure proceedings, and working with elementary schools to prepare students for a city-mandated U.S. Constitution exam. Michael currently practices law in Atlantic County and is a volunteer with CASA, an organization that advocates for children in foster care.

Steve Sagan

General Manager, Casbah Nightclub at Trump Taj Mahal

Steve, a native of southern New Jersey, was born and raised in Ventnor. During his college years, Steve had a desire to be involved and make things happen. He always had a knack for organizing events and bringing people together to have fun and eventually his college experience turned into his profession. In 1994, he purchased his first night club, Polo Bay in Margate. While there, he developed a reputation for having the ability to fill a venue. Steve also successfully operated Baja Beach Club, Lounge 125 and DECO nightclub in Philadelphia. Resurrecting night clubs has now become his passion. Sagan’s most notable successes have been operating Club Tru and creating SINdustry Wednesdays @ The Pool at Harrah’s, which was named Best Industry Night by Atlantic City Weekly for 2008/2009. He currently is promoting a monthly event called BLUSH to support family survivors of breast cancer at Casbah.

Arzum Sanchez

Real Estate Sales Assoc., Keller Williams Realty Atlantic Shore

Arzum is a resident of Egg Harbor Township where she lives with her husband and four children. She attended Richard Stockton College of New Jersey where she received her bachelor’s in business. For the last 10 years she has been a successful Realtor specializing in distressed properties. Since joining Keller Williams she has had the opportunity to work and serve her community by helping others. She is a very passionate about her work and enjoys helping clients and building relationships. Arzum holds a director’s position at the Atlantic City Board of Realtors where she is also on the committee for Public Relations and Legislature/Rpac. She is on the Agent Leadership Council for Keller Williams and has been a committee member with Atlantic Shore Cares/KW Cares, which gives back to the local community. She is a member of the SJN and eWomenNetwork and has been involved in many fundraisers and truly enjoys helping others and her community.

Heather Santa Barbara

Clinical Director, Medical Surgical and Pediatric Services; AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, A.C. Campus

Born and raised in Absecon, Heather oversees the daily operations of seven hospital units. She is responsible for long-term strategic planning and is accountable to senior leadership for helping the organization meet its strategic planning goals. Her responsibilities include staffing more than 275 positions, ensuring high quality patient care and emergency preparedness of the units, and providing administrative support and direction. She holds many leadership positions at AtlantiCare. Heather earned her master’s degree in nursing at Drexel University and her bachelor’s degree in nursing at the University of Delaware. She is a certified nurse executive by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, is a member of the New Jersey Junior Chamber of Commerce Jaycees, and the United Way of Atlantic County’s Atlantic County Community Emerging Leaders.

Kathleen Scardino

Director of Human Resources Administration, Tropicana Atlantic City

Kathleen has 16 years of progressive human resources experience, garnered mainly in the casino industry. While working fulltime and raising a child, Kathleen furthered her education by earning a degree in business administration before moving up through the ranks to her current leadership position. Kathleen has coached softball and currently is an executive member of the parent booster club for Vision X-Treme Cheerleading. She is an active member of Tropicana’s Community Service Committee and participates in all community outreach projects such as the Trop’s United Way campaign fundraising initiatives, the “Christmas in July” run for the Salvation Army, the “Adopt a School” program on Texas Avenue, the “Stuff the Bus” campaign and “Clean Community Day.” Kathleen resides in Hammonton. She says that while her schedule is often hectic, she wouldn’t have it any other way — family, a great job and giving back to the community.

Jason Seelig

Executive VP of Sales and Marketing, Atlantic City Coin & Slot

Jason is responsible for overseeing Atlantic City Coin & Slot’s overall sales and marketing endeavors. His passion for people and his proven integrity has made him successful throughout his career, and he is also very active in the southern New Jersey region by serving on the Just 4 Kids Foundation board of directors. The Just 4 Kids Foundation is an organization that creates programs and services to enhance the quality of life for youth throughout the Greater Atlantic City area. Jason has been an integral part of the organization’s planning and fundraising efforts. A graduate of Holy Spirit High School in Absecon, Jason holds his BA in marketing from the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. He was the recipient of the Paul Harris Fellow Award given by Rotary International in 2001. Jason and his wife, Letitia, reside in Galloway Township with their two daughters.

Jose Rivera Sinclair

Entrepreneur/Visionary for Bayrose Enterprises

A Mays Landing resident, Jose is a former owner of Net Realty Group and currently a Realtor with Balsley Losco in Northfield. Jose is currently leading the drive to redevelop Atlantic City’s Entertainment District, envisioning a neighborhood full of nightlife and diplomatic missions that represent the world’s best. His first step is opening a new straight-friendly gay bar called Hookups Video Pub. Jose has two associate degrees from Atlantic Cape Community College, and proven skills as both a leader and a team player. He has won many local and national awards, but four bring him the most pride, including Employee of the Month at Resorts in 1999, the National Association of Realtors’ list of top-30 Realtors under age 30 in the U.S. in 2006, the Hispanic Alliance Business Leader of the Year award in 2007, and being selected to the Top 40 Under 40 by Atlantic City Weekly and the Greater Atlantic City Jaycees. Additionally, Jose hosts Spanish radio and TV shows, produces Latino performances, sponsors sport teams, organizes political rallies, and runs campaigns for Latino and non-Latino candidates.

Jay Snowden

Senior VP and GM, Caesars Atlantic City and Harrah’s Resort

With 13 years of industry experience, including six in the Atlantic City market, Jay holds the position of senior vice president and GM for two preeminent Atlantic City properties, Caesars and Harrah’s Resort. Looking at 2011 as a pivotal year for the A.C. market, Jay plans to continue to stay involved in the city’s revitalization efforts and build upon the current success and momentum in the areas of entertainment, citywide events and nightlife. In addition, Jay plans to introduce some new, well-known restaurant names/brands, provide innovative gaming experiences, and enhance hotel accommodations at both properties. Overall, Jay and his team will work to market, attract and service the very best guests and gamblers at his two destination properties. A committed community member, Jay is actively involved in the Alzheimer’s Association, United Way and American Red Cross. Jay and his wife, Shannon, are the proud parents of a daughter, Tye, and a son, Cole.

Cori Totoro

Buyer, Spencer’s Gifts; Founder/Co-Owner of Jersey Shore Roller Girls

A 2003 Rutgers University graduate, Cori began her career with Spencer’s Gifts in 2005, quickly taking on additional responsibilities including her most recent promotion to buyer. Along with her team, she was awarded “Buying Team of the Quarter” three consecutive times in 2009-2010. In June 2007, Cori was one of the founding members of Jersey Shore Roller Girls — an all-woman roller derby league, which has since grown to over 70 members and has sold out crowds of more than 3,000 people at the Asbury Park Convention Hall. JSRG also plays an active roll in community outreach. Home games are often used as a platform to donate time, money and other necessities to a variety of charities, including POAC Autism Services, Making Strides against Breast Cancer, Embrace Kids, Habitat for Humanity, Clean Ocean Action, Bridge of Books Foundation and several local food banks.

Andrew Wells

Owner, Atlantic City Bartender Training Center

As the owner of Atlantic City Bartender Training Center, Andrew offers a unique consulting package to bar and restaurant owners that allows them to maximize their earning potential. He not only teaches students how to be an exceptional bartender, but also how to serve responsibly. Andrew has lived all over the nation and has worked in all aspects of the service industry, from managing and bartending to bouncing and cooking. He attended the San Francisco Culinary Academy, but after the events of 9/11/01 he decided to be closer to his family. Andrew bartends late night at the Ducktown Tavern and is the creator of the inaugural Bartenders Ball, which has become an annual event. He started the event to convey the message that bartenders, servers and cooks are not second-class citizens, but citizens who care about their community. Andrew donated all the proceeds from the inaugural Ball to the Ensign John R. Elliott HERO Campaign for Designated Drivers.

Michael Woodside

Executive Director of Relationship Marketing, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa

Michael has held the position of executive director of relationship marketing at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa since 2008. Having joined the property right from its 2003 debut, Michael began as a casino credit clerk, quickly earning a promotion to casino credit executive before transferring to the Borgata’s Relationship Marketing Team in 2006, where he worked as a director for two years. In his current position, Michael plays a pivotal role in building and maintaining strong relationships with the casino’s most valuable customers, central to the success of the property. Currently working toward a master’s in business administration at Villanova University, with a focus on marketing and strategic management, Michael additionally volunteers weekly at the Atlantic City Rescue Mission.

Stacey Zacharoff

Director of Educational Opportunity Fund Program, The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey

A native of Philadelphia, Pa., Stacey has lived in Atlantic County for more than 12 years. She holds a B.S. in business administration and a M.A. in student affairs in higher education, both from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She has been employed at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey for 12 years, serving in a variety of positions within the Division of Student Affairs. Her awards range from Staff Advisor of the Year to, most recently, the William H. Myers Award for continued support toward students’ success. In addition to her work at Stockton, she is a licensed foster parent. Stacey is also an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and the Theta Kappa Omega Chapter in Atlantic City. Stacey resides in Mays Landing with her husband and their young son.

Lt. Andrew Zuckerman

Helicopter Pilot, United States Coast Guard

Andy is an up-and-coming search-and-rescue helicopter pilot, stationed at U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Operations Research and Computer Analysis and his military commission from the United States Coast Guard Academy in 2005. Andy’s first tour of duty was as a deck watch officer and boarding officer onboard the USCG Cutter JARVIS, home ported in Honolulu, Hawaii. Following that, Andy earned his wings in Pensacola, Fla. His most notable professional achievements include being filmed by the reality TV show Deadliest Catch in the Bering Sea, flying several high-profile missions in support of the Deepwater Oil Spill crisis, and locating a missing boater on a very cold and dark night. Andy is a community CPR instructor, participates in the Partnership In Education program with the Martin Luther King Jr. School in Atlantic City, and recently ran his first full marathon.

The Top 40 Under 40 Review Committee collaborated to review all nominations, select the 40 honorees and compile this feature while planning a special event to honor the 40 later this month at the MIXX nightclub at the Borgata.

The committee consisted of Atlantic City Weekly and Review Publishing staffers and members of the Greater Atlantic City Jaycees – Junior Chamber of Commerce. From the Jaycees: Jared Eisenberg, Herbie Hartman and Whitney Ullman.

From Atlantic City Weekly (Review Publishing): Jeff Schwachter, Lew Steiner and George Troyano. AC Weekly editorial deptartment, including interns Tamara deMent and Alexandra Freedman, also contributed to this project.

- AC Weekly

"Atlantic City Shout Outs"

Posted by By Raymond Tyler on Wednesday Mar 23rd at 11:26am

This week I am taking the time to update Atlantic City Weekly’s many readers on the exciting news of the area by sending “shout outs.”

First and foremost I want to send a shout out to all of the great people I meet who read Atlantic City Weekly and listen to me on WTTH 96.1 FM The Touch. Thanks, I appreciate it.

Shout out to Turiya S. A. Raheem — I have been friends with our latest acweekly.com columnist and her family for several years. Way before all the Boardwalk Empire and Northside buzz, I told you, my faithful readers, to check out her book The Other Atlantic City: Wash’s and The Northside. You can read my original article by going to acweekly.com and typing in “The Other A.C.” into the search bar. Turiya and I also recently did a duet poetry reading at Sam’s Rialto Grill in Pleasantville. It’s always a pleasure to share the stage with Turiya, and I am even prouder to have her as a fellow columnist here at Atlantic City Weekly.

Shout out to 96.1 FM “Teen Voices” personalities of the month of March. On March 16, Precious McLean received an award for her accomplishments in poetry and spoken word. McLean has bloomed into a young voice that has helped others (both young and old) heal with her words. Also on that date “Teen Voices” recognized Tyrone and Stephen Logan, two young siblings who are award-winning Boy Scouts, hockey players, poets and rappers. “Teen Voices” recognizes outstanding local youth the third Wednesday of each month in the dining room of Pistol Pete’s in Pleasantville. To nominate a young person you can reach out to me at rtyler@acweekly.com

Shout out to TV talk show host Wendy Williams, who was in town on Thursday, March 17, at The Pool at Harrah’s Resort. I enjoyed the party. I always enjoy the music by DJ Fah D., however, I could not hang late enough to see Williams. If you saw her there — let me know. (Luckilly our photographer Don Kravitz was there and supplied this photo gallery.

Shout out to DJ Micahphone Checka and everyone at the Exhibition Bar at Harrah’s Resort.

With all due respect to The Pool at Harrah’s, I have to give a shout out to the Xhibition Bar for great music and atmosphere. I will be back on another Thursday for more — for sure!

Shout out to AC Weekly for putting on last Friday’s Top 40 under 40 party, held at Borgata’s MIXX. It was a blast.

A related shout out to Niko Morton of the Atlantic City-based R&B group 120 and Courtney Birmingham of Resorts, who were both 2011 Top 40 under 40 award winners this year. Your recognition is well deserved Miss Birmingham and Mr. Morton.

Shout out to Leesa Toscano and the Malelani Café. On Sunday, March 20, they invited author Cheryl B. Sellers and I to be a part of their first-ever Writers Series Book Signing. I had a great time at the beautiful and eclectically decorated Melalani Café sharing my paintings and poetry, signing books and even doing some original sketching right there at my table.

I also want to take this time to express my sympathy and express my condolences to the family and friends of retired police officer Larry Lee. I worked closely with Officer Lee during my days in the casino industry and I respected him a lot. Every time I saw him we laughed and discussed the news of his beloved Philadelphia Eagles. Having my Sunday breakfast at Sam’s Rialto will never be the same.

Raymond Tyler hosts the Alternative Soul Sunday Breakfast Club radio show each Sunday from 7–8am on 96.1FM WTTH - The Touch.

- Raymond Tyler

"Vents Interviews."

Vents Magazine Interview With 120 was Fun ! Amazen Group - Vents Magazine

"It's a must to see 120 Live"

I saw 120 live in Philly and Ladies they Blew us away !!!! - D Scip

"The New Sound of R&b music"

120 gives you what you need at all times !

- Rock Boy records.com

"Local Music Issue"

“That’s how we came up with the name 120,” Chris “Niko” Morton told AC Weekly columnist Raymond Tyler back in April when the group was preparing for its national TV debut on the BET show 106th & Park that month. “While most successful people give 100 percent, we knew we would be successful if we worked harder and gave 120 percent.” The three-member group of southern New Jersey friends became a group on 1/20/09, according to Morton, who was born and raised in Atlantic City. The three singers have been long-time friends and consider each other as family. Morton calls 120’s music unique, saying, “We like to call what we do ‘Rhythm & Street Rock Soul,’ a.k.a., ‘Red Carpet Music.’” With its blend of hip-hop and soul music, 120 has been performing at select events in A.C., and has appeared on NBC Philadelphia’s 10! Show. “We’ve met a lot of wonderful people” so far, says Morton. “And we hope to take our fan-base to the next level. The music scene in Atlantic City is on the up and up and a lot of artists are beginning to come together for a greater cause.” Listen to the hot new song “Just Rock” at acweekly.com. - AC Weekly

"The Insulin Support Fund 2010 Diabetes Telethon"

The Insulin Support Fund 2010 Diabetes Telethon happens Saturday inside the East Tower of the Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino, located at 2500 Pacific Ave. in Atlantic City, and some of your favorite local celebrities are on hand to help make this event a success. Hosts of this year's telethon include Lisa Johnson, former news anchor for NBC-40, David Spatz of the NBC-40 show "Curtain Call," as well as a variety of musical acts, including 120 - REBECCA GRITES

"Spotlight on singer-songwriters :Cape May event throws spotlight on the genre"

When The Pool at Harrah’s Resort in Atlantic City hosts the MissInk-America. com Pageant on Friday, Feb. 19, R&B-hip hop-soul group 120 will be there to entertain - REBECCA GRITES

"City Beat"

Headlining the show will be South Jersey/Philly native Barbara Sheree. ... artists include: NBC's Clash of the Choirs, Barbara Sheree; VH1 tour R&B vocalist, .... Co-hosts, sponsors and show guests will be on hand to celebrate from 7-10pm. ... I've had local R&B group 120 drop by and break two singles before they made there BET Appearence ...
- Raymond Tyler

"Everyone Has a Story: Atlantic City-based R&B trio to perform on BET tonight"

An Atlantic City-based R&B group will get its first shot at major national exposure when 120 performs at 6 p.m. today on BET.

The group, which includes Atlantic City’s Chris “Niko” Morton and Lorence “Babyboy” Green, as well as Ron “Tarius” Mahoney, of Delaware, is managed by Mays Landing’s Jeff Townsend of Camden’s Climax Entertainment.

120 will perform its single “Just Rock” on “106 & Park’s Wild Out Wednesdays,” a weekly showcase in which up-and-coming artists perform and are then judged by viewers.

Tarius said 120, so named because the trio is “giving 120 percent of themselves to making dreams become sweet realities,” is trying to bring back feel-good music that gets listeners involved.

“A lot of times after people hear us perform, they say, ‘Wow, you can really sing,’” Tarius said. “I guess it’s kind of a sad thing about the state of music, but there’s so many artists making records that don’t have talent. We want to bring real talent back to the game. This is music for everyone.”

120 hopes the BET appearance will lead to the group getting booked in better venues to reach broader markets and, ultimately, a record deal.

Babyboy, a Camden native, wants 120 to break the stereotype of thuggish, urban artists.

“We want to make things positive and hopefully change people’s perspectives on urban music,” he said. “I want to show that people can come from places like Camden and Atlantic City and make a difference.”

Voting for 120 begins at 6:01 p.m. by texting the letter C to 79922 or going online to www.bet.com and clicking on the “Wild Wedesdays” icon.

- Scott Cronick's

"120 on ‘106th & Park’ On April 7 local music group 120 will be making their national TV debut on BET’s popular show"

It was six years ago. I was out at an Atlantic City open mike. Someone in the crowd was handing out CDs and telling people about the music he made. Finally he came to me and I was expecting to hear the same old story: “I’m a local artist. We all got to support local talent from Jersey! I make that real hip-hop from the streets!”

I hear this same thing three or four times a night almost every time I go out.

So, I was pleasantly surprised when Niko handed me a CD on this night and explained to me that he was on his way to a performance at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio. That young man was Niko Morton, and from the moment I first spoke with him I knew he was going to be special.

Niko was one of the first of several South Jersey artists I have met over the past five years who are talented without a doubt and have a special work ethic. However, these performers are also devoted to their craft and to the business side of the music industry. These artists are willing to improve what they do and earn respect with music lovers.

Fast forward to today and Niko, along with Baby Boy and Tarius, are collectively known as 120 and they are one of the area’s hardest working recording groups. What has changed, however, is that 120 is now known throughout the Atlantic City region, Philadelphia and New York. The reason is because they are as devoted to their music as they were when I first met Niko five years ago.

As talent goes 120 is blessed. It’s a group that does some rap, some dance, but has mastered the art of soul singing and performance. All three members have distinguished voices and styles. Niko is perhaps the most outgoing and brings professional showmanship to the stage.

Baby Boy is by no means last or least. His voice is as strong as anyone who has ever sung in church. He brings Sunday morning soul to this R&B group and, without a microphone, will make you stop in your tracks and applaud when he delivers notes so high Shaq would have to get on his tippy toes to reach them.

While being regarded as one of best unsigned groups on the East Coast may be new, the members still enjoy making fans one person at a time. Currently they are marketing and promoting their new single “Just Rock” on radio and with regional showcases.

Niko tells Atlantic City Weekly that 120 will never disregard the importance of hard work. “That’s how we came up with the name 120,” Niko says. “While most successful people give 100 percent, we knew we would be successful if we worked harder and gave 120 percent.”

- Raymond Tyler


2009 - Change Has Come Vol.1 (Mixtape)
2010 - Just Rock (Mixtape)
2013 - 4 Play (Mixtape)



The 120 Bio:

Rhythm and blues music a pastime that is far behind this current generation.That was until Southern New Jersey's favorite sons Niko & BabyBoy came together to form 120. 120 brings R&B; music to the forefront in style with twists containing spins on the topics of love, life,Pain and pursuing your dreams for the masses and generations to come.

CHRIS “NIKO” MORTON, born to parents in Atlantic City took to music almost instantly from his mother’s womb, “by the time I was five, I had fallen into a deep love affair with music, so much so that my mom put me in a play (chuckles).” By the time Niko reached middle school age, it was apparent to his parents and him that all musical genres had taken deep root in his heart, and wanted his soul to marry into the dream of him entertaining millions. Although he has a commanding stage presence that forces audiences and people in general to take notice, it is the honesty and fearlessness of his lyrics that truly leaves followers screaming for more.

LORENCE “BABYBOY” GREEN, Is a Camden native and feels very strongly about his hometown and not forgetting where you come from. “I’ve been a singer/performer since I could walk“. Babyboy has performed on the same stage with Legendary artists such as The Blue Notes, The Intruders, After 7, Erika Badu, Floetry, and the Delphonics. The self proclaimed musical perfectionist lives , breathes and eats music and won’t stop until his and the groups dreams and fulfilled! “For me, it’s Go hard or go home 2 Nasty 4 Tv“!

120 has accomplished many great things in the short time since they began. The group has been blessed with being on stage at BET’s 106 & Park, NBC the 10 show, and various charity events which include: Comcast event for Insulin and many local TV shows including Delaware’s The Tim Qualls show. All the hard work 120 put forth has not gone unnoticed as 120 has also taken home many awards such as: 2009 96.9 Wtth The touch/Alternative Soul Award (Best R&b; Group), The South Jersey Music award (Best new artist & best duo or group 2011), Elephant Talk award (Best R&B; Band 2012),Alternative Soul Award (Outstanding persons of 2010), AC weekly 2012 Nightlife Award (Best local band 2012) (& Nominated 2 times for Best Male R&b; Group for the New York Underground Music Awards 2010 & 2011) & (Winners for BEST Male R&B; GROUP At 2012 New York U.M.A"s ). As you can see… 120 is constantly reaching to achieve the next level.with being on stage at BET’s 106 & Park, NBC the 10 show, and various charity events which include: Comcast event for Insulin and many local TV shows including Delaware’s The Tim Qualls show. All the hard work 120 put forth has not gone unnoticed as 120 has also taken home many awards such as: 2009 96.9 Wtth The touch/Alternative Soul Award (Best R&b; Group), The South Jersey Music award (Best new artist & best duo or group 2011), Elephant Talk award (Best R&B; Band 2012),Alternative Soul Award (Outstanding persons of 2010), AC weekly 2012 Nightlife Award (Best local band 2012) (& Nominated 2 times for Best Male R&b; Group for the New York Underground Music Awards 2010 & 2011) & (Winners for BEST Male R&B; GROUP At 2012 New York U.M.A"s ). As you can see… 120 is constantly reaching to achieve the next level.

Many have asked the age old question, where does the name 120 come from, but few realize that the response is actually right under their noses. It's the symbol for "CHANGE" Everyone gives 100 percent of themselves to a dream, while this dynamic trio is giving 120 percent of themselves to making dreams become sweet realities, and aptly named themselves 120. Which truly represents all that they pour into their music.