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31st Annual Sound Off for South Jersey Event

Lou Perri

Thursday, February 14, 2013 • 11:26am

Over 250 public officials and business leaders plan to meet at the Harrah's Resort in Atlantic City, NJ for the 31st Annual Sound Off for South Jersey to discuss the 2013 Tourism Season, The Recovery, Post Hurricane Sandy and the FY 2013 State Budget. The event will begin with a welcome reception on the evening of February 21st, poolside at Harrah's, and will continue Friday, February 22nd with a full morning program followed by a luncheon with a keynote address from Congressman Frank Pallone.   The first panel will focus on "The Recovery, Post Hurricane Sandy and the 2013 Tourism Season" which will run from 9:30 until 10:15 a.m. with panelists NJ Senator James Whelan and Assemblymen Chris Brown and John Amodeo.     The second panel will look at "The Next Hurricane - how can we prepare" from 10:15 to 11:00 a.m. with panelists NJ Senator Jeff Van Drew, Avalon Mayor Martin Pagliughi, NJ Assemblywoman Pamela Lampitt and NJ Board of Public Utilities Commissioner, Mary Anna Holden. Returning this year is NJTV and Michael Aron's "On the Record" program with the added attraction of "Reporters Roundtable", following the luncheon.   For reservations please visit www.snjdc.org or call the office at 856-228-7500.

IL DIVO, the world's foremost classical crossover quartet, today announce bringing their new BEST OF IL DIVO tour to Ovation Hall at Revel in Atlantic City, NJ on Saturday, May 4, 2013.  This new show will see Il Divo perform with a full orchestra, their signature classical interpretations of popular songs across their whole career catalogue.

Tickets go on sale on February 22 at 10 a.m. at all Ticketmaster locations, online at Ticketmaster.com and by calling 800-745-3000.    VIP Meet & Greet Ticket packages will be available for each show at www.ildivo.com

The world’s first and still the best classical crossover group – Urs Buhler, Carlos Marin, David Miller and Sebastien Izambard – have sold over 26 million albums, enjoyed over 50 number ones, chalked up 160 gold and platinum sales in over 33 countries. Proving the lack of geographical boundaries to their romantic and timeless repertoire, Il Divo have become a global touring phenomenon. Their 2012 fourth world tour saw them perform an incredible 134 shows across 46 countries on 6 continents.

Philadanco’s Lauren Putty White will be a guest choreographer creating a new work for the Stockton Dance Company’s “A Concert of Dance.”   Annually, Stockton dance students and faculty join forces with guest choreographers to perform “A Concert of Dance,” which features a diverse variety of contemporary and modern dance works.  This year’s show opens Thursday, February 28, in the Stockton Performing Arts Center on the Galloway campus at 7:30 p.m. with performances at the same time on Friday, March 1, and Saturday, March 2, and a final show on Sunday, March 3, at 3 p.m.

The Stockton Dance Company will perform two guest works, five faculty works and one student choreographed work.  “You don’t have to go to Philly to see a great concert of dance,” said Rain Ross, assistant professor of dance at Stockton.  

Lauren Putty White, Philadanco company member, has created an intense work on the Stockton Dance Company, which will leave the audience with a sense of fulfillment in seeing such physicality onstage. 

“The training and expertise that Lauren brings to the Stockton Dance Company is invaluable and will increase the students’ abilities as dancers. She is also connecting them with a much broader dance community,” said Ross.  

The experience has been exciting for the students as well as Putty White. “Working with Stockton students is always a pleasure. They come to the studio with an open mind and a willingness to grow and meet the vision of the choreographer," she said.                    

Beau Hancock, an independent choreographer, will bring a post-modern look to the classical modern dance forms, giving the audience a beautiful movement landscape that leaves one pondering.  He has performed his works in New York, Philadelphia and Poland.

Returning with new works are the resident faculty members at Stockton College.  Henry van Kuiken, professor of dance, will intrigue his audience with abstract narrative stories and his fantastical elements.  Rain Ross takes us through a whirlwind upside down tour with the music of Patsy Cline.  She also presents a second work of pure sculptural intent, showing the physicality and training of the performers.  And no show would be complete without the show stopping jazz work of Andrea Mychaels, adjunct professor.

For tickets, please call the Stockton PAC Box office at 609-652-9000, or visit their website at www.stockton.edu/pac.  Tickets are $8 for general admission and $6 for students and seniors. 

The 2013 Blue Cross Broad Street Run 10 Miler is on Sunday May 5th.   
Lottery Registration for America’s Largest Ten Mile race will close at 11:59 pm on Friday, February 15, 2013. Will you be one of the 40,000 runners on Broad Street this year?  Go to Broadstreetrun.com for more information and to enter the lottery.

In other Philadelphia news, more than 20 youngsters from the Police Athletic League (PAL) experienced life in the workplace in an empowering  career-development opportunity at the annual Lockheed Martin PAL Day at City Hall on February 12.  The students joined Mayor Michael A. Nutter, City Representative Desiree Peterkin-Bell Pal Day participants and public officials in a morning kick-off ceremony in the Mayor’s Reception Room.

Mayor Nutter, PAL’s Honorary President, presented the students with a small memento from the City to acknowledge their outstanding academic and  community achievements. Many of the young PAL participants are accomplished student leaders, star athletes, academic achievers, community volunteers, role 
models, peer counselors and tutors. 

“Local PAL Centers have been preparing young people for success since 1947,” said Mayor Nutter. “Some of Philadelphia’s most recognizable names in sports, politics and entertainment received an introduction to the workplace through PAL Center supervisors and staff.  In Philadelphia, Wilt Chamberlin, Joe Frazier, Ruben Amaro, Jr., Dawn Staley and Bill Cosby all PAL kids. With Lockheed Martin PAL Day at City Hall and other partnerships, the City continues to invest in building positive mentoring models to engage, empower and educate our youth.”

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