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Matthew Levinson, the new chairman of the Casino Control Commission, sits down for a Sunday Conversation interview Wednesday, Sept 26, 2012.

A conversation with...Casino Control Commission Chairman Matthew Levinson

Matthew Levinson has stepped in as the new chairman of the Casino Control Commission at one of the most difficult times for Atlantic City’s casino industry. However, the lifelong Atlantic County resident believes that wide-ranging efforts to revive the city are starting to pay off.


Sunday 09/30/2012
A conversation with...John Palmieri, executive director of the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority
Updated: October 16, 2012 - 8:23 pm

John Palmieri, 61, took over as executive director of the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority one year ago — just months after the state agency took control of planning and development in the Atlantic City Tourism District. The Hoboken, Hudson County, native said he wanted to return to New Jersey because he saw the city’s challenges, as well as opportunities to overcome them.

Sunday 09/23/2012
Conversation With... Bob Schoelkopf, of Marine Mammal Stranding Center
Updated: September 23, 2012 - 7:25 am

As co-founder of the Marine Mammal Stranding Center in Brigantine, Director Bob Schoelkopf has watched animal populations increase, while it has been a struggle to keep up with the money needed to support New Jersey’s sole facility authorized to rescue and care for marine mammals and sea turtles. The center opened 34 years ago in Atlantic City’s Gardner’s Basin but moved to Brigantine 28 years ago.

Saturday 07/07/2012
A Conversation With ... retired Atlantic City superintendent Fredrick P. Nickles
Updated: June 14, 2016 - 10:22 pm

Atlantic City Superintendent of Schools Fredrick P. Nickles retired June 30 after a sometimes tumultuous 12 years heading the district.

Saturday 06/16/2012
A Conversation With... Ron Jaworski, former Eagles quarterback and new owner of Blue Heron Pines Golf Club
Updated: September 08, 2012 - 5:46 pm

Former Eagles quarterback and current ESPN analyst Ron Jaworski, 61, recently purchased Blue Heron Pines Golf Club in Galloway Township for an undisclosed price. The Voorhees Township resident now owns four South Jersey golf courses — Blue Heron Pines, RiverWinds Golf and Tennis Club (West Deptford Township), Running Deer Golf Club (Pittsgrove Township) and Valley Brook Country Club (Gloucester Township) — as part of Ron Jaworski Golf Management Inc.

Saturday 05/19/2012
A Conversation With... Diane Wieland, director of tourism and the Division of Culture and Heritage for Cape May County
Updated: September 08, 2012 - 5:46 pm

Diane Wieland, 57, started working for Cape May County in July 1975 and today serves as the director of tourism and the Division of Culture and Heritage. The Middle Township resident oversees a department with a $300,000 operating budget that is responsible for marketing the county to potential visitors in the U.S. and Canada.

Sunday 05/06/2012
A Conversation With... Tilman Fertitta, owner of the Golden Nugget Atlantic City
Updated: September 08, 2012 - 5:46 pm

Tilman Fertitta is a Houston billionaire who owns two corporate jets, two helicopters, a 164-foot yacht and a Bentley luxury automobile dealership.

Saturday 04/21/2012
A conversation with... Bart Mueller, outgoing South Jersey Transportation Authority executive director, talks about untapped potential
Updated: September 01, 2012 - 6:35 pm

Bart Mueller, 61, has been the executive director of the South Jersey Transportation Authority since 2007. He heads the organization that operates the Atlantic City Expressway and Atlantic City International Airport. Mueller announced Thursday that he will step down as the agency’s head in July.

Sunday 04/08/2012
Conversation With .... Joe Kelly, Greater Atlantic City Chamber president, sees value in helping startups, casinos
Updated: September 01, 2012 - 6:35 pm

Joe Kelly, 58, runs the Greater Atlantic City Chamber, the nonprofit that serves as the voice for the Atlantic County business community.

Sunday 04/01/2012
A Conversation With... Mainland Principal Mark Marrone discusses tragedy, healing and a sense of community
Updated: September 08, 2012 - 5:46 pm

Mark Marrone, 36, of Northfield, became principal of Mainland Regional High School on July 1, 2011, just as a $40 million renovation was being completed and just before four members of the school’s football team were killed in a Garden State Parkway crash.

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