WELCOME TO MY HAPPY PLACE

”My Happy Place” is a Press series in which local notables take us on a tour of a favorite spot in their home. Look for it online on our Money page on Mondays. Look for a gallery of photos and a video with this story at PressofAC.com.

ATLANTIC CITY — Most people know Adalberto “Bert” Lopez as the host of the “Latino Motion” public-affairs TV show or from his involvement with the resort’s school board or political scene.

There are no traces of any of these things inside Lopez’s “Happy Place,” the living room in his 1920s house in the city’s Ducktown neighborhood.

“It’s a quiet, comfortable space. I come home from work. I sit down on that sofa, put that TV on and just enjoy the time here. It’s not an isolated room by itself. You could close those (living door) doors. It’s all connected with the dining room and kitchen. To me, I see it as one big area. It’s not just the living room by itself,” Lopez said.

Lopez, 60, has lived in the home for the past 10 years with his wife, Ivenny, 43. The children in the home are: Adrian Lopez, 7; Kayto Lopez, 18; and a niece, Dana Baez, 16. A.J. Lopez, 27, no longer lives in the house. Ivenny Lopez's mother, Ydeliza Puiols, 72, also lives there.

The living room is his family’s favorite place to watch Philadelphia Eagles games on a 55-inch, flat-screen Samsung TV they have had for three years. The TV is hung above the fireplace they use once in a while.

A brown sofa is against one wall, while brown loveseats are against another wall, all purchased during the last five years at Raymour & Flanigan in Egg Harbor Township.

Lopez will balance his laptop on the table between the sofa and the love seat and do some of his work as a public affairs manager for Atlantic City Electric, but otherwise, the outside world is off limits.

Only the most important things to Lopez merit inclusion in his living room, including a framed black-and-white photo of New York City at night because he met Ivenny there.

“We were introduced by a mutual friend. I talked to her over the phone, and I went and met her (in Queens),” said Lopez, who added they were married with a New York City-themed wedding.

Staff Writer

Twenty years as a staff writer in the features department, specializing in entertainment and the arts at The Press of Atlantic City.

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