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This is some very exciting news from our good friends at The Steel Pier. Adding another great attraction, Atlantic City and the surrounding area is just getting better and better.

 Steel Pier’s Observation Wheel Becoming Closer to Reality

Steel Pier President Visits Italy for First Inspection April 3, 2015 (VENICE, Italy)

Steel Pier’s Anthony Catanoso traveled to Italy this week to conduct the first of three inspections of New Jersey’s first Observation Wheel, which is scheduled to open later this year. Traveling with Mr. Catanoso is Steel Pier Operations Manager, James Catanoso. The pair traveled to Technical Park’s facility in Melara, Italy, outside of Venice, where six factories are contributing elements that will comprise the final wheel. The 200-foot Observation Wheel, one of the tallest in the country, will be erected adjacent to Steel Pier. “This is literally one the first legs of the new foundation for Atlantic City,” says Anthony Catanoso. “This Observation Wheel is truly a metaphor for how far we can go when it comes to building non-gaming venues in Atlantic City. The wheel, along with the Pier’s extensive renovation, are just some of the many exciting revitalization efforts going on right now at Atlantic City—including Stockton’s innovative idea for the former Showboat.” The wheel is estimated to draw 50,000 riders a month to enjoy the sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean and Atlantic City skyline from climate-controlled gondolas. Catanoso says it’s imperative to conduct inspections firsthand and they have been extremely impressed with the workmanship. James Catanoso agrees: “From an operational perspective, it’s a unique opportunity to see a major ride such as this from a manufacturing level. We see the incredible attention to detail on each part and how all the involved factories are working closely together to create this magnificent structure. We can’t wait for visitors to Atlantic City to glimpse what we are seeing here.” The wh eel is being built with cooperation and assistance from the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA), as well as the City of Atlantic City, and will cost $14 million.

Have you ever felt like you can’t get everything done? Your to-do list becomes a book?

I feel like this all the time.   Any of you who know me, or worse have seen my desk know my endless list never seems to end.   I met some very energetic young ladies about two weeks ago who have a great solution to this problem.  Colleen Osendowski and Jeanine Cochrane started a business called Task Away Concierge and their goal is to help people get their to-do lists done.    I thought this was really a great idea and wanted to share it with you.   Some of the services they provide are listed below and for more information you can visit their website.


Handyman Repairs, House Cleaning, Contractors, Landscaping, HVAC, Plumbing, Electricians, Painting, Home Security, Computer Repair, Home Theatre Set Up, Outdoor Decorating (Holiday), Tree Services, Window/Door Replacement, Roofing, Pest/Insect Control, Pool Maintenance, Interior Decorating and we are open to requests for additional service needs.

Errand Running, Gift Shopping/Wrapping/Delivery, Courier Services, Dry Cleaning (drop off/pick up), Prescriptions, Vehicle Maintenance and Repair, Food Shopping/Pick up/Put Away, Addressing and Mailing Invitation and Holiday Correspondence, Laundry,/Ironing, Travel Planning/ Reservations/Confirmations, Personal Shopping Including Returns and Exchanges, Standing in Line for Tickets, Making Appointments/Phone Calls, Selling Your Personal Items(Craigslist, Ebay), Scanning Pictures onto Electronic Format, Making Gift Baskets, Plant Watering(Indoor and Outdoor), Dinner Reservations, Floral Arrangements/Gifts, Bill Pay, Reminder Services, Personal Chef/Meal Planning*, Babysitting, Tutor.

Dog Walking, Waste Pick Up, Pet Sitting/Checking in on cats, birds, and other small animals, Feeding/Supplies-Pick up and Deliver Pet Needs, scheduling veterinary care and grooming- either in the convenience of your home or at your preferred vet’s or groomer’s location.

Checking out site, Set up/Clean up, Catering*, Party Helpers, Invitations, Themes, Decorations, Favors, Wedding Planners*.

Mailings, Gift Purchasing/Wrapping/Delivery, Gift Certificates, Courier Services, Event Planning, Scheduling Services.

Companionship, Prescription Pick up, Bill Paying, Straightening Up, Laundry, Appointment Scheduling, Food Shopping/Delivery/Put Away, Arranging Out of the Home Activities.

Some signs Spring is finally arriving

Honestly, have you had enough of Winter yet?   I love all the seasons and enjoy snow and cold crisp days but enough is enough.   In 12 years of being here at The Carisbrooke Inn I can’t remember days as cold as some were this winter.   Maybe I have a short memory but lets face it, it was chilly and snowy.   I had to break out my snow blower more times than I would like to have.

Well yesterday I was walking back into the Inn and noticed the first signs of Spring.   Some flowers blooming and the weather has been mild now for a few days in a row.     Springtime is one of my favorite times here on the Jersey Shore.   The weather builds your anticipation for better days, warm sunshine and nice breezes.   The beach and boardwalk are still relatively empty so you can take walks and feel like you are the only person here.   Everything starts to come alive, the days get longer, stores and restaurants open for more days and longer days.    Life gets busy again and everyone is in anticipation of the hot and hectic Summer.     We hope to see you here and that you have a chance to enjoy our little slice of paradise here on the NJ Shore.