Features & Entertainment

La Notte Bianca: Italian White Nights

May 16, 2016
By Marla Cimini
La Notte Bianca: Italian White Nights

Originally Posted on USA Today Website May 2011 ~  Visiting Italy is always a thrill, no matter how many times you’ve strolled across the Ponte Vecchio in Florence, devoured a gelato in Sorrento, or tossed a coin into the magical Trevi fountain in Rome. But some of my recent trips have been even more memorable by...

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Selling the Future

May 10, 2013
By Marla Cimini
Selling the Future

        In a sea of Facebook status updates, endless tweets, and widespread online customer reviews, every marketing department in the hospitality industry has experienced the impact of technology on their creative advertising strategies. With the digital market changing rapidly, hotels are becoming flexible, smart, and more tech-savvy than ever—all while simultaneously evaluating...

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Cooking up Success (cover story) featuring Celebrity Chef Jennifer Carroll

April 20, 2012
By Marla Cimini
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As more professional chefs are stepping out of the kitchen and into the spotlight, many have found themselves elevated into a lifestyle of celebrity status. Hotel chefs are major players in the restaurant world today, complete with admiring fans, packed schedules, and intense responsibilities to match their newly acquired fame. However, a chef who...

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Illumination Creation

January 5, 2011
By Marla Cimini
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The art of lighting today combines cutting-edge technology with sophisticated design, allowing for unlimited possibilities that can achieve just about any desired ambiance within a hotel. With the recent advent of the mixed-use lobby, along with enhanced guestroom configuration, cosmic-inspired meeting spaces, and state-of-the-art entertainment facilities, lighting has become a vital, yet complex, component...

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Williamsburg: Virginia’s Colonial Village Offers Special Events for the Holidays

July 9, 2010
By Marla Cimini
Williamsburg: Virginia’s Colonial Village Offers Special Events for the Holidays

It is nearly impossible to visit colonial Williamsburg,Virginia without learning a great deal about United States history. With its impressive number of historic buildings and sites, Williamsburg is one 9f the first places in the U.S. that essentially invites visitors to step back in time and participate in `active” history lessons. Combining living reenactments...

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L.A. Frugal: Hit the Town and Hang Out with the Locals!

July 9, 2010
By Marla Cimini
L.A. Frugal: Hit the Town and Hang Out with the Locals!

As a frequent traveler to Los Angeles, California, I have been fortunate enough to dine in some of the city’s premier hot spots, and lucky enough to be introduced to a lot of fun, and (nearly) free “must-see” places that are both inexpensive and guaranteed a really good time. The real “deals” are where...

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Seniors In Cyberspace

July 9, 2010
By Marla Cimini
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From the pages of South Jersey Magazine… The generation of manual typewriters, rotary phones and vinyl 45s learns to embrace new technology. Far from being Luddites for life, plenty of America’s senior citizens are enthusiastically embracing new technology, cruising along in the fast lane of the information superhighway—with or without the blinker on. To...

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Oh Baby! Expectant Moms are Capturing the Mood and the Moment in Pictures

July 9, 2010
By Marla Cimini
Oh Baby! Expectant Moms are Capturing the Mood and the Moment in Pictures

Oh Baby! Expectant Moms are Capturing the Mood and the Moment in Pictures by Marla Cimini “Let’s show off that big, beautiful belly!”It’s very rare that you hear a spirited, enthusiastic request like that one from a professional photographer at a photo shoot. But not so in the world of maternity photography, a trend...

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Aerial dance troupe glides down Resorts’ new tower

July 9, 2010
By Marla Cimini
Aerial dance troupe glides down Resorts’ new tower

Gracefully flying high through the air, elegantly swooping and swinging hundreds of feet above the boardwalk, the Project Bandaloop dance troupe will be performing their enthralling and exhilarating aerial dance display in Atlantic City for several shows over the July 4 weekend. Project Bandaloop’s appearance in town is part of a celebration for the...

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The Demo Crew: Interview with Film Director John Vitali

July 9, 2010
By Marla Cimini

          When director John Vitali sat down to write the first few lines of his screenplay,“The Demo Crew,” he did not imaginethat it would be nearly seven years before hewould see his film completely finished. Inspired by his unique personalexperiences in Philadelphia with close childhoodfriends, Vitali felt compelled to write...

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