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Submitted / Daryl Hall and John Oates, frequent performers in Atlantic City, was the first Philadelphia act ever inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Submitted / Daryl Hall and John Oates, frequent performers in Atlantic City, was the first Philadelphia act ever inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Every once in a while we like to offer a list of things that you might want to know. Like this one.

The season has started. Vacationers are coming and they are going to the beach and boardwalk. That creates a lot of foot traffic going east and west in resort towns. So, the crossing lane law becomes much more important.

When you drive south or north on a street that is within a few blocks of the beach, your journey will become slower than it is in the off-season. It happens in Brigantine, Ventnor, Ocean City, Sea Isle City, Wildwood and Cape May – in all beach resorts. And it probably is a good thing.

It takes longer because drivers (at least, most drivers) are paying a lot more attention to what is happening in the crosswalks and those crosswalks are busy with people going to and coming from the beach. The extra attention is because of a law that went into effect in April 2010. It was created in memory of Casey Feldman, who was hit and killed by a car while crossing Central Avenue in Ocean City at 14th Street.

Here’s the way it’s supposed to work.

If a pedestrian is in a crosswalk, or off the curb at an intersection, that pedestrian has the right of way. Drivers must stop and wait until they cross safely. This does not apply to those on bicycles. They do not have the right of way. Bike riders must follow the same rules of the road that those driving automobiles follow. They must stop at stop signs and at red lights. They must stay off the sidewalks. And they must also stop for pedestrians in crosswalks.

By the way, while this right of way for pedestrians applies at intersections without marked crosswalks, it does not apply to people crossing in the middle of a block. That is, unless there is a crosswalk in the middle of the block. As a matter of fact, pedestrians who cross in the middle of the block without a crosswalk are committing a crime. It’s called jaywalking.

Social Security adds more than $40 billion to the economy in New Jersey. There are more than 1.5 million retirees, survivors and disability recipients in the state. They spend the money on groceries, housing, entertainment, etc. Businesses then use that money to purchase more goods, which amplifies the impact on the money.

Unemployment insurance has a similar impact and New Jersey is among the leaders in the maximum weekly benefit for an individual. At the start of this year, the unemployed in the Garden State can receive as much as $624 with 43-63 weeks available. Only Massachusetts ($679) has a higher weekly maximum. The lowest are in Mississippi ($235), Arizona ($240), Louisiana ($247) and Alabama ($265).

Surely you’ve seen those messages on stadium message boards – “Please marry me, Ana” or “Happy Birthday, Grace.” Do you know how much those messages cost?

At Citizen’s Bank Park it costs $450. Yankee Stadium charges $100. In Boston, your message will cost $350. The cheapest is in Pittsburgh, where you’ll pay just $39. The most expensive – the Los Angeles Dodgers charge $2,500.

For the first time in the history of this country, more than half of all members of the U.S. Congress are millionaires. The richest member of Congress is California Rep. Darrel Issa, who is worth roughly $450 million. No. 2 is Virginia Sen. Mark Warner, worth $257 million. And third is Colorado Rep. Jared Polis at $202 million. And the congressman with the worst portfolio? It’s California Rep. David Valadao, whose net worth is minus $12.2 million. He owes a ton of money because of dairy farm loans.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Concert is on HBO. If you watched it, you might wonder why there was a musical tribute to every new hall of famer except the group Kiss.

Well, there was a disagreement between the group and the hall of fame committee. Kiss wanted all eight of the musicians who have been part of the group to be honored and the six who are still alive to perform. The hall of fame said “no,” only the four originals, Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss. So, Kiss said they’ll accept the trophies, but there will be no performance.

Five talented female singers also paid tribute to inductee Linda Ronstadt, the greatest female voice of rock. It was entertaining and sad, at the same time, because Ronstadt could not attend because she is battling Parkinson’s disease.

Also inducted were Daryl Hall and John Oates, frequent performers in Atlantic City. In fact, Oates performed his solo show on the Ocean City Music Pier a few years ago. During their acceptance, Hall chastised the hall of fame because Hall and Oates was  the first Philadelphia act ever inducted.

“What about Todd Rundgren,” he said, “or the Stylistics, the Delfonics, Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes, Len Barry and the Dovells and Chubby Checker?”


Submitted / Daryl Hall and John Oates, frequent performers in Atlantic City, was the first Philadelphia act ever inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Submitted / Daryl Hall and John Oates, frequent performers in Atlantic City, was the first Philadelphia act ever inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Speaking of halls of fame, you can vote to add Atlantic City’s Pop Lloyd and Stockton’s Don Bragg to the New Jersey Hall of Fame this year. The voting continues until June 15 at Among the others on the 2014 ballot are writer Dorothy Parker, NBC news anchor Brian Williams, comedian Eddie Murphy, musician Dizzy Gillespie, singing group The Shirelles, former governors William Livingston and Jim Florio, basketball player Patrick Ewing, skater Dick Button and football coach Amos Alonzo Stagg.

Lloyd was the finest shortstop in the Negro Baseball Leagues and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. He lived his post-baseball life in Atlantic City. Bragg was an Olympic pole vault champion while at Villanova and became the athletics director at Richard Stockton College in 1972, two years after the college opened.

Just some things you might want to know. 

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