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NJAA Newsletter   
November 2014
In This Issue
Kimberle Samarelli - NJAA Executive Director
Ed McGlynn - NJAA Lobbyist
Lary Zucker - NJAA Legal Counsel
Industry News & Announcements

Upcoming Industry Events


Orange County
Convention Center
Orlando, Florida
Conference: Nov. 17-21
Trade Show: Nov. 18-21
November 17-21, 2014

Annual NJAA Membership
Breakfast Meeting Special Guest Speaker Boyd F. Jensen II, ESQ.
IAAPA, Orlando, Florida
Continental Breakfast at 8:30 AM followed by Meeting at 9:00 AM SHARP
Room S230FGH
Thurs., Nov, 20, 2014

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Industry Events


OABA 50th Anniversary Annual Meeting & Chairman's Reception
Sheraton Tampa
East Hotel
Tampa, Florida
February 6, 2015

2015 NJAA 20th Annual East Coast Variety Show
NJAA East Coast Expo
Golden Nugget
Atlantic City, NJ
February 18th & 19th

NAARSO Training
NJAA East Coast Expo
Golden Nugget
Atlantic City, NJ
February 17th - 19th

NJAA  Officers

William Gehlhaus

1st Vice President
Scott Simpson

2nd Vice President
Angelo Cappetta

  John J. Maurer

Executive Director
Kimberle R Samarelli

Legal Counsel
Lary I. Zucker

Registered Government Affairs Representative
Edward R. McGlynn

From the Desk of

Kim Newsletter Photo (2)

Kimberle Rolle Samarelli
NJAA Executive Director

Wow, where is all the time going? We had a wonderful Fall season and as I sit here, we just had our first snow fall and it's only November 11, 2014! Those kind of days always make me happy to have a home office!!


The First Annual Fritz Rolle Legacy Golf Outing was a huge success! We had record hole sponsorship as well as a great group of golfers. The weather started out a little iffy, but Fritz shined the sun down upon us and kept us on course! He is very much proud of all of US!!


We also held our annual industry scholarship awards that evening. We have provided, throughout the years, well over $90,000 to deserving students. We are proud, once again, to announce this year's recipients:


First recipient - Samantha Burkholder who worked for Morey's Piers in Wildwood, NJ. She is attending college at Atlantic Cape Community College.


Second recipient - Allison Dobstetter who worked at Seacoast Amusements in Keansburg, NJ She is attending college at York College of PA.


Third recipient - Meredith Kaplan who has worked at Fantasy Island in LBI. Meredith is attending University of Buffalo.


Fourth recipient - Jonathan Burnley who is employed at Jersey Shore Beach & Boardwalk. Jonathan is attending Rutgers School of Engineering.


Fifth recipient - Samantha Halverson who is employed at Jenkinson's, Point Pleasant Beach, and Samantha is attending University of Delaware.


Sixth recipient - Shannon McConnell who is employed at Jenkinson's Boardwalk, Point Pleasant Beach, and Shannon is attending Stevens Institute of Technology.


Congratulations to all of our winners!



We are less than a week away from the industry's largest convention! This is always a special time of the year for all of us as we get to see all of our industry friends from across the country. We descend upon the Mecca of the Amusement Industry in Orlando, Florida to see the latest and greatest new rides, plush novelties, games and food. I look forward to seeing you at our breakfast meeting and on the show floor!


I also want to take this time to wish everyone a very healthy, happy and turkey filled Thanksgiving!! Gobble Gobble! 

From the Desk of

Edward R. McGlynn, Esq.
Government Affairs Agent
The New Jersey Amusement Association

Legislative Update

As I write this update, we are one day after a very historic election day which resulted in a significant change in the United States Senate. Additionally, we have seen the ascent of our Governor, Chris Christie, to a national place of prominence as the Presidential election rolls toward us in November of 2016. While that election is some twenty four (24) months away, there is already talk about who the leading candidates are in each party. Clearly, on the Democratic side if Hillary Clinton decides to run, she will in all likelihood not face any significant primary challenge in my view. On the Republican side, it is my opinion our Governor is likely to make a decision to run for President in early 2015, which will be in the affirmative. I do think he will remain as Governor during this presidential run despite the fact the Democrats will call for him to resign. While it is too early to see who else will enter the race on the Republican side, I do believe when all is said and done, Chris Christie will be the Republican nominee for President.


We, here in New Jersey were lucky this year in that there were no state wide legislative elections for either the Assembly or the Senate. There was a statewide election for United States Senator which was easily won by Cory Booker over Jeff Bell. For those of you who may not remember, it was the same Jeff Bell who more than forty (40) years ago defeated the last Republican Senator New Jersey had by besting Clifford Case in a primary race. Next year the New Jersey General Assembly will be up for election. That body is presently held by a majority of Democrats 48 to 32. There will be a push next year by both parties to either get or maintain control of the Assembly, however the legislative map favors the Democrats continuing control.


This present legislature was sworn in during the early part of January of this year. At the present time they have held office for about eleven (11) months. So far the eighty (80) Assembly members have introduced over four thousand (4000) bills. The forty (40) Senators have introduced about two thousand eight hundred (2800). Each bill is looked at to determine if it will have any impact on members of our association. If it appears if may affect our members, it is then tracked to see if it is going to be considered in any committee of either house. If being considered by committee we often times will seek amendments so it does not impact us or sometimes support or outright oppose the legislation.


One example is a bill introduced in the Assembly which would require all employers with more than ten employees to provide for one hour of sick leave for thirty hours of work, up to a total of forty hours of sick leave. The bill has been released from committee and is awaiting action in the House. We have requested an exemption for seasonal employers. As introduced, the bill applies to all employers. It makes no sense to us why a summer employee should be entitled to sick leave. Additionally, keeping track of each employee and the amount of hours they have worked and the amount of sick leave they have earned would be onerous. Moreover, even foreign employees would be covered thereby making sick leave an additional week of no work while being paid.


We have formed a coalition led by the New Jersey Business and Industry Association to oppose this bill. At the present time there does not seem to be the same interest in this legislation in the Senate as there is in the Assembly. Hopefully we can convince that House this legislation should not be passed.


I look forward to seeing everyone on the floor at IAAPA and if not on the floor then at the NJAA Breakfast on Thursday morning November 20, 2014.


Edward R, McGlynn, Esq.


From the Desk of


Lary I. Zucker
NJAA Legal Counsel

Progress towards adopting ASTM F-2291-14


New Jersey is making progress towards harmonizing its ride design regulations with ASTM F-2291-14. On October 15-16, I traveled to Scottsdale, Arizona to attend the meeting of the F24 Committee on Amusement Rides and Devices. ASTM Committee F24 was formed in 1978. It meets twice a year, usually in February and October, with approximately 200 members from around the world attending 3 days of technical meetings. The committee, with a current membership of approximately 700, has jurisdiction over 18 standards published in the annual book of ASTM standards, Volume 15.07. There are currently 9 subcommittees under the jurisdiction of F24. These subcommittees cover technical areas such as design, manufacturing, maintenance, inspection, training, education, and certification.


On October 15 and 16, the ASTM New Jersey task group reviewed the New Jersey version of F2291-14 with members of New Jersey Department of Committee Affairs who participated by telephone. The task group discussed the New Jersey version of 2291-14 with Mike Baier, Mike Tripplett and Don VanHouten.


The ASTM task group response to the discussion was very positive. Many of the changes in the standard suggested by the DCA may be included in a future version of ASTM F2291.


We have decided to proceed on parallel tracks. On the state level, the DCA will prepare a rule proposal to incorporate ASTM F2291-14 into our amusement ride design regulations. A final adoption of a new regulation may take 4 to 6 months but we hope that the department will agree to begin using the new standard once it is published in the New Jersey Register instead of waiting until final adoption.


In addition, the ASTM committee will ballot its members to consider the changes in the standards suggested by the DCA. Our hope is that the New Jersey Regulations and the ASTM standard will merge into a document that amusement ride manufacturers can work with.


Following the NJAA breakfast meeting at IAAPA, I intend to present a workshop on the "Ban the Box" legislation that was signed into law by Governor Christie in August, 2014. The new law, also known as "The Opportunity to Compete Act" intends to remove obstacles to employment for people with criminal records by prohibiting inquiries during the initial employment application process. This law will not go into effect until March, 2015, but members of the NJAA should consider developing a process to meet its requirements.


Have a great show.

The New Jersey Amusement Association  

Proudly Presents

The 20th Annual East Coast
Gift & Variety Show 2015

Golden Nugget, Atlantic City, NJ 


Wednesday, February 18th


Thursday, February 19th


(Exhibitor Setup - Tuesday, February 17th)


The Annual East Coast Gift & Variety Show is "The Trade Show to Keep You Connected to the Amusement Industry in the Tri-State Area" 



Three Great Events!


Be There!


One Great Place! 



Join us at the Golden Nugget Grand Ballroom to connect and network with professionals from various segments of the tourism industry. Attendees include owners, partners, managers and buyers; as well as workers of amusement parks, arcades, games, concessions, piers and restaurants.


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On Wednesday, February 18th, the NJAA will hold its 25th Annual Scholarship Awards Party. Join the Board of Directors and NJAA members for a chance to unwind and participate in a great social event!  


Up to $5,000 in Scholarships Awarded!  

For College Students
who are continuing their education  


For Incoming Freshman who are graduating high school

The New Jersey Amusement Association's Scholarship Fund was started in 1988 by a committee chaired by Ken Wynne as a separate non-profit corporation to give something back to those who work so hard giving life to our industry. The fund will make annual awards to qualified applicants who are matriculated at or will be matriculated at an accredited college or university.  


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The 2015 Vista Convention Services Exhibitor Material Package is attached below. This form also includes the Electrical Application.

Please note the following instructions after viewing their kit:   


Please go to the Vista web site: www.vistacs.com


The username is NJAA2015 (all caps/no spaces)

The password is AMUSEMENT (all caps/no spaces).

This will bring up all the forms in the kit. 

Print out your desired forms and fax back to Vista at: 609.485.2392


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7th Annual

East Coast / Mid-Atlantic

Regionalized NAARSO

Outreach Safety School


Sponsored by the  

New Jersey Amusement Association


Presented by NAARSO 


February 17th - 19th, 2015    


 Registration & Schedule  



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Important updates with be announced via email, the NJAA monthly newsletter and the NJAA website. If you have any questions, please call the NJAA office at 


Thank you!

Important Message Regarding
Minimum Wage Increase

From $8.25 per hour to $8.38 per hour

Starting in 2014, the minimum wage will be automatically adjusted each September and increases implemented each January, based on inflation as determined by the Consumer Price Index. (Constitutional Amendment passed in 2013)

The National Conference of State Legislatures has a table reflecting the state minimum wages in effect for 2014, as well as future increases.

To view the table and for more information, please visit: NCSL Website

Free Seminar
Essential Legal Tips
Every Business Person Must Know

A Complimentary Breakfast and Free Presentation for the Business Community by the Law Firm of Levin Cyphers

Ocean County
November 19th at 8:15 am
TR Hotel (previously Holiday Inn)
290 Hwy. 37 East
Toms River, NJ 08753

Monmouth County
November 20th at 8:15 am
Double Tree by Hilton
700 Hope Road
Tinton Falls, NJ 07724

Space is limited

A pdf file of the flyer is attached.
 To view, please click here

Industry News


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Air Trampoline Sports
Employment Opportunity

We are actively seeking a General Manager to lead a new trampoline/amusement facility, cultivate a high energy staff, and liaison to owners.

Applicants should have a minimum of 5 years upper management experience specifically in the amusement industry, financial/business/marketing background, and charisma that motivates others.

Air Trampoline Sports is a trampoline park operating in Ronkonkoma, NY. After a successful first year, we are ready for growth and are now opening a new park in Cliffwood, NJ. We seek a proven leader to fuel our growth.

Please contact Ken Stone at




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Fall 2014 Webinar Dates for the

Affordable Care Act 101

Presented by

SBA, HHS, & Small Business Majority

Health care continues to be an important issue for small business owners.  The Small Business Administration, Department of Health and Human Services, and Small Business Majority are committed to helping businesses navigate the changes and opportunities in health care through the Affordable Care Act 101 webinar series.

Each week, small business owners can learn the basics of the Affordable Care Act and how they can enroll in small business health insurance marketplaces. Other topics discussed include insurance reforms, the small business health care tax credit, and employer shared responsibility provisions.  SBA and HHS representatives help small business owners understand the facts of the Affordable Care Act so they can make informed decisions about providing health insurance for their employees.

The Affordable Care Act 101 takes place every Thursday at 2 PM ET. Below are the registration links for upcoming Fall presentations.

Thursday, November 20 at 2:00 PM ET:
Click to Register

Thursday, December 4 at 2:00 PM ET:
Click to Register

Thursday, December 11 at 2:00 PM ET:
Click to Register

Thursday, December 18 at 2:00 PM ET:
Click to Register

For more information on how the new health care law affects small businesses, check out www.sba.gov/healthcare.

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IIL Media  

Weathering the Storm Update  


Keansburg Amusement Park was featured under the title "Stand Up 7" 


During the first weeks after Hurricane Sandy struck the East Coast on October 29, 2012, IIL Media visited a number of devastated areas, interviewing small business owners and documenting the impact on their businesses and communities. The result was IIL's Original Series Weathering the Storm, which told compelling stories of crisis and recovery; loss and resiliency; community and connection.


Prior to the second anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, IIL Media revisited some of those communities to see how the recovery effort is going. Their stories are a testament to the fortitude of small business owners.


You can view the video updates by clicking the link below.  


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Betson Goes International


Betson Enterprises, the leading world-wide distributor of coin operated equipment and a division of H. Betti Industries, Inc. is pleased to announce International distribution for major United States arcade game manufacturers.

Betson Enterprises will be shipping new and previously owned games internationally from manufacturers such as Team Play™, Benchmark Games™, Bay Tek Games, Skee-Ball, Coastal Amusements and Raw Thrills™ in select areas.

With ongoing success in the U.S., Betson Enterprises is launching a major International distribution expansion plan which will help build their brand, while scaling business opportunities, and increasing revenue for manufacturers.

Betson will consolidate freight in order to make ordering and shipments easier while offering creative credit terms to qualified customers through Betson Financial Services. This expansion plan will help increase distribution to international customers who once thought US coin-op products were unattainable from US manufactures at a cost effective price.

"We are excited about the tremendous opportunity internationally", said Bob Boals EVP of Betson Enterprises.  "Expanding internationally is key to our global growth strategy, and we see great potential for our brands and partners".

About Betson Enterprises

Headquartered in Carlstadt, New Jersey, Betson Enterprises with 14 distribution offices nationwide is the leading distributor of coin operated amusement and vending equipment, coin operated parts, and service in the United States. With over 80 years of experience and leadership in the coin-operated industry, we will help you make informed decisions that are best for your business.

Betson offers entertainment and vending solutions for your business through our relationships with the operator community. For locations looking for a simple and profitable solution or vendors looking for equipment that fits any situation, Betson Enterprises can help you. Betson Enterprises has an industry proven reputation for quality and customer focus.

For more information on Betson Enterprises, visit www.betson.com, email us at info@betson.com or just call 1-800-524-2343.

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USCCE is Proud to Announce its Partnership with Busch Gardens Williamsburg, Va. and
Virginia Wesleyan College

USCCE, an international education company co-founded by Dr. Jack Samuels and Mr. Nelson Lee, are proud to announce their partnership with Busch Gardens Williamsburg, Va. and Virginia Wesleyan College.  

This new J-1 program is unlike most other J programs and it was modeled after the highly successful program Dr. Samuels founded with the Walt Disney Company that quickly grew to over 1,000 participants annually.  The program promotes educational excellence by offering each student 12 credits of academic credit and a host of field trips and activities.  All students are issued certificates of completion for the Program by VWC, USCCE and Busch Gardens.  Quality and motivated international cast members are insured by the fact that students are earning certificates and academic credits.

Additionally, it is important to take note of the fact that students in this program are allowed to reside in the U.S. for six months rather than just the three months that are allowed in the summer worker program providing for much more stable international staffing for your facility. 
All of our students are currently recruited by Dr. Samuels and team members from Busch Gardens and Virginia Wesleyan including Mr. Rik Kakareko from Busch Gardens and Dr. William Becker and Dr. Doug Kennedy from VWC.  Your organization may also send personnel to China to help recruit students or USCCE can do that for you. 

Dr. Samuels is a long time friend and participant in the amusement industry. The industry related program that Dr. Samuels is the senior faculty member for here in New Jersey that he recently helped re-engineer has grown from 25 students to almost 200 students in the past two years.  He created the original curriculum for the Roller Skating Association's newcomers program as well as the Rookies and Newcomers Program for IALEI which is now run by IAAPA and also is the most published academic author in the Amusement Industry Press with over 200 articles in various amusement trade publications. 

Dr. Samuels hopes that NJAA members will partner with us to establish this unique program in New Jersey.  Please contact NJAA Executive Director Kimberle Rolle Samarelli at njaa40plus@aol.com for further information or Dr. Samuels at jackleisurepro@yahoo.com

USCCE and VWC hopes to be present at the NJAA tradeshow in February. 

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Registration Now Open
43rd Annual AIMS Safety Seminar and Certification Program

Registration for AIMS International's 43rd Annual Safety Seminar is now open and available online.  This comprehensive seminar, to be held January 11-16, 2015 at the Doubletree by Hilton in Orlando, Florida, offers classroom and hands-on safety training along with invaluable networking opportunities for ride inspectors, maintenance, operations and aquatic personnel in the amusement industry. With more than 300 students expected, the seminar is renowned for its diverse curriculum and the quality of its expert instructors who are today's leading industry professionals.
Tuition is $595 and includes all class materials, lunches, two daily breaks, Continuing Education Units (CEU), and completion certificates. AIMS certification testing and other certificates are offered at an additional fee. Level I testing is available in Spanish. A complete schedule and class list along with hotel and other information can be found at: AIMS Safety Seminar Info

For more information about the AIMS Safety Seminar, please email info@aimsintl.org or contact Holly Coston, Seminar Operations Manager, 714.697.6654.

About AIMS International: AIMS International is a non-profit 501(c)(6) association dedicated to improving amusement Industry safety through its leadership in education. AIMS International provides training classes and certification (CEU) programs for ride inspectors, operations, aquatics and maintenance personnel through its annual Safety Seminar and at other venues throughout the year. AIMS also serves to inform its members on legislative and other issues relating to industry.

For more information about this release, please contact:
Karen Oertley
Executive Director
AIMS International

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Adam Sandy, long-time industry insider, ride enthusiast and historian joined the National Roller Coaster Museum and Archives Board of Directors for a three year term.   Sandy replaces foundational board member and historian B. Derek Shaw.

"We were strategically looking for someone who knows all of the current ride manufacturers and the history of the industry," Gary Slade, NRCMA chairman said.  "Adam has an inventory of roller coasters and midway rides in his head that rivals any historical book.  His passion for the industry will help the NRCMA achieve our next goals."

Adam Sandy has been a part of the Ride Entertainment Group since 2004. He oversees all of the company's sales and revenue share initiatives, and contracts for REG's
ride installation and retrofit team. In addition, he runs the marketing and social media programs for the company as a whole and the individual properties under the Ride Operations Group banner.

During his tenure, Adam has been involved with over $100 million in sales and revenue share projects for the Ride Entertainment Group. Working with groups like Six
Flags, Herschend Family Entertainment, Landry's Restaurants, as well as family-owned properties, he has sold and run projects throughout the world. Adam was
responsible for multi-million dollar projects like Dollywood's famed "Mystery Mine" and the roll-out of Six Flags' eight SkyScreamer towers across North America.

Ever since he was young,  Adam has had a lifetime passion for amusement parks. He attended DePauw University earning a Bachelor of Arts, where he majored in American History and minored in German. After college, his first job out of school was as a Sales Associate for Amusement Business, the amusement industry's newsweekly. Three years later he started at Ride Entertainment, selling for several of the company's key clients and since then has been involved in every different aspect of the company's projects.

Adam currently lives in downtown Baltimore with his family. He also serves on IAAPA's "Hall of Fame" Committee and the Board of Directors for the B&O Railroad Museum.


Thanks to donations by industry leaders Gary and Linda Hays from Cliffs Amusement Park and by the Knoebel family of Knoebels Resort in Pennsylvania, the NRCMA recently completed the expansion of its archive building in Plainview, Texas.  Ongoing acquisition of artifacts like this one from Belmont Park and the Coaster Saloon, include items from Cedar Point, Six Flags Entertainment Corp., Knott's Berry Farm, Elitch Gardens, Circus Circus Adventure Dome, Lakeside Park, Adventuredome, White Water Branson, Busch Gardens WIlliamsburg, Astroworld, Morey's Piers and Adventure City forced the NRCMA to outgrow its current facility.

The NRCMA's first multi-media mobile exhibit exhibited at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee was viewed by nearly 50,000 guests during its limited two-year run.

"We are always looking for facilities interested in our mobile or custom exhibits," Slade said.  "In order to continue to acquire artifacts and create exhibits like the one at Dollywood, we need the industry to support us and to help us expand. If we don't preserve our history for generations to come, it will be lost."

The NRCMA is an unaffiliated, 501 c3 non-profit organizations dedicated to the protection and preservation of historic roller coasters and amusement park artifacts and memorabilia to document and archive the history of the amusement park industry in a dynamic environment while providing the most complete repository of information and documents regarding the amusements industry.


To donate to the NRCMA to aid in the protection and preservation of historic roller coasters and amusement park artifacts:


Mail to: NRCMA, Attention, Jeff Novotny, NRCMA Treasurer, PO Box 5424, Arlington, Texas 76005-5424


Purchase at Amazon: Select Amazonsmile and 0.5% of your purchase will be donated to the NRCMA.


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ASTM International Announces
Leadership Succession Plan

The future leadership of ASTM International was decided recently at the October meetings of the ASTM board of directors in Seoul, South Korea. A unanimous decision was enthusiastically announced to have Katharine E. Morgan, current ASTM vice president of technical committee operations, succeed ASTM president James A. Thomas.

"Having been informed by Jim Thomas of his intention to retire, the executive committee of the board set out on a search for candidates whose passion for ASTM would again result in excellent stewardship of the Society," says Thomas A. Schwartz, 2014 chairman of the ASTM board of directors. "Kathie is precisely that individual, with her instinctual knowledge of the workings of ASTM technical committees, the industry sectors they represent, as well as the global standardization landscape."

Morgan came to ASTM in 1984 as a staff manager and soon assumed roles of increasing responsibility in standards development at ASTM, rising to her current post in 2007. She holds a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering and a Master of Business Administration. Outside ASTM, Morgan is a member of the American National Standards Institute's Organizational Member Forum; the Council of Engineering and Scientific Society Executives; the International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization; the Society for Standards Professionals; and the Standards Council of Canada's Standards Development Organization Advisory Committee.

To ensure a smooth transition for ASTM's members and customers, Morgan will assume the position of ASTM executive vice president on March 1, 2015. She will work closely with Jim Thomas during a time of transition up to his retirement on Feb. 1, 2017.

"Since assuming the presidency in 1992, Jim Thomas' leadership has had an enormous positive impact on ASTM and its stakeholders. Jim is a respected ambassador, advocate and a voice not only for ASTM, but also for strategic standardization as a whole. We wish Jim and Kathie well, and appreciate their deep dedication to the future of ASTM," says Schwartz.

About ASTM International: Over 12,000 ASTM standards operate globally. Defined and set by us, they improve the lives of millions every day. Combined with our innovative business services, ASTM standards enhance performance and help everyone have confidence in the things they buy and use - from the toy in a child's hand to the aircraft overhead.

Working across borders, disciplines and industries we harness the expertise of over 30,000 members to create consensus and improve performance in manufacturing and materials, products and processes, systems and services. Understanding commercial needs and consumer priorities, we touch every part of everyday life: helping our world work better.

ASTM PR Contact:  
Barbara Schindler 
Phone: 610-832-9603  

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Whack-A-Mole smashes its way to become
Coney Island's top attraction

Written by Reuven Blau 
Published by New York Daily News on Sept. 29, 2014

Exclusive: The whopping 676,832 people who took swings at the mechanic pop-up mammals in 2014 far outpaced the number of visitors at any other ride or game at the famed People's Playground, park officials said.

The Whack-A-Mole took a mallet to Coney Island's other popular attractions this summer.


The whopping 676,832 people who took swings at the mechanic pop-up mammals in 2014 far outpaced the number of visitors who rode the new Thunderbolt roller coaster or any other ride at the famed People's Playground, park officials said.


"I think it's because you're beating something on the head," said Dennis Speigel, president of International Theme Park Services, a gaming consultant company.


The Whack-A-Mole has been a staple of carnivals and amusement parks since it was invented in 1976.


"It's one of those games where it's impossible to do it perfect. You can always get a little better," said Jack Mendes, president of Bob's Space Racers, which sells the game.


When heavy-handed visitors weren't busy smashing moles on the head, they were making a splash at Wild River and Water Mania, statistics show.


The water rides were the second most popular spot at the park, attracting a combined 499,625 people over the summer, park officials said.

The sleek new Thunderbolt roller-coaster was a distant third with 185,802 riders. The Cyclone attendance was not immediately available.


All told, 4.8 million rides were taken at Luna Park this year - up 30% from 2013, park officials said.


"This past season we had a great increase in park attendance and are proud that Luna Park has become an annual must-visit destination for visitors around the world," said Valerio Ferrari, president of Central Amusement International, which operates Luna Park.

To view this article and the accompanying photos, please visit: NYDN Whack A Mole Article

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If you would like to submit an announcement or share news that is industry related, please send it in an email to:

The NJAA is a pro-active organization, identifying concerns, while working for the safety, health and overall economic betterment of the amusement industry.

If you have any questions or concerns, we can always be contacted at 732-240-0000 or njaa40plus@aol.com.

Remember to check our website www.njamusements.com for valuable resources, recent news and up-to-date information.


Kimberle Samarelli
Executive Director 
New Jersey Amusement Association