NJAA Special Announcements

March 2016   

NJAA Officers

Scott Simpson

1st Vice President

Angelo Cappetta

William Gehlhaus

Executive Director
Kimberle R Samarelli

Legal Counsel

Lary I. Zucker

Government Relations

Edward R. McGlynn

Industry Events



Monday, May 9, 2016

NJAA 57th Annual Dinner DanceHonoring

Wayne Cimorelli and Coin Castle, Seaside Heights, NJ

Woodlake Country Club

25 New Hampshire Ave.

Lakewood, NJ

Cocktails at 5:00 PM

Dinner and Dancing to follow.


Tues., Sept. 20, 2016

NJAA 19th Annual

Fritz Rolle Legacy

Golf Outing

Sea Oaks Golf Club

Little Egg Harbor, NJ


Thurs., Nov. 17, 2016

NJAA Annual Membership Breakfast Meeting


Orlando, Florida

You're Invited!

The New Jersey Amusement Association Cordially Invites You to Our 57th Annual Dinner Dance


Wayne Cimorelli and Coin Castle

Seaside Heights, NJ

Please join us on Monday, May 9, 2016 at the Woodlake Country Club in Lakewood, NJ

Cocktails at 5PM

Dinner and Dancing to follow


2016 NJAA Membership Directory  
Advertising Opportunity

It's time again for us to start preparing our NEW MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY for 2016. As you know, this directory goes out to all members of the Association and serves as a handy reference guide for the services and supplies necessary for our industry.

Advertising in this journal helps to support our Association and gives your business valuable visibility to other members.

For inclusion in the 2016 Membership Directory, just check your desired ad size, fill out the form and send it to the New Jersey Amusement Association office by the DEADLINE of FRIDAY, APRIL 22, 2016.

Note: If your contact information has changed since the 2015 directory was mailed, please send the updates to njaa40plus@aol.com by Friday, April 22, 2016.

Thank You!



2016 NJAA Employee Scholarship Program

Applications for the 2016 NJAA Employee Scholarship Program are now being accepted.


Click on the link below to access an application. Please be sure to read the instructions carefully to avoid being disqualified.

NJAA Employee Scholarship Program for Applicants


Click on the link below to access an application. Please be sure to read the instructions carefully.

NJAA Employee Scholarship Program for Supervisors

If you have any questions about the scholarship program and/or the application process, please send an email to: NJAA Main Office

You may also access the scholarship applications by going to the Scholarships page on the NJAA website.


A. The applicant must be currently employed by a member in good standing of the New Jersey Amusement Association during the current season.

B. The applicant must present proof that he or she is attending or has been admitted to a full time program in a two year or four year accredited U.S. college or university or a graduate (masters or Ph.D or equivalent) program.

C. The applicant is expected to provide evidence of hard work, outstanding citizenship qualities and academic achievement.

D. Award recipients agree to allow their names and photographs to be used in publicity releases to promote the general goals of the Scholarship Fund and the New Jersey Amusement Association.


The following must be submitted for eligibility:

1. Completion of the application. (Including essay, resume, supervisor statement, paystub, and official transcripts.)

2. Proof that the applicant is a matriculated student at a two year or four year accredited U.S. college or university or, if the applicant is not currently attending college, proof of admission to a college or university for the following fall semester.

3. The supervisor employee statement filled out by an authorized representative of a NJAA member company.

4. Under separate cover, the Scholarship Committee must receive, directly from the relevant Institutions, an official school transcript.

Scholarship Committee

New Jersey Amusement Association

P.O. Box 178, Seaside Heights, NJ 08751


5. The complete application package must be submitted no later than Monday, August 15, 2016.

6. Award recipient(s) will be notified on September 1, 2016 and scholarships will be awarded at the NJAA 19th Annual Fritz Rolle Legacy Golf Outing on September 20, 2016.

Industry News


It's JiLLy's 40th Anniversary!



Thank you so much for being a part of JiLLy's in Ocean City. We have so many great things planned for the Summer of 2016.  Check out our short video to see how far we have come since 1976!  We hope you enjoy it as much as we do...

JiLLy_s 40th Anniversary Video 
Thank you for 40 Years Ocean City, NJ!  

Check out our Brand New Website!

-Latest News

-Menus, weather & so much more


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Come experience Playland Castaway Cove's

New Roller Coaster GaleForce! 
125 Feet Tall!
Beyond 90 Drop!
64 MPH Launch Speed!
Three Launches!
7 Thrilling Elements!

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IAAPA U.S. Advocacy Days

April 11-13, 2016

The IAAPA North American Government Relations Subcommittee invites you to participate in IAAPA U.S. Advocacy Days, April 11-13, 2016 in Washington, D.C.

The event provides IAAPA members based in the United States with the opportunity to meet with influential members of the United States Congress, and to discuss pressing priority issues affecting the U.S. attractions industry.

For a current schedule of events, please visit our website.

Click Here to Register for the Event!

The registration fee is $100 for IAAPA Members. Please register by Friday, April 1, 2016.

This is a really excellent opportunity to learn about federal policy that affects the attractions industry, such as changes to the FLSA Overtime Rules, new regulations on drones, and upcoming proposed rules on the J-1 visa program.
***If any NJAA members are not IAAPA members, they can attend at the IAAPA member rate of $100. Please email Stephanie See at ssee@iaapa.org and she will assist with getting your information into their system.

Hotel Info

Hyatt Place Washington DC/National Mall

400 E Street, SW

Washington, D.C. 20024


More Information

Austin Gold



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OABA's Board Elects New Officers and Members Elect New Directors

Presiding over the Board of Directors at its annual, February board meeting in Tampa, Florida was 2015 Chair Michael Wood. The Board voted to advance through the chairs, Officers Tom Gaylin to Chair 2016, E. J. Dean to First Vice Chair, Jay Strates to Second Vice Chair. In addition, the Board elected Treasurer Larry Yaffe as its Third Vice Chair, who has served on the board since 2008 and as Treasurer for the past four years. Director Mitchell Kaliff was elected by the Board to serve as Treasurer, after serving as a Director since 2013.

The following Directors were re-elected by the voting members attending the 51st OABA Annual Meeting to serve two-year terms, as nominated by the Board: Doug Burtch, Mick Brajevich, Tony Cassata, Marc Janas, Michael Lauther, Charlene Leavitt, Ron Morris, Debbie Powers, Rick Reithoffer, Lorelei Schoendienst, and Patrick Sheridan. Directorat-Large Scott Siefker was elected to serve a one-year term, completing Joe Burum's term, due to his resignation.

The Nominating Committee lastly recommended to the Board that the following Directors-at-Large, be invited to participate in all official meetings, receive all board correspondence and participate on Committees, but with no voting privileges. They were: Stephen Broetsky, Bobby Hauser, Mary Johnson, Lance Moyer and Steve Turner. They are usually given first priority should a Director not be able to complete his/her term.

In addition, Trustee Jeanne McDonagh, who has served the OABA for the past fourteen (14) years stepped down as an Officer on the Executive Board and received

recognition from the Board.

Chair Gaylin told the members at the Annual Meeting, "These OABA Officers and Directors have stepped up to represent you, our members and are among the finest leaders in this industry. They have pledged to make a difference for future generations to come."

For over fifty (50) years, the OABA is the largest trade association, representing the mobile amusement industry in North America, consisting of carnivals, circuses, food/game concessionaires, independent ride owners and others representing manufacturers and suppliers. Its offices have been located in Winter Park, Florida, since 2000.

Visit our website at: http://www.oaba.org/

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Ocean County's Biggest Economic

Engine Continues to Grow

Ocean County Tourism



Tourists love Ocean County more than ever, with record numbers of visitors spending time and money here in 2015.

Tourism now injects $4.6 billion into the County's economy, up from $4.3 billion in 2014.

"There is no question that tourism is the number one industry in Ocean County," said Freeholder Joseph H. Vicari. "These numbers prove that tourism is not only strong, but is growing."

A report issued by the state Division of Travel and Tourism confirms what county officials had predicted:  tourism figures are climbing three years following Superstorm Sandy.

Ocean County now accounts for more than 10 percent of all tourism dollars generated in the state.

"We've seen a 5 percent increase in tourism dollars in only one year," said Vicari, who serves as liaison to the Ocean County Department of Business Development and Tourism. "We fully expect to see this number grow with each passing season."

Only Atlantic and Cape May counties generated more dollars in 2015.

By comparison, Monmouth County tourism economy stands at $2.4 billion, about half of Ocean County's total.

"More and more visitors continue to be attracted to our 44 miles of white sandy beaches, the Barnegat Bay, the Pinelands and other destinations such as Six Flags and our boardwalks," Vicari said. "For our residents, this means a stronger local economy, employment and a more stable tax base."

In 2015, Ocean County tourism generated $451.4 million in state and local tax revenue.

Additionally, more than 37,000 tourism-related jobs were created in the county.

"Tourism helps put people back to work," Vicari said.

More than 98 percent of all the county's tourism-related businesses are "Mom & Pop" family owned businesses, Vicari said.

"The money they make stays in Ocean County," he said. "Every tourism dollar recirculates seven times."     

Vicari said that while some residents may complain about crowded roads and beaches every summer, the benefits of tourism far outweigh the inconveniences.

"Every homeowner in the county would pay an average of $1,400 more a year in taxes if it wasn't for tourism," he said.

State-wide, the tourism outlook is bright. The report predicts tourism spending in New Jersey will top $50 billion by 2020.

"In Ocean County we expect to reach $5 billion within the next several years," Vicari said.

Freeholder Director John P. Kelly said low gas prices have also helped drive people to the County and the Jersey Shore.

"For more than 100 years tourists have been coming to Ocean County. People around the state and in New York and Philadelphia know the good things we have to offer," said Kelly, who is also Director of Law and Public Safety. "Our Tourism Department has done a great job reaching out to other parts of the country and to Canada in an effort to attract new visitors."


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.

For valuable resources, recent news and up-to-date information, visit us at: 


Kimberle Samarelli
Executive Director 
New Jersey Amusement Association

New Jersey Amusement Association | PO Box 178 | Seaside Heights | NJ | 08751