NJAA Newsletter

June 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



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

From the Desk of...

Kim Newsletter Photo (2)

Kimberle Rolle Samarelli

NJAA Executive Director

Happy Summer Everyone!

NJAA Legal Counsel, Lary I. Zucker, has provided a copy of his firm's Defense Digest. The digest contains up to date developments on employment law, Dram shop liability and many more timely topics.

Mark Your Calendars! The NJAA 19th Annual Fritz Rolle Legacy Golf Outing will be held on Tuesday, September 20th at the Sea Oaks Golf Club.

Our sincere apologies to Betson Enterprises for inadvertently excluding their ad for the 2016 NJAA Membership Directory! We've placed it in this month's newsletter.

In this month's Industry News: Abacus Payroll Inc. and Alloy Silverstein are hosting a FREE webinar on June 30th; IAAPA invites you to participate in a promotion to celebrate the 100th anniversary of miniature golf in the United States while raising funds for Give Kids The World; Betson Enterprises has some exciting announcements; and Phobia Phear Coaster by Premier Rides opens ahead of schedule in Lake Compounce!

The 2016 NJAA Employee Scholarship Program is now accepting applications. How to apply and links to the applications can be found below the Industry News block. Please encourage your employees to apply!

In closing, please enjoy a few photos from the NJAA 57th Annual Dinner Dance, Honoring Wayne Cimorelli and Coin Castle, Seaside Heights, that was held on May 9, 2016.


Happy 4th of July!

From the Desk of...


Lary I. Zucker

NJAA Legal Counsel

Defense Digest, Vol. 22, No. 2, June 2016

Attached is a PDF copy of my firm's Defense Digest for June 2016. It contains up to date developments on employment law, Dram shop liability, workers compensation and other timely topics.

Some of this month's topics include:

Federal - Aviation and Complex Litigation
- A Game Changer for Personal Jurisdiction

Florida - Civil Rights
- Florida Broadens Its Anti-SLAPP Statute, But Is It on the Verge of Death?

New Jersey-Long-Term Care Litigation -
Arbitration Agreements Under Fire in New Jersey

Pennsylvania - Architectural, Engineering & Construction Defect
- Stating a Claim for Negligent Misrepresentation for a Design Professional's Supply of Information

Click to download the June 2016 Defense Digest

*Defense Digest has been prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin PC to provide information on recent legal developments of interest to our readers. It is not intended to provide legal advice for a specific situation or to create an attorney-client relationship.*

The NJAA is Proud to Announce

The 19th Annual

Fritz Rolle Legacy Golf Outing

to Celebrate

Give Kids The World

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Sea Oaks Golf Club

99 Golfview Drive

Little Egg Harbor Twp., NJ

Download the brochure by clicking the link below:


Industry News


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Free Webinar Hosted by

Abacus Payroll, Inc. and Alloy Silverstein

Abacus Payroll, Inc. and Alloy Silverstein announce our upcoming webinar session on the importance of employee handbooks for your small business.

Date: Thursday, June 30, 2016

Time: 1:00 PM ET / 10:00 AM PT

Register: Click Here

An employee handbook is a powerful tool to communicate your organization's values. And it can form the first line of defense in an employment lawsuit. If your organization doesn't have a handbook, or it hasn't been reviewed in the last year, this webinar should not be missed.

Topics that will be covered:

1. Why you should have an employee handbook

2. Maintaining and updating your handbook

3. Key policies to include

4. Best practices for administering it

5. How Abacus Payroll's HR Help Center can help you with your handbook

Alloy, Silverstein, Shapiro, Adams, Mulford,

Cicalese, Wilson & Co. 
900 North Kings Highway 
Cherry Hill, NJ 08034 

Phone: (856) 667-4100 ext 1147 

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2016 marks the 100th anniversary of

Miniature-Golf in the United States!

Join the celebration

May 1st - September 30, 2016

Join miniature golf course operators from across North America to celebrate the 100th anniversary of miniature golf, engage your customers in the celebration, and raise critical funds for Give Kids The World (GKTW).

The IAAPA invites you to participate in a new promotion that will generate excitement at your facility, create buzz, and help a worthwhile cause at the same time. Give Kids the World is selling 100th Anniversary Promotion Toolkits for $200.

The promotion-in-a-box kit includes:

* 200 100th Anniversary golf balls to sell to your customers as a souvenir of their day at your course

* Colorful posters to promote the event at your facility

* Sample handouts to describe the charity and the promotion to your customers

* Public service announcements and press releases for the media to announce and support the fundraiser and generate awareness

* Promotion ideas of how to capitalize on the anniversary to drive traffic to your facility

* Additional ideas to fundraise through tournaments 
For more information and to sign up, click here

Industry suppliers are also getting involved as sponsors. These sponsorships assist in covering campaign costs, enabling a greater contribution to Give Kids the World.   Tax receipts will be issued for all donations received.

Give Kids the World is a 79-acre nonprofit resort based in Central Florida that creates magical memories for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families.

For more information, visit:


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H. Betti Industries, Inc. Partners with Jersey Cares to Honor Active Military Men and Women
May 27, 2016 (Carlstadt, NJ)- H. Betti Industries, the leading provider of location based amusement equipment solutions, is pleased to have hosted the company's first annual "Paying it Forward," military appreciation volunteer day. On Wednesday, May 25,2016 employees assembled and prepared more than 85 boxes to send to the military stationed in Camp Lemonnier (the US Navy Expeditionary Base), home to the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa of the U.S. Africa Command, the only permanent military base in Africa.

Throughout the day, teams of employees wrote handwritten letters and decorated boxes filled with calling cards, water bottles, refreshments and more. H. Betti Industries is a proud sponsor and member of Jersey Cares.

"This year's event was an overwhelming success. Our participation is our way of showing gratitude and appreciation towards our service members," Said Jonathan Betti, Vice President of Sales and Business Development. "Everyone is already looking forward to next year's 'Paying It Forward' event."
Betson and Imperial International would like to thank everyone who participated to make this event possible.


About Jersey Cares: Jersey Cares partners with companies to recruit and engage corporate employees in rewarding, effective volunteer efforts that address community-identified needs ranging from tutoring children to painting new murals in schools. Jersey Cares is an affiliate of the Hands on Network (Points of Light), an innovative non-profit alliance of volunteer catalysts throughout the world.  

For more information, please visit
About Betson Enterprises: Since 1934, Betson Enterprises has been the industry leader in providing profitable location based vending and amusement equipment solutions for our customers. Betson offers consultative resources for new and existing customers interested in increasing revenue for their businesses.
Betson Enterprises is a division of H. Betti Industries and is headquartered in Carlstadt, New Jersey. Betson has 14 distribution offices nationwide focused on the sales, financing, parts and service of vending and amusement equipment.  
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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Robert AbouJaoude Joins Betson Enterprises as Senior Account Executive

June 8, 2016 (Carlstadt, NJ) - Betson Enterprises, the leading distributor of coin operated equipment is pleased to announce Robert AbouJaoude has joined the company as Senior Account Executive for Betson Imperial Parts & Service division. Robert will help to further develop the company's customer relationships and expanding portfolio of available parts and service contracts to better fulfill the needs of clients.    

"We are excited to welcome Robert to the Betson family." Said Richard Zayas-Bazan, Vice President of Betson Imperial Parts & Service. "Robert's expertise and knowledge of the space will be key as we welcome new clients and look to grow and enhance our solutions in the marketplace."

Robert brings over 17 years of sales, marketing and customer service experience to the organization. He previously worked for Crane Payment Innovation (formerly MEI), the largest payment system provider where he provided clients and authorized service centers the tools necessary to support the lifecycle of products.

"I am honored to be part of the team and look forward to taking on the challenge of building a solid customer support structure for our customers" said Robert. "Betson is well-known for providing innovative products and services. I look forward to ensuring customers have access to the best maintenance solutions and parts post sale."

Robert helped implement Betson's warranty program to assist payment system customers with unplanned service issues.

To learn more about Betson's service capabilities and spare parts availability in the North America region, please contact Robert at 201-232-4447 or email robaj@betson.com.

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H. Betti Industries, Inc. Expands Marketing-

Melodi Pomeroy Joins as Senior Director of Marketing

June 20, 2016 (Carlstadt, NJ) - H. Betti Industries, Inc. the leading provider of location based amusement equipment solutions is pleased to announce Melodi Pomeroy has joined the organization as Senior Director of Marketing. Melodi will focus on expanding the company's marketing strategy to develop a more cohesive, targeted user experience and increase brand awareness to generate sales interest.

"Melodi's knowledge of the customer journey will help us to better focus on the needs of our existing clientele as we look to grow our products and services." Said Jon Betti, Vice President of Sales and Business Development. "She understands the challenges associated with marketing to high-growth segments and has a proven record of successful implementation."

Previously, Melodi worked in the data industry where she served as Vice President of Marketing and Director of Marketing. Her skill set includes: strategic planning, creative development and implementation of integrated digital and traditional campaigns to retain and acquire new customers.

"I am delighted to be part of the H. Betti organization," said Melodi. "Betson Enterprises and Imperial are already well known brands within their respective industries. The potential to build upon this is tremendous."

Melodi is located in the Carlstadt, New Jersey office. She can be reached at (201) 806-7710 or via email at mpomeroy@betson.com.

About Betson Enterprises

Since 1934, Betson Enterprises has been the industry leader in providing profitable location based vending and amusement equipment solutions for our customers. Betson offers consultative resources for new and existing customers interested in increasing revenue for their businesses.  

Betson Enterprises is a division of H. Betti Industries and is headquartered in Carlstadt, New Jersey.  Betson has 14 distribution offices nationwide focused on the sales, financing, parts and service of vending and amusement equipment.   

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

To place an order please visit: www.betsonparts.com

About Imperial:

Imperial International offers a full line of Billiard Tables, Parts and Accessories to the Billiard, Game Room and Billiard Hall industries. With over 60 Years of experience and leadership in the Billiard industry, we can help you supply your customers with some of the best products available today.

Imperial International is a division of H. Betti Industries, Inc. With 2 distribution centers conveniently located on the East Coast and West Coast, Imperial can deliver our full product line quickly and economically.

For more information visit www.imperialusa.com, email us at info@imperialusa.com or call 1 (800) 526-6261.

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   The visually stunning and thrilling attraction, designed

and manufactured by Baltimore-based Premier Rides, features three magnetic launches and boasts the highest inversion in the New England area at a staggering height of 150 feet!  

Baltimore, Maryland-A giant bowl of pasta, evil looking clowns, a dentist carrying what looked like a DeWalt drill, and a myriad of colorful balloon animals were but a few of the fear-inducing surprises that were featured during the ribbon-cutting ceremony for Lake Compounce's newest attraction Phobia Phear Coaster on May 7th.  Twelve contest-winners, each with at least one of the incredibly unique fears-including being terrified of roller coasters, had to face their fears at the opening ceremony before they became the lucky first riders on Phobia Phear.

After the contest winners' first ride, Phobia Phear officially opened to the public.  The park's opening day crowd appreciated that they could now experience New England's first launch coaster that also boasts the tallest inversion in the region.  The ride has become an instant hit, generating heavy social medial traffic and buzz in the region; one fan even wrote and produced a jingle for the coaster!  

Jerry Brick, General Manager of Lake Compounce expressed, "This is Lake Compounce's 170th anniversary and we are appropriately celebrating in style! Phobia Phear Coaster was Lake Compounce's largest capital investment in the park's history.  We wanted to make a major statement to our guests by opening a state-of-the-art thrill ride that is on par with what you would experience at the world's largest theme parks."

"All of us at Premier Rides are so honored to have teamed up with Lake Compounce," commented Jim Seay, president of Premier Rides.  "Premier Rides was fortunate to have previously worked with their sister park Kennywood in West Miflin, Pennsylvania to design and deliver the SkyRocket Launch Coaster which has been a big success.  Now we get to see the magic of Phobia Phear create a lot of lifetime memories for the guests of Lake Compounce!"

Seay added, "Premier is especially proud that the ride was able to open well ahead of schedule which allowed guest to ride Phobia Phear on the park's opening day.  Exceeding expectations means a lot to Premier!"

Brick noted, "To work with Premier Rides has been a great experience for us.  They are an excellent partner."  Brick also said that the new coaster "helps make Lake Compounce a true destination theme park."

Phobia Phear is a triple launch coaster that is based on the award-winning SUPERMAN Ultimate Flight located at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo, California.  Phobia Phear has the most current launch system technology which includes a new state-of-the-art energy storage system that allows the ride's control system to create a powerful magnetic wave with a very low power consumption level.  This magnetic wave powers the coaster, catapulting it up to its record inversion 150 feet in the air.  With the exception of the coaster train itself, there are virtually no moving parts on the ride which makes the attraction very reliable and maintenance friendly.

The riders are first shot out of the station up to a height of 50 feet.  Gravity pulls them rapidly back into the station where the guests are launched backwards up to a height of 100 feet.  Again gravity takes control and brings the train once more back into the station where the final launch is energized and the riders shoot up a vertical twisting track to the highest point on the ride where a tantalizing slow roll places the guests upside down 150 feet in the air.  After executing the roll, guests enter a face-first vertical drop, ending in a twisting loop where riders will experience exciting Gs. The riders then drop toward ground level where the train once more shoots through the station and then is smoothly braked using magnetic technology as it comes to a stop in the station.

"This ride is for someone who likes to be scared," Sara Frias, Marketing Director for Lake Compounce gleefully notes.  "Phobia is different because it is....just the most thrilling experience you can have on a ride.  We just felt like it is really time for us to add something that is not just for kids," Frias added.  

Phobia is the first new roller coaster at Lake Compounce since the year 2000.

Brick added, "If you know you did a good job, it's when the guests come off smiling and they get back in line."

Premier Rides is best known for its high-tech magnetic launch roller coasters.  The company is also a global supplier of traditional roller coasters, observation wheels, towers, water rides and custom designed attractions.  Premier's service division offers engineering support, complete ride and train rehab, and it maintains and offers spare parts supply on a 24-hour emergency basis.  The company is headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland and has additional U.S., European, and Asian offices.  For more information, please visit www.premier-rides.com or call +1-410-923-0414. 
Lake Compounce, part of the Palace Entertainment family of parks and New England's premier family theme park is open for the 2016 season. Home to Crocodile Cove, the largest water park in Connecticut, as well as Bear Creek Campground at Lake Compounce.  Established in 1846, Lake Compounce is the oldest continuously operating amusement park in North America.  More information and the park's operating schedule can be found at www.lakecompounce.com

Palace Entertainment is one of the leading leisure park operators in the United States.  With parks located in 10 states, Palace Entertainment continues its expansion of brands within the family entertainment sector.   The company operates Kennywood amusement park in Pennsylvania, Noah's Ark water park in Wisconsin, Splish Splash waterpark in New York, and Raging Waters in California, among many other family favorite destinations.  Palace Entertainment's parks provide family oriented and affordable attractions to visitors of all ages, offering a wide range of attractions, such as roller coasters, Ferris wheels, live shows, variable depth pools, water slides, animal shows, miniature golf courses and arcade games. Palace Entertainment greets millions of visitors annually.
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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.

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