April 28, 2016
ISSUE | PARK ACCESS Festival takes fun out of Franklin Square The Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square is disruptive ("Square is open, kind of," Thursday). I work in the area, and the black-cloth-covered chain-link fence, maybe 8 feet tall, looming as you approach looks ugly. Proponents of the festival act as though the only difference inside the square is that it is used at night. But the huge, brightly colored figures that virtually cover the square, though pretty, obliterate the quiet, restful, green, and natural park experience.
February 8, 2016 |
Looks like some young adults or teens had a thrill at Dorney Park last weekend. The South Whitehall Township Police Department in Allentown is seeking the public's help to identify two males and two females who snuck into the amusement park last Sunday and stole a flag from atop the Dominator thrill ride. The trespassers walked in through a gate that had been open for snow clearing, Sgt. George Hummel of the police department said Saturday. Hummel said it's believed the trespassers climbed nearly 200 feet up an interior ladder of the drop ride to get the flag, which was described on the police department's Facebook page as a blue-and-white Dorney Park flag.
August 23, 2015 |
Storybook Land nostaglia amusement park has delighted generations of children for 60 years. It opened in July 1955 in Egg Harbor Township on Routes 40/322 - once the main route to the Shore - as the vision of John Fricano and his wife, Esther, who wanted to build a place for young families and their children. The couple started off with a five-acre wooded site. John Fricano, an Army veteran and housepainter, built the first attractions - the Little Red Schoolhouse, the Old Woman's Shoe, and Jack and Jill's Hill.
July 27, 2015 |
SANDUSKY, Ohio - Our three sons love roller coasters. This year, the youngest, who possesses an understanding of their mechanics and physics far beyond his 10 years, wrote an essay on the low probability of rider injury so persuasive that even his risk-averse mother couldn't argue with it. For two years, the boys had been on a quest to persuade us to take them to Cedar Point, the amusement park on Lake Erie known as "The Roller Coaster Capital of...
April 26, 2015 |
JACKSON, N.J. - Slated to be the largest installation of its kind in New Jersey, Six Flags Great Adventure's planned solar farm might be called the "Kingda Ka" giant coaster of the park's green deeds. The amusement park says its energy project will eliminate nearly 226,000 tons of carbon dioxide over 15 years, greatly reducing its carbon footprint. But environmentalists are not along for the ride. In a shift from their usual support for such efforts, several state environmental groups have called it a "great green mistake" because it includes razing nearly 19,000 trees - a compromise that has raised questions about clean energy, environmental stewardship, and the greater good.
January 22, 2015
ONE YEAR AFTER her daughter's tragic death on a dark street in Northern Liberties, Stephanie Long is rebuilding her life one small step at a time. Long spent Monday, the first anniversary of Amber's murder, at Universal Studios in sunny Orlando, Fla. "I didn't want to stay home with the Kleenex box for Jan. 19," she told me by phone yesterday. "I got through the day without crying. I remember the good times with her. We've been to Universal twice as a family. " Before Amber's death, amusement parks had been a popular go-to place for the 26-year-old South Philly-based architect with a ready smile and positive outlook.
August 25, 2014 |
The parents of a beautiful 9-year-old girl were exasperated when they all arrived at a mood and anxiety disorders unit in New York where I was working as a newly minted psychologist. They needed an explanation for their daughter's excessive worries about illness and the behaviors she engaged in to keep from getting sick. She was preoccupied with germs, washed her hands often, obsessed about the slightest tummy ache, and was terrified to be around people who might be sick. These fears had started gradually the year before, with no obvious cause.
April 28, 2014 |
While Ilya and Yan Girlya were planning Diggerland USA, the "construction-themed adventure park" they are building in Berlin Township, the brothers consulted experts, including a trio named Aiden, Dylan, and Bianca. Ilya's two boys, 8 and 4, and Yan's daughter, 7, reached pretty much the same conclusion as conventional focus groups: The $8 million, 14-acre, action-packed attraction is a child's dream come true. After all, few kids of any age would pass up a chance to ride, drive, or operate a life-size Tonka toy - like the ones that gave me so many happy hours in the 1960s.
October 11, 2013 |
MIDDLETOWN TWP. Watch out, Elmo and Big Bird. Cookie Monster is slated to get more of the spotlight in May. About 25,000 square feet at the Sesame Place amusement park near Langhorne will be transformed into Cookie's Monster Land by next spring. The park is to announce the move Thursday, and it will make the grumbling cookie hoarder one of Sesame Place's most visible characters. After one of the largest renovations in Sesame Place history, Cookie's Monster Land will feature new play areas and five new rides.
September 10, 2013 |
Ruby is a beautiful and sweet bilingual (Spanish and English) 14-year-old. Talented and creative, she is interested in music and plays the clarinet for her school. She also enjoys various arts and crafts, including drawing and sketching. Her favorite foods are rice, beans, chicken, and pizza. Ruby describes herself as shy, but once she is comfortable in a setting, she warms up and has fun. She recently graduated from the eighth grade and was eager to attend high school this fall.