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.
September 10, 2013
A NEW JERSEY woman is trying to save one of the state's venerable thrill rides from ending up on the scrap heap. Kara Silverman says she grew up with the "Rolling Thunder" ride at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, N.J., and doesn't want to see it taken down. She launched a petition on Change.org that had attracted more than 500 signatures by Sunday afternoon. The amusement park says it's going ahead with plans to take the ride down this fall to make way for the new Zumanjaro, Drop of Doom, billed as the world's tallest drop ride.
July 22, 2013 |
ARLINGTON, Texas - Investigators will try to determine if a woman who died while riding a roller coaster at a Six Flags amusement park in North Texas fell from the ride after some witnesses said she had not been properly secured. The accident happened just after 6:30 p.m. Friday at Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington. Park spokeswoman Sharon Parker confirmed that a woman died while riding the Texas Giant roller coaster - dubbed the tallest steel-hybrid coaster in the world - but did not specify how she was killed.
July 21, 2013
Ride accident injures seven SANDUSKY, Ohio - A boat on a thrill ride at an amusement park accidentally rolled backward down a hill and flipped over in water when the ride malfunctioned Friday, injuring all seven people on it. Operators stopped the Shoot the Rapids ride after the accident, which occurred on the ride's first hill, the Cedar Point amusement park said. Park police officers, medical technicians, ride operators, and park visitors helped the passengers off the boat. Cedar Point officials wouldn't say how the boat landed after rolling downhill.
June 24, 2013 |
GETTYSBURG - During the monumental battle fought here 150 years ago, Powers Hill played a key role as a signal station and artillery position guarding the main route to Washington. Over time the fields turned to forest and few visitors made the short trek up the boulder-filled hill at the southeastern corner of Gettysburg National Military Park for the view. Because there wasn't one. Before last year you could not see the battlefield for the trees. Today, after trees have been clear-cut, a nonhistoric house demolished, and a small parcel of land purchased, a visitor can stand beside the boulders, look out across the Baltimore Pike clear over to Culp's Hill and understand exactly what was at stake.