November 15, 2015 |
Sophia Katz, 10, was one of the first skaters on the ice Friday when the Rothman Institute Ice Rink opened at Dilworth Park. With the sun shining and the temperature hovering around 60 degrees on the west side of City Hall, Katz worried the weather could affect the ice. "It was really warm," said Katz, a member of Philadelphia Symmetry, the synchronized skating team that began the opening celebration. "I felt like the ice was going to melt. " A heated cabin, constructed next to the rink to provide warmth, food, and drink, didn't see much use on its first afternoon.
July 25, 2015 |
SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J. - Up on the boardwalk, the lunchtime beach crowd was teeming past shops offering body piercings, tattoos, and ice cream cones, and the warm air, redolent of sausage and fried onions, was filled with happy screams from the carnival rides. But 30 feet away, on Ocean Terrace, Doug Maday was frowning at a parking kiosk that read, "No Wet Bills. " "How does this thing work?" he muttered one day this week, jabbing at its buttons. All he wanted was 10 minutes on the beach.
August 12, 2014 |
For someone famous for sharing his depression with the world, Eric Jarosinski is in an extremely good mood. It is 10:30 a.m. on a sunny morning in Philadelphia, and Jarosinski is late but content. "Sorry," he says. "The bus. " He settles into his seat at the Melrose Diner, and orders coffee and an omelet with cheddar cheese and extra peppers. He will hardly touch his food over the next two hours. Instead, he talks a lot, laughs even. That might surprise the 85,000 people who follow him on Twitter.
April 28, 2013 |
Braheme Days Jr. didn't make a sound until his last throw. He began with a slow clap that caught on through the crowd. Then he walked to the top of the circle, surveyed the field, and belted out a "woo. " Days, the final thrower of the meet, had already clinched his second consecutive shot put championship at the Penn Relays. Now he was just having fun. The Bridgeton senior earned the right to savor it by earlier throwing a winning mark of 67 feet 81/4 inches - a season best and more than four feet farther than his closest competitor.
July 6, 2010 |
ORLANDO - The new coach fidgeted like a kid in school during a beautiful day. The bright, new star-to-be began his pro career like someone who hadn't played in an organized game since March 26, which Evan Turner hadn't. New beginnings don't always start out so smoothly. Coach Doug Collins could not keep still at all from his seat across from the Sixers' bench in their opening game against the New Jersey Nets last night in the Pro Summer League at the RDV Sportsplex. And Turner was frustrated by failing to display the smoothness that marked his game while he landed college player of the year honors at Ohio State.
April 30, 2010 |
Love will be more than a sculpture Saturday afternoon at John F. Kennedy Plaza. At 1 p.m., a "flash smile" - as opposed to a "flash mob" - will form, organizers hope, and throngs of people will share goodwill, sit peacefully for a while, then engage in a huge group hug. Signs and shirts will say "You are beautiful" on what could be a beautiful day. Expect '60s-style "flower power," too, courtesy of blooms donated by Flowers & Co., near...
April 9, 2010
MY CAR was in the shop, so I took SEPTA the other day. Sunny and warm. I got on the Route 113 bus in the afternoon headed for 69th Street and was hit with a wave of heat that would've been welcome a month ago. The windows don't open, so passengers are at the mercy of the air conditioner, which wasn't operating, producing a saunalike climate. At 69th Street, I had to transfer to another bus. I waited for the 116 bound for the Lindbergh Avenue postal facility, but didn't see it. Recognizing a postal worker boarding a bus with the word "SEPTA" in the area reserved for the route number and destination, I asked the driver if his bus was the 116. In a voice that let me know he was tired of answering the question, he said, "Yes, the sign is broken.
October 10, 2009 |
The day begins when the man some call "the maestro" picks up his cell phone and sends text messages to about 40 of his followers. He's 45-year-old Irvin Williams of Mount Airy, and he's about to determine how the group will spend its Sunday afternoon: to skate, or not to skate, in a small space in front of Lloyd Hall along Boathouse Row. For at least 10 years, the roller skaters and in-line skaters have been gathering there on Sunday afternoons,...
January 21, 2009 |
The woman from Philadelphia stood with her back to a steel security grate, her shoulders draped with one blanket and her head covered by another, trying to block the damp winter wind that ripped across the National Mall. Natania Macy had arrived at 1 a.m., waiting five hours outside at a checkpoint before being allowed onto the grounds. Now she stood half a mile from the Capitol, so far away that the man she yearned to see would be all but invisible, her constant companion the below-freezing cold that bit at cheeks and noses.
September 21, 2008 |
Organizers didn't plan it that way, but Hattie Fairfax ended up playing a key role in the Fugitive Safe Surrender program for nonviolent offenders, which netted more than 1,200 people the last four days. Fairfax, 62, stood on a cracked patch of pavement outside True Gospel Tabernacle Church in South Philadelphia yesterday, a dignified lady in a ruffled blouse, skirt and hose. As each man and woman emerged from the church, discharge papers in hand, she clapped. She yelled. "Congratulations!