August 5, 2013 |
CONSTRUCTION ON the eagerly awaited boardwalk extension of the Schuylkill Banks trail is chugging along, with its slated completion date of August 2014 mostly intact. Weather delays this winter, however, could add a month or two to the contraction timeline, said Lane Fike, director of capital programs at the Schuylkill River Development Corporation. "They have to pour the concrete on the deck and that is dependent on weather," he explained. "We're pretty happy with the progress. " The 2,000-foot-long boardwalk will run parallel to the eastern shore of the Schuylkill, starting at Locust Street and connecting with a ramp up to the South Street Bridge.
July 26, 2013
There was a moment in recent years (a brief one) when new additions to the Ocean City boardwalk had a vaguely healthy-forward approach. They didn't last long in the land of funnel cakes. This season's boardwalk newcomer, Botto's Sausage Express, has few such pretensions. But it has at least sprung from a genuine place, the region's deep well of classic Italian sandwiches as interpreted by the family behind Botto's, a local supermarket sausage brand, and the restaurant in Swedesboro.
July 21, 2013 |
Atlantic City's iconic diving horses won't be there. Shiloh and Amir and all those other audience-thrilling equines have gone to the big Water Tank in the Sky. But one of their warm-up acts, Rich "Cannonball" Carty, will be among those gathering Saturday for a reunion of the Steel Pier's performers, workers, and patrons. "The pier was a part of my life," said Carty, 73, who as a young man would climb into a little car atop a 50-foot high tower, have it plunge down a track, and then do a midair backflip over the water before oohing crowds.
July 15, 2013 |
For runners across the country, it's half- and full-marathon training season. Here in the Philadelphia area, it's also Jersey Shore season, which means we're tossing running shoes and shorts into our duffle bags along with flip-flops and bathing suits. You have a few different running options when you're on a Jersey Shore vacation. Here are the pros and cons of each. Something to keep in mind for all three: The Shore doesn't offer a lot of shade, so make sure to wear sunblock and/or a hat, or get out before or after the sun brings out the sunbathers.
July 1, 2013 |
WILDWOOD - There have been many odd incarnations for this Jersey Shore beach town. And nearly all of them seem to have set this place apart as a somewhat eccentric and perhaps even peculiar place compared with other Jersey resorts. This, after all, is where a city councilman once undertook a moonlit dismantlement of the boardwalk and where a collection of ticky-tacky 1950s motels has evolved into a treasured historical architectural style. Wildwood by one claim could be the birthplace of rock and roll.
June 23, 2013
Plane explodes amid stunt; 2 die CINCINNATI - A plane carrying a wing walker crashed Saturday at an air show and exploded into flames, killing the pilot and stunt walker instantly, authorities said. The crash happened around 12:45 p.m. at the Vectren Air Show at Dayton International Airport. No spectators were hurt. A video posted on WHIO-TV shows the plane turning upside-down as the performer sits on top of the wing. The plane then tilts and crashes to the ground, exploding into flames.
June 14, 2013
FATHER'S DAY U.S. Open Experience So, you didn't get him a ticket to Merion. Let him watch on the big screen, practice his putts and pick up some merch at this AmEx-sponsored outdoor event. It's practically the same thing, sorta. Independence Mall, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. tomorrow and Sunday, free, usopen.com. Gary Papa Run It's been four years since Philly lost this beloved sportscaster, but his memory lives on in this 11th-annual 5K run-walk (and 1-mile fun walk), which, as always, raises funds to promote awareness of prostate cancer.
June 14, 2013 |
WILDWOOD - An ordinance approved Wednesday by local officials to make those on the boardwalk pull up their pants - billed as a way to promote decency in this honky-tonk Jersey Shore town - is a violation of constitutional and civil rights, says the American Civil Liberties Union. Udi Ofer, executive director of the New Jersey chapter of the ACLU in Newark, said the agency would consider a lawsuit to stop the city from targeting youths - particularly minorities - who might be partial to wearing pants so loose that their underwear, or worse, shows.
June 10, 2013 |
As I've grown up, my vacations have changed. As a child, my brother and I wanted to (1) go to the beach or pool, and (2) play. As a young adult, I wanted to (1) go to the beach or pool, and (2) go to the boardwalk to play. In my 20s and 30s, I added (3) go to the hottest restaurant, and (4) go to the most happening club. Now a parent, I still look forward to my beach and pool time and finding good restaurants on vacation. But instead of nightclubs, I seek out other attractions. On a recent visit with my family to Virginia Beach, Va., I found plenty of diversions.
June 7, 2013
Many young people today follow a dress code that requires their pants to bare more than their elders can bear. Towns and schools around the country have adopted laws and policies attempting to force young men and women to pull up their sagging pants. A Brooklyn legislator even launched a "Stop the Sag" billboard campaign. Wildwood is the latest municipality to enter the fray in a misguided effort to tone down its image as a boozy party spot. Its proposed trouser threshold would be one of several regulations governing attire on the Shore town's boardwalk.