August 25, 2014 |
Whales are curious creatures, and naturalist Michelle Barclay has seen them do some unusual things in the waters off Massachusetts. One even quieted a crying baby, leaving a boat full of whale-watchers speechless. "A passenger's baby was crying, and everyone was getting annoyed," she said. "Suddenly, a humpback came up to investigate and looked right at the mother and baby. The baby stopped crying, and everyone onboard said, 'Oh, my God.' " There was complete silence after that.
August 22, 2014
QUEEN'S PARK SWIZZLE Bartender's note: "This one is a classic, my favorite tiki drink, because of its simplicity. It originated in The Queen's Park Hotel, Trinidad, during the 1920s - basically the grandmother of the mojito. A wonderfully rich rum cocktail that is refreshing, full of spice, and is as delicious as it is beautiful. The Angostura bitters line not only serves as an aromatic garnish, but also acts as a palate-cleansing last sip if left undisturbed while drinking. Very easy to make at home.
August 4, 2014 |
LONGPORT, N.J. - Authorities are suggesting that a champion powerboat racer, declared missing following a crash of his pontoon boat late last month, may have staged the accident to evade theft charges. Egg Harbor Township police said Friday that a report that Andrew Biddle had planned the incident to "avoid prosecution" is a scenario that "must be considered. " That announcement followed a story by the Atlantic City Press citing a police flier, apparently not intended to go public, that reportedly stated: "It is believed Biddle is alive and well and on the run. " Township police, in a statement, said the correspondence was "intended for law enforcement purposes only.
August 2, 2014 |
BARNEGAT LIGHT - It was like Christmas morning, solving a Rubik's cube, and the movie Groundhog Day all rolled into one as soon as the Grand Larson III docked at Viking Village. A seven-man crew - the maximum allowed under strict government regulation - returned Wednesday from five days on the 80-foot steel-hulled trawler, which had gone to a managed scalloping area called the Delmarva, about 50 miles off the coast of New Jersey, and pulled 12,000 pounds of scallops from the deep.
July 30, 2014 |
Westville authorities want the Philadelphia Fire Department to pay for the borough's fire boat, claiming that it was totaled by the wake of a Philadelphia fire boat. In documents filed in state and federal courts, Westville alleges that both departments responded to a fire at Dock 4 at the BP Petroleum plant in Paulsboro. According to the lawsuit, on the evening of Sept. 16, 2010, Westville firefighters arrived first in their FB7 vessel, contained the blaze, and advised Philadelphia that further assistance was not needed from the city's boat, the Independence.
May 25, 2014 |
Three South Jersey varsity teams won national titles at the Scholastic Rowing Association of America Championships on Saturday on Mercer Lake in Princeton Junction. The Holy Spirit boys' lightweight eight took gold, winning in 4 minutes, 39.39 seconds. Lawrenceville came in two seconds later. Holy Spirit's lightweight girls' eight also won, crossing in 5:09.92. Mount St. Joseph (Pa.) placed second in 5:12.45. The Holy Cross girls' double took first when it crossed the finish line in 5:44.84.
March 21, 2014 |
RUSSELL CROWE went to meet the pope, but the pope said "No-ah. " Crowe and the makers of the big-budget film about the animal ark-ivist attended Pope Francis ' general audience yesterday but didn't get what they most wanted: a photo-op. Maybe Crowe will have better luck if he accompanies the Philadelphia delegation later this month. Crowe had lobbied hard for a papal thumbs-up for his film "Noah," and the ensuing publicity a Francis blessing would bring. The film has been banned in much of the Muslim world because of its depiction of the prophet Noah, while U.S. conservatives have complained the film takes liberties with the biblical account of the flood.
February 8, 2014 |
ATLANTIC CITY - Maybe it's the snowiest winter in recent memory that did it, or a groundhog seeing its shadow the other day. But within two hours of the opening of the Progressive Atlantic City Boat Show, Steve Bell and his family had signed on the dotted line for a shiny, new, 18-foot, $40,000 Robalo 180. And the Bells had already settled on a name for the vessel they plan to dock in Strathmere this summer: Six Bells, a sort of play on a nautical...
January 30, 2014 |
Like many Americans of my generation, I first met Pete Seeger through his music. I learned "This Old Man" in kindergarten. As a teenager, "If Had a Hammer" played on my transistor radio. And as the Vietnam War and civil-rights movement convulsed the nation, I marched in protest to the verses of "We Shall Overcome" and "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?" Then I got to know him in a more personal way. On Oct. 15, 1971, I set foot for the first time on Clearwater, the 106-foot traditional wooden sailboat he had helped to conceive and build, and which became a part of his lasting legacy.