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August 26, 1987
By the end of the year, Boathouse Row on the Schuylkill should be fully aglow once again, the distinctive shapes of the 14 Victorian-era structures outlined in lights for all to enjoy. Thanks to a $147,500 grant from the city's William Penn Foundation, this delightful display will be restored and made permanent. The lighting exhibit, initially installed to provide temporary gaiety for the 1976 Bicentennial celebration, has fallen into a sad state of disrepair. So many of its lights are missing that it is currently about as picturesque as a snaggle-toothed grin.
NEWS
May 30, 2009 | by ELLEN GRAY Daily News Television Critic 215-854-5950
They're calling it "Ruby's Walk Across America," but for this morning, let's just call it a stroll along Kelly Drive. That's plenty for now for Ruby Gettinger, star of the Style Network's "Ruby," which is following her every step of a journey that began with her weighing nearly 500 pounds. She's kicking off a multicity set of one-hour walks at 9 this morning at No. 1 Boathouse Row, where she'll be walking and talking with fans of the Comcast-owned cable network's most-watched show in a free event that's scheduled to last until 2 p.m. Since the show premiered last November, she has heard from thousands of people, and some "have been taking road trips to Savannah [where she lives]
NEWS
March 16, 1990 | By Gabriel Escobar, Daily News Staff Writer
John A. Seitz figured that by June, given the current conditions, he would have been able to walk on the Schuylkill without wetting his Docksiders. That's how thick the silt by Boathouse Row is getting. Months ago, you could step in and get wet up to your calves. Now, said Seitz, you're lucky if the water licks your ankles in some places. For the commander of the Schuylkill Navy, the organization that oversees rowing on the river, that means sculls could get caught in the muck.
NEWS
August 8, 2008 | By Sam Wood and Dorothy Brown, INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
A speeding car careered off Kelly Drive and plunged into the Schuylkill River at the height of the rush hour this morning as rowers and runners looked on in horror. The car, a 2000 Buick LeSabre, sailed nearly 30 feet from the embankment before plummeting into the waters. "It was just like a Charles Bronson movie," said Bill Ban, a rower who was finishing up his morning routine at 8 a.m. just north of Boathouse Row. "I heard squealing tires, then boom! Saw the car flying off into the river," Ban said.
NEWS
July 30, 1998 | by April Adamson, Daily News Staff Writer
If you're jogging, rollerblading or walking the dog along Kelly Drive tomorrow, you'll see his familiar smiling face. You may even want to taste one of his familiar 50-cent pretzels, or $1 bottle of water. That's right, the Chief is officially back. Robert "Chief" Rasmussen will be back at Kelly Drive near Fountain Green Drive today, his victory over Big Business complete. After an outpouring of public support and a whirlwind week away from the Drive, Rasmussen, his dog Ski and his blue concession van will take their spot on Boathouse Row. Yesterday, the Chief and the new concessionaire, Fairmount Management, apparently reached a deal whereby Chief can peddle his pretzels, bottled water and water ice at his own prices - which are up to 50 percent less than the prices the new concessionaire was charging.
SPORTS
July 29, 2013 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Staff Writer
So why were the club flags on Boathouse Row recently at half staff? For a relatively young man (36 years old) who had lived in Philadelphia for just over two years? Who didn't formally belong to any of those boathouses? Who wasn't even American? Did those spiritual descendants of Jack Kelly along the drive named for him believe they recognized a kindred spirit, or hoped so? Did they see a throwback to a time before performance enhancers and luxury suites and Andrew Bynum?
NEWS
December 13, 1994 | By James Cordrey, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Five members of the Haverford School rowing team are getting a gift of a different kind this holiday season. They will be boarding a plane tonight bound for Egypt, where they will row in two international competitions in the next 12 days. "This is a great experience for the kids," assistant coach Craig Hoffman said. "The benefit of rowing in international competition is immeasurable. " Aside from trading the wintry weather of the Northeast for the summerlike climate of Egypt, Ben Yogel, James Delaney, Quentin Koffey, Matt Burkhardt and Darryl Brown will compete in two regattas: the Luxor International Regatta and the Nile International Regatta.
NEWS
December 24, 2010 | By Jeff Gammage, Inquirer Staff Writer
Fred Duling celebrated his 60th birthday by rowing 60 miles on the Christina River, in Delaware, a trek that started at dawn and concluded at dusk. This year, at age 66, he ran in the six-mile Schuylkill Navy Run on Thanksgiving - for the 51st consecutive year. Now, Duling has been forced to take on the toughest challenge of his life - recovering from serious spinal injuries suffered in a Dec. 6 fall at his beloved Malta Boat Club on Boathouse Row. No one is sure what exactly occurred, since Duling was working alone in the club, as he often does.
NEWS
August 25, 1987 | By Vernon Loeb, Inquirer Staff Writer
The William Penn Foundation has awarded a $147,500 grant to the Fairmount Park Commission for a permanent installation of the lights on Boathouse Row, ensuring that they will continue to be one of Philadelphia's most distinctive symbols. The lights went up 11 years ago for the Bicentennial, crudely nailed to the boathouses. They became popular immediately, offering motorists a nighttime outline of the boathouses visible from the Schuylkill Expressway and West River Drive. Temporary as they were, though, the lights started to burn out, and replacing them was difficult.
NEWS
September 18, 1998 | by Joe Clark, Daily News Staff Writer
John Lloyd "grew up" on Boathouse Row. Started the day he climbed into a boat as a member of La Salle High School's freshman rowing team. He continued to grow, and row, through high school and on into college. Then came that weekend in May 1997 when everything came together - his graduation, his final race, and the realization of how the influence of the man in his life, his hero, helped him to achieve both. "As I shoved from the dock that Friday morning for my last race I looked back at the building," said Lloyd.
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NEWS
August 29, 2014 | BY MORGAN ZALOT & PATRICIA MADEJ, Daily News Staff Writers zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
THE ABDUCTIONS of three men, two of whom were found in the wee hours yesterday butchered, bound, haphazardly tethered to makeshift anchors and sunk into the Schuylkill, remained shrouded in mystery last night. But one thing was clear: Somebody wanted them to suffer painful, gruesome deaths. All three men - who investigators said were targeted as a result of a "drug nexus" and may have ties to Asian gangs in Philadelphia - were bound with duct tape at their hands and feet, their faces covered, and were thrown into the dark waters off Kelly Drive, police said.
NEWS
August 1, 2014
IF YOU MOVED to Philadelphia during the last, say, 20 years, you speak a different language than the rest of us who are natives and have been here a while. I include myself in the latter group because, sure, I was 6 weeks old when my parents moved back north from Baltimore, but 42 days does not devotion make. We wax poetic (or "paoh-edd-ig") about East River Drive. We remember that the other side with the great view of Boathouse Row used to be called West River Drive, proving for posterity that Quakers are much better at educating folk than surprising them.
SPORTS
May 9, 2014 | BY ANDREW ALBERT, Daily News Staff Writer alberta@phillynews.com
ROWING HAS always been a big part of Philadelphia sporting culture. Ever since the conception of Boathouse Row in 1858, the Schuylkill River and Kelly Drive have been a fixture of the deep passion the city has for rowing. This weekend, the river will be overtaken by more than 120 teams from around the country that will compete in the 76th Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta. "Rowing infiltrates the town," said Paul Savell, Drexel's director of rowing. "It is the largest collegiate regatta in the country.
SPORTS
December 16, 2013 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jim Glavin, now the rowing coach at St. Joseph's Prep, can remember the phone call. He was just back in the country after coaching a boat at the world rowing championships when one of his rowers called. They'd dropped the rowing team. "I thought he was kidding," said Glavin. "I thought it was a practical joke. " This was St. Joseph's College, summer of 1975. Title IX, signed into law by President Richard Nixon three years earlier, called for gender equity in educational programs that receive federal funding.
SPORTS
December 16, 2013 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Staff Writer
As the shock bit into her, Temple's women's rowing coach didn't remember saying much of anything. "I couldn't even think of a question," Rebecca Smith Grzybowski said. "I was completely blindsided. " Seven Temple sports had just been cut, she was told by athletic director Kevin G. Clark, including her sport. By the time of that conversation, midday on Dec. 6, Temple's board of trustees had already voted unanimously to cut baseball, softball, men's gymnastics, men's indoor track and spring track and field, and men's and women's rowing, effective at the end of the spring season.
NEWS
August 6, 2013 | BY WENDY RUDERMAN, Daily News Staff Writer rudermw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5924
Tow-truck operator Rodney Williams sat beneath a gloomy underpass on Kelly Drive, watching the cars whiz by as drivers headed into a notorious curve just before Boathouse Row. The rain came down in slanted sheets, scarring the surface of the surging, mud-churned Schuylkill River during Thursday's rainstorm. Small ponds of rainwater formed along the edges of Kelly Drive in both directions. Williams waited. He knew it was not a matter of "if," but "when. " "There were two accidents so far today within the past two-and-a-half hours," said Williams, 36, who drives for Poppy's & Son's towing.
SPORTS
July 29, 2013 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Staff Writer
So why were the club flags on Boathouse Row recently at half staff? For a relatively young man (36 years old) who had lived in Philadelphia for just over two years? Who didn't formally belong to any of those boathouses? Who wasn't even American? Did those spiritual descendants of Jack Kelly along the drive named for him believe they recognized a kindred spirit, or hoped so? Did they see a throwback to a time before performance enhancers and luxury suites and Andrew Bynum?
ENTERTAINMENT
July 18, 2013
YO, PHILLY! I'm interrupting the regularly scheduled diet and exercise tips that usually run down the righthand side of this page to bring you some shameless promotion for a great cause. Back on My Feet is having its sixth annual fundraising race event Saturday and Sunday. It's called the Stroehmann Back on My Feet 20in24 Challenge and features a long slate of different races over 24 hours, all on a loop along the Schuylkill. Proceeds benefit BoMF, the national nonprofit organization founded in Philadelphia by Anne Mahlum that uses running to help homeless individuals turn their lives around.
NEWS
July 8, 2013
DID YOU KNOW that you - you, John or Jamilla Q. Public - can have the lights on Boathouse Row lit in a color of your choice to mark a special occasion? Yes you can, but there are conditions and stipulations, says Barry Bessler, chief of staff, Office of the 1st Deputy Commissioner, Parks & Facilities. That's his official title, but since he's the guy who controls the lights, I think of him as Philadelphia's lumiere extraordinaire , or, in Stu-Speak, Director of Pretty Lights.
SPORTS
May 20, 2013 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Columnist
They couldn't row. One of them couldn't even speak. Jack Alden tried to stand up in front of schoolmates at a chapel service Friday morning to talk about one of his best friends on the Episcopal Academy rowing team and couldn't get past the first few words. "I just burst into tears," Alden said of the memorial service for Paul Pratt, a junior on the Episcopal Academy team who was killed in a one-car accident Thursday night. Alden and senior Pat Bernhardt, his partner on the Episcopal Academy boys' lightweight double, made up their minds: They weren't going to compete at the Stotesbury Cup Regatta.
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