August 12, 2016
ISSUE | SCHUYLKILL RIVER Slow rowing The Summer Olympic Games have begun, and Philadelphians are justifiably proud of local rowers who trained on our beautiful stretch of the Schuylkill River (From the Schuylkill to Rio," Aug. 3). Accumulating silt and the resulting weeds and debris along the rowing course, however, is threatening the long tradition of this iconic Philadelphia sport. Weed-whacking barges must clear the racecourse before regattas. The docks along Boathouse Row are mere inches above the waterline.
August 11, 2016
By Dotty Brown This week, as 20 U.S oarswomen compete in Rio alongside the men, they might give thanks to the Philadelphia women who decades ago struggled against the current of their time to win the right to row, long after they had won the right to vote. The effort came in waves, starting in 1938 when the first competitive women's rowing club in the country, the Philadelphia Girls' Rowing Club, landed a berth on the Schuylkill only because Ernestine Bayer had been tipped off at her banking job that the Philadelphia Skating Club was moving out to Ardmore.
May 23, 2016
In the wake of thousands of collegiate student athletes converging on the Schuylkill last weekend for the 2016 Dad Vail Regatta, consider the story of the Philadelphia Girls' Rowing Club, the oldest organization of its kind in the country. The development of American athletics is intimately connected to the history of competitive rowing. It was not on a diamond, court, or gridiron that the first intercollegiate sport was contested. Instead, it was on the nation's (calmer) rivers, and Philadelphia's connections to rowing are fathoms deep.
May 14, 2016 |
Two weeks ago, Paul Laskow watched plumes of mud rise in the Schuylkill as rowers tried to push their boats off from the docks at Boathouse Row. Normally, the water surrounding the docks is six feet deep. But these days, outside some boathouses, Laskow says, you can sit on the dock, put your hand in the water, and touch the river bottom. Sediment buildup caused by the Schuylkill's various dams has long been a problem along Boathouse Row and the racecourses just upriver. With the annual Dad Vail Regatta getting underway Friday, the river is long overdue for a dredging, said Laskow, who runs the river restoration committee of the Schuylkill Navy, the governing body of Boathouse Row. Funds to dredge the river, however, are hard to come by. Laskow and his committee have been working for three years to get a dredging barge up the Schuylkill.
February 11, 2016 |
Organizers of a new Schuylkill River Trail Watch intended to deter crime on the popular path will share information and invite people to join at a community meeting Thursday evening, officials said. The watch has been formed in response to recent attacks and robberies on the Schuylkill River Trail. The meeting is scheduled for 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Lloyd Hall on Boathouse Row. Reports of assault and harassment, often targeting female runners, have increased since last fall. Some of the offenders have been described as male teens riding on bikes.
November 3, 2015
ISSUE | MAUREEN O'HARA A Hollywood star The world has lost a beautiful, talented actress who entertained millions of moviegoers with films including The Hunchback of Notre Dame , The Quiet Man , and Miracle on 34th Street ("Maureen O'Hara, 95, leading lady and action figure," Sunday). There was a certain veracity in her acting that connected with the audience. For me, her spirited performance as John Candy's feisty mother in Only The Lonely was among her best.
September 8, 2015
Here's to old cities The town I call home, St. Augustine, Fla., and Philadelphia are competing for the highest spot on USA Today's "Best Destination for History Buffs" list. Right now, Philadelphia holds the No. 4 spot; St. Augustine is No. 5. It may be St. Augustine's year to top the list. It is celebrating its 450th anniversary this year. The city was founded by Spanish explorers in 1565 and has been continuously occupied ever since. We're not better or worse than Philadelphia, but we do tell a complete story of America's founding, centuries before it became the United States.
August 29, 2015 |
Services have been set for Friday, Aug. 28, for Trubee A. Krothe, 68, of Ventnor, N.J., a retired district director for SEPTA, who died in a Burlington Township motorcycle accident on Saturday, Aug. 22. Mr. Krothe was driving his motorcycle east on Woodmansie Boulevard in Woodland about 12:15 p.m. Saturday when it veered off the road and hit a tree, police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Fred Iezzi, a foot and ankle surgeon, knew Mr. Krothe as a fellow rower at the Bachelors Barge Club on Boathouse Row in Philadelphia and at the Viking Rowing Club in Ventnor.
August 1, 2015 |
Under a hazy sun on the banks of the Schuylkill, city and Temple University officials Thursday marked the on-schedule and on-budget start of the restoration of the East Park Canoe House, the historic - and once-condemned - home of Temple's rowing teams. The boathouse, which had sat unused since being condemned in 2008, got a new breath of life last February, when the city announced that it would kick in $2.5 million and that Temple trustee and philanthropist H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest would donate $3 million to renovate the 100-year-old brick-and-stucco building.
July 27, 2015 |
Call it the Blue Light Special for Democrats. To mark the fact that the 2016 Democratic National Convention will be underway this time next year, Boathouse Row and prominent buildings in Center City are being lighted up in blue. Buildings that were to receive the blue treatment Saturday, Sunday, and Monday nights included Liberty Place 1 and 2, the convention host committee said Saturday. The LOVE Park fountain also will join the blue-light party. Commercial facades along South Broad Street are to be lighted in red, white, and blue.