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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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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.
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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.
NEWS
August 29, 2015 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
August 1, 2015 | By Erin Edinger-Turoff, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
July 27, 2015 | By Tom Avril, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
May 31, 2015 | By Jared Steckler, Inquirer Staff Writer
If waking up at 3:45 in the morning, jumping in a boat by 4:45 and arriving at school for a full day of classes by 7:30 sounds crazy - well, then you probably aren't a rower. "Everybody always makes fun of us about it," Bonner-Prendergast senior co-captain Anna Savage said. "My sister usually has to wake me up, and I may have fallen asleep in first period once or twice, but once you get into the routine, it becomes second nature. " That's especially true for a crew of Bonner-Prendergast girls who were fearless enough to take a dip into the unknown and row their way to a national crown in the varsity four plus coxswain at the Scholastic Rowing Association of America (SRAA)
SPORTS
May 16, 2015 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
The island across from Boathouse Row had no name, and neither did the dog. At its lower end, you could jump across to the island, which was formed from sediment brought down the Schuylkill. There was nothing but wildness over there, trees and weeds and that dog. Al Wachlin is a fixture on Boathouse Row, a former head of the Schuylkill Navy. Wachlin kept seeing this dog with distinctive black-and-white markings on the island across from his Fairmount Rowing Association boathouse. Wachlin began leaving food over there.
NEWS
October 21, 2014
Dotty Brown is a former Inquirer editor who is writing a book on the history of Boathouse Row for Temple University Press Every year, thousands of people pound down the paved backbone of the city in the sweaty exuberance of the Broad Street Run. Next weekend, in another extraordinary test of athleticism and determination open to all, the sound will be the beating of oars down a different city artery - the Schuylkill. Rowing out their hearts and lungs in the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta will be more than 80 categories of rowers sorted by age, sex, and ability, from high school teenagers and college freshmen to committed athletes striving for world competition to masters rowers in their 50s, 60s, 70s, and, yes, 80s. Also racing will be gold-medal Olympic champions from New Zealand and top rowers from Norway, Australia, the Czech Republic, and the United States.
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.
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