August 3, 2016 |
On a muggy Midwest night in June, Kelsi Worrell climbed out of an Omaha pool as an Olympian. The Century Link Center scoreboard, which after the 100-meter butterfly final flashed a "1" next to her name, confirmed that. Walking off the deck, one hand covering a mouth still open wide in joy and surprise, she spotted her family. That's when she cried, the same way Olympic champions often do when the National Anthem plays, and their country's flag rises slowly above their heads. If Worrell, a Westhampton, N.J., native, finds herself atop a medals podium next week at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, it won't be any more improbable than the journey that took her there.
July 1, 2016 |
OMAHA, Neb. - Kelsi Worrell arrived at the 2016 U.S. Olympic swimming trials with almost no international experience. That will change in Rio. The Mount Holly swimmer, a 22-year-old Louisville student, earned an Olympic spot by winning the 100-meter butterfly earlier this week in her initial trials appearance. On Wednesday night she qualified for the 200 final, though her time of 2 minutes, 8.94 seconds was just fourth best in the two semifinals. "That last 50 was really hard," she said, referring to a stretch battle with winner Hali Flickinger.
June 25, 2016 |
Tucked between sleek urban office buildings and the historic red brick of Center City is now a taste of wildlife. On Wednesday, a team of high school students with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service planted flowers in a plot they have been working on since March. The area, several feet of dirt between a stone wall and benches just outside the Free Quaker Meeting House at Fifth and Arch Streets, was once just fallen leaves and soil riddled with English ivy. Now, this strip of Independence National Historical Park is blooming with bee balm, a stringy red petal flower that hummingbirds like to poke their beaks into, and purple coneflowers, a favorite of bees.
April 19, 2016
THE DAILY NEWS Pet of the Week is Max, a 1-year-old male brindle pit-bull mix at the Pennsylvania SPCA. Although shy at first, Max warms up quickly, wagging his tail and become more and more social. With time, Max will likely open up and become comfortable, since his demeanor is even happier in the presence of other dogs. Max is a sweet, yet tentative dog, who likes bones and treats, and would do best in a house with tweens and up. Call the PSPCA at 215-426-6300; stop by the shelter at Erie Avenue near B Street, North Philadelphia, or visit pspca.org.
March 28, 2016 |
IF YOU'RE IN Mayfair in May, you might want to look for a new crop of monarch butterflies. They will be part of the Mayfair Monarch Project, an effort to increase the number of monarch butterflies in North America, and spruce up the corridor between Mayfair and Holmesburg. The project is the brainchild of Steve Kanya, who for 24 years has operated a not-so-little shop of critters called the Insectarium in Holmesburg. In a few weeks, Kanya plans to unveil a new Butterfly Rainforest Pavilion inside the 8,000-square-foot warehouse behind his existing business and museum.
February 29, 2016
On Feb. 20, Bancroft hosted its 23rd annual Butterfly Ball. More than 530 guests truly had a ball, enjoying an evening of socializing, shopping, dining, and dancing at the festive Vie in Philadelphia. Bancroft is a leading facility in serving those with autism, acquired brain injuries, and varied intellectual and developmental disabilities. Guests were inspired by stories told by board member Adam Landau about philanthropist Ray Welsh, a former Bancroft board member and campaign chair who recently died and whose kindness will forever be remembered.
February 1, 2016
When I first visited John Lyles and Neel Kulshreshtha three years ago, their business survival seemed a real long shot. They were two unknowns out to make a mark with an electric head shaver in a world dominated by such household names as Philips Norelco, Remington, and Braun. They're unknowns no more. Their company, South Jersey-based Skull Shaver L.L.C., has "low-seven-figures" sales, largely through Amazon.com and, increasingly, its own website, skullshaver.com, said Kulshreshtha, president and CEO. Many of those sales are of their men's shaver, the Bald Eagle, even though the women's shaver, the Butterfly, has had exposure on the nationally syndicated talk shows The Real and The Doctors . In December, Skull Shaver made its first bricks-and- mortar appearance in nearly 40 Bed Bath & Beyond stores in the United States.
May 31, 2015 |
Under a clear blue sky Friday, fourth-grader fingers busily dug in the sun-warmed earth outside the Katz Dalsey Academy Charter School in Camden's Rosedale section. Their mission: Planting a butterfly garden in honor of their school's founders, the late Lewis Katz and Marcy Dalsey. Sabiel Gomez, 9, one of the planters, deemed the project fitting. "I thought it would be kind of nice for them, because they built our amazing school," Gomez said. If Katz and Dalsey were listening, they'd be smiling.
February 18, 2015 |
Their critical food source - native milkweed - isn't a weed but a native perennial plant. For the delicate and colorful monarch butterfly, the leaves offer food for its larvae and the bright flowers produce nectar for the adults. But milkweed has been nearly eradicated across large portions of the country, threatening the butterfly's annual 2,000-mile transcontinental migration from Canada to Mexico. Monarch numbers have declined in New Jersey and Pennsylvania in recent years, and dropped by 90 percent over the last 20 years at their final destination.
January 9, 2015 |
It was like any other Friday morning for Chris Johnson, a volunteer at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University: Help clean the butterfly exhibit, feed the insects, check to see if any new ones emerged overnight. Black ones, red ones, spotted ones, and -. Whoa. As Johnson watched, an adult butterfly unfolded wings that were deep brown with tan spots on the right side, and black with a border of jade, violet, and light-blue on the left. Johnson knew that the creature, which had been shipped from Malaysia in its pupal stage, was a gynandromorph: half male and half female.