August 23, 2016 |
Philadelphia-area breast cancer survivors were disappointed Sunday when a forecast of late afternoon thunderstorms canceled their dragon boat races on the Schuylkill but said the joy of paddling together provides both physical and psychological therapy during their April-through-October season. "There are 20 paddlers, two to a seat, and a steerer and a drummer, and we all have to work together as an engine to make this boat go forward," said Peg Schofield, a 21-year breast cancer survivor from Ardmore and president of the Hope Afloat USA dragon boat team.
August 13, 2016 |
A snow-white egret stood silently in the shallows off a bank of the Cooper River as a blue heron dipped below the tree line and flew west. Nearby, a bald eagle took flight and crossed the water, gliding on arched wings before landing somewhere in a cluster of treetops. Just beyond the forest was Camden High School, and the constant traffic on the Admiral Wilson Boulevard. But all was quiet as a phalanx of canoes paddled down the river early one morning this week, manned by five teenagers from Camden and others who came to explore the hidden world that flows through the heart of the city.
August 8, 2016 |
The growth in local rye has been inspiring for those who see the spicy grain as the pride of Pennsylvania's spirit heritage. Dad's Hat in Bristol and Pittsburgh's Wigle led the charge, followed by Pipersville's Hewn Spirits, Thistle Finch in Lancaster, and the newly revived Kinsey brand in Kensington. And now comes rye from South Jersey. It's fair to assume anything from Cooper River Distillers in Camden would reflect roughly the same terroir as those from just across the river in Philadelphia.
July 28, 2016 |
Nearly a year after a major dredging operation began shutting it down, boating on the Cooper River seemed back to normal Tuesday. Sailboats tacked into light breezes, a kayak skimmed along the Pennsauken shore, and three sleek shells packed with young rowers from Moorestown glided west. But shouts and a shrill whistle - even a waterborne visit from "law enforcement" - will greet any boater who gets close to that new line of white buoys stretched across the river. To its east lie the two miles of submerged pipes, suction equipment, and dredge boats of Camden County's $10.5 million channel-deepening operation, which resumed July 1 after a three-month pause.
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.
April 30, 2016 |
The spectacular view of the Cooper River remains the same at the new Cooper House restaurant, while the place has been given a complete makeover and new menu. More than a year after upgrades began to spruce up the once-popular Lobster Trap, the restaurant is only weeks away from opening. Besides its new name, the restaurant, closed since 2013, will have a new lease when it officially opens June 5. The building is owned by Camden County. There will be no TVs or stools at the bar, which will offer locally brewed beer and wines from South Jersey.
April 25, 2016 |
South Jersey law enforcement officials are investigating the discovery of skeletal human remains in the shallow, muddy waters of the Cooper River on Saturday afternoon. The remains were found in an area of the river along the Admiral Wilson Boulevard, across from Zinman Furs, Pennsauken Police said. The human bones were found by volunteers picking trash out of the river. Pennsauken Police as well as the Camden County Prosecutor's Office are investigating. - Bob Fernandez
April 9, 2016 |
A soon-to-be released report commissioned by Camden County is expected to bring greater potency to residents' and county officials' demands for the dredging of Kirkwood Lake. The report by Sadat Associates will claim that contamination from the upstream Superfund site is entering the lake and passing downstream to the Cooper River, according to Emery Coppola Jr. of Sadat. It will also say the lake is threatened without dredging. Preliminary findings of the report were discussed at a public meeting Thursday night at Voorhees Town Center.
March 8, 2016 |
A dredging operation on the Cooper River is taking longer than expected, Camden County officials say, and rowing teams likely will not be allowed on the water before May 1, disrupting the practice schedules of hundreds of rowers. A May start would be two months later than the county told a meeting of coaches in early February, and not what the Haddon Township Crew Club imagined as members towed their floating docks into place on Feb. 21. "My expectation was that we'd be starting practices out there two days ago," Haddon's visibly disappointed head coach, Gregg Francis, said Thursday on learning of the delay.
February 19, 2016
Eight flood-prone lanes of traffic and two miles of dreams that have been stalling, falling short, or failing for nearly 100 years. That's how I see the Admiral Wilson Boulevard, which recently became the first South Jersey highway included in the online Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia (philadelphiaencyclopedia.org). But the erudite author of the encyclopedia entry takes a longer, broader, bigger-picture view of what is arguably one of the region's least loved, yet most lore-laden, thoroughfares.