May 3, 2014 |
By the time commuters were getting ready to venture home Wednesday, a colossal traffic jam already was developing - in the atmosphere. A cluster of showers moved into the Philadelphia region at midafternoon, and then, "it just kind of stopped," said Valerie Meola at the National Weather Service in Mount Holly. The result was the region's wettest spring day in 142 years of record-keeping, widespread major flooding along suddenly chocolate-brown waterways, a rash of water rescues, streets more suitable for kayaks than cars, and prodigious cleanup chores likely to lap into the first weekend of May. More than a half-foot of rain - or two months' worth - fell on some areas, and flood warnings remained posted for the Schuylkill from Philadelphia to the Norristown area, the site of major flooding, into Thursday afternoon.
January 31, 2014 |
A scenic ribbon of green was created along the Cooper River in 2000 to improve the view for travelers heading to the Republican National Convention in Philadelphia. The lush expanse of meadows and woods supplanted the strip of go-go bars, gas stations, and rooms-by-the-hour motels on the Admiral Wilson Boulevard's south side. Built by the Delaware River Port Authority 13 years ago with breathtaking speed (then-Gov. Christie Whitman saw to that), this lovely place is still fenced in, blocked off, and locked up. But thanks mainly to the good work of grassroots groups, nonprofit organizations, and the Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority, the barriers may come down soon.
August 5, 2013 |
Retired Camden City firefighter Bill Bain introduced his daughter-in-law - "Have you met Saint Janet," he asked, hugging Janet Bain. "You have to be a saint to put up with all this," he said, laughing as Janet Bain grinned. She'd heard that before. The all this indicated by Bill Bain - eight fire trucks, all shiny, and on display for a national antique fire truck convention Saturday at Cooper River Park - wasn't actually all of the all this. The all is the 23 fire trucks, plus a few military vehicles, that Janet's husband, Camden firefighter Joel Bain owns, refurbishes, loves, and houses, sardinelike, in a warehouse in South Camden.
July 22, 2013
Uncle Dave's Ice Cream Jog 'n' Hog : 8:30 a.m. Run 2 miles, eat a pint of ice cream, run 2 miles back. Shady Brook Farms, Yardley. jognhog.com Christmas in July 5K : Atlantic City. Starts at Boardwalk Hall on the Boards. Benefits Salvation Army youth summer camp programs. Entry fee $25. Run From the Sun 5K: Avalon, $30 race-day entry. Starts at 27th Street and Avalon Avenue. Registration at the Avalon Community Center three blocks away.
July 1, 2013 |
HE HAD A WAY of touching everyone around him. With his smile, with his quick wit and snappy remarks. With his candor and spontaneity. Paul Pratt had a way of impacting lives. It's why those who knew him, rowed with him, saw him every day, find it hard to fathom that he's gone. Two summers ago, Pratt once accidentally severed two fingers and part of another on his left hand. The Episcopal Academy junior was never supposed to row again. He did, not only making the Churchmen team, but making it onto their top boat.
June 14, 2013 |
Arson claimed four boats at the Camden County Boathouse in Pennsauken early Wednesday, leaving the crew team of Bishop Eustace Preparatory School partly in ruins. Head coach Chris De Young said the vandalism would not stop his team when the season resumes in September, even if it means "begging and borrowing" throughout the summer. "It's devastating," said De Young, who surveyed the damage Wednesday afternoon. Two 16-foot launches were destroyed, leaving one submerged next to the dock on the Cooper River, which is known nationally as a top venue for competitive rowing.
May 24, 2013
The Scholastic Rowing Association of America national championship regatta is scheduled for Friday and Saturday on the Cooper River in Camden. Gonzaga (Wash.) is the defending champion in the boys' varsity eight grand final, and National Cathedral (Wash.) is the defending champion in the girls' varsity eight grand final. For complete results of the weekend's 186 races and more information on the regatta, go to www.sraa.net . The SRAA was formed in 1935 to foster scholastic rowing and to stage an annual regatta open to all schools of the world, the winner to be recognized as North American champions.
March 20, 2013 |
To walk the upper Cooper River trail is to discover a secret hidden in plain sight. Who knew so much woodsy, watery, almost-wilderness awaited visitors to this corner of South Jersey, where Cherry Hill and Haddonfield meet? "I've lived here all my life," says Bob Feltoon, an attorney from Voorhees. "I take Park Drive all the time. And I've never walked back here. " Says Merchantville businesswoman Marilyn Axler, an active gardener and park patron, "I didn't know about this.
July 17, 2012 |
HE WAS an enigma to the authorities and a curiosity to collectors, a man who could have made bundles with his brains. But not all of Francis L. Henning's plans were foolproof or legal, and he fled South Jersey in 1955 with the feds on his tail, dumping buckets full of shiny evidence in local waterways. On Oct. 28 that year, Henning, looking both distinguished and defeated in a light suit, stood for a mug shot in Cleveland, where he was making $700 a month as a mechanical engineer — more than twice the national average for the era. Henning was a counterfeiter who strategically dreamed small, it seems, to fly under the radar of the agency he figured would be looking for fakes: the Secret Service.