October 4, 2013 |
TO GET TO what those in the know called Wal-Mart Beach - a picturesque outcropping along the Delaware River - it used to be you'd have to squeeze through a hole in a chain-link fence behind a mega-retailer before trudging down a narrow, overgrown path. "I think it was mostly a hangout for homeless people and drug addicts," said Steve "The Rock" Johnson, a bicycle mechanic who stumbled upon the South Philly locale this summer. While exploring he noticed that someone had left behind stone steps, seats and fire pits.
October 3, 2013 |
Delaware Valley is the only Middle Atlantic Conference football team ranked nationally in Division III. The Aggies (4-0, 3-0 MAC) also are the only undefeated team overall in the conference after Saturday's 41-23 win over previously unbeaten Stevenson University. Del Val is No. 16 in the American Football Coaches Association Division III poll and No. 21 in the D3football.com poll. The Aggies will visit Lycoming (3-1, 3-0 MAC) on Saturday in a battle for first place. Field hockey.
September 26, 2013 |
The region's slow rise from the recession continued in August, with New Jersey and Delaware slightly outpacing Pennsylvania, according to the latest measure released Tuesday by the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. The Fed's Coincident Index had economic activity improving 0.1 percent in Pennsylvania, 0.4 percent in New Jersey, and 0.2 percent in Delaware. The Coincident Index looks at four indicators that, taken together, trend in tandem with a region's gross domestic product.
September 23, 2013 |
Brandon Snyder's 25-yard field goal with no time left gave No. 21 Delaware Valley a 20-17 road win over Albright in a thriller in Reading on Saturday afternoon. The Aggies (2-0, 2-0 Middle Atlantic Conference) trailed by 17-14 in the fourth when they took over at their own 29-yard line and moved to the Lions 20. The drive stalled, but Snyder boomed a 37-yarder to tie the game at 17 with 7 minutes, 16 seconds remaining. After Danny Wynne (North Penn) and Rashaad Lighty stacked up Ty Hughes, Delaware Valley took over on downs at its own 18 with 2:31 to go and all three timeouts.
September 17, 2013 |
With his company's name on the baseball park, Daniel K. Fitzpatrick, 50, president of Citizens Bank for Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware, spends many a fine evening at the bank's skybox, entertaining clients. But his first contact with one famous Phillie came decades earlier. Question: You pitched against Jamie Moyer when he played for St. Joe's and you were at La Salle, right? Answer: We were opposite starting pitchers in a game at La Salle in 1984. After losing that game to Jamie and St. Joe's and seeing his great command of pitch location, I knew I should study harder and prepare for a career outside of baseball.
September 14, 2013 |
Carol R. Collier, who for 15 years was the executive director of the Delaware River Basin Commission, has announced that she will retire in March. In her announcement during Thursday's commission meeting at Burlington County College in Mount Laurel, Collier said 15 years at the helm was "long enough for the good of the person and the position. " "It was totally my decision," she said later. "I have been thinking about this for a while. "Obviously, the last few years have been a little rougher and uncertain, but that is not what made me make the decision.
September 10, 2013 |
IT WAS A CRIME that stunned the region. Multimillionaire John E. du Pont, scion of the famous du Pont chemical family, shot and killed an Olympic wrestler living on his estate in Newtown Square for no apparent reason. Defending du Pont in Delaware County Court had to be a considerable challenge, since there was no doubt that du Pont shot Olympian Dave Schultz on Jan. 26, 1996. The family put together a formidable defense team, including former Philadelphia District Attorney Richard A. Sprague and former Chester County District Attorney William Lamb.
September 9, 2013 |
Marc Zitter enjoyed a special plate of oysters at the Washington Inn in Cape May last weekend. They were his, grown on the tidal flats of the lower Delaware Bay and among the first he has sold to restaurants since leaving his job as a heavy-equipment operator 18 months ago to become an oyster farmer. "The display on the plate was pretty awesome," Zitter, who just three weeks ago started selling his oysters under the brand Salty Lady, said in an interview Thursday. "It was nice to see, like I finally made it. " Zitter, 43, is part of a slowly and quietly emerging oyster-farming industry along the Delaware Bay, where oysters were nearly wiped out in the second half of the 20th century by disease and pollution.
August 30, 2013 |
When running back Andrew Pierce was a freshman at Delaware, he participated in the Football Championship Subdivision national title game. And even though the Blue Hens lost to Eastern Washington, 20-19, Pierce thought that it was only the beginning of many postseason runs. Now a senior, the 5-foot-11, 200-pound former walk-on and high school standout at South Jersey's Cumberland Regional has yet to return to the postseason. That is his No. 1 objective. The fact that Pierce is close to several records at Delaware and could be an NFL draft pick are topics he'd rather think about after the season.
August 23, 2013 |
WINTERTHUR, Del. - When Tim Mountz plucks a misshapen gem from a row of tomato plants - first admiring the little beauty nurtured from heirloom seed to ripe August perfection - he doesn't just describe the flavor, he rhapsodizes. "You'll taste smoke and spice," says the owner of Happy Cat organic farm, speaking of the Black Plum variety. Next is Northern Lights, a yellow-orange beefsteak with a blossom-end blush and an explosion of honeyed nectar: "It's like looking through the Hubble telescope with Carl Sagan.