September 6, 2014 |
Back in 2008, during the first giddy days of his administration, Mayor Nutter made the obligatory trip down to the Delaware to give a speech. Taking the stage in the overbuilt, underused Independence Seaport Museum, he announced that waterfront development was a top priority and that he would follow the recommendations of the new PennPraxis study. It was "a carpe diem moment" for the city, he assured the crowd. Of course, just about every new Philadelphia mayor during the last 50 years has come into office vowing to transform the Delaware's fragmented, postindustrial wastes into a glamorous urban riviera, only to discover that the place is stubbornly resistant to megaprojects.
August 31, 2014 |
On a Saturday afternoon two years ago, Matt Capucini navigated his 33-foot Formula through Ventnor Heights' back bays, where Shore life is good. From Memorial Day through the warmth of autumn, there's a steady flow of action: swimming, kayaking, paddleboarding, plus parties spilling onto large decks. It was exactly what Capucini and his life partner, Jimmy Ruiz, were looking for. They had traveled from their vacation home in Rehoboth Beach to see a bayfront property for sale.
August 29, 2014 |
John J. Healy Sr., 89, of Havertown, a contractor in Southeastern Pennsylvania and Delaware, died Sunday, Aug. 24, of lymphoma at his home. Born in Philadelphia, "Jack" Healy spent most of his life in the Merwood Park section of Havertown, where he attended St. Denis School. He graduated from West Catholic High School in 1943 and then enlisted in the Navy on July 9. He served as a medical corpsman during World War II. While on Guam, he treated several survivors of the Indianapolis, a ship torpedoed by the Japanese in the South Pacific in July 1945 after dropping off parts for the atomic bomb.
August 25, 2014 |
The northbound lanes of I-495 in Wilmington were reopened Saturday, after Delaware transportation officials decided a bridge over the Christina River had been safely repaired following closure of both sets of lanes on June 2. The southbound lanes had reopened on July 31. The bridge carried about 90,000 cars per day before it was closed, and the highway served as a key transit route in the mid-Atlantic region, including for commuters to Philadelphia....
August 25, 2014 |
Susan McHugh-Ringiewicz walked into the dorm room and sized it up: Three beds. Three desks. Three chairs. Two closets. Three girls. "And a lot of stuff," said the respiratory therapist from West Chester, who was moving her daughter, Kerry, into the University of Delaware on Saturday. Would everything fit? "We're still trying to figure that out," she said. With larger-than-expected freshmen classes, the University of Delaware in Newark and Rowan University in Glassboro are requiring more students than ever before to triple up in dorm rooms designed for two. That can make for a tight squeeze - and some parents and students are less than thrilled.
August 23, 2014 |
Susan McHugh-Ringiewicz walked into the dorm room and sized it up: Three beds. Three desks. Three chairs. Two closets. Three girls. "And a lot of stuff," said the respiratory therapist from West Chester, who was moving her daughter, Kerry, into the University of Delaware on Saturday. Would everything fit? "We're still trying to figure that out," she said. With larger than expected freshmen classes, the University of Delaware in Newark and Rowan University in Glassboro, N.J. are requiring more students than ever before to triple up in dorm rooms traditionally designed for two. That can make for a tight squeeze - and some parents and students are less than thrilled.
August 9, 2014 |
The Mason-Dixon Line seemed to take a detour north Thursday. At 6 a.m., with the sun just rising under the Tacony-Palmyra Bridge and country music blaring over the Delaware River, 106 big trucks towing 106 of the finest fishing boats to be had - $75,000 per, with sonar, radar, electronic charts - pulled into the Frankford Arsenal boat launch. Within the hour, 106 of the nation's top anglers, including the South Jersey bad boy favored to win, had gunned their 250-horsepower engines and roared off. Their quest: the river's elusive bass.
August 8, 2014 |
THINK IT SOUNDS fishy that largemouth bass swim in the Delaware River? Well, forget it. They do, and they're getting baited, bagged and tossed back. For the first time, the Bassmaster Elite Series is being held in Philadelphia, and yesterday's late-afternoon launch at Penn's Landing was anything but floundering. For the next three days, pro anglers and bass fishermen will have spectators and fishing fanatics hooked as the Elite pros troll the river to compete for a prize at the end of a four-day excursion.
August 3, 2014 |
For the first time since slot machines were introduced in Delaware in 1995, Delaware Park, near Wilmington, has cut horse-racing purses in the middle of a racing season, according to a racing official. The new purses, which take effect Saturday, range from $31,000 to $33,000. They are down by about 15 percent, or $5,000 to $6,000. They reflect a continued slide in slots revenue, which subsidizes horse racing in Delaware, as it does in Pennsylvania. The cuts will enable the track to finish its season of 81 race days, an official with the Delaware Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association said.