February 2, 2014 |
We'd been planning the trip since Lauren was 7, soon after I heard about the Sweet 16 parties South Jersey parents threw for their girls. Elaborate occasions with multi-course meals, tributes, and even a first dance with Dad seemed more fitting for a bride than for an adolescent's coming-of-age. Soon after my own 16th birthday, I'd left home for a summer tour of Europe. I couldn't re-create that life-altering trip for Lauren, but I wanted to at least give her a taste of it. The idea came when I'd married her father 10 months after relocating from the West Coast to join his family.
June 26, 2009 |
It takes a certain kind of friend to reach out a hand when you are in need. It takes a completely different kind of friend to swim the English Channel for you. But for Tori DeLollo, Trista Felty, and Kiersten Rosenberg, tackling such a feat to help Lauren Schulman was natural. "Lauren was everybody's friend," DeLollo said. Next week, the three women plan to swim 21 miles across the English Channel - from Dover, England, to Calais, France - to raise money and awareness for multiple sclerosis, the disabling neurological disease that was diagnosed in Schulman in August 2007.
January 4, 2003 |
If salvage workers ever succeed in pulling the hapless Tricolor cargo ship out of the frigid depths of the English Channel, they may want to consider rechristening it the Calamity Jane. Three weeks ago, the Norwegian cargo ship, carrying 2,900 luxury cars to the United States, collided with a Bahamian-registered cargo ship in heavy fog. The Tricolor, on its way from Zeebrugge, Belgium, to Southampton, sank in 90 minutes, taking with it a brand-spanking new array of BMWs, Saabs and Volvos.
September 9, 2013 |
Anthony McCarley felt the need to cross the English Channel before he even learned to swim. He doesn't know why or how the dream was born, but suddenly he was 49, living in Berwyn, and decided his chance was slipping away. So in 2009, he began hitting the pool at the Upper Main Line YMCA. He worked himself up to 10,000 meters - six miles, three to four hours per swim. He wouldn't drink or eat because he wanted to prepare himself for the body in revolt. He was somewhat mad, admittedly.
August 7, 2013 |
When was the last time you actually were moved by a TV-show murder? Not just shocked or grossed out. Police procedurals have so inured us to the taking of life - by fist, gun, knife, ax, poison - it's become nearly impossible to appreciate or feel the cataclysmic nature of murder and its effect on those it touches. So, our thanks go to writer Chris Chibnall for creating Broadchurch , a complex eight-part murder mystery that elicits the gut-wrenching outrage and anguish that murder should incite.
July 2, 2016
By Robert Garnett One hundred years ago today, the greatest battle of the First World War began - the Battle of the Somme. Hope died that day, and the modern age began. The River Somme wanders through bucolic countryside in northern France, lazily winding toward the English Channel. The river's name is said to derive from an ancient Celtic word meaning "tranquil," and even in today's glossy, high-tech Euro-world, the banks of the Somme remain quiet and rural, "flyover" country.
February 3, 1987 |
This year's edition of the Variety Club Telethon, which aired from 10 p.m. Saturday to 6 p.m. Sunday on Channel 6, was the most successful in its 16-year history, according to Channel 6 spokesperson Ruth Gold. The fundraiser received pledges totaling $1,810,235 - about $8,000 more than last year. Boxer Leon Spinks was among the heavyweights who dropped by unexpectedly with a contribution. The presence of Temple University counselor Jim McGowen, a paraplegic whose 1986 attempt to swim the English Channel drew world attention, boosted contributions at the telethon's Fishbowl site, Gold said.
July 24, 2014 |
Man will never stop testing his limits - nor finding love in unexpected places, like 56-degree water. Two aquatic updates: After swimming the English Channel in August, chronicled in The Inquirer, Anthony McCarley, 54, of Berwyn finished two monster swims this summer to complete the Triple Crown of marathon swimming. On June 28, he circled Manhattan, 28.5 miles in a conservative nine hours and 40 minutes. Three weeks later, on Saturday morning, he stroked 20.2 miles in the Pacific Ocean from Santa Catalina Island to the California mainland.
January 15, 1994 |
HE'S CHARGED WITH TAKING TO THE AIR TO CLEAR THE AIR Word out of France is that an electronics teacher annoyed by noise from a model-airplane club has been charged with using radio waves to crash more than 100 model planes. Rene Le Mancq, 62, has been feuding with the Marseille club over noise from the planes ever since he moved next door in 1977. In 1980, he won a court decree prohibiting the planes from flying over his property and limiting the number that could be flown at the same time.
April 11, 2014 |
After 70 years, a World War II reunion last month brought two men - strangers who live just miles apart these days - together for a monumental occasion. Army veteran Curtis Deardorff, 92, of Lansdale, and Navy vet James McKelvey, 89, of Aston, both traveled to Washington to receive the French Legion of Honor medal on March 26. They were joined at the French embassy by 11 other vets and the family of another who had passed away. The highest honor bestowed by France, the distinction has been given to hundreds of U.S. veterans who fought for the liberation of a country under German occupation in at least one of the four main World War II French campaigns: Normandy, Provence, Ardennes, and Northern France.