July 27, 2013
Echoing the "eat local" movement, a "plant local" movement has sprouted in the Philadelphia region in recent years. Following the lead of Lower Makefield, Schuylkill and Warrington Townships have passed ordinances requiring new commercial and residential developments to use native plants exclusively in their landscaping. While this horticultural nativism has some ecological merit, such ordinances are not always practical. Their proponents, such as Jim Bray, chairman of the Lower Makefield Environmental Advisory Council, point out that native plants use fewer resources and enjoy a higher survival rate.
July 20, 2013
Special Events American Sailing Tours Daily, 90-min. Delaware River tours on Chinese junk-rigged schooner. Informative History Sail, musical Tropical Sail or romantic Sunset Sail. American Sailing Tours - Pier 24, 401 N. Columbus Blvd. www.americansailingtours.com . $40-$50. Dog Days of Summer Hot Dog Cook-Off & Celebration Hot dog & toppings competitions. Historic Headhouse Square, Second & Pine Sts.; 215-413-3713. Free admission; $5-$25 food and beverage tickets. 7/20. 1-4 pm. Electric Run Evening 5k with music and light installations all along the course Fairmount Park, 4231 Ave. of the Republic; 215-685-0274.
July 20, 2013 |
Nadirah Ruffin's killers forced her to kneel on a bank of the Schuylkill before shooting her to death and dumping her body in the river. That's what three defendants said Thursday in federal court in Camden as they pleaded guilty to their involvement in her death at 3 a.m. March 27, 2011. The three - Shameria Smith, 26; Aziz Sanders, 20; and Deshawn Hicks, 21 - pleaded guilty to a single count of a federal weapons violation, a charge that carries a potential maximum sentence of life imprisonment.
July 16, 2013 |
It was a beautiful day in the West Philadelphia neighborhood Sunday when thousands of runners, walkers, joggers and "Happy People" gathered for the Color Run 5K. Participants begin in white T-shirts and get doused with colored powder at various points during and after the race, ending up in splotchy, striped, and mangled rainbows from head to toe. "It gets in your eyes, your mouth, your ears. But it's worth it," said Alyssa Caimi, 14, of Upper Dublin, who came with her younger sister Emma; her mother, Joni; and friend Megan Mantler.
June 25, 2013 |
Before many people would feel awake enough to pour their first cup of coffee Sunday, thousands of competitors crowded Fairmount Park to swim, bike, and run more than 30 miles. At 6:30 a.m., 17 professional triathletes kicked off the TriRock Philadelphia Triathlon's Olympic Course race, the longer of two triathlons held over the weekend. But about a half-hour later, the professionals were joined on the course by a variety of amateurs, each of whom would bring shame to practitioners of the term "lazy Sunday.
June 21, 2013
A BICYCLIST was critically injured after he was found impaled on a fence in Fairmount Park, police said. Police found the man about 2 a.m. yesterday after receiving a call that led them to Martin Luther King Drive. There is a dip in that section of the road, police said, and the man maight have lost control and fell. He had apparently been cycling toward the thoroughfare down Black Road. According to Howard Hochheiser, president of the Bicycle Club of Philadelphia, Black Road is steep and often covered in gravel.
June 6, 2013
Schwartz's jobs credit aids vets We do need to put veterans back to work once they return to civilian life ("Applause is no substitute for giving a soldier a job," May 27). Fortunately, there's a leader in Pennsylvania who long has been bettering the lives of veterans. U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz's first bill in Congress - signed into law by George W. Bush - created a tax credit for businesses that hire veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. It's a law that helps real people meet real challenges: getting a job, supporting their families, and restarting their civilian lives.
June 6, 2013 |
A proposal for a Franklin Square 9/11 memorial that was to go before the Philadelphia Art Commission for review and final approval Wednesday was withdrawn from consideration late Tuesday afternoon. Featuring fragments from the World Trade Center, a block of granite from the Pentagon, and soil and stones from the Flight 93 crash site near Shanksville, Pa., the memorial first appeared on a revised commission agenda Monday. The proposal had been backed by an array of powerful city political leaders, including U.S. Rep. Bob Brady and Mayor Nutter.
May 31, 2013 |
THREE YEARS AGO, Penn Rugby held its practices at Hill Field, an area one-third the size of a regulation rugby field, while traveling 20 minutes to Fairmount Park for home matches. The same team that coped with terrible field conditions and the inconvenience of traveling to home games is now competing in its first USA Sevens Collegiate Rugby Championship (CRC), set for tomorrow and Sunday at PPL Park in Chester. And the team has to give credit to their home turf, Penn Park. "This is one of the best fields in the Ivy League and one of the best fields around; definitely the best field in Philadelphia," second-year coach Omar Foda said of Penn Park, which opened in 2011.
May 26, 2013
Then beat the drums slowly, play the fifes lowly, Sound the death march as you carry me along, And fire your muskets right over my coffin, For I'm a young soldier cut down in his prime. - "The Soldier Cut Down in His Prime," an old Irish ballad Chris Gibbons is a Philadelphia writer I huddled in the cold rain with my sons, Jack and Ryan, in Yeadon's Holy Cross Cemetery and unfolded the paper that listed the burial registry information of a soldier, Louis Robert McGinnis.