April 18, 2016 |
Since November, I have been taking lessons Saturday mornings to improve my swimming skills. I went from nonswimmer to sort-of swimmer at age 63, but the last few months of instruction and two days a week of practice have made me more comfortable in the water than I am out of it. You may think learning so late in life is strange, but my teacher, Kevin Banks, does not. Banks has been teaching even-older folks to swim, and the reason, he...
September 26, 2015 |
Make your way past the Port Richmond Village Shopping Center, weave underneath I-95, dodge the cars drag-racing down Beach Street, and you'll reach a locked gate. Hop over, slip around, or duck under it and you're on the well-worn path to what's known as Graffiti Pier - a postindustrial ruin, open-air art gallery, and informal park that has, in recent years, become perhaps Philadelphia's worst-kept secret. Graffiti Pier // Philadelphia, PA from Adam Englehart on Vimeo . The 500-foot-long pier has long drawn teenagers from the River Wards to drink beer and ride dirt bikes.
July 17, 2014 |
Just across from the Liberty Bell, another homage to America's roots opened Tuesday afternoon: a beer garden highlighting the country's own brews. Independence Beer Garden, located on the west side of Independence Mall at the foot of the Dow Chemical building, served its first glass just before 4 p.m. Michael Schulson, a 41-year-old chef who also owns Philadelphia's Sampan restaurant, always wanted to open a beer garden. Now, after a few hiccups that delayed the opening, he finally has. With 20 American beers on tap, the "garden" is big - approximately 22,000 square feet.
October 28, 2012 |
When he was 20 years old, single, and the beneficiary of a small inheritance, Adam Berr purchased a vintage 1939 log cabin in Medford. Its condition was not pristine, and, at 870 square feet, the cabin was hardly commodious. Today, Berr, 33, is a specialist in computer adaptation for the handicapped, married since 2007, and a father. And his bachelor log cabin has grown up, too. It's been expanded, improved, and transformed into a better version of itself, since Berr and his wife were determined to hang onto the cabin's log roots while expanding its livability.
October 17, 2012 |
The front lawn of Dave Sulock's house in Haddon Heights was looking like a Halloween-theme bicycle showroom. But the real fun was out back. Upward of 100 cyclists, a few walkers, and even a driver or two partied there under the stars as they kicked off the third annual "Tour de Heights. " By the time the 2012 tour finally wound down early Sunday, some in the crowd had cycled onward to three more backyard bashes within a few blocks of each other on the east side of the White Horse Pike.
February 22, 2012 |
An unemployed 26-year-old Chester County man fatally shot his father Monday night after an argument, authorities said Tuesday. The homicide, the county's third this year, occurred about 6:50 p.m. inside a residence in the 200 block of Seltzer Avenue in Caln Township, where Derek J. Smith had been quarreling with his father, Steve M. Washington, 51, said Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan. "This was a family argument. At worst, it should have ended with bruised feelings," said Hogan.
September 13, 2010
Residents return after gas blast SAN BRUNO, Calif. - Residents returned Sunday to the ruined hillsides of their suburban San Francisco neighborhood, three days after a natural gas pipeline exploded into a deadly fireball. A nearby segment of the line was due to be replaced, the utility responsible said, because it ran through a heavily urbanized area and the risk of failure was "unacceptably high. " That 30-inch-diameter pipe about 21/2 miles north was installed in 1948, and it was scheduled to be swapped for new 24-inch pipe.
July 15, 2010 |
Ricki Gever Eisenstein lived on Northwestern Avenue, just steps from a dilapidated Fairmount Park house for six years, knowing nothing of its history, until one day, at a relative's birthday party, she met Lucy Strackhouse. Strackhouse runs the Fairmount Park Historic Preservation Trust, which owns the building known as Cedars House. She told Eisenstein that the house was available for rent as a business. Eisenstein embraced the challenge of renovating the simple frame and stucco house in the charming woodsy setting, deciding to run it as a fitness cafe.
March 4, 2007 |
On Tuesday morning, Susan LeBoutillier was standing near a six-foot-tall pile of dark brown sawdust, her bundled shrubs and trees scattered nearby. "It's coming along," she said. "I think the stone walls are very beautiful. " It was the second day of a five-day work week for her 10-person crew from Exton, building a patio display at the Philadelphia Flower Show. Toward the front of the Convention Center, a huge replica of an Irish castle stood, the welcoming display of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, producer of the show.