January 11, 2005 |
There was something to be said for keeping a clear head this New Year's Eve. I woke up bright and early, feeling chipper on the gorgeous gift of an unusually sunny and warm New Year's Day. As the Mummers gathered steam in Philadelphia and the Tournament of Roses Parade floats jockeyed for position in Pasadena, Calif., my husband and I headed to the Jersey Shore with our yellow Lab, Maggie. Each year, we try to make a few dormant-season jaunts to the Shore. Usually, it's in early spring or late fall.
September 8, 1993 |
Without Carrefour's bakery and its bargain baguettes, Maria Conroy said she's prepared to bake her own bread. Conroy, who was at the Voorhees store yesterday, buys 10 baguettes every day for the nearby restaurant where she works. She says of Carrefour's bakery, "Oh it's the best, the best!" Like many of the store's daily customers, she expressed surprise and sadness that, after little more than a year in Voorhees, the French hypermarket, along with its sister store in Northeast Philadelphia, would soon close.
October 6, 1986 |
Tony Blackson hunched his shoulders against the rain as he sat in his wheelchair on the banks of Dove Lake in Gladwyne, his fishing rod extending from beneath his feet into the brown water. Suddenly, his rod started to tremble, and his companion, Caroline Blume, a student at Episcopal Academy, lifted it out of the water as shouts of "He's caught something!" rose up and down the bank. It was a moon-shaped bluegill, the second gill fish Blackson had caught that morning.
April 18, 1990 |
In the cold, early morning air, Bobby Zwicharowski, 15, and his uncle James Axten of Port Richmond watched the water race downstream and waited. "Take the slack out of your line - it's going out in the current," Axten said. As he did so, Bobby felt a tug, and his fishing rod bent almost double from the struggle going on beneath the water. Just minutes into trout season, which opened at 8 a.m. Saturday, fish were being caught in the recently restocked Pennypack Creek. The creek was also restocked this week by the Pennsylvania Fish Commission, and will get another batch of trout next week and the week of May 7. On Saturday, hundreds of colorfully jacketed fishermen in tall rubber boots lined the sandy banks from the waterfall at the Frankford Avenue entrance to Pennypack Park to the point where the winding creek disappears among the bare trees.
May 11, 2011 |
TUNICA, Miss. - The bulging Mississippi River rolled into the fertile Mississippi Delta on Tuesday, threatening to swamp antebellum mansions, wash away shotgun shacks, and destroy fields of cotton, rice, and corn in a flood of historic proportions. The river took aim at one of the most poverty-stricken parts of the country after cresting before daybreak at Memphis just inches short of the record set in 1937. Some low-lying neighborhoods were inundated, but the city's high levees protected much of the rest of Memphis.
May 17, 1993 |
At 7:30 in the morning, just before the Lady Chris pulled away from the dock, many of the Germantown High School students aboard began singing a familiar melody: "The ship set sail for the shore of this uncharted desert isle . . . for a three-hour tour. " For many of these 35 students, most raised on Philadelphia city streets, that song - and Gilligan's Island, the TV show that spawned it - were the only connection they'd had to the open sea. Some of them had never been on a boat before.
July 16, 1986 |
From Art Museum employees encamped amid some of the great artworks of the Western world, to union members torn between principle and putting food on the table, to suicide counselors working overtime, the 16-day city strike continues to take a toll on the collective psyche of municipal employees. The people who have been living inside the Philadelphia Museum of Art for the last two weeks are reluctant to talk to anybody. A man who in a weary voice answered the museum's phone number after nine or 10 rings couldn't get off the line fast enough.
May 18, 1988 |
When the contestants in the Zurbrugg Open golf tournament meet touring pro Rosie Jones on Monday, they can ask her how to hit a 1-iron or how to cast for spotted brown trout, because Jones likes fishing almost as much as golf. She was sequestered last week at her residence in Hilton Head, S.C., taking her first break of the year after playing in 11 of 12 tournaments, but her agent, Robin Murev, said Jones "travels all the time with her fishing rod. She can tell you about the best fishing holes in the country.
December 17, 2001 |
The best free safety in football, at least according to his coaches and teammates, wasn't sure he would ever get his first interception of the season. Brian Dawkins had been knocking the ball down on plenty of occasions, and creating havoc in the Eagles' blitzing schemes. But that first pick of the year - that took a while. It took until late in the third quarter yesterday at DeadEx Field, host to 84,936 disgruntled Washington fans and home to a team that can officially consider itself a former contender for the NFC East title.
March 21, 1996 |
The people who brought you blood-splashed furs and liberated lobsters have trained their sights on a new target. The fishing rod. And the hands and hearts behind it. The animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals this summer will hit Cape May and other coastal spots, lakes and fishing holes around the country, beating the waters for a ban on sport fishing. PETA fish campaign coordinator Tracy Reiman promised that protesters, accompanied by 6-foot mascot "Gill the Fish," will maneuver their boats among fishing craft.