April 28, 1989 |
Back before there was a skyline on either side of the Delaware River, far back, before the American colonists declared their independence from the cultivated, parliamentary monarchy that is England, someone planted catalpa trees in Martha. Catalpa trees have large heart-shaped leaves and trumpet-shaped flowers. They are settlers' trees. They grow rapidly, bringing quick shade and domesticity to homesteads hacked out of dense and foreign forests. Someone brought those trees to Martha, and planted them in the clearing behind the sawmill that was operating by 1758, and the iron-bog furnace that roared there in 1793, deep, deep in the woods of the New Jersey Pinelands.
September 19, 2008 |
Ghost movies, it seems, are nearly as old as ghosts themselves. But Ghost Town , despite being set in modern-day New York, feels downright ancient. Ostensibly a comedy, but one in which the (normally) brilliantly funny Ricky Gervais is more dull than he is droll, Ghost Town takes a familiar formula and goes nowhere with it. Gervais, affectless and aloof, is Bertram Pincus, a socially challenged Fifth Avenue dentist with a selfish, cynical view of the world. But when he awakens in a hospital room - having been anesthetized for a colonoscopy - Pincus suddenly finds that he can see, and communicate with, the dead.
August 21, 2006
Below are readers' responses to a "Community Voices" invitation to discuss the impact of illegal immigration on them, and their reactions to articles on a Riverside ordinance that holds businesses and landlords liable for dealing with illegal immigrants. A second installment of letters on this topic will be published tomorrow. As a resident of Riverside I applaud Mayor Charles Hilton's stand on illegal immigration. The town is becoming overcrowded. Ronaldo Empke (Commentary, Aug. 2)
March 9, 1986 |
Maybe it's best to see Allensworth as I saw it - on a cold, gray foggy morning. Only the howling wind and the banging of metal siding against a deserted shack disrupted the silence. My companions were a few jack rabbits, who sped away at the sound of my footsteps. This was a day when a visitor's mind could easily wander to a time long ago, when settlers came here to build a town on a foundation of dreams. Allensworth is a ghost town, but it is not like other ghost towns of the West where the promise was gold.
April 18, 1999 |
Caren Cunningham liked the idea that she could walk from her apartment to the train station to get to her Center City job. Cunningham, who moved into her apartment two years ago, wasn't happy with the way things were going at the complex, however. Then in September, Altman Management Co. II purchased the 266-unit complex in the Secane section of Upper Darby Township, changed its name to Laurel Manor, and began a major renovation that has made Cunningham happy that she stuck around.
May 13, 2011 |
LORCA, Spain - Thousands fled this small Spanish agricultural city Thursday, fearing aftershocks might level it after the country's deadliest earthquakes in 55 years killed nine people and caused extensive damage. Lorca was transformed into a ghost town, with a steady stream of cars carrying many of its 90,000 residents to nearby cities and towns to stay with relatives. Stores, restaurants, and schools were closed; the sirens of police vehicles and ambulances filled the air, and helicopters hovered overhead.
October 2, 1987 |
After sharing with Edmonton a vision of hockey's future by playing a game in Dallas on Wednesday, last night the Flyers visited a ghost of the sport's past. They engaged the Quebec Nordiques at the Richfield Coliseum, the home of the late and largely unlamented Cleveland Barons. It was a trip not only into a timewarp, but one halfway to Akron, and it was remembered well by Bernie Parent - not for any great feats he performed on the ice, but for the saxophone solo he performed in a hotel hallway here on New Year's Eve in the 1976-77 season.
September 7, 2011 |
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - New Mexico, home to several of the nation's premier scientific, nuclear, and military institutions, is planning to take part in an unprecedented science project - a petri dish, of sorts, the size of a small U.S. city. A Washington, D.C.-based technology company announced plans Tuesday to build the state's newest ghost town, a 20-square-mile model metropolis that will be used to test everything from renewable-energy innovations to intelligent traffic systems, next-generation wireless networks, and smart-grid cyber-security systems.
June 15, 2012 |
BEIRUT, Lebanon - Deserted streets, scorched buildings, the stench of death - that was the now-familiar state of affairs that U.N. observers found Thursday in Syria's battered town of Haffa, which the state-run media said was "cleansed" of "terrorists" this week. U.N. personnel were finally able to enter the desolate town after more than a week of heavy combat as government troops sought to oust rebels ensconced there. Insurgent forces, commonly referred to by the government and its media as terrorists, say they pulled back, and on Wednesday officials declared that "security and calm" had been restored.
April 29, 2011 |
The lockout definitely is thawing, if that isn't too much of a mixed metaphor. Longtime Eagles safety Quintin Mikell, currently a free agent, visited Nova-Care yesterday, Mikell said (and tweeted). He said he spoke briefly with general manager Howie Roseman, at more length with new defensive coordinator Juan Castillo, and even bumped into Andy Reid in the parking lot as Mikell was leaving. "It was cool. It was a little weird, like a ghost town. I don't remember it ever being that quiet," said Mikell, who explained he wanted to fetch some items from his locker.