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April 14, 1995 | By Penny Jeannechild, FOR THE INQUIRER
Just outside our window, a solitary bird has chirped "Spring!" for weeks now. The season seems finally to have caught on. (With luck, our chirper shouldn't be lonely too long.) Outdoor, fair-weather activities - including "spring break" at Great Adventure - are but some of the weekend's offerings. NATURE WALKS. Years after the fact, my grandmother confessed that our educational bird walks through the field behind her Manasquan, N.J., home were little more than excuses to keep her wild-child granddaughter from bouncing off the walls.
NEWS
March 16, 1988 | By Louise Harbach, Special to The Inquirer
It was not Bob Elder's decision to scrap the annual eighth-grade trip to the Six Flags Great Adventure amusement park, but Elder, principal of the Memorial School in Medford, is taking the heat. Several months ago, after members of the school board were reluctant to have students travel to the park in Ocean County, it became Elder's job to come up with an another destination. So instead of heading to Great Adventure, eighth graders from Medford will board buses on June 14 to tour Baltimore's Inner Harbor.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 17, 1987 | By John Corr, Inquirer Staff Writer
Great Adventure is open again, and there are some significant changes for its 14th season. The 1,700-acre park in Jackson Township, N.J., the largest seasonal theme park in America, again is featuring more than 100 rides and a series of shows and attractions for the whole family - including "The Evolution of Rock," a song-and-dance routine; "The All American High Diving Team," a show of acrobatic dives from a 100-foot tower; "Celebration," a...
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October 23, 1988 | By Sari Harrar, Special to The Inquirer
Lloyd Potter's front lawn has been a bare and ordinary place since he sold his lifesize ornamental zebra to a neighbor this year. In search of a replacement, he joined more than 200 would-be bidders yesterday at an auction at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson Township, where hundreds of castoff items from the amusement park's 14 years in operation went under the gavel on a raw autumn day. "I want one of those animals they have here....
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July 4, 2011
HOWELL TOWNSHIP, N.J. - A baboon that apparently escaped from Six Flags Great Adventure and became a mini-celebrity - appearing at a golf course and being followed on Twitter - was captured Saturday after three days on the lam. The animal appeared to be unharmed when found and tranquilized at a Howell Township farm not far from the amusement park's Monkey Jungle in Jackson Township, where about 150 baboons are part of a drive-through safari. Park officials said they believed the animal was theirs but would not know for sure until they could see if it had a microchip that's embedded in all their baboons.
NEWS
July 15, 1988 | By JOSEPH P. BLAKE, Daily News Staff Writer
Great Adventure, the giant amusement/safari park in Jackson Township, N.J., has had its share of problems during the past few years. Eight teens died when fire swept through the park's Haunted Castle in 1984; a Chester woman was killed when she fell from a ride last year; two stabbings were reported in '86; and back in 1981, a Philadelphia girl choked to death on the "Rolling Thunder" ride after eating a full meal. However, the Saturday we chose to visit, nary a problem reared its ugly head.
REAL_ESTATE
April 23, 1993 | By Suzanne Gordon, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
What will Bob Burns do for an encore? A veteran custom builder who recently invested nearly two years of his life renovating a 9,500-square-foot bank barn in Radnor, Burns isn't sure. "We're going to look around until we find something hopefully as unique as we did," Burns said. "And that leaves a wide-open space. " For the time being, he is just resting on his laurels. Not only did Burns and his wife, Yvonne, a real estate agent and partner in the project, sell the home, but the project recently received the Pyramid Award by the Home Builders Association of Delaware and Chester Counties as the Renovation of the Year.
NEWS
March 14, 1988 | By Alan Sipress, Inquirer Staff Writer
In the turbulent 1960s, FBI agent Walter J. McDonald and his fellow feds took on the Ku Klux Klan in North Carolina, tapping an inside informant to break the Klan's gunslinging opposition to school desegregation. In the 1970s, McDonald and his colleagues went after Philadelphia organized-crime boss Angelo Bruno and then - after Bruno was gunned down in his car in front of his Snyder Avenue home - took on his assassins. Now McDonald is pounding the pavement beneath the roller coasters.
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August 5, 1993 | By Herbert Lowe, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Khaleo Brown's first job in show business is no starring role. It's a bit part. He punches a cash register in the Magic Forest Hobby Shop at Six Flags Great Adventure. Brown is one of 31 youths from Camden who started work at the Ocean County amusement park this week. Despite 12-hour days, hot weather and tons of people to please, the students are raving about the opportunity. "When you come to the park and you see people working here, you wonder, 'How did they get this job?
NEWS
August 31, 2012 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The same ticket will get visitors access to roller coasters and rhinos - and a closer look at exotic wildlife - in a 2013 revamping of Six Flags Great Adventure that its owners claim will create the world's largest theme park. By combining the park's 350-acre Wild Safari and 160-acre traditional amusement area, Great Adventure will be about 10 acres larger than Disney's Animal Kingdom in Orlando, officials said Thursday at the Jackson Township, N.J., destination. In the new Safari Off Road Adventure section, guests will interact with some of the 1,200 animals that had been seen in Wild Safari.
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April 26, 2015 | By Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writer
JACKSON, N.J. - Slated to be the largest installation of its kind in New Jersey, Six Flags Great Adventure's planned solar farm might be called the "Kingda Ka" giant coaster of the park's green deeds. The amusement park says its energy project will eliminate nearly 226,000 tons of carbon dioxide over 15 years, greatly reducing its carbon footprint. But environmentalists are not along for the ride. In a shift from their usual support for such efforts, several state environmental groups have called it a "great green mistake" because it includes razing nearly 19,000 trees - a compromise that has raised questions about clean energy, environmental stewardship, and the greater good.
NEWS
April 11, 2015
ISSUE | PRESERVATION Historic space, valued workplace The Stagehands Union Local 8 is also concerned about our city's dwindling number of historically significant buildings ("It's not too late to reverse trend of razing parts of city's history," April 5). The recent razing of the beautiful Boyd Theater, the legendary 1928 art deco movie palace, hit our membership particularly hard. The Boyd was the type of elegant, acoustically superior performance space we stagehands visualize in our dreams.
TRAVEL
July 28, 2013
It's summer, and I'm taking a little vacation. I want to reach out before I leave, though, to let you know how much I appreciate your e-mails, and to pass along some thoughts. For more than a year, you have been writing to TravelTalk@phillynews.com to comment on stories, ask questions, and share your adventures. I welcome your interaction, and I have tried to respond to each of you. Earlier this month, when I wrote about my experience on an African safari, compared with the new Safari Adventure at Great Adventure, I asked readers for accounts of their own expeditions.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 18, 2012 | By CHUCK DARROW, Daily News Staff Writer
THE LAST time I found myself in a dressing room makeup chair was at Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall in January 2010. That day, I was being transformed into a woman (cosmetically, that is) for a story headlined "Queen For A Day. " But on a recent early-fall Friday afternoon, the location was Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson Township, N.J., and the assignment was infinitely more fun: Spend an hour or so as a "psycho clown" at Fright Fest, the popular theme park's annual, October-long Halloween event.
NEWS
September 1, 2012 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, Inquirer Staff Writer
The same ticket will get visitors access to roller coasters and rhinos - and a closer look at exotic wildlife - in a 2013 revamping of Six Flags Great Adventure that its owners claim will create the world's largest theme park. By combining the park's 350-acre Wild Safari and 160-acre traditional amusement area, Great Adventure will be about 10 acres larger than Disney's Animal Kingdom in Orlando, officials said Thursday at the Jackson Township, N.J., destination. In the new Safari Off Road Adventure section, guests will interact with some of the 1,200 animals that had been seen in Wild Safari.
NEWS
June 3, 2012 | John and Sally Macdonald, FOR THE INQUIRER
We have a saying that's come in handy in our travels: "We'll never see these people again. " It often ends with "So go for it!" It's a pep talk we've used when we've stretched ourselves beyond what some people our age might consider doing. Like strapping up for a zip-lining adventure even though you really don't like heights. Or ignoring your senior-citizen body to join the bikini crowd for snorkeling. Or eating a crispy fried bug in some exotic setting even though the thought of doing so back home would make you slightly nauseated.
NEWS
August 5, 2011 | By Joshua Adam Hicks, Inquirer Staff Writer
JACKSON, N.J. - Robb and Alissa Alvey always dreamed of globetrotting, but neither expected to be traveling by roller coaster. Since 2005, the couple have been organizing group vacation packages centered on amusement-park tours and reviews. Now they twist, loop, and roll their way through six trips per year that have taken participants from theme-park-saturated Florida to Scandinavia and Japan. On Thursday, the Alveys, accompanied by 120 hard-core coaster enthusiasts, swung through Jackson to try out the attractions at Six Flags Great Adventure.
NEWS
July 4, 2011
HOWELL TOWNSHIP, N.J. - A baboon that apparently escaped from Six Flags Great Adventure and became a mini-celebrity - appearing at a golf course and being followed on Twitter - was captured Saturday after three days on the lam. The animal appeared to be unharmed when found and tranquilized at a Howell Township farm not far from the amusement park's Monkey Jungle in Jackson Township, where about 150 baboons are part of a drive-through safari. Park officials said they believed the animal was theirs but would not know for sure until they could see if it had a microchip that's embedded in all their baboons.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 27, 2010 | By Howard Gensler
THE CHARLIE SHEEN headlines came into Tattle Central at a fast and furious pace yesterday: TMZ.com kicked it off with the rather sedate "Charlie Sheen Hospitalized. " Aw, that's a shame. Life & Style chimed in a few minutes later with "Charlie Sheen Caught with Escort, $7,000 in Hotel Damages. " That's more like it. RadarOnline.com confirmed "Charlie Sheen Was With Hooker Before Taken to Hospital. " Radar Online added: "Hooker Said Charlie Sheen Was Doing Cocaine.
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