April 14, 1995 |
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.
March 16, 1988 |
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.
April 17, 1987 |
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...
October 23, 1988 |
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....
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.
July 15, 1988 |
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.
April 23, 1993 |
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.
March 14, 1988 |
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.
August 5, 1993 |
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?
August 31, 2012 |
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.