May 19, 2016 |
A car door slammed on South Reeds Beach Road, and 300 feeding shorebirds - ruddy turnstones, sandpipers, and red knots - took wing, shrieking out over the Delaware Bay. The commotion caught the attention of Rutgers University biologist Joanna Burger. She rose from the nearby bulkhead where she was monitoring an experiment, and started walking over. All seemed calm on this Middle Township beach in Cape May County. And yet there is growing tension here between economics and ecology, conservationist and oyster farmer.
May 17, 2016
Lapped by barely audible waves, the Delaware Bay beaches seem peaceful, but they are the scene of a roaring man-vs.-nature struggle. Oyster farmers are vying with red knots, a threatened bird species, for the shoreline where the migrating avians stop and feed before continuing their epic journey from South America to the Arctic. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently granted the farmers a permit to encroach on the birds' feeding grounds. But the shore is big enough to accommodate both.
May 8, 2016 |
You can expect drama of all sorts in the sushi cellar that is Double Knot - including the kind you drink. An aromatic whiff of cinnamon and clove smoke, ignited table-side and smoldering off a barrel stave, curls up inside an upside-down snifter destined for the signature Double Knot cocktail. The drink itself is beverage manager Zachary Davis' boozy play on the "double" theme, with two kinds of whiskey (Maker's Mark 46 bourbon and Dickel rye), two vermouths (bitter Punt e Mes and delicately sweet Carpano Bianco)
April 17, 2016 |
Uber and the Philadelphia Parking Authority are turning out to be rowdy passengers on the journey to craft a state bill regulating ride shares, said the legislator charged with getting a bill to the General Assembly. "Time is of the essence, and we've had two damn years," said State Rep. Bob Godshall, head of the House Consumer Affairs Committee. He said the PPA has been disengaged and Uber has inflamed tensions. On Thursday, Uber thumbed its nose at a player in the negotiations, the Philadelphia International Airport.
February 5, 2016
Coffee and (sushi) rolls Michael Schulson has upped the cool factor next door to his Sampan. It's the two-level Double Knot (120 S. 13th St., 215-631-3868), whose ground floor is a tastefully appointed coffee bar overseen by Elixr Coffer Roaster's Evan Inatome; it opens at 7 a.m. with a full line of drinks and pastries. Inatome invested in low-profile Modbar coffee-dispensing equipment, used later in the day for coffee-based cocktails. Lunchtime brings Vietnamese fast-casual dishes.
September 28, 2015 |
Was Pope Francis still inside the basilica? Sister Mary Scullion of Philadelphia wasn't sure. The Mass had ended. She had gotten a ticket at the last minute, from some friends. She had stood along a side wall. So Scullion waited. Standing amid her now famous Knotted Grotto installation, the longtime advocate for the homeless folded her arms, wondering if Francis might yet walk out and go into the grotto to bless it. She'd heard he wasn't feeling well. Rey Mendez, 52, of Second and Girard, waited, too. He was waiting for the pope, waiting to see Francis walk into the grotto, push those 100,000 prayers written on strips of paper closer to fulfillment with a blessing, maybe turn and wave, who knows?
September 24, 2015 |
THROUGHOUT THE DAY, hundreds of pilgrims from the World Meeting of Families made their way to the Knotted Grotto, beside the Cathedral Basilica of Ss. Peter and Paul, to write their prayers on strips of cloth and add them to the 40,000 already tied there, stirring gently in the breeze. Each pilgrim wrote a personal plea, tied it to a fence, then untied someone else's prayer, carried it inside the grotto, tied it to the wood frame and prayed for a complete stranger, bound together only by a mutual Catholic faith.
September 4, 2015 |
AMID THE MADNESS surrounding Pope Francis' visit to Philadelphia, there is a stirring public art project that's been quietly created, a living story of our city's struggles dedicated to a man who brings hope for a happily ever after. "Mary, Undoer of Knots Grotto," the interactive art installation that asks people to share their struggles - and to share the struggles of others - was officially dedicated yesterday outside of the Cathedral Basilica of Ss. Peter and Paul, where it will remain throughout the papal visit.
August 6, 2015 |
BELLEFONTE, Pa. - Every few years, a case shakes Centre County to its core and reverberates across the state: The still-unsolved disappearance of District Attorney Ray Gricar in 2005. The 2012 trial of Jerry Sandusky for child molestation at Pennsylvania State University. Now, it's a web of allegations including forgery by the current district attorney, improper relationships among judges and prosecutors, and conspiracy by the county's top elected officials. Battle lines have been drawn for nearly a year, and a grand jury report Friday clearing District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller of forgery has done little to ease tensions in the county seat of Bellefonte.
July 31, 2015
ANY BOY SCOUT can tell you that there are a lot of different types of knots. Square knots. Slip knots. Rope knots. Figure Eight knots. They each have a different purpose, significance and importance, and they're not interchangeable. Kind of like men and women. Of course, these days you won't hear a lot of people talking about the uniqueness of the male/female dichotomy. It's not considered polite to point out that only women can have babies, with the complementary help from men. Beyond that, it's now illegal to tell two women they can't marry each other, and God forbid we slip and call Caitlyn by his/her former name: Bruce "Olympian" Jenner.