July 6, 2015
ISSUE | PA. BUDGET Agencies stymied The stalemate between the General Assembly and Gov. Wolf, if not resolved quickly, could have long-lasting effects on health and human-services providers who protect individuals throughout the commonwealth ("Wolf vetoes entire GOP budget," July 1). An extended budget impasse will reduce providers' ability to effectively make program and investment decisions. Providers may have insufficient cash to provide services, pay staff, and meet day-to-day expenses.
June 19, 2015 |
Somewhere in a remote part of Canada, antennae are likely picking up the signals of 100 shorebirds that just weeks ago were on the beaches of Delaware Bay, where they were caught with giant nets and fitted with tiny transmitters. The birds are robin-size creatures called red knots. After precipitous declines in their population on the bay - from about 100,000 birds in the 1990s to about 12,000 a few years ago - federal officials designated them as threatened in December. Researchers know that red knots have one of the longest migrations on the planet - from the tip of South America to their breeding grounds in the Arctic.
March 24, 2015 |
The fates of a migratory shorebird, horseshoe crabs, and the state's oyster industry have converged at the center of a debate over how each should be accommodated where they come together every spring, in New Jersey tidal flats along the Delaware Bay. Wildlife advocates hope to restore the dwindling population of red knots, small birds that federal authorities listed as a threatened species about three months ago. The bird's round-trip migration of...
February 11, 2015 |
Johnny's island wedding Johnny Depp 's fall from paradise - his ex-lover Vanessa Paradis , that is - was completed Sunday, when the 21 Jump Street heartthrob married Amber Heard , for the second time in a week. Depp, 51, who has two children with Paradis, wed 28-year-old Heard at an intimate do Tuesday at their Los Angeles home. Perhaps fearing that it wouldn't stick, he flew his bride and a gaggle of partiers to his 45-acre private Caribbean island of Little Hall's Pond Cay this weekend, where he had another wedding ceremony Sunday night.
December 11, 2014 |
Ending months of input and speculation, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Tuesday added to its list of threatened species a small shorebird called the red knot, whose round-trip migration of nearly 20,000 miles includes stops on Delaware Bay every spring to refuel on horseshoe crab eggs. The bird's dramatic decline has been blamed by many on aggressive harvesting of the crabs, which are used as bait in other fisheries. However, the red knot is the first bird whose listing identifies climate change as a principal threat to its survival, said Dan Ashe, director of the Fish and Wildlife Service.
December 7, 2014 |
The Red Knot, a shorebird which has undergone a drastic decline in recent years, will be listed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act, according to the New Jersey Audubon. The action, which is expected to be announced next week, is a critical step toward the long-term protection and recovery of the species, said New Jersey Audubon, which has long addressed issues related to the Red Knot and other shorebirds. The listing would mean that the species meets the Endangered Species Act criteria of being likely to become in danger of extinction in the foreseeable future throughout all or a significant portion of its range.
May 10, 2014 |
MIDDLE TWP., N.J. - In time for the spawning season of the horseshoe crab and the subsequent spring migration of shorebirds like the ruddy turnstone and the red knot, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has completed a $1.65 million restoration project along five Cape May County bay beaches. It is the first of 31 such "coastal resilience" projects focusing on rebuilding natural areas after Hurricane Sandy, according to Eric Schrading, a field supervisor for the service's New Jersey field office.
May 4, 2014 |
A Shore homeowner wrote me several weeks ago about replacing an air-conditioning unit and expressed disappointment that I didn't show up to install a new unit guaranteed to last 100 years for free. Yet the problem of salty ocean air doing in air-conditioning units before their time is very real. In this space, I recommended research, including contacting contractors who work at the Shore and asking neighbors about their experiences. Hank Ohls e-mailed the day after that column appeared, offering advice.
April 28, 2014 |
THE FLYERS unearthed Kate Smith from the grave for another rendition of "God Bless America" last night, because, well, that is what they do when it is must-win. When the final horn sounded, practically blowing the roof off the Wells Fargo Center, the Flyers high-fived and retreated to their dressing room. Inside, Michael Jackson's "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" was blasting - the same postgame victory anthem that carried the Flyers within two wins of a Stanley Cup in 2010. The Rangers gave enough last night.
January 29, 2014 |
In 1973, when Bill Stauts first sought to serve on the Oaklyn Board of Education, 10 candidates competed for three open seats. "Those were the good old days," Stauts, 71, says of that era of civic engagement in the borough, where a single school serves about 400 students in prekindergarten through ninth grade. On Nov. 5, Stauts, a retired insurance broker, was elected to his 14th board term. His was one of only three names on the ballot, where five seats - two made vacant by recent resignations - were available.