August 6, 2015
I'M JUST BACK from a week's vacation in North Wildwood and I'm happy to report there are still American college and high school kids working at jobs like servers in restaurants and life guards in a water park we visited. Sadly, they are vastly outnumbered by an annual influx of foreign workers,mainly from Russia and surrounding central European countries. I don't think this is a good thing.I believe it plays into the great debate we're having over the manner in which legal and illegal workers are undercutting the American worker.
July 25, 2015 |
SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J. - Up on the boardwalk, the lunchtime beach crowd was teeming past shops offering body piercings, tattoos, and ice cream cones, and the warm air, redolent of sausage and fried onions, was filled with happy screams from the carnival rides. But 30 feet away, on Ocean Terrace, Doug Maday was frowning at a parking kiosk that read, "No Wet Bills. " "How does this thing work?" he muttered one day this week, jabbing at its buttons. All he wanted was 10 minutes on the beach.
March 7, 2015 |
Thursday's heavy snowfall did not deter Doug Maday, the South Jersey used-car dealer who has been plunging into the ocean at Seaside Heights every day since Labor Day, 187 days ago. With the air a brisk 23 degrees, and the water a bone-chilling 32.5, Maday took the latest plunge of his yearlong quest shortly before 4 p.m. Thursday. "It's usually the warmest time of the day," he said. He went in on the south side of Casino Pier, as he often does, because it provides some protection from the wind.
January 29, 2015 |
A blizzard was supposed to shriek up the Atlantic seaboard overnight, but Doug Maday went to bed Monday knowing what he would do. As chill winds swept over Seaside Heights, N.J., on Tuesday morning, Maday crunched across its snow-heaped beach to the south side of Casino Pier. There, he stripped to his swim trunks. "Could be worse," he muttered to his friends as he eyed the heaving sea. But still, he took up their offer and put a rope around his waist. The undertow the day before had been "scary.
December 8, 2014 |
Come Labor Day, a long melancholy creeps over the Jersey Shore. "It's sort of depressing," Doug Maday remarked recently, and swept his arm at the vast, empty curve of sand where Seaside Park meets the sea. Dusk was approaching. "All summer there's so many interesting people on the beach," he said. "Then everybody leaves. Everything clears out. " It is a pattern that Maday, a used-car salesman who grew up in this Ocean County borough, and lives in nearby Island Heights, has seen play out for 49 summers.
September 25, 2014 |
Peco Energy Co. on Tuesday blamed impurities in the natural gas delivered to its system for an odiferous outbreak that prompted more than a thousand customers to complain over Labor Day. Pipeline gas delivered to Peco's West Conshohocken plant on Aug. 30 contained elevated levels of hexane, said Cathy Engel Menendez, prompting a flood of complaints about suspected gas leaks from customers in Delaware and Montgomery Counties. Peco called in crews from four other states to help investigate the complaints.
September 8, 2014 |
For six days last week, the heartbreaking scenes played out as if they were on repeat. Hundreds - and sometimes thousands - gathered each day at Bucks County churches and funeral homes and inside Council Rock High School South to mourn three sophomores killed in a Labor Day weekend SUV crash. "There's no manual for how to handle a tragedy such as this one," principal Al Funk told about 2,000 people at a Tuesday vigil for Cullen Keffer, Shamus Digney, and Ryan Lesher. The tragedy, days before the school year opened, presented a practically unthinkable scenario: Teens waiting all summer to return to chorus practice, pep rallies, and meeting new classmates were confronted instead with funerals and memorials.
September 4, 2014 |
STATE COLLEGE - Jet lag is common for those who travel long distances. Roughly a 7-hour flight from Dublin to Pennsylvania? Yeah, that normally will put someone in a groggy, out-of-sync feeling for 24 hours or so. But the Energizer Bunny himself, James Franklin, said he and his coaching staff don't feel the effects of jet lag. In fact, they don't even use terms like "jet lag" or "tired. " "We don't use those words," Franklin said yesterday at his weekly news conference with a solemn look before changing moods.
September 4, 2014 |
ATLANTIC CITY - In the end, the Revel ball did not roll off the tower into the ocean, and no buyer emerged in the middle of the night to save the day. Instead, Revel merely unraveled through the night to an anticlimactic predawn closing Tuesday of its moribund casino floor. Employees of Ivan Kane's Royal Jelly Burlesque Club held a stubbornly spirited after-party as remaining on-duty dealers watched from emptying tables, waiting to inventory final stacks of chips. One supervisor put fingers to his head like a gun and rolled his eyes.
September 3, 2014 |
The T-shirted battalions of union members showed up, as usual, for the annual Labor Day parade along the Delaware River waterfront. Right on cue, the politicians were there, as well, courting union support for the upcoming election cycle, just as they always do. But something was missing from Monday's Labor Day activities. Rain. Driving, pavement-lashing buckets of it. "The Big Guy whispered in my ear that we'd be dry until 5 p.m.," the city's top labor leader, Patrick J. Eiding, told an appreciative crowd of hundreds gathered for a pre-parade rally at the Sheet Metal Workers Local 19 union hall on South Columbus Boulevard.