March 19, 2016 |
It seems a foregone conclusion that Saoirse Ronan will win an Academy Award for acting well before she turns 30. The Bronx-born Irish American was still a teen when she picked up her first nomination, for best supporting actress, for 2007's Atonement . She was nominated again, this time for best actress, for last year's Brooklyn , an intense romantic drama about the immigrant experience from director John Crowley ( Closed Circuit , A Boy...
December 21, 2015 |
WHAT AN EAGLES season this has been! We started with such high hopes, but, to use a horse racing analogy, they almost fell to their knees coming out of the gate. They somehow recovered to reach the halfway point at 4-4. Then, rather than cruising through the weakest three-game stretch on their schedule - against the subpar Dolphins, Buccaneers and Lions - and emerging at 7-4 and well on their way to a division title, disaster struck thrice and the Eagles' bandwagon emptied faster than Odell Beckham Jr. streaking for a touchdown.
August 31, 2015 |
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities. Once, Blue Bell was known for "Realtors and gas stations," says Keller Williams Real Estate agent Gary Segal. The gas stations are largely gone now from this section of Whitpain Township, Montgomery County, replaced "by a lot of banks," Segal says. But just about every area brokerage - his included - has a Blue Bell office. Skippack Pike (Route 73) is "Real Estate Row," says Weichert Realtors' Diane Williams, who is based in its Blue Bell office.
August 6, 2015 |
THEIR INTRODUCTIONS were separated by about seven hours and 700 yards. Brian Westbrook came first, strolling out of the tunnel in the southeast corner of Lincoln Financial Field wearing a white floppy cap and an Eagles polo. Jimmy Rollins came second, stepping into the batter's box at Citizens Bank Park wearing road grays and a blue Dodgers helmet. This was yesterday, a Tuesday in early August that would have had nothing going for it if not for a couple of coincidentally scheduled events that returned two of the greatest athletes in Philadelphia history to their home crowd.
April 16, 2015 |
Major Uptrend's stock keeps rising. Owned by Philadelphia's Howard Taylor, the gelding has won six of 11 races this year, good for $75,475 in purses, and heads into Saturday's $30,000 Bobby Weiss Series final for 3- and 4-year-old male pacers off victories in his two preliminary rounds of the event at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Major Uptrend, a 4-year-old, won both of his starts in the series by 13/4 lengths in 1:51.3. His first triumph came over YS Lotus, who has posted two wins in the series to go with two second-place finishes, and his most recent score came over Victory At Last, who was unbeaten in three previous series starts.
February 5, 2015 |
Some people win the Super Bowl and go to Disney World, or in the case of this year Disneyland. Bill Dittmar Jr. is going back to the Meadowlands. Dittmar is the co-owner of 4-year-old trotter JL Cruze, who on Jan. 24 won the $50,000 Super Bowl Series final at the Big M. On Thursday the horse begins a second winter series at the Meadowlands, the Charles Singer Memorial for 3- and 4-year-old trotters. JL Cruze competes in the first of two opening-round divisions Thursday. The gelding will start from post No. 4, with driver John Campbell at the lines for trainer Eric Ell, in the seven-horse field.
August 21, 2014 |
A North Jersey business group on Tuesday unveiled a $1.17 billion plan to add two hotels with casino floors and conference facilities to the Meadowlands Sports Complex, which is already home to MetLife Stadium and Meadowlands Racetrack. The Meadowlands Regional Chamber's proposal, which updates a 2011 plan that also included a casino, comes as momentum is building among lawmakers to end Atlantic City's monopoly on casino gambling in New Jersey. "This is not a plan to create a district that competes with Atlantic City," Jim Kirkos, chief executive of the business group, said.
January 28, 2014 |
JERSEY CITY, N.J. - Whether he deserves them or not, Peyton Manning can't escape questions about his poor record in cold-weather games. With this year's Super Bowl being played outdoors at nearby MetLife Stadium, the Denver Broncos quarterback was sure to be asked about the wintry conditions - rain, sleet, snow, and a below-freezing temperature at kickoff - in the forecast for this Sunday's game against the Seattle Seahawks. In fact, it took all of three questions before the topic was broached during the Broncos' first news conference aboard the Cornucopia Majesty docked at the Hyatt Jersey City on Sunday.
January 21, 2014 |
David Robinson doesn't wear a top hat or have a carrot for a nose. The role of New Jersey's chief snowman, after all, commands a certain dignity. But with rank comes responsibility. And so, when the New Jersey State Police Office of Emergency Management asked him in August whether the streets of East Rutherford - and its roofless MetLife Stadium - might be heaped in snow or frozen in ice when it hosts the Super Bowl on Feb. 2, Robinson obliged with a calculation. After all, this would be the first Super Bowl ever in a cold-weather, open stadium.
May 17, 2013 |
NEWARK, N.J. - A long-delayed megamall project at the Meadowlands sports complex could take another step forward this week. The New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority announced Wednesday that a vote on the American Dream project could take place at a special board meeting Friday. The authority has to approve a new master plan for the mall, which Gov. Christie has called "an offense to the eyes" because of its exterior, a mishmash of pastel panels visible from the New Jersey Turnpike.