August 16, 2015 |
Pope Francis' visit in September is doing a lot of things to the city: closing highways, shutting down a bridge, prompting residents to talk about escape. It has also put the region's race schedule on a Tilt-a-Whirl. Some September races have moved. For example, the Philly 10K, which last year was in September, has been moved up to August 30. The Sloppy Cuckoo Trail Run, a 500-person trail event with quarter marathon, half marathon, and full marathon, was supposed to be held on the day of the pope's Mass.
August 7, 2015
IN HER signature song, "People," Barbra Streisand proclaims that "people who need people are the luckiest people in the world. " Well, as we head into the dog days of summer, we'd like to amend that to include people who own boats, as well as people who have friends who own boats. That's because there are few ways to better beat the summer heat and enjoy nature than by spending time on the bounding main, feeling the cool ocean spray on your face while watching dolphins frolic in the foamy water.
August 5, 2015 |
Frank P. Ermilio, 98, of Ocean City, N.J., a West Philadelphia pediatrician from the late 1940s to his retirement in 1999, died Friday, July 31, at home. Among his patients, daughter Diana Carrigan said, were "a couple of Muhammad Ali's children" and Will Smith. A 1932 graduate of Overbrook High School, Dr. Ermilio earned a premed bachelor's degree at Villanova University in 1936 before graduating from the medical school of Temple University. During summers "all through college and med school," his daughter said, Dr. Ermilio worked as a waiter at the former Peacock Gardens Restaurant, near where Route 202 and the Schuylkill Expressway now meet in King of Prussia.
July 31, 2015 |
Some of the best food in Ocean City is far from the tourist boardwalk - and considerably spicier, too. Cinco de Mayo, despite its humble setting on a quiet stretch of West Avenue, is one of our favorite go-to restaurants on the island. The colorfully muraled dining room (just down the street from hoagie standby Voltaco's) is a great example of the authentic Mexican flavors that have been flourishing up and down the Jersey Shore in recent years. Owner-chef Roberto Marroquin, who got his start at Cousin's Italian restaurant a quarter-century ago (and then went on to own a pizza shop in Galloway)
July 30, 2015 |
THIS IS WHAT it sounds like on social media when a seagull dies at the hands of a shoobie in the quiet little candyland of Ocean City. A photo of the unidentified gull-killer circulated on social media last week, shortly after the man smacked the bird out of the air on the 39th Street beach Friday, allegedly snapped its neck and tossed it into a trash can. Waves of rage rolled in. On Instagram, the middle-age, bearded man was called nasty names....
July 28, 2015 |
The day after he celebrated his last Mass, more than 100 members of the Rev. Ed Speitel's family gathered Sunday in Villanova to help him celebrate both his 90th birthday and 60 years as a priest. They all know the formal side, the serious side, the side of religious devotion - but Sunday, in story after story, they shared the human side. Like this one: Father Ed, a great swimmer at La Salle College High School, has loved the ocean and Ocean City all his life. Diane Marselis Speitel, 57, who married one of his nephews, remembers meeting Father Ed for the first time when she was 17. "I was told I was going to be meeting an uncle who was also a priest," she recalled.
July 28, 2015 |
The recruitment campaign is on: Somers Point wants you . Armed with catchy slogans ("The Shore Starts Here" and "Get to the Point"), a stylish website (LiveinSomersPoint.com), and a tax incentive, movers and shakers in this 4.03-square-mile mainland community across the Ninth Street Bridge from Ocean City are pulling out all the stops to get vacation- and primary-home buyers alike - entrepreneurs, too - to take notice. "Everything you'll ever need to live here we have," said First Ward Councilman Kirk Gerety, whose family has lived in Somers Point for four generations, moving from South Philadelphia to open a grocery store in a building that now is one of the city's many restaurants.
July 27, 2015 |
IT'S BEEN years since Ocean City, N.J., proclaimed itself "America's Greatest Family Resort. " But it's been many more years - 136, to be precise - since four Methodist ministers set up a camp meeting beneath cedars and named streets after their denomination's prominent leaders. They called their al fresco spiritual outpost "the Tabernacle. " That tamed land still belongs to "the Tab," a nonprofit charged with upholding island tradition and drawing some of the town's 120,000 summer visitors away from the beach and into ample theater seats.
July 24, 2015 |
Eugene Ross crossed the finish line at his last New York City Marathon when he was 70. Mr. Ross completed the 75-mile, one-day version of his last bicycling event - the Bike MS: City to Shore Ride, a fund-raiser for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society - when he was 84. "He was a better man than I was," said his wife, Christine, who did not compete in either event. "He was not fast," in running or biking, she said, "but he had endurance. " Such effort, she said, "didn't kill him. It made him live until he was 90. " On Sunday, July 19, Mr. Ross died of liver cancer at his home in Ocean City.
July 17, 2015 |
Don't let the take-out window and shack-like appearance of Ocean City's Sandwich Bar fool you. This isn't an ordinary fast-food beachside grill. Everything is made to order, from the excellent hand-cut fries and lobster rolls, to the crisp chicken cutlets and slow-cooked Italian roast pork sandwiches from the D'Alesandro family that once operated Via Giulia in Haddonfield. If that means a considerable wait, well, their slogan after all is a "long hot summer. " That refers to the kitchen's fondness for long hot chilies, of course, and those peppers are at their spicy best on the surprising "Uncle Charlie," a hot vegetarian hoagie that may well be the best thing on the menu.