January 31, 2014 |
A scenic ribbon of green was created along the Cooper River in 2000 to improve the view for travelers heading to the Republican National Convention in Philadelphia. The lush expanse of meadows and woods supplanted the strip of go-go bars, gas stations, and rooms-by-the-hour motels on the Admiral Wilson Boulevard's south side. Built by the Delaware River Port Authority 13 years ago with breathtaking speed (then-Gov. Christie Whitman saw to that), this lovely place is still fenced in, blocked off, and locked up. But thanks mainly to the good work of grassroots groups, nonprofit organizations, and the Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority, the barriers may come down soon.
September 11, 2013 |
Jean Davidson and the Ridley Township Democrats say they just wanted to have a picnic. Turns out that the Delaware County municipality has an ordinance that prohibits the use of parks by "profit-making organizations or for any religious or political purpose. " The Democrats' request to hold the picnic was denied. Now, the American Civil Liberties Union has written to township officials challenging the constitutionality of the decision. The township is using the ordinance "to suppress political opposition," said David Landau, Delaware County Democratic chairman.
August 23, 2013 |
THEY SAY life's a picnic. It can be if you heed our advice and fill up that basket, toss in a favorite quilt or vintage throw and head for the outdoors. Picnicking is a great way to relax, nosh on some terrific eats and enjoy a sun-filled afternoon lunch or early dinner. Picnics can be about the food, the venue, the company - or all three. With that notion in mind, here are some tips to help plan the perfect picnic. Unless you're planning for a crowd, there is no need to spend days cooking.
August 16, 2013 |
Q: My husband and I were one of those couples. In each other's hip pockets. We did everything together. We cooked together, cleaned together and even shopped together. He worked from home and I didn't work. We made love every day. That job disappeared, and we had a rough patch financially. Now he has found a fantastic job. Tons of money and I should be grateful. I am not. He is gone 10 to 12 hours a day. He loves his new job, and I fill my day doing alone everything we did together.
August 9, 2013 |
From the byways to the beach, almost any summer meal is better out of a basket. A picnic repast can be as elegant as an orchestra concert under the stars, as simple as a seaside sunset, or both. All it takes is a little planning to fine-dine in your bathing suit. One of my favorite alfresco meals is a store-bought veggie hoagie with eggplant, sharp cheese, broccoli rabe, and roasted long hot peppers, served with a bag of chips and a beer. It's delicious, can be eaten with no plate, and holds up for several hours even in warm weather - considerations that guide me in planning home-cooked menus for meals away from home.
June 7, 2013 |
I pulled into the muddy lot between the train tracks and the old sandwich shack, and John Bucci Jr. was waiting. It was after hours at John's Roast Pork in South Philadelphia, but his clean white apron was pulled taut around his waist. And as the garlicky smell of roasting picnic hams rubbed in rosemary wafted from the luncheonette to greet me, Bucci pumped his fists skyward and broke into a victory dance. "You're back!" he said. But the shocker here was that John Bucci Jr. was back - and glowing healthy against tall odds.
June 6, 2013 |
When it comes to packing a picnic basket, sandwiches are almost always the stars. And why not? They are easy to eat, require no utensils, pack well, and are versatile enough to keep everyone happy. And for the rest of the meal, we tend to lean toward yet more finger food - chips, cookies, hopefully some fruit. In other words, lots of carbs. But vegetables? Not so much. Sure, carrot sticks, celery sticks, strips of bell pepper, and stalks of broccoli and cauliflower are every bit as handy as a sandwich.
June 4, 2013 |
The Roots spend more time in the 212 than the 215 these days, but the Late Night With Jimmy Fallon house band still belongs to Philadelphia in the summertime. On Friday, the hip-hop-plus collective led by rapper Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter and drummer Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson was at Broad and South Streets for the dedication of a Philadelphia Mural Arts Program mural depicting their progress over two decades. Next month, the band will host its annual Philly 4th of July Jam on the Parkway.
June 3, 2013 |
They came to Philadelphia from Oakland, Calif.; Lawrence, Kan.; Durham, N.C.; Brooklyn, N.Y.; Washington; and elsewhere. Why? "The Roots," Ryan Loecker, 19, of Lawrence, said with a grin. "We came all the way from Kansas. " He was among the few thousand people who gathered Saturday at the Festival Pier at Penn's Landing to see the Philadelphia hip-hop/soul band perform as part of the sixth annual Roots Picnic, beginning the summer music season in the city. The festival was held a day after the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program dedicated a mural to the band on the north side of South Street west of Broad Street.
June 3, 2013 |
RICHARD FRIZELL, president of the Holmesburg Civic Association, stood in the picnic area at Pennypack Creek Bridge and watched sadly as a Parks & Recreation truck drove along the wooded bike path on the opposite side of the creek. "We could stand here all day and watch Parks & Rec trucks working the other side of the creek," he said. "But this side is just not on their wavelength. " Frizell wants to know why the creekside picnic area along Frankford Avenue near Solly, which is used by hundreds of neighborhood residents on weekends, is ignored by the city agency that's supposed to maintain it. A gigantic dead tree dominates one bank of the creek, as it has since Superstorm Sandy flung it there last fall.