March 3, 2015 |
Here's a closer look at the South Jersey boys' basketball tournaments, which begin this week: South Jersey Group 4 Defending champion: Cherry Hill East. Top seed: Toms River North. Best first-round game: No. 9 seed Eastern at No. 8 seed Rancocas Valley is an opener that could produce a sectional finalist, if not a sectional champion. Second-round showdown I: If form holds in the opening round, No. 6 Cherry Hill West will face crosstown rival and No. 3 seed Cherry Hill East in a renewal of one of South Jersey's best rivalries.
December 2, 2014
WHEN TOM WOLF becomes governor next month, guess what changes will take place at the Philadelphia Parking Authority? None. Sorry, that's tough to take on a Monday. To supplement the bad news, let me offer a PPA primer for past, present and future victims. Think of this as a visit to the sausage factory. The reason there will be no changes: Although the governor appoints all six members of the PPA board, they get 10-year terms and none is up in the first four years of the Wolf administration (or regime, as Rush Limbaugh likes to say)
November 12, 2013 |
Here's a primer on the state football playoffs, which begin this weekend: South Jersey Group 5 Field: 1. Eastern. 2. Cherokee. 3. Jackson. 4. Millville. 5. Williamstown. 6. Rancocas Valley. 7. Washington Twp. 8. Atlantic City. Defending champion: Williamstown. Dark horse: Millville. The Thunderbolts have explosive speed in juniors Ryquell Armstead and Rob Ennis, and a top lineman in Penn State recruit Antoine White. Their only two losses were to Holy Spirit and St. Joseph, the Nos. 1 and 2 teams in The Inquirer Top 25. Player to watch: Eastern senior quarterback Tom Flacco.
September 17, 2013
AS FALL approaches (starts Sunday), y'all probably are wondering who'll be leading in the polls for governor this time next year. You're not? Why, because you think you know? Because you don't like or trust polls? Well, if it's the latter, you're not alone. The international research and data firm Kantar just released a poll on polls that says 75 percent of Americans don't trust polls, thinking that they're biased. (Which, of course, means 75 percent don't trust that poll.)
September 6, 2013
Games to watch (league play only) * Sept. 29: O'Hara at Wood, 1 p.m. A couple of potential area powers clash for early bragging rights. * Oct. 5: West Catholic at Conwell-Egan, 7 The Burrs have dominated CL 2A play, but the Eagles think they can make some noise. * Oct. 11: St. Joe's Prep at La Salle, 7 These heated rivals split a year ago, but the Explorers took home the hardware when it counted. * Oct. 12: Ryan at Father Judge, 1 Led by Sean Boylan on the DL the Raiders look to smother their neighborhood rivals.
April 20, 2013 |
Question: Our house was fitted with white aluminum siding by the prior owners decades ago. We've been in it about 16 years now. The siding has held up OK except in the front above the porch, which gets the morning sun. It is losing its paint. Is there a preferred method of dealing with this? Answer: Yes there is. And for advice about anything paint, I turn to the experts at the Paint Quality Institute in Spring House. First, how should you prepare old aluminum siding before painting?
April 19, 2013
NO ROOM in the house is safe from a gadget invasion - not even the bathroom. Back in their hipster days, the horn-rock band Chicago introduced a song suite called "An Hour in the Shower," implying conduct "under the influence. " Today, all it takes to keep you stalling is the entertaining Moxie, a single-function showerhead from Kohler ($199) with a magnetically center-mounted Sound Capsule humming your happiest tunes. Waterproof shower radios have been available for decades, but this updated device is different, neater in form and function.
September 4, 2012 |
North Carolina seems likely to matter in the coming presidential election. The two presidential candidates frequently jet in and out of the state to give speeches, and it's no coincidence that the Democrats selected Charlotte to host their national convention this week. People outside the state aren't sure what to think of North Carolina. It may seem liberal, because Terry Sanford and John Edwards have been among our U.S. senators. But so was Jesse Helms, and for a lot longer. If you think North Carolina is a typical Southern state, you don't know us. Bad soil and shallow rivers denied us the slave-based plantations that powered South Carolina and Virginia to their 19th-century peaks.
July 28, 2012 |
The public may never know where all the phantom money spent to try to defeat Republican U.S. Senate candidate Tom Smith in Pennsylvania's Republican primary came from. Not that it mattered to the Armstrong County coal executive, who had plenty of cash of his own to counter any onslaught by anonymous donors. Smith reportedly spent $4 million of his own money and won the right to face Democratic Sen. Bob Casey in the November general election. Nonetheless, Pennsylvanians, indeed all Americans, ought to be bothered by the campaign-finance shenanigans only recently revealed by the Center for Responsive Politics that occurred in this state.
June 16, 2012 |
A couple of responses came in recently to a question about taking care of rust on a refrigerator at the Shore, and I thought I'd share, since summer is almost upon us. From Nate Lentz, who, with 40 years' experience in the field, says "whenever I see the word ‘rust,' my eyes light up": "A salt environment is very corrosive to all metals, paints, and the like. Any rust must be removed completely; otherwise, it will continue to grow under any protective coatings. " Lentz suggests that once the rust is removed completely, the refrigerator should be polished periodically.