September 15, 2014 |
ATLANTIC CITY - Yeah, baby, as always, it was all about the shoes. Despite persistent spitting rain that began 90 minutes before the Miss America Show Us Your Shoes Parade was to begin, the crowds still crowded the Boardwalk - beneath plastic ponchos and umbrellas - Saturday to glimpse this year's 53 Miss America contestants and cadre of performers including marching bands, twirlers, dance troupes, and even the Philadelphia Eagles cheerleaders....
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.
September 2, 2014 |
Day 2 of the Made in America festival turned soggy and briefly scary Sunday night, as lightning and heavy rain forced organizers to stop the music and make fans leave - then call them back when the weather improved. The come-and-go drama began shortly past 6:30 p.m., when drenching rains and flashes of lightning sent thousands of sopping concert-goers, some of them inebriated, out the gates and onto the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Some hopped into the Logan Square fountain. "If it's going to be canceled, you better make the most of it," a South Jersey teenager said before jumping in. Her friend took rainy refuge under a tree, along with several police officers and a young couple who were making out. A chant went up of "USA!
September 2, 2014 |
"Here we go, Chilladelphia. " So said Kenny Vasoli of Vacationers as the band kicked off Day 2 of the Budweiser Made in America musical block party on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia. Sunday promised lots of music, as long as the rain held off. And while a brief early downpour did not deter fans of weather-delayed rapper Danny Brown, a storm did force suspension of the festival around 6:15 p.m. Would Made in America return? Gates reopened around 7 p.m. The curfew was extended to midnight, and a new set list was announced to accommodate the night's biggest acts: Pharrell Williams, Tiesto, and Kings of Leon.
August 28, 2014
PHILADELPHIANS can be so stank. I'm talking about the naysayers who've been complaining that this afternoon's parade for the Taney Dragons is excessive. They need to lighten up. What's the harm in a parade? Last I checked, there's no rule saying that a team has to win a championship to have its hometown come out and cheer it. The Taney Dragons may not have come in first place during the Little League World Series in Williamsport, but they are still big-time winners. Not only were they the first local team to reach the Little League World Series, but 13-year-old Mo'ne Davis was the first female pitcher to win a game in the Series.
August 23, 2014 |
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - The Taney Dragons took batting practice on Thursday morning as overcast skies loomed over the Little League World Series complex. The skies cleared up in the afternoon, but forecasts remain sketchy for Thursday night's elimination game against Jackie Robinson West of Chicago. The game's winner advances to Saturday's U.S. Championship game against Mountain Ridge Little League of Las Vegas. The loser is eliminated. The Weather Chanel is forecasting thunderstorms throughout Thursday's game, which begins at 7:30 on ESPN.
August 15, 2014 |
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - The Eagles and Patriots moved their joint practice from 2 p.m. to 9 a.m. Wednesday to avoid thunder and lightning, but they still practiced in heavy rain. It was closed to fans because of the weather. Otherwise, it was simply a wetter version of a typical practice. "Put some galoshes on and go play," coach Chip Kelly said. The teams had a contingency to use the Patriots' indoor facility. With about 180 combined players and two full coaching staffs, they preferred to remain outside.
July 3, 2014
SAVING FOR AN emergency is supposed to be the key to establishing a financial safety net. Yet studies continue to show that people aren't putting their money away. The latest evidence comes courtesy of Bankrate.com, which on a monthly basis takes the pulse of how secure people feel about their personal financial situations. Those of you who save and do it as easily as you breathe might not understand why having an emergency fund is still an issue for so many people. Nonetheless, 26 percent of Americans have no savings cushion, according to Bankrate.com.
June 15, 2014 |
Q uestion: My son and daughter-in-law purchased a twin ranch home with a finished basement in the Northeast in September. The recent heavy rains invaded their home and caused a great deal of damage to the back wall in both the basement and the bedroom above. They called an adjuster, who cut out the damaged walls and removed carpet, and brought in fans and a dehumidifier. All materials were saved for the insurance company to see. The adjuster said he would file the insurance claim for them, and that potential causes of the water intrusion could be the bedroom window and the back patio, put in by a previous owner.
May 14, 2014 |
Officials at West Chester University said Monday that they would hold a second ceremony Thursday for graduates who could not be cheered at Saturday's outdoor commencement because of a rainstorm. The makeup ceremony is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the Hollinger Field House. Strong winds and rain swept through the area Saturday before about 355 of the 475 graduates in the College of Business and Public Affairs could walk across the stage, according to the university. The storm made conditions dangerous, and a tower holding a speaker onstage fell in the wind and grazed a student on the shoulder, said Pamela Sheridan, a university spokeswoman.