January 12, 2014 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY With more time to prepare this year, organizers of the Miss America Pageant say they hope to sell more tickets, generate even better television ratings, and garner more attention for the seaside resort than in last year's triumphant return. The nationally televised Miss America 2015 competition, dubbed by pageant officials as "the world's most famous scholarship competition for young women," will air at 9 p.m. Sept. 14 on ABC. The Miss America Organization's chairman and chief executive officer, Sam Haskell 3d; Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri; and the newly elected mayor of Atlantic City, Don Guardian, were among those at a news conference Friday at the Sheraton Atlantic City Convention Hotel to announce details of this year's pageant.
October 7, 2013 | By Catherine Laughlin, For The Inquirer
Early in the morning, as the sun climbs above the horizon, Rosemary Daley marvels at the massive freighters gliding on the Delaware past her balcony. Only when she turns just so and can see Philadelphia's skyscrapers is she reminded that she resides in a cosmopolitan city. After years of living in sprawling houses, Rosemary and husband Stan say their 1,050-square-foot condo at Pier 3 was the perfect strategy for a pair of retired empty nesters. "It's very much like resort living in a culturally rich city," says Rosemary, 66. Trips to the Caribbean and Key West influenced their decision to buy at the waterfront sanctuary.
September 9, 2013 | By Amy Worden, Inquirer Staff Writer
My best gal pal Olivia and I had just arrived at our Vermont spa destination late one spring evening after a nine-hour drive from central Pennsylvania. I set up my laptop to check my e-mail and Olivia jumped on the queen-size bed and sprawled out on the starched white duvet cover. It was hard to believe that just three months earlier this delightful little Jack Russell terrier mix, whom I had adopted, had been sitting on death row in a Tennessee animal shelter. But here we were in the lap of luxury at the Essex Resort & Spa, ready to start our parent/puppy renewal weekend.
August 22, 2013 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer, 215-854-5916
CONGRATULATIONS, Joseph Cionzynski, you've won a free trip back to sunny Florida. This time, however, there won't be any trips to Disney World, or the beach, or anywhere that's any fun at all. According to the Orange County, Fla., Sheriff's Office, Cionzynski, 59, of Lansdale, Montgomery County, is accused of taking photos of an 8-year-old boy inside a bathroom in Disney's Animal Kingdom earlier this month. Cionzynski, who told authorities in Florida that he was a "Scout leader" employed at the National Labor Relations Board, was arrested Aug. 14 in Montgomery County on charges of video voyeurism.
July 8, 2013 | By Frank Eltman, Associated Press
CHERRY GROVE, N.Y. - Decades before the 1969 Stonewall riots in New York City, lesbians and gay men were living freely and openly in a place called Cherry Grove. The seaside resort on Fire Island, about 60 miles east of Manhattan, was known as far back as the late 1940s as a sanctuary where gay writers, actors and businesspeople from the city and beyond escaped to relax, hold hands and show affection. "It's probably one of the earliest examples of don't ask, don't tell," Carl Luss said after learning in June that the Cherry Grove Community House and Theater, opened in 1948, added to the National Register of Historic Places.
July 6, 2013
New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton had planned to relax this week at the Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. Instead, he is caddying for friend Ryan Palmer in the PGA Tour's Greenbrier Classic. After two days of practice rounds and pro-am events, Payton said he realized "this isn't a vacation. " Tommy Gainey and Johnson Wagner each shot 8-under-par 62 Thursday to share a 2-stroke lead after the first round on the Old White TPC course. Palmer, who gave his regular caddie the week off, opened with a 68. Anders Hansen of Denmark shot a 5-under 66 to lead by a stroke after the first round of the French Open in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, on the Albatross course of Le Golf National.
May 13, 2013 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
From the broken concrete of Deemer's Beach, you can see north up the Delaware River toward Philadelphia, south down Delaware Bay toward the Atlantic, and east over two miles of sun-tipped waves to hazy New Jersey to get a sense of what people lost when they turned their backs on the waterfront. "There was the tidal bathing pool, and the trolley, and the baseball ground, and the roller rink, and the dance hall, and the arcade, and the 1,500-foot-pier, and the place where the Wilson Line ships used to dock," said Harold West, owner of the property since 1987.
March 10, 2013 | By Jamal Halaby, Associated Press
ZAATARI, Jordan - Walk among the plastic tents in one corner of this sprawling, dust-swept desert camp packed with Syrian refugees, and a young woman in a white headscarf signals. "Come in, you'll have a good time," suggests Nada, 19, who escaped from the southern border town of Daraa into Jordan several months ago. Her father, sporting a salt-and-pepper beard and a traditional red-checkered headscarf, sits outside under the scorching sun, watching silently. Nada prices her body at $7, negotiable.
February 21, 2013 | Associated Press
A city on the Pacific Coast is reaching out to a Jersey Shore town with a similar name. Seaside, Ore., plans several fund-raising events to help finance a new town entrance for Seaside Heights, N.J., heavily damaged during Hurricane Sandy. Don Larson, the mayor of Seaside, told New Jersey 101.5 that he saw a lot of similarities with the New Jersey borough. Both are coastal towns with tourism-driven economies, Larson said, and both are acutely aware of the damage natural disasters mean for them.
February 15, 2013 | Associated Press
WILDWOOD - Wildwood, long one of New Jersey's most popular beaches in part because it's free, will remain that way. The city commissioners have rescinded a ballot question that would have asked voters whether Wildwood should start charging a beach fee, an idea opposed by businesses. Mayor Ernie Troiano Jr. said Thursday that the city instead would start talks with Wildwood Crest and North Wildwood on the possibility of sharing services, including fire and police, lifeguarding, and beach maintenance.
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