March 10, 2013 |
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 |
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 |
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 The city commissioners have rescinded a ballot question that would have asked voters whether Wildwood should start charging a beach fee, an idea opposed by businesses.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.
February 5, 2013 |
SUMMER SEEMED so far away last month at the Jersey Shore, with ice inching across back bays and winds whipping sand across empty beaches. In the Shore towns hit hardest by Superstorm Sandy, mostly in Central Jersey, the sounds of bulldozers and circular saws echoed in the frozen landscape. But in resorts spared from Sandy's worst, particularly in Cape May County, real-estate agents say their phones are burning up with calls from people like Norman Noe looking for undamaged summer rentals.
January 14, 2013 |
As the temperature steams toward 60 this weekend, one thought doesn't immediately leap to mind: "Let's go skiing!" Resorts in the Poconos and elsewhere must be melting in the faux spring, the runs awash in mud, you say. Managers must be cursing the heavens, you say. But what do you know? "Ski season is going pretty well," said Ryan Werst of Bear Creek Mountain Resort in Macungie, south of Allentown and about 55 miles from Philadelphia. After less-than-frightful weather in early December forced a late start, most Pennsylvania ski areas report that business is not headed downhill - at least not yet. They credit nighttime temperatures that were cold enough (below freezing)
January 6, 2013 |
ROME - Rescue crews used boats and aircraft on Saturday to search for a small plane that disappeared in Venezuela carrying the CEO of Italy's Missoni fashion house and five other people. Twenty-four hours after the BN-2 Islander aircraft disappeared from radar screens on its flight of about 100 miles from Venezuela's resort island of Los Roques south to Caracas, the capital, no sign of the plane had been found, officials said. "We have no other news" about the plane carrying Vittorio Missoni, the head of the company; his wife, Maurizia Castiglioni; two of their Italian friends; and two Venezuelan crew members, said Paolo Marchetti, a Missoni SpA official.
January 3, 2013 |
With its big reveal slated for Memorial Day weekend, Resorts Casino Hotel has $60 million in renovations under way, including its Margarita-themed entertainment complex. In addition to the $35 million Jimmy Buffett-themed venue, the casino announced today that it is spending $25 million to renovate hotel rooms. It will also recarpet the entire casino floor, regut 259 bathrooms at the Ocean Tower, add a food court, redo the parking garage and the entrance onto the main floor from the parking garage.
November 2, 2012 |
THE GAP BETWEEN the 1 percent and 99 percent is also on the minds of Europeans, if the engrossing "Sister" is any measure of things. Ursula Meier's new movie introduces us to a poor and virtually orphaned French boy named Simon (Kacey Mottet Klein) living in the Swiss alps, where he makes a daily trip from a shabby valley apartment to the alpine ski resort where he steals expensive equipment from the swells above the clouds. Little Simon is the kind of kid you intuitively like - a thief, yes, but a hardworking one, stealing equipment to order, remodeling the "merchandise" to give a lived-in look that makes the stuff more marketable to his cash-strapped friends.
October 2, 2012 |
CRAVING SOME intel on ABC's action-thriller "Last Resort," (8 p.m. Thursdays, ABC) we sought out Andre Braugher on the North Shore of Oahu for some answers: Q: What's the best and worst thing about working in Hawaii? A: The best thing is that it's paradise and that it's infused with a fascinating spirit. The worst thing is that it's 5,000 miles away from the people I love. . . . but opportunities to work on potentially groundbreaking shows cannot be overlooked. Q: Why were you attracted to this role?