August 23, 2015 |
Storybook Land nostaglia amusement park has delighted generations of children for 60 years. It opened in July 1955 in Egg Harbor Township on Routes 40/322 - once the main route to the Shore - as the vision of John Fricano and his wife, Esther, who wanted to build a place for young families and their children. The couple started off with a five-acre wooded site. John Fricano, an Army veteran and housepainter, built the first attractions - the Little Red Schoolhouse, the Old Woman's Shoe, and Jack and Jill's Hill.
July 27, 2015 |
SANDUSKY, Ohio - Our three sons love roller coasters. This year, the youngest, who possesses an understanding of their mechanics and physics far beyond his 10 years, wrote an essay on the low probability of rider injury so persuasive that even his risk-averse mother couldn't argue with it. For two years, the boys had been on a quest to persuade us to take them to Cedar Point, the amusement park on Lake Erie known as "The Roller Coaster Capital of...
March 18, 2015 |
SOMEDAY AFTER the NCAA Tournament is over and, since JayVaughn Pinkston is of legal age, Villanova coach Jay Wright said he's going to buy his senior forward a beer and ask him what changed. The conversation Wright said he was going to have with Pinkston before the season started, the one about senior leadership and sacrifice and example-setting, was never necessary. Pinkston had figured it all out and was already bringing it to the table. "JayVaughn is what a coach dreams of having in a senior," Wright said yesterday as the Wildcats prepared to face Lafayette on Thursday in Pittsburgh in an NCAA Tournament East Regional game.
January 16, 2015 |
Before the Phillies' shortstops of past and future were no longer part of the same organization, J.P. Crawford had a couple of opportunities to chat with Jimmy Rollins. Crawford twice visited Citizens Bank Park, first after he was drafted in 2013 and again in September, when he was feted as the team's top minor-league player. "He just told me that it's going to be long seasons ahead of you and you're going to have bumps; you're going to have a roller coaster of a ride," Crawford said.
November 24, 2014 |
Nerlens Noel is showing signs that he can be a solid player in the NBA. But the 76ers rookie is likely to have ups and downs for the rest of the season. Noel showed both extremes in the span of 48 hours. On Friday, the 6-foot-11, 217-pounder was relegated to bystander status in a home loss to Phoenix. He made his lone shot and scored all three of his points early in the first quarter before disappearing for the rest of the game. Then on Saturday, the rookie remained active and finished with career highs of 17 points and 12 rebounds in a 91-83 loss to the Knicks.
October 28, 2014 |
Annette, 16, loves scary things, from movies to amusement-park rides, with roller coasters at the top of the list. "Technically speaking, life is a roller coaster," she says. "I have my ups and downs, and sometimes I feel I'm going in a circle. " "I guess bad things happen," she adds, "but then good times come. " An animal lover, Annette is considering volunteering at a shelter, and, in the long run, hopes to become a veterinarian. Her favorite subject in school is English, but when not in class, she enjoys spending time with her many friends and listening to rap and hip-hop.
September 22, 2014 |
WILDWOOD - Maybe you've had one of those evenings on the boardwalk when the rides have tired you out so much you just want to lie down right there and have a snooze beneath the glimmering lights and speeding roller coasters. Well now you can, because on Oct. 4, Morey's Piers will host a first-ever outdoor sleepover on the pier. It's called the "Boardwalk Bunk-Down," and beginning at noon that day, campers can bring tents, sleeping bags, and other supplies to Morey's Adventure Pier and set up camp.
July 22, 2013 |
ARLINGTON, Texas - Investigators will try to determine if a woman who died while riding a roller coaster at a Six Flags amusement park in North Texas fell from the ride after some witnesses said she had not been properly secured. The accident happened just after 6:30 p.m. Friday at Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington. Park spokeswoman Sharon Parker confirmed that a woman died while riding the Texas Giant roller coaster - dubbed the tallest steel-hybrid coaster in the world - but did not specify how she was killed.
May 16, 2013 |
SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J. - It built an early reputation as a boardwalk thrill ride, but will be remembered as a symbol: the roller coaster that dropped into the Atlantic Ocean. On Tuesday, as people watched from the decks of a pizza joint and a shuttered tattoo parlor, a soaring crane on a barge began unceremoniously taking apart the mangled Jet Star, still partially submerged where it has sat since Hurricane Sandy. And in what seemed like no time at all, not long after Prince Harry left, the image that has defined the impact of Sandy at the Jersey Shore began to disappear, twisted track by twisted track, like a beach eroding before your eyes.
May 15, 2013 |
Update: Prince Harry has ended his short visit to the Shore with Gov. Christie and flown to New York for the next stop on his tour. During his visit, the prince walked on the Seaside Heights Boardwalk with the governor, who presented the royal guest with one of his trademark fleece jackets. SEASIDE HEIGHTS - Prince Harry, as it turns out, will be among the final tourists to take in the sobering sight of the Jet Star roller coaster in the Atlantic Ocean that has defined Hurricane Sandy on the Jersey Shore.