July 26, 1987 |
Weeds shoot mercilessly from the earth next to the crumbling stone pillars at the brow of the hill. Though the precarious piles of rocks seem quite unremarkable, the Yellow Springs hilltop is heavy with colonial history. That winter of 1777-78 was tough for the soldiers encamped at Valley Forge. More men died from illness than in battle. Hospitals set up in homes, barns and churches were overcrowded and undersupplied. To combat the decimation of his troops from within, George Washington ordered that a special military hospital be built at Yellow Springs.
August 22, 2015 |
Deep inside the vast New Jersey Pinelands, there comes a moment when the utter stillness seems to become its own a sound. Celebrated Princeton writer John McPhee understood that moment and all the others that define this 1.1-million-acre wonder in his critically acclaimed 1968 book, The Pine Barrens . His clarion cry then and now: The region deserves to be cherished and preserved. Continuing what McPhee started is the Pinelands Preservation Alliance (PPA), founded in 1989. The PPA's commitment to preservation is twinned with another goal: getting people to the Pinelands, sometimes with a bit of a McPhee twist.
May 30, 2010 |
In Paula Wilson's exhibition at the Fabric Workshop and Museum, art imitates all-too-familiar life, especially in a frayed-edges, postindustrial city like Philadelphia. My initial response to her hanging multimedia murals of distressed building facades was that while they're pleasingly artful, blocks and blocks of the real thing lie just around the corner, in every direction. Well, perhaps not literally around the corner, but cities such as Philadelphia, Detroit, and Chicago (where Wilson grew up; she now lives in New Mexico)
December 24, 2004 |
WE KNOW it's the holiday season and all. We know that those who have it like to spend it. But how will we ever convince the children of the value of a dollar when the San Francisco Chronicle's "Daily Dish" is reporting that a 2002 portrait of a pregnant Kate Moss, painted by Lucien Freud, is expected to fetch $6.65 million when Christie's auctions it off in February. That's $6.65 MILLION! Come on. Speaking of cash burning a hole in one's pocket, a Jon Bon Jovi fan paid $11,500 in a New York radio promotion for the privilege of having lunch with the rocker.
November 4, 1990 |
The problem is common to old houses. The intricate cap molding on the wainscoting in your dining room is intact - except for the four feet the previous owner chopped out to make an ugly metal cabinet flush with the wall. You check out the stock molding in the neighborhood lumberyard or the local outlet of the national home-center chain, and nothing comes close. When you ask, you are told that they don't make that style of molding anymore. What's next? According to Mark Higgins, a New Hope contractor, a few options exist.
May 7, 1987 |
For developer Ernest Edwards, the road to ruins started with the May 13, 1985, police bombing of the MOVE house at 6221 Osage Ave., which sparked a fire that destroyed 61 homes. Here is a chronology of events mentioned in a grand jury report yesterday: Within a few days of the fire, Mayor Goode announces the houses will be rebuilt by Christmas 1985. Around the same time, developer Willard G. Rouse 3rd and union leader Pat Gillespie pledge to help rebuild the houses. A private company offers free gas furnaces, worth $84,000.
April 7, 1989 |
A burned dollhouse in the gravel driveway of the Dollhouse Manufacturing Co. in Winslow was a sad reminder of a two-alarm fire Wednesday night that destroyed the building. Firefighters were called to the expanded ranch-style building on Route 30 at 9:37 p.m. by Joseph Kinsell, who owns the business with his wife. The Kinsells also lived in the wood-frame structure, where they made dollhouses and accessories. The fire, which started in the workshop basement, was fought by about 100 firefighters from Camden and Atlantic Counties before it was brought under control shortly before midnight.
November 30, 1988 |
Those red-hot Flyers won their second game in their last six last night. They beat Boston, 5-1, behind two first-period goals by Rick Tocchet and Mike Bullard's first goal as a Flyer. The celebrations raged into the night. "We just finally got some breaks that's all," Mark Howe said. "It's just one win," Ron Hextall said. "Montreal (tomorrow night) will be a real test for us. " See, the Flyers were at this stage once before. Nine days ago they similarly blew out New Jersey, 7-1, and figured they were on the road to recovery.
August 12, 1990 |
GUATEMALAN RESERVE. Guatemala's legislature has voted to set aside 2 1/2 million acres in the northern part of the country as the Maya Biosphere Reserve, in an effort to protect natural and archaeological sites and keep the tourists coming. The country's Mayan ruins already account for a large part of its tourist trade. Included in the reserve are Tikal National Park and archaeological sites at El Mirador, Zacatal, Nakbe, Xultun, Naranjo, Piedras Negras and others. The area also contains the largest freshwater wetlands in Central America.
October 13, 2014
If I hadn't been looking for "psychylustro" through the tinted windows of the Chestnut Hill West train, I would not have seen the helium balloon bucking at its tethers above the Philadelphia Zoo. I wouldn't have wondered about the skinny, leafless trees (like tinder, like wishbones) or imagined 19th-century factory girls behind the smashed windows of abandoned manufactories or reflected on Philadelphia's history as a generative incubator of modern graffiti. I wouldn't have thought about rail yard grass, either, or about how, despite every zooming, spewing, speeding thing, it grows.