May 28, 2010 |
Ah, the Jersey Shore. Sun. Fun. Traffic. Every year, starting with Memorial Day weekend, major routes such as the Garden State Parkway and the causeways that link the mainland to barrier island resort towns become snarled with vehicles. Road projects that officials promise will ease the gridlock could exacerbate congestion short-term, with ripped up asphalt and reduced speeds near Ocean City and Long Beach Island this summer. "It might be a little ugly now, but when it's finished, drivers will really appreciate it. It'll be a better road," Joe Orlando, spokesman for the New Jersey Turnpike Authority, said of the parkway-widening project.
May 25, 2010 |
They ate barbecue on a Coast Guard cutter in the Delaware River Monday, smiling and laughing, only occasionally talking about the terrible days that bond them. They are old now - many well into their 80s - with rough hands and slow gaits. Like any other tourists, they snapped photos, floating on brown water under gray skies on a cruise created in their honor. The pictures were benign counterpoints to the awful images that every member of the Delaware Valley Chapter of the Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge carries in his head.
May 21, 2010 |
If you're looking for the thrill of the open seas, but aren't keen on anything that involves bait or a fishing pole, you have an option: dolphin and whale watching tours. They let you experience an open-water boating adventure without the mess or work of renting your own ride. The Jersey Shore is a prime location to see either type of mammal because it's a crucial spot in dolphin and whale life cycles, says Bob Schoelkopf, founding director of the Marine Mammal Stranding Center in Brigantine.
March 12, 2010 |
Cole Aldrich had 12 points and 18 rebounds, and No. 1 Kansas became the third team to reach 2,000 wins by pulling out an 80-68 victory over scrappy Texas Tech yesterday in the quarterfinals of the Big Twelve tournament in Kansas City, Mo. Kansas (30-2) was upset by Baylor in last year's Big Twelve tournament and appeared headed for another with an uneven start. The Jayhawks slogged through a sloppy first half and had to withstand a Texas Tech (17-15) rally in the second before pulling away to join Kentucky and North Carolina in the 2,000-win club.
February 23, 2010 |
Pension and health-care changes meant to cut public employee benefits and save the state money easily cleared the New Jersey Senate yesterday, despite objections from labor leaders. State workers and teachers are likely to have more of a say in the Assembly, however, where two leaders say they expect to offer additional proposals to address the state's massive health and retirement fund deficits. Their plans signal a possible break with the Senate on measures that had appeared to be on a fast track toward approval.
January 21, 2010 |
Two of Villanova's Jersey guys, Corey Stokes and Corey Fisher, came back to the Garden State last night with vivid recollections of the last time they played at Rutgers' Louis Brown Athletic Center. "We definitely remember what happened two years ago," Stokes said of the Scarlet Knights' 80-68 win over then-No. 18 'Nova. "We explained it to the freshmen. We just talked about not going out there playing for yourself, but playing for Villanova, because we know the environment here.
January 13, 2010 |
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. - The last time Bryant McKinnie faced an elite Pro Bowl pass rusher, he gave up two sacks, committed two penalties, and was benched for ineffective play. That nightmarish performance came Dec. 20 against Carolina's Julius Peppers, who kept the Minnesota Vikings' left tackle on his heels all game. McKinnie, a graduate of Woodbury High School in South Jersey, faces perhaps an even tougher test Sunday, and the Vikings need the first-time Pro Bowl player to play like one. McKinnie will go head-to-head against outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware in a divisional playoff game against the Dallas Cowboys.
December 31, 2009 |
Chef Michael Schulson is behind Sampan (124 S. 13th St., 215-732-3501), a mod pan-Asian incorporating elements from his time as chef at Pod and at New York's Buddakan, before he launched his own place, Izakaya, in Atlantic City's Borgata. Schulson, who hosted the Style Network's Pantry Raid and TLC's Ultimate Cake-Off, has an open, Momofuku-esque aesthetic from Sparks Design, simple yet comfy, with distressed metals and reclaimed wood. Side walls glow behind what appear to be barren trees.
December 20, 2009 |
She was a landlubber, rooted on terra firma. He was a sailing man, a lover of classic boats. When Ellen and Brian Gagnon wed 10 years ago (remarriages for both), they began to create Christmas traditions in their elegant two-story, 1986-vintage Colonial in Moorestown. And, inexorably, boats slipped into the picture-perfect holiday environment that Ellen, particularly, loves to arrange. Which is how it came to pass that one room of their home has become Boating Central, complete with reminders of Brian Gagnon's passion for things nautical.
October 13, 2009 |
When Spike Jonze was a little kid - back when he was little Adam Spiegel of Bethesda, Md. - he latched on to Where the Wild Things Are, the story of misbehaving Max, sent to bed without his supper, tumbling into a land inhabited by horned, clawed, anarchic monsters. And Max, in his wolf's pajamas, becomes king of the Wild Things. "I would look at those pictures - where Max's bedroom turns into a forest - and there was something that felt like magic there," Jonze says about the treasured Maurice Sendak title, a 37-page, 338-word picture book first published in 1963.