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.
August 1, 2009 |
Parker McLean Seymour, 66, of Chestnut Hill, an emergency room physician at Chestnut Hill Hospital for 30 years, died of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease Tuesday at his home. Dr. Seymour grew up in Toledo, Ohio, and spent summers boating and sailing on Lake Erie. He planned to be an engineer, like his father and grandfather, but in his junior year at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, he decided to be a physician, said his wife, Evelyn Berry Seymour. He earned a bachelor's degree in science from the University of Toledo and a medical degree from Thomas Jefferson University, and interned at Chestnut Hill Hospital.
June 16, 2009 |
Thousands of over-the-air TV viewers lost 6ABC, the No. 1 local news station in the Philadelphia TV market, in Friday's national digital-TV transition. Along with Action News, 6ABC is popular because of its afternoon soaps, and Oprah. Officials met in Washington yesterday to discuss a potential solution. Similar glitches in the transition were reported in New York and Chicago. Officials are afraid to boost the 6ABC digital-TV signal because it could lead to interference with FM radio stations in Philadelphia, or TV stations in other markets.
June 15, 2009 |
It was a reunion that featured spattering champagne, splashing Delaware River water - and generations of unrelated families linked by a great one gone to rest. The great one is a 1924 catboat called the Silent Maid, the pride of Barnegat Bay sailing. The Silent Maid, proud but limping, was nowhere to be seen, stored for now in a warehouse. The fuss yesterday afternoon at the pier beside the Independence Seaport Museum was all about its gleaming, new sequel. The new Silent Maid - all 33 feet and made of mahogany, white oak, and Spanish cedar - was christened with the smash of a bottle of champagne and then set down into the water with a crane after four years of construction by hand at the museum's boat-building workshop.
March 22, 2009 |
Celebrity Cruises is planning to sail from Cape Liberty in Bayonne, N.J., starting April 2010. The 2,038-passenger Celebrity Summit will set sail on April 25, 2010, the cruise line announced recently. Trips to Bermuda, New England, and Canada will be offered. Celebrity joins Royal Caribbean and Azamara Cruises at Cape Liberty. Located off Exit 14A of the New Jersey Turnpike, Cape Liberty is about a 90-minute drive from Philadelphia. Long-term parking is available. Seven-night voyages will be offered to Bermuda and Bermuda/New England from April 2010 to mid-June.
March 13, 2009 |
With television helicopters fluttering overhead, a documentary film crew working on the ground, and a contingent of Long Beach Island locals calling the play-by-play, this area's most famous beach cottage rolled gingerly onto an ocean barge yesterday, en route to a new home on the north shore of Long Island, N.Y. Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown's little Lieb House became the SS Lieb. In all his years of practicing architecture with his wife, the 83-year-old Venturi has probably never had a media experience quite like the one that began unfolding at 7:30 a.m. in the sandy yard of the Barnegat Light marina.
March 10, 2009 |
After being stuck in limbo on a Barnegat Light, N.J., pier for nearly six weeks, the iconic 1960s beach shack designed by Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown is clear to set sail at high tide Thursday morning for a new home on the exclusive north shore of Long Island. The building, which is known as the Lieb House and is considered to be among the Philadelphia architects' most significant early works, narrowly escaped demolition by a developer in January when Barnegat Light officials agreed to let its adoptive owners store it in a harbor-side parking lot. That reprieve gave them time to secure permission to float the quirky house to their property in Glen Cove, overlooking the Manhattan skyline.
March 1, 2009 |
The most romantic moment of a cruise is sailing away - that Hollywood moment when the ship leaves the dock and sets off for distant shores. And the sail-away to top them all was setting off from New York City on the maiden U.S. voyage of Holland America's Eurodam. All hands were on deck on this brilliantly beautiful September afternoon as the ship edged down the Hudson River past the city's landmarks. Hundreds of passengers leaned against the rail, taking in the shape of a skyline so iconic, it gives you chills.
January 28, 2009 |
There's no sign yet of any commotion at the deceptively humble beach shack that Philadelphia architect Robert Venturi designed almost 40 years ago overlooking the sea at Barnegat Light. An immense black number 9 still flanks the front door, and a whimsical sailboat-shaped window still curves from a side facade. But if ocean winds and human whims cooperate, this much-admired early design by Philadelphia's most important living architect could soon leave its familiar moorings and set sail on an odyssey that will take it up the New Jersey coast, past Manhattan's glittering skyline, under the Brooklyn Bridge, through the treacherous currents of Hell's Gate, and then on to Glen Cove, N.Y. - all in an effort to save the wood-frame shore house from a developer's wrecking ball.
December 7, 2008 |
All the elements were there for a classic Army-Navy game: the pregame march-on by cadets and midshipmen, the parachute jumpers from both academies, the flyovers by jets and helicopters, the attendance of President Bush. There was every element except one - a competitive football game. Once again, Navy dominated a plucky but overmatched Army squad beginning with its third play from scrimmage, a 65-yard touchdown dash by Shun White, and trounced the Black Knights, 34-0, before a sellout crowd of 69,144 at Lincoln Financial Field.