August 22, 2010
Here are travel bargains around the globe, by land, sea, and air. Deals sell out quickly and are not guaranteed to be available. Restrictions such as day of travel, blackout dates, and advance-purchase requirements may apply. Land With the Family Escape package, two parents and two kids can stay at the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld starting at $99 per night (normal rates start at $249) and get free kids' meals (age 12 and under), an in-room movie night with pizza and soda, and a 10 percent spa discount.
August 21, 2010 |
Edwin P. Van Sciver, 91, an architectural and product designer and sailing enthusiast, died of heart failure Tuesday, Aug. 17, at Waverly Heights, a retirement community in Gladwyne. Mr. Van Sciver earned a bachelor's degree in engineering and fine arts from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1942. During World War II, he worked in California for what later became the McDonnell Douglas Corp. After the war, he returned to his hometown of Philadelphia and operated an industrial-design firm with his three brothers for several years.
July 24, 2010 |
Some of sailing's charm is its unpredictability. The wind dies, or blows too hard, or in the wrong direction. You surrender to nature and drop anchor, or tack, or change plans. But a five-year diversion has been just too long for devotees of Philadelphia's resident tall ship, Gazela. Hindered by a damaged rudder, the 175-foot square-rigger - built for high seas in 1883 - has confined its sailing adventures to the protected waters of the Delaware River and Chesapeake Bay. On Sunday morning, however, the city's floating ambassador will hoist the sails on all three masts and, for the first time since 2005, leap into the waves of the blue Atlantic.
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.