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.
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.