April 24, 2016 |
Rosanne Mistretta has taught environmental science for 16 years on Abington Friends School's 50-acre campus, using its branch of Jenkintown Creek and its 300 towering trees as a kid-magnet green classroom. So, she was overwhelmed with joy when Julie Slavet, executive director of the Tookany Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership, told Abington Friends staffers in 2014 that $105,547 was available to plant a riparian buffer of 350 saplings along the creek and create a rain garden at its headwaters behind the lower school.
March 6, 2016 |
'Oh, my God, they're those stinky plants! It smells like dead flesh," Maureen Green of Bustleton exclaimed, backing away from a row of crimson amorphophallus specimens in the Hamilton Horticourt. "Every year, I forget. " So began another year of the springtime ritual that is the PHS Philadelphia Flower Show, running from Saturday through March 13 and sprawling over nearly 600,000 square feet of the Convention Center. This year's show, themed "Explore America" in honor of the National Park Service's centennial, has plenty to interest serious horticulture fans and the merely curious.
January 24, 2016 |
ATLANTIC CITY - Most Jersey Shore towns were making emergency preparations Friday for the arrival of a massive winter storm, bolstering sand dunes and moving equipment to higher ground, and in some cases declaring mandatory or voluntary evacuations. Atlantic City was carrying out similar precautions, but Mayor Don Guardian also invited tourists to not cancel weekend plans if they were already headed to his "party town. " "Atlantic City's casino hotels were built to withstand hurricanes, and they have their own generators . . . so if you're going to be hunkered down in a storm, it might as well be in a beautiful hotel in Atlantic City," Guardian said during a Friday news conference at City Hall.
September 15, 2014 |
As his wife, Pat, watched anxiously, Jack Monaghan climbed the slatted dune fence that once separated their Strathmere home from a state park, and pointed down at the crashing sea. "There used to be a beach out there," he said last week. Now, exposed black boulders and a slender, 10-foot cliff are about all that remain of Corson's Inlet State Park's southern shoreline. In just a month, the Monaghans and state officials say, ocean waves have carried away most of the 98 acres of sand dunes where park visitors strolled or fished or beached their boats, and where endangered piping plovers, black skimmers, and least terns scampered and nested.
June 7, 2014 |
Since we last visited John and Gretchen Coyle's idyllic bayfront home in Beach Haven, a lot has happened. In a word: Sandy. The killer storm of October 2012 swamped the first floor with sand, salt water, muck, and mold. It roughed up the bicycles, fridge, and freezer in the garage; destroyed the charming little beach, dunes, and deck; and whipsawed a naturalistic garden lovingly tended for more than three decades. "Sandy just plucked it all up. Everything was gone," says Gretchen, 74, an author and freelance writer who has lived in this villagelike pocket of Long Beach Island with John, 73, since 1980.
December 10, 2013 |
MANTOLOKING, N.J. - Work on a $40 million, four-mile-long steel seawall that will extend through this Ocean County town and into the beachfront areas of neighboring Brick Township trounced by Hurricane Sandy could begin early next year, officials said. Unlike seawalls in some beach towns that stand as tall stone or brick edifices, this massive structure will be driven 32 feet below sea level and will rise 16 feet above ground. It will be virtually unseen, buried beneath sand dunes that will complete the project.
July 10, 2013 |
The sand dunes created to protect the Jersey Shore may be worth more than an unobstructed view of ocean. However, it is up to a jury to decide how much, if any, a Harvey Cedars couple should receive after a large piece of their property was taken by the state to construct 22-foot dunes that also blocked part of their view of Long Beach Island's surf. The New Jersey Supreme Court on Monday tossed out a $375,000 jury award to Harvey and Phyllis Karan in the case filed five years ago, sending it back to Ocean County for a new trial.
June 16, 2013 |
CAYO COCO, Cuba - After Cuban scientists studied the effects of climate change on this island's 3,500 miles of coastline, their discoveries were so alarming that officials didn't share the results with the public to avoid causing panic. The scientists projected that rising sea levels would seriously damage 122 Cuban towns or even wipe them off the map. Beaches would be submerged, they found, while freshwater sources would be tainted and croplands rendered infertile. In all, seawater would penetrate up to 1.2 miles inland in low-lying areas, as oceans rose nearly three feet by 2100.
April 12, 2013 |
LONGPORT, N.J. - This borough of exclusive beachfront homes will take those dunes now, thank you. It took the storm of the century to do it, but there has been a sea change in Longport, which had long said a big no, thank you, to dunes that might block pricey ocean views. "I think Sandy took the subjectiveness out of it," borough engineer Dick Carter said Wednesday. Now, those views are seen through a new prism: the memory of punishing waves crashing through floor-to-ceiling windows and lifting up swaths of asphalt roadway, ocean-to-bay flooding, and two feet of sand dumped all the way to Atlantic Avenue like some kind of Saharan blizzard.
January 26, 2013 |
ISLAND BEACH STATE PARK, N.J. - One of New Jersey's favorite swimming, fishing, and bird-watching spots is back in business. Island Beach State Park occupies the southernmost end of a barrier island pummeled by Sandy in October. Like many of the island's communities, including Seaside Heights, Ortley Beach, and Mantoloking, the park sustained major damage from the storm. But unlike those heavily populated communities, the park remains close to its original wild state, with rolling sand dunes and coastal forests on a half-mile-wide spit of sand between the Atlantic Ocean and Barnegat Bay. Because there are no homes or businesses and only a handful of park-related structures on the island, much of the damage to sand dunes and the beach itself will be left to nature to repair.