July 27, 2015 |
My husband and I are on a pilgrimage throughout sunny Italy to visit the lands of our forefathers. Since our journey takes us to the remote towns of Gioiosa Marea in Sicily and Badolato in Calabria, we find it necessary to rent the Opel wagon that will be our faithful companion for the duration of this yet-unexplored territory. Today, we set out to visit Badolato. The Autostrada takes us to Messina, Sicily, and the ferry that crosses the Straits of Messina to Reggio Calabria. Armed with GPS maps of Italy, tablet, and a smartphone, we venture into the land of Calabria, searching for the new road that will take us from Tyrrhenian shores to those of the Ionian Sea. All is fine until we come upon the popular rotunda , or roundabout, where the GPS goes crazy after we make a supposedly wrong turn.
July 19, 2015 |
People here seem to love the Shore. But for a relative newcomer to Philadelphia, the words Jersey Shore evoke specific images: Hurricane Sandy-battered towns, absurd MTV characters, miles of standstill traffic, a failing casino town. So why do friends and colleagues continuously go down the Shore, to family summer homes, hotels, rented beach houses? What incredible activities do they find there? What is it they're seeking? It couldn't be just sand and surf, right? Jersey's beaches are probably like any other: sand getting everywhere, sun beating down, waves crashing around, and that universal smell.
July 17, 2015 |
Inside the sweltering heat of a greenhouse near the Jersey Shore, where the afternoon summer temperatures can hit 160 degrees, a bit of the Atlantic Ocean is rapidly transforming before our eyes into one of civilization's oldest treasures. "I'm literally swimming in salt," says Derrek Thomas, 43, leading us between the 2,000-gallon retention pools that line the new salt house he and his partner, chef Lucas Manteca, 38, built on Thomas' Windy Acres farm in Ocean View. "I can't get water fast enough.
July 13, 2015 |
SEA ISLE CITY, N.J. - Call this summer drama 50 shades of yellow. And then gray. And back to yellow again. In this overpopulated beach town, the summer parking battles are being fought with cans of paint. And a parade of trips to Municipal Court. Hey, the accused are arguing, this is how it's always been done in Sea Isle: You paint the strip of the curb in front of your house yellow to make sure cars don't block your driveway, or maybe even you make it a little longer to save a space.
July 1, 2015 |
SEA ISLE CITY, N.J. - Residents and vacationers traveling between Sea Isle City and Avalon were elated Friday evening when the Townsends Inlet Bridge reopened after five months of construction, said Diane Wieland, director of the Cape May County tourism department. "We're hearing people are very happy," Wieland said. And it's just "in time for the Fourth of July. " While the bridge was under repair, motorists had to take the Garden State Parkway or Route 9 - both of which can add about 10 miles each way - to get back and forth from the neighboring Shore towns.
May 14, 2015
IN PAST City Council races, we've always been impressed with the wide variety of candidates that come up from the neighborhoods and community activism, "regular joes" who are dedicated to public service. These contenders are not always the best qualified, but their runs represent the essence of democracy - and a refreshing counterpoint to a City Council that has often represented political dynasties as much as, if not more than, the people's business. This time around, the large slate for at-large Council seats is impressive for a different reason: They represent a level of professional accomplishment in law, business and education that could bring a strong upgrade to the city's legislative body.
May 12, 2015 |
Cheryle Goldberg, 69, an almost 37-year survivor, has walked in every one of the 25 Philadelphia breast cancer walks on Mother's Day. In honor of her longevity - and the event's 25th anniversary - on Sunday, she led the emotional and ceremonial survivors' parade down the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. What made the day most significant for the Warminster woman - diagnosed in 1978, when for so many a diagnosis was a death sentence -...
March 21, 2015 |
Big Hero 6 , which last month was graced with an Oscar for best animated feature, is a very good film. I'd never dream of denigrating the witty Disney 3D picture, which had so much fun with its cast of Marvel Comics heroes. But did it deserve to beat out some of this year's other nominees - say, the Irish musical fantasy The Song of the Sea ? One of this year's best films - live-action or animated - the Irish family picture is a transcendent work of art that's almost wasted on kids.
March 1, 2015 |
Lee Wachtstetter, an 86-year-old Florida widow, took her daughter's advice. She sold her five bedroom Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-area home on 10 acres and became a permanent luxury cruise ship resident after her husband died. Mama Lee, as she's known aboard the 11-year-old Crystal Serenity, has been living on the luxe 1,070-passenger vessel longer than most of its 655 crew members - nearly seven years. "My husband introduced me to cruising," she recalled. "Mason was a banker and real estate appraiser and taught me to love cruising.
February 11, 2015 |
Off the Jersey Shore, where the continental shelf plummets into the deep sea, scientists have been exploring vast canyons, discovering far below the surface a trove of deep-sea corals as colorful and exciting as their warm-water cousins. The fragile formations include more than 40 species of corals, some previously undiscovered. Some are massed in forests; others jut out from current-swept canyon walls. Given the growth rates of coral, some are thought to be thousands of years old. The discoveries, made in recent summers all along the East Coast thanks in part to new technology, are prompting fisheries managers to consider restricting commercial fishing in portions of this dark, cold, and eerily beautiful undersea world.