April 5, 2013 |
Walt Whitman loved the waters of what is now Laurel Springs. In the late 19th century, the renowned poet wrote verse in the corner of Camden County where Crystal Springs empties into the Big Timber Creek. But the waterway where Whitman also enjoyed skinny-dipping and mud-bathing is now threatened by sedimentation, particularly in the Laurel Lake portion. "Twenty-five or 30 years ago, the lake was anywhere from 4 to 10 feet deep. Now it's from 4 inches to 3 feet, max," said Borough Council President James Redstreake, an organizer of the first large-scale cleanup in several years.
April 4, 2013 |
It may still be cold enough to feel like winter but a sure sign that spring has arrived is upon us. Chanticleer Gardens has opened for the season. From now through November 3, the public garden located on the Main Line will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Wednesday through Sunday. On Fridays during the summer, visitors can stay until 8 p.m. The garden, set on 47 acres in Wayne, will mark two special occasions in 2013. Its will celebrate its 20th year as a public garden and the centennial as the Rosengarten estate.
April 2, 2013 |
POLICE WERE INSIDE the Museum Towers on 18th Street near Spring Garden late Sunday night investigating a murder-suicide involving a 29-year-old woman and a man who appears to have been the shooter. Sgt. Tim Devlin said the shooting stemmed from an apparent domestic dispute, but he couldn't provide additional details Sunday night. At the main entrance to the Spring Garden luxury high-rise, the head of security was attempting to assuage residents' concerns - while declining to tell them what had occurred.
April 1, 2013 |
OF THE THREE players who reported to Clearwater as the Phillies' biggest question marks, mysteries or X-factors, only one is departing camp with the same uncertainty: Roy Halladay. The Phillies have a pretty good idea what they have in Ryan Howard and Chase Utley after their healthy Grapefruit League campaigns. In the final weekend of exhibition games in Florida, the middle-of-the-lineup duo hit back-to-back homers on consecutive days. They've played regularly, too. But Halladay?
March 31, 2013 |
Kyle Kendrick will hope the main event goes better than the dress rehearsal. Kendrick, scheduled to start the Phillies home opener Friday, had one last spring tune up Saturday in the exhibition finale against the Toronto Blue Jays at Citizens Bank Park. The 10-4 loss wasn't the warm homecoming he wanted. Kendrick allowed five earned runs on six hits in three innings. He left the mound to sarcastic cheers after finally retiring the side in a four-run third inning. "The good thing is they don't count," Kendrick said.
March 30, 2013 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Roy Halladay's spring training ended at 2:20 p.m. Thursday when he dropped the ball into Rich Dubee's hands. He did not immediately leave the mound. Halladay said something to his pitching coach and pretended to throw once more. Then he jogged 23 steps to the dugout, where teammates extended their hands in support. "I'm happy with it," Halladay said. He threw 96 pitches to record 13 outs Thursday - and three of those outs were Toronto baserunning blunders. Only 57 were strikes, but Halladay claimed "a lot of them were strikes.
March 30, 2013 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - As exit strategies go, the one the Phillies executed Thursday from their spring training home was far from perfect. It was, however, preferable to the one they carried out of here a year ago. "I feel much better because we've got [Chase] Utley and [Ryan] Howard," Charlie Manuel said before his team's final Grapefruit League game, against the Toronto Blue Jays at Bright House Field. After the manager spoke, the Phillies watched another jagged pitching performance from Roy Halladay, the two-time Cy Young Award winner who entered and exited spring training as the biggest question mark in the starting rotation.
March 29, 2013 |
LAKELAND, Fla. - Less than 50 feet away from the spot where Torii Hunter called the pitcher's stuff "filthy" 5 weeks earlier, Charlie Manuel was asked about the ominous cloud hovering over his team entering the final day of camp. Roy Halladay will make his final spring start in the Grapefruit League finale Thursday afternoon at Bright House Field in Clearwater. It will be his first time on that mound since leaving a start more than 2 weeks ago with a stomach illness that sapped him of almost 10 pounds.
March 29, 2013
We greet the start of winter with feasts and revelry. By February, we're cold, tired, and seizing on almost any sign that better days are ahead - even if it's furnished by a large rodent handled by a Western Pennsylvanian wearing a top hat. But after a resolutely frigid March proved that omen as dubious as it seemed, the people required vengeance on said rodent. If spring, with its high holy days and rising temperatures, embodies hope, prolonged winters are suffused with a special despair.