October 7, 2015 |
AVALON, N.J. - Despite the sunny sky on Tuesday - a contrast to the dismal weather brought by a weekend nor'easter that chewed up beaches and pulled tons of sand offshore - the surf along the Ninth Street beach here remained kicked up as a crew of coastal geologists began assessing the damage from the storm. "This is really the best time to be out here," said Crist Robine, chief sedimentologist and geoscience specialist at the Stockton University Coastal Research Center in Galloway Township.
October 6, 2015 |
OCEAN CITY, N.J. - While officials in New Jersey barrier island towns began tallying erosion losses Monday after a weekend nor'easter of roiling surf and gusting winds that chewed away at the beachfront, comparisons were quick to be made to the last notorious storm - Sandy, in 2012. But Stewart Farrell, an expert in coastal geology and director and founder of Stockton University's Coastal Research Center, said this nor'easter's duration - and ultimate displacement of hundreds of thousands of tons of sand up and down the coast - were more like those of a 1962 storm that has long been a benchmark for Jersey Shore weather.
October 5, 2015 |
NORTH WILDWOOD, N.J. - After the tide hit its highest Saturday afternoon, bay water lapped at the house Anthony Bencivengo has lived in for 17 years. He is accustomed to flooding on Old North Wildwood Boulevard, but the 3 or 4 inches of water that filled his first floor were unusually steep. "As long as the house is still standing, it's OK," Bencivengo, 36, said. From his front porch, he could spot the remnants of a neighbor's house, where some pieces floated and came to rest after the house collapsed into the bay. "Every one of us," he said, "worries about it every year.
October 3, 2015 |
The NFL is monitoring Hurricane Joaquin's projected path and investigating scheduling contingencies in case the Eagles-Redskins game on Sunday needs to be moved from FedEx Field in Landover, Md. The league said Thursday in a statement that "there is no change in the schedule for the game at this point. " It's scheduled for Sunday at 1 p.m. One option being discussed is moving the game to Detroit, according to the NFL Network. Detroit has been used in the past when games could not be played in a team's home venue.
September 29, 2015 |
In its century-plus history of baking in the Italian Market, Isgro Pastries had never received an order quite like this. It came Wednesday through a friend and neighbor of third-generation owner Gus Sarno on behalf of someone who preferred not to be identified. It was for a cake. A very big cake. And it was to be served at Archbishop Charles Chaput's 71st birthday celebration with a "very special guest. " And, oh, yes, it had to be done in just two days - when the Secret Service would come by to pick it up. And it was totally confidential.
September 23, 2015 |
Philadelphia's energy utilities say they do not expect unusually high loads on their distribution networks during the pope's visit. It's the unanticipated events that have them concerned. Unlike cellphone carriers, which expect the assemblage of more than a million people to add epic demand to the Center City wireless system, electricity and gas utilities say most of the multitude adds little demand for air-conditioning or heat that might stress systems to the limit. But the volume of pedestrians, and restricted vehicular movement inside the 31/2-square-mile "traffic box," will create massive challenges for the utilities to respond to any emergencies that might occur during the pope's visit.
September 13, 2015 |
I was straightening up the basement the other day and was looking at the canned food stored on a shelf near the freezer, intended to get us through the first few days of a natural disaster. My thoughts turned to hurricane season, which began in June and is typically worrisome in the mid-Atlantic region starting in late August on through early November. We have not needed that food since we stored it there just after Hurricane Irene in August 2011, which struck as a tropical storm a few hours after we had arrived after an all-night drive from Maine.
August 28, 2015 |
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Just a half-hour north of Albany, the exit for Union Avenue beckons off I-87, aka the Northway. Enter and you immediately are drawn back in time. Horses have the right of way on the avenue between Saratoga Race Course and Oklahoma training track. Stay on Union Avenue beyond the track and massive Victorian homes with wraparound porches loom on the way into downtown, where you are greeted by Congress Park and Canfield Casino, both on the National Register of Historic places.
August 26, 2015
A DECADE ago, when Hurricane Katrina poured her wrath on the Gulf Coast, America wasn't prepared for the kind of wholesale destruction we witnessed. The Category 3 storm killed nearly 2,000 people, destroying more than 100,000 homes. But it wasn't just the physical destruction that alarmed us. It was the emotional toll of watching a disaster that could have hit any of us. In the wake of the deluge that tore through levees and destroyed a city, portraits of devastation filled our television screens, and disbelief filled our minds.
August 11, 2015 |
20TH CENTURY FOX has made three tries with the "Fantastic Four" and it hasn't been fantastic yet. When you consider that Marvel/Disney did stunningly better with the little known "Ant-Man," maybe it's time that Fox, the studio that gave up on Daredevil and Elektra, should let Marvel/Disney take back the FF. This latest unnecessary FF reboot debuted with just $26.2 million at domestic theaters over the weekend, according to studio estimates yesterday....