September 7, 2015 |
OCEAN CITY, N.J. - The Nashes said they were in denial that it was coming to an end. Within 72 hours, it would be back to work and back to school for the Springfield, Delaware County, family of four. They had waited until Labor Day weekend - the last of the "unofficial" summer season - to pack in all the activities they hadn't gotten to yet this summer, including a surrey bike ride down the boardwalk Saturday. "Yeah, it's been kind of an expensive weekend so far," said Kristin Nash, 40, as she rattled off the list of things the family had done since arriving the day before.
September 5, 2015 |
The fall, after summer vacations and the kids are back in school, historically is a good time to snag bargain airfares - at least on certain competitive routes. "The first week of September is typically a good time to look for a ticket because the summer madness is over," said Peter Abzug, spokesman for the Airlines Reporting Corp. (ARC). Online travel sites, such as Airfarewatchdog, Kayak, and Expedia, on Thursday showed round-trip fares on a handful of airlines as low as $89 round-trip from Philadelphia International Airport to Dallas-Fort Worth for flights on Wednesday, Sept.
September 2, 2015 |
SEASIDE PARK, N.J. - Doug Maday, the car dealer who resolved on Labor Day to plunge into the Atlantic Ocean every day for a year, finished his sometimes brutal, sometimes serene, often lonely "endless summer" on Monday with a splash. A Philadelphia television crew, newspaper reporters and photographers, leaders of a North Jersey charity, the borough's mayor, neighbors, friends, and members of the high school's marching band were among the 40 who clapped and cheered as Maday made his way toward the waves for the 365th day in a row. It was 11:17 a.m. Skies were overcast.
August 30, 2015 |
CAPE MAY, N.J. - The feet are over the railing, the rocking chair tucked nicely into a corner. The book was taken serendipitously off a shelf, and, not for nothing, the husband was left on a different porch. None of it was deliberated, really, but come to think of it, Sarah "Sally" Gibson, 69, would have to acknowledge she did not take her Cape May porch routines lightly. "I tried all of them," said Gibson, a social worker from North Jersey. "They have three. The air is a little better on the side one, but not the shade.
August 28, 2015
DISTRICT ATTORNEY Seth Williams must feel like he's caught in some crazy summertime rip current. Things had been going so well on the political front. But then, out of nowhere, the Inquirer broke news last Thursday that a federal grand jury had subpoenaed his political campaign's financial records to see if he'd spent money on personal expenses - like $2,175 on membership dues for the Sporting Club at the Bellevue. Williams, a Democrat, immediately began swimming parallel to the shore.
August 24, 2015 |
The plane dipped, its bright yellow wings slicing through the blue sky. It rolled, turned, then shot toward the heavens, underbelly showing as the pilot flew, seemingly, straight into the sun. On the ground, hundreds of faces tipped upward. This was a final summertime treat for spectators at the New Garden Flying Field, who watched Saturday as pilots performed aerobatics and showed off planes from World War II in the Festival of Flight Air and Car Show. "To have an air show like this in our backyard is pretty fantastic," said Rikard Haraldsson, who drove about a half-hour with his family from Elkton, Md., for the Chester County event.
August 24, 2015
There are two weeks of unofficial summer left, and the autumnal equinox doesn't arrive until Sept. 23. That means it's still road-trip season, still time to get your motor runnin' and head out on the highway, as Steppenwolf sang in "Born to Be Wild," a song identified with 1969's Easy Rider but also featured in my favorite road movie, the 1985 Albert Brooks comedy Lost in America , in which an advertising executive and his wife load up...
August 16, 2015 |
Take that, Apple Music! President Obama has joined streaming music service Spotify and posted two said-to-be "handpicked" Summer Playlists, themed "Day" (spoti.fi/potusplaylist1) and "Night" (spoti.fi/potusplaylist2). There's a local-band makes-good angle. Philadelphia's own Low Cut Connie's "Boozophilia," a drinking song from its 2013 album Call Me Sylvia , made the cut, strangely on the daytime list. Piano-playing front man Adam Weiner described himself on Friday afternoon as "totally and utterly shocked and speechless.
August 12, 2015 |
ASK A CITY trashman or woman what's the nastiest part of the job or the worst thing that's ever happened, and the answer is not easy. Because there's just so much, especially in the summer: The asphalt is hot enough to melt the soles of work boots. The stink can churn an iron stomach. The maggots are celebrating their new life. The bees treat you like a pin cushion. The open-air drug dealers stop you and say, "Hold up, don't dump that can. " And yes, it's summertime and indeed the livin' is easy - for raccoons, opossums, rats and mice.
August 7, 2015 |
Salad season is here. Every color and texture of vegetable is on farm stands, store shelves, or out back in the garden, so you can be shredding, chopping, and arranging magnificent summer feasts with minimum cooking and maximum flavor. And this summer, all we are really craving are salads for dinner, the kind of meal that doesn't leave us feeling weighed down in the heat. Yet, a main-course salad should be substantial and satisfying - with a balance of crisp and soft, crunchy and smooth, tart and sweet.