March 27, 2015
HUNDREDS of jobs at city pools and summer camps are up for grabs tomorrow when Philadelphia Parks & Recreation holds its employment fair at Lawncrest Rec Center on Rising Sun Avenue near Comly in Northeast Philadelphia. The youth-focused job fair runs from noon to 2 p.m. with an information session at 12:30 p.m. Job openings include 800 lifeguards (16 years old and up) and pool maintenance workers (18 and up) for the city's 75 pools, as well as hundreds of summer camp jobs for youths 14 and up. In addition, the Philadelphia Youth Network will offer summer jobs specifically for youth from low-income families.
March 25, 2015 |
Gov. Christie may not make an announcement on running for president until early summer, he said Monday on a radio show, during which he also forecast a tough solution for reviving Atlantic City. Christie said on NJ101.5's Ask the Governor that he would announce whether he would run by "late spring or early summer. " Earlier Monday, Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz announced that he would run in 2016, becoming the first major candidate to officially enter the race. Christie said it was "very early" in the race, and dismissed any notion that he would have trouble netting commitments from donors if he waited to declare his intentions.
March 25, 2015 |
First, second, and third graders in Woodbury won't have much of a summer break this year if their parents enroll them in an unusual voluntary reading program to be held from July 6 through Aug. 27. But they will avoid what teachers call the "summer slide" - when children tend to lose skills and knowledge during the long vacation. "We recognize our kids go backward in the summer when they don't receive instruction," said Jason Vivadelli, principal of Evergreen Avenue Elementary School, who is the curriculum supervisor for each of the district's three elementary schools.
February 11, 2015 |
TELEVISION HOST, producer and part-time Philly resident Marc Summers revealed on WWMR's Preston and Steve Show yesterday morning that he is a cancer survivor. Summers, best known as the host of Nickelodeon's "Double Dare" and the Food Network's "Unwrapped" (which doesn't even touch on the numerous shows on which he's served as producer), told listeners that he was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia five years ago. He was in chemo for two years, yet still went about his daily business, not revealing his diagnosis.
January 5, 2015 |
MIAMI BEACH - Enter the Shore Club's lobby on Collins Avenue, and you'd think you were in Marrakech. An eclectic mix of furnishings greets the eye - tufted ivory floor cushions, antique plantation chairs, hand-woven tribal rugs, white throw pillows from Kenya, and cooling white sheets dangling from the ceiling. Beyond the lobby, a miniature simulated rain forest of exotic tropical plants and foliage leads to two swimming pools and the beach. "Want some chilled bottled water?" a doorman offered as Dorothy, my wife, and I made our way into the oceanfront art deco hotel from an outside humid 92 degrees.
December 6, 2014 |
A summer jobs program for teenagers appears to cut the rate of violent crime, according to a new study by a University of Pennsylvania researcher. And not because the youths were too busy working to break the law. Those who were randomly chosen to get the eight-week positions were arrested for violent offenses 43 percent fewer times than their peers, and most of that difference occurred during the 13 months after the jobs were finished. The findings by Sara B. Heller, an assistant professor of criminology at Penn, are reported in Friday's issue of the journal Science.
September 3, 2014 |
OCEAN CITY, N.J. - As Labor Day weekend traffic squeezed onto the expressways, returning the masses to work and school at this unofficial end to summer, the crowds had dwindled considerably around Chris Denn's lifeguard chair. On any other hot, humid summer afternoon, Denn said, there would have been as many as 1,200 people lingering on the St. Charles Place beach. And 200 more in the water when it was time for Denn and the other lifeguards to wrap up their beach patrol duties for the day. Up and down the seven-mile-long barrier island this summer, there could have been as many as 100,000 people on the beach each day, soaking up sun and surf along this Cape May County resort - about 3.5 million beachgoers a year, officials said.
September 1, 2014 |
WILDWOOD CREST - "The Hundred Days of Summer" is not a new reality show, but a real-life drama that unfolds for summer businesses along the New Jersey Shore every year between Memorial Day and Labor Day. "You have a finite amount of time to make that bottom line . . . and every year, you never know," Diane Ranalli said last week as she worked out last-minute details for guests spending the end of the summer season at the Water's Edge Ocean Resort, a...
August 29, 2014
IF YOU haven't gotten your tix yet for October's Great American Beer Festival, in Denver, too late. The world's largest beer-judging event is sold out. But here's an insider's tip that will give you a taste of some of the champions: The last week of August is when local breweries deliver their bottles to Colorado for the medal competition. That means that specialties brewed especially for the event - the very best of their portfolios - go on tap locally over Labor Day weekend. Which means that, come October, when you hear that a local brewpub like Stewart's, in Bear, Del., or Round Guys, in Lansdale, has won a gold medal, you'll be kicking yourself if you don't get out there and taste 'em this weekend.
August 28, 2014 |
RICHARD WATSON still remembers the moment he woke up. It was Aug. 28, 1964 - a Friday night wrapped in a humid layer of late-summer heat. Watson, 18 and a budding art student, could have been out on what folks called "Jump Street" or "The Ave," a thriving commercial strip of Columbia Avenue in the heart of North Philly where weekend crowds scurried between movies at the Rex or the Liberty and a neon string of pool halls and taverns. But as midnight approached, Watson was simply trying to get some sleep, a couple of blocks away from the strip in his family's apartment at 22nd and Master.