June 20, 2014
SUMMER HAS returned and so, I'm surprised to report, have Bavarian-style wheat beers. Surprised because, for a while there, it was looking like American brewers couldn't make a warm-weather refresher that wasn't hopped out the wazoo. Lately, even when the Americans have dabbled in wheat, it was only as a means to unleash yet another hop monster, the so-called white IPA. But as Philly gears up for another run of the three H's - hazy, hot and humid - it can cool down with the fourth H, hefeweizen.
June 20, 2014 |
WHAT WAS supposed to be the crown jewel in Atlantic City's glittering gaming empire is in danger of becoming its biggest failure. A mere 26 months after its opening, the $2.4 billion Revel Casino Hotel stands on the brink of shutting down after its employees were notified that the sprawling adult playpen could close before the end of the summer if a buyer is not found. In a letter, Revel honchos told workers that if the property "is unable to complete such a sale promptly, Revel expects to close its entire facility" as early as Aug. 18. The warning came as lawyers filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy for the second time in as many years, and the company received an emergency $125 million loan from an unnamed co-owner to keep the doors open the next two months.
June 19, 2014
THIS SATURDAY is the summer solstice, which marks the official beginning of summer. After the tough winter we had, I know what you're thinking . . . hot fun in the summertime, right? At the gym, I've noticed an uptick in participation, and more people are feverishly trying to get in summer shape. I think it's terrific that the summer is inspiring more people to get into shape, but a recent discussion I had with a woman who was competing with her husband in a weight-loss competition raised a few red flags.
June 19, 2014 |
City Council President Darrell L. Clarke said Tuesday that legislation on the proposed sale of the Philadelphia Gas Works would not be introduced before the summer recess, drawing a sharp rebuke from Nutter administration officials who have been urging Council to start moving on the $1.86 billion deal. Suzanne Biemiller, the mayor's first deputy chief of staff, said Clarke's decision could jeopardize the sale of the city-owned utility to UIL Holdings Corp. of Connecticut, which can opt out of the deal as of July 15. "Obviously, the decision will be theirs to make, and we hope they'll stick around," Biemiller said.
June 16, 2014 |
Young adults are flocking to movie theaters to see The Fault in Our Stars , based on a YA novel of 2012. Here's a handful of fine Young Adult novels that came out recently. By Gail Giles Candlewick, $16.99 In the market for a new favorite writer? Gail Giles just might fit the bill. This novel (Giles' 11th), written in short, alternating chapters in the voices of two special-ed teens, is an absolute stunner. First, there's sweet-natured Biddy, who is tormented by her classmates for being fat and peculiar.
June 9, 2014 |
As a charter member of Cherry Hill's Old Orchard Swim Club, Bob Rueppel helped organize its first team and inaugurate a regional "Mini-Meet" for little swimmers. That annual event - scheduled this year on Sunday, July 6 at Old Orchard - has offered some 13,000 girls and boys 9 and under their first taste of competitive swimming since 1969. In 2009, it was renamed the "Bob Rueppel Mini-Meet. " Not bad for a city boy who couldn't swim a stroke until he was 50. "I grew up in the Bronx . . . but my children swam, and were very good at it," says Rueppel, 79, as we chat poolside with club president Maureen Behm and board member Dan Thompson.
June 2, 2014 |
BALLERINAS need vacations, too. (Incredibly well-deserved ones.) But as the big companies wind down their seasons, some innovators break out novel, refreshing programming to tide over us over during the beachgoing months. The Tap-Ballet Project, June 6. Six tap dancers and four ballet dancers, backed by a jazz quartet, thunder out the collaborative work "Meet Us at the Corner," created by Elisabeth Holowchuk (from Suzanne Farrell Ballet) and Dorothy Wasserman (as seen in the movie "Tap")