July 23, 2013 |
TRENTON - A campaign promoting post-Superstorm Sandy recovery efforts along the Jersey shore is launching a contest for musical artists to create an original song to become New Jersey's summer anthem. Contestants can begin submitting song entries to the Jersey Shore Soundoff today. The contest was created by "Stronger than the Storm," a statewide campaign that has been touting tourism in an effort to drive visitors to the area the first summer after Sandy devastated many beach areas.
July 22, 2013 |
The first training camp under Chip Kelly begins Monday when rookies and selected veterans report to the NovaCare Complex. The site is not the only difference between Camp Kelly and what Philadelphia has previously witnessed, but it's the most pronounced. The rest of the team reports Thursday, starting six months of uninterrupted work at the team's South Philadelphia training facility. Gone are uncomfortable dormitory beds, replaced - at least initially - by luxury hotel mattresses.
July 21, 2013
This is your opportunity to show where you went and what you did on vacation this summer season, from Memorial Day, May 27, to Labor Day, Sept. 2. We'll pay $25 each for four of the five best photos. The photographer of the winning photo will receive $100. We want to see sunrises and sunsets, water-skiers and zip-liners, mountain hikes and campsites, and, of course, maxing and relaxing. We'll announce the five finalists on Sept. 15. You can see all the submitted photos on Inquirer.com . E-mail your photo (no more than one per person per week)
July 20, 2013 |
If you're looking for something to do on a summer weekend, a road trip through South Jersey's expanding wine country can lead to a surprisingly enlightening adventure. There is an increasingly broad and occasionally quite impressive selection of wines in South Jersey, from the well-known fruit wines (after all, Jersey is known for its blueberries!) to dry whites and reds that have garnered serious attention in the national press. More than a dozen of these wine growers have opened inviting tasting rooms as a way to encourage visitors to socialize and sample their products, before deciding what to buy. Three such wineries are Heritage Vineyards in Mullica Hill, Sharrott Winery in Winslow Township, and Valenzano Winery in Shamong.
July 19, 2013
Pennsylvania's fractious lawmakers have found something they can agree on: vacation. Although bickering between the chambers and parties in Harrisburg left a necessary piece of budget legislation unfinished as of the legal deadline of June 30, it took House members another two weeks to change out of their flip-flops and briefly get back to work. Even then, 15 of the 203 representatives didn't show up to vote on the budget-enabling fiscal code this week. And while the legislation was key to a temporary rescue of the Philadelphia schools, that didn't keep three city Democrats from being marked absent.
July 19, 2013 |
First there were slap bracelets, then friendship wristlets and Silly Bandz, and now comes the newest youth accessory obsession, the Rainbow Loom. It differs from its predecessors in that kids can express their creativity by forming the colorful rubber-band bracelets themselves. "We are selling the Rainbow Loom like crazy!" says Christine Gorham, owner of Cherry Hill's Sweet & Sassy. The summer obsession, also sold at Learning Express, Michaels, Hallmark, and various independently owned toy stores as well as online, is flying off shelves so quickly that stores can't keep them in stock for long.
July 18, 2013 |
Major League Baseball's All-Star Game is a major event in Philadelphia, where it has long signaled the unofficial start of football season. The Phillies' five-year run as playoff regulars changed that temporarily. If they'd been able to sustain excellence through Andy Reid's two-year nosedive, maybe they could have created a permanent shift. Instead, the Phillies are in their second season as a .500 ball club, and the pecking order has been restored. This is not especially good news for Chip Kelly as he prepares for his first NFL training camp . Unless Ruben Amaro Jr. can get Mike Trout for Kevin Frandsen at the trade deadline, Kelly and his team will have the full and undivided attention of every sports fan in the region.
July 16, 2013 |
Daily fasting by devout Muslims in the holy month of Ramadan is always a challenge of self-discipline. When the month falls in the summer, as it did this year, beginning last Tuesday, the long days from sunup to sundown make going without food or drink until the break-fast meal, or iftar , even harder. Linked to the lunar calendar, the start of the holiday, which celebrates God's revelation of the Quran to the prophet Muhammad, moves back about 11 days annually, explained Arshad Amanullah, of Collegeville, who joined 150 worshipers at Thursday's prayer service and iftar at the Islamic Society of Greater Valley Forge mosque in Devon.
July 15, 2013 |
ORLANDO - The Orlando Pro Summer League has come and gone, and we won't be watching the 76ers again until the preseason begins. Summer leagues are basically glorified pickup games. But the games do give you a good look at the new draft picks. They enable you to see what some of the veterans have learned, and introduce you to undrafted rookies trying to make NBA rosters. The NBA preseason is slated to begin Oct. 4. So here are some things we learned about the 76ers: Michael Carter-Williams still has a lot of work to do running a team as a primary point guard.
July 15, 2013 |
Song-of-the-summer seekers will find many gone-viral candidates in this first summer in which YouTube clicks count in sending a song toward the top of the charts. Among them: the badly behaving Miley Cyrus' "We Can't Stop," and Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines," whose "unrated" video featuring topless female models has been banned by YouTube. (A cleaned-up version has still managed to garner more than 86 million hits.) The season's pop music playlist before you stretches to about 90 minutes - longer than a mix CD because, really, who listens to CDs anymore?