August 6, 2002
HOW MANY city employees does it take to paint a bathroom? A few to paint, and one to drain the pool. A better question: How long does it take to fix a swimming pool? The pool at the Lee Rec Center and 10 others in the city began major repair and renovation work in October. So far, just four have reopened; five have been rescheduled for next year. Lee is due to open this week. Lee's original June 25 opening date was delayed, but it was due to open last week until Recreation Commissioner Vic Richard decided that the bathrooms and poolhouse needed work.
September 7, 2007 |
Of the nine seafaring souls who, in 1968, left Britain to compete in a nonstop solo sail around the world, Donald Crowhurst was surely the least experienced, the least prepared. A mild-mannered electronics engineer who lived with his wife and children in the English countryside, Crowhurst appears in Louise Osmond and Jerry Rothwell's fascinating documentary, Deep Water, as a man out of his depth, so to speak. Crowhurst built a swift trimaran equipped with the latest gadgets. It boasted a self-righting mechanism, in case his three-hulled vessel flipped into stormy waters of the southern capes.
July 8, 1999 |
What began 15 years ago as an environmental project at a New Jersey college has blossomed into a business that has given its founders a steady income and a suntan. "In grad school, we were working on a project to help local residents deal with the stagnancy of their lakes and ponds," said environmental scientist Larry Kovar, now 44. "People were asking for our advice, and I saw it as an opportunity to help people out and broaden my horizons. " The business, Aquatic Analysts, of Middleville, N.J., was started by Kovar and Michael Sebetich, a professor of aquatic ecology at William Patterson College in Wayne, Passaic County.
July 14, 1994 |
After years of pleading with municipal officials and searching for financial backing, one resident finally has his wish - a new Monument Avenue bridge. To the delight of Jack Haage, Upper Moreland and Hatboro officials announced last week that they had reached an agreement detailing how much each town will pay for what part of the project to replace the bridge and its awkwardly placed abutment. The creek is part of the border between the municipalities. It took Haage three years to convince Upper Moreland commissioners that the abutment, which was erected by Hatboro several years ago, acts like a dam that - during heavy rains - backed up water into his home and those of his neighbors.
July 12, 1992 |
Out by Halfway Island, two great blue herons rise from the carpet of willow grass, disturbed by the intrusion. As it passes the tip of the island, the little boat bothers the Susquehanna River, but gently, with the swish of its paddle wheel and the lapping of water under the bow. Sometimes, too, the strains of Schubert's Unfinished Symphony will drift from Jack Dillman's radio in the pilot house and mix with the music of the ferry and...
March 14, 2001
In just a few weeks, arguments among "faith-based" organizations have reminded us why our Founders decided to separate church and state. The Anti-Defamation League kicked off the festivities by declaring that because of anti-Semitic preachings, the Nation of Islam should get no government money from the new Office of Faith-based Initiatives - although if past anti-Jewish comments are the issue, most Christian denominations also would be disqualified....
November 6, 1986 |
"The Prisoner of Second Avenue," a comedy by Neil Simon. Directed by Tom Markus, lighting by Richard Moore, costumes by Lana Fritz. Presented by the Walnut Street Theatre, 9th and Walnut streets, Tue.-Sun. through Nov. 22. Anyone in his right mind knows that a recently fired 46-year-old advertising account executive having a nervous breakdown is not a laughing matter. So why was last night's Walnut Street Theatre audience a packed house of titters, giggles, chuckles and guffaws?
November 8, 1995 |
Get this straight: The officiating was sporadic, erratic, sometimes inexplicable. The 76ers, in a 109-106 loss to the Sacramento Kings, were worse. All the elements coach John Lucas had been pleading for - a defensive presence, more efficient ball movement, better shooting, more people contributing - were missing. Make up for the 21 points injured Clarence Weatherspoon had been averaging? Not a chance. Establish a home-court advantage? Uh, no. But get this straight, too: Whatever replacement refs Eric Britto and William Kennedy were doing, it wasn't working.
February 1, 1988 |
Stirred but not shaken, John Elway walked off the title field once again the loser, once again left only to shake his head and keep his gaze steady in the spotlight. And later he answered the inevitable questions calmly, gently, rationally - and only occasionally bitterly - in the aftermath of his team's second consecutive embarrassment in the Super Bowl. He even smiled some, which belied the day he had, the game that was summarily wrenched from his grasp, the 42-10 nightmare that overwhelmed his Denver Bronocs team.
May 29, 1987 |
It is fashionable these days to wonder aloud whether Rick Schu ever will follow Mike Schmidt in anything but alphabetical order for the Phillies. This heir apparent stuff gets old after a while, especially as a player gets older and a curious sort of self-fulfilling prophecy sets in. First a guy is great, gets rave reviews. Good enough to start almost anywhere else, the team assures one and all. It's just a darn shame for the kid that the team (in this case the Phillies) has a player of that caliber (in this case Schmidt)