August 26, 1991 |
Head-first and fast. Words to thrill by in the water-park world, where the top kick today is called the Waimea Wave. Check it out: At the top of the 60-foot tower, you stand in the starting pool. Take your mount: Belly to the foam mat. Hands in handles. Head up. Deep breath. The gentle curve at the gate gives way to a steep drop, and you plunge fast enough to free-fall into a big bottom curve that pulls you out of the dive and shoots you skyward. You fly up and over an arch and then down a second slope before finally leveling off to skim 65 feet across the surface of the splash pool.
October 10, 2010 |
ATLANTIS PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas - A 13-year-old boy can wait only so long. By the time we check into our room at Atlantis Paradise Island, the water slides we see from our window aren't merely calling him. They're screaming at him. So only five minutes after our bags hit the hotel room, my son and I ditch his mom, grandparents, and sister to get to his raison d'etre : the water park. We walk to the top of a water slide, wiggle our fannies into an inner tube built for two, and let it rip. This trip, we're going to play every day in the water and head back to the hotel with shriveled fingers and toes.
June 17, 1998 |
Q: I've been married for five years to a guy with a drinking problem. He is finally in rehab. My parents and the rehab counselors tell me I have to stay and be supportive. But you know what? I've had enough. Perhaps there's just too much water under the bridge. We have a 2 1/2-year-old daughter. I just want to get a clean start in my life and move upstate. My parents tell me I'm wrong, but I feel I have a right to my own life. What do you think? A: There are some paths which, when first taken, obligate you. This is one of those paths.
October 19, 2011 |
With winter on the way, ski resorts across the region are preparing for their busy season. But at Sno Mountain, the electricity has been turned off for weeks. The resort's online ski-pass-ordering feature worked Tuesday, but repeated calls to Sno Mountain's toll-free ordering number and administrative office rang over and over with no answer, no voice mail and no answering machine. An iron gate blocked vehicles from entering the resort's sprawling parking lot. No staff vehicles were visible.
May 18, 2009
THE PHILLIES dropped the ball on their annual Phillies ALS Festival. My daughter and I have been going to it ever since the first one at the Vet. If the Phils were winning or losing, we were there. Breezy 80-degree day, or cold, rainy night, we stood in the lines and had a ball. Now that the Phillies are world champs, I guess now only the privileged few can go. I attended the last Phillies home game before the so-called sale of the tickets on May 3 versus the Mets, and asked employees in the ticket windows and information booths about the sale of festival tickets.
July 11, 2008 |
I grew up in Logan, in a semidetached house with a side yard where my mother would set up a plastic "swimming" pool on hot summer days. The water was barely deep enough to cover my knees when I sat down, but the pool provided a good excuse to play with the garden hose. Occasionally, on exceptionally steamy days, she'd take us into town, where we'd "swim" at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, in those old cascading fountains that flank the "Rocky steps. " This was in the pre-Rocky years, when the fountains were still working.
April 28, 2014 |
While Ilya and Yan Girlya were planning Diggerland USA, the "construction-themed adventure park" they are building in Berlin Township, the brothers consulted experts, including a trio named Aiden, Dylan, and Bianca. Ilya's two boys, 8 and 4, and Yan's daughter, 7, reached pretty much the same conclusion as conventional focus groups: The $8 million, 14-acre, action-packed attraction is a child's dream come true. After all, few kids of any age would pass up a chance to ride, drive, or operate a life-size Tonka toy - like the ones that gave me so many happy hours in the 1960s.
February 7, 1993 |
Taxpayers here can expect to know in about two weeks how a sizable payment of back taxes, owed by the borough's largest tax delinquent, will affect their tax rate this year, Mayor Curt Noe said last week. Solicitor John Marrocia deposited a $200,000 check in the township bank account on Jan. 30. The money is the first installment in the payment of taxes owed by the former Action Mountain amusement park off Branch Avenue. Action Mountain still owes the borough $384,000 in back taxes, plus $300,000 in interest, Marrocia said.
April 8, 1989 |
The bargain-hunters that had transformed Action Mountain into Auction Mountain yesterday were occupied outside, so caretaker John Warner managed to find a quiet spot inside the bankrupt ski resort's main lodge. There he was able to sit in his favorite chair and enjoy a cigarette. The 150 bidders who showed up for the auction of all the property on the Pine Hill site in southern Camden County were more people than have been at the ski slope and water park since it closed in 1986.
August 18, 1999 |
Al Sherby chose the most unlikely of places to sort out his collection of team folders, time sheets and schedules: the top of a trash bin at Eastern Regional High School. "Hey, whatever's convenient," Sherby said with a broad smile. "You kind of make it up as you go. " He needed the space to keep up with the events involving his team from Cherry Hill's Katz Jewish Community Center yesterday, Day 2 of the JCC Maccabi Games. Eastern was the site for the track and field events, 15- and 16-year-old boys' basketball, and boys' tennis.