June 17, 1994 |
An eighth-grader from the Bronx on a school trip could not be found when his classmates returned to their buses Wednesday after a day's outing at Dorney Park's Wildwater Kingdom. Seven hours after chaperones decided to return to New York City without him, his body was found under 10 feet of water early yesterday in the park's wave pool. Daniel Maracallo, 14, who would have graduated from Roberto Clemente Intermediate School 166 next Wednesday, died of "fresh water drowning," said Lehigh County Coroner Wayne Snyder after an autopsy.
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.
June 24, 1992 |
If summer ever does heat up, people surely will dress down. That's when regional amusement and theme parks can be expected to renew the annual enforcement of their dress codes. A controversy was touched off last month when Virginia college students Shannon Rainey and Kim Sours were asked to leave Kings Dominion theme park in Doswell, Va., because of the way they were dressed. Members of the park asked them to put a T-shirt over their halter tops because park officials said the tops were too revealing.
April 16, 1993 |
THE VCR THAT GOT AWAY Talk about netting a good catch! Apparently, fishermen in Nha Trang in southern Vietnam are catching Japanese television sets, videocassette recorders, electric fans and even scooters jettisoned by smugglers. Despite water damage, the smuggled items are worth more on the market than fish. THE COMEBACK WHALE A year ago, a 7-year-old beluga whale escaped from a Russian water park on the Crimean Sea and made a name for itself in the town of Gerze in Turkey.
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.
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.
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.