June 10, 2015 |
Alvin Davis, 78, formerly of Wynnewood, a businessman who recognized the potential of the Super Soaker and saw the toy water gun rocket to worldwide popularity in 1990 after he agreed to manufacture it, has died. Mr. Davis died Friday, June 5, from injuries he sustained in a fall while doing a repair at his summer home in Linville, N.C., his family said. Although a resident of Naples, Fla., for the last decade, Mr. Davis was born in Philadelphia. He spent his childhood in South Philadelphia and Wynnefield.
June 7, 2015 |
A state advisory board has recommended creating a drinking-water regulation for a chemical found in Gloucester County water supplies, a move that could have implications for a company whose West Deptford plant is believed to be responsible for the chemical's presence. The unanimous vote Thursday by the Drinking Water Quality Institute followed more than a year of work evaluating the unregulated and little-studied chemical. The group's research and recommendation on perfluorononanoic acid (PFNA)
June 6, 2015 |
Water your trees. Trees do best with at least an inch of rain a week. Practically speaking, this means five gallons of water applied slowly to the roots, either with a dripping hose or a five-gallon bucket with small holes drilled around the bottom. Once a week is good for street trees, but double it for trees planted in the last year. And because water weighs about eight pounds per gallon, skip the gym that day. Plant sweet potatoes. Every year, my friend Victor trades me sweet potato slips for tomato plants.
June 4, 2015 |
HARRISBURG - For the second time in as many months, a panel of state senators on Tuesday chose to not endorse one of Gov. Wolf's cabinet nominees - amid signs that steeper odds await the next one. After a hearing, the Environmental Resources and Energy Committee declined to take a position on acting Secretary of Environmental Protection John Quigley before moving his nomination to the full Senate for consideration. Forwarding the nomination without open support is an unusual step and reflects friction between the first-term Democrat and the Republican-controlled legislature as they embark on budget negotiations.
May 31, 2015 |
What is it?: Salt water taffy is that chewy sweet treat that comes in an abundance of flavors, from simple chocolate or vanilla to newfangled ones like sour cherry and wild banana, and lollipop colors wrapped up in twisted-end waxed paper. Boxes of it touting various vacation locales on the outside are as common as souvenir gifts as fruitcakes at Christmas. How it found its way to New Jersey: The lore at the Jersey Shore is that salt water taffy was invented by Atlantic City Boardwalk confectioner David Bradley.
May 25, 2015 |
OCEAN CITY, N.J. - So there they were Saturday afternoon - standing in a breeze perfumed by that pizza-crusty-cinnamon-candy-coconut-sunscreen scent that is classic eau de boardwalk - plotting their next move in what appeared to be a complicated operation of acquisition and distribution. Never mind that it was a great beach day and that just steps away the Atlantic Ocean appeared to be the perfect shade of cerulean blue against a baby blue cloudless sky on this first day of Memorial Day weekend, the official unofficial start of the summer Shore season.
May 8, 2015 |
LAST WEEK, we described the city's political system as a "hot tub. " That did not mean we wanted to see any of you in an actual hot tub. Too late. City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson went ahead and mailed fliers to South and Southwest Philadelphia residents featuring his opponent, developer Ori Feibush , topless and possibly napping while in what appears to be a hot tub. To ensure that we're not the only ones who found this ad strange, we checked with former Gov. Ed Rendell , who liked to open the city's pools while he was mayor with a big ol' hairy-chested cannonball into the water.
April 27, 2015
Divert the oil trains The challenge of choosing between a green city or an energy hub for Philadelphia shows who is calling the shots ("Earth Day challenge: Green city or energy hub?" April 22). The oil and gas lobby is alive and well. Unfortunately, too many politicians are only too happy to take the industry's donations and dance to its tune. We do not need more pipes or tanker cars bringing oil and gas to be processed here. The risk of air and water contamination is too great.
April 24, 2015 |
THE DIRECTOR of "The Water Diviner," it is obvious, did not take the star of the movie aside and suggest that he drop a few pounds. Perhaps because director and star are one in the same: Russell Crowe, who as seen here would have a hard time fitting into his "Gladiator" tunic. But he's not dodging chariots and fighting tigers. He's playing a middle-aged rancher named Connor, lodged in rural Australia, living with an unhappy wife in a house haunted by emptiness. The couple has lost three sons to World War I, killed by Turkish forces at the notorious battle of Gallipoli in 1915 (this is one of several films made to coincide with its 100th anniversary)
April 20, 2015 |
Few of us are fond of mild, rainy summers like the one the Philadelphia region experienced last year. Nick DeBenedictis is definitely not a fan. DeBenedictis is chairman and CEO of Aqua America, the Bryn Mawr water utility that operates in eight states, including Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Wet summer weekends dampen demand: Too much free product falls from the sky. Gardeners don't water; cars don't get washed. "Two straight years, we've had pretty depressed sales," he said in an interview last week.