July 27, 2014 |
After the unexpected death of a close family member, an uncomplicated, therapeutic vacation was in order. Knowing my husband was a fan of hot springs for their healing qualities, I proposed several locations: California, Colorado, Arkansas, North Carolina, and Berkeley Springs, W.Va. The last was selected because of its easy three-hour drive west down the Pennsylvania Turnpike and I-81. Our must-haves included: natural beauty, the waters, and a significant divergence from our daily lifestyle.
July 22, 2014 |
The white, office-style water dispenser in the corner of the kitchen says quite a bit about the unwanted lifestyle changes underway in the Minix household in West Deptford. Jeannie Minix, 55 and a vegetarian, will not be eating the tomatoes, eggplant, and other organic produce she nurtures in her backyard garden. Her daughters Chelsea, 24, and Haley, 21, keep reminding themselves not to use ice cubes from the freezer or to run their toothbrushes under the faucet. Otherwise unthinking actions are now tainted by fear of an emerging, unregulated contaminant found in the family's water this month.
July 14, 2014 |
Comcast Corp. announced its $45.2 billion deal to acquire the nation's No. 2 cable operator, Time Warner Cable Inc., in mid-February. The apparent loser was midtier cablecaster Charter Communications Inc., which had been making hostile overtures for Time Warner Cable. Now fast-forward five months. Today, shareholders in Comcast and Charter could have different thoughts about winner or loser in the takeover, at least to this point. The stock in Charter has gained 18 percent as Wall Street seemed relieved that the debt-heavy company wouldn't have to borrow additional billions of dollars to acquire Time Warner Cable.
July 10, 2014
MY HEART overflowed with grief last week when I heard of the accidental drowning death of 14-year-old Corinthian "Corey" Hammond. Not that I didn't care before about child safety, but now, being a mother has worked its way into every facet of my life, including this column. Being the mother of a young child made Corey's death strike closer to home than ever, and my heart goes out to his mother and the unimaginable grief I know she must be feeling. That's why this column is not only dedicated to Corey's memory, but also to the importance of swimming and water safety.
July 5, 2014 |
John M. Gibbons Sr., 84, of Roxborough, a Philadelphia Water Department inspector for 33 years, died Friday, June 27, of complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at St. Mary Manor, Lansdale. Known as Jack, Mr. Martin was raised during the Great Depression in the predominantly ethnic Irish neighborhood of Swampoodle in North Philadelphia. He graduated from Roman Catholic High School in 1948 and served in the Korean War as a corporal in the Eighth Army's Second Engineer Unit - 341st Engineer Panel Bridge Company.
July 3, 2014 |
Everyone thought the question had been answered 42 years ago, with passage of the Clean Water Act: What, exactly, are the waters of the United States - waters that warrant government protection to ensure they are drinkable, fishable, and swimmable? Rivers such as the Delaware, regularly plied by cargo ships? Absolutely. The Schuylkill and major tributaries? No debate. But smaller streams? For federal officials, those are muddy waters. Two U.S. Supreme Court decisions, in 2001 and 2006, showed that the regulations were not as clear as the regulators had thought.
July 2, 2014 |
Rescuers have called off their search for a 14-year-old Philadelphia boy who was swept away in a riptide Sunday evening in Ocean City, N.J. The search by the Coast Guard and the Ocean City Police Department ended just before 4 p.m. Monday. Cindy Oldham, a spokeswoman for the Coast Guard, said, "It's beyond the amount of time [the Coast Guard believes] he would be able to survive. " Oldham said rescue crews took into consideration the boy's age, his swimming ability, and the water temperature before deciding to discontinue the active search.
June 16, 2014 |
Matthew Deibert gently tended to the 10-foot tower of sand at Long Beach Island's Fantasy Island Amusement Park. On a recent overcast afternoon, the 49-year-old Smithville resident began to carve what would likely take him several visits between his 10-hour days as an Atlantic City fire captain. Deibert's sand creations have been among the centerpieces greeting visitors - attractions whose twists and dips will never be the same season to season. This year, he planned to depict amusement-park icons and give its mascot, "Mayor Al Gator," an ice cream cone.
June 13, 2014 |
You're on the highway in your swank, cherry-red sports car when you spot a hitchhiker. Svelte, tall, in his mid-60s, sporting a thin jet-black mustache, he's holding a crudely made cardboard sign that reads, "I'm not psycho. " Do you pick him up? Plenty of people did when the man in question, the inimitable cult-film director John Waters, took to the road in May 2012 on a cross-country hitchhiking jag. It took him nine days, 21 rides, and a lot of loitering at truck stops, rest areas, and highway shoulders, but the madcap genius behind such big-screen schlock shocksters as Pink Flamingos , Mondo Trasho , and Polyester made it door-to-door from his Baltimore home to his flat in San Francisco.