October 12, 2014 |
Fourth graders from Cinnaminson's Rush Intermediate School did not let Friday's wet and cloudy weather put a damper on the 13th annual Make a Splash! Water Festival at the Palmyra Cove Nature Park. In fact, some students said it was perfect bubble-blowing weather. The event was started by Elaine Mendelow, a teacher of the gifted program for Cinnaminson students, to stress the importance of conserving water and keeping the waterways pollution free. It is also an opportunity for the children to learn about some of the science behind water, such as cohesion and adhesion.
October 12, 2014 |
I know I'll be getting this question at least once as cooler weather sets in, so here's an explanation of window condensation, courtesy of Tom Herron of the National Fenestration Rating Council. Condensation appears as a light coating of water, frost or ice. Unless the condensation is between the window panes, humidity inside the home is the cause, Herron said. "Humid air holds water vapor until it contacts a surface whose temperature is less than or equal to the dew point," he said.
October 11, 2014 |
More than seven months after the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, the search for the plane is expected to resume in the Indian Ocean this month with crews trolling 23,000 square miles. Might the kernel of a better approach be found in a pond in Phoenixville? That is where Villanova University students are tinkering with a robotic boat, a two-pontoon craft equipped with a camera, a laser, and other electronics that let the boat locate obstacles and navigate on its own. The four-foot vessel is a prototype for a 16-foot version that the students and two faculty members will enter this month in a competition in Singapore, along with partners from Florida Atlantic University.
October 3, 2014 |
THE $18 MILLION Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk opens today, so Philadelphians and their leashed dogs can "walk on water" from Locust Street to the South Street Bridge. Bike on water, too. Built out into the river parallel to the east bank, the 2,000-foot boardwalk experience is a heady mix of ducks and trucks, trees and breeze, cityscape and landscape, roadway and waterway, industrial and pastoral, trains and turtles, big sky and big city. Strolling along the city's newest people magnet yesterday, Joseph Syrnick, president/CEO of the Schuylkill River Development Corporation, who has spent eight years guiding the project from drawing board to boardwalk, talked about the romance of the river.
September 29, 2014 |
Let New York gloat about completing the High Line. Philadelphia is about to debut a linear park that might be even more impressive: the Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk. As wonderful as the High Line is, it merely allows people to wend their way through Manhattan a few stories above its bustling streets. When the latest segment of the Schuylkill Banks trail opens to the public Thursday, you'll be able to walk on water, under the glittering gaze of the Center City skyline. The new 15-foot-wide walkway dives into the river at Locust Street, and doesn't crawl back onto dry land until it reaches the South Street Bridge, a joyous journey more than 2,000 feet long.
September 26, 2014 |
The fix was as simple as it was illegal, federal prosecutors say. Minutes after receiving a $1,000 cash donation for his judicial campaign, Philadelphia Municipal Court Judge Joseph C. Waters Jr. explained to the donor just what she had bought. "You run into a problem with any of your people, you get a hold of me," the judge told her. "Anything you need. Anything I can do to help you or anybody that you're interested in. All you do is pick up the phone and call me . . . anytime.
September 20, 2014 |
The Water Department, generally attentive to unusual drips and noisy leaks, has decided to let the waters flow. On Sunday, the city's most unlikely impresario continues its flirtation with the arts by staging a festival at the Fairmount Water Works, the neoclassical gem on the bank of the Schuylkill behind the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Often a subject of art, the Water Works in recent years also has hosted artists, serving as a venue for a...
September 19, 2014 |
DEAR STUPID, young, just-being-yourselves pop stars, Here's a tip. We know it's impossible for you to control your coolness, outrageousness and sex drive, but everything in the world is not a prop in your stage show. TMZ.com reports that Miley Cyrus , the type of concert star who might perform in Iraq and wonder what the fuss was when she twerked with a guy in a black ski mask, could go to jail for getting her prosthetic behind spanked on stage . . . with a Mexican flag.
September 14, 2014 |
More than two years after a 48-inch water main ruptured and flooded a large portion of Southwest Center City, residents and business owners could finally be seeing some relief. Special master David Fineman, who was assigned by Common Pleas Court Judge Mark I. Bernstein to figure out how to distribute $500,000 - the city's liability - to people and businesses with claims totaling $1.7 million, filed his recommendations Friday, and if approved by the court next month, checks will soon be in the mail.
September 9, 2014
I PLAYED water polo with the city Friday afternoon to follow up on a recent column about Adam Lang, who got outrageous water bills for vacant lots. After the column was published, I heard more from others who complained about getting hosed. I wrote that I wasn't getting straight answers last time, so this time it was Your Favorite Columnist versus reps from the Philadelphia Water Department (4), the Water Revenue Bureau (2) and the Department of Revenue (1). For nonreaders, here's all you need to know: The customer hot line is 215-685-6300.