May 24, 2014 |
Jane Valdes-Dapena's garden in Media got walloped this winter, the region's coldest, snowiest, and most miserable in 20 years. Her hydrangea canes are crispy and hollow, with just a few new leaves sprouting from the base. The shrub roses, typically robust in spring, are practically bare. And that big pot of rosemary, 10 years on the terrace? "Dead as a doornail," says Valdes-Dapena, development associate at the Community Arts Center in Wallingford and an experienced gardener.
April 20, 2014 |
When she decided to join her middle school's track team in seventh grade, Dasia Pressley did it only for the social benefit. "Getting into a sport is the best way to meet friends," Pressley said. "I definitely wasn't one of the faster girls then. " In fact, Neshaminy coach Margie Taylor had not heard of the young sprinter before her graduation to the high-school ranks. "Sometimes, if they have a good runner, the middle-school coaches will contact me and let me know she's coming up," Taylor said.
April 19, 2014 |
Airlines will begin reporting first-quarter earnings next week, and despite a rough winter most expect strong profits this spring and beyond. The harsh weather forced newly merged US Airways and American Airlines to scrub more than 34,000 flights in the first three months of this year, whacking quarterly revenue by $115 million and lowering operating profit by about $60 million. American Airlines Group Inc., formed by the December merger of AMR Corp. and US Airways, revised its operating margin forecast to 5 percent to 7 percent for last quarter, down from a late January expectation of 6 percent to 8 percent.
April 10, 2014 |
Ahh - the warm spring breezes have arrived. It's time to slip into that new pair of open-toe wedges. Not so fast, sisters. Typical winters are tough enough on our feet, but this year's record-breaking frigid temps extended the ped-unfriendly, wool-sock-and-snow-boot season for two additional months. That was rough. And now our feet are, too. "It was a bad, dry winter," sighed Lisa Eberly Kasmen, owner of Heaven & Earth Salon in Lafayette Hill. "People didn't want to leave the house, let alone walk around post-pedicure in flip-flops.
April 4, 2014 |
"WINTER Soldier" has fun with Captain America's status as the squarest Avenger - in this sequel, we learn he hasn't kissed a girl in half a century. Of course, Captain America/Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) was cryogenically frozen much of that time, but even when he thawed out, his heart belonged to his World War II sweetheart, his "best girl," though he might have to recalibrate his fantasy stats now that his "best girl" is an old lady in a nursing home and he's spending time with Scarlett Johansson, a/k/a Black Widow, a/k/a Natasha, a/k/a cinema's leading unitard wearer, and available.
March 30, 2014 |
It was an Easter Sunday in the late 1990s that happened to fall in April, a couple weeks after the old start of daylight saving time. The day was dark and cloudy, and it began snowing heavily about 7 p.m. "That's the good thing about daylight savings time," my wife said, looking out the living room window. "There's now enough light to see the snow falling. " It had been a bad winter that year - though not as bad as the one that officially just ended. Coming off two very mild winters made this winter worse, especially for real estate agents and builders.
March 24, 2014 |
Although the arrival of the vernal equinox has been confirmed, the S word has managed to creep into the forecasts for this week. And it isn't spring. "Let's hope they are wrong," said Tomasz Anisko, curator of plants at Chester County's Longwood Gardens, noting that the region's blooms and blossoms are up to two weeks behind. Some, like camelias and wintersweet, may be lost for the season. "I've been ready for spring for some time," Anisko said. Snow is possible Tuesday, forecasters said, but even if it doesn't appear again before winter concedes to the realities of the calendar, a standard for persistent torment already has been established.
March 24, 2014 |
ONLY ABOUT once every 30 years does Philadelphia see the kind of winter just past, with 19 separate snowfalls and extreme temperature fluctuations. And that's why the city is on track to fill the most potholes in its history, city officials say. Readers may have noticed the "Crater Philly" graphic that ran in the Daily News for weeks, with many writing in to share their tumultuous tales of breaks in the blacktop, with their cars taking the beating. Typical is this plea from Stacey Scanlan: "Please urgently fix the potholes on City Ave. from just before [St. Joseph's]
March 15, 2014 |
Tops on Carol Natale's to-do list this spring is something you might not expect. But without it, cleaning up the garden at her Northeast Philadelphia rowhouse could be a painful affair. "Lay in some ibuprofen," said Natale, who keeps her chiropractor's number handy at this time of year, too. After months of winter idleness, those first few days of raking and pruning - around now until April, when the soil has lost its sludgelike feel - can be brutal. Especially this year.
March 13, 2014
UNDOUBTEDLY, this has been my winter of discontent. As much as I hate to admit it, and in spite of my valiant efforts, I was TKO'd by winter weight gain. For years, I categorized winter weight-gain theories as old wives' tales or urban myths. Until this year, when I was overtaken by this monster who had an insatiable appetite - for chocolate, in particular, but also an unrelenting desire for Herr's potato chips and my favorite vegan peanut butter bars. If I was unsure before, I'm very clear about this now!