February 20, 2003
WHOEVER wrote the song "Let it Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow" obviously didn't have 50 feet of driveway and 35 feet of sidewalk to shovel! Ugh! Rick Bauer, Bellmawr, N.J. First, SUVs and their owners are demonized by idiots who say they are supplying the terrorists with money for weapons. Then, with the blizzard, we heard the city put out a call to SUV owners to help nurses and doctors get to the hospitals. Isn't that ironic? Those same terrible, awful SUVs being called upon for help.
February 16, 2003 |
Enough, already. But snow this winter persists - with a major winter storm expected to hit late today. And this one will take some digging, with at least 8 and as many as 16 inches predicted. A little more than an inch of snow fell yesterday on the Philadelphia region. Forecasters at the National Weather Service say 8 to 12 beginning today. Accuweather predicts between 8 and 16. "From late Sunday into Monday it's going to be a mess," said Jim Eberwine, a Weather Service meteorologist based in Mount Holly.
January 6, 2003 |
The few inches of snow that fell throughout the day yesterday gave the area a Currier and Ives winter wonderland look - although if you were trying to negotiate slippery roads last night or scraping ice off your car window this morning, you might not have appreciated it. The storm that hit the Philadelphia area yesterday - meteorologists say it was the fourth "snow event" since the first of December around here - left from 2.5 inches at the...
November 10, 2002 |
Katy Winters would arrive at work early at the Philadelphia Zoo so she could sketch the animals and watch their interactions with zookeepers. She saw the gazelles "dancing," she recalled, and held two squalling baby bears. She would pet the velvety nose of a camel and stroke the neck of a big tortoise. "Nature is my source of inspiration," said Winters, 50, who moved from the zoo's graphic-arts department to a career as a freelance illustrator and etcher. Her detailed illustrations and etchings include wildlife, birds and botanicals - some inspired by the abundant blooms in her own garden.
January 6, 2002 |
Forty years ago, young physician Robert Maro plunked the first plastic Santa on the lawn of his corner rowhouse at 29th and Reed Streets in South Philadelphia. One move across the river and thousands of visitors later, he carefully removed a menagerie of almost 200 carolers, reindeer and snowmen from his sprawling yard in Cherry Hill for the final time yesterday. Maro's wonderland, for decades a regional institution, was given to more than 100 people who spent the 12th day of Christmas in line to collect his treasures.
January 21, 2000 |
Guess what? It snowed yesterday. For the first time this year. Oh, you already knew that? OK, how about this: it's cold today. You knew that, too? So you think you're pretty smart, huh? How about this: It might snow again on Sunday. Oh, man, you knew that, too? Then you probably knew everything else that's going to be in this story, right? Right? Yeah, yeah, yeah. Stick around, maybe you'll learn something. First of all, we'll give you the basics: About 31/2 inches of snow fell in Philadelphia yesterday, less north of the city, more to the south, particularly over in Jersey.
December 12, 1998 |
As my sister and I drove home for Thanksgiving, the fast-food temptations along Route 38 proved too much to resist. Despite our explicit instructions from the homestead not to make any pit stops for food, we succumbed. I stepped into the restaurant and found myself in a winter wonderland: Cutouts of reindeer played on the walls; snowflakes hung from the ceiling amid tinsel and colored lights. My appetite was gone. The holidays were here. I understand that for many people, these symbols are expressions of joy, heralding a season wrought with religious and familial significance.
March 4, 1998 |
A winter wonderland, it wasn't for this umbrella-toting pedestrian who was sloshing her way across the Swarthmore College campus yesterday. Sunnier weather is expected for today, although a shower is possible, along with a high temperature near 50.
October 23, 1997 |
The clock was ticking past 12:30 a.m. The ninth inning of Game 3 of the World Series was still in progress. And back in the Florida Marlins' clubhouse early yesterday morning, Darren Daulton and Al Leiter were staring at the television set. Four years ago, Daulton had hit a World Series home run off Leiter in the world-famous 15-14 game staged by the Blue Jays and Phillies. And now, with the Marlins trying to hold on to a 14-11 lead over the Indians, that deja vu feeling was starting to hit. "I don't like that '14' on the scoreboard," Daulton told Leiter.
August 23, 1997 |
My friend Jim Malone and I once argued about which month was the toughest. I picked February. Jim, always a contrarian, said February was a fine month, an excellent month, and any fool knew the worst month was August. Naturally, August was my favorite. Our choices were skewed by our origins. Jim, a long-time Swarthmore resident now living in Kennett, had grown up in East Texas, where a human being in August is just a grease drop dancing on a hot griddle. I, on the other hand, grew up in eastern Connecticut, where by February the glorious winter wonderland has become the accursed winter wonderland, not to melt away until March.