5 Coolest Things About the Cape May County Zoo

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A toco toucan at the Cape May County Park & Zoo (Photo: Dan McQuade)

Trip Advisor recently released its annual list of the best zoos in the world, based on average user ratings. The San Diego Zoo ranked first overall, unsurprisingly. Number two was Loro Parque, on the Canary Islands. Zoos from places like the United Kingdom, Singapore, Vienna and Prague were in the top 10. And 13th? The Cape May County Park & Zoo, in Cape May Court House, New Jersey.

Yes, really! The little zoo in Cape May is rated the 13th best by Trip Advisor readers. In the United States, it’s the fifth best. The Philadelphia Zoo did not rank in the top 25 in the U.S. rankings.

“On behalf of the Board of Chosen Freeholders, we are very proud of all of you,” Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders director Gerald Thornton actually said in a release “Really WELL DONE! You make our small County SHINE!”

With support like that, I had to check this place out. Here are the five coolest things about the Cape May County Zoo. Read more »

The Latest on the Cole Hamels Trade Rumors

Cole Hamels waves to fans during batting practice before a game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Citizens Bank Park on July 22nd.

Cole Hamels waves to fans during batting practice before a game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Citizens Bank Park on July 22nd.

We are just eight days away from the baseball non-waiver trade deadline. Cole Hamels, the best player on a struggling Phillies team, is a prime candidate to be traded. Teams are desperate to get him cheap, as evidenced by their front office types leaking to the press all season that the Phillies have been asking too much for him.

Fortunately, the Phillies have stood firm for once. But with a bunch of teams looking to make pushes for the playoffs, trade talks are apparently heating up as we get close to the wire. By July 31st, the Phillies 2008 World Series MVP could be on another team. Read more »

Man With Plastic Bag on Head Robs Philly Dunkin Donuts

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Hours of police surveillance footage streams by every week, and so we have seen plenty of odd criminal disguises. Just today the police released footage of a man who they say robbed a Wawa in Tacony in June. He wore a bright orange Flyers sweatshirt for easy identification.

Also today the police released footage of a robbery of a Dunkin Donuts on Oregon Avenue near 4th Street.

The suspect wore a clear plastic bag over his head. Read more »

The Guide to Attending a Philly Public Pool: Just Show Up

The Fishtown Swimmo

The Fishtown Swimmo (Photo: Dan McQuade)

When I tell people I was at the public pool, I invariably get the same reply every time: I don’t know how to do that.

I guess it can seem complicated for the uninitiated. The city’s website for public pools isn’t that informative — though there is a very good independent site — and web searches mainly go to news stories about Philly public pools that don’t explain how to actually go to one.

“Do you need a pool card like it’s the library?” a friend asked. I told him no (and that one can look at library books without a library card as well). Fortunately, I am here to help you too. Here is a step-by-step plan on how one can attend a Philadelphia public pool:

  1. Put on a bathing suit
  2. Find a Philadelphia public pool (here’s a helpful map).
  3. Go to that pool and jump in!

If you didn’t know how easy it was before, now you do. Some pools may have restrictions (like adult swim, camp swim, lessons) at certain times, and you might have to sign in, but otherwise the way to get into a Philadelphia the pool is to show up in a bathing suit when it’s open. It’s free! Legitimately, a lot of people do not know this. Read more »

Union Get Improbable “Biggest Win in Their History”

Philadelphia Union forward Fernando Aristeguieta (left) and goalkeeper John McCarthy (right) celebrate Aristeguieta's game winning goal to end the penalty kicks against NY Red Bulls during a quarterfinal match of the US Open Cup at Red Bull Arena.

Philadelphia Union forward Fernando Aristeguieta (left) and goalkeeper John McCarthy (right) celebrate Aristeguieta’s game winning goal to end the penalty kicks against NY Red Bulls during a quarterfinal match of the US Open Cup at Red Bull Arena.

Fernando Aristeguieta buried it into the back of the net and ran toward the sideline. He embraced goalkeeper John McCarthy side-by-side, as the two waited for their teammates to join them.

The Union had just pulled off one of the more improbable victories in the team’s short history. And now Philadelphia was headed to the semifinals of the U.S. Open Cup once again.

In a knockout cup competition yesterday, the Union defeated the New York Red Bulls, 4-3, in a shootout, after the teams ended regulation and extra time tied at 1. Read more »

Philly’s Meek Mill on Drake: He Doesn’t Write Own Raps

Once upon a time, you would have to wait for a gossip magazine or a radio interview or a new hip-hop song to see which celebrities were feuding. But thanks to Twitter, now we get to see our celebrities insult each other in real-time!

We just told you about Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift’s Twitter feud. A quick summary: Minaj made a salient point about popular culture (while complaining that she wasn’t nominated for video of the year at the VMAs, an award “Anaconda” should absolutely be nominated for and probably winning). Swift took it as a shot at her for some reason, Minaj got angry and made more good points, and Swift ended up looking petty and self-centered. Winner: Nicki Minaj.

Last night, Nicki’s boyfriend/fiancé/celebrity significant other Meek Mill started his own Twitter war, a one-sided affair against Drake. Meek Mill says Drake uses a ghostwriter. Read more »

Guy Pees on Car Wash During Botched Break-In

Three young men from Far Northeast Philly did something stupid and now police released surveillance footage of them.

Yesterday, cops put out a very clear video of three young men attempting to break into the Raging Waters Car Wash in the Philadelphia (née Franklin) Mills complex.

Police say the owner reviewed the surveillance tape and noticed the three young men (teenagers, maybe?) hanging round his car wash at 6:50 p.m. on July 14th. Read more »

What If the Subway Were Just … Free?

Market Frankford Elevated | Derek Yu under a Creative Commons license. Free burst | Shutterstock.com

I scrambled up the steps of the Girard El stop.

“Come on,” I yelled to my oblivious companion. “I don’t want to miss the train.” By the time she caught up at the top of the stairs, I was fishing around for bills in my pocket. We didn’t have tokens. They don’t sell them at that El stop. I slid a $5 bill through the cage and my friend and I went through. I overpaid by either $1.20 (using the cost of two tokens) or 50 cents (using the cost of two fares).

Nothing I should complain about. But this happens to me more often than I’d like to admit. Many SEPTA stations don’t have token machines or booths. And ever since subway fares rose to $2.25 just over two years ago, I’m constantly shelling out $3 for late-night rides on the Market-Frankford El or the Broad Street Subway. Read more »

Phillies Call Up Top Pitching Prospect Aaron Nola

Lehigh Valley IronPigs pitcher Aaron Nola (10) delivers a pitch during a game against the Rochester Red Wings on July 4, 2015. Lehigh Valley defeated Rochester 4-3.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs pitcher Aaron Nola (10) delivers a pitch during a game against the Rochester Red Wings on July 4, 2015. Lehigh Valley defeated Rochester 4-3.

There is actually some good news about the Phillies: Another promising minor leaguer is about to make his major league debut.

We were excited from the moment he was called up about Maikel Franco, and he’s rewarded us by hitting .284 with 10 homers and a .495 slugging percentage. Now, we get to be in on the ground floor with a pitching prospect.

The Phillies announced this morning that right-hander Aaron Nola will make his major league debut on Tuesday against the Tampa Bay Rays. He’ll wear No. 27. Read more »

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