June 29, 2016 |
GreenDrop, the Bensalem-based company that converts donated clothes and household items to funding for charities, has added the American Red Cross to its recipients list, it announced Monday morning. Donors using GreenDrop's drop-off sites, typically former gas stations, can now choose among four charities to benefit. In addition to the Red Cross, they are the Military Order of the Purple Heart, the National Federation of the Blind, and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Philadelphia.
May 11, 2016 |
The Norristown residence in which a weekend fire killed three people and injured several others was not equipped with working fire alarms, officials said Monday. It marked the second fatal fire in the municipality this year in a building without a fire-alarm system. The cause of the Saturday morning fire in the 800 block of DeKalb Street remained under investigation by Montgomery County detectives, state police, and the Norristown Fire Department. However, officials said it did not appear to be of suspicious origin.
April 15, 2016 |
WHEN YOU'RE the stepfather of Eve, the rapper/actress from Philadelphia who costars in the new Barbershop flick that opens Friday, folks expect you to be fly. And he is. At Eve's 2014 fairy-tale wedding on Ibiza to multimillionaire entrepreneur Maximillion Cooper, Ron Wilch stepped out in a white linen Moroccan-style outfit. But what impresses me most about Wilch is that he's all about making sure everyone else is dressed as sharply as he is. He's a fashion designer by trade, and his latest venture is the 6-month-old Wardrobe Clinic.
January 24, 2016
A story Friday on ride-sharing services planning for the weekend snowstorm contained an incorrect number provided by Uber. Uber is donating an undisclosed portion of each fare during a state of emergency to the American Red Cross.
October 27, 2015
D EAR HARRY: I have a big beef with my local Chevy dealer. Three weeks ago, I bought a new car after a lot of haggling. It was not a trade-in; I gave my old car to my daughter. I was happy until yesterday, when my wife's brother told me that he bought the identical car (all the way down to the paint color) from the same dealer and paid $800 less! I went to the dealer to complain, and I hit a stone wall. The sales manager wouldn't budge. He insisted that there were always reasons below the surface as well as customers who were better negotiators.
October 20, 2015
DEAR HARRY: I'd like you to know of a fun way to handle those robo and other nuisance calls. I got a call yesterday, and this is what happened: The live caller asked me how I was feeling. My answer went along these lines: "Terrible. My dentist said that I needed two root canals. My arthritis is killing my left knee, but the right one seems to be a little better than yesterday. I left my refrigerator open during the night, and I lost a ton of food. I couldn't go to the store to replace it because the car has a flat tire.
July 24, 2015 |
Dorothy Jane Newnham, 105, of Mount Airy, a member of a civilian force that scanned the American skies for enemy aircraft during World War II, died Thursday, July 9, at Foulkeways in Gwynedd. Called Dot by friends, Miss Newnham, a single, independent woman, had enrolled herself at Foulkeways, and lived there starting in 1989. In 1910, the year she was born, William Howard Taft, a Republican from Ohio, was president. The first air flight carrying commercial cargo was engineered by the Wright brothers.
June 19, 2015
DEAR HARRY: I guess I'm the kid everyone knows who came from the hood, never got into any real trouble, tried hard to get a good education, but couldn't get into college. I'm a two-time loser, because neither my grades nor my entrance exams were good enough. The result was that I let myself get swindled into a deal with a so-called for-profit college. They showed me all kinds of numbers, pictures, testimonials and beautiful facilities together with a generous loan program that looked like one step below heaven . . . no repayments until I got my first job. Almost nothing turned out to be what they said.
May 18, 2015 |
FOLLOWING A house fire, a hurricane, a catastrophic train wreck, volunteers and staff from the Red Cross materialize - seemingly out of thin air - to help victims back on their feet. "We address all those human needs that restore your dignity to you," says judge Renee Cardwell Hughes, CEO at the American Red Cross of Eastern Pennsylvania. Within hours after Tuesday night's Amtrak derailment, her people had manned two help centers for passengers and their worried families, one at 30th Street Station and another at Webster Elementary on Frankford Avenue.
February 7, 2015 |
A four-alarm apartment fire that left one woman dead in Norristown early Wednesday is being investigated by local fire crews but does not appear to be criminal in nature, the Norristown fire chief said Thursday. Walter I. Hofman, Montgomery County coroner, said the woman, who was older than 50, died of soot and smoke inhalation. The coroner's office was working to locate next of kin before releasing the woman's name or other identifying information, Hofman said. Firefighters had tried to rescue the woman from her fourth-floor unit at the Norris Apartments on the 600 block of Swede Street, fire officials said.