April 15, 2015 |
Walking in Cobbs Creek Park on Friday night, Fitzroy Anderson watched as a herd of deer ran down a grassy hill. It would make a nice picture, he thought. So he followed them. By the time he made it down the hill, the deer had darted into the woods. But he lingered there, puzzled by what lay in front of him: an empty wheelchair and a Bible. And underneath it, something wrapped in a blanket. "Wrapped up real nice and decent," he said. Carefully, Anderson nudged the blanket with his foot.
April 14, 2015 |
THE LITTLE PATCH of woods off 59th Street near Cobbs Creek is a place where people drink beer, have sex in the dirt and dump their trash. Dozens of tall cans of cheap beer, a few condom wrappers and old, wet clothes were scattered there yesterday afternoon, right near a line of police tape that stretched from tree to tree. The blanket that Nyia Parler allegedly used to cover her quadriplegic son before she abandoned him there last week was gone. The Bible she allegedly left on his chest, perhaps hoping a higher power could sort it all out, was gone, too. Parler, 41, of Baltimore Avenue near Alden Street in West Philly, left her son, Daequan Norman, in those woods about a quarter-mile from her home last Monday morning, police said.
April 13, 2015 |
He was abandoned under a blanket in the woods. A Bible lay on his chest. And he had been in that position for five days. The 21-year-old man, who is quadriplegic and has cerebral palsy, was found Friday night in Cobbs Creek Park, when a man walking through the woods stumbled across him and called 911. The disabled man's mother had dumped him there, police said, sometime before 10 a.m. Monday, when she boarded a bus to visit her boyfriend in...
March 30, 2015 |
AFTER HER MOTHER died of lung cancer in 2006, Cathy McVey looked for a way to honor her and continue a legacy of compassion. So, she started Honey's Angels, a nonprofit that provides food and supermarket gift cards to families in need of extra help around the holidays. This week, the organization will provide grocery gift cards to 50 needy families for Easter. "My mom was caring and generous. She loved taking care of people," said McVey, who named the organization for her late mom, Helen "Honey" McVey.
March 17, 2015 |
NORTHFIELD, N.J. - A busload of concerned nature lovers fanned out inside a strip mall in this Atlantic County town on Wednesday, ready to spread the word about New Jersey's "last great wilderness" and to peacefully protest a plan to lay some pipe there. The 1.1 million-acre Pinelands National Preserve they were talking about encompasses parts of seven counties, mostly in South Jersey. Environmental groups and at least four former New Jersey governors believe that Gov. Chris Christie and other elected officials are trying to plant a candidate on the Pinelands Commission who will tilt the vote and approve construction of a 22-mile natural-gas pipeline there.
January 20, 2015 |
Cerebral palsy has not put Melvin in a wheelchair. It hasn't even kept him off a bike, which he loves to ride. At 20, he is able to walk independently, although he needs guidance and supervision to complete most tasks. In school, he receives special-education services to improve his speech, mobility, and balance, and puts much effort into doing his best. Melvin, who generally speaks in phrases and expresses his needs in the third person, is learning the alphabet. His child-like manner and sweet nature have endeared him to school staff, neighbors, and his foster family.
January 8, 2015 |
They met in a Bible study class. He proposed at a Barnes & Noble bookstore, kneeling in the aisle with a ring concealed behind a magazine. They married, had a girl, then a boy, and figured their family was complete. That's when the storybook ended and the real story began. Gavin was born at 30 weeks - a morsel of a baby, weighing just over 3 pounds. His body temperature fluctuated; he wasn't gaining weight; he was prone to infection. At first, Karen and Adam thought his struggles were due to prematurity.
December 5, 2014 |
David Schilling is no bandwagon Pennsbury football fan. The 16-year-old, who was born with cerebral palsy and gets around in a wheelchair, has been a regular at Falcons games for the last nine years. "It makes me feel like I'm part of the team," said Schilling, a junior at Pennsbury. "And people always like to see me at the games. " Schilling, with a Mohawk haircut that was dyed bright orange in the middle, cheered from the sideline Saturday at Souderton as the Falcons defeated Coatesville, 21-14, for the PIAA District 1 Class AAAA championship.
October 17, 2014 |
Dozens of Philadelphia police officers took to Twitter on Wednesday to show off a colorful addition to their uniforms - a pair of bright red-and-white-striped socks. The Twitter photos, or "sockies," as they were termed online, were part of a fund-raising campaign for the Ronald McDonald House, whose eponymous mascot is known for his striped socks. The charity, which provides housing for families with children in hospitals, celebrated the 40th anniversary of the opening of its first house in Philadelphia on Wednesday and hoped to raise $40,000 for the occasion.
October 13, 2014
I CAN'T HEAR enough about actress Sarah Jessica Parker 's recent visit to Philly to prep for an upcoming TV newsroom drama based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper series by Barbara Laker and Wendy Ruderman . Whenever the subject comes up, I'm all over any little morsel about the "Sex and the City" star - like this one from Ruderman's Facebook page: While being given a tour, Parker asked Ruderman and Laker where the best place...