March 19, 2015 |
A memorial service and concert have been set to honor former Philadelphia Orchestra principal cellist William Stokking, 81, of Medford. The service is to be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 12, at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 401 Kings Highway N., Cherry Hill. The concert is to be at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 9, at Field Concert Hall of the Curtis Institute of Music, 1726 Locust St. His wife, Nancy, said both events are open to the public. Mr. Stokking, who retired from the orchestra in 2005, died Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014, at a Moorestown nursing home of complications from a stroke.
March 17, 2015 |
PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Nazier Smith tripped and fell to the floor and the referee blew his whistle and raised his hand. With 1 minute, 41 seconds remaining in the Group 4 state final on Sunday, the best era in Cherry Hill East basketball came to an end. Jake Silpe, the Cougars' star senior guard, walked slowly to the bench, sat down and buried his face in a towel. He couldn't bear to watch the final moments of Paterson Eastside's 50-34 victory over Cherry Hill East in the final game of his illustrious career.
March 15, 2015 |
Cherry Hill East guard Jake Silpe has helped fuel the most successful basketball era in school history, which is saying something. East has always had a rich tradition, competing annually against South Jersey's best teams in the Olympic Conference. But the arrival of Silpe has taken the program to a new level. In Silpe's freshman season, East lost in the South Jersey Group 4 final. "When we got to the sectional final and lost my freshman year, my first thought was, 'We can get further,' " the senior said after Wednesday's 65-42 state semifinal win over Hillsborough.
March 13, 2015 |
EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, N.J. - The mind-set was totally different for the Cherry Hill East boys' basketball team the second time around. So was the outcome. A year ago, the Cougars won the first South Jersey Group 4 title in program history, and the players admitted that there was a feeling that their business was over after that game. So when the Cougars played in the Group 4 state semifinal and lost 55-36 to Trenton, the players still felt a great sense of achievement, and rightly so. High school sports can be a great teacher, and what the East players learned was that the season doesn't end after the South Jersey championships.
March 12, 2015 |
When he was in his 30s, Edward M. Oberman, a certified public accountant, found he needed something to get him through tax preparation seasons. He chose getting in shape for triathlons. "So he gets up very early, trains, goes to work," said his wife, Lee Ann. "Then he got hooked on the health benefits. "It became a way of life. " A typical race might consist of swimming 400 to 500 yards, cycling 12 to 15 miles, and running three miles, according to the website www.active.com/triathlon . Mr. Oberman dismissed the idea of jogging, his wife said, "because it's boring.
March 11, 2015 |
Olin McClendon never expected to be in this position. When his Cherry Hill East teammate Jake Silpe fired a three-pointer to win the game, the ball hit nothing but backboard. McClendon, a 6-foot junior, was there to grab the rebound and lay it in, forcing overtime. After neither team scored in the first extra period, the Cougars took over. With Silpe providing another vintage performance, East defeated Cherokee, 48-39, in double overtime Monday in a wild South Jersey Group 4 final. It was the second consecutive sectional title for East, which also beat Cherokee in last year's championship game.
March 9, 2015 |
Jake Silpe is tired after every game. This was different. "This is the most exhausted I've ever been after a game," Silpe said on Saturday after leading Cherry Hill East to one of the signature victories in the history of the program. Silpe battled Atlantic City's relentless full-court pressure for all 32 minutes, leading visiting Cherry Hill East to a 66-56 victory in the South Jersey Group 4 semifinals. "He's something special," Cherry Hill East coach Dave Allen said of Silpe.
March 2, 2015 |
"Those are the wing skins," Ira Weissman says, pointing to a short, sleek stack of pearly aluminum panels. "I brought them over here this morning in my Prius. " We're in the basement at Camden's Urban Promise Academy, where Weissman and three fellow aviation buffs and seven high school seniors are preparing to build an airplane. The single-seat BD-5B has a 21-foot wingspan and will be assembled from a kit. A second kit - containing a fiberglass Europa XS two-seater - has been donated as well and may be assembled at another school in the city.
February 25, 2015 |
Theodore J. DeConna, 87, of Cherry Hill, chair of obstetrics and gynecology at the former West Jersey Hospital in Voorhees, died Wednesday, Feb. 18, at home of pancreatic cancer. Born in Pittsburgh, Dr. DeConna graduated from Hahnemann Medical School in 1956. He served his internship at West Jersey and his residency at Philadelphia General Hospital. Dr. DeConna set up his private practice in Cherry Hill in 1960, at the same time he joined what was then called the Department of Women at West Jersey, said Joseph Gillerlain, a retired colorectal surgeon and a friend of Dr. DeConna's for 63 years.
February 24, 2015 |
With 10 wins in its first 11 games, Cherry Hill West looked like one of the best teams in South Jersey through the first month of the season. With seven losses in their next eight games, the Lions looked decidedly different over the next few weeks. Now, Cherry Hill West (14-8) has won three in a row, moved to the brink of capturing its second straight Olympic Conference Patriot Division title and emerged as a dark horse in the South Jersey Group 4 tournament. "It was hard, because we had multiple losses in a row," Cherry Hill West coach Hamisi Tarrant said.