February 5, 2015 |
In a bid to cut down on Craigslist-related crimes, some local police departments are offering their lobbies and parking lots as a safe place for strangers to meet. "It's just a good idea that takes almost nothing in the way of resources," Abington Chief William Kelly said, noting that most police buildings have 24-hour camera surveillance. In 2014 alone, at least a dozen people in Pennsylvania and New Jersey were defrauded, robbed, injured, raped, or killed by a stranger they met on Craigslist, according to news reports - and those were just the cases that ended in prosecution.
January 29, 2015
THIS WEEK'S epic snowstorm turned out to be a big bust. But before we knew that, the lucky among us spent Monday night with hot toddies, warming our toes in front of fireplaces with our significant others. Some of those not already all loved up turned to Craigslist in a frantic search for last-minute blizzard boyfriends and girlfriends. That's right. Nestled among all the usual Craigslist ads for anonymous sex encounters and threesomes were quite a few postings from Philadelphians desperately seeking blizzard buddies with whom to weather yesterday's snowfall, which weathercasters had predicted accumulations of up to a foot.
January 6, 2015 |
Jackie Smith is offering her Coatesville home for rent for $15,000 during the week of the papal visit in September. She envisions her guests will be a few out-of-state families who opt to share the postwar bungalow an hour's drive from Center City. If Smith, a single mother who works at Wegmans, has her way, she hopes to use the money to go on a cruise with her mother and daughter, all still coping with the death of her 16-year-old son three years ago. "It'd be nice, just us three girls, to get away," she said.
May 10, 2014 |
Vintage, antique, retro, secondhand - whatever the description, what's old is trendy in the newest of rooms. Whether your tastes are more midcentury modern (think That '70s Show ) or classic English Country ( Downton Abbey ), furniture older than 25 years is the latest trend for kids' decor. At only 3, Catherine Bonsteel is already a fan. "She has an affinity for all things girlish," said her mother, Nicole. So her Cinnaminson bedroom is filled with French provincial furniture bought mostly from Craigslist.
March 30, 2014 |
The financial reality that the Mitchell family faced in 2010 was this: Their perfect home in West Chester had to be sold. Josh Mitchell, now 38, a self-employed contractor, had worked on the fieldstone rancher for 10 years. But a crisis involving wife Dawn's stationery shop - her partner suddenly pulled out - created debt, and when she became pregnant with the couple's third child, she closed the store. So they decided to create a new reality: They'd buy and restore a cheap house in a good neighborhood - luckily, just five minutes away, on the street where Dawn Mitchell's parents lived - and they would nearly double its 1,110-square-foot size.
December 4, 2013 |
As shoppers begin to grasp the reality that making apparel in America - or better yet, in their hometowns - is not just a matter of style but also a way to build local economies, the news of SA VA's demise is just plain bad. Designer Sarah Van Aken, 37, let slip in a recent speech to the Alliance of Women Entrepreneurs that she was on the "precipice of an epic failure. " In other words, SA VA, her work-appropriate dresses, roomy trousers, and slouchy sweaters, all manufactured in her Port Richmond facility, would be no more.
August 30, 2013 |
With an eye on Labor Day, here's a look at smartphone applications that deal with labor issues such as getting a job, hiring a laborer, and, of course, clocking labor pains. Two free job apps, Job Search by Indeed.com and Monster.com Jobs by Monster Worldwide, provide intuitive searching from their opening screens, where you type in keywords and a location. Both provide many other services, such as resumé posting, links to apply for jobs, and notifications for registered users.
August 16, 2013 |
A WILLOW GROVE MAN arrested in June for allegedly murdering a New Jersey man he lured to Philadelphia with a Craigslist advertisement offering an ATV for sale, was held for trial yesterday in that slaying and three unrelated armed robberies. All of the crimes attributed to Thomas Coffee, 23, took place in June, and all but one involved his placing ads on the Craigslist website seeking buyers for a 1995 Yamaha Banshee ATV or Kawasaki dirt bike. Although no gun has been recovered in the June 21 slaying of Daniel Cook, 27, cellphone records and a bullet recovered from his home link Coffee to the homicide, said Assistant District Attorney Nicholas Liermann.
August 16, 2013 |
A Willow Grove man who allegedly used Craigslist ads to lure and rob victims at gunpoint was held for trial on murder charges Wednesday in the shooting of a South Jersey man who went to West Oak Lane to buy an all-terrain vehicle. Thomas Coffee, 23, will also face trial in three robberies that used Craigslist as the bait, including one that ended in the June 21 killing of Daniel R. Cook Jr., 27, of Williamstown. After a preliminary hearing before Municipal Court Judge J. Scott O'Keefe, Coffee also was held for trial in a separate armed robbery on June 17 in Oxford Circle.
July 25, 2013
DEAR ABBY: I have an awful time meeting men. I'm not considered beautiful by any means, so that means meeting any good guys won't happen. I use Craigslist a lot to meet sexual partners. I am so tired of giving up my body for a few minutes of pleasure and then feeling empty on the inside. Please tell me what to do. - Where Are the Good Guys? DEAR WHERE: I'll try, but first let me tell you where the good guys aren't . They are not on Craigslist, trolling for sex partners.