September 9, 2016
A 23-year-old South Jersey man was held for trial Wednesday on murder and weapon offenses in connection with the July 24 shooting death of a man outside Cavanaugh's River Deck at Penn's Landing. Xavier Braswell, of Burlington City, is accused of killing Shelton Merritt, 24, of Lawnside, Camden County, who was inside a black Jeep parked on the unit block of Callowhill Street at 11:45 that night. Merritt died of multiple gunshot wounds. Robert Renfro, 23, who had been with the defendant that night, told Philadelphia Municipal Court Judge James DeLeon that he saw Braswell shoot at the Jeep.
September 6, 2016 |
With an 8-0 record in early November, St. Augustine Prep earned the No. 1 seed in the 2015 Non-Public 4 state tournament. The Hermits hosted St. Joseph of Montvale in the first round. The home game was a big deal for the Hermits. It was a big deal for students and teachers on the secluded campus in Richland, Atlantic County. It was a big deal for alumni and other supporters of the rapidly rising program. Apparently, it also was a one-shot deal. "Ridiculous," St. Augustine coach Mark Reardon said of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association's latest effort to twist its rules and regulations to account for the superpower status of North Jersey programs such as St. Joseph of Montvale, Don Bosco Prep, Bergen Catholic, Paramus Catholic and a few others.
August 31, 2016 |
Fire hoses and a vacuum truck came to the rescue Sunday as Little Egg Harbor Township, N.J., coped with the sudden death of an estimated 20,000 small fish in Great Bay. "The smell was getting pretty onerous," Township Administrator Garrett Loesch said Monday. Boaters and residents began reporting "peanut bunkers" - small juveniles of the menhaden family - floating on the surface near Osborn Island late Friday, he said. Their numbers continued to mount Saturday and Sunday before the township's public works department, Municipal Utilities Authority, and volunteer firefighters arrived to take them away.
July 28, 2016 |
When a man slapped a woman with his open hand Sunday night at Cavanaugh's River Deck, it set off a chain of events that ended with a homicide outside the popular Penn's Landing club, according to police and a club spokesman. On Tuesday, police identified the victim as Shelton Merritt, 24, of the unit block of Mouldy Road in Lawnside, Camden County. Merritt's alleged killer, Xavier Braswell, 23, of the unit block of Underwood Court, Burlington City, has been charged with murder, firearms violations, and related offenses.
July 27, 2016 |
A man was fatally shot near Cavanaugh's River Deck in Penn's Landing after a fight inside the club Sunday night, according to police. About 11:45 p.m., police responded to reports of a fight outside the busy club, on the 400 block of North Christopher Columbus Boulevard, and heard gunshots from the unit block of nearby Callowhill Street. When the officers ran to Callowhill, police said, a man on a motorcycle approached and pointed to three men running from the scene. " 'They just shot my boy,' " the motorcyclist told the officers, police said.
July 18, 2016 |
I no longer have a deck, but the memories of how needy those structures could be over the long haul linger. I remember being so busy during the spring and summer one year that I waited until late October to wash and waterproof the deck. It was a warm spell, and I coated it by the light of the full moon at 5 a.m. Be that as it may, here are some tips to better deck care, courtesy of Trex, which manufacturers decking: Nail pops and splintering are common occurrences with any type of wood deck, especially after a winter of fluctuating temperatures and precipitation.
April 23, 2016 |
Q: I have owned some string lights for a year and still haven't hung them over my deck or patio because I can't figure out how to connect them to the house and the deck. We don't have high railings, so we'd need some sort of poles, but we don't think that would look very nice. Do you have any ideas? - J. A: This is a great question. Outdoor lights add a festive touch and beautiful atmosphere to backyards. Here are several ways to make it work. I like to use strings of lights to create a "roof.
January 6, 2016 |
The long: Philly skyline's former iconoclast turned its spire into a 360-degree, 57-stories-up destination for spectators big and small. The short: "Am I gonna fall down? Am I gonna fall down? Am I . . . ?" Photo opps: Selfie at Ben Franklin's bust. Photographer before elevator takes two green-screen shots that make it look like you're in front of the skyline by day and night, for $19.99. What preschoolers want: To crank out flattened souvenir pennies from the machine, 51 cents a pop. Bring quarters (and pennies)
November 30, 2015 |
On a clear day, the newly opened observation deck on the 57th floor of One Liberty Place offers unhindered views as far as Limerick's steaming nuclear plant cooling towers in the north to Wilmington in the south - with all of Philadelphia's urban bustle packed in between. What would our city's founders, stuck at pedestrian level, have made of such a panoramic, bird's-eye vista? "I am beside myself," offered the Benjamin Franklin impersonator hired to stand next to the observation deck's larger-than-life, geodesic bust of Franklin and greet the opening-day crowds Saturday.
November 5, 2015 |
Brandywine Realty Trust chief executive Jerry Sweeney says that there are no immediate plans to redevelop the multi-level garage in Center City's Market East area the company purchased earlier this year, and that it may add levels of parking to the structure. Brandywine is completing engineering studies to see whether additional decks can be added to the five existing levels of parking in the structure at 618-34 Market St., between Sixth and Seventh Streets, Sweeney said in an interview.