November 10, 2015
The Coast Guard said Sunday evening it was still searching for a vessel in distress off the Jersey Shore near Ocean City. The Coast Guard said it received a mayday call on VHF marine radio channel 16 at approximately 12:45 p.m. Sunday from the fishing vessel Interlude, stating the vessel was taking on water and heading into port. A Coast Guard helicopter and a cutter were dispatched from bases in or near Atlantic City to look for the fishing boat. The Coast Guard asked that anyone with any information regarding the search call Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay at 215-271-4940 or on VHF marine radio channel 16. - David Sell
September 20, 2015 |
Many parts of the Philadelphia region continue to struggle with distressed-home inventory. South Jersey, especially, is mired in short sales and foreclosures - the product of a logjam of several years in the legal system. A short sale occurs when the lender agrees to accept less from the seller/borrower than the balance of the mortgage. From what I have seen in my own neighborhood, lenders continue to drag their feet getting these houses from foreclosure to the resale market, often with devastating results.
May 31, 2015 |
The cutest boy in the world bounded into my office, followed by his parents, who were not happy. They described their son as a "very poor eater" since age 2. Now 6, "getting him to eat is a constant battle," and his parents worried they were losing the war. At mealtimes, he ran from the table, often screaming. When they managed to get him to sit, he often refused to swallow, or would spit food out, or gagged as it went down. By the time he was brought to me for a psychological evaluation, there were no clear medical issues that explained his food avoidance, nor were there mechanical problems with regard to feeding himself: The boy was perfectly capable of holding silverware and bringing food to his mouth; he mostly just preferred not to. At home, there were a few foods he would consume without complaint, and he ate those on permanent repeat.
May 8, 2015 |
Deeply in debt, its tax base depleted, and its government in turmoil, tiny Colwyn Borough was declared "financially distressed" Wednesday by the state in an attempt to remedy the town's financial disarray. The tiny Delaware County borough - a third of a square mile, 2,500 residents - that borders Philadelphia entered the state's Act 47 program, a last-resort option for struggling municipalities that need help developing a financial-recovery plan. The decision by Community and Economic Development Secretary Dennis Davin represents a step toward recovery for Colwyn, which has a $1.2 million debt that includes outstanding bills, pension payments, and reimbursements to the state.
May 2, 2015 |
Police came to the rescue twice in less than an hour in downtown Camden on Thursday. They removed a baby locked alone and in distress in a hot car, and less than an hour later, with Camden County Police Chief Scott Thomson lending a hand, revived a man from a drug overdose. Officer Belinda Villegas-Ramos was working a security detail at a TD Bank office on Mickle Boulevard shortly before noon when a passerby told her a baby was crying in a car parked outside a nearby CVS pharmacy.
November 9, 2014 |
When the staff at Abington Memorial Hospital handed the breast cancer patient its new "Distress Thermometer" questionnaire, she instantly felt conflicted. How could she, an early-stage patient with a good prognosis, say how she was really feeling when she saw how much worse off others in the radiation-treatment waiting room were? She left it blank. A week later, the staff asked again. Come January, cancer programs that want accreditation from the American College of Surgeons' Commission on Cancer will be required to formally ask all cancer patients about their psychosocial needs.
September 13, 2014 |
Glenn E. Straub, a South Florida investor, emerged from nowhere this week with his $90 million cash bid for Atlantic City's bankrupt Revel Casino Hotel. But for the last 20 years, Straub, 67, has made it his business to buy distressed properties - including a polo club, massive yachts, and even a high-end development in Port St. Lucie, Fla., that was left for dead by Philadelphia's Lubert-Adler real estate firm. Straub was circumspect about what he would do with the Revel property if his bid turns out to be the winner in an auction scheduled for Sept.
March 22, 2014 |
MILLBOURNE Twenty-one years after Millbourne was placed on the official state list of fiscally troubled communities, Gov. Corbett traveled to the tiny Delaware County borough Thursday afternoon to announce the end of its "financially distressed" status. Millbourne, with about 1,200 residents, had been under Act 47 since 1993, which made it eligible for state grants and assistance. Mayor Thomas Kramer said the borough had not overspent its budget for the last five years and had taken aggressive steps to cut costs - even enlisting goats to clear weeds.
February 5, 2014
The Royal Caribbean cruise ship that set sail from a New Jersey port over the weekend may be the most spotless craft plying the waves - having undergone a top-to-bottom scrubbing after a stomach bug sickened nearly 700 passengers and crew, cutting short the ship's previous Caribbean getaway. The general consensus was that Royal Caribbean moved aggressively to contain the nasty outbreak of vomiting and diarrhea, and the cruise line pledged that there wouldn't be a recurrence. But the Explorer of the Seas' voyage was one of several ill-fated recent cruises.
June 23, 2013 |
Henry Costo was only 20 when he was sent to his first fatal fire. He raced up to a third-floor apartment on Girard Avenue, where a teenage girl was reportedly trapped. He grabbed her feet, pulled her dead body closer, and realized something was wrong. There were too many limbs. Costo turned to his partner to share what he had found: two girls, hugging each other, realizing they would die. But driving back home, Costo didn't feel a thing. "I remember thinking, 'There must be something wrong with me. Am I that hardened?