October 3, 2014 |
On July 26, 2009, Ryan Caruso rear-ended a car in the northbound middle lane of Roosevelt Boulevard about 2 a.m. His car was disabled in the crash, so, as he sat in the driver's seat, his passenger Patrick Hennessy got out and, with the driver of the other car, attempted to push Caruso's vehicle to the side of the road. It was Hennessy's bad luck that a third car crashed into him, pinning him against the car he was trying to move off the highway. He suffered grievous injuries and, after weeks of treatment, his right leg was amputated just above the knee.
September 15, 2014 |
EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, N.J. - Walfa Caceres was the first of the sisters to make the journey to Atlantic City. It was 1992 and she was 26. New York City, where they had moved to join their father, Toribio Caceres, a former police officer at the U.S. Embassy in the Dominican Republic who now owned a fried-chicken restaurant on 168th Street, had never really suited the Caceres siblings. "Too loud," said Fanny Caceres, five years younger than Walfa. "Too busy. " But in Atlantic City, something clicked for Walfa - particularly when she saw the line of customers stretching for the new French Quarter buffet at Showboat, willing to wait two hours to get inside.
August 14, 2014 |
Julia Pace of Lower Gwynedd will be leaving for college on Thursday. She's excited, but her parents are nervous. Jane Pace worries that her 18-year-old daughter is going to school 2,000 miles away in Arizona when she could have gone to Pennsylvania State University (cheaper, closer, Jane's alma mater). Dad Vince Pace wonders how it'll be with all the kids out of the house. (Julia is the youngest of three.) The Paces are coping with a rite of passage that confronts countless families every summer just before the start of fall semesters.
July 25, 2014
YESTERDAY was my feast day, or, as the Italians call it, my onomastico . Since I live in the United States, it went completely unnoticed. Had I lived in Italy, however, I would have been showered with cards and phone calls. That's because about 75 percent of the paesani are named after saints, and the other 25 percent are named "Sal," which is short for "Salvatore," which means savior. I think you can see why Italian obstetricians also need theological degrees before they're admitted to practice medicine.
July 18, 2014 |
DAVID TORRANCE'S motto was "be ready. " And he was. David meant the saying in a spiritual sense: Be ready to meet your maker. But he also meant it as a code for living the good life: Be ready for both tribulations and joy. David had both in abundance over his 100 years of life. He died Sunday in the Bala Nursing and Retirement Center. He was born in Georgia, but had lived most of his life in South Philadelphia. "He was a comical guy," said his daughter Yvonne Torrance.
June 23, 2014 |
Stephen Berg, 79, of Philadelphia, an acclaimed poet, teacher, and editor and the driving force behind the American Poetry Review, died Thursday, June 12, at Pennsylvania Hospital. The cause of his death was pending, said his daughter Margot Berg. Mr. Berg had battled cancer and complications from a fall, but he told a friend his writing "had never been better. " In 1972, Mr. Berg founded with several friends the American Poetry Review, a widely read poetry magazine published in Philadelphia.
June 16, 2014
The pet political charity is such a hoary Philadelphia tradition that perhaps it was time for an innovation. And so we have the pet political charity that isn't. The innovation in question is Peace Not Guns, long advertised as a nonprofit antiviolence group - and in some cases as a 501(c)3, or tax-exempt charitable organization - founded by Councilman Kenyatta Johnson after the untimely death of a cousin in 1998. As the website AxisPhilly recently revealed, Peace Not Guns was never registered as a charity with the IRS. Johnson now acknowledges that Peace Not Guns is "not a federally tax-exempt nonprofit.
May 18, 2014 |
TOMS RIVER, N.J. - At a picnic area on the Garden State Parkway, Robert Marshall pulled over shortly after midnight to check a tire on his white Cadillac. He was walking to the rear of the car, he said, when he was struck on the head and knocked unconscious. When he came to, Marshall said, he found his wife, Maria, dead in the front seat of the car, with two bullet wounds to her back. She had been shot with a .45-caliber automatic pistol. The story didn't add up, and Marshall would be convicted of hiring his wife's killers.
April 20, 2014 |
The last thing 73-year-old John DeVos wanted was to be thrown out of a graveyard. But he crouched onto his knees a week ago at Greenmount Cemetery, at the very patch of grass where he had watched them bury his 11-year-old brother in 1948. And with a screwdriver and small spade, he began to poke and dig. A flat granite slab with the inscription "MICHEL DEVOS" had gone missing. And if anyone could swear it had been there, in that exact spot, for decades, it was younger brother John.
April 18, 2014 |
Jeanne Faith Coryell, 89, of Philadelphia, a freelance artist, died Friday, March 28, of an infection at Symphony Square, an assisted-living facility in Bala Cynwyd. A well-known figure in the Philadelphia art community, Ms. Coryell was a longtime member of the Philadelphia Sketch Club, the Plastic Club, and Philadelphia/Tri State Artists Equity. She was a frequent participant in juried exhibitions at the Sketch Club, the Philadelphia Art Alliance, and the Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Show.