July 24, 2014 |
In the tough part of Brooklyn where she spent her younger years, Bridgette Brawner saw neighbors strung out on drugs, arguments that turned violent, families like her own struggling to get by. But most frightening was watching as other kids grew to accept, and expect, a bleak future. "You get to a certain age and you're shot. Or you get to a certain age and you have a child," she said, recalling Flatbush. " . . . There had to be something else outside of what I was seeing. " A profound thought for a young girl, especially one struggling with personal issues as dark as sexual molestation.
June 28, 2014 |
Richard Pagan was eager to get back to the fun - the games, the bounce house, the DJ playing music at the family event the day before Father's Day. Face painted to look like Spider-Man, the 5-year-old was tugging on his mother's hand, she said, to urge her to hurry up so he could get back after a bathroom stop in the Early Childhood Development Center in Camden. The car came out of nowhere that Saturday afternoon on Pine Street. "She hit him so hard that she ripped him. Ripped him off my hands," Richard's mother, Leslie Leon, said last week.
June 19, 2014 |
Claire Dickson will start her summer vacation as usual at the end of this month, but when it's over she will not reopen her eponymous women's boutique the second week in August as she's done for 35 years. Dickson, one of the area's czarinas of special-occasion fashion, has decided to retire. And her daughter and business partner, Debbie, wants to spend more time with her teenage daughter. Rather than look for a replacement, Dickson is calling it quits. There is canasta to be played.
June 12, 2014 |
Dr. Eugene V. Donohoe did not just provide medical treatment to pregnant women as an obstetrician-gynecologist in Haddon Heights. On four occasions from the early 1960s to the mid-1970s, "my parents had a woman who lived with us," who was pregnant and single, a daughter, Martha, said in a phone interview. "He's Catholic and does not believe in abortion," she said. On Monday, June 9, Dr. Donohoe, 82, died of leukemia at home. In opening his home, his daughter said, "he wanted to ensure that if somebody was in need, that they would not see their social situation as an obstacle.
May 23, 2014
JAMES AND Cassandra Small are each other's best friends. Soul mates, if you will. If she's having a senior moment and can't think of a word, the retired postal worker readily steps in. At 81, he's her caretaker, driving her to oncologist appointments and preparing meals. But when James had his knee replacement in 1995, Cassandra, 80, was the one doting on him. Theirs is an old-fashioned partnership and one that has spanned 60 years of marriage. In fact, today is their 60th wedding anniversary.
April 27, 2014 |
CAMDEN Troy Anderson's family wrapped a white sheet around tree bark and wrote notes in black marker to his killer. "You are cowards," one person wrote at the top. "He was only 15 yrs old. " "You took our shining star Troy," one person wrote in the middle. The "15" held special significance: Anderson is the youngest of Camden's 14 homicide victims so far this year. Last year, the youngest person killed was 16. Anderson was shot several times around 2 p.m. Thursday near Yorkship and Congress Roads in the Fairview neighborhood, one of the city's safer areas.
January 14, 2014 |
RADNOR Police are investigating an apparent murder-suicide in Radnor Twp. after discovering the bodies of a husband and wife in their pool house Sunday afternoon. Around 2:20 p.m., police received a call from a male reporting a shooting and a victim on the 300 block of South Wayne Avenue. Police believe the caller was the husband. He and his wife were in their 40s, police said. "We believe it was a domestic-related incident," Lt. Chris Flanagan said. The couple had three children, including an 8-year-old boy home at the time of the shootings, police said.
August 19, 2013 |
Lac cloche. Sø klokke. Jezioro dzwon. Lago campana. When Lake Bell was a kid - and already obsessed with language, dialects, the words coming out of people's mouths - her ears would perk up when she'd be in an elevator, or on the street, and catch someone conversing in French, Danish, Polish, Spanish, some foreign tongue. "My name is two nouns, so I would get into the habit of childishly asking any stranger who was speaking a different language if they could translate those two nouns," she says.
August 2, 2013 |
A JUDGE yesterday rejected a bid by former state Sen. Vince Fumo to put a friend of 50 years in charge of a trust fund set up for two of his three children. Common Pleas Judge Joseph O'Keefe voided Fumo's appointment of Dr. Anthony Repici, once his personal physician, as trustee for the fund. He also rejected a request from Fumo's attorney to keep the case open long enough for the former Democratic power to testify. Fumo is due to be released from federal prison on Tuesday. Fumo's daughter, Allison, 23, had asked the court to either dissolve the trust or name as trustee Sylvia DiBona, her godmother and widow of Independence Blue Cross chief executive G. Fred DiBona Jr. O'Keefe appointed DiBona yesterday, ordering "that all property, books, accounts, papers and moneys belonging" to the trust be delivered to her. "We're very sorry that it took litigation to get to this point," said Don Foster, Allison Fumo's attorney.
July 22, 2013 |
'Family friendly," whatever that term might signify in particular applications, appears to be catching on in area art museums as a marketing concept. The phrase really means "child friendly" - that is, the content will either interest children, or amuse them, or at least not bore them. In the best possible scenario, it might even instruct them. "Family friendly" apparently emerged in the smaller regional museums, with exhibitions devoted to the Muppets, sculptures made from plastic Lego bricks, and masterpiece paintings executed in jellybeans.