March 19, 2015 |
John Sims, James Kawano and Carmen Coll gather around the Direct Energy ad at the Narberth SEPTA station. "Fixed rate? Hmmm. Sounds great," Coll, who lives in New York City, reads aloud, cheerfully stretching out the "e" in great with that je ne sais quoi lilt only a Frenchwoman can carry off. "Sign me up!" A few minutes earlier, Sims of Claymont, Del., spoke the same copy in a resonating voice of authority. When Kawano, of Narberth, gave it a go, he sounded like that nice, helpful guy next door.
October 28, 2014 |
Like most people with big weekend plans, David La Puma was watching the weather forecast. It looked perfect: a cold front, followed by northwest winds. Perfect for the birds, that is, and the humans who watch them. Both flocked to Cape May for New Jersey Audubon's fall festival, an annual event that began 68 years ago amid post-World War II ebullience, and that contributes a bundle to the local economy. This year's outing began Friday and ended Sunday. Several thousand birders - often with binoculars plastered firmly to their faces - attended the three-day event, which included field trips, lectures, demonstrations, and an exhibit hall full of the best binoculars and scopes money can buy. On what had to be some of the most glorious days of the fall, people scoped southbound seabirds that soared over the ocean off Avalon Point, where counters log nearly a million birds every fall.
May 14, 2013 |
The Rev. Myrtle Daniels stepped up to the altar and switched on a reading light. Lucile Stewart-Mitchell took her seat at the piano, pressing open a hymn book. Karyn Fisher turned down music playing on an iPad. "We've had a busy week," Daniels announced, facing a dozen congregants gathered Sunday morning at Mount Zion A.M.E. in Woolwich Township. A week earlier, someone had rearranged the letters on the sign outside the tiny church, defacing it with a racist - and misspelled - message: No Nigers Welcome.
April 14, 2013 |
The girls on the crowded stage at the Boys & Girls Club of Camden County looked tense and frustrated as they tried to replicate the complicated dance moves members of the Camden Sophisticated Sisters drill team were demonstrating. About a hundred girls aged 3 to 18 had come Saturday to audition for the team, which has been featured on CNN and NBC as a bright spot in a troubled city. Tawanda "Wa-Wa" Jones, who founded the team 26 years ago, hadn't let the prospective members in on a little secret: Almost all of them would get in. "This is not about the trophies...," Jones said as she supervised from below the stage.
December 24, 2012 |
CAPE MAY - The New Jersey Audubon Society, which for 115 years has exhorted nature-seekers to interact with the physical world, is expanding its virtual horizons in a budgetary move officials say is born of Darwinian necessity. "To survive, we need to adapt," said Eric Stiles, president of the nonprofit nature and conservation group, which has no connection with the National Audubon Society. Effective Jan. 1, the organization will close two facilities - including the 135-acre Rancocas Nature Center in Mount Holly - and modify programming at nine others.
November 20, 2012 |
Frank Rubio led about two dozen students from Rowan University's Camden campus down to the waterfront's historic Victor building, converted a few years ago into trendy apartments. But the writing-arts professor wasn't trying to help anyone in his class find a one-bedroom unit with high ceilings and a romantic river view. He was trying to help them find something that, for most of them, was more elusive: The right words. In English. "Why did you choose dog?" asked Saudi Arabian-born Muath Rashed, 19, of Glassboro.
September 3, 2012 |
A 6-year-old Camden boy was stabbed to death early Sunday and his 12-year-old sister was seriously injured during an attack in their home, neighbors and police said. Dominick Andujor died in the house in the 900 block of Ware Street, authorities said. His sister, Amber, had run bleeding to a neighbor's house before being taken to Cooper University Hospital, neighbors said. Camden County Prosecutor Warren Faulk and Camden Police Chief Scott Thomson issued a joint statement announcing the 2 a.m. double stabbing.
July 5, 2012 |
A request by LEAP Academy University Charter Schools to expand enrollment at a planned campus in Camden's Cramer Hill neighborhood has hit a bump after findings by the state Department of Education that the charter mismanaged thousands of dollars in federal funds. According to a state audit report issued May 21, LEAP owed the Education Department $136,368 for payments it received for non-allowable expenses during the 2009-10 school year. A check for the full amount was mailed to the state on Tuesday, said Gloria Bonilla-Santiago, LEAP's founder and chairwoman.
March 15, 2012 |
Peter McAndrews, arguably Philadelphia's Sandwich King, is doing something sacrilegious by sandwich standards: At Paesano's, his fantastic Philadelphia shops, he is serving select sandwiches on gluten-free bread. Seriously. The same bread that is more often compared to hockey pucks than haute cuisine. But McAndrews isn't making concessions. He's using the fresh-baked products from Toté Bakery, a gluten-free bread bakery - a rarity in the region - which opened in the Italian Market a few months ago. "Gluten-free stuff is always horrible," says McAndrews, whose customers often request the alternative bread because they suffer from celiac disease (like his sons)