March 5, 2013 |
PLEASANTVILLE, N.J. - The days of grandma, parents, and their children all living in one house is often a concept many look back on with nostalgia as a simpler time. But today, many families are sharing a home not out of tradition, but out of financial necessity. The number of shared households - those that include at least one resident adult who is not a student, spouse, or cohabiting partner of the householder - has jumped nationwide since 2007, when the recession began. New Jersey has a higher percentage of such households than the nation at large, and the fourth-highest percentage among all states.
February 15, 2013 |
The first thing you learn about American Idiot , the touring Green Day rock musical that opened Tuesday at the Merriam Theater, is that the show has more middle fingers and impolite words in five minutes than you'd get in five hours on South Street. For the next 90 minutes, the it-sucks-to-be-young perspective roars out of about 40 video monitors, 20 thoroughly capable singing actors, and 21 articulate, mostly high-decibel songs authored by the band and performed in a plain, industrial basement full of junky couches.
February 14, 2013
By Michael Carroll St. Valentine is a bit like the character Bynum Walker, a freed slave and conjurer in the 1984 August Wilson play Joe Turner's Come and Gone . Walker is known for fixing people and their relationships. He claims that he "binds people together" but "cannot bind what does not cling. " Binding people together can take time, but can last a lifetime when it works. It can yield love, friendship, and relief from the stress and loneliness that life can sometimes bring.
February 9, 2013 |
Don't let the similar spelling fool you: When John and Ron Gentile step onto the wrestling mat, they are anything but gentle. The Gentile brothers have proven to be powerful hammers for the Paulsboro wrestling team (16-3). John Gentile, a senior, wrestles primarily at 120 pounds and is 25-3 this season. Ron Gentile, a sophomore, is 24-1, usually wrestling at 132. The dominance of this duo was evident during Paulsboro's 46-21 victory over Colonial Conference rival Collingwood on Monday.
January 31, 2013 |
Do sick people have a right to be treated in their own community? Do residents have a right to say who gets care nearby? The questions have a familiar ring in Northeast Philadelphia, where residents have repeatedly opposed new methadone maintenance clinics, forcing hundreds of their neighbors to travel across the city for care. A new chapter in the debate will open Wednesday, when State Rep. Kevin J. Boyle (D., Phila.) holds a hearing in Mayfair on a bill that would give communities more power over the approval process.
January 20, 2013
With a presidential inaugural address to be delivered Monday, a look at some passages from previous speeches. Match the quote with the president. 1. "In each generation, with toil and tears, we have had to earn our heritage again. If we fail now then we will have forgotten in abundance what we learned in hardship: that democracy rests on faith, that freedom asks more than it gives, and the judgment of God is harshest on those who are most favored. " 2. "In pursuing our goals of full employment, better housing, excellence in education; in rebuilding our cities and improving our rural areas; in protecting our environment and enhancing the quality of life - in all these and more, we will and must press urgently forward.
January 17, 2013 |
In a power play amid the widespread power failure left by Hurricane Sandy, a civilian employee of the New Jersey state police forced two vendors in Burlington County to hand over free a generator, authorities said Tuesday. Marcella Friedman, 49, of Oaklyn, threatened the two men with fines and confiscation if they did not give her a free generator, state Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa said in a news release. Friedman was charged Tuesday with theft by deception. The men, from South Carolina, were selling generators at Routes 206 and 537 in Springfield Township, when Friedman came up to them on Oct. 31, according to the news release.
January 16, 2013 |
In a power play amid the widespread power failure left by Hurricane Sandy, a civilian employee of the New Jersey state police forced two vendors in Burlington County to hand over free a generator, authorities said Tuesday. Wearing a field jacket with the state police logo and carrying a police radio, Marcella Friedman, 49, of Oaklyn, threatened the two men with fines and confiscation if they did not give her a free generator, state Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa said in a news release.
January 13, 2013 |
Because January is the month when we resolve to do better, I am proposing some manners resolutions for 2013. However, because I am 58 years old, I realize that what I consider ill-mannered might be acceptable behavior among the always-wired generation. For example, I would not have broadcast the birth of my children on Facebook, as I think that detracts from the enjoyment of personal family moments. But for younger people, that is perfectly appropriate. Therefore, I am giving my 20-year-old son, Matt, a college sophomore, the chance to respond to my resolutions.
December 15, 2012 |
Exelon Generation plans to retire its 58-year-old Schuylkill Generating Station in Grays Ferry at the end of the year, the latest Eisenhower-era power plant to bow out in response to a changing energy environment. Increasingly, the oil-burning plant at 2800 Christian St. has been little used, said Tim Wirth, a spokesman for Exelon's power-generation unit in Kennett Square. "It's older, it's not used very frequently, and it no longer makes economic sense," Wirth said. In the last year, the plant's 166-megawatt main unit was fired up only once to serve the regional power grid.