November 25, 2013 |
Gift cards have swiftly become the default present for holiday giving. With the season upon us, let's look at the financial risks and rewards for gift-card givers, receivers, and sellers. Nothing beats the warm feeling you get from giving a gift - except for the hot prospect of getting something for yourself in return. At PocketYourDollars.com, a post by Carrie Rocha lists scores of gift-card deals that include discounted cards and free gift cards in return for purchased cards. Outlets offering the deals include restaurants, websites, movie theaters, and grocery stores.
October 31, 2013 |
GLADYS MARY SMITH was one of the best friends the Daily News and Inquirer ever had. For more than 20 years, Miss Polly, as she was affectionately known, delivered the newspapers in the West Philadelphia area with an unrivaled passion and dedication. Folks who lived near her home on Catharine Street would hear her car rev up at 3 or 4 a.m. on Sundays to handle the Sunday Inquirer. Those who knew her - and just about everybody did - would roll over and say, "There goes Miss Polly to deliver the papers.
September 8, 2013 |
Abington police have arrested two U.S. Postal Service employees who they say stole customers' credit card numbers and used them to purchase gift cards, aquarium tickets, and other items. Rashaad Schell, 23, and Daryl Matthews, 24, both of Philadelphia, are charged with identity theft, conspiracy, forgery, and related offenses. They were arraigned Thursday, and bail was set at $75,000 each. Police say the men used their cellphones to capture photos or videos of customers' credit cards.
March 29, 2013 |
A Gloucester County woman was sentenced today in Superior Court to 24 years in prison for fatally stabbing an ironworker in 2010, authorities said. Lori A. Hummel, 41, mother of a teenage daughter, admitted last month to stabbing Thomas Carbin, 54, an acquaintance, in the neck after going to his apartment above the Tower Tavern in Westville on Dec. 5. She had intended to rob him. Carbin had worked as a welder and pipe fitter. The next day, Carbin's daughter, then a high school senior, found the burly ironworker's body slumped in a chair in front of the computer in the apartment he shared with his cats, George and Frankie.
March 16, 2013
A coalition of Chester County groups will host a "Gun Buy Back" day Saturday at the Coatesville Memorial Community Center. The event is a "no-hassle, no-questions-asked, no-arrests-made" opportunity to turn in firearms, organizers say. Participants will receive a $100 gift card per gun and will be paid for a maximum of two guns, receiving a total maximum payment of $200 in gift cards. Additional guns may be turned in, but no payment will be received. The event is an effort to combat gun-related violence in the community, said Chaya Scott, director of the Coatesville Youth Initiative which has a gun buy back program as part of their mission.
March 6, 2013 |
Chester County police knew something else was amiss when they saw the driver of the car suspected in a hit-and-run crash throw credit cards out the window - lots of them. David Carroll and Rochelle Fraser, both of South Jamaica, New York have been charged with identity theft, forgery, theft and other related crimes, according to the West Whiteland Township police. On Jan. 25, Carroll was allegedly involved in a hit-and-run accident on North Pottstown Pike in Exton. Police saw Carroll's car traveling south on Route 100 after the crash.
February 26, 2013 |
BELMAR, N.J. - Soon after Hurricane Sandy, the donations came pouring in to Belmar from as far away as Sweden, where someone donated $50. And the money quickly started flowing back out. The borough handed out more than $90,000 in gift cards from local businesses, according to Belmar's records. Taverns and restaurants figured heavily in the mix of donated gift cards as people without electricity found eating at home difficult after the storm. Hardware stores also were big. Acknowledging that the donations helped many at a time of chaos, one councilman in Belmar wants to know who benefited.
February 17, 2013 |
A Gloucester County woman pleaded guilty Friday to first-degree manslaughter in the stabbing death of a 54-year-old steelworker in his Westville apartment in December 2010. Under a plea deal, Lori A. Hummel, 41, of Thorofare, faces 24 years in prison and must serve 20 years and four months of that before becoming eligible for parole, the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office said. She also pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiracy to distribute heroin while in custody in the Salem County jail in December and will face a four-year term to be served concurrently with her manslaughter sentence.
February 15, 2013
Forgot about Valentine's Day? Love's way can still be smoothed. Load your smartphone with the romantic app Couple , by TenthBit Inc. It's free for Android and iPhone. Once you've signed up, Couple will e-mail or text your beloved with the entreaty, "Let's use Couple together. " Couple is like Facebook for just two people. You send goo-goo notes and videos, collect pictures on a mutual timeline, and share calendars and lists. A shared sketch-pad feature allows two to draw simultaneously on the touchscreen, and Couple encourages lovers to "ThumbKiss" by pressing fingers on the same spot.