November 12, 2015 |
The USS Lansdale sank in minutes. Six minutes, Robert Dott recalls. Maybe four. When the German torpedo slammed into the destroyer's side on an April night in 1944, the Philadelphia native did not have time to look at the clock. The blast knocked him unconscious for a few seconds. When he picked himself up, Dott saw the ship's doctor trying to treat one of his shipmates. The man was burned so severely that Dott did not recognize him. Water streamed into the hatch. Dott knew only one person could fit through the door at a time.
June 1, 2015 |
JIMMY BINNS has changed his mind. The colorful lawyer said yesterday that he's "reversed his decision" to make the former narcotics officers recently acquitted of corruption the grand marshals of the Hero Thrill Show, an annual fundraiser that Binns says has "given more money to police causes than Carter has liver pills. " Binns - who is a sworn officer with the Darby Township Police Department in Delaware County - has been the CEO of the Hero Thrill Show since 2006. In an interview last week with the blog Big Trial, Binns announced that Thomas Liciardello, Michael Spicer, Brian Reynolds, Perry Betts, Linwood Norman and John Speiser would lead the event.
May 30, 2015 |
All that Jimmy Binns wanted was to honor the six Philadelphia narcotics officers recently acquitted on federal corruption charges, but by Thursday the colorful defense lawyer and charity-event organizer was reining in his own parade. Binns, part of the legal team that won not-guilty verdicts for the former officers this month, announced last week that Thomas Liciardello, Brian Reynolds, Michael Spicer, Perry Betts, Linwood Norman, and John Speiser would be the grand marshals of this year's Hero Thrill Show, an annual charity parade and motorcycle stunt show that raises scholarship money for the children of officers and firefighters killed in the line of duty.
March 10, 2015 |
It's called a "famine church," built by Irish who fled starvation in their homeland to make new lives in Philadelphia. The history of St. Malachy Parish is carved into its walls and ceilings, evident in the shamrocks on the altar and the tilework based on the Book of Kells. Now, more than 160 years after its founding, its heart beats strong but its bones need work. On Sunday, parishioners gathered for the third annual Hibernian Mass and Concert - and the start of a campaign aimed at raising $200,000 for critical maintenance during the next five years.
December 10, 2014 |
IF YOU LISTEN carefully, you can still hear Joe Montgomery singing "Danny Boy. " It's been some years since Joe graced the choir loft of Transfiguration Church in West Philadelphia with his distinctive Irish tenor. But there are those who swear they can still hear his voice raised in those songs that never fail to stir the heart or bring a tear to the eye of a true Irish patriot. Joe Montgomery is gone, but the work he did for the Irish community in Philadelphia and the people he inspired with his devotion to the rites and traditions of those places live on wherever green is worn.
March 16, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA Since 1771, Philadelphians have marked St. Patrick's Day with a parade. On Sunday, the 2014 celebration will march up the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The theme of this year's celebration is "St. Patrick, bless the contributions of Irish Americans to our nation," and the grand marshal will be former Eagles general manager Jim Murray, a cofounder of the first Ronald McDonald House for ill children, which opened in 1974 in Philadelphia. Before the parade, a Mass will be said 9 a.m. at St. Patrick's Church, 20th and Locust Streets.
June 5, 2013 |
Donovan McNabb says he'd like to sit down with Robert Griffin III and have a little chat about the right things to do and say when you happen to be a budding superstar quarterback in the NFL. In fact, McNabb would really like it if he and his father could sit down with Griffin and his father, RG2, and the two McNabbs could provide a double team of awesome advice and wisdom. McNabb has been trying to get in Griffin's ear since last season, he told the Washington Post. "Someone on his end was supposed to link us up, and it never happened.
February 26, 2012
10 for the Road You can plan now to attend these events that are within a day's drive of Philadelphia. Connecticut. "Dinosaurs Alive-Jurassic Treehouse" at the Children's Museum in West Hartford features multimedia scenarios and animatronic dinosaurs. Tue.-Sat. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. www.thechildrensmuseumct.org ; 860-231-2824. Delaware. "The American Eagle: Symbol of Freedom and Enterprise to the DuPont Family" opens March 10 at Eleutherian Mills.
February 10, 2012
Sunday Civil War discoveries The Camden County Historical Society will host James E. Johnson for a program 2 p.m. Sunday on "Discovering Black Civil War Veterans and their Widows in 1890 Camden. " Johnson, a specialist in African American history and the Civil War and an adjunct lecturer at Rutgers University-Camden, will talk about a special census of about 60 Civil War veterans and their widows that was taken along with the general census of 1890. Its purpose was to shape veterans' pension legislation and help Civil War veterans locate comrades as witnesses for pension claims.
February 5, 2012
State Rep. Mark Cohen hasn't racked up 40 years in the Pennsylvania legislature by taking his political opponents lightly. When he heard that Numa St. Louis, 31, an Olney educator, was planning a run against him this spring, Cohen discovered they were both Facebook devotees - St. Louis with more than 700 friends, Cohen with more than 5,000. Not only that, St. Louis had created a campaign page - Team Numa - and many of Cohen's colleagues in the state House were listed as Numa's friends.