May 25, 2016 |
Billy Jackson knew this wasn't a typical playoff opener between a No. 15 seed and a No. 2 seed. The Highland senior second baseman knew that seeds and records and recent history don't mean a whole lot when his school plays Triton in any sport. "It's a sister school," Jackson said. "Our fans know their fans, the players know each other. "There's so much between the two schools. You knew it would be like this. " With Jackson and senior shortstop Collin Bishop combining for five RBIs out of the top two spots in the lineup, Highland survived a serious scare from Triton and advanced with a 7-6 victory Monday in the first round of the South Jersey Group 3 tournament.
May 24, 2016 |
Tyler Travis doesn't lead the Eastern baseball team in hits, runs, or RBIs. He's tops in cheers, chants, and overall enthusiasm. Travis is a good player. He has 19 hits with 16 runs and 11 RBIs for the newly-crowned Olympic Conference American Division champions. He also plays a mean second base after spending most of the season as a strong defensive catcher. But Travis' greatest contribution to the Vikings' cause has been his spirited leadership, according to his coach and teammates.
May 20, 2016
THIS WASN'T the first email that Rilma Scott sent colleagues at Pathways to Housing PA alerting them that one of their clients had died. It was always sad to lose someone with whom she and her team members at the homeless housing group had worked. The emails were her way of offering a final remembrance of someone often forgotten in life. Last month, Scott sent an email about Mark Wilkins, 59, an Army veteran with PTSD and a long history of drug and alcohol addiction. But in addition to expressing sadness over the loss of a man they had come to know as a gentle giant, Scott's message was filled with a nagging sense of "what if?"
May 5, 2016 |
Philadelphia- and Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based Wurzak Hotel Group and an associated real estate investment firm have acquired the Hyatt Place King of Prussia hotel, the companies said in a release Wednesday. Wurzak development director Jake Wurzak said the price was $13 million. Wurzak and DoveHill Holdings will spend more than $1 million on significant upgrades to the lobby, bar, fitness center, and guest rooms of the 129-room hotel at 440 American Ave., north of the King of Prussia Mall, Wurzak said.
April 28, 2016 |
Safety advocates are pressing federal regulators to make Ikea stop selling a popular line of bedroom dressers, after a Minnesota toddler became the third child in two years to die when his dresser toppled onto him. In a letter sent Tuesday to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, a coalition representing four groups said buyers of the Malm line should be allowed to return them for a full refund. It also scolded the safety commission and the retailer over Ikea's decision to keep selling the dressers, despite knowing they fail to meet industry-accepted stability standards.
April 27, 2016 |
Two environmental groups announced Monday that they are suing the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and Department of Transportation to try to block creation of a 26-acre dredge disposal site on Barnegat Bay. Environment New Jersey, the New Jersey Conservation Foundation, and a coalition of homeowners near the proposed site said they are challenging the DEP for allowing the transportation agency to develop the property without proper...
April 23, 2016 |
Responding to fatal shootings in Kensington last weekend that left four dead, included a 4-year-old girl, a faith-based group on Thursday renewed its call for action to curb gun violence in Philadelphia. Heeding God's Call also vowed to fight a businessman's continued effort to start gun sales at a shooting range near 10th and Spring Garden Streets in the city. More than 70 people gathered at McPherson Square to remember the victims, including Tahirah Phillips, the girl who police say was accidentally shot in the head by her father Saturday afternoon.
April 21, 2016 |
A community group has endorsed plans for a 178-unit apartment project with 20,000 feet of street-level retail at the current site of the Woods Bros. lumber yard in East Kensington. The East Kensington Neighbors Association voted 61-to-33 at a meeting last week in favor of the so-called Woods Square project at 2621 Frankford Ave., the group's zoning chair, John Theobald, said. Developer Michael Vegh's plans for the two-acre site show three five-floor residential structures rising over a green roof atop a single-story podium of shops and parking.
April 20, 2016 |
What is the state of the orchestral training program at the Curtis Institute of Music at the moment? The question is worth asking mostly because so many Curtis orchestra concerts over the last 21/2 decades have so decisively tipped over into the professional-quality realm. The Curtis orchestra playing Sunday night in Verizon Hall veered more into the territory of a terrific student group - highly capable, but never quite getting to the sophisticated ensemble concepts that have often made this group a startling and unlikely phenomenon.
April 19, 2016
Anti-gun-violence group backs Sestak The three Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate from Pennsylvania - Katie McGinty, John Fetterman, and Joe Sestak - have similar positions on gun safety and violence prevention, but the Chester County Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence feels that Sestak has the edge in experience and ability to win the general election. As a former Navy admiral, Sestak understands firearms and their dangers. In his two terms in the U.S. House of Representatives, he supported four gun bills, including the assault weapons ban. And he was instrumental in closing a pawn shop in the Seventh Congressional District that did not follow safe practices in reselling used guns.