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December 20, 2014 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Here's a look at South Jersey boys' basketball in each group: South Jersey Group 4 DEFENDING CHAMPION: Cherry Hill East. FAVORITE: Atlantic City. CONTENDERS: Cherry Hill East, Cherry Hill West, Rancocas Valley. DARK HORSES: Shawnee, Lenape. BREAKDOWN: Atlantic City, which won Group 4 state titles in 2012 and 2013, will be good in December and better in February, as coach Gene Allen integrates three key transfers, including former Holy Spirit star Leon Daniels and 6-11 sophomore Keonsis Hearns, with veterans Kevin Allen and Lamar Thomas.
NEWS
December 13, 2014 | By Stacey Burling, Inquirer Staff Writer
Concerned about the potential for exploitation as Pennsylvania's elderly population grows, a group appointed by the state Supreme Court has recommended wide-ranging legal changes to protect older people from neglect, abuse, and fraud. The 38-member group known as the Elder Law Task Force called for better training for judges about elder issues, criminal background checks for guardians, and training that includes information on ethics, a mandatory reporting requirement for financial institutions that suspect financial abuse, and an amendment to the state's Slayer Statute to prevent people convicted of abusing an elder from benefiting from their victim's estate.
NEWS
December 10, 2014 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Neither Joseph E. Montgomery nor his parents were born in Ireland, but that did not lessen his obvious devotion to his Irish American heritage. "He just enjoyed Irish culture," son Patrick said. Mr. Montgomery, 95, of Merchantville, was president from 1958 to 1998 of Division 65 of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, the national Irish Catholic fraternal organization. The division, with members across the Philadelphia region, was named after Mr. Montgomery in 1998, its 100th anniversary year.
NEWS
December 10, 2014 | BY JENNY DeHUFF, Daily News Staff Writer dehuffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5218
AN ISLAMIC advocacy organization is suing a Bucks County township for discrimination after the town's zoning board rejected an application to erect a mosque. According to the lawsuit filed yesterday by CAIR-Philadelphia in federal court, Bensalem Township is demonstrating "burdensome, discriminatory and unreasonable land use regulations" by blocking local Muslims' ability to build a mosque. The proposed Islamic worship site would be the first in the suburban town just north of Philadelphia.
SPORTS
December 9, 2014 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jake Parola had a great game in the third quarter: 19 carries, 109 yards, two touchdowns. But those 12 minutes summed up the South Jersey Group 4 championship game as well as the entire season for Parola and his Shawnee teammates. Running behind a powerful offensive line, Parola finished with 159 yards and three touchdowns on 37 carries Sunday night as Shawnee beat Timber Creek, 28-7, in a long-awaited sectional title-game rematch at Rowan University. "He's an animal," senior offensive tackle Eric Hawkinson said of Parola.
SPORTS
December 9, 2014 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
It was the near-perfect ending to the perfect season. With an airtight defense and a dominating ground game, Haddonfield rolled to 27-0 victory over archrival West Deptford in the South Jersey Group 2 championship game Sunday at Rowan University. "We left no doubt," said Haddonfield senior tight end/defensive end Ty Klaus, who made big plays on both sides of the football. Haddonfield stamped an exclamation point on the first 12-0 season in program history with a dazzling display on a bright, brisk afternoon at Richard Wackar Stadium.
BUSINESS
December 9, 2014 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Julius Erving , the airborne forward who led the 76ers to the NBA championship way back in 1983, is 64 years old, and still hustling. Last week, his Dr. J Enterprises cut a deal with Anthem Media Group , of Toronto, New York and Los Angeles, to help sell its Fantasy Sports Network (FNTSY) to such video giants as Comcast, DirecTV and AT&T , and find marketing partnerships with pro leagues and advertisers. Anthem also owns fantasy-sports site RotoExperts.com , combat-sports-oriented Fight Network , SportsGrid.com (sports commentary)
REAL_ESTATE
December 8, 2014 | By Erin Arvedlund, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Washington Avenue Property Owners Association is working to gentrify a drab, once-industrial warehouse strip into a residential/business district. It has been slow going, but the South Philadelphia group has been joined by major players including developer Bart Blatstein; the owners of the massive Frankford Chocolate Factory at 2101 Washington; and local business owners eager to sell or develop their properties into houses and apartments with retail shops on the ground floor.
NEWS
December 5, 2014 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
A University of Pennsylvania student group called on the school Wednesday to begin donating about $6 million a year to Philadelphia, with the money designated for its cash-starved public schools and other "essential services. " The Student Labor Action Project asked Penn president Amy Gutmann to set aside the money for a payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT). Penn, like other nonprofits, gets a break on property taxes. The $6 million represents a small portion of the property tax it would pay as a for-profit entity.
SPORTS
December 3, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles' most important free-agent signing in the offseason was second-page news on the day he signed. Mark Sanchez's one-year contract with the Eagles had already been reported by the time the team officially announced it on March 28. His arrival as the backup quarterback to Nick Foles received a fair amount of attention considering Sanchez's history, but not long after his news conference later that morning it became an afterthought. DeSean Jackson was released less than an hour after Sanchez met with reporters and the conversation shifted from the former New York Jets quarterback and the then-unlikely proposition that he could supplant Foles to the discarding of a Pro Bowl wide receiver in the prime of his career.
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