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March 26, 2015 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
AN ONGOING BATTLE over a Philadelphia suburb's ordinance regulating guns in parks could wind up in court, after a pro-gun group last week filed a lawsuit against Lower Merion Township, calling its regulation an "egregious and direct violation" of state law. Firearm Owners Against Crime, a political-action committee; its president, Kim Stolfer; and Joseph Abramson, an FOAC member and gun owner who lives in Lower Merion, are plaintiffs in the suit,...
NEWS
March 24, 2015 | Chris Hepp, Inquirer Staff Writer
Joel Greenberg once donated $1 million to a struggling after-school music program in West Philadelphia, having read about it in the newspaper. The Main Line financial trader didn't bother to return a reporter's call asking why he did so. Greenberg is like that, those who know him say - passionate in his desire to help others, particularly children, and uninterested in self-promotion. "He does not want to be front and center," said Ina B. Lipman, executive director of the Children's Scholarship Fund, another cause that has benefited from Greenberg's largesse.
NEWS
March 19, 2015 | By Rita Giordano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Haddonfield United, a grassroots group that marshaled opposition to a referendum that would have let the school district buy the Bancroft School property two years ago, has come out against the site's becoming a drug and alcohol treatment center. "Although detox and rehabilitation centers provide important services to those addicted to drugs and alcohol," said group founder Brian Kelly, "the location of the proposed complex is highly inappropriate and incongruous with its surroundings, as the site is immediately next to the high school, about 150 yards from Tatem Elementary School, and in the middle of a compact residential neighborhood.
NEWS
March 19, 2015 | By Barbara Boyer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Six people, including a doctor, a lawyer, and the operators of an elder-care service, conspired to steal millions from senior citizens who had no relatives looking after them, New Jersey authorities alleged Tuesday in announcing indictments. The state Attorney General's Office announced the indictments of Jan Van Holt, 58, owner of A Better Choice, an Atlantic County business whose services included assisting the elderly with financial matters; her sister Sondra Steen, 59, who helped operate the business; an aide, Susan Hamlett, 56; Maria Teresa S. Daclan, 53, of Galloway Township, a doctor; and William Price, 57, of Linwood, a former caseworker for Atlantic County Adult Protective Services.
SPORTS
March 17, 2015 | By Chris Melchiorre, For The Inquirer
TOMS RIVER, N.J. - Shawnee's Nikola Williams prefaced part of her postgame comments. "I'm really not trying to brag," she said. Well, actually, she was about to brag just a bit. And that's part of the essence of this girls' basketball team. For four years, Williams was the face of South Jersey's feistiest, scrappiest team, and part of what drove the Renegades was their swagger. "We changed this program - no one really cared before," the senior forward said after Shawnee fell just short in the state Group 4 title game Sunday in a 54-48 loss to Franklin at the Pine Belt Arena in Toms River.
SPORTS
March 17, 2015 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Nazier Smith tripped and fell to the floor and the referee blew his whistle and raised his hand. With 1 minute, 41 seconds remaining in the Group 4 state final on Sunday, the best era in Cherry Hill East basketball came to an end. Jake Silpe, the Cougars' star senior guard, walked slowly to the bench, sat down and buried his face in a towel. He couldn't bear to watch the final moments of Paterson Eastside's 50-34 victory over Cherry Hill East in the final game of his illustrious career.
NEWS
March 17, 2015 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
NORTHFIELD, N.J. - A busload of concerned nature lovers fanned out inside a strip mall in this Atlantic County town on Wednesday, ready to spread the word about New Jersey's "last great wilderness" and to peacefully protest a plan to lay some pipe there. The 1.1 million-acre Pinelands National Preserve they were talking about encompasses parts of seven counties, mostly in South Jersey. Environmental groups and at least four former New Jersey governors believe that Gov. Chris Christie and other elected officials are trying to plant a candidate on the Pinelands Commission who will tilt the vote and approve construction of a 22-mile natural-gas pipeline there.
SPORTS
March 17, 2015 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
PISCATAWAY, N.J. - It was 32 minutes that validated four years. Paulsboro's seniors didn't just put a cherry on the top of their careers in Sunday's state championship game. They emptied the whole jar, squirted the entire can of whipped cream and poured out the complete container of sprinkles. "It's like a dream," senior Saleem Little said after Paulsboro's 78-48 victory over University in the Group 1 state title game Sunday at Rutgers University. Little generated 13 points and 12 rebounds and seniors Theo Holloway and Brandon Hamilton each scored 20 for Paulsboro (30-2)
SPORTS
March 17, 2015 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
They had the lead in the fourth quarter of the state championship game. Again. They missed some key free throws and rushed a couple of shots from the floor. Again. They lost to Newark Tech in the Group 2 final. Again. "Last year it was there and they stole it," Camden coach John Valore said. "This year it was there and they stole it. " History repeated itself in frustrating fashion Sunday for the Camden High School boys' basketball team in a 57-51 loss to Newark Tech in the Group 2 title game at the Rutgers Athletic Center.
NEWS
March 17, 2015 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Denise L. Eger was ordained in 1988, one could not be openly gay and a Reform rabbi. "I was very quiet about it," said Eger, a native of Memphis, Tenn. "My fellow classmates [at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York] knew, and some of my professors, but I didn't wave the rainbow flag. " On Monday, Eger, 55, will become the third woman and first openly gay president of the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR), the rabbinical arm of the Reform Judaism movement, which is holding is 126th convention at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel in Center City.
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