March 24, 2015 |
They came with paint brushes, steel wool, and brawn. But what really got to Robert Sheppard - what made him cry in front of his wife for the first time in almost never - had to be the love. A dozen Samaritans soldiered into Sheppard's Oxford Circle rowhouse Sunday and attacked the shabby abode with fixer-upper resolve. Sheppard and his wife were barely making it in blue-collar retirement; the workers hoped this kindness would help. The 82-year-old Korean War veteran watched the workers and smiled, even while drawing breath from the oxygen tank that has made him feel less and less like the man he once was. He cracked jokes about the Eagles, about the time he ruined his knees by falling two decks on a Navy ship, and how the family never really took vacations and that was all right.
November 24, 2014 |
When he created a natural habitat on the acre surrounding his Cape May County home, Mike Crewe didn't know he'd be summoned to court to answer for it. His Lower Township property had become a kind of oasis amid the area's manicured lawns, a colorful meadow for monarch butterflies, native bees, and other species of wildlife. Its native grasses, seed- and berry-laden plants, and nectar-bearing flowers such as milkweed provided a feast and a rest stop. So Crewe, program director of the New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory, was disappointed by the reaction of neighbors who complained about his unmowed grounds to the municipality, which cited him for code violations last winter.
November 6, 2014 |
I'M THE FIRST person to admit when I am wrong and, boy, was I wrong. Sources had told me that 6ABC reporter Annie McCormick asked the station to take a leave of absence after her husband, lobbyist A.J. Marsico , was accused of sexual assault in September. But McCormick's leave, which lasted about 3 1/2 weeks, was actually due to a tumor. On her personal Facebook account, sources tell me, McCormick wrote two posts. The first, in early October, was posted after her surgery, thanking her doctors and assuring friends that she was recovering quite nicely with the help of her dog, Gigi , and husband, Marsico.
September 29, 2014 |
This Valentine's Day, Jeff Ramspacher, my boyfriend of five years, wanted to give me a gift far better than jewelry or candy. Knowing that I've been an animal advocate my entire life and that elephants in particular have always had a special place in my heart, he surprised me with an adoption certificate for Lizzie, an ex-circus elephant now living at the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee. The sanctuary is the nation's largest natural-habitat refuge for Asian and African elephants.
July 20, 2014 |
Not long after dawn on Thursday, about 50 volunteers made their way over to a Point Breeze rowhouse neighborhood, ready to put in the sweat they had promised. They all wore the accessory of the day: hard hats. The volunteers, a mix of professional craftsmen and people with little or no experience in construction, had arrived by 7 a.m. because they had only three days to carry out their mission for Habitat for Humanity's Philadelphia chapter: completing a significant chunk of six rowhouses under construction - the framing and installation of windows - for families in need.
April 4, 2014 |
Bulldozers began spreading sand on several South Jersey beaches along the Delaware Bay on Wednesday, the first of 31 projects to restore wildlife habitat damaged by Hurricane Sandy up and down the East Coast. The just-started project, in Cape May County, is a $1.65 million race to replenish beaches before the May horseshoe crab spawn and shorebird migration. The New Jersey projects are also seen as a way to indirectly benefit residential bay communities, which many feel have not received a fair share of restoration money.
February 3, 2014 |
Habitat for Humanity works in partnership with low-income families to provide affordable opportunities for homeownership. But Habitat, which has been active in this region since 1985, also is working to show that builders don't need stacks of greenbacks to be green. In December, Habitat completed its 171st house locally, on Wilt Street in North Philadelphia, which has earned LEED Gold certification. This month, the nonprofit is scheduled to complete the semidetached house next door and anticipates a similar LEED designation.
September 21, 2013 |
When a rare cancer ended the too short, but bountiful, life of Leo Roselli, upward of 700 people lined up to pay their respects at his nearly five-hour wake. Even his preschool teacher came. "I never took a bathroom break," his widow, Laura Roselli, said. While she and Leo's other family and friends knew he was a great guy, they had no idea of the extent of his good works - the long list of people to whom he delivered free food from his family's Italian food business, the funds he raised, the chores he did for people in need.
July 5, 2013 |
In a dispute about how best to protect hundreds of thousands of acres of state-owned forests, the environmental community remains deeply at odds over a bill that would allow commercial logging on woodlands in New Jersey. In a letter Monday to Gov. Christie, several of the most prominent environmental organizations urged him to veto a bill given final approval a week ago by the Assembly. The issue revolves around the most suitable way to preserve New Jersey's woodlands. Both critics and advocates of the bill agree this resource faces serious questions about its long-term viability.
May 1, 2013 |
Hunters love to shoot them and birders love to watch them, but both groups understand that they can save the bobwhite quail only by working together. The groups came together for a three-day conference to talk about preserving the scarce and secretive game bird and identify other areas of common interest, ranging from fighting invasive species and maintaining healthy forests to managing New Jersey's growing population of black bears. The Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey and the New Jersey State Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs held their first joint conference from Friday through Sunday with a view to identifying common interests and fostering cooperation.