December 20, 2012
Two Camden County women have been charged with fraud after allegedly claiming that they were victims of Hurricane Irene in order to receive federal emergency funds for housing, Camden County Prosecutor Warren Faulk announced Wednesday. Tumesha Adkins, 34, of the 200 block of South 33d Street, Camden, and Michele Carter, 28, of LaCascata Apartments, Clementon, were indicted by a grand jury on charges of theft and forgery. The two were involved in separate incidents. On Oct. 26, 2011, Adkins gave the Federal Emergency Management Agency rental receipts for a residence in Pennsauken and collected $14,747 in assistance, but an investigation found she did not pay rent at that address, authorities said.
November 1, 2012 |
Philadelphia and its wounded suburbs crept toward normalcy Tuesday after superstorm Sandy, as transportation troubles eased and schools readied to reopen, but serious problems remained in parts of the region. Bristol Township officials called in the Pennsylvania National Guard to protect against looting overnight, saying burglaries and attempted burglaries of stores had begun as soon as the winds died down early Tuesday. Ten troops from the armory in Northeast Philadelphia started patrolling the streets at 8 p.m., coinciding with a newly imposed curfew that will run to 6 a.m. while most of the township is without power.
October 30, 2012
By Peter Morici Hurricane Sandy will likely have devastating effects on lives and property. However, gauging its full impact on an economy still struggling to recover from the Great Recession - though with substantial resources to overcome adversity - is far more complex than merely adding up insurance payouts and uninsured losses. Disasters can give an ailing construction sector a boost, while unleashing reinvestment that actually improves stricken areas and the lives of residents.
October 30, 2012 |
LONG AFTER HE'D sandbagged the doors to a bar that's been a second home for decades, Joe Rullo tried to sandbag Hurricane Sandy on Sunday with superstition, laughter and a cold beer. A $1 bill he'd placed on the cash register at Echo's, in North Wildwood, was the "Hurricane Dollar" that had helped thwart Hurricane Irene last year. Outside, in black and orange spray paint, Rullo had written Go Pound Sandy on the fresh plywood that covered the doors, alongside a makeshift jack-o'-lantern and ghost.
October 29, 2012 |
NORTH WILDWOOD, N.J. - Sitting in his house in North Wildwood on Saturday, John Hearn, who describes himself as "a young 67," said he had stocked up on water, peanut butter, and tuna fish, filled his gas tank, and fired up the generator. His wife, Gloria, had already left town, to stay at the couple's second home in Bucks County, but Hearn wanted to stay behind to keep an eye on his boats and "experience what we're going to experience. " "We have a pretty high elevation," he said.
September 1, 2012 |
After a hot and sunny start, Labor Day Weekend could end with the arrival of the remnants of Hurricane Isaac. Today, Philadelphia could see a high in the mid 90s for the first time since early August, and Saturday, as the two-day Made in America music festival begins on the Parkway, the high could hit the high 80s or low 90s. Sunday brings a slight chance - 20 percent - of showers or thunderstorms, with a high in the mid 80s. As a hurricane,...
September 1, 2012 |
This week's images of Hurricane Isaac's rampage along the Gulf Coast are a reminder that measures taken to prepare for big storms can reduce the damage they cause. Just a year ago, Hurricane Irene demonstrated that this region is hardly exempt from nature's wrath. (Hurricane Kirk is forming in the Atlantic now, heading northwest.) So this column is the first of two, with an emphasis on getting ready for a storm. Next week, we'll tackle cleaning up after a storm. Even so, there are too many topics to be covered.
July 3, 2012 |
Her father's work ethic contributed to his death in the lashing storm that swept South Jersey over the weekend, a mourning Ye Chen said Monday. The owner of two busy Ventnor restaurants, Ming Zhen Chen did not have time most days to relax and enjoy the summer, so he made plans to go night fishing on Friday. Caught in ferocious winds early Saturday, Ming Zhen Chen never made it back to shore. State police released his name Monday. After putting in a long shift, the 48-year-old Chinese immigrant, who moved to Ventnor 20 years ago and opened Tsui's Garden and Tsui's Garden II, ventured out on Absecon Bay in a 20-foot skiff with his brother and another relative, according to his daughter.
June 3, 2012
Mandi Dorrell of Somers Point, N.J., is pictured enjoying the view at Acadia National Park in Maine in August, just ahead of Hurricane Irene. She writes of the trip: "My three-day drive to Maine was rainy. … I could not see the car in front of me and was even more frustrated when I got to Acadia because the wood was too wet to build a fire. I went out to dinner that night in Bar Harbor and cried because I thought our vacation was ruined. "But when I woke up the next day, the rain had stopped and it was 85 degrees — something the citizens of Acadia said had only ever happened a few times.
April 10, 2012 |
Monday was one of the windiest days of the year, with gusts of more than 50 m.p.h. recorded in a half-dozen places, including Philadelphia. The wind, along with a recent lack of rain, continues to spur fears of new wildfires, with a red flag warning once again in effect for the entire region, including all of New Jersey and Delaware. Today, though, should just be breezy - with winds from about 14 to 22 m.p.h. - with a slight chance of afternoon rain. Yesterday's top gusts spanned most of the day, from a 51 m.p.h.