May 15, 2016 |
Friday the 13th will never be the same for the Smith family, which stepped forward Friday to claim a $429.6 million Powerball jackpot, the largest ever won in New Jersey. Pearlie Mae Smith and her seven adult children said they plan to tithe 10 percent of their winnings to their Pentecostal church, take vacations, and help others. "Wow. That's what it's like," Smith, 70, of Trenton, said at a news conference at state lottery headquarters in Lawrenceville. "I'm still trying to figure out what it's like.
May 4, 2016
DEAR ABBY: I have a hard time differentiating between enabling and helping my sister. Throughout her adult life, even while she was married, she has never been able to make ends meet. She's single now and in her 50s, a hardworking but underemployed, depressed individual. I have a good job and I feel guilty if I don't help her each month. (She doesn't ask but drops enough hints that I know things aren't going well.) I have suggested repeatedly that she needs to find a better job. I even send her job leads, but I'm not sure she ever applies.
April 28, 2016 |
Question: I love that you are big on each spouse's "having the other's back" - as they are on the same "team. " However, when is it OK not to have your partner's back? My spouse routinely makes statements that are patently and demonstrably untrue - easily disproved with a couple of clicks of a mouse. Yet I am berated (later) for not "having my spouse's back" when I don't publicly agree with Spouse in the face of nonbelief by Spouse's particular audience. When is it OK to say, "Honey, I love you, but when I believe you to be completely wrong, I won't have your back this time"?
February 19, 2016 |
New Jersey lawmakers are renewing a push to let the state take control of Atlantic City's finances in an effort to prevent bankruptcy for the resort town, shaken by casino closures. Legislation outlined Wednesday comes after Gov. Christie, Senate President Stephen Sweeney, and Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian agreed in principle last month that greater state involvement was needed. The proposal from Sweeney (D., Gloucester) and other senators would allow the state Local Finance Board to assume the "functions, powers, privileges, and immunities" of the city government for five years.
October 11, 2015 |
TRENTON - A New Jersey judge on Friday blocked attempts by environmental groups and a state senator to appeal the state's settlement with ExxonMobil Corp. in a high-profile pollution case. But the saga isn't over. The groups and State Sen. Raymond J. Lesniak (D., Union) immediately said they would appeal the judge's decision to the Appellate Division. At issue is a $225 million settlement the state struck with Exxon in March, following a decade of litigation over the oil company's contamination of more than a thousand acres of land at two sites in North Jersey.
September 17, 2015 |
MAYOR NUTTER, City Council President Darrell Clarke and Deputy Mayor Alan Greenberger came to praise developer Eric Blumenfeld's "never-say-die" attitude in finally getting a deal done to renovate the Divine Lorraine Hotel. At a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday, both Nutter and Greenberger said the $44 million restoration would be a "tipping point" to enhance the revitalization of North Broad Street. "Restoring the Divine Lorraine to its former glory was among my top economic-development priorities," Nutter said.
July 21, 2015 |
Grab your wigs and fake boobs, guys: The glitter is in the audience for Divine/Intervention . The onstage show, which just opened at a nightclub called Voyeur (dark, dark, dark, with gigantic lavender-lit chandeliers), is actually a serious and often moving bio-drama about the counterculture icon known as Divine. Divine's real name was Glenn Milstead, a fat, unhappy kid from a middle-class home in Baltimore. How he wound up starring in John Waters' schlock/shock movies - where he was raped by a giant lobster in Multiple Maniacs , and ate a dog turd in Pink Flamingos , and made it mainstream big in Hairspray - is incidental here.
July 15, 2015 |
The last time his friends saw Glenn Milstead, he was waving from the balcony of his Los Angeles hotel room, singing "Arrivederci, Roma. " The next day, March 7, 1988, he was dead at 42 of cardiomegaly. He had died in his sleep; he weighed more than 300 pounds. The obituaries didn't just announce the death of Glenn Milstead; they marked the end of Divine, the larger-than-life "drag queen of the century," the trash goddess at the heart of such notorious films by director John Waters as Pink Flamingos , Female Trouble , and - teetering on the brink of respectability - Hairspray . The division between the queen and the man is at the heart of Divine/Intervention , a new play conceived by Braden Chapman and written by E. Dale Smith.
December 30, 2014 |
Sister Joan Schmal, 82, who was recognized for her work with youth on addiction issues, died Monday, Dec. 22, of cardiopulmonary collapse at Assisi House in Aston. A member of the sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for 61 years, Sister Joan was known for her crisis skills in dealing with youth and ran programs for children of alcoholics and for students struggling with drug and alcohol issues at John W. Hallahan Catholic Girls' High School in the Franklintown section of the city.
November 24, 2014
AFTER THAT meeting last Wednesday called together by the stadium district powers that be, I have some thoughts and a real concern to those who live close to Darien and Packer. I agree that all of South Philadelphia should stick together and nothing should go into a neighborhood that the residents do not want. And, yes, our elected officials know they work for us, especially those officials who are now under attack. However, casino hearings were held more than once at the Convention Center last year and the turnout was minimal, even though at the time three locations between Front Street and 10th at Packer/Pattison were possible locations.