June 16, 2013
Christopher Fifis, Nick Fifis, and John Fifis are the owners of Ponzio's Diner & Bakery Bar in Cherry Hill Growing up as sons of a first-generation Greek immigrant, we learned early about the value of hard work and family. As the owner of Ponzio's Diner in Cherry Hill, our dad spent almost every day for more than two decades greeting guests and entertaining them with his dry wit and sense of humor. We had dinner at the diner almost every night because our dad was always working, and when we were old enough, he put us to work there, too. On the rare occasion that our dad did take time off for a family vacation, we all piled into the car to head to Wildwood for a week, with Greek music turned up as loud as we could stand.
June 6, 2013 |
Days before he died, Fred McGraw realized that he would never know who killed his daughter - a mother of two shot execution-style behind the Jericho Fire Company in Deptford Township. Thursday marks seven years since Desiree McGraw, 27, was found dead. She had been a good student and an all-star pitcher in Audubon, Camden County, before her life took a tragic turn: She lived for three years on the streets of Camden, addicted to drugs. "On his deathbed, he made me promise him that I won't give up, and I won't," said McGraw's other daughter, Jennifer, 35, who helped care for her father at his Maple Shade home.
June 4, 2013
Marshall Lytle, 79, the original bass player for Bill Haley & His Comets, one of the first bands to take rock 'n' roll mainstream, died Saturday at his home in New Port Richey, Fla., said a niece, Shayna Golda. He was diagnosed with lung cancer this year. Mr. Lytle recorded hits like "Rock Around the Clock" and "Shake, Rattle and Roll" with Haley in the 1950s. He was known for his percussive bass style, slapping the strings as he played. He would sometimes take the bass over his head or ride it like a surfboard.
May 22, 2013 |
THE FEDERAL JURY that last week convicted North Philadelphia drug kingpin Kaboni Savage of 12 counts of murder began hearing arguments yesterday for his execution or for spending what's left of his life in an 8-by-10-foot cell in a "supermax" prison in Florence, Colo. Assistant U.S. Attorney David Troyer portrayed him as a vengeful, rage-filled, unrepentant murderer. Defense attorney William Purpura told the jurors that Savage was a victim of the mean streets after losing his father to cancer at age 13, but that he had grown into a mentor for his children and his older sister's children.
May 20, 2013 |
Connie Williams, 72, a community activist who worked with children and police to keep her East Camden neighborhood safe, died early Saturday, May 18, of lung cancer. Ms. Williams ran after-school and summer crime-prevention programs in an effort to keep children active and away from drugs. For the last decade, she had been president of the East Side Civic Association in Camden. "It's a sad day for the city," Camden County Police Chief Scott Thomson said. "Miss Connie was a mother hen to the children of East Camden.
May 13, 2013 |
At the chemical plant in Toms River, nylon stockings would melt on the legs of secretaries sent on errands to production buildings. Noxious, colored smoke rose from the plant's stacks. Its effluent tinted the river, and fish caught there had a strange taste. At a nearby kids' swimming hole, a guy who took a dip came out with purplish foam clinging to his body. So when the children of Toms River began to be diagnosed with cancer - so many that one hospital doctor commented, "Another one from Toms River" - it was the plant's fault, right?
March 21, 2013
Bobbie Smith, 76, a former lead singer of the Spinners, has died in Orlando, Fla. A statement released Monday by the manager of the rhythm-and-blues group said Mr. Smith died Saturday of complications from pneumonia and influenza. The statement said he had been diagnosed with lung cancer in November. Mr. Smith was the group's original lead singer and was the voice on its first hit, "That's What Girls Are Made For. " The group earned nearly a dozen gold records and a half-dozen Grammy nominations.
March 19, 2013 |
As Maria Grasso sees it, people are dying because people aren't talking. So she is talking. " 'Have you had a colonoscopy?' I work that into every conversation," said Grasso, of Mount Laurel, who organized the fifth annual "Get Your Rear in Gear" race and walk in Fairmount Park on Sunday to benefit colorectal cancer research and treatment. Her father and grandfather died of it. Embarrassment, she said, often keeps people from talking about symptoms and from getting a colonoscopy, the test used to detect the nation's second-most fatal cancer.
March 8, 2013 |
Mary Louise Vitale, 62, of Center City, a former teacher and financial services worker who did volunteer work to help people affected by cancer, died Monday, March 4, of lung cancer at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. After a career in education and financial services, Ms. Vitale served as a volunteer at the Cancer Support Community of Philadelphia. The organization, formerly known as the Wellness Community of Philadelphia, provides emotional and educational support for cancer patients and their loved ones.
February 9, 2013 |
For Claudia Dowling Burzichelli's father, who had Parkinson's disease, death came quickly. "A day after being released from the hospital, he blew his brains out," she told a New Jersey Assembly committee Thursday. "Actually, he didn't. He used a special bullet so that everything wouldn't splatter all over the house. " Burzichelli, 54, a Bridgewater resident who herself is in the late stages of lung cancer, wants the option to end her own life less violently. By adopting a bill sponsored by her brother-in-law Assemblyman John Burzichelli (D., Gloucester)