September 9, 2015 |
IT WAS a decision nobody should have to make. But the judge had no choice. The life or death of a woman suffering from amyotropic lateral sclerosis, paralyzed, in constant pain and begging to die, was his decision alone. It was probably the toughest call that Common Pleas Judge Nicholas M. D'Alessandro would ever have to make. After interviewing the woman, Thelma Stussy, 51, who could only blink her eyes and nod, in her room at the Neumann Medical Center in Kensington, along with members of her family, he ruled in April 1990 that the hospital could turn off the respirator that was keeping her alive.
September 7, 2015 |
Hello there At Springton Lake Middle School in 2001, Terri and Kevin were two of a dozen friends who piled into parents' cars for trips to the movies or mall. They frequently wound up talking to each other, yet the next year, when Terri asked her bff, Natalie, which boy she should like, Natalie suggested someone else. The next day, Terri held that boy's hand, and they were officially an item all through middle school and on to Media's Penncrest High. None of that mattered to Kevin until sophomore year, when he noticed that in addition to her good looks, Terri was much more mature than most people in high school.
August 16, 2015 |
Hidden Blues - and more What a music weekend! Someplace around here, ya got the Zac Brown Band , Willie Nelson , Darius Rucker, Maroon 5 with Nick Jonas , the Philadelphia Folk Festival - and, now, the inaugural Hidden River Blues Festival on Venice Island in Manayunk on Saturday afternoon. It's at the outdoor rec center amphitheater off Main Street. The fest's headliner is Otis Taylor , the Colorado bluesman who excels in both trancey electric blues and quieter, soul-searching sounds on his new album, Hey Joe Opus Red Meat , which features a cameo by Bucks County-bred songwriter Langhorne Slim . He'll be preceded on stage by Sugar Blue , the Harlem-born harmonica player you've heard before, though you may not know it: He played on the Rolling Stones ' "Miss You. " Hidden River also features a number of acts representative of the Philly blues scene, including the Tattar Tucker Blue Band , the Deb Callahan Band , and ace harp player Steve Guyger with his band the Excellos . Tickets: $15. Information: Manayunk.com.
August 15, 2015 |
Work came to a standstill as a mail truck rattled slowly down the street, one of those hilly stretches in Manayunk that feels more like San Francisco than Philadelphia. As the rumbling subsided into relative silence, a producer called "Action" and electrician Scott Caron tried, for about the 20th time, to explain the process of installing an electrical box on the granite face of a converted church. Over about eight hours of a grinding, stop-start progress, Caron and the crew installed a new sconce and wrapped shooting of a segment for Ask This Old House , the PBS home-improvement show.
July 18, 2015 |
John A. Zurzola Sr., 86, formerly of Manayunk, a retired electronics specialist and a father and handyman, died Monday, July 13, of Alzheimer's disease at his retirement home in Villas, N.J. Born in 1929, Mr. Zurzola lost his own father, Frank, in 1937. His mother, Jennie, was not in good health. When she saw an opportunity for her son to live and study at Girard College, she enrolled him. He graduated in 1947. "It must have been hard for both of them," said his daughter Amy Z. Quinn.
July 16, 2015 |
IF YOU GAVE John Zurzola a choice between dining at a fancy restaurant or at home over a steaming plate of his wife's spaghetti, there was no choice. Spaghetti won every time. Which might have seemed surprising, because his wife, the former Doris Walsh, was a little Irish lady from West Philly. But she was a quick learner and her husband's family taught her how to cook Italian style. What did she put in that spaghetti gravy that made her husband prefer it to more-sophisticated fare?
July 16, 2015 |
HER CRYSTALLINE, sky-blue eyes probably caught your attention before you even read these words. CBS3's Eyewitness News team has a permanent replacement for former traffic reporter Bob Kelly , who moved over to work the roads for Fox 29 in October. Enter Meisha Johnson , who starts Monday. Johnson drove more than 1,100 miles from Minneapolis to Philadelphia, and she'll soon appear on "Eyewitness News This Morning. " This frees up Vittoria Woodill , a freelancer, to do other projects for the station, including CBS3's "Down the Shore" segment, which airs from a different beach town every Thursday.
June 20, 2015 |
While America's alt-rock scene lumbered through its wild '90s - the period of Beck's Odelay , the Beastie Boys' Ill Communication , Soundgarden's Superunknown , and Ice-T's Body Count - a nice Philly band, holed up at Manayunk's Grape Street Pub and Old City's Tin Angel, moved tiny mountains with a mellow brand of pop: June Rich. Twenty years after its first album, and 17 years since the band broke up, June Rich has reunited, re-releasing its debut disc with a new song ("Who I Am")
June 10, 2015 |
THE DEATH OF Philadelphia college student Shane Montgomery, who went missing after a night of drinking in November and whose body was pulled from the frigid Schuylkill more than a month later, has spurred introduction of legislation that would require bars and restaurants to install outside surveillance cameras. City Council's Committee on Public Safety yesterday began taking testimony on the feasibility of such a law, but does not expect to take action until the fall so that all stakeholders can weigh in, said Councilman Curtis Jones Jr., who sponsored the bill.
June 9, 2015 |
For more than 250 competitors from around the globe, the brutal uphill climb to the finish line of Sunday's Philadelphia International Cycling Classic along Manayunk's Levering Street remained, quite simply, the Wall. But for four not-as-ambitious friends who live along the steep incline, Levering Street meant something else on a postcard-perfect late spring morning. The Sofa. Squeezing their large gray couch out of their narrow rowhouse and onto the sidewalk was their athletic event of the day. Now, they drank from plastic cups as the racers - their names and their position in the field a mystery to them - whizzed by. "I think everyone's jealous of us," said a male couch Olympian, before complying with his friend's order to cut the interview short and not give their names.