July 8, 2016 |
For nearly a decade, the family of Seaman Patrick M. Corcoran has flown an American flag outside its Jersey Shore home on special occasions to honor the Philadelphia native lost at sea during the Vietnam War. It was the flag presented to the family nearly 50 years ago at his funeral. But early on the morning of July 4, someone snatched the huge flag from a flagpole on East 11th Avenue in North Wildwood only hours after it had been hoisted for the holiday. Now there is outrage among not only the Corcoran family and Shore officials but also in the emotions shared in a social-media campaign started by neighbors and the town to immediately return the cherished heirloom - one of the family's only physical connections to Corcoran, who died aboard the USS Frank E. Evans in 1969.
June 29, 2016 |
Virginia Chesley Johnston, 82, of Moorestown, a former medical secretary there, died of complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease on Friday, June 24, at PowerBack Rehabilitation in Moorestown. Before retiring seven years ago, Mrs. Johnston was a secretary for 15 years for what is now Advocare Moorestown Pediatrics, daughter Victoria Phelan said. Before that, she had been a medical secretary for other South Jersey offices since 1970. Born in Mount Holly, Mrs. Johnston graduated from Rancocas Valley Regional High School, where she was the band's lead drum majorette.
June 5, 2016 |
The North Wildwood Police Department on Friday announced that 64 people were arrested over the Memorial Day weekend. Those arrested from May 27 through Monday included 24 Philadelphia and 20 South Jersey residents. Charges include possession of marijuana and other drugs, alcohol possession by someone under 21, driving while intoxicated, disorderly conduct, and in one case, unlawful possession of a stun gun. Six of those arrested were juveniles whose names were not released. The oldest person arrested was Erick Kibuuka, 49, of West Cape May, on charges of driving while intoxicated and hindering apprehension.
June 3, 2016 |
I'M TRYING hard not to be cynical about National Gun Violence Awareness Day, June 2. To mark the occasion, people are encouraged to #WearOrange. It actually has an inspiring backstory, according to the press surrounding the campaign. In 2013, some friends of Hadiya Pendleton, a South Side Chicago student who was murdered, asked classmates to honor her by wearing orange. The students inspired the Wear Orange campaign (wearorange.org), working to reduce gun violence in the U.S. Obviously a work in progress.
June 2, 2016 |
Authorities have identified the man who died in Pennypack Creek on Memorial Day, apparently trying to rescue his dog. Philadelphia police on Tuesday said 67-year-old Alexander Rus, of the city's Rhawnhurst section, was pulled from the rain-swollen creek near the 8500 block of Verree Road. People who had been fishing found his body in the water at about 9:30 a.m. Monday. A preliminary investigation indicated Rus went into the water to save his dog, but it remained unclear exactly what happened.
June 1, 2016 |
Rain put a damper Monday on Memorial Day celebrations, particularly for those wanting to spend time on the beach at the Shore. Some parades also were postponed or canceled while other observances were moved indoors, including Ocean City's annual service. Still, in other places, including the Bridesburg section of Philadelphia and Media, parades went ahead under granite skies. Rain held off - and there were event hints of the sun - for the remembrance services at the Korean War and Vietnam Veterans memorials in Philadelphia.
June 1, 2016 |
Under a canopy of trees, a solemn crowd gathered Monday in Washington Square Park to celebrate Memorial Day, not by reading a book on the benches or dipping their feet in the fountain, but by honoring America's first fallen soldiers. As they have for decades, organizers from the Daughters of the American Revolution and other patriotic organizations came to Philadelphia's Tomb of the Unknown Soldier to lay a wreath in recognition of casualties of that war and others that followed.
June 1, 2016
The moral of the story Is it fallout from spousal-abuse allegations against star Johnny Depp ? Or is it that the movie just isn't especially good? Alice Through the Looking Glass fell far short of an anticipated $60 million weekend at the U.S. box office. Instead, the movie took in an estimated $34.2 million. The Inquirer review called the sequel to Alice in Wonderland dull and formulaic. Amber Heard , 30, Depp's wife of 15 months, is seeking a divorce, and a Los Angeles Superior Court judge has granted her request for a restraining order against Depp, who reprised his role as the Mad Hatter.
June 1, 2016 |
The banquet was wrapping up — the annual Memorial Day gathering at the 98-year-old American Legion hall in the city's Bridesburg neighborhood — when the post commander suddenly ordered everyone out of the building. There was a fire, those in attendance at the Boleslaw Grochowski American Legion Post 396 were told. As the 60 to 70 people stood outside in the 2300 block of Orthodox Street, they figured it was something small because they didn't see smoke or flames. Patrick Love Sr., the post commander, had seen the smoke in the crawl space at the top of the shaft of the dumbwaiter used to move beer and other items between floors in the two-story building.
May 31, 2016 |
CHICAGO - The Phillies' surprising start - one of baseball's best stories this spring - faded away over Memorial Day weekend as the calendar unofficially turned to summer. The team's miserable six-game road trip came to a close Sunday with a 7-2 loss to the Cubs at Wrigley Field. They were swept for the first time since dropping the first three games of the season. They mustered six hits Sunday and did not score until the seventh inning. Manager Pete Mackanin opted to sit Ryan Howard against a righthanded pitcher, but even that could not spark the team's listless offense.