January 22, 2015 |
A year ago, the board overseeing redevelopment of the former Willow Grove Naval Air Station set a goal: To break ground on the first of about 1,500 new homes in early 2015. That's not happening yet, and it probably won't until next year. "It's extremely frustrating. Extremely frustrating," said William Whiteside, chairman of the Horsham Land Redevelopment Agency and a Horsham Township councilman. "Every time we turn around, there's some new delay from the Navy. " The project, which has moved in fits and starts since 2006, is largely stalled until the Navy completes its environmental impact study, which was initially targeted for spring 2014.
January 9, 2015 |
THERE WAS the Pottstown couple who contended that the Bible gave them permission to smoke marijuana. There was the Cheltenham man who asked to be castrated after being charged with paying three boys to have sex with him. Just a couple of the curious cases that came before Judge Lawrence A. Brown in his nearly 30 years on the Montgomery County bench. Needless to say, Brown rejected the Biblical defense, and told the man who wanted to be castrated that he had no authority to order such a thing.
December 5, 2014 |
FORMER NAVAL HOSPITAL corpsman third-class Bill Cosby 's career has been torpedoed recently by numerous allegations of sexual abuse. Now the U.S. Navy is getting into the act. According to the Washington Post , the Navy is taking the honorary title it bestowed upon the Cos in 2011 and dropping an anchor on it. The Navy announced yesterday that Cosby will no longer be an honorary chief petty officer. "The Navy is taking this action because allegations against Mr. Cosby are very serious and are in conflict with the Navy's core values of honor, courage and commitment," it said in a press release.
November 21, 2014 |
The "a-ha moment" for Gabriel Tatarian came at a party when, light-headed, he passed out. When he regained consciousness, son Gabriel T. said, Dr. Tatarian determined to get himself into shape. After the episode, "he was a pretty avid runner, from age 50 to 88," his son said. "He was running five miles a day for 15 years, to 65. " And that was despite a demanding day job. On Monday, Nov. 17, Dr. Tatarian, 91, of Moorestown, from 1961 to 1988 the co-chief of obstetrics and gynecology at the Rancocas Valley division of the former Zurbrugg Memorial Hospital, died at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.
November 20, 2014 |
Sixteen companies have expressed interest in all or part of about 200 vacant acres known as Southport, at the eastern end of the Navy Yard in South Philadelphia. They include energy companies, marine terminal operators, auto processors, and multipurpose terminal operators with ideas for the maritime property, south of the Walt Whitman Bridge on the Delaware River. The Philadelphia Regional Port Authority (PRPA) said Tuesday that it would evaluate the responses and make recommendations to its board, which will have the final say. Southport is three waterfront parcels: 119 acres referred to as Southport Marine Terminal; 75 acres known as Southport West Terminal; and the Pier 124 "north berth," a 1,132-foot-long finger pier.
November 4, 2014 |
IT'S SAID that some unfortunate people are born with two strikes against them. For Al C. Rinaldi, two strikes would have been great. No baseball analogy could have measured the number of strikes against Al in his childhood. He didn't even know his real name. He thought it was Freddie Nolan. He had been abandoned by his parents and raised by a female neighbor who gave him that name. He grew up in extreme poverty in Scranton. He begged for food at a local deli pretending it was for a nonexistent dog. He used sugar to mask the mold growing on the bread he took from others' garbage.
November 4, 2014 |
ROBERT BERGHAIER probably could have been a writer or an artist. He didn't take up either trade, but his son, Robert, said his father, a veteran of two wars, had a discerning eye. "He was very observant," his son said. "He had a very good eye and a gift for being very descriptive. He could process information and tell you exactly what happened. " What happened to Robert Berghaier might have made a good book. He and his son would sit around the kitchen table and the elder Berghaier would regale his son with stories of his adventures, down to the smallest detail.
October 24, 2014 |
Lo Spiedo opening Monday As you drive through the iron gates of the Navy Yard in South Philadelphia, look to your left at the gatehouse. On Monday, the Vetri crew - Marc Vetri, Jeff Benjamin, Brad Spence, and Jeff Michaud - plans to open Lo Spiedo (4501 S. Broad St., 215-282-3184). "Lo spee-YAY-doh" translates to "the spit," as in rotisserie, and just about the entire menu - executed by Osteria alum Scott Calhoun - is prepared over wood-burning flame: pork ribs, pork shoulder, half-chicken, brisket, octopus.
October 3, 2014 |
BEING THE offspring of a high-school teacher can be a mixed blessing. There is, of course, the pride in having a father who was given the duty of enlightening the minds of other youngsters. But there was also a little uneasiness about whether everyone liked your father. "My brother, Charles, and I were often stopped by fellas who said, 'Is your pop Mr. Wilson?' " his son, Kenneth, said. "Of course, we never knew how to answer that for fear that fisticuffs could ensue.
September 19, 2014 |
Sinkler A. Casselle Sr., 93, of Deptford, a naval architect at the former Philadelphia Naval Shipyard from 1950 to 1977, died Sunday, Sept. 7, at Inspira Medical Center in Woodbury. Mr. Casselle was involved with "the design and development of submarines; he helped with the structural design of them," a niece, Melanie Wright, said. He won an award from the Portsmouth (N.H.) Naval Shipyard for his work on the submarine Jack in 1961, she said. He won an outstanding service award from the Navy Yard in 1966 for development of a sonar detection system for submarines, she said.