September 15, 2014 |
The first time bamboo grew in Vincent Lobascio's backyard, the retired Audubon borough commissioner didn't know what it was. Now he does. "The roots are like octopus tentacles," Lobascio, 89, says. "It could be a beautiful plant, but it really doesn't belong in an urban or suburban area like this. It needs to be controlled. " As residents of Audubon, Gloucester Township, Ocean City, and other communities with bamboo issues know, the high-rising, fast-growing plants can make good fences.
September 1, 2014 |
West Catholic's football season started off on the wrong foot. Then Antwain McCollum used his right arm, and both his feet, to rally the Burrs to victory. McCollum threw for 157 yards and rushed for another 110, and West Catholic shook off a rough first quarter to edge Haverford School, 24-19, in a nonleague, top 25 showdown in Wildwood. The Fords led, 14-0, after one, but West Catholic quickly erased that deficit, taking the lead for good just before halftime when McCollum connected with Ahkil Crumpton on a 36-yard touchdown pass that made it 18-14.
August 19, 2014 |
After a mortar shell wounded Joseph F. Weber in southern France in 1944, field hospital physicians "would have chopped his leg off," son John said. "But there was a newer doctor who had just come over," from the States and "he thought he could rework the veins and save his leg. " And he did. At military hospitals in England and the States, "it was a two- to three-year rehab process," and still the leg "bothered him for the last 70 years," his son said. On Tuesday, Aug. 12, Mr. Weber, 89, of Ocean City, N.J., an operations manager for Mobil Oil in South Jersey, Illinois, and New Zealand, died of lung cancer at home.
August 18, 2014 |
As Atlantic City braces for a wave of casino closings expected to put more than 6,000 out of work, Gov. Christie, who once prophesied a promising future for the Shore resort, is again contemplating how to steer the city away from its woes. Over the last four years, the governor pushed for change in Atlantic City, including the completion of the lavish Revel Casino Hotel, which last week became the fourth casino to announce its closure this year. A hearing is scheduled for Monday in bankruptcy court.
August 16, 2014 |
George H. Barnhart Jr., 83, a longtime volunteer with the La Mott Fire Company in Elkins Park, died Sunday, Aug. 10, at his daughter's home in West Chester. Formerly of Oreland, he died from heart failure, said his son-in-law, Brian Burlingame. Mr. Barnhart had wanted one last trip to the Jersey Shore and got his wish. His family went with him to Ocean City for a week on the beach. A local hospice attended him, and the Ocean City firefighters helped carry him up and down stairs.
August 15, 2014 |
The other parts of the basketball world got to remember Jack Ramsay in their ways when he died in late April. In the Pacific Northwest, he was the beautiful mind behind the unselfishness and brilliance of the 1976-77 Trail Blazers, the team responsible for Portland's only NBA championship. In dozens of disparate countries, Argentina and China and Israel and more, he was the game's ambassador, running instructional camps, helping grow the NBA into a global brand. In the collective consciousness of post-cable-TV generations, he was Dr. Jack, wielding his insight and intellect each night on ESPN.
August 14, 2014 |
Charles T. "Bud" Wahl, 78, of Ambler, the borough's three-term mayor and unabashed booster who helped shepherd its comeback in the early 2000s, died of complications from a fall Saturday, Aug. 9, at his home. An Ambler resident for 47 years, Mr. Wahl recognized a groundswell of momentum for revitalizing the borough. Previously, he told the Ambler Gazette, motorists had been afraid to drive through Ambler because of its "awful" image. "Most of that is gone now," he told the Gazette last November.
August 11, 2014 |
OCEAN CITY, N.J. - You wouldn't know it by the petite tank in tow, but the Merchlinsky family emerged from George's Beach Shop on the boardwalk in this Shore town on a recent sunny day with three new pets - from Haiti. Their new companions? Batman, Spiderman, and Blue - three hermit crabs with painted shells that earned them all-too-obvious names. Just weeks ago, the small crustaceans were crawling about the sun-soaked shores of the Caribbean. Now, they were heading to the family's home in Mahanoy City, a small town in Pennsylvania's coal region.
August 10, 2014 |
OCEAN CITY - By late afternoon, the exodus was in full swing. Carting beach equipment, doing a little Kabuki dance of will-this-car-stop-for-me, a steady stream of people headed off the beach and across Central Avenue. With lifeguards on most beaches headed home, and the boardwalk starting to liven up, it would seem the beach portion of the day was all but over. But for people like Martina Wilkerson, a teacher from Vineland, and her teenage beach crew, things were just getting started.
August 10, 2014 |
LINWOOD - Here in deep South Jersey, they do not need any fancy-pants TV weather forecasters, with their Doppler radar, team coverage, and complicated love lives. They've got big, lanky, cerebral, nice guy Dan Skeldon, the Jimmy Stewart of meteorologists, working for NBC40, based just outside Atlantic City, soon to lose its NBC affiliation (thanks, Comcast), still vowing to keep broadcasting, out of the converted Frito-Lay warehouse on Route 9. For locals, Skeldon, 38, a Cornell University graduate, was the face of Hurricane Irene, the derecho of June 2012, and the big one, Hurricane Sandy.