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.
August 7, 2014 |
When you call 911 from a mobile phone but do not know your exact location, a complex array of technologies is supposed to lend a hand, automatically transmitting a good estimate of your position to a dispatcher. But when a 14-year-old Philadelphia boy was drowning June 29 in Ocean City, N.J., an accurate electronic location showed up on dispatchers' screens for only two of the four calls seeking help, according to police data. The two callers pinpointed by the automated system were unsure where they were.
July 30, 2014
A story Saturday on a bird-watching area near Ocean City, N.J., wrongly gave the size of the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, which contains 47,000 acres.
July 20, 2014 |
NORTH WILDWOOD - The rain is coming down in sheets, but Jeanie and Vince Hubach, 48 and 47, of Drexel Hill, are nonchalant. The three dozen children coming from West Philadelphia for the day are still on their way. The weather will improve, the lifeguards assured them. They are similarly nonchalant about their mission to bring city kids to the Shore for a day. They did it for four summers in Ocean City, 50 to 100 kids a day, Monday through Thursday, on beachfront property they had purchased for that purpose.
July 19, 2014 |
In his sixth - or perhaps seventh - pair of running shoes this year, David Wilcox, 15, ran from the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia to downtown Collingswood. His father, Brett, his aunt, Julie Stuehser, and the family dog, Jenna, ran along with him. Since January, David and Brett Wilcox have been running across the country, 20 miles a day, to promote awareness of genetically modified organisms and mandatory GMO labeling on products. The journey started in a Los Angeles suburb; the goal is to reach Ocean City, N.J., which could be accomplished in days.
July 9, 2014 |
OCEAN CITY, N.J. - The first 911 caller about swimmers screaming for help described his location as "the shore . . . out here by the boardwalk. " Another narrowed it down to "at the Ocean City New Jersey Shore, and there are people drowning. " The location of the after-hours swimmers on Sunday evening, June 29 - including 14-year-old Corinthian Hammond of Philadelphia, who drowned, while 14 others were eventually rescued - was clear to anyone familiar with Ocean City: the busy Ninth Street beach just below the Music Pier.