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August 7, 2014 | By Tom Avril, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
July 20, 2014 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
July 19, 2014 | By Clark Mindock, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
July 9, 2014 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
July 5, 2014 | By Clark Mindock, Inquirer Staff Writer
Marvin Weiss, 85, of Marlton, the founder of Viking Casual Furniture in Cherry Hill, died in Virtua Hospital-Marlton of a heart attack on Monday, June 30. Mr. Weiss was a dedicated father who would take his family to Ocean City, N.J., every Sunday in the summer - the one day he had off from the furniture store. As a young man, his family said, Mr. Weiss owned a sailboat that he loved to sail. He was a businessman who rose from his boyhood job as a paperboy selling the Camden Courier-Post for two cents each and making a one-cent profit, to being the owner of a well-known furniture store that his son now runs.
NEWS
July 3, 2014 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
OCEAN CITY, N.J. - It was a terribly sad gathering under a beating hot sun out by the Ninth Street jetty Tuesday afternoon, even as beachgoers sat under umbrellas not far away. Surrounded by relatives, Tasha Hammond of the Hunting Park section of Philadelphia, dressed in black jeans, sat directly on the sand and said she would stay for days more if necessary, standing watch for her son, Corinthian, 14, lost Sunday night in the surf in a rip current. The Coast Guard had searched for two days, then called off its efforts without finding the boy. Hammond said she would continue her vigil for her son, but she no longer held out hope of his being rescued.
NEWS
July 2, 2014 | By Clark Mindock, Inquirer Staff Writer
Rescuers have called off their search for a 14-year-old Philadelphia boy who was swept away in a riptide Sunday evening in Ocean City, N.J. The search by the Coast Guard and the Ocean City Police Department ended just before 4 p.m. Monday. Cindy Oldham, a spokeswoman for the Coast Guard, said, "It's beyond the amount of time [the Coast Guard believes] he would be able to survive. " Oldham said rescue crews took into consideration the boy's age, his swimming ability, and the water temperature before deciding to discontinue the active search.
NEWS
July 2, 2014 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
THAT SUNDAY night, Highway Patrol Officer John Nolen and his partner, Tom Gibbons, were riding down Roosevelt Boulevard on their way to West Philadelphia when John turned to Tom and said: "I've got good news for you. We only have to work to 10 o'clock. " "How come?" John explained that because he had a rare blood type, whenever he was called on to give blood, he got half a night off. He was to give blood for a supervisor's wife who had just given birth, and John and his partner would enjoy getting a break.
NEWS
June 15, 2014 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
Question: So where does the Chuck Gowdy-Ashton Funk team rate in the all-time doubles row? Gowdy: I feel like we're on our way to being one of the best out there. Ash and I are on top of our game. It's hard to put yourself out there because we've only gotten to race against certain generations. It'd be interesting to go back in time and race some of these guys. Q: Has the technique evolved? Gowdy: Oh, yeah. That was when men were men! Heavier boats. We've kind of got lighter equipment.
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