February 28, 2016 |
Tyler Baer knows there wasn't a grumpy group of old men in a cigar smoke-filled room turning thumbs down on his claim as one of South Jersey's top wrestlers. But sometimes it feels like that. And any extra motivation is welcome by wrestlers at this stage of the season. "Definitely a motivator," Baer, a senior at Pitman High School, said of his odd status as the lowest-seeded wrestler at 145 pounds in the Region 8 tournament. On Friday night at Egg Harbor Township, Baer continued his one-man drive to "prove the system wrong," according to Pitman coach David Smith.
March 26, 2015 |
For almost six years, Katelyn Darrow has devoted herself to Angels of God Clothing Closet, the nonprofit she founded that provides clothing, toiletries, and baby supplies to those in need. She started Angels of God when she was 12, she explains, "because I wanted to pay it forward. " This year, the Pitman resident has another ambitious charitable goal: to assemble at least 500 Easter baskets for children and teenagers in need. Darrow, an 18-year-old senior at Pitman High School, splits her time between school and her nonprofit through her high school's work-study program.
September 11, 2014 |
Joe Crispin wanted to start his coaching career. He figured two jobs would be better than one. Crispin, the former Pitman High School and Penn State star, was hired by Rowan University as an assistant coach for both the men's and women's basketball teams, the school announced Tuesday. "I'm going to be busy," Crispin said. "But I'm not afraid of that. " Crispin was one of the best guards in South Jersey basketball history, scoring more than 2,651 career points and leading Pitman to the Group 1 state title as a senior in 1997.
June 4, 2014 |
Villanova University basketball recruit Tim Delaney will leave Pitman High School and spend his senior year at Blair Academy, a prep school in Warren County. The 6-foot-9 Delaney averaged 15 points and 10 rebounds last season as a junior, helping Pitman to the Group 1 state title. Delaney's mother, Jeanine, confirmed Monday that her son would enroll at Blair Academy but declined further comment. Delaney returned early Monday morning from Colorado Springs, Colo., where he played on the winning team in the USA Basketball three-on-three national tournament.
May 29, 2014 |
Martin A. Yaffe, 87, of Mount Laurel, a history teacher at Pitman High School from 1955 to 1988, died Sunday, May 25, at home of non-Hodgkins' lymphoma. Mr. Yaffe grew up in the Feltonville neighborhood of Philadelphia and dropped out of Olney High School to enlist in the Navy during World War II. He worked as an electrician on the USS Zaniah, whose crews helped repair ships damaged in combat off the Philippines and Okinawa, surviving more than 100 attacks by kamikaze aircraft, his daughter Beth Glenn said in a phone interview.
May 8, 2014 |
In the 1950s, after he had joined his father's dental practice in Pitman, Edward D. Blackman Jr. decided to do what had not been done there before. "One day a week, every Wednesday of the school year, he ran a dental clinic in the Pitman school system," son Douglas said. The free care extended into the 1970s. On Friday, May 2, Dr. Blackman, 92, who practiced in Pitman from 1946 to 1988, died at Pitman Manor, a senior-care community. The Rev. Larry Potts, senior pastor at the Pitman United Methodist Church, called Dr. Blackman "an amazing part of this community.
November 21, 2013 |
PITMAN A proposed $1.6 billion South Jersey light-rail line drew scores of area residents to Pitman on Tuesday evening to review the plans for possible operation by 2019. Another similar "open house" meeting is scheduled for Camden on Thursday as planners explain where the 18-mile route would go and what information they are gathering for their environmental-impact statement. The long-discussed rail line would restore passenger service to a corridor now used only for freight trains and run between Glassboro and Camden, with 14 stops.
August 23, 2013 |
When Anthony J. Gresko was a child in Lyndhurst, N.J., he and his best friend would ride their bicycles to local fires. "He had a little hose on the back of the bike," as if it were a miniature fire truck, his wife, Esther, said. Mr. Gresko's interest in firefighting, she said, was "a boyhood thing, and he carried it right through to the end. " On Sunday, Aug. 18, Mr. Gresko, 52, of Pitman, a prominent firefighter, died of kidney cancer at his home. Mr. Gresko was chief of Pitman Fire Company No. 1 from 1989 to 1998, his wife said.
July 12, 2013 |
JAY WRIGHT has a knack for recruiting. He seems to have a formula for convincing the best players in the area to play for Villanova. Wright struck again in June when he got a verbal commitment from Pitman (N.J.) High School junior forward Tim Delaney. "When I went up there, I just felt like I really connected with the coaching staff and the players," Delaney said. "They are all great guys. I just felt really at home" The Villanova coaching staff has won over high-level area prospects such as Darryl Reynolds of Lower Merion and Mikal Bridges of Great Valley in the past few months, boosting its program in the process.
August 16, 2011
Services have been set for Army Ranger Sgt. Alessandro L. Plutino, who was killed in action in Afghanistan on Monday, Aug. 8. The Pitman resident would have turned 29 next week. A visitation is to take place from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18, in the auditorium of Pitman High School, Waverly Avenue near Linden Avenue, and from 8:30 to 11:15 a.m. Friday, Aug. 19, before an 11:30 a.m. funeral service there, with burial in Pitman's Hillcrest Memorial Park. Sgt. Plutino was a 2001 graduate of Pitman High, where he played on the football and wrestling teams.