May 16, 2016
Male charged with throwing spikes, rocks Police identified Blake Bowers, 18, of North Philadelphia, as the man who threw 8-inch railroad spikes from an overpass in University City that struck three vehicles Friday night. Bowers, of the 1100 block of West Montgomery Avenue, was charged with aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, and related charges. He is accused of throwing the spikes off an overpass about 40 feet above the 600 block of University Avenue in University City shortly before 8:30 p.m. One spike smashed through the windshield of a Dodge Charger and lodged in the dashboard; the driver was treated for broken glass in his eyes.
May 13, 2016 |
ON WEDNESDAY night, Nicole Reid and Siaoni Jackson, both 20, experienced a rite of passage they thought they'd given up when they dropped out of high school. Earlier in the day, they got their hair done, their makeup just right, and then slipped into striking, matching champagne-colored dresses they had fretted over for weeks before ... the Big Night. Prom night. So what if they weren't graduating from the high school they once attended. So what if they had a lot more on their plates as single mothers than typical high school graduates.
May 5, 2016 |
On a recent Thursday afternoon, Philadelphia dressmaker Michael Thomas was pinning navy rosettes on a midnight silk-and-tulle prom gown for Baldwin School senior Alex Brittingham. Thomas had been working on Brittingham's dress for a few months, yet the silhouette - with its fitted lace bodice that flares into a full, princess skirt - mirrors the silver Marchesa gown that model Karolina Kurkova wore to the Met Gala on Monday night. "That gown was amazing," Thomas said. In keeping with the gala's theme, Manus x Machina: Fashion in the Age of Technology, Kurkova's rosettes were studded with twinkling LED lights.
April 8, 2016 |
Donna Drummonds has spent each spring since 2009 shuttling Camden high school students to a prom dress giveaway held in central Jersey, to help them get outfits for the big dance. It's a 90-minute drive and a big time commitment, and this year she wasn't sure she was up to it. "Then one girl came to me and asked: 'Mrs. Drummonds, are you doing the dresses again this year? Because if you don't, I won't be able to go,' " Drummonds said. "It just melted my heart. And I said, yes, of course.
January 4, 2016
Long before prom queens became a focus of reality TV, South Philadelphia's Zinni family was outfitting young women for the big dance. What Jennie and Louis Zinni did not have to contend with when they opened for business on South 12th Street in 1946 was social media. In the retail business, it can be both a blessing and a curse, said Carolyn Zinni, the daughter who carries on Zinni's of Philadelphia, albeit in Springfield, Delaware County. Lousy reviews on Yelp or snarky remarks on Twitter can reach thousands in no time and ruin a business.
December 28, 2015 |
'If we had met in high school," Jim Cole was saying a few days after he and his wife, Ellen, celebrated their 36th wedding anniversary on Dec. 15, "she wouldn't have given me a second look. " "I wouldn't have," Ellen confirmed matter-of-factly. In the social caste system comfortably in place at Northeast Philadelphia High School in the mid-1960s, a drop-dead gorgeous Jewish American in-crowd goddess like the former Ellen Blum would have been as approachable to a fast-talking Irish Catholic disciplinary transfer student from Father Judge High School like Jim Cole as Princess Leia would have been to a Wookiee.
October 12, 2015 |
Clients of the Youth Consultation Service live with foster families or in group homes. They attend alternative schools. And like their mainstream peers, they love to get their groove on. "The kids just want to dance," YCS southern regional vice president Michael Preston said, or rather, shouted, above the boom-bastic digital din of the "Cha Cha Slide. " "We decided to give them what they asked for. " The result was "A Night in Paris," the first-ever formal dinner-dance for juveniles and young adults under YCS care in South Jersey.
June 19, 2015 |
LIZ LOPEZ went to her prom last month. She wore a dress. She brought a date, a guy. And then she mostly stood around. She didn't feel totally comfortable, the 17-year-old told me. Not at the prom. Not in the dress. Tonight, Lopez, who is bisexual, is headed to the alternative prom for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender teens hosted by GALAEI, a queer Latino social-justice organization in Norris Square. When we talked Wednesday, Lopez still wasn't sure what she'd wear; maybe a dress, she said.
June 18, 2015 |
If you're under the impression that only Kim Kardashian's backside can break the Internet, clearly you're not in the know about online happenings. The fashion world's latest cyber-slayer is 18-year-old Kyemah McEntyre of East Orange, N.J., who is dazzling social media Solange Knowles-style in a brilliant red and stained-glass print prom dress made of kente cloth. The series of photos McEntyre posted of her June 4 senior prom at the Cicely L. Tyson Community School of Performing and Fine Arts has since been retweeted more than 5,000 times - complete with flaming emojis that represent fiyah (or fire)
June 7, 2015 |
This will be a weekend that senior Ryan Shinn and his Northern Burlington County baseball teammates will never forget. It's also one that requires discipline, along with the type of clutch play that has characterized the Greyhounds' 27-4 season. Northern Burlington will face South Plainfield (23-8) on Saturday in the state Group 3 championship at Toms River North. The Greyhounds will compete in its first state baseball championship in school history. The NJSIAA has been conducting a state baseball tournament since 1971, so it's been a long time.