May 31, 1990 |
Sal Starace had no idea he was on the cutting edge of formal fashion. He just liked The Look. You know, The Look for this year's high school proms. Short jacket, pegged pants, padded shoulders, all in lustrous black with a splash of color for the tie and cummerbund. "The Arsenio Hall stuff. That's what they're into," said George Levine, assistant manager of Smalls Formal Wear in the Oxford Valley Mall, as he measured the short, muscular Starace for his stylish "Black Paris" tuxedo by Pierre Cardin.
May 9, 1997 |
Camden High School's senior class trip to Orlando, Fla., was supposed to be a "rewarding experience. " Their principal believed the students deserved the trip because they had been "such a good class. " But when the 81 seniors returned home from the eight-day trip, half of them faced disciplinary measures for behavior problems. And their senior prom was canceled, in a highly unusual move by school officials. "The reputation of Camden High School has been tarnished in Fayetteville, North Carolina [one of the students' stopovers]
May 25, 2015 |
The long-awaited Winslow Township High School's junior/senior prom was supposed to be a night dreams are made of. For months, a committee of juniors worked long hours to craft a fitting send-off for the seniors, who had looked forward to the gala for four years. The theme was Old Hollywood "Glitz & Glam," and for the close to 400 students who turned out at the Mansion on Main Street in Voorhees, it was an absolute star turn. But just about two hours into the May 15 prom, as the DJ was playing Fetty Wap's "Trap Queen," the power went out. Some thought it was a senior prank.
June 9, 1997 |
The girls in long dresses. The boys in tuxes. It was the evening of a young lifetime. Until splashes of blood on the walls, toilet and tiles of a restroom stall turned the Lacey Township, N.J., high school prom into an ugly memory Friday night. Another young woman had given birth and dumped her newborn, this time in a trash can in the bathroom, authorities said. Then, inconceivably, the 19-year-old senior returned to the ballroom floor and her boyfriend's arms and continued dancing.
April 22, 2013 |
Friday was going to be a big day for the seniors of Penn Wood High School, the day they would get to buy prom tickets. "All of us have been talking about prom since January," Sabreen Abbass, 17, said. "All of us had our passes to come down and buy our prom tickets. We all had our dresses. " Instead, she had a day off she didn't want. She and her friends will get to buy their prom tickets eventually, but they don't know when or where. A blaze early Thursday that officials have declared arson has barred them from their Lansdowne school, its walls charred and windows boarded.
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.
May 23, 1988 |
Really, it had all the ingredients of a perfect prom: a theme ("Blue Hawaii"); a hot band (the Dukes of Destiny), and scores of happy guests decked out in formal wear (sort of). The People's Prom, a benefit for a school and a refugee-aid project held Saturday night in Germantown, attracted hundreds of guests, many of them aging baby boomers who had skipped their own high school and college proms because, as Nancy O'Donnell, a member of the prom committee put it, "going to a prom then was uncool.
June 8, 2005 |
Standing awkwardly, I darted my eyes from the industrial-grade rug to my father's hazel eyes, which I scanned for an answer. While I couldn't discern one, I did see something else in his face, a look of infinite sadness mixed with bravado, that made me turn my own away. I stood there, shifting from one foot to the other while smoothing the front of the pink, dotted swiss prom dress. I preened, pirouetted (badly), and pretended to look at my reflection in the mirror. Secretly, I kept glancing at my dad, who was clearly uncomfortable as the only man shopping in the Fashion Bug in Audubon.
March 29, 1998 |
Stan Maslowski slid from behind the counter and quickly maneuvered through dozens of teens who were busy zipping and tugging, discussing and fussing over dresses - a dreamy pink ball gown, the sexy blue beaded number, a short white satin getup. Sure to keep his head down to avoid eye contact with demanding customers, Stan darted up some stairs leading to a private office, plopped down behind a desk and sighed heavily. A stolen moment is nothing more than a treasured minute for the owner of a dress shop during prom season.