February 26, 2014 |
The three young Camden County police officers grow wide-eyed as a woman explains why her boyfriend is clutching his elbow, wincing between cigarette puffs. "He can move his fingers, but his bone is sticking out," she says. The injury, apparently from slipping on ice, is hidden beneath his puffy black coat. The officers radio for an ambulance. "How many days ago this happen?" Officer Christian Jeffries asks. "Two days," the woman responds. "He don't like hospitals. " "I don't either," Jeffries quips.
November 11, 2013 |
Arthur R. Maugeri, 91, of Burlington City, who retired in 1984 as superintendent of the Burlington City Public Works Department, died Sunday, Nov. 3, at the Marcella Center of the Genesis Healthcare network in Burlington Township. "He only went up to the eighth grade," son Arthur J. said. In the worst of the Depression, in the early 1930s, "he left school to support the family. " Mr. Maugeri was one of the eldest of 11 children, his son said, and among other jobs, he worked at a shoe factory in town, making less than a dollar an hour.
February 25, 2013
Suspect named in Vegas deaths LAS VEGAS - A man was being sought Sunday as the prime suspect in a shooting on the Las Vegas Strip last week which led to a fiery crash that left three people dead and several others injured. Las Vegas Police Capt. Chris Jones said Sunday that investigators are sorting through evidence to find Ammar Harris, 26, after the discovery Saturday of a black SUV used as a getaway car in the shooting and six-vehicle chain-reaction carnage. Jones cited "lots of information coming at us all at once, especially on the Range Rover" that was seen speeding away from the scene Thursday.
December 6, 2012
By Chad Goerner An Inquirer poll this fall showed that New Jersey residents are increasingly in favor of municipal consolidation and shared services. It may not be clear to elected officials attached to "home rule" in a state with 566 municipalities (soon to be 565), but the residents are right. A year ago, the residents of Princeton Borough and Princeton Township, where I'm the mayor, approved the state's first large municipal consolidation in more than a century - a move expected to save millions and improve services.
October 30, 2012 |
Somewhat to their surprise and much to their relief, South Jersey communities inland awoke Tuesday to find they were relatively unscathed from Sandy. There were downed trees and power outages all over, but early assessments found nothing much worse, though the lingering loss of power was beginning to try some residents' patience by Tuesday afternoon. Burlington County is dispatching crews and emergency equipment to neighboring Ocean and Atlantic Counties, which were hit a lot harder, Ralph Shrom, the county spokesman, said Tuesday.
October 30, 2012 |
NORTH BERGEN, N.J. - Not only is Nicholas Sacco the mayor of this township on the Hudson River, he's also its state senator and assistant superintendent of schools. "Where does he find the time?" Gov. Christie asked about Sacco at a town hall meeting last month. Christie has been flaunting Sacco's resume and paychecks - he makes nearly $300,000 a year - as an example of why New Jersey needs to pass an ethics reform bill that would ban residents from holding multiple public jobs, a longstanding New Jersey tradition.
October 15, 2012
By Reese Palley Philadelphia officials should consider emulating a Chicago program that is using private-sector financing to improve infrastructure, create thousands of jobs, and save millions of dollars - all without raising taxes or issuing bonds. This is different from selling or leasing existing infrastructure to private firms to generate income, which Chicago and other cities have done. Such privatization of parking garages, bridges, toll roads, and other facilities can bring city governments cash, but that's all. It doesn't tend to generate jobs or improve infrastructure.
September 7, 2012 |
After the demolition of a garage, Bill Nickens can better envision what he hopes to do with the vacant land behind the United Neighbors of Whitman Park Community Center: Build a track for remote-controlled toy cars. "I'm going to call it 'the Jump-Off,' " Nickens, 48, said. "The moms and pops will be here, too. " The track would be a way to draw in families. What he and his community center partners want is to redirect the crime-ridden and impoverished neighborhood and turn the tide on the deadly violence sweeping the city.
August 15, 2012 |
BEFORE WE get started, let's get one thing straight: Philadelphia is full of beautiful pieces of public art - art that makes our jaws drop when we see them, pieces that we can barely describe without losing our breath from excitement, things we force our visiting friends to see. We also love that Philly was the first city to implement the "One Percent for Fine Arts" rule. Every developer who gets approved to do work on Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority property must budget at least 1 percent of the building's construction cost to commissioning site-specific public art. And if you haven't done the Association for Public Art's Museum Without Walls audio tour of public works along the Ben Franklin Parkway, you are seriously missing out. OK, now that that's out of the way, we feel it necessary to point out that there are also some really god-awful examples of public art in this city: Pieces we're embarrassed about; pieces that make us laugh with one simple mention; pieces we try to steer visitors away from.
March 1, 2012 |
For John Davis, it was a dream winter - over by Halloween. That would have been just after a freak Oct. 29 storm of heavy, wet snow collapsed tree limbs, ripped down power lines, and set Davis and his public-works colleagues throughout the region to worrying: Here we go again. But after back-to-back brutal winters, neither Davis nor his peers or the best minds of meteorology imagined that that storm would be the worst of the "winter" of 2011-12. "Ordinarily you spend the winter plowing or getting ready for plowing," said Davis, borough manager in Doylestown, where tight streets and well-used sidewalks make snow removal an adventure.