March 10, 2014 |
John L. Reader Jr., 82, who retired as police chief in Brooklawn in 1991, died of a blood infection on Thursday, March 6, at Cooper University Medical Center in Camden. Born in Brooklawn, Mr. Reader graduated from Gloucester City High School in 1950 and was a Marine Corps airplane mechanic in Korea for a time during his 1952-1955 active duty. Mr. Reader had inherited his mechanic's skills. "My grandparents owned an automobile garage in Brooklawn," son John L. III said in a phone interview.
February 13, 2014
RE: CHRISTINE Flowers' column on Philip Seymour Hoffman's death: I agree completely. As a therapist, I see many who don't have the courage to face themselves, and use the excuse of disease. It's our fundamental nature to be selfish, that's why we need greater purpose to guide our lives. To live knowing we are called to suffer and sacrifice for the good of others is what helps us keep at bay our self-centered nature. Dale M. Hayden Wexford, Pa. Christine: I find myself in the unusual position of agreeing with everything you expressed.
February 1, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA The show will go on. The same day an Inquirer story detailed the city's premier arts high school's bind - unable to put on its showpiece performance unless it received about $6,000 to cover costs - readers stepped in. People promptly contributed more than $10,000 to ensure that the High School for Creative and Performing Arts will put on its spring musical, the centerpiece performance of the acclaimed school's year. Until the cash infusion, CAPA was in a tough spot.
January 23, 2014
LAST week's column, "Until women can match men's prowess they should not be Marines," provoked some finger-wagging outrage at the gym, but the readers who wrote in mostly agreed with my sentiments. It's OK! Although equal, men and women are different. Honestly, can we at least get a consensus on that? In hopes of continuing the conversation, here's what some readers had to say: I take great issue with your subheadline - "Until women can match men's prowess they should not be Marines.
January 2, 2014 |
As 2013 wound down, so too did our annual rite of list-making - and we're not talking about the Santa kind. Along with lists of the top 10 pop songs and 12 most newsworthy moments of the last year, you've probably seen some quirkier lists popping up on your Facebook feeds and online news sites. Whether it's the "13 Creepiest Things a Child Has Said to a Parent" or "The 25 Funniest Autocorrects of 2012," lists are so popular they've even gotten their own buzzword. Here, the Top 10 Things You Need to Know About "Listicles" - the why, the wow, and the weary.
November 11, 2013 |
This problem requires the assistance of the "Your Place" community. Please send in your ideas. Question: For at least eight months, there has been a subtle, rhythmic hum that is constantly audible throughout my house that everyone hears. The noise is always the same, with no change in the pitch or pattern. We turned off the main breaker to the house to determine if it might be coming from one of our home systems, and it was still audible. We can also hear it when standing outside of my house.
October 7, 2013 |
Serena Franks' bag was brimming with books, but her children clamored for more. "Mommy's book bag is full, so no more shopping," Franks, 37, said Saturday at the Collingswood Book Festival, keeping an eye on twin daughters Nyla and Analia, 7, and son Elijah, 6. "They love to read. " And even loaded down with purchases, Analia fretted: "I really wish I got that Dork Diary book!" The Franks children are pros at this point - Saturday was their fourth time at the festival, now in its 11th year.
September 13, 2013 |
OAKLAND, Calif. - It all started in 2005, with crawfish. Illinois-born Sheree Williams, who had come to Oakland, Calif., in 1998 with her Dodge Shadow on the trailer pulled behind her, met Richard Pannell at the old Crawfish Festival, in the Delta town of Isleton. A few years later, Pannell, an African-American chef from Los Angeles and a budding culinary celebrity, asked Williams to help him restart a magazine devoted to black chefs that he'd published a few years earlier in Watts.
August 24, 2013 |
At long last, there is an answer to why a reader's newly installed "smart meter" reported normal usage for one or two days, then surged for the next day or two - following no particular pattern. Oddly enough, the answer came to me the week after I first published the reader's inquiry, but until the investigation was completed, I didn't know that it was correct. "We have since found out that we had a leak in our well," the reader writes. "Who would have thought that the well pump running 24 hours a day could almost double our electric usage?"
August 22, 2013
CHRISTINE Flowers' Friday column about the stop-and-frisk ruling is misleading and ill serves your readers. Flowers suggests that the federal judge's ruling was based merely on an examination of 19 stop-and-frisk encounters over a decade, about half of which were eventually deemed illegal. "The policy was only proven to have violated someone's constitutional rights in about .01 zillionth of an instance," she writes. Flowers fails to mention that the judge also relied on a statistical analysis of the 4.4 million stop-and-frisk encounters that occurred in New York during the decade.