June 28, 1987 |
The Democratic State Committee yesterday approved the censure of Sen. M. Joseph Rocks for supporting Republican Frank L. Rizzo in the race for mayor of Philadelphia. The unanimous vote was the first step toward removing Rocks from the committee, said state party Chairman Lawrence J. Yatch. The censure would take effect upon Yatch's determination that Rocks is publicly and openly supporting the Republican candidate. Once that determination is made, Yatch said, he is required to write a letter to Rocks asking him to cease his support of Rizzo, the former Democrat who is running against Mayor Goode, the Democratic incumbent.
January 29, 1990 |
Can Democrats overcome their penchant for self-destruction and unite to bury Republican state Sen. Joe Rocks once and for all? Call that the $15,000 question in the 4th Senatorial District. In a race already attracting statewide interest because of the abortion issue and because control of the Senate could be in the balance, Democrats smell blood for several reasons: Party registration. Rocks, twice elected as a Democrat, has never run as a Republican in the heavily Democratic district.
August 3, 1990 |
Republican state Sen. Joseph Rocks stood in front of a closed trash-burning plant in Roxborough Wednesday and painted himself as the environmentalist senator whose crusade led to the plant's shutdown in 1988. Yesterday, two non-partisan lawyers who worked on the plant's shutdown said Rocks played no role in the legal fight that actually closed the facility. The lawyers said, in effect, that Rocks was spreading political smog. "It was the community groups and PILCOP who did it," said Jerome Balter, a lawyer with the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia (PILCOP)
April 18, 1990 |
The Summerdale Civic Association took time out this week from its battles over auto thefts, zoning, vandalism and vacant houses to honor two benefactors: City Councilman Jack Kelly and state Sen. M. Joseph Rocks. The two Republicans were honored by more than 90 members of the organization at a standing-room-only meeting Monday night at the Houseman Playground, Summerdale and Godfrey Avenues. Kelly was saluted for his work in helping the 18-month-old group organize and for providing staff assistance until the association could stand on its own and tackle neighborhood problems.
November 10, 1996 |
Bob Ucciferri, proprietor of Cherry Hill Stone, wants to capitalize on the "keep up with the Joneses" attitude among homeowners. Ucciferri sells rocks, mostly, to round out the gardens his customers are building to decorate their yards and, perhaps, to get one up on their neighbors. "This is a real trendy area," he said. "There are a load of landscapers here, and they are all busy. . . . "People have the attitude, 'If the Joneses over here get landscapers to cut their grass, well then, I better not be seen out there pushing a mower.
November 23, 2007
YOU WANT PRETTY? Watch Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins go deep in the hole, snag the ball, pivot, and fire a perfect throw to Ryan Howard at first. So smooth, so effortless. You want sweet? Watch Rollins round the bases, a blur of speed and agility. You want excitement? You've got J-Roll. Jimmy Rollins this week was voted the National League's Most Valuable Player. It is a well-deserved honor, if we do say so ourselves. The little shortstop with the surprising home- run power was one of the players who made last season's team fun to root for. J-Roll is a throwback.
April 4, 1994 |
Pavement's "Cut Your Hair," a scalding commentary on fledgling rock bands from the current Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain, contains one verse that sounds like a classified ad: "No big hair/Chops a must/Songs mean a lot. " It's a bit of mockery, but Saturday at the sold-out Trocadero, the rising stars of independent-label rock made at least part of it ring true: The songs did mean a lot. There were few guitar solos, and fewer moments of musical...
April 13, 1991 |
The a cappella group Sweet Honey in the Rock filled the Academy of Music last night with the sounds of struggle, endurance and hope straight from the womb of history. For 2 1/2 hours, five voices - a sixth member of the all-woman group is a signer for the deaf - ebbed and flowed from the ancient, beckoning African rhythms to the new-age melange of gospel, folk, blues, jazz, rap and reggae they are known for. Wrapped in flowing swaths of brilliant hues, Sweet Honey often surpassed its musical impact with its visual presence by echoing melodies with graceful hand gestures and dancing.
July 11, 1997 |
John Bush, who won $1,000 in the Daily New Home Run Payoff contest, is a rocker in more ways than one. The 25-year-old Phoenixville man is a geologist who likes - what else? - rock music. He wasn't listening to the radio when Gregg Jefferies smacked the contest-winning homer that put the Phillies ahead, 5-2, in the sixth inning of last night's loss to the Florida Marlins. Instead, he was listening to the Foo Fighters at the Electric Factory. When he returned home and learned of his good fortune, Bush was truly stunned.
January 11, 1988 |
A tremendous explosion, felt and heard as far away as South Jersey, ignited a five-alarm fire this morning at the Atlantic Oil refinery at Passyunk and Schuylkill avenues in South Philadelphia. One employee, Pete Sanduski, suffered facial cuts when he was struck by flying glass. Fire officials said the blast, which broke windows and rocked homes in several South Philadelphia neighborhoods, occurred at 9:21 a.m., blowing the top off a tank containing what a refinery spokesman described as "sour water" - various waste by-products used in the refining process.