June 20, 2016 |
Summertime. A lake, quiet woodlands, mini-golf. Ah, sleepaway camp in the Poconos. Philadelphia natives Joanne Thomas, 65; her twin sister, Diane Colf; and their mother, Anne Thomas, 91, had long wanted to travel together. When Colf retired from her corrections job, they chose Camp Ladore in Waymart, Pa., operated by the Salvation Army. "And there's no sleeping in tents," Joanne Thomas said with a laugh. The senior- friendly summer camp has comfortable quarters, and a swimming pool.
June 15, 2016 |
Pennsylvania's Supreme Court has refused to block a judge's order requiring the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office to surrender three cellphones for examination by lawyers in litigation from the deadly 2013 Salvation Army collapse. In a one-sentence ruling Friday, the high court unanimously rejected the district attorney's request to stay a May 23 order by Common Pleas Court Judge Mark I. Bernstein punishing prosecutors for not turning over the cellphones. The ruling is final, and the District Attorney's Office on Monday released a statement saying it would comply with Bernstein's order.
April 3, 2016 |
A Philadelphia judge on Friday ordered the District Attorney's Office to let lawyers for the owner of the Center City building in the deadly 2013 collapse examine the cellphone and camera of a city building inspector who killed himself days after the tragedy. Common Pleas Court Judge Mark I. Bernstein gave the prosecutor's office 15 days to deliver the cellphone and a camera that belonged to Ronald Wagenhoffer, the Department of Licenses and Inspections inspector assigned to monitor demolition of several buildings in the 2100 block of Market Street.
February 3, 2016 |
SALVATION ARMY officials can be asked in a deposition about the agency's net worth as well as the profitability of the thrift store at 22nd and Market Streets that collapsed in June 2013, Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Mark Bernstein ruled during a hearing Monday. Sept. 6 is scheduled as the start date for a civil trial that consolidates 20 lawsuits stemming from the collapse. Six people were killed and 13 injured when the unsupported masonry wall of a four-story building that was being demolished toppled and flattened the adjoining store.
January 18, 2016 |
What may be a sleepy day off for some will galvanize what organizers expect to be more than 140,000 others into helping people in need Monday when the 21st annual Martin Luther King Day of Service draws volunteers from across the region. In Chester, where the civil rights leader spent three years as a young theologian, a tribute to King and a wreath-laying ceremony will highlight a day of volunteerism at the Salvation Army's Corps Community Center on West 15th Street. At Philadelphia's Girard College, where King participated in a desegregation protest just months after being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1965, 5,000 volunteers, including Gov. Wolf, Mayor Kenney, and other dignitaries, will take part in 150 service projects.
November 25, 2015 |
For three days running this week, about a dozen students and volunteers will cram into the Salvation Army's small industrial kitchen in West Philadelphia to handle 2,653 pounds of precooked turkey, 1,855 pounds of instant mashed potatoes, 1,825 pounds of stuffing mix, 1,755 pounds of green beans, 1,200 cans of gravy, 1,200 cans of cranberry sauce, and 1,200 packages of rolls. When they're done, they will have prepared nearly 4,000 Thanksgiving meals for 900 area families that otherwise would have to do without.
October 7, 2015 |
Three months behind on his contract to demolish a four-story Center City building and frustrated by the Salvation Army's refusal to let his workers on the adjacent roof of its thrift store, contractor Griffin Campbell came up with another plan. For three nights before the deadly June 5, 2013 collapse that killed six people, Campbell had two workers take a ladder, climb atop the Salvation Army's roof, and try to reduce an unsupported three-story brick wall under cover of darkness.
October 1, 2015 |
Opening statements are set for Wednesday afternoon in the Philadelphia murder trial of a demolition contractor accused of causing the deadly 2013 Center City building collapse that killed six people and injured 13. A 12-member Common Pleas Court jury and three alternates were selected Tuesday, and Judge Glenn B. Bronson and prosecution and defense lawyers will spend Wednesday morning picking two more alternate jurors for the estimated four-week-long trial....
September 30, 2015 |
It towered over its neighbors, but in 123 years, nothing so distinguished the four-story brick building at 2136-38 Market St. as the way it came down. It is 10:41 a.m. on June 5, 2013, and the sunny, late-spring morning is ruptured by the roar of falling masonry and an enveloping cloud of dust. The adjacent single-story Salvation Army thrift store, which has anchored the corner at 22d Street since 1948, disappears under debris, killing six people and seriously injuring 13. The collapse was one of the most significant events in the city's modern history, and on Tuesday, a judge and lawyers will begin selecting 12 Philadelphians who will decide whether Griffin Campbell, a 51-year-old Hunting Park demolition contractor, should be held criminally liable for what happened.