August 16, 2016 |
A controversial and much-litigated natural gas pipeline project will likely face new challenges next week when the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection hosts the first of two wetlands hearings related to the proposed "Southern Reliability Link" route. New Jersey Natural Gas (NJNG) is seeking to build a 30-mile, 30-inch pipeline that would start in Chesterfield Township in Burlington County, pass through protected Pinelands on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, and terminate in Manchester Township in Ocean County.
August 15, 2016 |
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities. You get a lot of house for the money here. Real estate agents will say that about any number of places. But it's definitely true when you're talking about West Norriton. Seventy-five of the 100 houses that sold in this Montgomery County township between April and June were priced under $200,000, and "the older singles are four bedrooms and 21/2 baths," says veteran Realtor Gary Segal, of Keller Williams Real Estate in Blue Bell.
August 14, 2016 |
A Burlington County woman and her son, killed by her husband in a murder-suicide this week, will be remembered at a memorial service Sunday. MaShanda Johnson, 48, of Burlington Township, and Ruben "Tré" Johnson III, 10, were shot by her husband, Ruben Johnson Jr., Monday night before he turned the gun on himself, authorities said. Authorities have not disclosed a possible motive for the killings, which stunned neighbors and friends. The couple had financial problems and a troubled marriage, friends say. Their $500,000 home on Sunflower Circle, purchased in 2005, was up for sheriff's sale in October, records say. Neighbors recalled MaShanda Johnson as a doting mother of two. A daughter, LoraVon, 23, lives in Florida.
August 12, 2016 |
Darrell Hill's path to the Rio Olympics started because Penn Wood High School needed a shot putter. Coach Lenny Jordan's pitch to Hill was that he could come to the meets, throw a ball and hang out the rest of the day. Hill's friends were on the team, so it sounded like fun. "I had no clue at all" what to do, Hill said. "This was something I literally just did because my friends were at the meet. " Next Thursday, Hill's winding path will place him in the Olympic shot put competition as he represents the United States in Rio de Janeiro.
August 12, 2016 |
'We're taking down the swing set. " Amy said it so quickly it was almost lost in the rush of conversation. I know this pronouncement by my daughter is hardly the stuff of high drama. But in an instant, a thousand images flashed - images of Amy herself on a swing, sailing skyward and begging me to push her "higher than the clouds. " The middle sister of three, Amy was the family daredevil, the one who made me want to hide my eyes every time she got on a swing. But I never did because I was the swing warden.
August 8, 2016
ISSUE | MEDIA John E. McMullan set the Inquirer's course John E. McMullan, who died Monday in Cutler Bay, Fla., at age 95, was a key figure in the transition of the Philadelphia Inquirer from the Walter Annenberg days to today. He took over the scandal-plagued Inquirer on Jan. 1, 1970, at age 48 for Knight Newspapers and immediately improved it. Annenberg's Inquirer had a history of feuding with prominent figures he disliked, including gubernatorial candidate Milton J. Shapp.
August 6, 2016 |
A Philadelphia judge has set May 1 for the retrial of Msgr. William J. Lynn, the first Catholic Church official in the nation to be convicted over his supervision of priests accused of sexually abusing children. Lynn, 65, who was released from state prison Tuesday on $250,000 bail, said nothing during the brief hearing Thursday before Common Pleas Court Judge Gwendolyn N. Bright. Unlike previous court appearances, in which he dressed in the black suit and Roman collar of a Catholic priest, Lynn entered court in dark slacks and a light blue polo shirt, looking thinner than at his first trial in 2012.
August 3, 2016 |
Ask Polly Edelstein, artistic director of the Philadelphia Women's Theatre Festival, why female voices are important in the performing arts, and you'll get a sigh. "Oh, gosh, how long do you have?" Edelstein's festival was "born over drinks" in 2014, when she and friend Christine Petrini brainstormed about how best to help Philadelphia's talented female directors and playwrights. They lamented the gross disproportion of male to female leaders in theater, and they decided that, instead of opening their own company, they would throw a yearly event that highlighted women in the community.
August 2, 2016 |
A celebration of life will be held Wednesday, Aug. 3, for Russell E. Miller 3d, 90, formerly of Clifton Heights, a Realtor, radio show host, and writer, who died July 13 of a heart ailment in a hospice in Fort Myers, Fla. He had moved to Fort Myers 12 years ago. Born to Florence and Russell Miller Jr. in Philadelphia, Mr. Miller grew up on a farm in Ambler. He was self-educated, and, as a result, he became something of a Renaissance man, his family said. He served in the Coast Guard during World War II. Afterward, he built a career as a Realtor, and with his wife, Winifred V. Miller, he taught lawyers about real estate and estate planning.
August 2, 2016 |
Kelly Whaley liked playing golf when she was a child but didn't always listen to everything her parents told her about the game, even if her mother, a former LPGA tour player who made history by competing in a PGA Tour event, was one of the top teaching pros in the country. "We did butt heads a lot," she said. But Whaley, 19, the daughter of Suzy Whaley, a former West Chester resident who is secretary of the PGA of America, accepted the advice and has developed into a fine college player.