June 9, 1991 |
After an hour above an empty sea, our 14-seater descended over scattered reefs, looped around a smoldering volcano and dropped down on a runway so short that each end overhung the sea. We had arrived on the Banda Islands, still known in many parts of the world as the Spice Islands in what was once called the Dutch East Indies. Separated by hundreds of miles from the main body of Eastern Indonesia's Moluccas, the islands of this group are so small that their size must be grossly exaggerated for them to show up on most maps.
June 13, 2014 |
Score a big hit - and a tip of the yarmulke - for persistent sleuthing to Mary O'Connor Ward-Donegan, 87, of Ridley Park, the youngest sister of Cardinal John J. O'Connor, the dynamic former Catholic archbishop of New York. Ward-Donegan used the family-tree tracing service Ancestry.com - and her own dogged research - to unearth a fact even her now-deceased brother apparently never knew: Their mother was born Jewish. Hebraic law holds that any child born of a Jewish mother is a Jew. That means O'Connor, an influential prelate who for six years led the nation's second-largest archdiocese, could be considered one, too. "I think it might interest some people to look into their own roots.
March 17, 2000 |
Something is on the loose in Bensalem. Three times this week, frightened residents have reported a large cat - either a mountain lion or an ocelot - slinking through back yards near Bensalem High School. Local police are hunting the creature, using digital imaging and the expertise of the Philadelphia Zoo. Yet, police remain unsure of what exactly they're looking for. "No one has been able to give a clear description of it," said Fred Harran, deputy public safety director.
February 18, 1990 |
Laurence H. McCormick had been trying to sell his Grays Lane home in Montgomeryville for three years with no luck. It took a recent idea to subdivide the 2-acre property, at 100 Grays Lane, into three lots to seal a deal with developer William H. Heinrich of Quakertown. "Nobody wants a big lot with a small house anymore," said McCormick, who owned the home for 30 years. "They all want a big house on a small lot. " But for Heinrich to go ahead with the subdivision, he needs two variances from the Montgomery Township Zoning Hearing Board.
September 13, 1989 |
A Burlington Township ham radio operator will reach new highs thanks to a zoning board decision Wednesday night. The board granted David Johnson of Mill Lane approval to install a radio communication tower as tall as 100 feet in his back yard with a 35-foot antenna span at the top. "Amature ham radio is my hobby and I have been involved with the hobby for many years," Johnson said. Johnson told the board that he planned to install multiple antennas on the tower for increased performance.
July 21, 1999 |
It started with a single spark of compassion and unyielding determination. The year was 1883. Margaret Bancroft defied her father's orders, rented a small house on Chestnut Street, and, with just one student, started a school for the mentally handicapped. Now, Bancroft NeuroHealth, formerly the Bancroft School, provides educational, residential and job-training programs for hundreds with developmental disabilities and acquired brain injuries. Though based in Haddonfield, Bancroft has campuses and affiliates in Louisiana, Maine, Delaware and several towns in South Jersey.
July 6, 2003 |
There was trouble in the marriage from the start. "When we got married, he completely changed," she recalled. The woman, who fears her husband and asked that her name not be used, was barraged with verbal assaults, called "stupid," and told that she "couldn't do anything right. " The physical assaults started 11 years into the already-volatile relationship. "He would punch me," she said. And the abuse continued through 43 years of a marriage. A little more than a month ago, she mustered up the courage to leave.
December 4, 1988 |
If location is the most important aspect of real estate, then a small, half-acre lot on Route 30 in West Whiteland Township, next to Dunkin Donuts, is in trouble. For one thing, the front and rear setback requirements overlap each other, which leaves no space to build under current township zoning ordinances. For another thing, the last thing built there - a small house - was wiped out by a truck in the early 1980s, township officials recall. "I hope the builders can guarantee that that truck won't return," said Nancy Carville, chairwoman of the Planning Commission at a meeting Monday night.
September 18, 1999 |
The "missing man" aeronautics formation over South Jersey Regional Airport this weekend will honor a pilot absent from the airport, museum and annual air show that he championed for years. Employees and volunteers at the Air Victory Museum in Lumberton prepared for the sixth annual air show without Steve Snyder, who owned the airport and founded the museum. Snyder died in a plane crash in June. His wife, Barbara, now owns the airport. "There was a lot of hope that his air show goes well because of Steve," said Deborah Parchment, senior vice president for the museum.
November 24, 2000 |
An electrical fire destroyed an Elm Avenue ranch house Wednesday morning, leaving a single mother and her three daughters homeless on the day before Thanksgiving. No one was injured in the fire. The residents, Darlane Hillary Goodgame and her three daughters - ages 17, 15 and 7 - sought shelter through the Camden County Chapter of the American Red Cross because they could not return to their scorched home. Neighbors knocked on doors and went to the Haddonfield Memorial High School football games on Wednesday and yesterday to collect money and clothing for the family.