August 25, 2013 |
John D'Alessandro, 50, recently finished a six-week group-counseling and smoking-cessation course, "Clear the Air," at Crozer-Chester Medical Center. It has helped the two-pack-a-day smoker cut his use in half. D'Alessandro, of Broomall, began smoking at age 7 and stopped "cold turkey" 35 years later after coughing up a piece of pink flesh in the shower. But six years passed, the fear eased, and his old urges returned. "It was just the one, and one turned into two the next night, and within a week or two, I bought a pack," he said.
August 17, 2013 |
Question: We live in a circa-1890 rowhouse and have a good relationship with the family next door. We were very happy for them when they had central air-conditioning installed three summers ago. The problem: The bedroom where we keep our clothes is next to their bedroom of a heavy smoker. Our wall is brick and plaster and beadboard; their wall is exposed brick. As soon as hot weather arrives and they use their AC, a strong smell of smoke enters our room. Our efforts to deal with this include using a filtered air purifier, closing the bedroom door to keep the smell from spreading throughout the house, employing an air freshener, and taping over an electrical socket.
August 11, 2013 |
An unemployed hotel worker had smoked "wet" - a potent mix of marijuana and PCP - before he speeded into oncoming traffic, killing a mother and daughter, in January, a Camden County prosecutor said Friday. Anaida Medina, 36, and her daughter Stephanie Garcia, a senior at Cherry Hill High School West, died at the scene on Chapel Avenue in Merchantville on Jan. 31. The family had recently moved from Elizabeth, N.J. Garcia, 18, had repeated her junior year because she had missed school to take care of her mother, who was recovering from back surgery, said Medina's brother, Richard Quinones, 39. Keith Johnson Jr., 31, of Pennsauken, pleaded not guilty Friday in Superior Court to charges of vehicular homicide in the two deaths, and of assault by auto in the injury to his own female passenger.
July 26, 2013
Party platter These trays, handcrafted by furniture designer David Rasmussen, are both elegant and funky, made of classic black walnut with just a touch of color around the edges. So they can serve up fancy hors d'oeuvres as well as a pile of hot dogs. Each tray is sold separately, so mix and match. - Michelle Dembo Wud Walnut Platter, 18 by 12 inches, $49.95, at cb2.com Rolled and ready Buttery, smoky Scottish-style salmon is rolled with cream cheese mixed with chives and a hint of lemon to create these pinwheels.
July 8, 2013 |
GETTYSBURG - Nightfall is when the camps come to life. Campfires crackle as smoke wafts between tents, while soldiers scoop stew from cast-iron pans. Groups gather in circles as the sun descends, telling stories and singing as lanterns flicker nearby. For many spectators, reenactments are primarily seen as battle exercises, and thousands have been filling grandstands here to watch the twice-daily battles commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. But it is at night, many reenactors say, when the atmosphere in camp shifts to another era, as the excitement and adrenaline of performing in battle are replaced by the timeless allure of a fireside story.
July 5, 2013 |
Southern-style barbecue has long been a passion of mine. On vacation, I've been known to detour for miles for a taste of smoked brisket or pulled pork. But for 15 years, I was forced to live in a state of DIY barbecue denial. There were "no grilling" clauses written into all my Center City leases. The break came when we moved to the suburbs last year. Though the move was too late in the year to start barbecuing right away, I spent the autumn and winter researching how to make authentic barbecue and purchasing the tools I'd need when the weather turned warm.
July 1, 2013
Exposure to tobacco smoke while in the womb can lead to diminished hearing by adolescence, doctors have found in the first study ever to link tobacco use and hearing impairment. The new research by Michael Weitzman and Anil Lalwani of the NYU-Langone School of Medicine suggests compounds in tobacco smoke cross the placenta and harm the auditory system. In the past, doctors have linked low birth weight, asthma, sudden infant death syndrome, and recurrent ear infections to both maternal smoking and exposure of the mother to secondhand smoke while pregnant.
July 1, 2013
D EAR ABBY: When we married, we both drank and smoked. My husband quit smoking five years ago, and I have continued to smoke off and on. If he catches me with a cigarette it becomes an argument, and it's either I quit or we're done! I love my husband, but I don't see the big deal if I smoke a cigarette. He sometimes makes me feel like a teenager hiding it from my parents! Any advice? - Closet Smoker in Wisconsin DEAR SMOKER: Surely you know that smoking isn't good for you, and it upsets your husband because he loves you. This is less about a contest of wills than the fact that you are addicted to nicotine and can't stop using.
June 16, 2013
Christopher Fifis, Nick Fifis, and John Fifis are the owners of Ponzio's Diner & Bakery Bar in Cherry Hill Growing up as sons of a first-generation Greek immigrant, we learned early about the value of hard work and family. As the owner of Ponzio's Diner in Cherry Hill, our dad spent almost every day for more than two decades greeting guests and entertaining them with his dry wit and sense of humor. We had dinner at the diner almost every night because our dad was always working, and when we were old enough, he put us to work there, too. On the rare occasion that our dad did take time off for a family vacation, we all piled into the car to head to Wildwood for a week, with Greek music turned up as loud as we could stand.
June 13, 2013 |
SEAN BENSCHOP apparently liked to take it easy before demolishing buildings. The gaunt, wild-haired Benschop sat on a tree stump smoking a marijuana blunt before he hopped into his backhoe to haul bricks and tear down a crumbling North Philadelphia rowhouse a few weeks ago, a neighbor said. Now Benschop is locked up, charged with six counts of involuntary manslaughter and related offenses for operating an excavator at the Market Street building collapse last week that killed six and injured 13. Sources said he had marijuana and painkillers in his system that day. Benschop also was in the process of demolishing two rowhouses - one on Page Street in North Philadelphia and one on 63rd Street in West Philly - when he was jailed.