August 26, 2015
A DECADE ago, when Hurricane Katrina poured her wrath on the Gulf Coast, America wasn't prepared for the kind of wholesale destruction we witnessed. The Category 3 storm killed nearly 2,000 people, destroying more than 100,000 homes. But it wasn't just the physical destruction that alarmed us. It was the emotional toll of watching a disaster that could have hit any of us. In the wake of the deluge that tore through levees and destroyed a city, portraits of devastation filled our television screens, and disbelief filled our minds.
August 11, 2015 |
20TH CENTURY FOX has made three tries with the "Fantastic Four" and it hasn't been fantastic yet. When you consider that Marvel/Disney did stunningly better with the little known "Ant-Man," maybe it's time that Fox, the studio that gave up on Daredevil and Elektra, should let Marvel/Disney take back the FF. This latest unnecessary FF reboot debuted with just $26.2 million at domestic theaters over the weekend, according to studio estimates yesterday....
August 7, 2015
AS WITH A CATEGORY 5 hurricane, Americans are in for catastrophic problems if we fail to address the looming retirement crisis. Retirement planning cannot be shoved down on your to-do list. If you're in your 20s, start thinking about it now, because you've got plenty of time to correct the things that people in their 30s, 40s and 50s wish they hadn't put off. In its annual long-term financial outlook, the Social Security Board of Trustees said the trust funds that make old-age and disability payments are projected to run out of money by 2034, with only 79 percent of benefits payable.
July 31, 2015
PEDALING up the hill to Abandon Brewing, above New York's Keuka Lake, late one afternoon last week, I shift down to my lowest gear and find the agony and joy of bicycling for beer. The sky has turned blue with billowing clouds after a late-morning electrical storm. My jersey is soaked, my legs ache. I am thirsty. About 100 yards into the climb, I know there is no way I'll make it to the top without walking. The 9 percent grade has defeated stronger riders than me, I tell myself.
July 13, 2015 |
As the storm slammed into Clarksboro, Pam Kafka took shelter in her Kings Highway basement. "I heard the wind blowing and things cracking and breaking," the retired teacher recalls. "It sounded like a hurricane. " Emerging from the house about 10 minutes later, Kafka, 64, discovered that most of the landscape she loved was gone. Hundreds of trees on her family's property were uprooted, twisted, and broken - nearly four acres of dense woods so splintered and stripped that the property barely looks like home.
July 12, 2015 |
If it were anyone else taking on the winds, rain, and lightning of Thursday night for an outdoors show, the first of the summer season at Dell Music Center, it would have been a washout. This, however, was Patti LaBelle, Philadelphia's first lady of R&B, who is still going strong at 71, 52 years into her career. The opening act was supposed to be local trombonist Jeff Bradshaw's large band, featuring Najee and Kenny Lattimore, but they did not play. LaBelle came on early at 9:45 p.m. and proceeded to warm the chilly audience with a piercing, nuanced voice that raged and seduced.
July 11, 2015 |
South Jersey towns hit hard by a storm that ripped through the region last month, causing millions of dollars in damages, may be in line to get federal aid to help defray cleanup costs. A preliminary assessment of the damage in Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, and Gloucester Counties has reached about $20.2 million, Debra Sellitto, a spokeswoman for Gloucester County, said Thursday. Federal Emergency Management Agency officials spent a second day in the area Thursday, meeting with local officials to verify the damage totals.
July 4, 2015 |
South Jersey mayors whose towns were pummeled by last week's storm, which left residents without power for days, got a chance Thursday to vent their frustration with state officials over the slow pace of recovery efforts. About 50 officials from towns in Burlington, Camden, and Gloucester Counties met behind closed doors with Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno and other top state officials in the Woolwich Township Municipal Building. Greenwich Township Mayor George Shivery Jr., a Republican, expressed optimism that the meeting would yield results.
July 2, 2015 |
Trees and wires came down in parts of Chester County, and a gust of 64 m.p.h. was measured in Montgomery County as a fresh batch of strong thunderstorms rumbled through parts of the region on Tuesday. However, so far they have lacked the ferocity and staying power of last week's. PECO hasn't reported any big problems -- Chester County was reporting only about 120 outages -- and the storms mostly have spared South Jersey, which is still recovering from the horrific outbreak of June 23. Still, a severe-thunderstorm watch for possible high winds and hail remains in effect until 8 p.m. for most of the region, as is a flood advisory for Philadelphia; all of Delaware, Chester, and Montgomery Counties, and a slice of Bucks County.
July 1, 2015 |
The number of South Jersey residents left without power following a brief but forceful storm last week slowly dwindled Monday - ending for some a six-day inconvenience that included hotel stays, pricey generator purchases, and spoiled food. Despite improvements, questions remained about whether all lights would truly be back on come Tuesday morning, as planned, and about why significant restoration efforts took nearly one week to complete. About 6 p.m. Monday, an Atlantic City Electric spokesman said about 2,200 customers were still without power - many in Gloucester County, and some of which were attributed to a subsequent storm Saturday and daily outages.