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.
July 1, 2015 |
After last week's storms, a Delaware County town is dealing with more than fallen trees and power lines. A falling-out over free meals dispensed at a shelter has created a tempest of its own. The dustup began Thursday, when three families - including about 10 children - from the Toby Farms section of neighboring Chester Township showed up at a Brookhaven shelter, set up to aid victims of power outages from last week's severe-storm outbreak....
June 27, 2015 |
Without power - and with trees, wire, and snapped poles still strewn across roadways - some areas of South Jersey struggled Thursday to bounce back from a brutal storm that struck the region two days earlier. "At this point, East Greenwich has been devastated," Mayor Dale Archer said of his Gloucester County town of nearly 10,000 residents. Archer said that as of early Thursday evening, 95 percent of his town remained without power and that 16 homes had been deemed uninhabitable - sure signs of the might of a storm whose winds reached 85 m.p.h.
June 26, 2015
SOUL AGENDA Who: Tampa Bay (6-6) at Soul (11-2) When: Tonight, 7:30 Where: Wells Fargo Center (19,500). TV/Radio: None. On the web: ESPN3.com, Soul.ArenaFootball.com/AllAccess Line: Soul -7 1/2 About the Soul: Rolled Tampa, 71-27, on May 23. It was the worst loss in franchise history . . . Quarterback Dan Raudabaugh leads the league with touchdown passes (86) and yards (3,711) and is second in completion percentage (66.7). He has thrown nine interceptions in 454 attempts.
June 26, 2015 |
FOR NEARLY two decades, the garden behind Don LaJeunesse's Merchantville home was an organic tribute to his unique artistic skills. LaJeunesse, a former sculpture instructor at the Art Institute of Philadelphia, was a self-described "putzer," said his wife, Patrice - he was always tinkering with the shaded area behind their home, trimming flowers and rearranging his self-made furniture. The garden outlived its creator, who succumbed to cancer in 2010. But the gale-force winds of Tuesday's storm ended the 17-year legend of one of the Camden County town's most unusual landmarks.