April 23, 2013 |
A Delaware County man, who formerly taught at the Episcopal Academy for 20 years, has been arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting four children at a Massachusetts summer camp 30 years ago. Richard P. Smith, 65, of Media, was charged with rape of a child, indecent assault and battery and other related crimes. He was arraigned and held on $10,000 bail, according to the Barnstable County District Attorney's office. In 1981, Smith was a counselor at Camp Good News in Sandwich when the assaults took place.
April 19, 2013 |
It began with an idea for a summer camp - a handful of kids getting a taste of Arab music and language for a few weeks at the Morris Arboretum, in the troubled times after 9/11. From a tiny beginning - the first camp, 10 years ago, attracted 18 children - Al Bustan Seeds of Culture has flowered into something unique in the United States, an organization that: maintains a resident ensemble of first-rate musicians versed in classical Arab music; offers a professional performance and residency series throughout the year with internationally known guest artists; conducts educational programs for adults and children alike; works with the Philadelphia School District to bring Arab language and music to the schools.
April 5, 2013 |
WICHITA, Kan. - Ron Baker could have said anything. He could have posed and reinforced the point with a couple pounds to the chest. He could have raised a finger to proclaim himself No. 1 and it wouldn't have been far from the truth, because when you deliver dagger after dagger while scoring 16 points to knock off Gonzaga, college basketball's No. 1 team, to get to the Sweet 16, you earn the right to celebrate. Surrounded by pandemonium, Baker's mind was clear when his postgame interview with TNT's Jaime Maggio concluded.
March 30, 2013 |
Sunday was to supposed to be the last day for Rancocas Nature Center and Park in Westampton, forced to close after 35 years for lack of funding. But the Cub Scouts visiting the 130-acre site Friday had no thoughts of farewell as they labored on their forestry merit badges. "We're still here," said John Courtney, a volunteer since the center opened in 1978. Projecting a $55,000 deficit at the site in 2013, the New Jersey Audubon Society, which has operated it for years, announced in December it would close March 31. Earlier this week, however, the Burlington County freeholder board announced a shared-services plan to keep the center and its trails and summer camp open.
February 8, 2013 |
Howard Gordon, 67, of Bala Cynwyd, a towel boy for the Eagles in the 1960s and a champion in Special Olympics, died Tuesday, Feb. 5, of a spinal-cord ailment at his home. Mr. Gordon, who had Down syndrome, was a favorite of Eagles players and coaches. In 1966, at age 20, he was invited to be a towel boy by then-owner Jerry Wolman and team vice president Ed Snider, who at that time was Mr. Gordon's brother-in-law. He held that position for about five years, said his sister Myrna Snider Thomas.
October 28, 2012 |
Ray Duval, 74, a prominent figure for decades on the Philadelphia theater scene, died Sunday, Oct. 14, of a heart attack. Born Nathan Goldiner, Mr. Duval spent his life learning the ins and outs of the theater, whether recrafting Broadway classics for young children, performing in area productions, or volunteering at theater companies or festivals. Mr. Duval was known as one of the faces of the Prince Music Theater, where he worked for the last 15 years as the house manager. "He always said that he needed to know how to do every job in theater in order to be a part of the industry," said Ron Hunter, Mr. Duval's partner for more than 45 years.
August 26, 2012 |
SHAWNEE-ON-DELAWARE, Pa. - With the fog still thick over the Delaware River, Gov. Corbett, joined by about a dozen state officials, all in kayaks, pushed off from the Pennsylvania side Friday morning for a 10-mile float downriver. It was Day Two of Corbett's 23-mile paddle along the Delaware, meant to promote tourism and highlight Pennsylvania's natural resources. "Hey, look at that," said Corbett, briefly breaking the silence on this undisturbed stretch of the middle Delaware in the 70,000-acre Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area.
August 25, 2012 |
SHAWNEE-ON-DELAWARE - With the fog still thick over the Delaware River, Gov. Corbett, joined by about a dozen state officials, all in kayaks, pushed off from the Pennsylvania side Friday morning for a 10-mile float downriver. It was Day Two of Corbett's 23-mile paddle along the Delaware, meant to promote tourism and highlight Pennsylvania's natural resources. "Hey, look at that," said Corbett, briefly breaking the silence on this undisturbed stretch of the middle Delaware in the 70,000-acre Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area.
August 7, 2012 |
Singer-songwriter Dar Williams is spreading the message that honeybees are stressed out. The species, whose plant pollinating is crucial to food production, is fighting pesticides, mites, and land development that has turned the insects' buffet into an office park. The bees can't take it. So Williams, not only a veteran folk-music songstress but also the daughter of a beekeeper, is doing her part to help save the species - one summer camp at a time. Her crusade has taken her to day and overnight camps from Nova Scotia to Michigan.
August 3, 2012 |
The water-torture of daily roster defections continued Thursday for Penn State's beleaguered football program when the Nittany Lions' leading scorer in 2011 departed for the University of Texas. According to multiple reports, punter-kicker Anthony Fera, an all-Big Ten Conference punter who as a placekicker was perfect from inside 40 yards in 2011, has informed coach Bill O'Brien of his decision. Fera, a Texas native who was a 2011 semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award and is a preseason candidate for that honor this year, decided to transfer even though he has just one year of eligibility remaining.