January 4, 2016 |
SUNBURY, Pa. - Michael Johns and Tom "Randy" Chalmers became the best of friends in the worst of places. Barely 20, the fellow radio operators in an Army mortar platoon in Vietnam formed a bond as they tried to stay alive during some of the fiercest fighting of the war. Johns, of Kulpmont, and Chalmers, of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., became so inseparable, they convinced some of the local villagers that they were brothers with different fathers. When his yearlong tour was up in October 1968, Johns, now of rural Sunbury, in Northumberland County, gave Chalmers one of his dog tags, and told him to give it back to him the next time they saw each other.
December 31, 2015 |
The Rev. Rick Curry embraced his disability as a gift and used it to empower thousands. When Richard Jerome Curry was born without a right forearm and hand, his mother wept, and his father fled to a bar near the family home in Southwest Philadelphia. The missing limb would define him, people told the boy - he could never be a soldier or a doctor or a priest. The difference did define him, but in no way that his parents or early teachers had imagined. After spending much of his life as a Jesuit brother, Father Curry received a special dispensation from the Vatican to become a priest at age 66. He earned a doctorate.
December 24, 2015 |
Several 76ers are excited that former NBA players Chuck Hayes and John Lucas III recently met with coach Brett Brown as the team possibly looks to add much-needed veteran leadership. "I think that will be good for us to have any type of veterans," Nerlens Noel said. "I think [general manager] Sam [Hinkie] is looking into that a little more. . . . You know Chuck Hayes is a big man and I think it's going to help us. " Tony Wroten would also welcome the additions. "We are just trying to do whatever we can to help the team get better and better in the future and the present.
December 22, 2015
Want to invest in something worthwhile for the holidays? Consider becoming an advocate for a foster kid or a homeless veteran. Support Center for Child Advocates, the foster-child advocacy group, is looking for volunteer attorneys. "As our caseload is increasing and we are taking more appointments from family court, we have a great need for attorneys to represent our child clients," said Moira Mulroney, director of development. "We train and support hundreds of attorneys each year who work pro bono , side by side with a staff social worker, to advocate for our kids" in the courts, Mulroney said.
December 19, 2015 |
Services are planned for Jan. 9 for H. Keith Mosley, 91, of Jenkintown, a decorated World War II veteran and former prisoner of war who later pursued a career in public relations and development. Mr. Mosley, a 1968 transplant to the Philadelphia area from New York state, died Thursday, Nov. 26, at Abington Hospice in Warminster of complications from a fall. Known to family as "Mose," Mr. Mosley spent his childhood in Arcade, N.Y. He attended Oberlin College before enlisting in the Army Air Force in 1943.
December 11, 2015 |
WHEN YOU entered Solomon West's home in Mount Airy, you were greeted by a portrait of a man in a Naval uniform. The subject was Solomon West. And the artist was Solomon West. Solomon was a man of many talents, a hardworking guy driven by a work ethic that wouldn't quit. Art, especially portrait-painting, was how he relaxed from his career as an electrician, at the former Philadelphia Naval Shipyard and Amtrak. Wherever he went, from the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz, on which he served in the Navy, to his civilian jobs, Solomon was frequently honored for his dedication to his duties and reluctance ever to take a day off. Solomon West, whose many interests also included gardening, cooking, winemaking and fishing, all roles that he threw himself into with a passionate dedication to detail, died Friday after a short illness.
December 9, 2015
ISSUE | ABORTION It's a human life No one reading Johanna Schoen's commentary ("Clinic attack is domestic terrorism," Thursday) can disagree that violent attacks on organizations such as Planned Parenthood are anything but brutal and inexcusable. Violence is violence, and murder is murder, no matter who commits it. We can also agree that some of the rhetoric opposing abortion providers can incite such violence by disturbed individuals. What I find disingenuous and appalling is Schoen's comment that a fetus is not a baby.
December 8, 2015 |
David Tischman [who once authored the "Poster Child" feature for the Daily News ] has had a long career in writing comics that spans both work at Vertigo and IDW, but his latest venture is his most personal, ambitious yet - and available only on the web! "Heroine Chic" (art by Hong Kong-based Audrey Mok) is set in a New York populated by superheroes. However, rather than focusing primarily on heroic battles between superpowered characters, Tischman's creation follows the life of fashion designer Zoe Porter, after she lands a job with famous and renowned costume designer Dyna Cuff.
December 8, 2015 |
The half-built, two-story duplex is tucked on a small lane in Cinnaminson, close to a woods adjacent to the Delaware River. It has walls, and its roof was installed last week. But the house still needs siding and windows, and more critically, two veterans willing to move in with their families and to assume an interest-free mortgage that is less than the average rental payment. Habitat for Humanity of Burlington County recently hung an American flag from a utility pole on the front lawn, as if to drive the point home.