April 11, 2012 |
Imitating Homer Simpson's famous catchphrase, "D'oh!" was Tom Friel's initial reaction to the news that his Delaware County hometown was not the inspiration for the fictional setting of "The Simpsons. " Matt Groening, creator of the longest-running American sitcom, broke his silence after more than 20 years of fan guesses to reveal in an interview with Smithsonian magazine that the Springfield his characters inhabit is modeled after a Springfield in Oregon. Groening grew up just over 100 miles north in Portland, he told the magazine for a story being published in its May issue.
March 27, 2012 |
A Chester County mother's worst fear - that her estranged husband would kill her or one of her four children - was first articulated last summer, months before she was fatally stabbed Sunday night, her attorney said. Francis C. Miller said his client, Kimberly Hvizda, believed that James J. Hvizda, a former baseball star, was capable of murder, and she secured a restraining order against him in November, more than six months after she had filed for divorce. Kimberly Hvizda, 37, of Chester Springs, was starting her shift at the Wawa convenience store in Upper Uwchlan Township at 11 p.m. Sunday when James Hvizda arrived for a prearranged exchange of letters, the criminal complaint said.
March 26, 2012 |
Despite a protection-from-abuse order, a Chester County mother of four agreed to meet her estranged husband at her workplace Sunday night so she could give him two letters. But, authorities said today,the exchange was a setup for homicide. James J. Hvizda, 45, told police that he had been planning to kill his wife, Kimberly A. Hvizda, since around St. Patrick's Day and even kept a journal chronicling his murderous intentions, the criminal complaint said. Kimberly Hvizda, 37, of Chester Springs, was starting her shift at the Wawa convenience store in Upper Uwchlan Township at 11 p.m. when James Hvizda, met her outside.
March 8, 2012 |
A thoroughly mobilized Cherry Hill neighborhood was unable to prevail against a proposed mega-Wawa. A marathon township planning board meeting ended early Tuesday with unanimous final approval for a $6 million combination gas station and food store on Haddonfield Road, despite strong opposition from residents who live nearby. The new Wawa will rise on the site of a closed Toyota dealership on the west side of the roadway, just south of Yale Avenue. Homeowners on adjacent streets organized their neighbors, distributed petitions against the proposal, and engaged a consultant to assess the development's impact.
March 1, 2012 |
Emmanuel Dungworth must have thought himself blessed when, in 1715, he chose the bank of the Pennypack Creek for his grist mill and millwright's house in the village known as the Billet. There, along an Indian trail, were water to power the mill and patrons to buy the flour. Local lore has it that George Washington stopped by to purchase grain for his militia in 1777. For nearly three centuries, the sturdy stone and wood buildings at Horsham and York Roads in what is now Hatboro have stood as a tangible link to the past.
February 19, 2012 |
Neighbors of a proposed mega-Wawa in Cherry Hill say the store will be far from super - and far too close to their homes. "It's going to be ugly," says Mark Burckley, 50, whose house backs up on a strip of Haddonfield Road where Wawa intends to build a $6 million food market/gas station combination. A public hearing on the final plan is set to continue before the township Planning Board on March 5. The project does not require a zoning variance. Company officials say the store will feature 6,000 square feet of space, six two-sided gas pumps, and 50 parking spots.
February 16, 2012
A 34-year-old Philadelphia man was arrested Tuesday in connection with the armed robberies of three Wawa convenience stores in Delaware County this year, police said. Rezekiel Harris was apprehended by Philadelphia police and was being held in the Delaware County prison on armed robbery and related charges. Harris confessed to robbing a Wawa on Lansdowne Avenue in Lansdowne on Jan. 28; a patron at a Wawa in the 8500 block of Lansdowne Avenue in Upper Darby on Feb. 3; and a Wawa in the 200 block of Bryn Mawr Avenue in Radnor last Thursday, Radnor police said.
February 15, 2012 |
Radnor police today announced the arrest of a 34-year-old Philadelphia man in connection with the robbery of three Wawa stores since January in Lansdowne Borough, Upper Darby Township and Radnor Township. Detective Sgt. George Smith of the Radnor police said that Rezekiel Harris was taken into custody Tuesday by Upper Darby police, and was awaiting processing there on robbery charges. Harris allegedly confessed to all three armed robberies, including that of the Bryn Mawr Wawa, in which a shot was fired and a bullet fragment deflected off the floor and injured a store clerk's eye. Smith said Lansdowne Borough, Upper Darby Township, Philadelphia and Radnor Township collaborated to solve the spate of recent armed robberies.
January 25, 2012 |
THEY SHARED the same name, the same blood, and on Monday night, Allen "Steve" Briscoe shared a similar tragic fate as his nephew. Briscoe, 66, was driving down 30th Street in Camden Monday night when he allegedly struck a pregnant, 16-year-old girl with his 2004 Ford F-150 near Berkley Street, the Camden County Prosecutor's Office said. The vehicle struck the girl at a low speed, the Prosecutor's Office said, and she suffered "very minor injuries" despite being knocked to the ground.