March 16, 2015 |
For Heather Redfern, a trip to the Target store turned out to be far costlier than she planned. On the way home from the store, near the Neshaminy Mall, in Bucks County, she had an unfortunate encounter with that late-winter nemesis - the pothole. "Some of them you hit, and you just cringe and hope nothing bad happened to your car," said Redfern, who works in SEPTA's media-relations department. In this case, hope wasn't enough. Redfern needed a new tire, wheel, and valve stem - for $550.
March 8, 2015 |
Friday was the first day that NJSIAA baseball teams could begin practice, and we're guessing that not many teams in South Jersey had outdoor workouts. The snowstorm of Thursday wasn't very field-friendly. The season begins April 1, so every day leading up to it is important, but at least in the beginning, those days will be taking place indoors. And that goes to show what people from South Jersey, and really, the entire Northeast have to go through to play baseball or softball.
March 6, 2015 |
Hundreds of Thursday flights were canceled and towns declared emergencies in advance of snowfall likely to be the signature event of a tenacious late-winter spell that has iced the region with record cold and nuisance storms. "It's been horrendous," Steve Lorenz, the Philadelphia Streets Department chief engineer, said Wednesday as he was preparing his crews to do battle yet again, this time with up to eight inches of snow possible by day's end. "In the last month, it feels like it's every other day," he said, adding that winter was making him a stranger in his household.
March 5, 2015 |
The sun will set at 7 p.m. Sunday, and astronomers are calling for a 100 percent chance of an equinox in a little over two weeks. So why is the atmosphere stuck in January? After the second ice-shellacking in two days Tuesday, the National Weather Service was warning of the possibility of several inches of snow from Wednesday night into Thursday. "I'm very confident Thursday is going to be a difficult day," said Walter Drag, a lead forecaster at the National Weather Service office in Mount Holly.
March 2, 2015 |
Must one travel more than 1,000 miles for a trip to be considered a Personal Journey? Does it have to include a passport and an overseas flight to a foreign land where locals speak some exotic language? Is it a necessary requirement to strap on a backpack and a $400 Patagonia jacket and hike the foothills of a mountainous region that touches the clouds? Sometimes a simple journey within one's own home state can have a lasting impact. During the winter school break, my wife, two younger children, and I were looking to get out of the stuffiness of our house.
February 27, 2015 |
Snowy owls, with 5-foot wingspans and piercing yellow gazes, are a rare sight in this region, so far from their high Arctic realm. Last winter, however, the majestic birds showed up in numbers not seen in half a century. Birders declared it a once-in-a-lifetime event. Incredibly, it is happening again. The owls are back this winter, if not quite as abundantly. Their appearance over the last two years has sent researchers into a frenzy of data-gathering on a species that has given up little about where it goes, what it does, and why. During snowy owl "irruptions," unusually high numbers travel south for the coldest months, out of Canada and into the United States.
February 26, 2015 |
Bright, optic white is bleaching out its eggshell sister, quickly becoming the preferred winter choice among milky hues. That's the big fashion take-home from the 2015 awards season that came to a brilliant close Sunday night with the Oscars. At the Golden Globes, the season's official kickoff, Kate Hudson was cool and curvy in a pure-as-the-driven-snow cutout, courtesy of Versace. A few weeks later, Jennifer Hudson smartly selected an immaculate, strapless Tom Ford sheath for the Grammys.
February 15, 2015 |
It was just before 2 a.m. when Mary Noll's cellphone rang to the tune of the Beatles' "Help!" - and the 60-year-old Lower Gwynedd woman knew she was needed urgently. In nearby Norristown, firefighters were battling a four-alarm fire at an apartment complex. Noll, a volunteer disaster response captain for the Red Cross in eastern Montgomery County, began making calls to assemble her team for the night. Starting early that morning and working throughout the day, 10 volunteers and four Red Cross staffers gathered food and medical supplies, set up a shelter for evacuees at a high school, provided counseling, and eventually found hotel rooms for those still displaced the next night.
February 14, 2015 |
Medford Township police are seeking help in finding two intruders who beat and bound a 64-year-old man during a home-invasion robbery over the weekend. The pair apparently arrived on bicycles and abandoned them, fleeing in the victim's 2010 Cadillac and an undisclosed amount of cash, police said. The break-in occurred about 10:30 p.m. Sunday at the home on Chief Massasoit Road, police said. The intruders duct-taped the resident to a chair and hit him with "a pipe or similar object," while demanding money, police said in a statement.
February 12, 2015 |
After crashes involving 40 vehicles left a Burlington County man dead and scores of motorists injured Monday night, New Jersey Turnpike officials defended how they had prepared the roadway for winter weather even as the state's transportation chief called for a review of the accident. "That was an awful thing that happened out there last night," turnpike spokesman Tom Feeney said Tuesday evening. "And we are really committed to not allowing things like that to happen. " Feeney said a former turnpike maintenance director who criticized the salting efforts was "clueless.