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.
February 10, 2015 |
THE GALAXY is dimming at an alarming rate. Kobe and Peyton ground to a rusty halt over the past few weeks, but hope sprang in the world of golf. No other sport offers the promise of renewal in the worst of February's doldrums; scenes of Hawaii, California and Arizona, dazzling green, while much of the rest of the country slumbers under icy white. Then, the stars fell. Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson failed to reach the weekend in consecutive weeks. They played two punch-line tournaments, and never were a factor.
February 6, 2015
WHEN THE SUN is swallowed all day by gray skies and gloom, when the streets turn black with week-old slush, when even double IPAs taste like rock salt, a Philadelphian can't help but think about getting out of town. Here are 10 beer-soaked destinations to consider: 1. Lititz, Pa. This quaint Lancaster County town boasts three brewpubs, including JoBoy's, where southern barbecue is also on the menu. After a stop at the Sturgis Pretzel House, grab a bite and a brew at Bulls Head Public House, along the shop-filled main drag.
January 30, 2015 |
WE CAN'T all afford to vacation in Vail, Colo., this winter. If "jet setting" with your family is more about pointing the minivan in any direction but the garage, this is the winter to discover, or rediscover, the Pocono Mountains. Like the girl next door who you tend to overlook at parties, the Pocono Mountains may seem familiar but not really that sexy. Until you take a closer look. This sprawling swath of northeastern Pennsylvania encompasses 2,400 square miles that traverse Carbon, Monroe, Pike and Wayne counties - terrain chockablock with snowy vistas, dense woodlands and respectable mountain peaks.
January 28, 2015 |
IN ROMAN mythology, the goddess Juno is hailed as a protector, a guardian of her people. A different "Juno" is bearing down on the Philly region and doesn't seem interested in protecting anyone. Winter Storm Juno forced the city's public schools to close today. Meteorologists had tracked the formidable storm all week, and it was expected to hit the city late last night, bringing heavy snowfall and powerful winds. Last night, the forecast from the National Weather Service called for 10 to 14 inches of snow, the brunt of it expected early this morning.
January 27, 2015 |
A storm forecasters warned could become a "crippling and potentially historic blizzard" for New York City and New England might dump as much as two feet of snow around the Philadelphia region. The wintry blast was expected to begin softly overnight into Monday morning, with one to three inches of snow certain to complicate the early rush hour. The National Weather Service said a second, behemoth storm would arrive Monday evening, slamming the region with 14 to 24 inches into Tuesday, with wind gusts as high as 30 m.p.h.
January 24, 2015 |
Learn about winter's effects on Schuylkill aquatic life at the Fairmount Water Works during this week's Science Saturdays program, "Fish: Playing it Cool in Winter. " From 2 to 4 p.m., you'll learn about the lifestyles of aquatic cold-blooded species and how they survive in the Schuylkill during the cold months. Also find out the physical differences between cold and hot water, and how they affect water creatures. Plus, you can make a fish to take home. Science Saturdays, 2 to 4 p.m. at Water Works Interpretive Center, 640 Waterworks Dr. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays to Saturdays; 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays.
January 19, 2015 |
It's a given in the gardening world that wintertime is for resting, recharging, and reimagining our next - and best - garden ever. But, increasingly, the off-season is for learning. The Philadelphia region, which immodestly but accurately touts itself as "America's garden capital," with 30 public gardens, arboretums and historic landscapes within 30 miles of the city, offers scores of classes, workshops and programs to keep you in the game till spring. You can find the whole collection at www.americasgardencapital.org . On Jan. 24, for example, a panel of Barnes Arboretum School graduates will present an hourlong program on careers in horticulture at the Barnes Foundation on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.