Sunday, January 27, 2013
The Camden County native and three-time champ is focused on getting back to the top and giving Philly a champion.
The last 12 months haven’t been kind to Philadelphia’s sports scene. The Sixers were bounced from the NBA playoffs, thanks to the hated Boston Celtics; the Flyers fell to the Devils in the NHL’s Stanley Cup playoffs; the Phillies underachieved and missed the playoffs; and the Eagles—well, there’s a reason the team just hired a new coach. So for three-time Wing Bowl champ and Camden County native Jonathan “Super” Squibb, this year isn’t just about regaining the chicken-bedecked crown he lost last year. It’s about giving Philadelphia someone to celebrate. “I took the loss last year pretty hard—not having the crown felt kind of empty,” Squibb said. “It’s been a rough year…this will give me a chance to bring a championship to Philly.” Wing …
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Find out how you can register for a chance at one of 40,000 spots in the annual 10-miler.
A year after the race sold out in five server-crash-filled hours, Broad Street Run officials on Wednesday released lottery details for the 2013 race on the race website. With 40,000 spots up for grabs, the lottery will open at 12:01 a.m. Feb. 4 and close Feb. 15 at 11:59 p.m., and race officials encouraged runners to spread out registrations over the 12-day period, as lottery chances are equal no matter when runners register. Race officials suggested runners register according to the following schedule: The lottery will be conducted electronically, with results posted on broadstreetrun.com by 10 a.m. Feb. 19, and all runners who register for the lottery will receive an email notifying them of their status. Race officials have also made an …
Friday, September 28, 2012
Be at a participating Philadelphia establishment at 6:30 tonight and you get a free bottle of America's oldest lager with which to join the Philly-wide toast.
In celebration of "being named the largest American-owned brewery," Yuengling, the pride of Pottsville, PA, is raising a glass with the city of Philadelphia tonight at 6:30 p.m. The promotion, "Here's to You, Philly," guarantees one free bottle of the cold stuff to anyone at a participating location in the City of Brotherly Love. Want to know where to get yours? Click here for a list of watering holes who are in on the toast—and then mind your step onto the Hi-Speedline on your way back home.
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Henry Ruffin, 41, pleaded guilty Tuesday to lying to the FBI during an investigation into the kidnapping and murder of an Atlantic City teen last March.
A Sicklerville man on Tuesday pleaded guilty in federal court to lying to the FBI during an investigation into the kidnapping and shooting death of an Atlantic City woman last March, according to U.S. Attorney for New Jersey Paul Fishman. Henry Ruffin, 41, pleaded guilty to misprision of a felony before Senior U.S. District Judge Joseph H. Rodriguez in Camden, admitting he concealed from the FBI what he knew about several people allegedly involved in the home invasion and kidnapping of Nadirah Ruffin, 19 (no relation to Henry Ruffin). With the guilty plea, Ruffin acknowledged he met with at least one of Nadirah Ruffin's kidnappers both before and after they took the victim to Philadelphia and killed her. The first meeting occurred in …
Saturday, June 23, 2012
Events include history, film, music and more under one Independence Day umbrella.
If there is any American town that would know something about Independence Day, it would have to be Philadelphia. So it isn't surprising that this city has scheduled 10 days worth of attractions to celebrate the Fourth of July. Elizabeth Evans, public relations agent for the Philadelphia Wawa Welcome America event said of the multiple-day activities, “(It is) the nation’s largest, free July Fourth festival in the heart of America's birthplace, from June 25 through July 4.” “There's no other place nationwide where families can experience the “Largest Free Concert in America”; two breathtaking fireworks displays; a "Go 4th and Learn" series offering free educational and interactive programs for young children and their parents; a day-long “…
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Many may not realize it, but there is plenty of green in the big city these days.
A frequently cited tidbit about Cinnaminson—and even Gloucester Township—is its proximity to Philadelphia. It's sometimes expressed with the cutesy "just a stone's throw away," which I suppose is true for those that can throw a stone 12 miles, but it sure does feel close. High points in the area—like Route 130 South at Branch Pike—offer skyline views that, on a clear day, are worth marveling over. This geographical closeness to a major city is akin to the effects of a planet's gravity. We swarm to it: Cheering for the Phillies, flocking cityward for the best in dining and entertainment, and as far as defining the "metropolitan area" goes—like it or not—we're all Philadelphians. So for the environmentalists among us, and with that big city …
Friday, February 3, 2012
The Japanese eating champion devoured a record-setting 337 wings to take home this year's Wing Bowl crown.
Berlin's Jonathan “Super” Squibb had his thousand-yard stare fixed early on a possible record-breaking fourth straight Wing Bowl title. Perenial favorite Bill “El Wingador” Simmons, of Woodbury Heights, hadn’t eaten since Tuesday, he wanted the crown back so badly. Even 50-to-1 long shot and West Deptford native John “Freak of Nature” Harker knew he had nothing to lose in one final charge. But the South Jersey men all came up against a Japanese locust Friday morning; famed gastric gold medalist Takeru Kobayashi crushed last year’s record-setting efforts by Squibb and Simmons, downing 337 wings to take the title at SportsRadio WIP’s Wing Bowl 20 Friday. Kobayashi praised his competitors as a strong group of eaters, and said he had his …
Friday, September 16, 2011
Escape to the city this weekend for a delicious tour of South Philly or Center City.
Center City restaurant week kicks off this weekend in the City of Brotherly Love. But if you are like me, choosing just one restaurant is nearly impossible. So, skip the decision this weekend and escape with Philadelphia Urban Adventures on a tour of the Italian Market or a tour of Center City. On the 9th Street Italian Market Tour, travel through the famous and fabulous market. You will get a chance to talk with shop owners and vendors and hear more about the past and present of the market. Of course, the tour includes samples—try everything from smoked provolone and homemade pasta to Middle Eastern delights like falafel and hummus. The tour concludes with everyone's Philly favorite: a cheesesteak. The Italian Market Tour is two delicious…
Friday, September 2, 2011
The 4th District assemblyman vows to prevent corporate-style payouts of public officials.
To the Editor: The city of Philadelphia’s recent $900,000 buyout of its school superintendent is an egregious misuse of taxpayer money. It’s the kind of unsavory backroom deal that will never be allowed here in New Jersey as long as I am an elected representative—and we in the State Legislature should move quickly to prohibit any such blatant assault on our citizens. Handing someone nearly a million dollars in exchange for his or her resignation is precisely the type of official misconduct I’d try to get to the bottom of during my years as an investigative journalist. And as an elected official sworn to protect the taxpayers, it has and will remain a top priority to root out and expose government waste and abuse. I am determined that under…
Monday, June 27, 2011
It's been nearly three years since Det. Chuck Dougherty's cousin and godson, Matt Novak, was gunned down in Philadelphia.
Matt Novak was just 24 years old when he was shot and killed in Philadelphia. He was heading back to southern New Jersey with two friends following the city's Puerto Rican Day parade and related festivities. His friend's car broke down at 6th and Green streets after the friend insisted Novak and the other passenger get out of his ride to settle a disagreement about a girl they had met earlier. Novak hopped into a blue Chevrolet Impala a few minutes before 7 p.m., apparently thinking the three guys in the car he had waved down were going to take him somewhere to pick up jumper cables for his friend's disabled yellow Dodge Neon. They never made it to the jumper cables. Novak was forced to exit the Impala at 13th and Fairmount Avenue, where …