<![CDATA[NBC 10 Philadelphia - Local News]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC10_40x125.png NBC 10 Philadelphia http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com en-us Sun, 29 Nov 2015 23:36:08 -0500 Sun, 29 Nov 2015 23:36:08 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Tractor Trailer Crashes Outside Car Dealership ]]> Sun, 29 Nov 2015 23:04:52 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Chapman-Chevrolet.jpg

A tractor-trailer crashed into a pole outside a Southwest Philadelphia car dealership Sunday night.

The vehicle struck a pole outside the Chapman Chevrolet on 6925 Essington Avenue around 9 p.m. PECO crews are currently repairing the downed pole. No one was seriously hurt during the crash.

This story is developing. Refresh page for updates.

Photo Credit: Mark Masecchia]]>
<![CDATA[Delaware County Firefighter Dies in Crash]]> Sun, 29 Nov 2015 20:50:25 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Scott-Jones-Firefighter.jpg

Friends and family are mourning a Delaware County firefighter who was killed in a car accident over the weekend.

Scott Jones, 33, of Aston Township, was driving a 2012 silver Honda CR-V south on North Middletown Road in Edgmont, Pennsylvania around 3:20 a.m. Saturday when it collided with a 2012 white Chevrolet Malibu traveling northbound on North Middletown.

The crash caused both vehicles to go off the roadway and down an embankment. Jones was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the Malibu, identified as 41-year-old Dante Monastra of West Chester, was taken to the Crozer-Chester Medical Center where he is being treated for life-threatening injuries.

Jones was a firefighter and EMT with the Newtown Square Fire Company for the past five years. He was also a volunteer with the Aston Township Fire Department and a career firefighter and EMT with the Media Fire Hook and Ladder Company.

State Police continue to investigate the accident. If you have any information, please call 484-840-1000.

Photo Credit: Newtown Square Fire Company ]]>
<![CDATA[2 Hurt After Vehicle Overturns on I-76 WB in Philly ]]> Sun, 29 Nov 2015 20:14:45 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/I-76-Westbound-Crash.jpg

Two people were hurt after a vehicle overturned on I-76 westbound in Philadelphia Sunday.

The accident occurred near the Montgomery Drive entrance, according to State Police. Two people were injured in the crash and were taken to the hospital. Officials have not yet revealed their conditions.

Only one lane of traffic is currently getting by at the scene of the crash.

This story is developing. Stay with NBC10.com for updates.

Photo Credit: Traffic Cam ]]>
<![CDATA[NBC10 First Alert Weather: Chilly and Rainy Week Ahead]]> Sun, 29 Nov 2015 20:01:50 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Chilly-and-Rainy-Week1.jpg Colder weather is in the area, and it is bringing rain into the region for the middle of the week. NBC10 First Alert Weather Meteorologist Sheena Parveen has what temperatures to expect for the work week, and how long the rain will last. ]]> <![CDATA[Holiday Visitors Leave After Thanksgiving Weekend]]> Sun, 29 Nov 2015 18:54:54 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000012930099_1200x675_576015939771.jpg Travelers are returning home Sunday after Thanksgiving break. NBC10's Drew Smith is at Philadelphia International Airport with the latest on travel delays. ]]> <![CDATA[Homecoming for Philadelphia Native Lee Daniels]]> Sun, 29 Nov 2015 18:59:17 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000012930122_1200x675_576016451765.jpg It was a homecoming for filmmaker Lee Daniels, who is currently working on the hit TV show Empire, when he spoke to the congregation at the African Episcopal Church of Saint Thomas Sunday morning. ]]> <![CDATA[NBC10 First Alert Weather: Damp, Cloudy and Cool]]> Sun, 29 Nov 2015 10:52:04 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000012929333_1200x675_575882819914.jpg The workweek will kick off to a soggy start with cooler temperatures than last week. NBC10 First Alert Meteorologist Michelle Grossman has all the details in the seven-day forecast.]]> <![CDATA[First Alert Weather: Damp & Chilly Sunday]]> Sun, 29 Nov 2015 10:48:18 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000012929244_1200x675_575877699702.jpg Will this damp, chilly weather stick around for the rest of our Sunday? NBC10 First Alert Meteorologist Michelle Grossman has the forecast. ]]> <![CDATA[Ladder Truck Crashes in Philly, Injuring 5 Firefighters]]> Sun, 29 Nov 2015 20:06:40 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Ladder+13+Fire+truck+crash+CREDIT+Gyllenhaal.jpg

A crash involving a fire truck in West Philadelphia left several firefighters injured Sunday morning.

Fire officials said the crash, in which a vehicle partially rolled over, happened about 10 a.m. at 55th Street and Baltimore Avenue. Authorities confirmed that Philadelphia Fire Department Ladder 13 was involved in the crash.

NBC10's Randy Gyllenhaal reported from the scene that five firefighters were taken to the hospital, one of whom was transported as a trauma alert initially but was doing better by about 11:45 a.m. Four parked cars were damaged in the crash.

Photos from the block show one car completely crushed under the front of the ladder truck. Witnesses told Gyllenhaal that the truck appeared to be responding to a call when the driver lost control and hit parked cars along Baltimore Avenue.

Ladder 13's firehouse is located on 52nd Street near Willows Avenue, about four blocks from the site of the crash.

The Philadelphia Fire Department sent a tweet from its official account about 11:10 a.m. saying that no civilians were hurt in the crash, and that the firefighters suffered only minor injuries. They said the crash is under investigation.

This story is developing. Stay with NBC10.com for updates.

Photo Credit: NBC10 - Randy Gyllenhaal
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<![CDATA[Homeward Bound: Holiday End Means Busy Travel Day]]> Sun, 29 Nov 2015 10:13:37 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000012929178_1200x675_575872579692.jpg NBC10’s Monique Braxton is at Philadelphia International Airport speaking with travelers as they arrive home.]]> <![CDATA[ Liberty Place Observation Deck Gives Bird's Eye View of Philly]]> Sun, 29 Nov 2015 10:11:00 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000012929329_1200x675_575882819782.jpg The new observation deck atop One Liberty Place in Center City opened this weekend, offering a breathtaking panoramic view of the city from 883 feet in the sky.]]> <![CDATA[Philly Airport Braces for 90K Passenger Influx Sunday]]> Sun, 29 Nov 2015 08:11:33 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000012928956_1200x675_575850563912.jpg NBC10’s Monique Braxton is at Philadelphia International Airport, where workers are bracing for an influx of more than 90,000 passengers on Sunday as the Thanksgiving holiday travel rush comes to an end.]]> <![CDATA[First Alert: Week Brings Showers]]> Sun, 29 Nov 2015 07:57:39 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000012928926_1200x675_575850051749.jpg The first half of the workweek will bring clouds and rain for our region, but things dry out and warm up a bit toward the end of the week. NBC10 First Alert Meteorologist Michelle Grossman has the full seven-day forecast.]]> <![CDATA[Phila. Police Investigate Robbers Impersonating Officers]]> Sun, 29 Nov 2015 23:18:23 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/South-Philly-Police-Imperso.jpg

A man and a woman impersonated police officers to rob people in South Philadelphia overnight, police said.

Police say a man and a woman inside a silver Nissan sedan pulled up to a 23-year-old woman on 4th and Jackson streets around 4:30 a.m. Sunday. The male suspect flashed his badge and then yelled that he was going to arrest the 23-year-old, officials said. The 23-year-old woman then fled the area.

Around two hours later, the man and woman drove to East Passyunk Avenue where they approached a male victim, police said. The male suspect once again showed a badge and asked for the victim's ID, claiming he matched the description of a criminal, according to investigators. The suspect then took the man's wallet and handed it back to him. As the man and woman left the scene, the victim checked his wallet and discovered $14 in cash were missing, police said.

Police have not released descriptions of the two suspects. They are looking at surveillance video and are asking any witnesses to come forward.

Photo Credit: Manuel Noguera]]>
<![CDATA[How to Find the Perfect Christmas Tree]]> Sun, 29 Nov 2015 07:16:06 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000012928745_1200x675_575845443777.jpg Experts suggest measuring your house before you go Christmas tree shopping and making sure your tree has plenty of water to prevent it from drying out.]]> <![CDATA[Local Shops Enjoy Successful Small Business Saturday]]> Sun, 29 Nov 2015 07:13:46 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000012928735_1200x675_575844931748.jpg Local shops enjoyed a successful Small Business Saturday this weekend. NBC10 was in Bucks County's Peddler's Village for the holiday shopping event.]]> <![CDATA[Karate Helps Kids Overcome Challenges in Allentown]]> Sun, 29 Nov 2015 07:10:19 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000012928532_1200x675_575844931616.jpg Kids facing disabilities and other challenges in the Allentown area are kicking their hardships through a unique martial arts program. NBC10's Matt DeLucia visited the karate classes.]]> <![CDATA[NBC10 First Alert Weather: Showers, Clouds]]> Sun, 29 Nov 2015 06:52:40 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000012928270_1200x675_575840835884.jpg Showers throughout the region will move out by Sunday afternoon, but cloudy skies will linger. NBC10 First Alert Meteorologist Michelle Grossman has the details.]]> <![CDATA[Penn State Faces Vermont in Annual Philly Hockey Face-Off]]> Sun, 29 Nov 2015 06:50:19 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000012928247_1200x675_575841347778.jpg Penn State will take on Vermont in the annual Philadelphia College Hockey Face-Off at the Wells Fargo Center on Sunday.]]> <![CDATA[Santa Claus Comes to Media]]> Sun, 29 Nov 2015 06:47:36 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000012928275_1200x675_575842371600.jpg Santa and Mrs. Claus will visit State Street in Media, Delaware County on Sunday as part of the town's 2nd annual Santa's Parade and Fun Run. ]]> <![CDATA[Busy Travel Day Kicks Off at Philadelphia International Airport]]> Sun, 29 Nov 2015 07:24:33 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000012928341_1200x675_575841859815.jpg Sunday is estimated to be one of the busiest travel days of the year as Thanksgiving travelers hit the roads and airports. NBC10's Monique Braxton is at Philadelphia International Airport to keep us up-to-date on travel conditions there.]]> <![CDATA[Sister of Homeless Man Beaten to Death Speaks Out ]]> Sun, 29 Nov 2015 18:24:13 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Sister-of-Bob-Barnes.jpg

The victim's family created a GoFundMe page to help cover funeral costs. CLICK HERE if you would like to donate.

Even during his last days, Diane Barnes was still hopeful her brother would recover.

“He opened his eyes and that gave us a glimpse of hope,” she said. “I’d go visit him once a week and I would just think that maybe one of these days he’d say, ‘Hi Diane,’ and talk to me. And I had hope.”

Despite her optimism, 51-year-old Robert Barnes died Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving and two days before Diane’s birthday.

“My birthday was yesterday and I turned 51,” Diane told NBC10 on Saturday. “We’re 11 months apart and he would tell everyone I was his twin sister.”

Diane frequently fought back tears when she spoke about her brother’s life and legacy.

“I miss my brother,” she said. “He was a great kid. Just a great kid who didn’t deserve this. I just hope people stand by our family and I hope justice is served. I love you Bob.”

Robert Barnes, whom Diane always referred to as Bobby, had been in the hospital for several months after he was brutally attacked outside a Philadelphia gas station. Police say he was beaten by a group of six people back on April 7 outside the Sunoco gas station at 5th Street and Somerville Avenue in the city’s Olney section.

The attack, which was captured on surveillance video, involved a hammer, a piece of wood and mace. The video shows a group jump from a minivan and rush towards Barnes as he stood outside the gas station. They then punch him, stomp on him and strike him with a hammer.

After attacking Barnes, the group jumped back into the minivan and sped off. Three adults -- Aleathea Gillard, 34, Shareena Joachim, 23, and Kaisha Duggins, 24 – are charged in the case. Gillard, Joachim and Duggins all rejected plea deals and will stand trial in January. The charges are expected to be upgraded following Barnes' death.

Police say one of Gillard’s children falsely accused Barnes of hitting him, which prompted the attack.

Three teens, a 14-year-old boy, 12-year-old girl and a 13-year-old boy ,all pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and conspiracy and were remanded to juvenile detention centers.

Despite the allegations against them, Diane told NBC10 she feels pity for the suspects rather than anger.

“I don’t wanna say anything bad,” she said. “I just wanna say that I hope and pray that they get the help that they need because what happened here was just so unthinkable.”

Diane told NBC10 in a previous interview that her brother suffered from alcoholism and repeatedly chose to live in the streets of Olney rather than with relatives where he’d have to stay sober. Despite his issues, Diane continued to support her brother, checking on him every week. On Saturday she described how generous her brother was in spite of his problems.

“He always cared about homeless people,” she said. “When he had an apartment in Connecticut at one time he actually moved in the homeless, a few homeless people he moved in because he said, ‘You know I know what it’s like to be homeless, Diane. I’m homeless.’”

His generosity extended towards Diane as well.

“He would help me,” she said. “He’d come to my house and ask me if I needed him to rake the leaves or help me with whatever. Whatever I needed done he was there to help me.”

Diane says she hopes her brother’s death and his legacy will lead to change when it comes to how the Philadelphia community treats the homeless.

“I hope if anything comes out of this, that us as a society in Philadelphia, we do more for the homeless people,” she said. “We provide affordable housing and adequate care for these people. They’re actually victims. They’re not safe anymore on the streets of Philadelphia.”

Diane also went into specific changes she wanted to see.

“I think the Cold Blue needs to change,” she said. “I think they need to open these shelters to people a lot sooner. Maybe even an open door policy. Let these homeless people walk in as needed. Provide social workers, people that help them. They need to be held by the hand. These homeless people suffer from mental illness, addiction.”

Yet the biggest message Diane wants to convey is that in spite of his circumstances, her brother was a human being who showed love to others and was loved in return.

“Most people believe he was not a great brother and that his life didn’t count because he was homeless,” she said. “I just want to say that his life did count. He was a great brother. He enjoyed life. He loved life. Even though he was homeless and on the streets he loved life. And he wanted to continue to live. And that’s the message that I’d like to get out that my brother, please don’t anybody judge him because he was homeless. This kid loved life!”

Photo Credit: NBC10]]>
<![CDATA[Woman, Tot Fighting for Lives After Being Hit by Van]]> Sun, 29 Nov 2015 06:31:38 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Park-Avenue-Crash.jpg

A woman and a 2-year-old child remained in critical condition Sunday morning after they and two others were run over by a van as they left a party in West Philadelphia's Parkside section Saturday evening.

Police said the 2-year-old, a 6-year-old girl, and two women, ages 25 and 30, were crossing Parkside Avenue near 49th Street just before 5:30 p.m. when a 1996 Dodge Ram driven by a 77-year-old man struck them in the street.

The two women were both taken to Presbyterian Hospital while the children were taken to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Both the 25-year-old woman and 6-year-old girl were in reported in stable condition Saturday night. The 30-year-old victim and 2-year-old child remained critical Sunday morning.

Mary Faust, who witnessed the crash, told NBC10 the 77-year-old driver stayed at the scene after the accident.

"Someone asked him, 'Who hit these people?' He said, 'I did,'" Faust said.

The driver, who was not hurt during the crash, told police he was trying to get around cars that were illegally parked when he struck the four victims, according to investigators. 

Loved ones told NBC10 the victims were leaving the birthday party of the kids' 75-year-old grandmother at the time of the accident. Deborah Smith, a minister who attended the party, told NBC10 everyone began to pray after the four victims were struck.

"We just believe God," she said. "We believe in healing and we believe that He will bring the children through." 

Police continue to investigate.

Photo Credit: NBC10]]>
<![CDATA[NBC10 First Alert Weather: More Wet Weather Ahead]]> Sun, 29 Nov 2015 00:04:16 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/More-Wet-Weather-Coming.jpg More rain is moving into our area Sunday and during the week. NBC10 First Alert Weather Chief Meteorologist Glenn Schwartz has the forecast.]]> <![CDATA[Witness: Man Pointed Gun at Okafor in Old City ]]> Sat, 28 Nov 2015 15:21:01 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Jahlil-Okafor.jpg

Jahlil Okafor had a gun pointed at him during an altercation in Philadelphia with two unidentified men in early October, a witness tells CSNPhilly.com.

The 19-year-old Sixers’ rookie was outside an Old City nightclub after 2 a.m. on Oct. 4 when he and another person began arguing with two men sitting in a parked car near the corner of 2nd and Walnut Streets, according to a witness. The verbal disagreement escalated and a witness said he saw Okafor try to punch the driver through the open driver’s side window. During the altercation, the driver and passenger exited the car and the passenger pointed a gun in the direction of Okafor and his associate, per the witness.

U.S. Park Rangers — who patrol nearby Independence Hall — arrived on the scene during the altercation, according to separate reports filed by the U.S. Park Rangers and the Philadelphia Police Department and obtained by CSNPhilly.com. The man who exited the passenger side of the car fled on foot and appeared to toss his gun, per multiple witnesses. According to the police report, the driver got into a black Camaro with red stripes and sped off. The car was not stopped.

According to the police report, a U.S. Park Ranger chased the unidentified passenger on foot but lost him when the man ducked into the garage at the nearby Sheraton Philadelphia Society Hill Hotel at One Dock Street. The report also indicated that police and K-9 units “swept the parking garage and first floor of the hotel with negative results.” Hotel surveillance video revealed the man never entered the hotel from the garage.

A law enforcement source told CSNPhilly.com that a gun magazine was recovered near the scene and submitted for fingerprint analysis. The law enforcement source said the investigation is ongoing.

It is unclear what happened to Okafor or his associate after the incident or if they were interviewed by U.S. Park Rangers or PPD.

"I’m not allowed to talk about that incident," Okafor said Friday night after the Sixers' loss to the Rockets. "There is a process going on and I’m not allowed to talk about it. I’m sorry."

The Sixers also would not comment but released the following statement:

"We are aware that there is an ongoing investigation regarding the alleged incident and are unable to comment further."

Okafor, however, did comment on the fight he was involved in Wednesday night outside a Boston nightclub after the team's loss to the Celtics. Following Friday morning's shootaround, Okafor addressed the media and called the altercation “definitely dumb on my part and something I’m embarrassed about.”

He continued: “It doesn’t happen often. People were coming at me and making fun of us for losing. I know I’m in the spotlight and I know there are people going to try to anger you. I did the dumb thing and reacted to it. I’ll never handle it like that again.”

On Thursday, TMZ posted a video that shows Okafor punching an unidentified man outside a Boston nightclub. In the video, Okafor is heard shouting at someone, “We got money, you broke ass [racial slur].” The video also shows Okafor punching a man who then falls to the pavement. The Boston Police Department later issued a statement saying it is “actively reviewing” the case. According to the statement, a man filed a police report Friday morning claiming he was the victim of assault and battery outside Storyville nightclub in Boston around 2 a.m. on Thursday morning.

Following the incident in Boston, a Sixers’ spokesman issued a statement: "We are aware of the report and we are currently working to gather additional information. Until that time, we will have no further comment."

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Small Business Saturday]]> Sun, 29 Nov 2015 00:00:02 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000012926524_1200x675_575792195845.jpg Local shops are counting up the holiday sales after Small Business Saturday. NBC10's Drew Smith has the details.]]> <![CDATA[South Jersey Town Brings in Holiday With Parade]]> Sat, 28 Nov 2015 19:20:45 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Collingswood-Christmas-Para.jpg Mummers, marching bands, dancers and floats spread holiday cheer Saturday in the annual Collingswood Christmas Parade.

Photo Credit: NBC10.com]]>
<![CDATA[Observation Deck Opens in Center City]]> Sat, 28 Nov 2015 19:27:52 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000012925075_1200x675_575740483631.jpg The observation deck at One Liberty Place opened to the public Saturday morning, and children from the Boys and Girls Club of Philadelphia were the first to get a look at the new attraction.]]> <![CDATA[Small Business Saturday in Our Area]]> Sat, 28 Nov 2015 18:57:53 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Small-Business-Saturday1.jpg The rain didn't stop local shoppers from taking advantage of good deals during Small Business Saturday. NBC10's Drew Smith has the details.

Photo Credit: NBC10.com ]]>
<![CDATA[SEPTA Police Chief's Twitter 'Experiment' a Success]]> Sun, 29 Nov 2015 07:05:47 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/329*120/SEPTA+Tweet.JPG

It’s no secret that social media has become a powerful tool that can reach an untold amount of people.

The head of police for Philadelphia’s transit authority is hyperactive on Twitter and a unique posting led to the return of a cell phone and a young woman avoiding a criminal charge.

It all started with a simple posting on Twitter by SEPTA Police Chief Thomas Nestel III:

On November 22, a rider accidentally left a cell phone on a bench at the Broad Street subway's Cecil B. Moore station.

Nestel said a woman picked up the phone and did not turn it in to SEPTA's lost and found or to the Transit Police.

By taking the phone, Nestel said she committed a misdemeanor theft of mislaid property.

Nestel said surveillance footage of the phone being taken was located. However, while the woman who took the phone would likely have been identified and successfully prosecuted, recovery of the phone probably would not have occurred, Nestel said.

So, Nestel decided to “experiment” on Twitter using the amnesty proposition.

Some on Twitter were critical of Nestel’s proposal.

However, in the end, Nestel’s experiment ended up being a success.

On Friday night, the phone was turned in at the 39th District police station. Nestel said the woman provided her sister's information and identified her as the thief. The woman, who will receive amnesty, is a 19-year-old from Philadelphia. No charges will be filed and the phone will be returned to its owner.

Photo Credit: Twitter/Thomas Nestel
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<![CDATA[Christmas Village at Love Park Opens]]> Sat, 28 Nov 2015 10:23:11 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000012924022_1200x675_575608899718.jpg Christmas Village, open for the holiday season in Philadelphia's LOVE Park, featured over 60 vendors from now through December 27th.]]> <![CDATA[Small Business Saturday Events]]> Sat, 28 Nov 2015 09:54:25 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000012923992_1200x675_575608899837.jpg NBC10 reporter Monique Braxton is in the middle of Collingswood, New Jersey where the borough is lit and ready for Small Business Saturday and a parade to bring more people out for the event.]]> <![CDATA[Meals For The Homeless]]> Sat, 28 Nov 2015 09:53:16 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000012924052_1200x675_575612995910.jpg "Chosen 300" is a ministry in Mantua that chooses to close for Thanksgiving, but it wants to serve when it counts on non-holidays when the need is greater.]]>