<![CDATA[NBC 10 Philadelphia - Local News]]>Copyright 2019 https://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC10_40x125.png NBC 10 Philadelphia https://www.nbcphiladelphia.com en-usMon, 27 May 2019 08:11:44 -0400Mon, 27 May 2019 08:11:44 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Volunteers Remember the Fallen by Placing Flags at Philly Graves]]> Mon, 27 May 2019 07:36:48 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Generic+American+Flag+Generic+Grave.jpg

On Memorial Day, volunteers honor veterans by placing American flags on their graves at Laurel Hill Cemetery in Philadelphia. Volunteers want to make sure their stories of valor are kept alive so stories won't be lost with time.

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<![CDATA[Suspected Shoplifter Stabs Security Guard at NJ Mall: Police]]> Mon, 27 May 2019 07:24:42 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/woodbridge+police+mall+shooting.jpg

A suspected shoplifter stabbed a security guard at the Woodbridge Mall on Sunday afternoon, police said. 

A man was in a store in the mall and four accomplices were in a getaway vehicle outside, Woodbridge Township police said. 

When the man tried to make a run for it, he stabbed a loss prevention officer, police said. The guard was taken to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, he was bleeding but his condition was not known. 

The getaway car took off, but was stopped after a brief pursuit, police said. Four men and one woman were in the car. 

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<![CDATA[Meek Mill Denied Entry to Vegas Hotel, Lawyer Says]]> Sun, 26 May 2019 23:28:47 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-1144897233.jpg

Philly rapper Meek Mill was turned away from the Cosmopolitan Hotel, according to his lawyers. They claim the hotel has a racist policy.

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<![CDATA[Enjoy the Outdoors Without Leaving Philly on Memorial Day]]> Mon, 27 May 2019 06:44:05 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP_17293724399601.jpg

Not heading to the shore or mountains for the long Memorial Day weekend?

From batting cages to roller skating to getting out in nature, here are five outdoor things you can do this weekend (for cheap or even free) without having to leave Philadelphia or put on a bathing suit.

Get Out to 'The Yard'

South Bowl (19 E Oregon Ave.) in South Philadelphia is about so much more than just bowling. South Bowl launched its new outdoor area, dubbed the Yard, earlier this month and gave NBC10 a first look.

The area tucked behind the bowling alley in the shadow of I-95 features batting cages (including retired numbers that are an ode to Philly moments), bocce, horseshoes, shuffle board, billiards, arcade games and a full bar.

The batting cages cost $3 a token and pool costs a fee with other activities free if you leave your ID at the bar. Expect drink and food specials as well.

Kick Back With a Brew in the Park

The traveling Parks on Tap is spending the holiday weekend at FDR Park (1500 Pattison Ave) in South Philadelphia. Adults and children can relax on comfy chairs and hammocks. Food, snacks, beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase.

Head to the gazebo along the largest lake in the park to find the fun. The event runs until 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from noon to 10 p.m. on Sunday and Monday.

Skate Around Or Just Relax

The Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest along Penn’s Landing (101 S Columbus Blvd.) has something for just about everyone in the family. From roller skating to mini golf to carnival games to a Ferris wheel to a lodge to just take it easy, you could spend hours along the Delaware River and not get bored.

Summerfest is free to enter with costs for the amenities.

While you are there, take a stroll along the river up to Spruce Street Harbor Park. It’s another free area to enter. You can check out floating gardens, relax on a hammock, play lawn games and grab a beer or a bite.

Go for a Hike

The Friends of the Wissahickon is hosting guided hikes in the Wissahickon Valley Park this weekend. Get outside for an organized hike or just make your way over to Forbidden Drive (enter at 120 W Northwestern Avenue or at Bells Mill Road) and hike along the creek or on the surrounding trails.

After working up a sweat on the trails, head over to Chestnut Hill for a bite to eat.

Get Your Head in the Trees

On the other end of Fairmount Park you can find the Treetop Quest (51 Chamounix Drive) ropes and zip line course. Starting at $19 for kids and up to $49 for adults, the treetop adventure features dozens of obstacles and zip lines for people of all skill sets.

If you have the kids with you, head across the Schuylkill River afterward and lets them run off some energy at the free Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse (3500 Reservoir Dr.)

Photo Credit: AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File
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<![CDATA[Marking Memorial Day the Philly Way]]> Mon, 27 May 2019 06:14:00 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Grilling.jpg

All throughout Philadelphia, residents gathered to celebrate the long weekend. NBC10 stopped by a few parties to meet neighbors ... and taste some delicious food.

<![CDATA[Meek Mill Blasts Las Vegas Hotel as 'Racist' ]]> Sun, 26 May 2019 18:50:30 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Mill.jpg

Rapper Meek Mill on Saturday accused the Cosmopolitan Hotel of being racist for denying him entry to the Las Vegas property and threatening to have him arrested for trespassing, NBC News reports. A video of his exchange with security personnel at the hotel posted on his Instagram account had more than a million views as of Sunday morning.

Mill's publicist told NBC News he was at the hotel to support DJ Mustard, who has a residency at Marquee Nightclub, and that he never got out of the car or entered the hotel.

Mill said the Cosmopolitan Hotel and others in Las Vegas employ tactics against black entertainers, specifically, telling them they are banned "without incident," "because they don’t want too many blacks" on their properties.

The Cosmopolitan Hotel said in a statement, "As a matter of company policy, we do not comment on legal matters. Our guests' safety and security always remains our top priority."

Photo Credit: Matt Rourke/AP]]>
<![CDATA[Memorial Day Festivities at the Shore]]> Sun, 26 May 2019 18:47:15 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Shore1.jpg

Families swarmed the Jersey Shore Sunday, but many beachgoers did not lose sight of what Memorial Day is all about.

Photo Credit: Wayne Parry/AP]]>
<![CDATA[First Alert: Severe Storms Barrel Into Philly Region]]> Sun, 26 May 2019 18:48:26 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Geneirc+Storm+Clouds.jpg

A storm system making its way from the Midwest is expected to hit the Philadelphia region Sunday, bringing with it a chance of severe weather throughout the region.

The NBC10 First Alert Weather team has also issued a First Alert from 4 p.m. to 12 a.m. for the greater Philadelphia region as the system creates the possibility of scattered but powerful and fast-moving storms.

With a combination of heat and humidity throughout the day, as well as an expected warm front, you can expect scattered thunderstorms, heavy rain, lighting, possibly damaging winds and even hail.

The Lehigh Valley will get the first surge as showers begin shortly after 4 p.m. The storms then move eastward, arriving in Philadelphia and Trenton between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. The system will reach the Jersey Shore between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m.

While the severe weather will peter off Sunday evening, there could still be some lingering showers overnight.

Things should improve by Memorial Day, however, as temperatures remain hot, but the humidity dissipates.

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<![CDATA[Local Hero Returns Home After 70 Years]]> Sat, 25 May 2019 23:36:47 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/MIA13.jpg

The body of an Army staff sergeant who went missing more than seven decades ago finally came back to the place he called home in time for Memorial Day.

<![CDATA[Memorial Day Weekend Fun Kicks Off at the Shore]]> Sat, 25 May 2019 23:22:36 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Shore1.jpg

Traffic and wind didn't stop families from enjoying the unofficial start of summer down Shore.

Photo Credit: Wayne Parry/AP]]>
<![CDATA[Cops: Drunk Driver Picks Up Drunk Driver, Both Get Charged]]> Sat, 25 May 2019 11:47:28 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/dwi+generic.jpg

Police in a small New Jersey town arrested an alleged drunk driver Friday morning -- and then arrested the friend who picked her up for allegedly driving drunk too.

The misadventure stared just after midnight, when Hackettstown police made a traffic stop on Route 46, pulling over Morgan Doran, 21, of Netcong, for a moving violation.

The responding officer smelled alcohol and ultimately arrested her for DWI, DWI in a school zone, reckless driving and careless driving.

At the police station, she called Sebastian Rehm, 24, of Long Valley, to come pick her up.

But when police spoke to Rehm in the lobby of the station, they smelled alcohol on him as well -- and charged him with DWI and reckless driving.

Hackettstown police said both were released to a sober driver pending a court appearance. Attorney information was not immediately available. 

<![CDATA[Drive-by Gunman Shoots 10 People Outside Trenton Bar]]> Sat, 25 May 2019 18:43:27 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/trenton+bar+mass+shooting+05252019.jpg

Gunfire erupted outside a Trenton bar early Saturday morning, striking five men and five women, New Jersey officials said.

It's the second mass shooting in the state capital in less than a year.

The drive-by shooting near Ramoneros Liquor and Bar on Brunswick Street happened shortly after midnight, the Trenton Police Department said. The bar is a place where many different residents commingle, including rival gangs, according to Mayor Reed Gusciora.

The victims were all between 23 and 36 years old. At least two of the victims were listed in critical but stable condition. Eight of the victims were Trenton residents, according to officials.

Two of the male victims underwent emergency surgery at Capital Health Regional Medical Center.

The shooting was "indicative of gun violence across America," Gusciora said. Less than a year ago, 22 people were injured after a mass shooting outside the Trenton Arts Festival. 

"Ultimately, it's going to have to be the federal government that’s going to have to step up to the plate," he said.

Gusciora added that despite community improvement efforts, Trenton must work harder to provide a safe home for residents and not become a "tale of two cities."

"We have to address the socioeconomic problems where many young people have given up hope," he said. "We have to address the underlying causes of why someone would pick up a gun and join a gang."

Shortly before gun fire erupted, witnesses saw a dark-colored car pull up to an intersection where several people were gathered outside. At least two suspects fired more than 30 shots into the crowd, police said. 

Officials have not identified the suspects or released possible suspects. 

"This is the second mass shooting in the city of Trenton in the last year, and it's something that can't be acceptable. This is completely unacceptable," Trenton Councilman-at-Large Jerell Blakeley said, referring to a shooting that left a suspect dead and 22 people injured at an arts festival in June 2018.

The councilman also said he would call for the National Guard to patrol the city.

Officers responded to the gunfire around 12:24 a.m., the TPD said. Shell casings and at least 50 evidence markers littered the pavement as they closed off the street to investigate.

"I just heard the loud gunshots. It was a couple of them. I came downstairs and by the time I got down, it was just crazy everywhere," said Norman Hutto, who lives nearby.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Trenton Police Department.

Editor's Note: This story has been updated with new information released by the Trenton Police Department.

Photo Credit: Matt DeLucia/NBC10]]>
<![CDATA[Pipe-Wielding Neighbor Beats Woman in Delaware County]]> Sat, 25 May 2019 14:40:42 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/delaware+county+pipe+attack+05252019.jpg

Police arrested a man for attempted murder after he attacked his neighbor using a steel pipe in Delaware County. During the beating, the man split the woman's head open and damaged her arms as she tried to protect herself.  

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<![CDATA[Son of Former Lehigh Valley Priest Says He Contemplated Suicide]]> Fri, 24 May 2019 23:49:39 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_100000005226724.JPG

John Dreisbach, now 28, first learned he was the son of a former priest when he was 8 years old. His parents met when his mother was a college student and his father was a seminarian. Dreisbach told NBC10 in a first television interview of the pain after learning that church leaders wanted his mother to cover up her relationship with a priest.

<![CDATA[1,000s of Medical Records Dumped at South Jersey Storage Facility]]> Fri, 24 May 2019 23:42:03 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_100000005226677.JPG

How did dozens of boxes worth of sensitive medical records for patients find their way to a dumped pile at a Williamstown, New Jersey, storage facility?

<![CDATA['Build, Build, Build': Pelosi in Delco as Trump Feud Goes On]]> Fri, 24 May 2019 18:47:56 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_100000005224791.JPG

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi spoke about the Democratic Party's agenda, including infrastructure and health care legislation, during an appearance at Delaware County Community College on Friday, May 24. But she couldn't escape questions about her ongoing feud with President Donald Trump. Local congresswomen, Madeleine Dean, D-Montgomery County, and Mary Gay Scanlon, D-Delaware County, appeared on stage with Pelosi.

<![CDATA[Former Lover of Priest Talks of Fathering His Son]]> Fri, 24 May 2019 18:28:46 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_100000005224871.JPG

Tess Engelhardt says she met the Rev. Robert Dreisbach while in college. During the next 15 years, their friendship turned into a romantic relationship. Engelhardt had a son fathered by Dreisbach and said the Diocese of Allentown told her to sign a non-disclosure agreement if she wanted any financial child support.

<![CDATA[I-76 in South Jersey Closes for Emergency Repairs]]> Fri, 24 May 2019 16:13:11 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/196*120/Capture267.PNG

People heading to the Shore this weekend could encounter heavier than usual traffic.

A main artery connecting the Walt Whitman Bridge to the Jersey Shore will have lane closures for emergency repairs.

The New Jersey Department of Transportation announced Friday immediate lane closures on Interstate 76 over Klemm Avenue for emergency bridge repairs in Gloucester City. Klemm Avenue also will be closed.

According to NJDOT:

The two left lanes on I-76 westbound will be closed for emergency concrete deck repairs. This work is expected to be completed by 7 p.m. tonight. Four lanes will remain open while the repairs are being made.

Beginning at 8 p.m. Friday, the two right lanes and shoulder on I-76 eastbound will be closed for emergency deck repairs. This work is expected to last approximately 8 hours. Once work on the right lanes is complete, a single left lane and shoulder on I-76 eastbound will be closed until about 12 noon on Saturday, May 25 for emergency repairs. There are normally five lanes in the eastbound direction. At least three lanes will remain open while the repairs are being made.

Klemm Avenue will reopen Saturday.

<![CDATA[Sunny Today? Yes. Even Better Day Saturday Expected]]> Fri, 24 May 2019 23:48:06 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_100000005226731.JPG

You thought Friday was a great kickoff to a long weekend? Wait till you hear what's in store Saturday.

<![CDATA[95 MPH Tornado Touched Down in Bucks County]]> Sat, 25 May 2019 06:23:18 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/bucks+county+tornado+05242019.jpg

A severe storm that slammed the Philadelphia region's northern neighborhoods Sunday produced a tornado that damaged property as it touched down in Bucks County.

The category EF-1 tornado briefly touched down in Tinicum Township's Beaver Valley Campgrounds around 9:51 p.m. Sunday, May 19, the National Weather Service said. It reached 95 mph as it barreled through the campgrounds for about a quarter of a mile.

Fifteen-year-old Jaylin Lafferty and her little brother witnessed the tornado making its way outside their house. "My brother was crying," said Lafferty, who captured the tornado on cellphone video.

The tornado lasted about a minute and reached a width of around 100 yards as it toppled dozens of trees, some of which ended up damaging three nearby camper trailers, the NWS said. Despite the damage, no injuries were reported.

The information about the storm is preliminary and could change after a final review, the NWS said.

The Enhanced Fujita scale classifies tornadoes by their intensity. The scale ranges from EF-0 to EF-5. An EF-1 tornado like the one in Tinicum Township is considered weak and produces wind speeds between 86 to 110 mph, according to the NWS.

Photo Credit: Jaylin Lafferty]]>
<![CDATA[Weekend Weather: What a Memorial Day for the Outdoors]]> Fri, 24 May 2019 18:13:33 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_100000005224918.JPG

From the beach to street fairs, this weekend is expected to be a banner holiday for spending time outdoors.

<![CDATA[May Day in Collingswood Brings Crowds to Camden County]]> Fri, 24 May 2019 18:12:07 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_100000005224953.JPG

A big celebration in Collingswood, Camden County, is planned for Haddon Avenue this weekend.

<![CDATA[Your Holiday Forecast From the Shore to Poconos to Philly]]> Mon, 27 May 2019 07:20:40 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/190*120/Jersey+Shore4.JPG

The summer season started this weekend as people flocked to the Jersey Shore, Delaware Beaches, Pocono Mountains, numerous weddings or just the local park or restaurant.

With all that driving, and time spent outside, everyone wants to know what the weather will be. The general term to describe it is summerlike. But on the beach, it could feel much cooler with ocean temps in the upper 50s and low 60s. You won't want to forget your sunscreen.

Memorial Day:

A dry, less humid, warm day for remembrances, parades and barbecues.

Philadelphia/Immediate Suburbs

Any lingering showers moved out leading to a partly sunny and warm day with highs in the low to mid 80s.

Jersey Shore/Delaware Beaches

After any remaining showers moved out early. Temps should rise into the mid to upper 70s with a mix of sun and clouds before dropping down as the sea breeze kicks in later in the afternoon.


Another chilly start with some lingering rain possible before temps push into the low 70s under partly cloudy skies.

Looking Ahead:

The next threat of wet weather comes Tuesday morning, most likely after the morning commute. The storms pack the possibility of heavy winds and downpour.

Keep checking back with the NBC10 First Alert Weather Team on air throughout the week and download the app to get the latest forecast for your neighborhood.

Photo Credit: NBC10/Matt DeLucia]]>
<![CDATA[Wrongly Convicted Philly Man Freed After 21 Years]]> Fri, 24 May 2019 15:47:59 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Terrance+Lewis.jpg

How do you celebrate freedom after spending 21 years behind bars for a crime you didn't commit?

If you're 40-year-old Terrance Lewis, joining you family for a surf-and-turf meal is about as good as it gets.

On Thursday, he walked out of a Chester County prison after a judge decided to review his case a day earlier. She ruled that he had been denied due process during his original trial, exonerating a man who thought he would never walk free again.

"It's just so surreal," he said. "I'm still taking it in."

Earlier on Thursday, Lewis took his first selfie ever. It was with his lawyer.

Lewis was arrested as a teenager in 1996 and charged with second-degree murder after a robbery gone wrong. He told NBC10 he wasn’t present during the robbery, but a witness claimed otherwise. At first, a witness identified another man, but that was never shared with his legal team or presented in court.

Despite the error, Lewis said he's not angry.

"As part as my faith, I do believe everything do happen for a reason," he said.

Instead, he plans to enjoy freedom and reconnect with his son, who was born one month after Lewis was sent to prison.

“I have learned what the true definition of resilience is," he said.

<![CDATA[Aldi Recalls Baker's Corner All Purpose Flour Over E. Coli Concerns ]]> Fri, 24 May 2019 11:24:55 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Aldi+store+new+logo.jpg

A voluntary recall has been issued for Bakers Corner All Purpose Flour sold at Aldi stores in 11 states, including Connecticut, due to possible E. coli.

A news release posted on ALDI’s website said the flour was from an ADM Milling Co. production facility in Buffalo, N.Y. and distributed to select Aldi stores in Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and West Virginia. The recall is for Bakers Corner All Purpose Flour sold in a 5 lb. bag with the UPC code: 041498130404.

As a precaution, Aldi has recalled all best if used by dates and all lots of Bakers Corner All Purpose Flour products produced by ADM Milling Co. in Buffalo, N.Y. from store shelves in the 11 affected states.

If you have flour affected by the recall, throw it away or return it to your local store for a full refund.

Anyone with questions can call ADM Milling Co. Customer Service at 800-422-1688.

Aldi is also urging people not to eat raw dough or batter. 

Photo Credit: Aldi]]>
<![CDATA[Swimwear Drive to Get Kids Ready to Jump Into Philly Pools]]> Fri, 24 May 2019 11:12:45 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Underwater+Pool+Generic+Peace+Sign.jpg

Philadelphia pools are set to open in June just as schools let out.

The city's Parks and Recreation Department wants to make sure every child is ready to jump in with its first-ever swimwear drive.

"Our free public pools are a treasured resource for residents across Philadelphia," Parks and Rec Commissioner Kathryn Ott Lovell said Thursday in a news release announcing the plan to open pools. "Every child in this city deserves to stay cool and learn to swim in a safe, free, city pool. My aim for this swimsuit drive is that no child has to be turned away from the pool this summer because they don’t have a swimsuit."

The Suit Up to Summer swimwear drive is kicking off Thursday ahead of the opening of the city's 72 outdoor public pools and spraygrounds. The neighborhood pools will be opened on a rolling basis from June 17 to June 28.

The swimwear drive is giving children a chance to swim but the City also wants to make sure they learn how by offering free swim lessons at each city pool over the summer.

"Each swimwear donation we receive will give one more child the chance to learn lifelong swimming skills, and get to cool down and stay active this summer," Ott Lovell said.

The swimwear drive starts Thursday. Parks and Rec "will collect new swimwear in all youth and adult sizes; swim diapers and flip-flops in all sizes; towels; and goggles."

Here are the drop-off sites (open from 2 to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday) for those looking to make a difference in a child's summer:  

  • Center City - One Parkway Building, 1515 Arch Street, 1st Floor
  • West Philadelphia - Carousel House, 4300 Avenue Of The Republic
  • Northeast Philadelphia - James Ramp Playground, 3300 Solly Ave
  • Northwest Philadelphia - Kendrick Rec Center, 5822 Ridge Ave
  • South Philadelphia - Guerin Rec Center, 2201 S 16th St
  • North Philadelphia - Athletic Rec Center, 1400 N 26th St

"No kid should be turned away from a pool on a hot summer day," Ott Lovell said. "The swimwear drive is a citywide effort to let all kids know that they matter, they are welcomed, and that their city cares about them."

The St. Christopher’s Foundation for Children gave a $5,000 donation to get the swimwear drive going. Anyone outside Philadelphia wanting to donate can email parksandrecreation@phila.gov.

The pools offer free fun for the entire family and serve as a way for people to cool off during hot summer days drawing thousands of visitors each summer.

Besides children swim lessons, some pools will offer adult lessons, poolside yoga and aqua Zumba, the city said.

The City is also hiring trained lifeguards with a starting salary of $13.65 an hour.

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<![CDATA[Ready for Summer? Plymouth Meeting Swim Club Kids: 'YEAH!']]> Fri, 24 May 2019 21:34:08 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Kids+Cheering+Plymouth+Meeting.jpg

Dozens of famillies lined up for a Montgomery County pool opening on the first day of what feels like summer already

<![CDATA[Climate Change Is Adversely Affecting Jersey Berries]]> Fri, 24 May 2019 23:56:52 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/4PClimateChangeBlueberriesKLEIPKG_4478903.JPG

The famous New Jersey berries are facing climate change threats. There has been much more rain this year, which causes fungus to grow in the crops. When fungus develops it makes it hard to control these crops, especially when it continues to rain.

<![CDATA[So Key: Shore Towns 'Unlock' the Ocean for Memorial Day]]> Fri, 24 May 2019 18:38:04 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Beach+Ball+Drop+Atlantic+City.jpg

It's the unofficial kickoff to the summer along the Jersey Shore as various beach towns ceremoniously "unlocked" the ocean to welcome visitors.

Beaches in Atlantic City, Ocean City and Wildwood held unlocking ceremonies on Friday to coincide with Memorial Day weekend.

Some places it felt like a party; other towns took a quirky approach.

Atlantic City's ceremony, outside Resorts Casino Hotel, had a party vibe as DJs keep the music going from mid-morning into the evening. The "Unlocking of the Ocean" ceremony takes place at 1:30 p.m. and will include giveaways, contests and boardwalk performances. As always, the highlight will be the famous beachball drop happening at 5 p.m. as 5,000 balls fall from above onto eager spectators below.

In Ocean City, the giant wooden key used to "unlock" the ocean was out once again. This year, the ceremony include a new addition as people dressed fully in business clothes strolled down to the water and took an oceanic plunge as part of the "Business Persons Plunge." Festivities kicked off on the sand by Ocean City Music Pier.

In Wildwood, the Andrews Avenue beach played host to the city's ceremony, which was punctuated with more than 300 elementary schoolers painting the sky by flying colorful and ornate kites through the air.

If you're headed the she Shore Friday evening, you'll also get treated to a bonus surprise as the Chickie's & Pete's bar pays tolls for drivers on the Atlantic City Expressway. "Free Toll Friday" takes place between 5 and 6 p.m. at the Egg Harbor exit.

Do remember, however, that New Jersey has banned smoking and vaping on almost all public beaches and you can be fined for running afoul of the rules.

Photo Credit: NBC10]]>
<![CDATA[New Tech Means Banned Rear-First Parking in Rehoboth Beach]]> Thu, 23 May 2019 12:36:05 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/rehoboth+beach+parking+generic+05232019.jpg

Residents and vacationers in Rehoboth Beach who like backing into parking spots are in for a rude awakening thanks to new restrictions and new tech.

Starting Friday, drivers won't be allowed to drive into parking spots rear-first as the Delaware beach town rolls out a new meter monitoring system that requires license plate detection. Instead of parking enforcement officers walking around, individually checking meter receipts, a vehicle with cameras will be driven up and down parking areas to collect license plate information.

"It reduces staff time on the ground and it's just so much more efficient," Rehoboth Beach Communications Specialist Krys Johnson said.

The new system works by having drivers punch in their license plate number when they're paying for parking at a meter. Drivers will receive a receipt, but they will no longer be required to display it on their windshield, meaning they can hit the beach or the boardwalk without having to go back to their cars.

Cameras on each side of the parking enforcement vehicle will then use the license plate number that was punched into the meter to scan plates at parking spots and determine whether a car has overstayed its paid time limit.

So why won't cars be able to back into parking spaces anymore?

Delaware is one of only 19 states (including Pennsylvania) that do not require front license plates, meaning that if a car backs into a spot, its rear license plate won't be facing the street and the parking enforcement vehicle's cameras won't be able to scan it.

This new rule will also help ease the holiday traffic jams common in the 1-square-mile city, since it usually takes longer for people to back into a spot than to drive in front-first, Johnson said.

The rule is permanent and will still be in effect after the summer holiday season.

Those who do back into a spot will receive a warning upon their first offense. After that, they'll get a $50 ticket, Johnson said.

For more information on parking in Rehoboth Beach, click here.

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<![CDATA[Quirky Ways That NJ Shore Towns Usher in Beach Season]]> Fri, 24 May 2019 18:37:24 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_100000005224987.JPG

In some places, it felt like a party; other towns took a quirkier approach. 

<![CDATA[Tips for Keeping Kids Busy During Holiday Weekend Trips]]> Fri, 24 May 2019 08:12:55 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Generic+Traffic+Generic+Congestion+Cars.jpg

Keeping children occupied during lengthy drives or flights can be a difficult task, but preparing them for the trip can help alleviate unnecessary stress. NBC10's Matt DeLucia offers some helpful tips on keeping the kids busy Memorial Day weekend or anytime you travel.

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<![CDATA[Bounce and Remember: Things to Do for Memorial Day Weekend]]> Fri, 24 May 2019 14:00:14 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Big+Bounce+House+Aston.jpg

Philadelphia and its surrounding counties always have something going on, especially when it is the unofficial start to summer! Whether it’s a horse show, kite festival, beach opening, tango fest or parade this area is full of fun this Memorial Day Weekend. We’ve found the top (and affordable) choices of what to do this weekend, May 24-27, in Philly and New Jersey.

What: Memorial Day Weekend

Philadelphia’s unofficially start to summer kicks off with festivals and concerts.

Where: Various locations

When: Friday through Monday

Cost: Varies

What: 'The World's Biggest Bounce House'

The Big Bounce America is bringing it's mega touring bounce house to Delaware County. They offer fun for the entire family ona  series of inflatable attractions, including a 900-foot long obstacle course.

Where: Maplezone Sports Village, 4881 Chichester Ave., Aston, PA 

When: Friday through Sunday, next two weekends. Times vary.

Cost: Timed tickets range from $16 to $30


What: Devon Horse Show and Country Fair

Check out the country’s oldest and largest equestrian event that features horse competitions, shopping, food, music and more.

Where: Devon Show Grounds, 23 Dorset Road, Devon

When: through June 2

Cost: Varies


What: Free Toll Friday

Start your summer at the shore with free tolls for one hour courtesy of Chickie’s & Pete’s.

Where: Atlantic City Expressway at the Egg Harbor Exit

When: Friday between 5 and 6 p.m.

Cost: Free                    


What: Wildwoods International Kite Festival

Experience the largest kite festival in North America featuring kite markers from around the world flying colorful creations.

Where: Wildwoods Beach, Rio Grande to Burke Avenues, Wildwood, NJ

When: Friday through Monday

Cost: Free to watch


What: Swing Into Spring

Enjoy dancing, food trucks, performances and beginner swing dancing lessons at this event.

Where: Society Hill Dance Academy, 409 S. 2nd Street, Philadelphia

When: Friday from 4 to 8 p.m.

Cost: Free


What: Beach Opening Ceremony

Stone Harbor’s emergency services personnel will compete in varies challenges in order to unlock the ocean for the summer beach season.

Where: 95th Street and Beach, Stone Harbor, NJ

When: Saturday from noon to 1 p.m.

Cost: Free to watch


What: Philly Tango Fest

Celebrate Argentinian dance with workshops, performances and of course, dance parties.

Where: Lithuanian Music Hall Association, 2715 E. Allegheny Avenue, Philadelphia

When: Friday through Monday

Cost: From $25


What: Memorial Day Block Party

Enjoy music, a prize wheel, sidewalk sales and more at this block party.

Where: Tanger Outlets Atlantic City, 2014 Baltic Avenue, Atlantic City, NJ

When: Saturday through Sunday, from noon to 4 p.m.

Cost: Free to attend


What: Brigantine Art Walk

Artists will display their pieces, including painting, photographs, sculptors and more, for display and sale.

Where: Brigantine City Ball Field, 24th Street and Brigantine Ave., Brigantine, NJ

When: Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Cost: Free to attend


What: Brandywine River Museum of Art Antiques Show    

Browse antiques like furniture, rugs, porcelain and artwork at this antique show.

Where: Brandywine River Museum of Art, 1 Hoffmans Mill Road, Chadds Ford

When: Saturday through Monday, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Cost: $20, free for members


What: Fireworks and Fountains at Longwood Gardens

Start summer with a “To Philly, With Love” themed fireworks display featuring music and artists with a connection to Philadelphia.

Where: Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square, Pa.

When: Sunday at 9:15 p.m.

Cost: From $25


What: Turtle Trot 5K and 2-Mile Fun Walk

Runners, walkers and families can enjoy this fun walk.

Where: 95th Street and First Avenue, Stone Harbor, NJ

When: Sunday from 8 to 10 a.m.

Cost: Free to watch


What: Philly POPS' Memorial Salute

Comcast NBCUniversal (the parent company of NBC10) teams up with the Philly POPS for a saltue concert to those who have served and to honor the memory of Phillies chairman David Montgomery.

Where: Mann Center for the Performing Arts, 5201 Parkside Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19131

When: Saturday, gates open at 5

Cost: Free (click here to register)

What: Run to Remember

Run or walk in honor of the 74 sailors lost on the Frank E. Evans, a US Navy destroyer off the coast of Vietnam in 1969.

Where: 15th and the Beach, North Wildwood, NJ

When: Sunday at 9 a.m.

Cost: Free to watch


What: Media Memorial Day Parade

Veterans, the Penncrest Marching Band, community organizations and more will march in this parade.

Where: State Street, Media, Pa.

When: Monday at 10 a.m.

Cost: Free


What: Kennett Square Memorial Day Parade

Local veterans, bag pipers, color guards, high school marching bands and community groups will march in this parade.

Where: Starts at Kennett High School and ends at Union Hill Cemetery

When: Monday at 10 a.m.

Cost: Free


What: Radnor Memorial Day Parade

Local community groups, veterans and marching bands will lead this Memorial Day Parade.

Where: Runnymede and South Wayne Avenues

When: Monday at 9:45 a.m.

Cost: Free


What: Big Apple Circus

The circus tent will feature jugglers, trapeze artists, rescue animals and more.

Where: Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, 100 State Ave., Oaks

When: through June 16

Cost: Varies

What: Festival of Fountains

This fantastic fountain show features more than 1,000 jets, vibrant colors, music and more.  

Where: Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square, Pa.

When: through Sept. 29

Cost: Varies


What: Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival

Handcrafted lanterns illuminate the square after sun set each night, along with live performances and a beer garden.

Where: Franklin Square, 200 N. 6th Street, Philadelphia

When: through June 30

Cost: $18

What: Marvel: Universe of Superheroes

Check out this superhero comics and movies exhibit showing off Marvel’s most iconic memorabilia, like props, costumes, sketches and more.

Where: The Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th Street, Philadelphia

When: Saturday through Sept. 2

Cost: Tickets start at $35 for adults and $31 for children

What: Creatures of Habitat: A Gazillion-Piece Animal Adventure

Life-size LEGO brick animals will fill the Philadelphia Zoo during this event in order to tell the story of endangered wildlife. Visitors can learn how human behavior impacts endangered species and be inspired to take action to stem the global change. The Zoo Key, a former local tradition, will also make its return with this exhibit. The Zoo Key will unlock secrets and stories about animals throughout the zoo.

Where: Philadelphia Zoo, 3400 W. Girard Avenue, Philadelphia

When: through Sept. 30

Cost: Zoo admission is $16 for child ages 2 to 11 and $19 for any 12 or older

What: PHS Pop Up Garden

Throughout the summer this garden will host creative events, planet exchanges, arts and crafts for the kids and flower crown Fridays.

Where: 15th and South Street, Philadelphia

When: Open through October, Monday through Thursday from 5 to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 2 p.m. to midnight and on Sunday from noon to 10 p.m.

Cost: Free to enter

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<![CDATA[Is Your Sunscreen Doing the Job?]]> Fri, 24 May 2019 07:25:20 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Woman+Sunscreen+Legs.jpg

Warmer weather is upon us and using the correct sunscreen is critical to ensure you're protected. NBC10’s Lucy Bustamante spoke to dermatologists about the best ways and products to protect your skin while in the sun this summer.

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<![CDATA[Tornado Warning Expires, Storms Move Out]]> Fri, 24 May 2019 06:28:43 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Geneirc+Storm+Clouds.jpg

A second round of storms moved through the Lehigh Valley as well as the Pennsylvania suburbs. Thunderstorms moved into both counties around 10 p.m. Thursday and the NBC10 Weather Team extended a First Alert for those areas until 2 a.m. Friday.

A Tornado Warning was in effect for Chester County but expired at 11:30 p.m. Tornado Warnings were also issued in Monroe County and part of Northampton County but expired at 10:30 p.m.

The storms contained damaging winds, hail, frequent cloud to ground lightning and heavy downpours. After moving through Berks County, the Lehigh Valley and north and west suburbs, the system hit parts of the Jersey Shore and coastal Delaware overnight.

The storms were gone by sunrise and Friday will be sunny and windy.

The rest of the Memorial Day Weekend is looking nice from the city to the Shore. Other than a few spot showers or storms at night Saturday and Sunday, the weather looks dry and warm.

We could be dealing with some serious heat by the middle of next week. Forecast highs in the middle 90s!

Tonight: Scattered strong to severe storms before 2 AM. Low: 65
Fri: Partly sunny, breezy and nice. High: 80
Sat: Partly sunny, warm. A chance of a shower or storm in the evening and late night. High: 80
Sun: Partly sunny, warm and humid. High: 90
Mon: (Memorial Day): Partly sunny. High: 84

Check our app for the latest weather updates.

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<![CDATA[Over the Wall: Delaware HS Softball Player Makes Epic Catch]]> Thu, 23 May 2019 18:36:41 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/taylor+gillis+delaware+softball+catch+05232019.jpg

It's already being called the catch of the year in some quarters, but, no, it wasn't made by some big-league MLB outfielder but by a fearless high school softball player who put her body on the line to get the out.

Wilmington Charter High School senior Taylor Gillis made SportsCenter's "Top Play" for her epic catch in which she went over the outfield wall and somehow still held on to the ball.

Video of the play shows Gillis dart to get under the ball as she approaches the wall. Instead of stopping, though, Gillis keeps running, using her right arm to propel her up and over the wall while her left arm remains outstretched.

"Once I saw the ball was off the bat, I knew it was a shot, so I immediately ran back to the fence. I took a peek at the fence, just kept a hand out, found the ball, found the fence, caught the ball, I guess," Gillis said as casually as if epic plays were just routine for her.

Head-over-heels went Gillis, but into the glove went the ball.

What's more, Gills immediately popped back up and threw it back into the infield to make sure the runners on base wouldn't collect more runs. Unfortunately, the ball was dead by then, but Gillis was acting on instinct at that point.

"In the moment it was all kinds of adrenaline. I was thinking too much about catching the ball and making the play than thinking about anything else, really," she said.

Unfortunately, her catch couldn't stave off a loss, but it did create a memorable moment that her dad and brother - with whom she has watched Sportscenter for years - were able to watch back as it appeared on TV screens all across America.

"It was sent to me by everybody and it's just so surreal. I didn't really think that I could do something like that. I just know that I'm out here playing a game that I love and doing the things that I can do best," she said.

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