Good Morning. Here are some of the top stories from around the region.
After a couple of less humid days, we get the heat back starting today. Expect sun and sweat as the temperature reaches into the 90s.
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50 Years Later: residents recount their experiences at Woodstock
It was 1969, the Summer of Love. Janet Saunders, Springfield High School Class of 1970, was only a month shy of entering her senior year when she first heard the word “Woodstock.” She and her girlfriends had just returned from the two-day Atlantic City Pop Festival when they heard the radio advertisement for the Woodstock Music and Art Fair on local rock radio station WMMR. At the time, Saunders was living in Springfield with her brother and late sister-in-law. When she mentioned her plan of heading up to New York for the festival, they didn’t want her to go because they had recently seen photos of nude festival attendees at the Atlantic City raceway concert published in the newspapers.
Uber’s technology helped make case in rape trial
It was the Uber ride that put the woman from Phoenixville in harm’s way, the night she came from from a night at the Valley Forge Casino and was sexually assaulted by her driver. But it was the Uber technology that began the process of uncovering what happened to her, helping to set the foundation for the conviction last week of the man who committed the assault. Prosecutors in the trial of Ahmed Mostafa Elgaafary, the Uber driver who picked the then-21-year-old woman up at the casino in Upper Merion and sometime later had sex with her while she was unconscious in the back of his SUV, used information gained from the Uber application on a witness’s smart phone and data accumulated by the ride sharing service itself to build its case.
No area school districts will try snow day alternative this year
The Boyertown Area School District is the latest to abandon plans to implement a new state program that would allow students to do school work from home to avoid having too many snow days. Boyertown and Pottsgrove were the only two tri-county area districts to indicate they were considering submitting plans to the state by the Sept. 1 deadline, but both have now reversed course.
Dragon boats, more draw crowd to Norristown’s Riverfront Park
There’s nothing like a summer day on the waterfront. Norristown families got a chance to experience that Saturday during Norristown Community Fun Day held at Riverfront Park. In addition to the river views, guests could enjoy food, live music by the Allen Reynolds Band, painting, yoga, games and multiple demonstrations including Kung Fu, boxing and rescues. Perhaps the biggest draw of the day was the Norristown Dragon Boat club activities.
McCaffery: Short story is, calmer Phillies are trending in right direction
J.T. Realmuto grabbed a bat the other night, and while turning to the on-deck circle, would receive a mouthful from his new hitting coach. “Keep it short,” Charlie Manuel would say. That was the mouthful. Three words, 11 letters, half-murmured in a Virginia accent.
Nemanja Nikolic scores twice to help Fire beat Union 2-0
Nemanja Nikolic scored twice to run his goals streak to four games and the Chicago Fire beat the Union 2-0 on Saturday night despite playing down a man throughout the second half. Nikolic opened the scoring in the 38th minute. Przemyslaw Frankowski played a low cross from the right side to Nikolic for a first-timer from point-blank range. Nikolic converted from the spot in the 45th after C.J. Sapong drew a foul from Aurélien Collin in the area.
Eagles make veteran QB McCown an offer he can’t refuse
Freaked out over the loss of quarterbacks in consecutive preseason games, and uncomfortable with a rookie backing up Carson Wentz, the Eagles agreed to terms Saturday on a one-year contract with 40-year-old Josh McCown. The Eagles are the ninth stop for the 6-4, 218-pound McCown, a veteran of 16 NFL seasons, although it seems like it’s been a lot longer. He’s thrown for 17,707 yards, 98 touchdowns and 82 interceptions. McCown is a safe addition to the quarterback room, as he’s not a threat to compete for playing time with Wentz.
Woodstock at 50? In Upper Salford, it’s Philly Folk Festival at 58 — and playing strong
oodstock 50th anniversary? Meh. Consider that the Philadelphia Folksong Society had already presented the Philadelphia Folk Festival for eight years by the summer of 1969. Regardless of dusty drought, heavy downpours, or plain old August heat, it has been around each year without fail for 58 years. At the end of May the festival site at the Old Pool Farm, and surrounding Upper Salford Township, bore the brunt of a damaging storm with excessive winds, and even some hail.