#minorsextrafficking | Sex trafficker faces 21 years in prison; Strawberry Festival a big hit; Phillies stay on roll under new manager


Good Morning. Here are some of the top stories from around the region.

WEATHER

Looks like we will have a pretty perfect spring Sunday. Expect barely any humidity, mostly sunny skies and a high of about 77 degrees.

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NEWS

Delaware man gets 21 years in prison for child sex trafficking operation

A Delaware man convicted in federal court in 2019 for the sexual trafficking of minors was sentenced Friday to 21 years in prison. Anthony Jones, 41, of Wilmington, was also ordered to serve 10 years of supervised release and pay $15,160 in restitution to his victims under the sentence imposed by U.S. District Court Judge Nitza I. Quiñones Alejandro, of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Strawberry Festival in Caln attracts thousands; continues through Sunday

The annual Strawberry Festival got underway Thursday and runs through Sunday. It is being held on the grounds of the old Brandywine Hospital off Reeceville Road. On Thursday, opening day, thousands of people turned out to take advantage of wristband night, where unlimited rides were available for $30. Ride provider is Majestic Midways. Discounted rides will be on Saturday and Sunday from noon-2 p.m.

Pottstown company highlights untapped labor pool: second chance workers

America has a severe labor shortage, but it also has an untapped labor pool ready and willing to work. They just need a chance — a second chance. That was the primary topic of discussion Wednesday as U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo sat down for a roundtable with local, state and federal officials and workers and management at American Keg Co.

Gun violence awareness rally attendees say ‘Enough is enough’

That was the message expressed with deep emotion from gun violence survivors, advocates for “commonsense” gun legislation and elected officials who gathered at a gun violence awareness rally in Montgomery County. “I’m here to say enough is enough. It’s been enough for a long time now. Our children, our families, our teachers are traumatized. Our whole country is traumatized,” Dr. Monica D’Antonio, vice-president of the Norristown Area School Board and the political action committee chair of the Greater Norristown NAACP, said during an impassioned speech on the steps of the county courthouse on Friday.

Variety – the Children’s Charity receives $2.5M grant for upgrades to Worcester facilities

Along South Valley Forge Road in Worcester Township, there’s a large sign — and a heart — for Variety – the Children’s Charity of the Delaware Valley. Offering programming and resources for children and young adults with a wide range of disabilities, the organization recently received a $2.5 million state grant to revamp parts of the facility, located at 2950 Potshop Road. “We’re an 87-year-old organization. We’ve owned this campus for 73 years. We’ve never undertaken such a massive project. So this is truly significant and transformational for Variety,” said Chief Executive Officer Dominique Bernardo.

SPORTS

New gig means new responsibilities for Phillies manager Rob Thomson

Rob Thomson fielded ground balls and caught pitches in the low minors, caught flak and doled out advice in various minor league coaching stops in the Tigers’ and Yankees’ ranks, and eventually moved on to the majors, catching talent with his trained eyes as a front office force with the Yankees and eventually using those same skills as a top coach for both the Yankees and Phillies. Now that he’s been appointed to his first major league managing post at age 58, Thomson is finding out he still has a lot of catching up to do.

Phillies send slumping Trout, Angels to 10th straight loss

Mike Trout flailed at strike three in the dirt his final at bat and a most miserable game was complete. The three-time AL MVP whiffed three times and went 0 for 4 in the Angels’ latest loss to extend his hitless streak to a career-worst 0 for 23. Good thing his hometown South Jersey fan club stands by the Los Angeles slugger through even brutal slumps. “I’m just trying to get into a good position to hit,” Trout said. “And right now, I’m not.” He’s not alone in struggling on an Angels team muddling through their longest losing streak in almost six years.

ENTERTAINMENT

All fired up: Tis the season to start grilling

Chicken, pulled pork, ribs, brisket, grilled corn on the cob and the quintessential burger and hot dog…everyone has a barbecue favorite. Many of us lit up the grill this past weekend, celebrating Memorial Day and welcoming the unofficial start of summer. May also happened to be National BBQ month. The season we have been waiting for, with its longer days, warmer evenings, when inviting friends and family over for alfresco dining has finally arrived. A gourmet meal prepared under an inviting, blue sky in the comfort of your home, still offers affordable luxury.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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