One year ago: Woman sues Phillie Phanatic over injuries

In 2010, Pennsylvania resident Suzanne Peirce had an encounter with the Phillie Phanatic that she said left her permanently injured.

The Philadelphia Phillies' mascot allegedly threw her into the pool at Avalon's Golden Inn Hotel & Resort, which left her permanently injured.

She filed a lawsuit against the mascot, the Phillies and the hotel in June 2012, claiming she was thrown in the shallow end of the pool, which caused the 38-year-old woman to now have to walk with a cane.

Her attorney, Aaron Denker, said depositions began for some of the plaintiffs and more are expected to come in a few weeks. He said a trial date is expected in 2014.

Peirce's condition has not improved and she has had a second surgery on her hip recently, he said.

Philadelphia Phillies spokeswoman Bonnie Clark did not respond to a request for comment but said last year when the suit was filed the organization doesn't believe the Phanatic engaged in any wrongful behavior.

Eight months ago: Egg Harbor Township fire company rebounds from Hurricane Sandy damage

While members of the Scullville Volunteer Fire Company were busy during Hurricane Sandy on their many calls, their main firehouse on Somers Point-Mays Landing Road was being submerged in water.

Water reached 16 inches high in Station No. 1, damaging vehicles and several pieces of equipment, including air compressors, chain saws and one of the company's extrication devices.

FEMA assessed the damage at $5 million, but Chief Michael Fiedor said the company is still working with the insurance companies and the agency on recouping as much money as it can.

In the meantime, the firefighters are still going out on calls, but Fiedor estimates it will take another three to four months before all the repairs are complete.

"We're in better shape than when Sandy hit, but it's a long process," he said. "Hopefully, we will not see anything like this again."

The department is slowly getting new equipment and work is being done on the firehouse, he said. The building has a new ceiling and walls, but the floor and kitchen still need work, he said.

Three months ago: Health care facility to open in Wildwood

In March, CompleteCare Health Network announced plans to expand its health services for uninsured patients in Wildwood.

The plans are to open a facility adjacent to the Wildwood Housing Authority's 100-apartment complex on New Jersey Avenue. The facility will provide primary health care for children and adults along with dental care, podiatry, women's health care and mental health care.

The nonprofit organization operates 18 medical and dental facilities that serve about 50,000 uninsured people in Cape May, Cumberland and Gloucester counties.

Kimberly Tweed, CompleteCare marketing and outreach coordinator, said the new site in Wildwood will be open sometime in the beginning of July.

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