September 10, 2016 |
New regulations aimed at curtailing the high number of tobacco retailers in low-income neighborhoods, particularly those near schools, were approved Thursday night by the Philadelphia Board of Health. The regulations, designed to reduce tobacco use and discourage children from picking up the habit, include: Suspending tobacco sales permits - for 12 months - to retailers who are cited three times in two years for selling to minors. (In 2015, 23 percent of the city's tobacco retailers sold to youth, according to department data.)
August 25, 2016 |
THE PARENTS: Monica Kunz, 44, and David Kunz, 41, of Neffs THE KIDS: Cameron, 23; Nathanial, 15; Savannah, 13; Dawson, 6, adopted April 11, 2016 THE MOMENT WHEN DAVID KNEW THEY WERE A FAMILY: When they returned from China, pulled their luggage from the conveyor belt and left the airport, with Dawson holding their hands. Sometimes, Monica believes, God delivers a lightning bolt, like her "radical salvation" in church when the pastor seemed to be speaking directly to her. Or the night, a few months later, when a friend introduced her to David, the man who would become her best friend - until the New Year's Eve he dropped to one knee and proposed.
June 30, 2016 |
THE PARENTS: Brigit Barry, 30, and Michael Cottone, 33, of Broomall THE CHILD: Vincent (Vin) Kai Barry-Cottone, adopted April 27, 2016 WHO PROPOSED TO WHOM: After three years of dating, Brigit said, "Let's go to the ring store. " The new house, the one on which they'd just closed, reeked of smoke. Water pooled in the basement. Firefighters had punched holes in the back in order to fight a smoldering blaze that began when a faulty heat lamp in the bathroom ignited fibers from stripped wallpaper.
June 18, 2016 |
Still looking for a Father's Day gift? The Animal Care & Control Team of Philadelphia (ACCT) is waiving all adoption fees this weekend. The "Who's Your Daddy?" promotion for all pets will run this weekend from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 111 W. Hunting Park Ave, in North Philadelphia. "Summer is an extremely busy time of year for us," Vincent Medley, ACCT Philly executive director, said in a statement. "This event makes it fun and stress-free to come find a new best friend. " The regular screening procedures that include "meet and greets" with children and and other pets in the prospective household will apply, according to the shelter.
June 3, 2016 |
After a journey of 7,000 miles, Joey, Liberty, and Tisha are looking for new homes in South Jersey. The three dogs, all females, were taken in late April from a dog meat farm in Wonju, South Korea, as part of a broader effort by the Humane Society International to shut down such farms in that country. They arrived in Camden County about two weeks ago and are available for adoption at the Camden County Animal Shelter in Gloucester Township. The Humane Society delivered 171 Korean dogs to U.S. shelters, including St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center in Madison, N.J., where Joey, a golden retriever; Liberty, a Siberian husky; and Tisha, a Tosa Inu, first traveled.
May 23, 2016 |
When former Daily Show host Jon Stewart and his wife, Tracey, agreed to adopt Lily - the horse possibly shot more than 100 times with paintballs and dumped at a Lancaster County sale stable earlier this year - someone must have been looking down from above, the director of the rescue group that has taken care of the mare said Saturday. "It's an incredible gift," said Kelly Smith, of the Omega Horse Rescue & Rehabilitation Center in York County. "Certainly, I don't think we could have planned this or imagined this," Smith said.
May 13, 2016
DEAR ABBY: We have a child who was adopted through a closed adoption. We met the birth parents briefly at the hospital, but they wanted no further contact. Both birth parents had issues with drug abuse, and our daughter was born with drug issues, too. A few years later, we were contacted via the adoption agency by the paternal birth grandparents. They requested some photos because the birth father was getting out of jail, and they thought the photos would help keep him out of trouble.
May 9, 2016
On April 27, the National Adoption Center hosted its Celebration of Family at the Crystal Tea Room, honoring those who have supported the organization's mission of expanding adoption for children living in foster care. The evening included dinner, cocktails, and a silent auction. The Stan Hochman Compassion for Kids Award was presented to the Codkind family - Melissa, Mitch, Rachel, and Ryan - for their dedication to enhancing the lives of children. The award is named after the former Philadelphia Daily News sports columnist, who died last year and was a longtime adoption supporter.
May 5, 2016 |
That proverbial village - you know, the one everyone says is essential to raise a child - might be the other sling-wearing, Bugaboo-pushing mommies on your block. Or it might be the whole world. Two new books by Philly-connected authors - albeit in very different ways - upend the notion that parenting is meant to be a solo gig. The Mommy Group: Freaking Out, Finding Friends, and Surviving the Happiest Time of Our Lives by Elizabeth Isadora Gold follows a group of women in a flush section of Brooklyn who weather miscarriages, births, sleep training, and the sea change that motherhood brings to one's sense of self.
March 26, 2016 |
The Philadelphia School Reform Commission on Thursday approved the broad outlines of a proposed $2.8 billion budget for next year that, while anticipating it will have to pay more for charters and pensions, does not see the district's having to ask City Council for new revenue. In a briefing before the SRC meeting, Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. said the district would ask Harrisburg for more money in the fiscal year that begins July 1, but for the first time in years the city will not be tapped for more.