April 22, 2014
R OE GALLO, 50, of South Philadelphia, owns Alphabet Academy, which operates four day-care centers on East Passyunk Avenue. The Treehouse, near 11th Street, is green, eco-friendly and also teaches about civic engagement. A second green day care for toddlers is slated to open in September. Q: What was the genesis of the Treehouse? A: Alphabet Academy started in 1998. As we grew, [Treehouse initially] became our pre-K. We bought and renovated this building [near Dickinson Street]
January 26, 2014 |
IF ANYONE at Bishop McDevitt was unclear as to what exactly La Salle's Shawn Witherspoon enjoys on the basketball court, the 6-2 junior guard stretched his lungs yesterday to eliminate any confusion. Witherspoon crouched low in a defensive posture as McDevitt star Tyrell Long, a 6-5 forward, approached with the ball. After a few herky-jerky moves by Long, Witherspoon held his ground and forced the big man to pick up the ball. "I love it! I love it!" Witherspoon growled. Long was forced to pass the ball, and the play eventually resulted in a McDevitt turnover.
March 24, 2013
Regardless of how you might be feeling right now about the Flyers as a hockey team, you've got to admit that their charitable arm is a winner, giving more than $700,000 annually to great causes like Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philabundance and the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation, among others. Along with big marquee fundraisers, the Comcast-Spectacor Charities ( fondly known as the Flyers Charities) also run a little souvenir kiosk at Flyers games. Look for it outside the Cure Club bar area in section 116. Items for sale include Hartnell Down T-shirts and caps (including Wayne Simmonds "Wayne Train" gear)
January 17, 2012 |
What if you became sick - violently, seriously ill - everytime your children uttered a word? That's the nightmare world unleashed by Ben Marcus in his stunner of a novel The Flame Alphabet (Alfred A. Knopf, $25.95), due out Tuesday. The novel tells the story of Sam and Claire, an ordinary Jewish couple from Rochester, N.Y., who realize to their horror that the mysterious illness that has gripped them is caused by their daughter, Esther. Or, rather, by her words.
September 1, 2010
RE FATIMAH Ali's column on Dr. Laura and the n-word: We all know this won't be the last time white folks will use the n-word (openly or discreetly). What we need to do as a race is stop giving them this word to use. But this won't happen until we take the time to educate the ignorant. The greatest of all riches in the universe is the golden knowledge of self. The destiny of a people is determined by their image of themselves. Jahi Osayande, Philadelphia Fight the crime, Mike!
August 30, 2010
THE CARL GREENE saga promises to remain riveting for some time, especially as the PHA board and HUD undertake their independent investigations. But the reality is, Carl Greene is just a sideshow in this circus. The main event is how the structure of the agency contributed to its problems, and that structure begins and ends with its board of commissioners. The troubles at PHA - including the settlement of three sexual harassment claims, with a fourth pending - without the knowledge of any of the five board members is certainly an indictment of a board that has been insulated from reality, and from the actions of its executive director.
June 25, 2010 |
Pasta has been very, very good for the financial health of Philadelphia Macaroni Co. So good that Campbell Soup Co. , a longtime customer, said it agreed to sell an Ohio pasta factory to the family-owned Philadelphia Macaroni. Terms of the transaction, which is expected to close in mid-July, were not disclosed. But Philadelphia Macaroni, which has pasta factories in Warminster; Grand Forks, N.D.; and Spokane, Wash., doesn't intend to operate the German Village Products plant in Wauseon, Ohio.
February 16, 2010 |
Two words, both 14 letters long and beginning with the letter A, have become quite trendy in the world of public education. The first is accountability, and the second is accommodations. Accountability is used mainly by superintendents and politicians who want to show the public they mean business. Addressing the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce last year, President Obama called for a "new culture of accountability" when it comes to America's teachers and schools. In an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal the next month, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan wrote, "We need a culture of accountability in America's education system if we want to be the best in the world.
February 12, 2009 |
Jayson Grossberg has revived Alphabet Soup, his BYOB in Audubon, Camden County. Mindful of the economy, Grossberg is calling it Alphabet Soup Cafe (34 W. Merchant St., 856-310-0605), and he's pricing the menu to encourage people to eat there more frequently. Sort of what he did for a spell in the kitchen at the now-closed 707, near Washington Square. "Instead of butter-poached lobster, I'm doing lobster rolls," he explains, adding that he'll favor sustainable/organics. (With 48 hours' notice, though, he'll do up one of his old tasting menus.
November 14, 2008 |
The Philadelphia Museum of Art will host the Every Family Party on Saturday for caregivers and children ages 2-11. The party, formerly known as the Enchanted Forest Family Party, will celebrate the museum's first children's book. Titled A Is for Art Museum, the book takes preschoolers on an alphabetical tour of the museum's collections. Kids can enjoy alphabet-themed attractions and activities, including 15 art stations on the museum's ground and first floors celebrating works of art in the book.