July 14, 2014 |
PRESIDENT Obama's education secretary said Philadelphia schools are "starved for resources" and strongly urged state lawmakers to step up investment in education during a visit to the city yesterday. Arne Duncan's comments followed a roundtable discussion at Community College of Philadelphia with Mayor Nutter and a dozen young men of color about their challenges in education. "The children of Philly deserve better than what they have. The lack of funding, the lack of commitment at the state level is simply unacceptable," Duncan said.
May 2, 2014 |
SO, there you are, a first-time Atlantic City visitor, on the Boardwalk. You're standing in front of The Pier Shops at Caesars and you decide you want to check out the Land Shark Bar & Grill on the Resorts Casino-Hotel beach. But being unfamiliar with the lay of the land, you don't know whether to go right or left to reach your destination. You could always guess, and hope you've made the right decision. Or you could reach out to an easy-to-spot Boardwalk Ambassador and ask for directions.
November 1, 2013 |
THE FAMILY of Claudette Denise Willie waxed poetic in describing her: "If life was a song, she sang it. If life was a challenge, she met it. If life was a dream, she realized it. If life was a sacrifice, she offered it. "She was a connoisseur of life," her family concluded. Claudette Denise Willie, affectionately called "Brown Eyes," a registered nurse known for devotion to the well-being of her patients, died Oct. 25 of cancer at age 58. The residents of the Silver Stream Center in Spring House, Montgomery County, were fortunate to have had Claudette as their director of nursing in long-term care.
October 4, 2013 |
BLUE BELL Montgomery County Community College has forged its first international partnership, with a university in South Korea, making it easier for students to transfer there for a bachelor's degree. The "articulation agreement" between the college and Dongseo University in Busan may seem surprising, given a community college's traditionally local mission. College president Karen A. Stout said the partnership grew out of community interest and is part of a growing effort to expand the college's reach and global awareness.
May 6, 2013 |
BERNICE APPEL, of Northeast Philadelphia, was already well into her 70s when she told her two grown daughters, "Come hell or high water, I'm going to get my college degree before I'm 80. " Today, less than six months shy of her 80th birthday - "Oct. 30, mischief night!" she said, laughing - the graduating granny dons cap and gown, and proudly gets her associate degree in general studies from Community College of Philadelphia. As Sir Paul McCartney would put it, if he were the commencement singer, it's been a long and winding road.
March 13, 2013 |
Emanuel "Manny" Ortiz, 63, a longtime advocate and political organizer in Philadelphia's Puerto Rican community, died Friday, March 8, at Pennsylvania Hospital of complications following heart surgery. For two decades, Mr. Ortiz served as executive director of the Hispanic educational organization ASPIRA Inc. of Pennsylvania. He also was a founder of Taller Puertorriqueño, a group for activists and artists. He served as deputy mayor under Mayor Ed Rendell. He was a key supporter for former City Councilman Angel Ortiz and the coalition that elected Mayor W. Wilson Goode.
December 31, 2012 |
Facing the future with a college degree is like being in a lifeboat on a roiling sea. Facing the future with a high school degree is like being in the water. If you're a member of the millennial generation - ages 18 to 34 - who never got beyond 12th grade, expect hard times, say people who study the transition from youth to adulthood. "There's nothing for these kids," said Maria Kefalas, a St. Joseph's University sociologist. "Absolutely nothing. " Anthony Carnevale, director of the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, put it this way: "It's remarkable how much trouble they're in. " It's not simply the recession and its robust half-life that stymie high-school-only young people.
September 27, 2012 |
CARMELLA Renee Steele wasn't about to let a debilitating disease keep her from having a productive life. In fact, Carmella encouraged and inspired others with handicaps to overcome their disabilities and to live full lives. Carmella Steele, a victim of the painful autoimmune disorder lupus, a mother of three children, an active churchwoman and a role model for the many people she touched, died Sept. 18 at age 46. "Carmella had a heart of gold," her family said. "For many years, she was found encouraging and uplifting others through the word of God. She loved the Lord and she loved people.
July 10, 2012 |
SOMETIMES a preacher is faced with the challenge of helping people cope with unspeakable tragedy. Rev. Gregory E. Boykin faced such a challenge when he gave the eulogy at the funeral of a beloved 6-year-old girl who was among four people, including two other children, killed by a car being chased by police in Feltonville in June 2009. The car rammed into a group of people on the sidewalk on 3rd Street near Annsbury. Boykin, who had just returned from North Carolina, where he had buried his mother, tried in his sermon at Deliverance Evangelistic Church in North Philadelphia to encourage the mourners to believe that little Aaliyah Griffin was in heaven.
May 15, 2012 |
Michael J. Dougherty, 83, who retired in 1983 as senior vice president of the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corp. after a 23-year career there, died of respiratory complications Wednesday, May 9, in Naples, (Fla.) Community Hospital. He had moved to Naples from Havertown in 1993. Born in West Philadelphia, Mr. Dougherty graduated from West Catholic High School in 1948 and attended Temple University before serving as an Army engineer in 1951-52. "We always talked about how he made it to VP without a full four-year degree," son Charles said, though Mr. Dougherty did earn an associate degree in business at Temple.