May 28, 2015
LET ME START by saying that this letter in response to Christine Flower's recent column is written with complete bias. However, my bias comes from knowing who and what I am writing about. Unlike you, Christine, I first noticed Jim Kenney 55 years ago. He was hard to miss, as he was the kid in the bed on the other side of the room we shared. Oh, my God, Christine, did that make us domestic partners? Alas, no - just brothers. Whew, that was close. So, let's begin with my problems with what you wrote: First off, it is quite clear that you have had little or no personal interaction with Jim prior to your character assassination of him and his views.
February 2, 2015 |
IF BEING the candidate of the Democratic establishment counts for anything, Lisa Deeley ought to be a shoo-in for city commissioner. The longtime aide to top Democrats, fielded an All-Star team of big names at Famous 4th Street Deli yesterday morning when she formally announced her candidacy. Two officials she's served under - Councilman Bobby Henon and City Controller Alan Butkovitz - joined Council President Darrell Clarke, Councilman Ed Neilson, Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell, Sheriff Jewel Williams, AFL-CIO president Pat Eiding, Building Trades business manager Pat Gillespie and IBEW Local 98 business manager John Dougherty at the hugfest.
January 11, 2015 |
Collingswood's Tyree Mann-Barnes hasn't had the best of luck playing one-on-one with his older brother Tyrone, a record that mirrors the Washington Generals' log against the Harlem Globetrotters. Yet the Collingswood senior has enjoyed much greater success against high school competition, and a lot of that can be attributed to the tutoring from his older brother. A senior guard, Tyree is averaging 13.6 points for a Collingswood team that has won six in a row since a close opening-night loss to Haddonfield.
November 21, 2014 |
WHEN JARRETT McClenton was around 7 or 8 years old he was no stranger to great running-back play. Long before he shared Daily News Player of the Year last season, McClenton, now a senior at Archbishop Wood, watched his older brother, Jeff, play football at Conwell-Egan. Jeff was a speedy wideout and safety in his own right, but Steve Slaton was the burner in the backfield. "He could always make the big run because he had breakaway speed," said Jarrett, who is 5-8 and weighs 165 pounds, "but he was also very physical when he ran the ball.
November 8, 2014 |
If there is anyone who should have an idea of what Aaron McKie could mean to Temple as an assistant coach, it is Kevin Ollie. The coach of the defending NCAA champion Connecticut Huskies, Ollie played with McKie in the 76ers backcourt. When McKie retired and coached the Sixers guards from 2007 to 2013, before being let go, he became very close to Ollie. "I know he's going to be big-time," said Ollie, who retired from the NBA in 2010 and was named UConn's coach in 2012. "He helped me tremendously.
October 9, 2014 |
When the Higgins boys were younger, they often played soccer in the backyard. The games varied, but a staple competition was two-on-one keepaway. Because Ronan was the youngest of the three, he always seemed to get trapped in the middle. Now a freshman at Shipley, Ronan Higgins no longer is stuck in between his older brothers, Tommy and Conor, and having to chase them. Instead, the forward is a catalyst for the Gators (8-1-3) off the bench, and for the first time in his career, he is playing with Conor, a senior, in organized competition.
October 2, 2014 |
YOU WOULD BE hard-pressed to find a high school player in Philadelphia with a more physically imposing style of football than Shawn Henderson. Actually, gridder more aptly describes the George Washington High senior middle linebacker and fullback. A 5-10, 230-pound battering ram, Henderson couples keen instincts and brute force to disrupt on both sides of the ball. In fact, last week against Father Judge, Crusaders defenders were heard shouting, "No. 3's in the game, tighten up your gaps," when Henderson thundered onto the field.
January 20, 2014 |
Marcus Allen is looking for a few good men. To be honest, he is looking for a lot of good men, black men like himself, to be mentors and role models, to make a difference in the lives of boys without them. "We need more men of color. Our community needs to see us get involved," said Allen, the first black man to lead Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southeastern Pennsylvania in its century of service. The organization, which mentors almost 3,000 children in Philadelphia, Montgomery, Delaware, and Chester Counties, has a waiting list of more than 1,100 hopeful "Littles," the overwhelming majority black and biracial boys, yet black men represent only 15 percent of volunteers.
December 17, 2013 |
Mike Holloway liked the idea of standing outside his big brother's considerable shadow. "It was like he had his spotlight and I had my spotlight," Mike Holloway said of his decision to play the first two seasons of his high school career at a different school than his older brother, Rashaan. Mike Holloway, a 6-foot-6 forward, averaged 16.4 points last season as a sophomore at Sacred Heart in Vineland, Cumberland County. Rashaan Holloway, a 6-9 center, averaged 22.7 points last season as a junior at Schalick in Pittsgrove, Salem County.
November 22, 2013
THIS WILL BE a somber Thanksgiving for the Presley family. When the blended clan of 13 souls living in the mustard-colored, five-bedroom house gathers around a dining-room table, Demetry Presley will be with them only in spirit. The athletic, loving, fun-to-be-around, good-with-the-girls 21-year-old was gunned down by a soulless thug on South Street early Sunday morning, dying in the arms of his big brother, Willie. It happened about 1:30, a few steps away from the Mixed Plate Lounge, a restaurant-turned-nightclub that the Presleys, who live in Sicklerville, N.J., rented for $500 to stage an event, a "Stop Light Party.