July 28, 2015 |
Jesenia is a 12-year-old with big dreams and big talents. Passionate about music, she loves singing, and her beautiful voice can be heard each Sunday in her church choir. Although she aspires to sing professionally, like her idol Selena Gomez, she also thinks about another career. "I want to be a child advocate," she says, "so I can help children who are going through some of the things I did. " Jesenia volunteers at community soup kitchens and has found great satisfaction in helping others.
May 24, 2015 |
I used to think that the tiny-house movement had something to do with building smaller homes that more people could afford. Then I came across an article in Forbes by Erin Carlyle that talked about the upscale nature of tiny houses, with so many amenities per square foot - even a tiny hot tub - that you wonder how people can fit inside. One example was an $82,000, 348.5-square-footer "equipped with one bedroom, a bathroom and a kitchen/living room with a butcher-block countertop that doubles as a desk," Carlyle wrote.
June 16, 2014 |
READING - A former top-five draft pick was playing winter ball in Venezuela when he started to sense he would have difficulty landing a job this spring. So Adam Loewen reverted to an old custom. He began to long toss. More than 5 years had elapsed since Loewen, once a ballyhooed Orioles' pitching prospect, last toed the rubber. Arm injuries had sent the touted 6-6 southpaw into a second career as a hitter. But nearing 30 and after 3 years of stints manning the outfield in Buffalo, Port St. Lucie and New Hampshire, he opted to again gauge the status of his once-prized left arm. "I felt like I left a lot out there, a lot of potential that was untapped, really," he said.
June 6, 2014 |
ALLENTOWN - Tyson Gillies was just 4 years old when his parents noticed something different about him. They thought he was not focusing, and ignoring them when they spoke to him. He was tested, and it was learned that he has 50 percent hearing in one ear, and just 30 percent in the other. "I was reading lips when I was 2 and 3 and speaking perfectly, so nobody knew," Gillies said. "There was something different. I found myself getting lost in different situations. Finally, when they brought me in for my third or fourth hearing test, they closed the blinds and I couldn't read lips anymore.
May 9, 2014 |
Forty years ago, Ken Vavrek, a ceramics professor at Moore College of Art, got together with four former students to open a shared studio space, the Clay Studio, in Old City, then still a warehouse district. But they needed support - which required obtaining nonprofit status, which in turn required creating programming to serve the community, such as pottery classes. "We kind of invented it as we went along," Vavrek said. Since 1974, the organization has evolved into something Vavrek never envisioned: A $1.7 million-a-year nonprofit serving 35,000 artists, students, and gallery visitors annually.
March 7, 2014 |
LOOKS LIKE it may have only taken one camera to make "7 Boxes," a low-budget but inventive Paraguayan thriller about a delivery boy mixed up with gangsters. The movie - well-received at the Toronto Film Festival - blends genres and influences, but it's essentially a one-crazy-night, shaggy-dog story about a delivery boy who agrees to hide seven boxes of contraband for a local crook, and ends up in the middle of a very big mess. Victor (Celso Franco) pushes his cartload of boxes through Asuncion, brought alive by a series of hand-held tracking shots (the directors obviously grew up on Martin Scorsese and Kathryn Bigelow)
October 2, 2013 |
Quade Green dashed to the basket early in Sunday afternoon's All-City Classic. He had already scored his team's first eight points and another bucket seemed to be a guarantee. Instead, the freshman guard from Neumann-Goretti tossed his layup off the Ben Franklin High backboard to create a perfect alley-oop dunk for D'Andre Vilmar. "He told me he wanted it," said Green, who was named the MVP of Philadelphia's 78-64 loss to New York in the freshman game. "And I knew he would go up and get it. " He finished with a team-high 21 points in a game that gave a peek into the future of the area basketball scene.
August 30, 2013 |
YOU'VE GOT big dreams, Philly. On the 50th anniversary of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have A Dream" speech, I took to the streets to ask Philadelphians what they dreamed for themselves and the city. Before I did, I shared my own dream of living long enough to see the end of the dreaded Philly Shrug. (Tick-tock, people. I'm not getting any younger over here.) Well, you showed me. When it came to dreams, there was very little that the Philadelphians I spoke with yesterday shrugged off. From one end of the city to the other, residents shared dreams that were big - "Peace" - and small - "More high heels.
August 24, 2013
Thousands will converge on the nation's capital Saturday to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the iconic March on Washington. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his historic "I Have a Dream" speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial before some 250,000 marchers on Aug. 28, 1963. The rousing speech was a defining moment in the civil rights movement, spelling out King's vision for the future of American race relations. "I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character," he proclaimed.
May 13, 2013 |
Nyzeir, 9, dreams of being a famous basketball player someday and having lots of money. Extremely bright, artistic, and athletic, he loves to challenge himself at various sports, including basketball and football. His favorite pastimes include watching sports and shows about superheroes on television. He is very sweet and affectionate when he feels comfortable with people. Although he tends to be a bit shy when meeting new people he soon warms up, especially if the conversation involves sports.