August 14, 2014 |
When Chloe Winters celebrated her 11th birthday, no biggie. Turning 10½, however, required a blowout bash. The half-birthday custom is five years going for the Montgomery County tween - with a July 9 birthday, it's a tradition based on practicality, says her mom, Kate. "It's usually the holiday week and no one's ever around, school's out, everyone's at the Shore or at camp," Kate said. "Birthdays are special and they should be celebrated. " Chloe loves the arrangement - and so do a growing number of birthday boys and girls.
July 30, 2014 |
IT FEELS LIKE there's a war on children. There's really no other way to describe this loss of young life, here in Philly and across a world that these days feels as if it's going to hell. In Philadelphia, it's been one horrific loss after another: Just days before four kids died in an all-consuming July 5 fire started by fireworks or a cigarette or who knows what because no one is talking, there was the adorable 3-year-old girl crushed under a 2,000-pound Rita's Water Ice security gate that may not have been properly installed.
July 29, 2014 |
SHYEMA Washington had one person on her mind Saturday night as she stumbled back into her 3-year-old niece's birthday party with blood pouring out of her mouth. "She wanted her son," said Washington's sister, Daneesha Hill. "She just kept asking me about him. " Hill said yesterday afternoon that she might not have the strength to answer her little sister's question if and when she regains consciousness. Tyrell Styles, Washington's longtime boyfriend, not only shot Washington in the mouth, but also shot and killed their 5-year-old son, Cion Styles, according to police.
July 7, 2014
D EAR ABBY: We went out to dinner with another couple. The wives are psychiatric nurses; the husbands are a banker and a business owner. All of us are accustomed to dealing with "sensitive" issues. A woman at the table next to ours went to the ladies' room. When she returned, a short "train" of toilet paper was caught in the waistband of her slacks. It was very obvious. There was silence, but a palpable "energy," so the woman knew something was amiss and it might have something to do with her. Because I didn't perceive it to be an imminent public-health threat, I joined the silent legion.
April 7, 2014 |
AMBLER Brooke Rhea, 16, lives in a sprawling five-bedroom house in pricey Lower Gwynedd Township, where she was raised by two parents who have full-time, well-paid jobs. It's probably fair to say, and Rhea, a junior at Wissahickon High School, would be the first to agree, that she has been lucky. "A lot of people have told me how quickly you can go from doing OK to struggling to find enough to eat," she said Saturday, standing in the parking lot of the Mattie Dixon Community Cupboard, a food pantry for the poor, in downtown Ambler.
March 19, 2014
Approached by a lobbyist bearing cash or jewelry, any official with a semblance of ethical backbone would refuse the gifts and report the sleazy encounter to authorities. And yet not one of the Philadelphia Democrats alleged to have taken such gifts from a wire-wearing informant did that. Interviewed by The Inquirer's Angela Couloumbis and Craig R. McCoy, most of the politicians claimed memory lapses, changed their stories, or just refused to respond. Only one, State Rep. Louise Bishop, managed to deny taking the money.
March 16, 2014 |
To Lucress Irizarry, the July 2012 birthday party for State Sen. LeAnna Washington was like any other laid-back summer gathering. About 100 casually dressed guests milled beneath a tent on the lawn of Fairmount Park's Belmont Mansion, some holding plates of quiche and chicken from the buffet. As the afternoon sun fell, guests sat at round tables or danced to music from a DJ. "It was really nice," said Irizarry, who co-owns a photography company that Washington hired to shoot the event.
March 11, 2014
THE FAMILY patriarch, Syd, took some time from planning his 100th birthday party to join us in the celebration of his 98th. By "us," I mean the usual suspects (family) flying in to the Land of the Chads for the annual Bykofsky Family Florida Fiesta, including two newbies. For a change, not new rugrats. The birth explosion has quelled, with the males running out of money, testosterone or both. The newbies were a couple of victims, um, candidates , for the Family Circle. (From inside the Family Circle there's a muffled cry: "Run!
March 11, 2014 |
When the Mark Group, which calls itself the United Kingdom's largest installer of domestic energy-saving solutions, announced plans to set up its U.S. headquarters in the former Navy Yard in South Philadelphia, the state and city rolled out the carpet, offering $3.3 million in incentives. Executives said they expected to hire 300 people in the U.S. within three years, starting in October 2010. Three years have passed and U.S. employment stands at 175. "We are growing," said Jeffrey A. Bartos, 41, chief executive of Mark's U.S. operations.
January 27, 2014 |
A snowy afternoon did not stop 1,200 guests from descending on the Academy of Music for its 157th Anniversary Concert and Ball on Saturday night, complete with lots of bubbly and a phenomenal performance by Philadelphia's own Jill Scott. Scott, the Grammy Award-winning singer who got her start performing with neo-soul acts at the Five Spot in Old City, was practically gushing through her 25-minute set. "Do you understand the privilege it is for me to be here?" Scott said, her red-bottomed Christian Louboutin peep-toed shoes glistening on the stage.