January 29, 2016 |
"My passion for our region," Devon Perry declares, "is explosive . " Take her word for it: Perry, the interim executive director of Visit South Jersey, has enthusiasm to burn. What her nonprofit destination-marketing organization hasn't got enough of is money. Annual support from the New Jersey Division of Travel and Tourism has declined from $128,000 two years ago to the current $126,000 - even as a study commissioned by the division found tourism-industry sales rising 3.7 percent statewide, to $40 billion, in 2014.
January 11, 2016
Marcus Allen, 43, leads the Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence Region, but when the former pro basketball player applied to be a "Big," and mentor a youngster, his own group turned him down. "I'm the CEO. I sign the checks," Allen said. "They said, 'Well, Marcus, I hate to deliver this news, but you can't be a Big right now.' " It turns out the staff decided that his recent divorce and full plate of duties at the group made him too busy for the job. "They were not sure that I would have the time, given all the things that I was doing," he said.
December 21, 2015
As the rows of local theaters fill for holiday productions of The Nutcracker and A Christmas Story , consider Philadelphia's dramatic relationship with the stage through the story of Frank McGlinn, the "grand old man of the theater. " Born the son of a prominent Center City physician, Frank Cresson Potts McGlinn (1914-2000) began his lifelong love of the stage after seeing a production of The Green Goddess at the Walnut Street Theatre. While still a young student at Penn Charter, McGlinn tried his hand at acting but - due to a speech impediment - gave up his thespian dreams.
October 2, 2015
MENTION the word "health" and people usually think of doctors and hospitals. Those are the people and institutions that work to make individuals healthy. Public health has a broader mission - to make whole communities healthy. The first public health professionals were called "sanitarians," partly because of science's new found understanding of the link between disease and sanitation. It's hard to believe but Philadelphia did not begin to chlorinate its drinking water until 1913 - and that was decades after the link between typhoid and dirty water was a proven fact.
April 21, 2015 |
The plan to spend $7 million remaking West Fairmount Park along Parkside Avenue will include an area that promises nature-based play: think fountains, slides, and skating. The gateway is an 1898 Civil War monument, the Smith Memorial Arch, which needs care. Before, two nonprofit organizations that served fund-raising and historical-preservation roles for Fairmount Park would have been involved in the project. But consolidation made more sense, said Kathryn Ott Lovell, executive director of the Fairmount Park Conservancy.
March 17, 2015 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Cody Asche wanted to be like Ken Griffey Jr., mainly because that's the major league player his older brother idolized. Young Venezuelan infielder Cesar Hernandez looked up to Venezuelan major league infielder Asdrubal Cabrera. Ryan Howard's baseball heroes included Griffey, Barry Bonds and Tony Gwynn. Nearly every baseball-crazed kid has a player who inspires his own big-league dreams. Someone they can follow throughout the course of the summer, hoping they get to October.
January 20, 2015 |
Eight months ago, the Upper Darby High School Indoor Drumline was on top of the world. When the team came home from a stellar showing in the annual Winter Guard International World Championships in Ohio, police cruisers and fire trucks met the bus carrying 40-plus students and escorted them on the final three miles of their trip to a raucous welcome at the school. This winter, the short-term goal is a little more down to earth: Just to get to Dayton. While Upper Darby's champion "Marching Royals" drill up to 20 hours a week to nail down their colorful, percussion-driven performance, called "Celebration of Life," parents and boosters are stepping up the beat of fund-raising - scrambling to raise the $40,000 the drumline needs for a full season and to compete again in the top division at the worlds.
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.
July 14, 2014 |
Irma Stevenson exudes Paulsboro. If it's not her red-and-white Red Raiders shirt, complemented by red polished nails and a ladybug watch, maybe it's the borough-happy knickknacks filling her East Jefferson Street home. Or a comprehensive list of boards and committees she has sat on - more than can fit on a notepad-size sheet of paper. Perhaps it's the infectious and signature open-mouth laugh that she's put on display for 25 years as cohost of Eye on Paulsboro , a Web and local cable TV series dedicated to the two-square-mile borough.
June 17, 2014 |
There was a time - a brief and crucial time - when the big decisions involving soccer in this country were made in a Bucks County office complex. On the list of important figures in U.S. soccer history, there's a place at the head table for a housing developer from Horsham, a former midfielder for the United German-Hungarians in Bucks County, who went on to run the U.S. Soccer Federation and head the effort that brought the 1994 World Cup to this country. Given how soccer is run at its highest levels - then and now - Werner Fricker may even deserve credit for getting voted out of office four years before that '94 World Cup took place.