September 23, 2016
ARIES (March 21-April 19). Unsettled? Stay flexible. The fact that you don't know what's going to come up next is a good thing. This new path also has many desirable options to please you. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Business cards, shopping lists, party plans, requests to friends, tokens, coupons, prayers - consider it all your research. Piece together something beautiful, artistic, and unique. GEMINI (May 21-June 21). People say that you can't make someone love you. Privately you think, "Well maybe they can't, but I can. " You may very well be right.
May 12, 2016 |
On a Tuesday in April, Michael Ford, 30, of South Philadelphia, approached two artists stationed at a folding table in one of City Hall's vaulted passageways. From the pocket of his cargo shorts, he pulled out a mosaic tile he'd made from shattered compact discs, part of a series he's calling "CDecopage. " ("It's the perfect medium," he said - or, at least, it's an affordable one as CDs slide into obsolescence.) He said the piece is a memoir in 16 square inches, telling how he quit a job in health care to be an actor and artist.
November 9, 2015 |
Back when the Latham was the Latham - the place to be - back when presidents and starlets strolled through the marble lobby, Joe Broderick was always there to open the door. He was hired as a doorman, but from the start, Broderick was always something closer to a concierge. Before all the big joints came to town, you had to stay at the Latham Hotel and you had to ask for Joe. Joe would take care of you. Whatever the situation. Restaurant reservations. Tickets to the latest show. Tickets to an Eagles game.
October 17, 2015 |
The Democratic National Convention Committee has settled in Philadelphia and is open for business. Jude Arijaje, owner of Minuteman Press on South Broad Street, stood next to Mayor Nutter and the Democratic National Convention Committee CEO on Thursday in his printing shop as proof that the DNC wants to partner with local businesses in advance of the party's national convention here next year. "Small businesses, large business, we want everyone to have a shot at the pie," the Rev. Leah Daughtry, the convention's CEO, said.
May 15, 2015
COVERING POLITICS isn't much different than covering the mob. It's mostly backslapping and backstabbing, interrupted by the occasional indictment. And everyone eats well. So we weren't at all surprised when reputed mobster John "Johnny Chang" Ciancaglini called us the other day to chat about the Democratic primary. Ciancaglini wanted us to know that he's not a blood relative of William "Billy C. " Ciancaglini , the long-shot Common Pleas Court candidate who cut the ad of the campaign season - a splendorous YouTube video featuring an instrumental version of Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'.
February 27, 2015 |
THEY LOOK MORE like siblings than father and son. They act like it, too, the way they playfully rib each other during a lunch break at a deli near Community College of Philadelphia. When I ask the guys for their business cards, Darryl Irizarry Sr. cracks wise. "I don't get cards," he says, as he watches his namesake, Darryl Irizarry Jr., produce his. "I get calls. " The father, 49, is a building engineer at CCP. When he's not working on equipment, he's monitoring it in the boiler room of a building on the main campus.
February 17, 2015 |
Gwendolyn Faison is used to marking milestones. Camden's first female mayor marked another one over the weekend: Her 90th birthday was Saturday. On Sunday, she celebrated at Camden's Tenth Street Baptist Church, where she has been a member for more than 60 years. Church members, family, and local politicians honored her. But she told the roughly 80 people assembled Sunday she did not need speeches or honors for her birthday. "All you have to do is serve," she said. Those who know her say Faison is a good example of what it means to serve her community.
January 17, 2015 |
They say, if you want something done right, you have to do it yourself. Ask Chaka Fattah Jr., currently defending himself against charges of bank fraud, tax evasion, and stealing government funds, and he just might tell you there's truth in that adage. Prosecutors may beg to differ. Since a judge approved his request to represent himself last month, Fattah - the 32-year-old son of Rep. Chaka Fattah (D., Pa.) - has flooded the court with dozens of motions that he hopes will defang the case against him. Call it defense by a thousand pinpricks.
January 8, 2015 |
WASHINGTON - With nods to history and their future plans, three new members of Congress from the Philadelphia area took oaths of office Tuesday, marking sweeping change to the area's delegation. U.S. Reps. Brendan Boyle (D.) of Philadelphia, Ryan Costello (R.) of West Chester, and Tom MacArthur (R.) of Toms River, N.J., started their House careers as snow coated the Capitol grounds. Counting U.S. Rep. Donald Norcross (D.) of Camden, there are four lawmakers from the area at the beginning of their tenures in Congress.
November 29, 2014 |
Jonah Selber is an unlikely philanthropist. When he was born, doctors told his parents that he was severely retarded, so damaged that he should be put in an institution for the rest of his life. "Thank goodness," his mother said, "I was young, strong, in denial, and unwilling to accept that condemnation. " Judith Creed, a speech language pathologist, has dedicated most of her life to helping her son overcome a daunting array of physical and intellectual problems. She stood by him through years of therapy and multiple surgeries, enrolled him in schools where he learned to become more independent, and, several years ago, even gave him one of her kidneys.