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July 28, 2014 | By Erin Arvedlund, Inquirer Staff Writer
David La Fontaine is the new executive director of Community Ventures, a Quaker-inspired builder of affordable housing and one of the few nonprofit developers left in the city. Its latest projects include Ingersoll Commons at 16th and Master Streets, affordable housing with open green space, and Centennial Village, affordable rental apartments behind the Mann Music Center at 52d Street and Parkside Avenue. La Fontaine is pushing for more affordable housing, even as million-dollar homes keep popping up around Center City.
NEWS
July 27, 2014 | By Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writer
Bursting with anger at the growing death toll in the Gaza Strip, 300 pro-Palestinian demonstrators hurled invective through bullhorns Friday outside the Center City office tower that houses the Israeli consulate in Philadelphia. "Israel, Israel, what do you say?" they chanted. "How many kids have you killed today?" For nearly three weeks, Hamas militants in Gaza have rained incessant rocket fire on Israel, and the Israel Defense Forces have bombed Gaza and invaded the coastal strip.
NEWS
July 22, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Harriet Jane Green, 73, of Philadelphia, who worked behind the scenes to bring about social change by connecting her vast array of friends and acquaintances, died Friday, July 18, of multiple myeloma at Penn Hospice at Rittenhouse. Ms. Green stopped all medical treatment July 10, telling family members and her doctor that she wanted to "sail the ocean blue. " While Ms. Green's occupation was selling alternate energy sources to area homes, schools, and businesses, her passion was fighting for social and political change at the local level.
BUSINESS
July 22, 2014 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
Alon Barzilay has done as much in 41 years as many people do in a lifetime. And that includes what the founder and CEO of Barzilay Development L.L.C. of Philadelphia calls "side businesses," the latest of which is a film project with Germantown Academy pals Bradley Cooper and Brian Klugman that sent him to Los Angeles this summer. "I'm not quitting my day job," Barzilay, the film's executive producer, said with a laugh. "I'm a real estate developer. " These days, his real estate efforts include the conversion to rental apartments of Greater St. Matthew's Baptist Church at 23d and Fitzwater Streets as Sanctuary Lofts.
NEWS
July 20, 2014 | By Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writer
Demonstrators on opposing sides brought the hot debate over immigration - and what to do about the soaring number of Central American children surging across our southern border - to a Center City sidewalk Friday. About a dozen members of the Independence Hall Tea Party Association, led by president Teri Adams, of Elkins Park, assembled outside the Bourse Building, which houses the Mexican Consulate in Philadelphia. They carried signs - "Invasion is not a human right" - and an open letter to Mexican Consul Carlos I. Giralt calling for Mexico to halt the flow of immigrants, including "unsupervised children" who cross the border "with the aid and encouragement of your government.
NEWS
July 18, 2014 | By Chris Hepp, Inquirer Staff Writer
]When her husband died in December, Lauren Davis knew it was time to move. The rent on her rather tired Grays Ferry home was going up, and her landlord was not terribly responsive. The 63-year-old retired teacher's aide feared, however, that she did not have the means to relocate within her beloved neighborhood. "I didn't know what I was going to do," Davis said. The answer was phase two of the Anthony Wayne Senior Housing complex at South 28th and Morris Streets, which was developed by the Altman Group with the backing of City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson.
NEWS
July 18, 2014
  NICOLE MARIE CAPP, 26, and Justin Matt Sapolsky, 28, both of Center City, are co-founders of Matt & Marie's Italian Sandwiches on 18th Street near Arch. The two are Wharton MBA graduates and were finalists in the 2013-14 Wharton Business Plan Competition. In 2013, Matt & Marie's began as a catering business but this year shifted to a brick-and-mortar store that opened on June 30. I spoke with Capp. Q: How'd you come up with the idea for Matt & Marie's? A: Matt and I both wanted to open up a place in the fast-casual space with Italian sandwiches.
NEWS
July 14, 2014 | BY REGINA MEDINA, Daily News Staff Writer medinar@phillynews.com, 215-854-5985
THE PHILADELPHIA Medical Examiner's Office said yesterday that the sudden death of a young Los Angeles nightclub entrepreneur Thursday at a Center City hotel remains unclear pending further investigation. Matt Bendik, 31, who was dating "Glee" actress Becca Tobin, was found unconscious inside his room Thursday by a maid at the Hotel Monaco, on Chestnut Street near 5th in Center City, according to police and published reports. "The autopsy did not immediately establish a clear cause of death," Department of Public Health spokesman Jeff Moran said in a statement.
NEWS
July 13, 2014 | By Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Eti Cohen's telephone rings these days, it is often her sister calling in tears from Israel, with air-raid sirens wailing in the background. Cohen, owner of the Center City restaurant Hamifgash, was born in Jerusalem. Her sister Mazi, 47, lives near Tel Aviv. "This needs to be over," said Cohen, speaking of the Palestinian rockets that have rained on Israel by the hundreds this week, and Israel's numerous air strikes on Gaza. "People are afraid. " Bareeq Albarqawi, 26, of Somerset, N.J., a Palestinian American whose parents are from two villages near Nablus, said the violence affects her, too, because her aunt and extended family live in that West Bank city.
NEWS
July 10, 2014 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
At the very least, Roderick King said, he thought he was in for a beating. It was after 2 a.m. on March 31, 2013, King recalled during a preliminary hearing Tuesday, and he was in Center City, handcuffed in the rear of a Philadelphia police SUV. The officer, apparently incensed because one of King's friends had accused him of making an illegal turn, put King in the SUV and drove him to a dark alley in North Philadelphia. "It was just him and me," said King. "I was very scared.
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