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May 21, 2014 | BY REGINA MEDINA, Daily News Staff Writer medinar@phillynews.com, 215-854-5985
DOZENS OF Central High School students and alums lined the entrance to their school and the front hallway inside, wearing their school colors proudly and wildly waving their arms. "277! 277!" they cheered last Thursday, high-fiving members of the incoming class as they entered the school. This was no pep rally in the traditional sense, but the annual Central High School freshman orientation for September's incoming class, known in these parts as 277. "It was really lively and felt like a homecoming," said Nathan Zeyl, 14, referring to the students' welcome.
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August 17, 2015 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Toward the end of his life, Lee Stanley lived in solitude. But that doesn't mean he was alone. His home, a three-story rowhouse on tiny Mole Street in Center City, was filled to the brim with artifacts from a time gone by: baseball cards, sports almanacs, opera scores, orchestra programs. Pieces of his passions, surrounding him every day. A few times a week, he exercised, inconspicuously, by walking up and down the Art Museum steps, his oversize coat draped over his shoulders.
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August 5, 2013 | By Stephan Salisbury, Inquirer Culture Writer
A whine of mowers cuts through the afternoon hum in a small park off a busy North Philadelphia street. Young people talk and laugh on the sidewalk nearby, all about to head off to nearby jobs - on the farm, in the music production studio, on cleanup patrol. Young children dart here and there, campers in the city. This is the land of the Village of Arts and Humanities, started more than 25 years ago by charismatic artist Lily Yeh, an archipelago of parks banked by mosaic murals and sculptures stretching south from Lehigh Avenue along Germantown Avenue.
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October 31, 1990 | The Philadelphia Inquirer / WILLIAM F. STEINMETZ
AFTER BEING NAMED Pennsylvania's teacher of the year on Monday, Karen Beechey Kreider received applause from students yesterday on her return to class at Central High School. Kreider, who has been a teacher for 24 years, shared teacher-of-the-year honors with a fourth-grade teacher from Lebanon, Pa. Kreider teaches social studies and world history.
NEWS
September 16, 2013
Craig LaBan's review of Tiffin Bistro will appear Sept. 22 in the Arts & Entertainment section. An incorrect date was published in Thursday's Food section. A story Friday on cutbacks in Philadelphia school libraries incompletely named former Central High School librarian Loretta Burton.
NEWS
June 12, 2012
A memorial service for U.S. District Judge Louis H. Pollak will be held at 3 p.m. Sept. 28 in the ceremonial courtroom of the U.S. Courthouse, 6th and Market streets. Judge Pollak died May 8 at the age of 89. Contributions in his memory may be made to the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (www.naacpldg.org) or the Sarah Dekker Memorial Art Award, checks payable to Associated Alumni of Central High School, c/o Katherine Morse, P.O. Box 30592, Philadelphia PA 19103.
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May 14, 2012 | By Miriam Hill, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The city's oldest public school has a new leader. Timothy McKenna, who earned a reputation for reducing violence and improving performance at Furness High in South Philadelphia, will become president of Central High School at the end of this school year. McKenna will succeed Sheldon S. Pavel, who has led Central for 28 years and whose name had come to be almost synonymous with the school. It was previously reported that Pavel planned to retire in July. In a letter on Central's website, Shai Gluskin, vice president for communications for the school's Home and School Association, said McKenna had won out over 12 other candidates in part because faculty members on the selection committee said they were eager to work for him.   Contact Miriam Hill at hillmb@phillynews.com or 215-854-5520.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 9, 2015 | By Samantha Melamed, Inquirer Staff Writer
In 2013, Arden Kass was one of about 20 Philadelphia parents who traveled to Harrisburg to deliver 4,000 letters by schoolchildren pleading to restore education funding. It didn't go well. "The mothers were shocked at how callous the environment was, and, when they went to deliver these extraordinary words of children, how little currency they had," said Donna Cooper, executive director of Public Citizens for Children and Youth (PCCY), which helped with logistics. "Some of the women became activists on education as a result of that.
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August 29, 2014 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
MARIE FLETCHER didn't know much about the world. Hers was a sheltered existence, the youngest in the family, protected and spoiled by her older brothers, married at 19, and soon a mother of six and content to be a housewife. Then, it all fell apart. Her marriage broke up and she was suddenly faced with providing for six children as a single mother. What to do? She soon found out what to do, and the courage and determination that would mark the rest of her life came to the fore.
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August 17, 2015 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Toward the end of his life, Lee Stanley lived in solitude. But that doesn't mean he was alone. His home, a three-story rowhouse on tiny Mole Street in Center City, was filled to the brim with artifacts from a time gone by: baseball cards, sports almanacs, opera scores, orchestra programs. Pieces of his passions, surrounding him every day. A few times a week, he exercised, inconspicuously, by walking up and down the Art Museum steps, his oversize coat draped over his shoulders.
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July 9, 2015 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
IN A MAJOR BLOW to the school district, an independent arbitrator has ordered the district to restore a full-time counselor to every school and to give back pay to laid-off counselors who should have been recalled based on seniority. The ruling, issued last week, says the district violated its contract with the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers in the fall of 2013 when it failed to recall laid-off counselors in seniority order, failed to assign a full-time counselor to every school and failed to assign recalled counselors to schools of their choice, based on seniority.
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July 9, 2015 | By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
Every Philadelphia public school could have a full-time counselor in September, and dozens of laid-off counselors stand to be rehired, if a recently issued arbitrator's decision stands. Handing the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers a significant victory, the independent arbitrator ruled that the district was out of bounds when it bypassed seniority in recalling laid-off employees, and that it was in violation of its contract by failing to have one full-time counselor at every school, union officials confirmed Tuesday.
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July 3, 2015 | BY REGINA MEDINA, Daily News Staff Writer medinar@phillynews.com, 215-854-5985
DEPLORABLE conditions at some of Philadelphia's district schools were alleged yesterday by City Controller Alan Butkovitz, who described them as "not something that happens in a First World country. " Evidence of asbestos in Francis Scott Key Elementary School in South Philadelphia; water damage in Samuel S. Fels High School in Crescentville; cockroaches crawling around restrooms in Central High School in Olney. It's all detailed in a report released during a Controller's Office news conference.
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April 17, 2015 | By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
A caller awaited Central High School's principal when he arrived at school Wednesday: Mayor Nutter. The city's chief executive, it turns out, had read an Inquirer story detailing the plight of Central's RoboLancers, the student-led robotics program. The team recently won the organization's top honor and a pass to its world championship in St. Louis next week - but needed $35,000 to get there. "He told me it was important for us to be at Worlds," principal Timothy McKenna said. "He said he was going to make calls on our behalf.
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April 17, 2015 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
THROUGH the years, people have told James Stewart that someday someone was going to come along and help him. He thought about those words as he learned to ride a bike. He thought about them as he bonded with his father over cooking lessons. He thought about them as he toured pizzerias to learn how to toss pizzas. He thought about them as he lived his life with a malformed hand, a birth defect. The reality is that Stewart, 34, doesn't need help: He's adapted, he's determined and he's doing just fine in his job making pizzas.
NEWS
April 17, 2015 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
CENTRAL HIGH School's robotics team has overcome its first hurdle in the quest to win a national competition: raising the money to get there. Drexel University and the University of Pennsylvania each pledged to donate $20,000 in response to a request from Mayor Nutter to help the magnet school's team raise $35,000 to attend the FIRST World Championship, a four-day competition next week in St. Louis. In announcing the contributions yesterday, Nutter praised the universities for answering the call.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 9, 2015 | By Samantha Melamed, Inquirer Staff Writer
In 2013, Arden Kass was one of about 20 Philadelphia parents who traveled to Harrisburg to deliver 4,000 letters by schoolchildren pleading to restore education funding. It didn't go well. "The mothers were shocked at how callous the environment was, and, when they went to deliver these extraordinary words of children, how little currency they had," said Donna Cooper, executive director of Public Citizens for Children and Youth (PCCY), which helped with logistics. "Some of the women became activists on education as a result of that.
NEWS
April 2, 2015 | William Bender, Daily News Staff Writer
DOUG OLIVER might not - OK, probably won't - get elected mayor this year. But the former Philadelphia Gas Works vice president made a convincing case yesterday that he's an undervalued stock in the city's political scene. This guy will be elected to public office in Philly. Not now, but soon. Bank on it. Oliver, who's 40 but can pass for 30, had the teenage crowd at Central High School hanging on his every word during a mayoral forum, drawing loud applause from the get-go - and howls of protest when he tried to leave toward the end. Often dismissed as an inexperienced and underfunded candidate in this year's race, Oliver demonstrated that he is a natural politician nonetheless, one who could potentially energize two generations of voters - millennials and the younger Generation Z. If they ever decide to vote.
NEWS
February 9, 2015 | By Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Robowolves, Techeads, and N.E.R.D.S. were just a few of the bands of young intellectuals that arrived at Central High School on Saturday morning, geared up for a challenge months in the making. The middle and high school students glided across the school's gymnasium, delicately carrying their small robots from mini work stations to an engineer's equivalent of a sporting arena. Referees and all. Inside the WiFi-enabled field, the idle contraptions of metal and wheels and wires sprung to life as the student-creators lined the perimeter.
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