September 11, 2014 |
AVALON, N.J. - When you walk into the Paper Peddler, there is an accumulated-over-time perfume of ink and paper - a vintage scent in an era when electronic devices have taken over delivering the written words of books, magazines, and newspapers. And so - shut out by potential customers who would sooner take a photo of the cover of a book with a plan to download it later and a dwindling customer base of print newspaper readers - the Paper Peddler will close its doors at the end of the month after 46 years.
April 18, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA In ongoing changes at the local chapter of the NAACP, a new slate of officers has taken over leadership of the organization. Carl Fitchett, pastor emeritus of Mount Moriah Temple Baptist Church in South Philadelphia, was named the new president of the chapter. The other new officers are Rodney Muhammad, first vice president; Rahim Islam, second vice president; Jennifer Whitfield, third vice president; and Shirley Jordan, assistant secretary. Gill Ford, the NAACP national director of unit administration, said the appointments were made last week following the suspension of president J. Whyatt Mondesire.
January 26, 2014 |
Three officers of the Philadelphia chapter of the NAACP are questioning whether its president, J. Whyatt Mondesire, has mismanaged the organization's money, and have asked the national organization to take control of the local chapter's finances. They also called on the national organization to audit the local chapter's finances over the last 10 years, their lawyers said Friday. The officers, political activist Donald "Ducky" Birts, restaurateur and nightclub owner Sydney Booker, and the Rev. Elisha Morris, are calling on Mondesire to answer wide-ranging questions about the chapter's finances.
January 24, 2014 |
A YEAR BEFORE the NAACP's national convention comes to Philadelphia, a lawyer for three officers of the local chapter is questioning whether longtime president J. Whyatt Mondesire has mismanaged the chapter's finances. "We're demanding answers," said Gerard Egan, who is representing former political aide Ducky Birts, restaurant owner Sydney Booker and the Rev. Elisha Morris. Egan, a former federal prosecutor, said he is also asking the state attorney general to investigate the matter, which was first reported by AxisPhilly.org.
December 29, 2013 |
Villanova coach Jay Wright used to refer to the annual "old" Big East rivalry with Syracuse as "like a love-hate," especially those trips to the cavernous and loud Carrier Dome. "We love it but the games are so tough," Wright said. "It's a really hard place to play up there, but we love going up there. You love the experience, even when you lose. Everybody up there is so nice to you, they really are. " The eighth-ranked Wildcats (11-0) will receive that same Upstate New York hospitality, and the typically tough opponent, on Saturday when they meet fellow unbeaten and No. 2 Syracuse (11-0)
December 10, 2013 |
The Haddonfield Public Library wasn't even officially open yet Thursday, but Dorothy Peppard already had 29 preschoolers' amazingly full attention as she read them tales of animals' wintertime adventures. Funny voices, inflections, warm smiles - she had the storytelling thing down. During the next several hours, Peppard, head of children's programs, spun her magic for toddlers, more preschoolers, and a bunch of kindergartners, who got history slipped in with their listening pleasure.
November 9, 2013 |
PHILADELPHIA It might be considered the low-budget sequel. But reputed Philadelphia mob boss Joseph Ligambi and the federal authorities who have pursued him for 13 years both hope this time brings blockbuster results. Ligambi, known as "Uncle Joe," returned to court Thursday for his second trial in as many years on racketeering conspiracy charges. His nephew and alleged consigliere, George "Georgie Boy" Borgesi, sat by his side. Eight months ago, a federal jury deadlocked on the most serious counts against them after a marathon, four-month trial involving 12 other mob defendants.
October 28, 2013 |
If there is one certainty to Michael Vick's career, it's that he keeps coming back. He returned from imprisonment and injuries. He rebounded from being a backup and an expected castoff. One of the qualities that his teammates often mention about him is his ability to get back up after the hits he takes. Vick will be back in the Eagles lineup on Sunday against the New York Giants. He missed only two games, and there was speculation that if Nick Foles had thrived in Vick's absence, Vick might not be back.
October 18, 2013 |
STATE COLLEGE - Just six games old, the book on Christian Hackenberg's collegiate career is still a rather short one. But in the next three-and-a-half seasons, the quarterback might not be able to match the chapter he wrote Saturday night. Led by Hackenberg, the Penn State offense pulled off the improbable as it went 80 yards in 23 seconds to tie Michigan on a last-minute drive that now holds a special place in the program's long history. It was a standout moment for the 18-year-old, who has put together a nice resume at the halfway mark of his true freshman campaign.
October 18, 2013 |
When blogger Joey Sweeney took over Philadelphia's dormant 215 Festival of authors and musicians last year, he didn't do it for money. The 215 Fest and its dedication to all things literary and boozy was once a necessity for smart, pop-conscious writer/readers and listeners thirsty for knowledge, song, strong drink, and a commitment to literacy, things Sweeney figured should always be part of this city's character. With 2012's packed houses, he found an amazing sense of goodwill toward the 215 Fest, confirming what Sweeney calls "a real void in Philly for small, curated literary events in the post-Borders, lonely Amazon age. " This week, Sweeney's local website, Philebrity.com, will again curate the 215 Fest, with events at diverse venues held beyond downtown, in the bars and book-nooks of Northern Liberties and South Philly, with name authors such as Nicholson Baker and Cari Luna, and with special readings like those from Philly's notable Irish writers.