January 14, 2015 |
If leaders of the Philadelphia Singers are ready to throw in the towel, the singers themselves aren't. A core group of members, plus assistant conductor Brian Schkeeper, says it is forming its own successor organization - a new 150-voice symphonic choir. The effort is being led by six or seven members, and already about 80 current singers have signed on to sing on, says Schkeeper. "I think it's an artistic imperative to continue professional music-making," he says, referring to the Philadelphia Singers' pioneering role as a substantially paid, rather than all-volunteer, choir.
December 8, 2014 |
Voters elected minister Rodney Muhammad president of Philadelphia's NAACP chapter Saturday, and he promised to bring stability and direction to a group riven by controversy. One defeated candidate immediately sought to challenge the results of the three-person race to replace J. Whyatt "Jerry" Mondesire, who was ousted by the national NAACP along with three board members in April. Election workers announced the winner to a rain-soaked crowd of voters, candidates, and supporters who waited outside the Beech Cos. offices near Temple University in North Philadelphia.
December 7, 2014 |
Leaders of the National Urban League announced a $1 million grant to the organization's Philadelphia chapter and voiced concern Friday about fatal shootings by police in Ferguson, Mo., and New York City that have sparked protests over the last two weeks. With Mayor Nutter and U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah (D., Pa.) standing by, Marc H. Morial, president of the league, announced that the chapter would receive the five-year commitment to boost its programs for job-seekers, entrepreneurs, and youth development.
November 12, 2014 |
The country's first business incubator for veteran-owned technology firms will launch a local chapter here Wednesday at the Hub Cira Centre, next to Amtrak's 30th Street Station. Under the name the Bunker, the new incubator will assist military veteran-owned start-up companies and entrepreneurs. Launched in Chicago earlier this year, the Bunker is opening affiliates in Philadelphia and six other cities. "The veteran community is an able and ready talent pool of entrepreneurs," said Todd Connor, CEO of the Bunker and a Navy veteran.
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.