June 27, 2016
This month marked the opening of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society's new pop-up beer garden, the Viaduct Rail Park, at 10th and Hamilton. While the popularity of these gardens may find its origin in the 21st century, the viaduct itself is more than 100 years old. Built in the 1890s by the then-named Pennsylvania and Reading Railroad, the mile-long Reading Viaduct is a combination of embankment sections and arched masonry bridges stretching from...
June 18, 2016 |
The primary author of a national report that calls for a crackdown on low-performing cyber charter schools said Thursday that the goal was to spur conversation. It did. Hours after the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools released the report, critics of online charter schools said they welcomed its findings and recommendations. Companies that manage online schools and some charter advocates dismissed the study and questioned the research on which it was based. Susan DeJarnett, a Temple University law professor who has been researching and writing about problems with Pennsylvania's cyber charter schools for years, said she was intrigued by many points in the report.
May 8, 2016 |
Now that the Philadelphia School District is parting ways with substitutes contractor Source4Teachers, Philadelphia Federation of Teachers president Jerry Jordan isn't exactly saying, "I told you so. " But he notes that he predicted last fall that the Cherry Hill firm would be unable to deliver on its pledge to fill 75 percent of the positions that were vacant on the first day of school and 90 percent by Jan. 1. Yet Jordan opposes the district's proposal...
May 5, 2016
ISSUE | BROAD STREET RUN Three cheers for Philly I would like to send a huge "thank you" to all the wonderful volunteers, spectators, and organizers of Sunday's Blue Cross Broad Street Run ("A river of runners," Monday). I had run the 10-mile race before, and this year I was running it with a friend who had never experienced it. I was telling her she might not get the full flavor of the race because of the rain, and was I wrong. The volunteers were enthusiastic and supportive, the bands were terrific, and the spectators were not deterred by the weather.
April 22, 2016 |
President Andrew Jackson, slaveholder and killer of Indians and Englishmen, please step to the back. Harriet Tubman, African American abolitionist and leader of the Underground Railroad, come up front. On Wednesday, the federal Treasury Department announced the switch that's coming to the $20 bill, with the nation's seventh president losing his spot - a change that brought reaction from political leaders, schoolchildren, academics, and numismatists in Philadelphia and elsewhere. "I can't think of a better choice for the $20 bill than Harriet Tubman," tweeted Hillary Clinton.
March 19, 2016 |
Hooray for the St. Joe's men's basketball team for getting into this year's NCAA tournament. It's very exciting, and I hope they win the championship. I mean it. But there is something that gives me pause. In the heart of this supposed bastion of Jesuit integrity lies a worm eating away at its moral fiber. That worm is the university's reliance on a small army of adjuncts to teach a large portion of its courses while refusing to pay these professionals a living wage. I should know.
February 28, 2016
On Feb. 20, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia held its third annual Cheers for CHOP. Nearly 600 supporters attended the event at the Valley Forge Casino. Guests enjoyed food, cocktails, silent and live auctions, and dancing to the live entertainment of DJ Jazzy Jeff, Go Go Gadjet, and Saved by the 90s. Speakers Katy Friedland, Friends of CHOP president, and event cochairs Allison and Jon Lubert, and Jen and Jon Rodack addressed the crowd, celebrating the mission and commitment of Children's Hospital to advance its research, teaching, and clinical priorities.
January 11, 2016 |
My discovery of the galvanizing power of school spirit came courtesy of Gloucester Catholic's Dribble Nuts in the late 1960s. Looking back, it's remarkable that group existed: a bunch of upperclassmen boys, mostly football players, who would dribble a basketball, Olympic Torch-relay style, to state tournament games. They would wear gray sweatshirts in the late-afternoon twilight and dribble a rubber basketball - as only football players can dribble a rubber basketball on asphalt - along the side of busy streets on their way to events as far away as Princeton and Perth Amboy.
January 4, 2016 |
WELL, YOU can say this much for the 116th annual New Year's Day parade: It was . . . interesting. Whether you followed along in person, on a phone, or on TV, you probably witnessed some unique moments, from the introduction of new and more diverse performers to a protest march that ended with the arrests of two activists. Collected here are some snippets from a cold, windy morning and afternoon in Philadelphia. The sentimental tug of childhood memories lured Sharon Davis to Broad Street and Washington Avenue, where she sat yesterday morning with a blanket wrapped around her legs.
December 24, 2015 |
In the lobby of the 1500 Locust Apartments, the pile of boxes bearing labels like Amazon, H&M, StitchFix, and GNC teetered at shoulder height on a recent afternoon. At the Pepper Building in Southwest Center City, the parcels threatened to overtake the concierge desk. And at West River Apartments, a 162-unit complex in the city's Wynnefield section, leasing consultant Whitney Chitty said there were as many as 50 packages coming in daily. In November, her office began sending out daily emails to notify residents that it had received packages - and that those not retrieved within a week would be returned to sender.