June 5, 2015 |
Theater has many applications. It can entertain. It can provoke intellectual debate. It can serve as a temporary distraction from the grind of everyday life. But Delaware County resident Michael Broussard uses theater to help him cope with being a victim of childhood sexual abuse. And he hopes his one-man production, "Ask A Sex Abuse Survivor," being staged this weekend in Elkins Park, may help others who have suffered this most heinous of crimes to deal with its often emotionally debilitating aftermath.
June 4, 2015 |
The Nutter administration on Tuesday laid out an ambitious vision for assuring that all children in Philadelphia benefit from high-quality early learning experiences. Labeled "A Running Start Philadelphia: For Every Child, Birth to Five," the outline offers guidance on how the city can guarantee the best learning opportunities for its youngest citizens as a way to offset the long-term, systemic poverty in some neighborhoods. "With this plan, Philadelphia has developed a strategy to support its children and families by building stronger schools to create a more competitive workforce," Nutter said.
May 7, 2015
LIKE A DOG chasing a car, George Bochetto has been chasing Muhammad Ali's Louisville, Ky., birthplace for some time. And now that he has it, he's not precisely sure what he will do with it. Whatever it is, it will be done with dignity. The Center City lawyer and former Pennsylvania boxing commissioner feels it is a shrine, and should be treated as one, but the details are still forming. It's an understatement to say that Bochetto, a onetime boxer himself, is a devotee of the former heavyweight champion, humanitarian and onetime resident of Cherry Hill.
March 19, 2015 |
A child of black nationalists in West Philadelphia, Asali Solomon suffered through her share of bizarre public-library Kwanzaa celebrations. Along with Thanksgiving, she got Umoja Karamu. It made her an outsider at Henry C. Lea School, and it didn't help her social standing when she transferred to the Baldwin School in Bryn Mawr, either. Everyone's childhood has its own particular angst, but Solomon's, at least, provided inspiration for her debut novel, Disgruntled . It was released in February by Farrar Straus Giroux, and she'll read from it on Thursday at 7 p.m. at the University of the Arts' Connelly Auditorium (211 S. Broad St., Philadelphia)
March 18, 2015
QUINCEANERAS are a big deal. Participants wear Cinderella gowns and tiaras, and often participate in a Catholic Mass during which they are presented with Bibles, jewelry and other symbols of adulthood. As a preteen, Amber Andujar of Camden looked forward to this Hispanic coming-of-age ceremony with a sweet naivete. But that was before tragedy struck and her innocence was snatched away during a brutal home invasion. It happened on her birthday back on Sept. 2, 2012. Amber, then 12, and her three siblings were home alone when a knife-wielding intruder broke into their home on Ware Street and sexually assaulted her at knifepoint.
February 13, 2015 |
BOSCH. Today, Amazon Prime Video. TITUS WELLIVER is more binge-reader than binge-watcher. "I like to watch something and let it sort of gestate," said the star of Amazon Studios' new cop drama "Bosch," in a recent interview. "I kind of read voraciously. I've always got, like, three books going at the same time. " In "Bosch," based on Michael Connelly's best-selling books and premiering today on Amazon Prime, Welliver, who spent a chunk of his childhood in Philadelphia, plays Los Angeles police detective Harry Bosch.
February 9, 2015 |
Amber Hellesten had the small knife in her pocket that frigid night in South Philadelphia. Had it close. She was 15 and said she carried the knife because she was afraid. Afraid from years of abuse. Afraid of the men who beat her mother. Afraid of the man who attacked her when she was 13. She'd see that man outside the drug clinic some mornings on her walks to school. She didn't know Azim Chaplin. He was 14 and walking down Snyder Avenue with two friends last February. Azim and his friends followed Amber and her friend for blocks, taunting them with gibes over their clothing and sneakers and throwing ice balls and garbage.
January 29, 2015 |
ONE DAY in 1991, when Byron Walker-Bey was 11, he went to Strawberry Mansion Middle School with a paring knife in his pocket. Now 36, he can't remember why. "It was a knife you peel apples with," Walker-Bey said with the smiling openness that is his trademark. "I wasn't bringing it there to harm anybody. " The knife fell out of his pocket. He was ordered to perform community service. His ceramics teacher steered him to the Clay Studio in Old City. "I was a kid around grown-ups whose lives were dedicated to art," said Walker-Bey, who works as a security guard.
November 2, 2014 |
When Carlos Rosario Ramirez, 10, of North Philadelphia, was diagnosed with fatty liver in 2010, his doctor prescribed a change in diet and an exercise plan. Out went sugary sodas and sweets; in came fruits, vegetables, and more activity. Without drugs to treat fatty liver, the plan was to lose weight, lower his cholesterol, and lower his insulin resistance in hopes of reversing the condition. But the goal hasn't been easy to reach, says his mother, Lourdes, 47, who worked with Carlos and a nutritionist at the Healthy Weight program at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
October 21, 2014 |
Mike, the funny one, got serious for a second and explained the whole thing like this: "There's a law in Philly neighborhoods that says friends must stay together for life. " Adhering to the letter of that particular precept, eight pals who grew up in West Oak Lane in the 1950s and '60s gathered at a home in Rydal, Montgomery County, on Sunday, repeating a frequent ritual they've followed for decades. Ostensibly, the guys were there to play half-ball and step ball, eat pretzels, and bust one another's chops with no mercy.