January 18, 2016 |
When Joyce Smith moved to Viola Street in East Parkside in 2006, she took a look around at the blighted Victorian-style homes that lined the blocks. She and her neighbors lived just a block from Fairmount Park and the museums of the Centennial Historic District, but they felt a world apart. "We're going to do something about this," she thought. And she did. She helped form the Viola Street Residents Association in 2009. The scrappy grassroots group has relentlessly sought out every opportunity to better its block, from restoring once-beautiful houses with Habitat for Humanity to drawing up a lauded neighborhood revitalization plan.
January 10, 2014 |
THE STREETS of Philadelphia are finally clear of snow and ice, but there's something else gumming up the gutters. Trash. And lots of it, in some of the city's more isolated areas. The recent "extreme low temperatures" caused delays in the Streets Department's trash-collection schedule, according to a news release from Mayor Nutter's office, leaving some city blocks cluttered. Residents are encouraged to keep bringing their trash to the curb on their normally scheduled pickup days even if previous piles haven't been cleared, a representative from Philly311 said yesterday.
April 11, 2013 |
A traveling carnival operation that was supposed to open Thursday to raise money for NAACP scholarships is still looking for a venue, after losing a bid to set up on city land in Hunting Park. "We don't allow carnivals," said Michael DiBerardinis, the deputy mayor in charge of parks and recreation. "Historically they've presented problems to us - there was a homicide attached to one at Russo Playground in the early 2000s . . .. No matter how well they're run, there's a lot of wear and tear and usually damage to the facilities, with all this heavy equipment and the crowds.
February 21, 2013 |
THE PALESTRA'S court is just a liiiiiitle wider than Roman Catholic's. By a couple of city blocks, maybe. If anyone knows, and appreciates, that exaggerated fact, it's swingman Kyle Thompson, a 6-2, 175-pound junior at St. Joseph's Prep. On Feb. 3, when the Prep dropped a 62-58 decision at Roman in a regular-season Catholic League game, Thompson might as well have stayed home. His specialty is sniping three-point shots from the corner, and at Roman, that's just not possible, seeing as how the arc meets the sideline halfway from the foul line to baseline.
January 30, 2012 |
OTTAWA - With snowflakes falling outside a quaint pizza bar in the downtown ByWard Market, just steps from Parliament Hill, a giddy waiter ran to the cash register on Saturday, carefully cradling a gold credit card. "Do you know who this is?!" the excited waiter said to his bartender, pointing to the embossed name on the card. "Claude Giroux?" replied the bartender, more hipster than hockey fan. "Who is that?" Just a few months ago, in the city where he spends his summers training, Giroux would have been able to remain nestled anonymously in the back of one of his favorite restaurants unbothered.
November 6, 2011 |
A block that turned around dramatically in just four months won the city's Clean Block Contest on Friday. The winner was 3600 N. Marvine St., in North Philadelphia. Block captain Lawrence Burgess, who spearheaded the cleaning efforts, was ecstatic when he heard his group had won. "Thank you, Jesus," he exclaimed when his block was named the winner. He described his reaction as: "Just happiness. It's like togetherness. " He added: "I was tired of my block looking mediocre.
November 3, 2010
As an architect, a city planner, and a 40-year resident of the waterfront, I am dumbfounded to discover that the most recent proposal for Philadelphia's waterfront neglects to include some of the most fundamental characteristics that define a successful waterfront ("Master plan for riverfront nearly ready," Oct. 20). There is not a single mention of the boats, water, river, famous historical ships, marinas, ferry boats, and existing dockside hotels, apartments, and established restaurants that are integral to an attractive waterfront.
March 14, 2009 |
At least one slots parlor could be open in Philadelphia by the end of the year if Mayor Nutter gets his way. At a news conference yesterday to "provide clarity" on his casino stand, Nutter said he fully supports the Foxwoods and SugarHouse casino projects and would do everything in his power to help both get built. "We will move as quickly as possible to get casinos up and running as soon as we can," the mayor said. The announcement follows recent criticism from Gov. Rendell and some state legislators that the Nutter administration has caused delays in the casinos' construction.
June 16, 2007 |
A paintball shot in the groin left rookie LaRon Landry unable to practice when the Washington Redskins opened their minicamp yesterday. The No. 6 overall pick in this year's draft was injured during a team-building outing Wednesday, when coach Joe Gibbs allowed the players to leave early at the end of the voluntary spring workouts. Some players went bowling or had lunch together, while many of the defensive players went to play paintball. "I didn't know paintball was that dangerous," linebacker Marcus Washington said.
August 8, 2006
Soupy Island always offered a whiff of fun and freedom Re "Soup's still on!" (July 14), by Jan Hefler: I have very fond memories of Soupy Island. My single mother of five made a day of it many times. We walked several city blocks to the Port Richmond dock to get the ferry to the "island" during the blazing summer days of the 1950s, escaping the sweltering heat from blocks and blocks of bricks and concrete. Reading the article, I could smell the gasoline and hear the paddles slicing the water moving on down the Delaware River to this special place.