September 19, 2016 |
Jeffrey Barsky is an owner of Barsky Diamonds on Jewelers Row As an owner of one of the oldest original family-owned jewelry companies on Jewelers Row, I think it is important to share our perspective on the Toll Brothers' proposed Washington Square development. I and many of my fellow merchants and building owners welcome this project. We believe Toll Brothers' proposal is an incredible step in helping to revitalize our famous and historic street. It will help bring progress, safety, and new clientele to Jewelers Row. They will eat in our neighborhood restaurants, patronize our shops and businesses, and bring renewed energy to our part of the city.
September 17, 2016 |
Alan E. Boroff, 84, of Wayne, a lawyer, world traveler, and community leader, died Tuesday, Sept. 13, of cancer at home. Mr. Boroff also was a skier, connoisseur of artisan glass, and a devoted husband, father, and grandfather, according to a family tribute. "He did not waste a single drop of his life," said daughter Joan Denenberg. Born and reared in Brooklyn, N.Y., he moved to Philadelphia to attend the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. While there, he met Barbara Russock.
September 16, 2016 |
Adapted from a recent online discussion. Question: I am not the type of friend you ask out to dinner. I am the type of friend whose call you sometimes answer and whose invitation you accept when I make it. As I approach 50, I can see this very clearly. I have a handful of "friends," but for whatever reason - my independence or my being less than engaging - I don't often make it to the top of anyone's list. I'm an afterthought, I'm a filler. I'm about to give up and accept my lot in life: I'll always be lonely unless I constantly do the legwork, call again, make another invitation, etc. In reading your column for years, I believe your advice would be to get new friends.
September 14, 2016 |
The Philadelphia Water Department has proposed exempting community gardens from paying monthly stormwater charges, saving the gardens $46,490 next year and $48,374 in 2018. The rate change, which was mandated by a Philadelphia City Council ordinance that Mayor Kenney signed in June, would apply to 286 known community gardens as long as the property's principal use is for growing plants, a community group operates the garden for public benefit and stormwater is sustainably managed on at least 80 percent of the property.
September 14, 2016 |
The Mount Holly Pumpkin Festival's hundreds of lit, carved pumpkins have illuminated the township's Clifton Avenue every October for the last 12 years. But the 13th anniversary of the neighborhood's annual Halloween festival may be in jeopardy. Richard and Deanna Denisar began the pumpkin carving extravaganza as a way to meet their Mount Holly neighbors when they first moved there in 2003. What started as a small gathering that attracted 25 children from around the block the first year soon became a community staple, with more than 750 carved pumpkins last year.
September 13, 2016
ISSUE | FIRST RESPONDERS Blessing those who protect their community When there is a fight, a burglary, shots fired, a building on fire, a bad accident, or any other emergency, most people run FROM such horrors. Our first responders run TOWARD them. No matter the type of badge worn, we pray for all of our first responders, their families, and their abilities, as they put their lives on the line for us daily. On Sept. 20, Moorestown Mayor Phil Garwood and Deputy Mayor Victoria Napolitano will host a Blessing of the Badges Ceremony for first responders.
September 13, 2016 |
A mobile needle-exchange program in South Camden that has served addicts and provided HIV screening for eight years has been forced to temporarily shut down after being uprooted from its longtime location, which is on the land where the Holtec International energy company is building a $260 million waterfront complex. Martha Chavis, executive director of the Camden Area Health Education Center (AHEC), the community organization that runs the Life Works exchange out of a van and an RV, said city officials have refused to authorize a new location, telling her there are no streets in Camden that can host the program.
September 12, 2016 |
Anneesah Smith stepped onto the stage of the African American Museum in Philadelphia on Saturday as the role model she never had. The college administrator grew up in Germantown with no one in her community to show her how to navigate the world as a gay African American Christian. So Smith, who came out when she was 25, pledged to be that example for other young women. She does it daily as the LGBTQA services coordinator at West Chester University, and she did it this weekend as cochair of the Creating Change conference, the national convention of the National LGBTQ Task Force, which will meet Jan. 18 to 22 in Philadelphia.
September 5, 2016 |
Richard Washington already spends much of his time at James Logan Elementary School in North Philadelphia. The 43-year-old community organizer helps run youth basketball, chess club, and choir, and he volunteers in the cafeteria, at recess, and as a crossing guard. Now he'll go from part-time volunteer to full-time employee. Logan is one of nine schools selected to adopt a Community School model, and Washington will coordinate its transition. "Logan's kind of a hidden secret.
September 3, 2016 |
Police have identified two men who were shot dead Wednesday outside tennis courts and a community center in Philadelphia. The unrelated fatal shootings are both being investigated as homicides. The first was reported about 6:15 a.m. Wednesday, when officers responding to call for an unresponsive person found 20-year-old Sabree Jones near tennis courts on the 400 block of West Abbotsford Avenue in Fernhill. Jones, of East Germantown, had suffered gunshot wounds to his head, chest and stomach.