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March 13, 2013 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
WHEN ERV Wilson heard the three shots shatter the silence of the early hours of March 6 in the Abbotsford Homes, he had no idea that the bullets had fatally struck a man he knew for almost three decades. "It's sad. When I came across the street and saw him laying there, I didn't know it was him," Wilson, 52, said, motioning toward the spot where someone gunned down Christopher Curry, 41 - a man Wilson had known since childhood - last week in the East Falls housing complex. "The way it went down, it's terrible," said Wilson.
NEWS
November 14, 2014 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
THE MUSIC would just have to wait. Whether it was classical, rap or gospel or whatever sounds were filling the Dell Music Center on any given night, Pam Crutchfield's fried-fish sandwiches took precedence. Music fans would stand in long lines to order the sandwiches at the concession stand that Pam operated at the Dell in the '90s and early 2000s. It didn't matter if they missed a few bars of music. You could always hear music, but where else could you find such succulent fare?
NEWS
June 1, 2011
IHAPPEN to know Joseph Ligambi (whom the media likes to refer to as "a/k/a Uncle Joe," even though anyone who truly knows him doesn't call him that). He is just like any other father or grandfather in our neighborhood - he's an actual person, not a movie character. For the judge to deny him bail and say he's "a danger to the community" - which community would that be? (Would he like to go north and west of City Hall, then head south and tell us which one is most dangerous?) To characterize a man based on what people see in movies and on TV is unconstitutional and derogatory to his family and nationality.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
June 28, 2015 | By Chris Hepp, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Kenney campaign is looking for a few good community organizers. Or, to be more accurate, a few good community organizers-to-be. "We want to have anchors in all parts of the city," said Lauren Hitt, spokeswoman for Philadelphia Democratic mayoral candidate Jim Kenney. "We want people who believe in Jim or who believe in their community or who just want a voice in city government. " To that end - and to help register new voters - the campaign is looking for volunteers in its "Summer Organizing Fellowship for Jim Kenney.
NEWS
April 6, 2012
TO CHRIS Vicente: I am one of the idiots, as described in your letter, who is opposed to the voter ID bill. You should change your mind and join in opposing the bill because it undermines our sense of trust and community. When registered voters complete their ballot, they are fulfilling their communal obligation to participate directly in the process of government. When they sign their name in the voter registry, they are affirming that they are exercising their rights as a community member and stepping up to the responsibilities that are entrusted to them as such.
NEWS
July 16, 2013 | BY JESSICA GLAZER, Daily News Staff Writer glazerj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5915
TWO YEARS ago, when photographer Tieshka Smith started to document the changes taking place in Germantown, there was no place for her to exhibit her work. Then last year, a community gallery opened on Greene Street, which is where her show, "The Other Germantown," will be on display until Aug. 3. "When it opened, it was like the local community converged on it like an oasis in the desert," she said of the Imperfect Gallery. The first show was so crowded people could barely get in the door, she recalled.
NEWS
August 29, 2013 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
THE SHOPRITE at Bakers Centre opened just a few weeks ago, but J. Earl Brown, of Germantown, is already hooked. "I'm addicted to your sweet-potato pie," Brown joked to store owner Jeff Brown, who shares his last name but has no relation, as he shopped yesterday. "Pathmark's gonna go out of business. I'm serious. " The sweet-potato pies that keep J. Earl Brown coming back to the Fox Street store, which held its much-anticipated grand opening Aug. 1, are a specialty item at the store, Jeff Brown said.
NEWS
August 2, 2016
ISSUE | NORMA SHAPIRO An inspiration Senior U.S. District Judge Norma Shapiro was a remarkable jurist, but I remember her for her contributions to the Lower Merion community (" Norma Shapiro; pioneering set prison cap ," July 23). I think of Norma Shapiro as a member and then president of the Lower Merion school board. She treated students, teachers, administrators, and parents with great attention and respect. She was always available to listen privately to one's concerns and suggestions.
NEWS
December 24, 2012 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Salvatore J. "Sonny" Barbuto, 71, a community labor leader in the region for four decades, died Thursday, Dec. 13, of a pulmonary embolism at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. A longtime South Philadelphia resident and a graduate of Bishop Neumann High School, Mr. Barbuto obtained his bachelor's degree in journalism from Temple University. Mr. Barbuto began his career in 1959 as an administrator for the Retail Clerks Union Local 1360 in South Jersey. He was hired in 1964 by a sister local, Retail Clerks Union 1357, AFL-CIO, in Philadelphia, as executive assistant to the president; the bargaining unit is now the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, Local 1776.
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NEWS
September 19, 2016 | Jeffrey Barsky
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.
NEWS
September 17, 2016 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
September 16, 2016 | By Carolyn Hax, Advice Columnist
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.
BUSINESS
September 14, 2016 | By Andrew Maykuth, STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
September 14, 2016 | By Luis Ferré Sadurní, Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
September 13, 2016 | By Allison Steele, Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
September 12, 2016 | By Kristin E. Holmes, Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
September 5, 2016 | By Julia Terruso, STAFF WRITER jterruso@phillynews.com 215-854-5506 @juliaterruso
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.
NEWS
September 3, 2016 | By Emily Babay, STAFF WRITER
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.
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