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.
June 28, 2015 |
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.
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.
July 16, 2013 |
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.
March 13, 2013 |
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.
November 14, 2014 |
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?
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.
December 24, 2012 |
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.
March 10, 2015 |
Parishioners of St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church mourned slain Philadelphia Police Officer Robert Wilson III on Sunday, embraced his grieving fellow officers, and collected money to help support his two young sons. Wilson, 30, was killed Thursday in a GameStop holdup just two blocks down the street from the gray stone church that serves the Swampoodle neighborhood of North Philadelphia. The death of the officer - who was buying a video game for his 9-year-old son, Quahmier, as a reward for good grades - rocked the region.
January 31, 2013 |
Do sick people have a right to be treated in their own community? Do residents have a right to say who gets care nearby? The questions have a familiar ring in Northeast Philadelphia, where residents have repeatedly opposed new methadone maintenance clinics, forcing hundreds of their neighbors to travel across the city for care. A new chapter in the debate will open Wednesday, when State Rep. Kevin J. Boyle (D., Phila.) holds a hearing in Mayfair on a bill that would give communities more power over the approval process.