November 14, 2015 |
Ahead of what promises to be a contentious City Council zoning hearing Monday, the partnership planning to build the $450 million Live! Hotel & Casino in South Philadelphia said Thursday that it had won the support of the five community groups in neighborhoods surrounding the proposed development. Stadium Casino L.L.C., a partnership between Cordish Cos. of Baltimore and Greenwood Gaming & Entertainment Inc., which owns Bensalem's Parx Casino, said its community-benefits agreement established a charitable fund that will disburse at least $15 million in grants over the next 20 years.
October 22, 2015 |
DURING CAR RIDES, Duval "DJ" DeShields clamored to listen to "Your Mother," a song by Yusuf Islam released in 2003. "Put on Track 8," he'd tell Donna Baldwin, a former neighbor in the PHA Harrison Plaza development who played her copy of Islam's CD "I Look I See" most weekends when driving DeShields and her son "Quany the Clown" to parties where they entertained children with hip-hop dance. "Who should I give my love to?" Islam, formerly known as Cat Stevens, would sing. "My respect and my honor to?
August 4, 2015 |
To 13-year-old Keyanna Phipps, on TV shows and in the news, police officers seem scary. "They're like shooting and attacking people for no reason," she said. But the officers in the square-mile borough that she calls home, Kennett Square, are different. "They don't seem like those kind of people," she said. Her opinion of the 14-member police department in Chester County has a lot to do with the efforts of her neighbors. The residents of the East Linden section of Kennett Square have made it their business to make sure the youngsters get to know the police and that the police do the same.
July 15, 2015 |
JUSTIN PARKER learned much more on his neighborhood basketball court than how to shoot a free throw. "I learned how to treat people," the 17-year-old said of his time on the pavement in Oxford Circle. "Being on that court taught me respect. " Chad Dion Lassiter, sitting inside a packed gym in South Philly last night, beamed at Parker's words and offered him a fist bump. If there were a poster child for "Brotherhood and Basketball" - as the event was titled - it would be Parker, a young African-American who found direction and focus through love of the sport.
March 24, 2015 |
JOHN WISNIEWSKI, 60, says he has been with St. Laurentius Church in Fishtown all his life. His parents and grandparents were married there, and he was baptized there. A.J. Thompson, 38, left another church two years ago to join St. Laurentius, a church he found "welcoming," he said. Now, both men are furious with the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, which announced yesterday that it would proceed to demolish the 133-year-old building at Berks and Memphis streets, the oldest Polish church in the city.
December 12, 2014 |
A group of clergy gathered for a special service Wednesday night in North Philadelphia focused on justice in response to police killings of African Americans. The program at New Vision United Methodist Church on North Broad Street was titled "Strange Fruit: The Seven Last Words of Seven Black Lives. " The name is in part a reference to the traditional Holy Week sermon about the last words of Jesus on the cross. It also was inspired by Strange Fruit, the poem about racism and the lynchings of African Americans that Billie Holiday turned into a song.
September 25, 2014 |
A SOUTH Philadelphia church and a Mount Airy Jewish community group will offer sanctuary to undocumented immigrants as part of a nationwide civil act of disobedience in response to President Obama's inaction on immigration reform. Each congregation will open its doors to house an undocumented immigrant - who will be defying a federal deportation order - and his or her family. This act of civil disobedience is part of a National Day of Action, said Peter Pedemonti, director of the New Sanctuary Movement of Philadelphia, which will hold a news conference today at the Philadelphia Praise Center, on McKean Street near 17th.
August 24, 2014 |
The sale of William Penn High School to Temple University, blocked temporarily by a community group's legal action, will go through after all, officials said Friday. Inez Henderson-Purnell, president of the William Penn Development Coalition, said the group withdrew action against the transfer of the deed for William Penn, a sprawling school complex on North Broad Street. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court had denied the group's request for injunctive relief. "We fought the good fight," Henderson-Purnell said in a statement.
July 16, 2014 |
A NONPROFIT KNOWN as the William Penn Development Coalition filed an injunction Friday with the state Supreme Court to stop the school district's sale of William Penn High School to Temple University. The community coalition - composed of neighborhood groups in North Philadelphia's Yorktown section, area business leaders, William Penn alums and educators - claims the School Reform Commission blocked its attempts to buy the high school, on Broad Street near Master. The filing states that the coalition began the process of purchasing the property in the fall for "community use including a mixed use of retail and a training academy in the high demand fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
May 8, 2014 |
IF ALL GOES according to plan during the next few years, Bainbridge Green could blossom into a gem of a gathering spot for the Queen Village community. What's that? You say you've never heard of Bainbridge Green? Then pull up a chair, dear reader. If you've ever embarked on an expletive-filled attempt to find parking near the funky mix of shops and restaurants that inhabit South Street, there's a good chance you've turned down nearby Bainbridge Street, where dozens of parking spots ring a pair of narrow, tree-lined islands between 3rd Street and Passyunk Avenue.