August 20, 2015 |
Frances P. Aulston, 75, founder and executive director of the West Philadelphia Cultural Alliance and a moving force in the preservation of the Paul Robeson House, died Sunday, Aug. 9. Her family declined to release the location and cause of her death. A Philadelphia resident, community leader, and activist, Ms. Aulston was a former research librarian for the Free Library of Philadelphia. In 1984, Ms. Aulston founded the West Philadelphia Cultural Alliance (WPCA) with the help of several local artists.
August 4, 2015 |
John Paul Knox, 87, formerly of Oreland, a lawyer in Montgomery County for many years, died Tuesday, July 21, of cancer at Westminster Canterbury of the Blue Ridge, a retirement community in Charlottesville, Va. Mr. Knox and his wife, Eleanor, had moved to Westminster Canterbury in 2006. The son of Paul Waddell Knox and Florence Welch Knox, Mr. Knox grew up in Chestnut Hill and graduated in January 1946 from Central High School. He began early studies at Yale University in the fall of 1945.
May 29, 2015
PHILADELPHIANS ARE passionate about fighting for quality public education. We have marched in the streets countless times. We deserve high quality public neighborhood schools and a school district that listens to us as students, parents and community leaders - and we are willing to fight for it. Unfortunately, the school district has shown again that it is unwilling to take our voices into account and is pushing through a school-closure plan in Kensington....
May 11, 2015 |
GREGORY "CHOPS" Scott's family loved him so much that when he was murdered in 2013, his nephew - whose bride Scott had offered to walk down the aisle - got married at his uncle's funeral so he could still be a part of their wedding. Scott's community loved him so much that more than 2,000 people attended his service. It seems only one person in this world didn't get along with Scott - his own cousin, James Scott - and yesterday it took a jury less than an hour to convict James Scott of first-degree murder for the killing of Gregory Scott, 55, outside of his West Philadelphia home on Feb. 27, 2013.
March 3, 2015 |
COMMUNITY relations and departmental oversight took top billing in a report released Monday by a presidential panel co-chaired by Philly's top cop to improve policing across the country. The report was compiled by the 11-member Task Force on 21st Century Policing after 90 days of research that included seven "listening sessions" featuring testimony on best practices from government officials, law-enforcement officers, academics and community leaders. "The report is a step in the right direction, but more work needs to be done, not just by us, but with implementation," Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey told the Daily News on Monday in a phone interview from Washington.
November 28, 2014 |
PERRY FENNELL had this peculiar habit. A dedicated runner, he always searched the ground ahead for a penny. He probably wouldn't have turned down something with a larger value, but it was a penny he coveted. "He always felt it was a special day when he found a penny," his family said. Perry, a prominent dentist and longtime community leader, ran the annual Broad Street Run, a number of other races, and one marathon. What did he do with the pennies? He collected them in jars, and, knowing what kind of a man he was, he probably ended up using them in some worthy cause or other.
November 24, 2014 |
IN THE FIRST HALF of 2014, the people of Lawncrest had lost hope. Having two high-profile murders take place about one month, and 1 mile, apart will do that to any neighborhood, especially one that was known for decades as a peaceful haven for blue-collar workers. But now, as 2014 draws to a close, community leaders are noticing a marked change in their neighbors' attitudes. And it wasn't for a lack of trying. "In the beginning, when it was fresh, everybody was in shock," said Jean Pleis, the treasurer of the Lawncrest Community Association.
November 21, 2014
THANK YOU to the 700-plus people who showed up at Stella Maris Hall to make their feelings clearly known about the very negative prospect of a casino at 10th and Packer. The meeting was hugely united in opposition to a local casino despite some intimidation and a few "planted" speakers who were in attendance to arouse discord against the community leaders who have devoted their time and energy from day one to fight this deadly project. We apologize to everyone who reported feeling intimidated - however, we purposely chose not to limit the audience or the speakers, feeling that an open meeting was more transparent and honest.
November 17, 2014 |
T HE PAST AND future of North Philadelphia will be the topic of four gatherings this week. Tomorrow, the Wagner Free Institute of Science will screen archival news footage, donated to Temple University Library by 6ABC News,in a program called "Unedited North Philadelphia: Girard to Lehigh. " The program, from 6 to 8 p.m., is free. The institute, which has been on Montgomery Avenue near 17th Street since 1865, will accept donations. Ken Scott, president of the Beech Companies, will moderate a panel discussion afterward.