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.
August 21, 2014 |
For Anton Moore, engaging people through social media, word of mouth, and street-corner conversation has been a way of building bridges between people and communities. Concerned about violence this year between young men in his South Philadelphia community and those of Southwest Philadelphia, Moore, 28, thought of bridges. "What I wanted to do was open the dialogue up," Moore said last week, "to bring leaders together to build a rapport and get on a first-name basis so that we could work together.
July 16, 2014 |
Edwin J. Poplawski, 88, of Springfield, Delaware County, a banker, World War II veteran, and community organizer, died Wednesday, July 9, of lung cancer at Vitas Hospice at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital. Mr. Poplawski worked for 23 years at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia and another 23 years at the First Pennsylvania Bank before retiring as an assistant vice president in 1989. As part of his job, Mr. Poplawski created and launched technical designs in the areas of computer automation, advanced security functions, and data integrity and controls.
May 18, 2014 |
A coalition of about 20 African American community activists announced plans Friday to develop an agenda for reducing poverty in Philadelphia's black community. Known collectively as the Philadelphia Community of Leaders, the group said during a news conference at Laborers District Council headquarters that it planned to address the difficult issue of poverty by focusing on improving education and economic development and reducing violence. The nonprofit group, which includes developers Kenny Gamble and Rahim Islam, lawyer George Burrell, antiviolence activist Bilal Qayyum, and former School Reform Commission Chairwoman Sandra Dungee Glenn, also announced it would host its first community conference at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at Universal Audenried High School, 3301 Tasker St. The event, which is open to the public, will allow members to present their issues and goals and engage members of the community, Islam said.
April 14, 2014 |
MARCELLUS TEMPLE'S kid brother got his butt handed to him in a fistfight on the hardscrabble streets of North Philly last Sunday. After the fight, Temple's little brother went home to lick his wounds and figure out his next move. Revenge . The 16-year-old needed revenge. He turned to Temple, 25, for help. Cops say the two brothers then armed themselves with two handguns and returned to Gratz and Oxford streets, the site of the lopsided fistfight, and started blasting away.
March 31, 2014 |
Willard S. Boothby Jr., 92, of Bryn Mawr and Jupiter, Fla., a respected leader in Philadelphia's business and philanthropic communities, died Saturday, March 22, of complications after a fall, at his Florida home. A Philadelphia native, Mr. Boothby was managing director of Paine Webber & Co., a stock brokerage and asset management firm, before retiring in the early 1990s. But he found time to take a leadership role in many local institutions, including as president of the Academy of Music and as a director of Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
March 5, 2014 |
IF PEOPLE IN the Melrose Park Gardens neighborhood had a problem like vandalism, drug dealing, etc., they wouldn't call the cops directly. They would call Ed Roberson. Ed had the cellphone number of the captain of the 35th District and he would make the calls. Because Ed was recognized as a longtime leader of the community and one who cared deeply about its welfare, he would invariably get the action he sought. At election time, Ed invited candidates to meetings he organized at churches or other locations to talk with the voters.