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.
January 28, 2014 |
THE AIR WAS redolent of charred wood, the furniture black with soot, half-burned papers were strewn about - but in the cherished tradition of journalism, the staff got the newspaper out. Someone had deliberately set a Dumpster on fire in 1998 outside the building in North Philadelphia where the weekly Community Focus was being published, and the fire spread into the building. Drug dealers were believed responsible, angered by editorials demanding they be shut down. But this wasn't the first time the newspaper was the target of somebody's anger.
July 3, 2013 |
Joan S. Davis, 75, a former fourth-grade teacher, longtime Camden community leader, and vice chair of the Cooper Health System's board of trustees, died of lung cancer Saturday. Mrs. Davis, of Camden, underwent chemotherapy for three years before she succumbed to the disease at Cooper University Hospital, said Theodore Z. Davis, her husband of 53 years and a retired state Superior Court judge. He was the city's chief administrator from 2006 to 2009, during the state's takeover of Camden.
June 18, 2013 |
TUCKED AWAY under a canopy of trees in the heart of Germantown is Maplewood Mall, a quaint, narrow street long past its glory days but - in the eyes of some community leaders - full of potential. This weekend, in what organizers hope will open the rest of the community's eyes about opportunities along the stretch, Maplewood Mall will come alive with a "Reimagine Maplewood Mall" block party on Saturday. The brainchild of a handful of community leaders, the party will feature live music, food from local restaurants, the work of area artists and activities for kids.
March 26, 2013 |
VIVIAN HUGHES remembers the days when the streets in the Abbotsford Homes were alive with the sound of children playing double Dutch and marbles outside - a time when the community was a safe haven for its youngest and oldest members. Now, Hughes, 70, and other longtime tenants of the public-housing development, perched high on a hill in East Falls near the Roosevelt Expressway, say the violence in their community - and the stigma that's come with it - needs to be turned around. So she, along with a handful of other residents who were newly elected to Abbotsford's revamped tenant council, are banking on a resurgence in the tight-knit community.
March 1, 2013 |
Gregory Scott was trying to protect his mother's West Philadelphia front porch. The community leader known to friends as "Chops" lost his life Wednesday night in an ongoing dispute to keep an unwelcome relative away from the Delancey Street home, family members said. Thursday night, two men - including a cousin of the victim's - were charged in his slaying. Police said James Scott, the cousin, shot Gregory Scott after the latest episode in a series of confrontations that stretched over a year.
February 19, 2013 |
LINDA Rowe has lived in her two-story South Philly brick house for 28 years, most recently on a fixed income. Rowe, 58, who lives on Cantrell Street near 8th, is disabled and has been struggling over the years to keep up with her property-tax bills. She owes more than $2,240 in back taxes that have piled up since 2008. But come next year, Rowe fears what could happen when the city moves to a new property-tax system based on market values - known as the Actual Value Initiative.
February 1, 2013 |
HOWARD EARL FISHER had fond memories of his father and the lessons he passed on to him in his boyhood. "As a boy, my father often took me on outings to places of interest throughout the city of Philadelphia, to such places as Independence Hall, Fairmount Park, the Art Museum, excursions on the Delaware River and many other interesting places that few children in our neighborhood were afforded the opportunity to visit," he once wrote in a remembrance of...
January 27, 2013
Hoping to "turn up the heat" on the investigation into the abduction of a 5-year-old girl from her West Philadelphia school last week, community leaders and politicians announced Friday that the reward for information in the case had been raised to $75,000. That amount includes a $30,000 donation from the office of State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams (D., Phila.), who represents the Eighth District, where the kidnapping took place, as well as $10,000 from the NAACP Philadelphia, Philadelphia Black Clergy, and other community leaders.
January 25, 2013 |
THE REWARD for the capture of the kidnappers who snatched a 5-year-old girl from her kindergarten classroom in West Philadelphia last week has been increased to $20,000. The NAACP of Philadelphia, black clergy members and other community leaders announced Wednesday that they're offering $10,000 for an arrest in the case. The Fraternal Order of Police last week put up $5,000 for an arrest, and the Citizens Crime Commission kicked in another $5,000 for the arrest and conviction of the abductors.