December 17, 2013 |
After he graduated from the youth program at his Hindu temple, Sapan Modi said, he was unsure how to keep contributing to South Jersey's Indian community. On Sunday - in a ballroom buzzing with a success 25 years in the making - he may have found his answer. "This might be the next phase where people can give back," Modi, 27, said as he and 600 others dedicated the Indian Cultural Center in Evesham Township. "I can't contribute $20,000. But I can contribute my time. " South Jersey's burgeoning Indian community has been working to build the center for more than two decades.
January 15, 2013 |
FOR ALMOST five years, Algernong Allen III worked hard to transform Elena's Soul Lounge into a place that embraced the changing Cedar Park community in West Philadelphia. The diversity was clear in the eclectic mix of artists who performed at the Baltimore Avenue club, ranging from jazz to punk rock to hip-hop. The community has returned that support in the weeks since a fire ripped through the three-story building on Christmas Eve, destroying the business. Neighbors and friends have posted supportive messages on the bar's Facebook page and community message boards.
December 31, 2013 |
CHERRY HILL Joyce Alexander Walker, 60, the first African American elected to the Cherry Hill Township Council, died Saturday, Dec. 28, after battling cancer, according to local officials. Even before her historic election in 1997, Mrs. Walker displayed her dedication to her community, they said. "She was a citizen in every sense of the word," said Eric Kipnis, who befriended Mrs. Walker when both worked on President Obama's 2008 campaign. He called her "a fighter for all the right reasons.
September 16, 2012 |
For local artist James Burns, creating a mural depicting the emotions surrounding suicide hits close to home. "Suicide is not just about ending one person's suffering," Burns said. "What people don't realize is that it starts a whole chain reaction of sorrow for those who are left behind. " Burns, 37, is head artist on the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program's latest project, "Finding the Light Within," at 119 S. 31st St. The painter was denied the opportunity to know his grandfather because of his untimely death, and while working on the two-year project, he lost friends from graduate school and high school months apart.
August 1, 2011
BETHLEHEM - One city's loss is another city's gain. And I'm not just talking about what Oakland Raiders fans lost when free-agent cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha signed on Friday with the Eagles. I'm talking about the city of Oakland and its surrounding communities. Don't get me wrong, because I know that many athletes walk their talk about sharing their good fortunes and giving back to the community. I would never belittle anything that anyone does to help his/her fellow person because anything is great and no amount is too small, but some people have a greater call for philanthropy.
April 14, 2013 |
Recently, this space has been devoted to reader complaints that builders of over-55 housing aren't meeting the physical and financial needs of aging baby boomers. It's a discussion that was initiated a few weeks ago by a reader who was disappointed by what she considered to be the options the market offered. In response, I received more than 100 e-mails and calls supporting her observations, some of which I quoted in a subsequent column. The result of that, of course, was 150 more e-mails.
December 31, 2012 |
NOT IN MY back yard. That sentiment is felt by some folks who live in the brick rowhouses across Haverford Avenue from Philadelphia's brand new, $110 million youth-detention center. The city didn't fully consult with them before deciding to build in the Mill Creek community, some say, and now there is uncertainty over how property values, taxes and traffic will be impacted. Some residents are working with the city to make the best of the situation. City bigwigs cut the ribbon for the Philadelphia Juvenile Justice Services Center two weeks ago. The first teenage defendants are expected to move in from the old Youth Study Center in January.
May 23, 2012 |
JERUSALEM - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu waded Monday into one of Israel's deepest political morasses, urging lawmakers to find a "just" replacement for a law that has exempted tens of thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews from compulsory military service. The Israeli leader appeared before a parliamentary committee charged with crafting a new draft law after the current system was deemed illegal by the country's Supreme Court. With a July 31 deadline looming, the committee must find a compromise palatable to both to secular and modern Orthodox religious parties, whose followers serve in the military, and to ultra-Orthodox coalition partners, who say their loyalists are serving the state by serving God. Netanyahu told the panel's first meeting that a more equitable sharing of the country's defense burden must be implemented gradually, and without pitting any one sector against another.
December 1, 2013 |
In the span of 30 minutes most afternoons in the DiFabio household, Carlie, 18; Sophia, 9; Madelena, 7; and Ariella, 6, discard their book bags, remove their coats, and kick off their shoes as they return from school. But gear that might easily become confused - such as school supplies belonging to the kindergartner and the second grader - seldom is, thanks to a "locker room" in the DiFabios' home in Harrison Township, Gloucester County. "It minimizes the chaos of having to get four kids out the door in the morning," said Alicia DiFabio.
January 8, 2013 |
True Green Capital Management L.L.C. and CIT Group Inc. announced the closing of $35 million of financing for a 12.3-megawatt solar rooftop system to provide power for the privatized housing community at Joint Military Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in Burlington County. United Communities L.L.C., the owner of the 2,104-unit community, estimated the 13.7 million kilowatt hours produced each year by the system will provide about 40 percent of the community's annual electricity needs. United Communities is owned by First Montgomery Group of Marlton.