June 4, 2014 |
Three recent graduates of the Curtis Institute of Music will become inaugural fellows of ArtistYear, a pilot program designed to bring a year-long AmeriCorps-like community service opportunity to the world of the arts in Philadelphia. The program, launched as part of the Aspen Institute's Franklin Project, which aims to create one million service-year positions by 2023, will kick off in the 2014-15 academic year. Former U.S. Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal, chair of the Franklin Project's Leadership Council, said the project aims to make community service a standard practice for all young Americans.
July 30, 1992 |
Riding in a balloon. Eating barbecued chicken. Those were among the activities at the first Plymouth Day Saturday. The event was sponsored by the township's Parks and Recreation Department. It was designed to bring the community together and is planned to be held annually.
September 9, 1989 |
Tiesha Clark gets a little help from her mom yesterday at a skating party sponsored by Neighborhoods United Against Drugs at the Elmwood Roller Rink on 71st Street near Paschall Avenue. About 300 children came to the party, part of anti-drug community group's efforts to keep kids drug free.
April 19, 2013
Members of the board of trustees at Arcadia University were no fans of Carl "Tobey" Oxholm III, whom they fired as president last month, but the Cheltenham Township commissioners appear to feel very differently. The commissioners Wednesday honored Oxholm for "his leadership, entrepreneurial spirit, and commitment to improving the quality of life in the region" and his efforts in forging partnerships with the township, home to Arcadia's 55-acre campus in Glenside. "He's done a fantastic job of reaching out to the Cheltenham and Glenside community.
April 14, 2012 |
Volunteers for the 5th Annual Philly Spring Cleanup swept up the city's streets and helped clean parks Saturday, encouraging residents to "Keep Up The Sweep Up. " The Philadelphia Streets Department helped start the cleaning initiative with a morning celebration at Kingsessing Recreation Center and park in Southwest Philadelphia. Steve Smith, the facilities supervisor for the park, said that volunteers collected over 60 bags of trash in his area alone. Smith, 51, said that the work began around 8 a.m. and lasted until just after noon.
August 26, 2014 |
ON AUG. 1, just before 10 p.m. on Etting Street near Dickinson, in Grays Ferry, neighbors filled the street enjoying the mild summer evening. Three-year-old Tynirah Borum sat on a porch getting her hair braided. Two young men from the neighborhood arrived on a bicycle, began arguing and with complete disregard for life, fired off several rounds from a handgun. Tragically, they shot four people, one of whom was Tynirah. Shot through the left side of her chest, she died not long after.
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.
January 29, 2012 |
Cramer Hill hasn't changed much in the six years since federal authorities say former State Sen. Wayne Bryant used the Camden neighborhood's hopes to line his own pockets. The community of about 10,000 residents that was promised an urban renaissance is still plagued by abandoned buildings, vacant lots, and high unemployment. It's a familiar story in many U.S. cities. Bryant's alleged role in that story, to be detailed in a corruption trial set to begin Tuesday in federal court in Trenton, also is familiar: Politics and power often trump the public good.
July 8, 1990 |
In the middle of 1990 Frankford, a spectacular mural takes viewers back to the area at the turn of the century. The huge painting is the result of a transatlantic collaboration. FrankfordStyle, a division of the Frankford Group Ministry, and the British group Pioneers Art Group, combined their efforts to brighten the neighborhood and involve the community.
May 11, 2012 |
If at first you don't succeed, tweak the plan and try again. It seems that's what Mike Driscoll, a Democratic committeeman and owner of Finnegan's Wake, has done to snag a block of Bodine Street in Northern Liberties. City Councilman Mark Squilla introduced a bill Thursday that calls for making Bodine Street from Spring Garden to Green private property — a measure that was met with community opposition and languished in Council last year when it was introduced by then-Councilman Frank DiCicco.