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 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.
August 8, 2012 |
At the end of a trip throughout Northwest Philadelphia on Tuesday night to visit neighborhoods observing the 29th annual National Night Out, Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey stopped to reflect on the event's message. "It highlights the partnership between the community and the Police Department, but it needs to be 365 days a year," Ramsey said as he stood along Germantown Avenue with members of Germantown Deaf Ministries and Town Watch. "These are the most committed people. We need more people to get involved.
October 21, 2012 |
With only a high school diploma and no formal business training, Ray Murphy, after a lot of turndowns from loan officers, managed to borrow $100,000 in 1972 to buy the already well-known Tommy's Men's Shop in North Philadelphia. Forty years later, that storefront is a neighborhood landmark. Loyal customers credit Murphy as the reason the shop has been successful enough to celebrate its 40th year at 2917 N. 22d St. But to Murphy, the longevity of his store is a testament to the surrounding area, not his business savvy.
December 28, 2012 |
THE ASIAN Arts Initiative, a community-based arts center in Chinatown, has always encouraged local residents' involvement. AAI's latest project, the Social Practice Lab, continued that practice by inviting artists to solicit input for neighborhood art projects from local residents. There's plenty of challenge in the stark, industrial areas on Chinatown's northern edges. Artist Ben Volta and Gayle Isa, executive director of Asian Arts Initiative, recently met with PECO, for instance, about the huge electrical substation between 11th and 12th streets near the old viaduct.
July 10, 2014
AS THE DETAILS of the Fire Department's response to Saturday's deadly fire on Gesner Street continue to unfold, there remains one reason to applaud the community protest over the deaths of four children early Saturday: The death of a child goes against nature, and a visceral and passionate outrage is natural. Three 4-year-olds - Maria and Marialla Bowah and Patrick Sanyeah - and 1-month-old Taj Jacque were victims of the Southwest Philadelphia blaze, and whatever the cause, these deaths are heartbreaking.
June 15, 1989 |
Gilbert A. Wetzel, former president and chief executive of Bell of Pennsylvania, yesterday was named executive director of the Greater Philadelphia Economic Development Coalition, effective July 1. Walter D'Alessio, coalition chairman and president and chief executive of Latimer & Buck, said he was pleased to have Wetzel, a "high visibility, high quality, proven executive," join the coalition. "We are delighted that Gil has agreed to be drafted and will lend his considerable management and executive talents to the coalition for this interim period," he said.
October 10, 2013
I AM DISGUSTED with the Republicans causing the government shutdown, then blaming the president. They have been blocking, or trying to block, everything the president is trying to do to benefit the American people. They should definitely get rid of John Boehner. He thinks he is in charge! Barbara Ziccardi Philadelphia What an embarrassing situation our government shutting down is. We are a sore eye to other countries. We were once a proud country; now we can hang our heads in shame.
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.
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.