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.
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.
September 17, 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.
April 12, 2012 |
NEARLY ALL the Miami Marlins rushed over to the dugout railing and playfully pretended to listen when Joey Cora sat down to speak about filling in for suspended manager Ozzie Guillen. Shortly after Guillen addressed the team in the clubhouse Wednesday and apologized for saying he admired Fidel Castro, it was business as usual for the players. To a man, they had his back. "It's really a hard time for him and his family," closer Heath Bell said before the Marlins lost to the Phillies, 7-2. "We felt bad for him. You have to understand that occasionally guys make mistakes.
February 6, 2012
Edwige Danticat, 43, whose collection of essays, Create Dangerously, is the 2012 choice for One Book, One Philadelphia, is a literary lioness. Her novel, Breath, Eyes, Memory, an evocation of Haitian-immigrant experience, was selected for Oprah's Book Club in 1998. A decade later, the MacArthur Foundation graced her with a "genius" grant. Now in its 10th year, One Book, One Philadelphia is a project of the Mayor's Office and the Free Library of Philadelphia to promote literacy and community-building by encouraging the public to read and discuss the featured selection.
March 21, 2012 |
WAKE FOREST sophomore point guard Tony Chennault, who played at Ss. Neumann-Goretti High, will transfer at the end of the spring semester, according to Demon Deacons coach Jeff Bzdelik. Chennault said he wanted to play closer to home. He started 31 games this season as Wake finished 13-18, 4-12 in the ACC. "This was a tough decision to leave my teammates at this point in my career, but at the end of the day I have to do what's best for me and my family," Chennault told the Wake Forest sports information office.
June 26, 2012 |
I'D LIKE TO THANK the Daily News for its recent series bringing attention to the issue of illegal ATVs and dirt bikes, which have replaced graffiti as the major blight of lower-income neighborhoods. Why spend the time and money tagging up a wall? You don't know who will see it, and it'll probably get removed in a few days anyway. But roaring down the street, scaring children and setting off car alarms on an ATV or dirt bike gives immediate recognition. Plus, it has the added assurance that you won't get caught.
June 1, 2013 |
The Main Line was once famous for fox hunts, but for the next 21/2 weeks, the biggest quarry in certain leafy stretches of Haverford and Ardmore will most definitely be a certain rare breed of Tiger. "You can't imagine how many people have said he's renting a house - more houses than George Washington slept in," said a laughing Sharon McNamara, president of the Merion Golf Manor Neighborhood Committee, when asked about the nonstop buzz about golfing icon Tiger Woods and his whereabouts in the run-up to the U.S. Open championship at Merion Golf Club from June 13 to 16. Rumored Tiger spottings are traded in whispers much as F. Scott Fitzgerald's characters gossiped about Jay Gatsby's possible ties to the Kaiser.