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.
October 7, 2015 |
FIRST AND FOREMOST, Jerry Mondesire was like part of my family, one of my dearest friends for more than 40 years, and I can't begin to tell you how my friends and family are in utter shock at our loss. We knew that he had health challenges. I've been in Mexico since Friday, and I talked with him on Thursday before I left. In that discussion - our conversations always began with "How are you, how you feeling, man?" - Jerry was upbeat and filled with optimism about the needed transplant and the direction in which his health challenges were going.
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.
December 17, 2015 |
"Muslims have feelings. " "REAL Muslims are peaceful" "All humans united against terrorism. " So read just a few of the signs that were carried, clutched and hung up this morning by dozens of Muslim men, women and children at the Masjid Al Madinah Mosque and Islamic Center, in Upper Darby Townshp. Muslim leaders from the center, on 69th Street near Walnut, stood shoulder-to-shoulder with Upper Darby police at a morning news conference to denounce ISIS and affirm their alliance with the police department and their status as American citizens.
December 24, 2015
By Christina Weiss Lurie This past week, Mayor-elect Jim Kenney made the following statement about our organization: "[The Eagles] are not, in my view, as community committed as the Phillies, Flyers, and Sixers are. " While I don't typically engage publicly, I was surprised and hurt by this claim because for more than 20 years Eagles Youth Partnership has impacted more than one million children in the Philadelphia region. All of our professional sports teams - the Eagles, Phillies, Flyers, Sixers, and Union - are actively involved in the community.
February 15, 2016
ISSUE | TEMPLE STADIUM Don't disrupt neighborhood; stay at Linc It is outrageous that Temple plans to spend at least $126 million of other people's money to build a football stadium so its team can play there perhaps six times a year ("Temple moves forward with stadium plans," Tuesday). This from a university that cut seven varsity teams for financial reasons, hires 1,400 adjunct instructors, has had its state funding significantly reduced, and repeatedly increases tuition.
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.