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.
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.
September 30, 2015 |
ONE OF Bernie Scally's last assignments as a reporter was the annual Dance on the Falls Bridge on Sept. 19, a 5-year-old community get-together featuring music, food, fellowship and, of course, dancing. You can be sure that Bernie stood out from the crowd, with his sartorial elegance and his ebullient personality. He often affected a handlebar mustache turned up at the ends, and attire that bordered on - or, to some minds, crossed the border of - outrageousness. Bernie Scally was one of the most recognizable characters in greater Roxborough, where he had been a reporter on the Review , the weekly community newspaper, since 2005.
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.