May 25, 2015 |
The long-awaited Winslow Township High School's junior/senior prom was supposed to be a night dreams are made of. For months, a committee of juniors worked long hours to craft a fitting send-off for the seniors, who had looked forward to the gala for four years. The theme was Old Hollywood "Glitz & Glam," and for the close to 400 students who turned out at the Mansion on Main Street in Voorhees, it was an absolute star turn. But just about two hours into the May 15 prom, as the DJ was playing Fetty Wap's "Trap Queen," the power went out. Some thought it was a senior prank.
May 11, 2015 |
GREGORY "CHOPS" Scott's family loved him so much that when he was murdered in 2013, his nephew - whose bride Scott had offered to walk down the aisle - got married at his uncle's funeral so he could still be a part of their wedding. Scott's community loved him so much that more than 2,000 people attended his service. It seems only one person in this world didn't get along with Scott - his own cousin, James Scott - and yesterday it took a jury less than an hour to convict James Scott of first-degree murder for the killing of Gregory Scott, 55, outside of his West Philadelphia home on Feb. 27, 2013.
May 11, 2015 |
The quality of the food, the variety of the entertainment, and the price of a haircut at a continuing-care retirement community (CCRC) are easy to evaluate. But assessing whether a continuing-care retirement community will have the financial resources to care for you for the rest of your life - the promise CCRCs make - is a much more onerous task. New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and other states do little more than provide a list of authorized CCRCs, publish a booklet of recommended questions for prospective residents to ask CCRC management, and require the CCRCs to disclose certain information.
May 7, 2015 |
For more than four years, Community Academy of Philadelphia Charter School fought to stay open in the face of complaints about shaky finances and low test scores. But the K-12 school in Kensington won a major victory last week when the state Charter Appeal Board overturned the School Reform Commission's verdict and told the commission to renew the school's operating agreement. From Community Academy's point of view, the lengthy battle with the SRC - while expensive and difficult - showed some of the strengths of the state charter law. "I ultimately think that the system worked in this case, because the [appeal]
May 1, 2015 |
AS THE PRIMARY election season enters its final weeks, mayoral and City Council candidates will promise to solve just about any problem you can think of, especially in poor and disenfranchised communities. A coalition of local black leaders vowed yesterday to make sure those political hopefuls will walk the walk if they get into office. The Philadelphia Black Political Summit Coalition released a 20-page report containing numerous recommendations to improve the lives of minority residents in the city during a news conference at the African American Museum, at 7th and Arch streets.
April 27, 2015 |
A chilly Saturday did little to stop the march of progress at Bryn Gweled Homesteads in Upper Southampton. There was a crowd at the tai chi class in the community center. Upstairs, Bill Dockhorn, his wife, Carol Wengert, and Jerry Smith sifted through 75 years of documents. Bart DeCorte worked in the community garden. Louise Kidder was off to her kitchen to make sourdough bread to be served later with jam made from the 60 quarts of blueberries her husband, Bob, picks each year in their yard.
April 21, 2015 |
Martin Moran estimated that 60 to 70 people, mostly from St. Denis Catholic School in Havertown, gathered Saturday at coach Bill Clinton's home to remember Ryan Gillyard. "He was a really good kid, a really good athlete," said Moran, who was Gillyard's basketball coach at St. Denis in fifth and sixth grades. "Everyone is so upset over losing him. I can't imagine how his family is getting through something like this. " Gillyard, a 15-year-old freshman football player at St. Joseph's Prep, died Saturday morning after collapsing briefly after warm-ups during a spring workout session at the team's practice field at 11th Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue.
April 19, 2015 |
Mayor Nutter on Friday named a diverse group of 24 people to oversee the implementation of the 91 recommendations made last month in a U.S. Department of Justice report that found that Philadelphia police used lethal force too often. The newly created Police Community Oversight Board will also work on implementing the broader recommendations made in President Obama's Task Force on 21st Century Policing report, which made similar suggestions. Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey chaired the task force.
April 18, 2015 |
The entrance to what's promised to be Philadelphia's hottest music club come fall is a gravel lot under an I-95 overpass. Now, it's just an abandoned metal factory in Fishtown - windows long blown out, covered in graffiti. But by fall, developers promise, it will be home to the Fillmore, a 2,500-seat music hall that promoter Live Nation aims to fill with big-name talent, as well as the Foundry, a more intimate venue with room for 450 aimed at local bands and up-and-coming talent, and a lounge.
April 9, 2015 |
ACTS Retirement-Life Communities Inc. said Tuesday that it would spend $300 million over three years on renovations to its 23 continuing-care retirement communities in eight states, including $120 million at eight campuses in Bucks, Delaware, and Montgomery Counties. The nonprofit, based in West Point, Montgomery County, said the biggest Philadelphia-area project would be $40 million in upgrades at Granite Farm Estates near Media, including a bistro cafe, a fitness center, a heated indoor pool, and larger independent-living apartments.