January 16, 2014 |
In December 2005, Murray J. Gass of Cherry Hill received the Nostra Aetate award from the Catholic-Jewish Commission of Southern New Jersey. Mr. Gass shared the award with Gloria Mazziotti of Audubon "for their leadership in improving interfaith understanding and cooperation in Southern New Jersey. " The 2005 announcement by the Jewish Community Relations Council of Southern New Jersey commended "their years of interfaith work, including the creation of the Catholic-Jewish Institute of Understanding, a program of adult religious study for Jews and Christians in an ecumenical environment.
January 16, 2014 |
IT'S NOT UNUSUAL for a casino developer to negotiate a benefits agreement with its neighbors once the casino's license is granted - in 2008, two years after they were awarded the first-ever casino license in Philadelphia, owners of Fishtown's SugarHouse Casino signed one. But Bart Blatstein's Tower Entertainment - which wants to open Provence Casino at Broad and Callowhill streets - has been trying to get an agreement with its neighbors signed,...
January 15, 2014 |
WITH A CHILD in seventh grade, Philadelphia resident Sarah Forrest has already begun navigating the high-school application process. Although it's fairly simple for district-run schools, she said, the process can be anything but for charters. She said information on the charter application process is available, but the schools have different timelines, "and it's kind of all over the map," said Forrest, who also has a third-grader in the district. Forrest is hardly alone. She was among a few hundred community members who debated a proposal for a single application and common enrollment for district-run, charter and parochial high schools last night at a School Reform Commission meeting.
January 14, 2014 |
STATE COLLEGE - James Franklin set his stance on recruiting loud and clear in his opening statement after being introduced as Penn State's 16th head football coach on Saturday. "Our recruiting philosophy: We are going to dominate the state," Franklin said. "We are going to dominate the state. We are going to dominate the region. I've worked a lot of different institutions that tried to compete. Recruiting against Penn State University, and it was always an unbelievable challenge.
January 13, 2014 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Bellefonte native Brent Kopcha's young daughters may have been the first community members that met new Penn State football coach James Franklin. It was a spur-of-the-moment decision. Kopcha, a huge Nittany Lions fan who graduated for Penn State in 1998, had nothing planned Saturday. His girls are 9 and 5, and one of them had been asking him all week who Penn State's next football coach would be. In addition to telling them, Kopcha decided to show them. The father and his daughters waited for more than an hour.
January 8, 2014 |
THE PHILADELPHIA Police Department will soon implement a new set of guidelines for how officers interact with transgender people. Deputy Commissioner Kevin Bethel worked with members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community to fine-tune the nine-page directive, police spokesman Lt. John Stanford said. "The times have evolved, and not just within the Police Department," Stanford said yesterday. "You see it across the board in so many different areas. We have to learn to adapt to the times.
December 31, 2013 |
CHERRY HILL Joyce Alexander Walker, 60, the first African American elected to the Cherry Hill Township Council, died Saturday, Dec. 28, after battling cancer, according to local officials. Even before her historic election in 1997, Mrs. Walker displayed her dedication to her community, they said. "She was a citizen in every sense of the word," said Eric Kipnis, who befriended Mrs. Walker when both worked on President Obama's 2008 campaign. He called her "a fighter for all the right reasons.
December 27, 2013 |
WHEN CAPT. LOU Campione drives down the streets of South Philly, people stop. They jump at that chance to say hi to "Lou," to ask him how everything's going, to swap information. On a recent snowy afternoon, Campione chatted up the staff of Rosica Pharmacy on Snyder Avenue near 21st Street, speculating on how deep the falling snow would pile. This wasn't police work - although Campione did visit the business to sign off on one of his district's 84 community police logs - just conversation.
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.
December 13, 2013 |
SEVERAL MEMBERS of City Council are at odds over rules governing real-estate development in city neighborhoods. Introduced by Councilman Bobby Henon, a bill made headway yesterday when it moved through the rules committee by a 6-2 vote. Henon said his bill relieves the burdens on locally based Registered Community Organizations (RCO) to notify neighbors of proposed land use. "Seventy-five to 80 percent of the time, RCOs don't notify [residents], so it's shifting the burden from the RCOs over to the applicants," he said.