December 22, 2014 |
The police cars, barricades, and ambulances are long gone, but residents of the Pheasant Run apartments in Harleysville are still haunted by searing memories of mass murder. "Having to go by her apartment every day and see the bullet holes" has been traumatic, Pam Truesdell, 50, said Saturday at a neighborhood vigil. A child's bike, she said, is still in the yard. According to investigators, Nicole Stone's ex-husband went on a rampage that spanned 40 miles, traumatized three schools, killed six family members, and orphaned three children - one of the worst mass murders in Pennsylvania since 1966.
December 18, 2014 |
Can the Schuylkill ever play a role like the Chicago River or Paris' Seine - a source of beauty and vitality that unites riverside neighborhoods like Center City and University City rather than dividing them? It's a decades-old dream, but key pieces are finally falling into place, according to civic leaders and developers who joined a panel discussion Tuesday at the Union League sponsored by the Central Philadelphia Development Corp. On both sides of the river, new projects such as Brandywine Realty Trust's 47-story FMC Tower at 30th and Walnut Streets and PMC Property Group's million-square-foot complex planned at 2400 Market St. are paying closer attention than their predecessors to the streetscape and river.
December 16, 2014
ACROSS THE country this past weekend, thousands of people marched in protest of police actions against Michael Brown, Eric Garner and others, adding to a steady drumbeat of protest that was ignited weeks ago when two separate grand juries refused to indict police in the deaths of the two black men. For many, this calls to mind a level of protest that this country hasn't seen in at least 50 years . . . and many would say that the issues are the...
December 15, 2014 |
VINELAND, N.J. - You could call the Bay-Atlantic Symphony the unlikeliest of orchestras. Operating in deep South Jersey - amid some of most economically depressed and rural parts of the state - the symphony has served a range of audiences for three decades, even though it has no performance home base. The orchestra offers an ambitious calendar of 12 symphonic programs annually, performed by a cadre of musicians hired from throughout the Philadelphia, New York, and Baltimore regions on a "per service" basis.
December 11, 2014 |
DARLENE SMITH and her husband, William, watched with a mixture of pride and concern at what was going on in their South Philadelphia neighborhood. Abandoned properties were being bought and fixed up, and condos were springing up where empty lots once stood. The problem, as the Smiths saw it, was that open space was being gobbled up rapidly. Pretty soon there would be nothing but concrete and brick. Darlene, a longtime educator, and her husband had lived in that neighborhood for more than 30 years, and they felt that something needed to be done to save some space.
December 10, 2014 |
IF YOU LISTEN carefully, you can still hear Joe Montgomery singing "Danny Boy. " It's been some years since Joe graced the choir loft of Transfiguration Church in West Philadelphia with his distinctive Irish tenor. But there are those who swear they can still hear his voice raised in those songs that never fail to stir the heart or bring a tear to the eye of a true Irish patriot. Joe Montgomery is gone, but the work he did for the Irish community in Philadelphia and the people he inspired with his devotion to the rites and traditions of those places live on wherever green is worn.
December 8, 2014 |
Waves of dismay are rolling through the region's dance community in the wake of an abrupt decision by the William Penn Foundation to cease funding Dance/UP, a branch of Washington-based Dance/USA and the sole organization serving the entire community. The foundation, which provided the funding in 2006 to launch Dance/UP and has supported it ever since, gave no notice that it would not renew that support, said dance officials, nor did it offer to finance a transition period for Dance/UP (formerly called Dance USA/Philadelphia)
December 4, 2014 |
As the curtain opens on Cherry Hill High School East's production of Our Town this weekend, the audience will not see an elaborate set or intricate props. "There's no set because, as a line in the play goes, 'You know this town, don't you?' " director and drama teacher Thomas Weaver said. Weaver and the cast of 75 students hope that the production, while set in a fictitious New Hampshire town, will have the audience appreciating what the real-life town of Cherry Hill has to offer.
December 4, 2014 |
Selling medicine - versus, say, televisions or toasters - for profit has inherent conflicts, and those challenges played out in several places Tuesday with drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline. In the morning at the Navy Yard, company officials handed out $40,000 to each of nine Philadelphia-area nonprofit organizations. In the afternoon, President Obama visited the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md., where scientists are working on the first Ebola vaccine to be tested on humans, an effort involving tax dollars and hundreds of GSK employees in this region.
November 28, 2014 |
PERRY FENNELL had this peculiar habit. A dedicated runner, he always searched the ground ahead for a penny. He probably wouldn't have turned down something with a larger value, but it was a penny he coveted. "He always felt it was a special day when he found a penny," his family said. Perry, a prominent dentist and longtime community leader, ran the annual Broad Street Run, a number of other races, and one marathon. What did he do with the pennies? He collected them in jars, and, knowing what kind of a man he was, he probably ended up using them in some worthy cause or other.