March 11, 2016 |
After a heated meeting in Point Breeze last month where anti-Semitic remarks were hurled at a developer, one member of City Council is calling for decorum - and wondering if it can be regulated. Councilman Kenyatta Johnson, whose district includes Point Breeze, wants the city to create "standards of conduct" for registered community organizations, the groups that host neighborhood meetings and provide input on development projects. He said such rules would ensure that the registered groups "operate with a level of decency and order.
March 10, 2016 |
An affiliate of Vancouver, Wash.-based Hawthorn Development L.L.C. has paid $1.8 million for four acres in Glen Mills where it plans to build a 142-unit retirement community, according to Colliers International, which helped broker the sale. Hawthorne purchased the property at Brinton Lake Corporate Center from Wynnewood Development Inc., Colliers said in a release Tuesday. The retirement community is scheduled to open in 2017. firstname.lastname@example.org 215-854-2615 @jacobadelman
March 4, 2016 |
It's a study in community theater. On the stage of Temple Adath Israel's auditorium in Merion Station, several actors are going through their paces. Others wait for their scenes to be called, and a rolling rack of costumes is making the rounds. Prompters toss out lines as needed. It's a Sunday afternoon rehearsal for Guys and Dolls . Lisa Litman looks on. She's the director. She also plays Adelaide, the female lead in the show, which won the Tony for best musical when it debuted on Broadway in 1950, with songs like "A Bushel and a Peck," "If I Were a Bell," and "Sit Down, You're Rockin' the Boat.
March 1, 2016 |
Sufyaan Brown wielded a hex wrench with a bit too much enthusiasm, taking a bicycle handlebar screw all the way out, instead of just loosening it while helping to assemble a bright-blue Fuji at Sunday's Cadence Community Bike Build in Center City. No big deal. He quickly got the screw back in. The 14-year-old was at the event in the basement of the First Unitarian Church to help Neighborhood Bike Works - a West Philadelphia nonprofit that has nurtured his love of biking - assemble its share of 62 bikes donated by Advanced Sports International, a Northeast Philadelphia distributor.
February 27, 2016 |
Henrietta Starr Malloy Jaeger, 90, of Devon, a longtime community volunteer and an amateur painter and playwright, died Sunday, Feb. 21, at her home. She had cancer. Known as "Penny," Mrs. Jaeger was born in Bala Cynwyd and grew up in Philadelphia. She graduated from Friends Select School and majored in architecture and interior design at the University of Pennsylvania. Later, she received a bachelor of fine arts degree from Penn. She was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta, serving on the sorority's board of directors.
February 25, 2016 |
Maya Young had a distinctive birthmark: One side of her face was light and the other dark, with a line down the middle separating the brown tones. "She looked like chocolate and caramel," said Anthony Harper, a longtime friend and former roommate of the 25-year-old transgender woman. He used to call her "Twix," like the candy bar. "She was sweet, like candy," he said. On Tuesday, Philadelphia police confirmed that Young had been stabbed to death late Saturday in the city's Frankford section.
February 22, 2016
A New York City high school senior is giving Gloucester City residents a chance to help create an imaginative work of public art on their downtown waterfront. Fish sculptures hand-painted by students and adults in the city will be affixed to a sinuous, 20-foot-long "wave wall" to be installed in Proprietor's Park along the Delaware River. The transparent, 7-foot-high wall is the first step in a $30,000, privately funded effort to improve the appearance of an imposing but rather stark waterfront landmark known as the Betsy Ross Pavilion, as well as its surroundings.
February 20, 2016 |
A Camden County judge ruled Thursday that an initial plea deal offered to 76ers player Jahlil Okafor was valid, meaning Okafor will pay a $439 fine for speeding on the Benjamin Franklin Bridge but will not be required to do community service, Okafor's attorney said. Andrew Smith said that Okafor had paid the fee on the charges, but that the check was not accepted because Camden's law office decided it wanted to vacate the agreement. Smith said he believed this was so that community service could be added to Okafor's punishment.
February 16, 2016 |
Longtime Inquirer columnist, editor and reporter Acel Moore knew his city and he loved it. This is how he wrote in 2001 about legendary former Temple University basketball coach John Chaney - who, like Moore, hailed from South Philadelphia. "He is a man who understands what it means to live across the tracks. (That means on either side of Washington Avenue.) "He has seen his mother buy dry goods on Fourth Street. . . . He understands the feeling of having only enough money to eat pickles for lunch or baloney sandwiches for dinner.