November 19, 2014 |
A Rowan University student's recent online posting, aimed at advancing a conversation about the needs of the school's transgender community, took a turn for the worse, prompting a university memo Monday and again putting a popular social media application under scrutiny. The student's message on the Yik Yak app last week proposed gender-neutral housing and better education for professors about transgender identity. The ideas were met by inflammatory remarks on the app, which allows users to anonymously contribute to a single thread based on geographical location.
November 14, 2014 |
THE MUSIC would just have to wait. Whether it was classical, rap or gospel or whatever sounds were filling the Dell Music Center on any given night, Pam Crutchfield's fried-fish sandwiches took precedence. Music fans would stand in long lines to order the sandwiches at the concession stand that Pam operated at the Dell in the '90s and early 2000s. It didn't matter if they missed a few bars of music. You could always hear music, but where else could you find such succulent fare?
November 10, 2014 |
THE Daily News already knows that Helen Ubiñas is influential. But it's nice to hear someone else say it, too. The People Paper columnist was recently named one of the Delaware Valley's Most Influential Latinos by Impacto Latin Newspaper, a local news magazine. Impacto created the award in 2005 to "recognize individuals who have made great contributions to the Delaware Valley's Latino community and the community at large," Napoleon Garcia, the magazine's publisher, said in a statement.
November 2, 2014 |
CRESCO, Pa. - After school let out Friday, families in Barrett Township dashed for their garages, pulling out plastic severed heads, bloody-looking chains, and fake tombstones. Brandon Eden, 8, pulled on a flowing black cape for his vampire costume. His mother, Ashley, ran out to buy bags of KitKat bars, Reese's candy, and Jolly Ranchers. His father, James, hauled out an inflatable skeleton riding a horse for the front yard. For those in this small Poconos community, who lived a real-life horror story for nearly seven weeks, the last-minute celebration of Halloween was a welcome break.
October 25, 2014 |
Four decades after settling in West Philadelphia, John Lindsay still speaks bluntly in the Yankee rhythms of his native Boston. After he got wind that a developer was eyeing his community garden at Powelton Avenue and Wiota Street, Lindsay responded by erecting a small billboard under one of his ornamental pear trees. "Jannie Blackwell wants 12 houses built here," it declares. For good measure, he includes a link to his "Save the Wiota St. Garden" Facebook page. The story is a bit more complex than his message suggests, but there is no doubt Lindsay's sign calling out Blackwell, West Philadelphia's powerful Council rep, distills the painful choice being confronted by comeback neighborhoods around the city: gardens or housing?
October 13, 2014 |
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities. There isn't a lot of real estate for sale in Yardley: only 30 houses, and all but four on the market for less than $400,000. But what the borough lacks in listings it makes up for in other ways. So if you're good with a knife and know your way around a pumpkin, you might want to volunteer for Carve-A-Thon Oct. 26 at Rivermawr Green at Maple and Morgan Avenues. The event, sponsored by the Yardley Business Association, kicks off the borough's Canal-O-Ween festivities, which run through Nov. 1. Jack-o-lanterns, lighted each evening by volunteers, will illuminate the Delaware Canal towpath for those who stroll the quarter-mile from East Afton Avenue to the end of the paved road.
October 13, 2014 |
ON A CORNER in West Philly, assorted nonprofits are pushing the envelope on what it means to share a space. The Calvary Center for Culture and Community, on 48th Street near Baltimore Avenue, combines the performing arts, community services and religion (four of them, actually) in a single, three-story building. Rich Kirk, the president of the center's board, says Calvary has come a long way from its humble origins as a Methodist church on the brink of closing. Who we are: The center was formed in 2000 and has housed a wide variety of tenants in its 14 years, Kirk said.
October 11, 2014 |
Celebrate the spirit of community Saturday at Fishtown Neighbors Association's seventh annual RiverCity Festival at Penn Treaty Park. Have a swirling experience as Jennifer Dobrydnia and Tangle Movement Arts give a mesmerizing hula-hoop performance. Philadelphia Zoo-on-Wheels will bring furry friends and cute creatures for an up-close look. Kids can get active at the mini soccer clinic and enjoy derby races with the Boy Scouts of America. There will be face painting, and balloon art by Ari Felder.
October 3, 2014
I MAKE NO secret of the fact that I'm (an imperfect) Catholic. That makes for interesting conversations with strangers who know me only by what I've written, particularly former Catholics who still can't believe I go to Mass. So many of them wonder why I don't speak out against the horrible scourge of child abuse that became one of the preferred media obsessions over the past decade and a half. I understand why they ask, because to people whose only knowledge of the church was gleaned from the Baltimore Catechism back in the 1960s - before they abandoned the pews (and the Colts abandoned Baltimore)
October 3, 2014 |
Born in Liberia and now living in Darby Borough, Tina Dennis eagerly anticipated the marriage of an uncle in her homeland. Dennis, a nursing home assistant, and her sister Precious, who lives in Maryland, were to meet in Atlanta and fly to Monrovia, the capital, this month, arriving a few days early for bridesmaid fittings. "It was to be a big wedding," she said Wednesday. "I'm from a huge family. " But Ebola, the epidemic responsible for more than 3,000 deaths in Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone since January, derailed her plans.