June 16, 2014 |
Paul Lewis, 86, of Wyndmoor, a longtime counselor at Community College of Philadelphia, died Thursday, June 5, of complications from dementia at Gwynedd Square Nursing Center. Mr. Lewis was born in Philadelphia and raised in Jenkintown. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps when he was 17, although induction took place a year later. After being honorably discharged, he attended Temple University on the G.I. Bill, earning a bachelor of science degree in business administration. He worked in private industry and for the City of Philadelphia's Personnel Department for a total of 10 years.
June 7, 2014 |
Shirley Wilhelm was an active 78-year-old who enjoyed helping the homeless in Pottstown and taking a daily five-mile walk. Last year, she was killed when a school bus driven by Donna M. Engler struck her on one of those walks. On Thursday, Engler, who had pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter, was sentenced to 600 hours of community service - working with the homeless of Pottstown. The accident occurred at 7:08 a.m. Sept. 9 at Charlotte and Mervine Streets, on the border of Lower Pottsgrove Township and Pottstown Borough, according to a court document.
June 4, 2014 |
Three recent graduates of the Curtis Institute of Music will become inaugural fellows of ArtistYear, a pilot program designed to bring a year-long AmeriCorps-like community service opportunity to the world of the arts in Philadelphia. The program, launched as part of the Aspen Institute's Franklin Project, which aims to create one million service-year positions by 2023, will kick off in the 2014-15 academic year. Former U.S. Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal, chair of the Franklin Project's Leadership Council, said the project aims to make community service a standard practice for all young Americans.
May 30, 2014 |
How do you fix a broken neighborhood? It's a question that has proved painfully persistent in Philadelphia. And nobody among the five dozen activists who gathered Wednesday had the solution. But they believe they might have the beginnings of an answer, at least for one impoverished area. They began hashing out what the new federal Promise Zone designation could mean and do for a desperately poor and blighted part of West Philadelphia. "I'm really hopeful," said Gwendolyn Morris, a retired educator who is secretary of the Mantua Civic Association and a 42-year neighborhood resident.
May 29, 2014 |
CNN, NPR, and CBS have grilled Scott Charles about the youth violence-prevention program he cofounded at Temple University Hospital. A group of middle-school journalists? No problem. Then the team of reporters from Healthy NewsWorks asked Charles, a trauma outreach coordinator at Temple, how he feels when he must counsel victims of the gun violence his program warns young people about. "I thought, 'Are you kids trying to make me cry?' " said Charles, 47, cofounder of the Cradle to Grave initiative.
May 24, 2014 |
Perhaps it will never be clear to Melissa Wilde whether a 7-year-old boy who died this week after falling ill at a South Philadelphia school would have lived had a full-time nurse been present. But the question still haunts Wilde, a Jackson Elementary School parent. "Who will be there next time?" she asked Thursday. "What if this school had a full-time nurse? What if this school had a full-time counselor? Could they save the next child's life?" The first grader, whose name is not being released, died Wednesday afternoon at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia after becoming sick at Jackson, where a school nurse works only on Thursdays and every other Friday.
May 21, 2014 |
DOZENS OF Central High School students and alums lined the entrance to their school and the front hallway inside, wearing their school colors proudly and wildly waving their arms. "277! 277!" they cheered last Thursday, high-fiving members of the incoming class as they entered the school. This was no pep rally in the traditional sense, but the annual Central High School freshman orientation for September's incoming class, known in these parts as 277. "It was really lively and felt like a homecoming," said Nathan Zeyl, 14, referring to the students' welcome.
May 20, 2014
T OM HICKEY, 34, of Old City, is CEO and a partner in the creative startup Engagement Studios. Hickey was a deputy press secretary for former Gov. Ed Rendell in 2000-03. He formed the company in November to reinvent the way people work and interact with communities by building engagement campaigns through integrated strategy, media, design and technology. Q: How'd you come up with the idea for the biz? A: I worked in PR and communications and politics. I wanted to work where you could help clients with a social mission and also take the same creative spark and do the same for your projects.
May 18, 2014 |
A coalition of about 20 African American community activists announced plans Friday to develop an agenda for reducing poverty in Philadelphia's black community. Known collectively as the Philadelphia Community of Leaders, the group said during a news conference at Laborers District Council headquarters that it planned to address the difficult issue of poverty by focusing on improving education and economic development and reducing violence. The nonprofit group, which includes developers Kenny Gamble and Rahim Islam, lawyer George Burrell, antiviolence activist Bilal Qayyum, and former School Reform Commission Chairwoman Sandra Dungee Glenn, also announced it would host its first community conference at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at Universal Audenried High School, 3301 Tasker St. The event, which is open to the public, will allow members to present their issues and goals and engage members of the community, Islam said.