July 18, 2015 |
Gov. Christie called Thursday for broad changes to the criminal justice system, using his record in New Jersey - and Camden in particular - as a platform for his presidential campaign. Speaking at a community center in North Camden, Christie advocated expanding drug courts; proposed ideas to help ex-convicts succeed when they get out of jail; and, echoing a speech President Obama delivered in the city in May, held up Camden's community policing strategy as a national model. "Peace on our streets is more than just the absence of violence," Christie said in a 38-minute campaign speech before about a hundred people, including some living in a nearby halfway house and involved with the nonprofit Volunteers of America.
July 18, 2015 |
After getting married two months ago, Scott Matsinger and his new bride decided to delay their honeymoon. Matsinger, a 33-year-old Delaware County teacher, wanted to finish the school year first. So, this month, he and his wife spent a week in the U.S. Virgin Islands, then planned to extend their trip with a few days with her family at the Jersey Shore. During a bike ride in Wildwood Crest on Saturday, Matsinger felt ill. He stopped, sat on the curb, passed out, and never woke up, police say. The sudden and still unexplained death of the Havertown man has left his community and three schools reeling.
July 11, 2015 |
Communiy development and independent cinema combine in Movies on the Block, a series of free outdoor screenings sponsored by the Philadelphia Film Society and backed by local foundation Fierce Advocacy Fund. PFS established Movies on the Block to increase access to films across the city, adapting existing urban spaces to meet the needs of areas with "chronic concerns," such as gun violence and health issues such as obesity and diabetes. "When movie houses started, it was always a community gathering place," said Allison Koehler, education and programs director at PFS. Now, "a lot of us feel that going to the movies is an individual experience, and we want to bring back movie-going as a gathering place.
July 3, 2015 |
Pennsylvania's community colleges are among the less noticed beneficiaries of Gov. Wolf's proposed budget. The schools, which served more than 300,000 students last year, would see their funding grow by 7 percent, or $15 million, under the plan, which is tied up in a political standoff that went into overtime Wednesday. A recent Pew report suggests community colleges need the money. Its examination of Community College of Philadelphia shows that the city's education challenges don't end when students graduate from high school.
June 30, 2015 |
Rosabelle Gifford, 100, of Radnor, an Irish American deeply devoted to Philadelphian community affairs and her family, died of natural causes on Tuesday, June 16, at her daughter's house in Radnor. Mrs. Gifford danced and sang at a large party in Haverford marking her 100th birthday last August, and was in "vigorous good health" until the very end of her life, according to relatives. She was born Rosabelle Blaney in a small town in County Donegal, Ireland, on Sept. 15, 1914, at the start of World War I; she was a young mother in London during World War II. She had five children with her first husband, Edward Harvey, whom she divorced in 1956.
June 28, 2015 |
The Kenney campaign is looking for a few good community organizers. Or, to be more accurate, a few good community organizers-to-be. "We want to have anchors in all parts of the city," said Lauren Hitt, spokeswoman for Philadelphia Democratic mayoral candidate Jim Kenney. "We want people who believe in Jim or who believe in their community or who just want a voice in city government. " To that end - and to help register new voters - the campaign is looking for volunteers in its "Summer Organizing Fellowship for Jim Kenney.
June 27, 2015 |
In the debate about whether Cooper University Hospital should take over ambulance services in Camden, a spokesman for hospital board chairman George E. Norcross III has said that seriously injured patients would be best served by paramedics from a Level 1 trauma center such as Cooper. "If you were seriously injured, would you want your first care to come from the region's only Level 1 trauma center or a community hospital?" spokesman Dan Fee told The Inquirer on Wednesday. Yet the vast majority of patients picked up by ambulance are not trauma or injury victims, but patients suffering from heart problems, strokes, and other acute illness.
June 25, 2015 |
IS CAMDEN a hopeless case? Britt Starghill didn't think so. As pastor of Kaighn Avenue Baptist Church, Britt wasn't only concerned with the souls of his parishioners, but also with the soul of the impoverished city around him. He was founder of the Nehemiah Project, a community development corporation devoted to fighting the blight afflicting the Gateway section of the city. He adopted the Whittier School, with the aim of seeing to it that its students got the best education to ensure their success in the world beyond the classroom.
June 24, 2015 |
When Crystal Delmonico graduated from high school, she had no desire for college. She told her guidance counselor at Pennridge High School that she thought she'd sell cars. Instead, she struggled with mental health issues and addiction, nearly died of a drug overdose, and spent several years homeless. But in May, Delmonico, 37, who has been sober for more than four years, graduated from Community College of Philadelphia, and now she is headed to the University of Pennsylvania.