April 16, 2015 |
SASHEIKA DUFFUS is pleading to rehire counselors and teachers. Mayegan Brown is advocating for more administrators. Now the two 11th-graders have a chance to be heard - or read or seen - thanks to a campaign launched yesterday by Mayor Nutter called "Students Speak!" that allows students to submit a written or video essay on the need for full and fair funding in the city's public schools. "Education is about these young people," Nutter said in announcing the initiative at A. Philip Randolph Career Academy in Nicetown during a joint news conference with Superintendent William Hite and Philadelphia Federation of Teachers president Jerry Jordan.
December 5, 2014
R ONIT TEHRANI, 26, of Overbrook Farms, is co-founder (with Edward Kraftmann, 29, of Bala Cynwyd; and Jonathan Krause, 20, of Teaneck, N.J.) of So2Speak.org, a nonprofit group that combines speech and education to empower youth. It consists of two main programs: Strive2Speak, which enhances speech fluency, and Education2Enrichment, an after-school lounge for middle- and high-school students in Bala Cynwyd. Q: How'd you come up with the idea for So2Speak? A: Edward and I started a nonprofit and wanted to reach more people because originally it was to help students with speech impediments.
October 14, 2014 |
FIVE chef-on-wheels wannabes stood in a Community College of Philadelphia driveway on 18th Street near Spring Garden, listening to Josh Kim, owner of SPOT Gourmet Burgers, Steaks & Pork, preach his food-cart gospel. "I'm taking money from you and you're going to put something that I make in your mouth," Kim told them. "This is the most intricate transaction you can do, other than . . . " he said, waiting for the laugh and getting it. Kim was a recent guest lecturer in chef John Olsen's "Introduction to Food Truck Entrepreneurship" course at CCP, the first college program of its kind in Pennsylvania.
August 22, 2014
V ARNANA "V" Beuria, 35, of Southwark, is chef/owner of Chhaya Cafe. A native of India, she earned an economics degree from Penn and a degree in culinary arts from Philly's Restaurant School. She recently moved the cafe two doors down on East Passyunk Avenue. The new location is nearly double the capacity to 60 seats, and she's adding at least three employees. Q: Why'd the biz move? A: Last year I didn't think we could survive another summer where we were. It was too tight, we got crowded and the waits became unmanageable.
June 18, 2014 |
For the customers of family-owned DiBartolo Bakery in Collingswood, it's no secret that Al DiBartolo and pastry chef Manny Agigian are artists in aprons. Think fanciful cake sculptures, freehand buttercream blossoms, to-die-for towers of fudge and chocolate mousse. Great baking, for sure. But do these Jersey guys have what it takes to be the Next Great Baker ? Tune in next Tuesday at 9 p.m. Season Four of the TLC cooking competition show starts with 10 baking teams from around the country, including Agigian, 33, and DiBartolo, 39, a cake artist.
June 3, 2014 |
An independent, artistic 13-year-old, Parrish loves to draw and has exhibited his creations at his school's art show. He also designed the cover page for his class' poetry booklet. His interests, however, are not limited to art; they range from extreme sports to Shakespeare. He enjoys playing football and soccer, fishing, swimming, skateboarding, biking, and bowling. He also finds time to read classic literature (including Julius Caesar ), listen to a variety of music, play videogames, talk to friends on his cellphone, and even cook.
November 1, 2013
* The History Channel's Gary Monterosso will be the featured guest at "Beer for Babes," a ladies-only program (men can be put on a waiting list) that also will feature food and beer pairings by Chef Kevin Cronin at Atlantic City Bottle Company (648 Albany Ave., Atlantic City, 609-348-6400, acbottlecompany.com ). 2 p.m. Sunday, $30. Reservations: firstname.lastname@example.org * Day of the Dead celebrations are in order this week. Union Taco (712 W. Girard Ave., 267-455-0445, uniontaco.com )
July 12, 2013 |
TONY ALCANTARA had hopes, plans and dreams, like any normal young man of superior intellect. Unfortunately, Tony wasn't normal. He had superior intelligence, but he grew up with osteopetrosis, a rare disorder that causes the bones to harden. Over the years, he broke many bones and ultimately could get around only with crutches or in a wheelchair. But Tony Alcantara had hopes, plans and dreams that he refused to relinquish despite his gradually worsening condition. He continued to inspire everyone who knew him with his optimism and courage.
June 21, 2013 |
THIS WEEK'S CLOSING of Edward W. Bok Technical High School leaves students' futures clouded in uncertainty and local businesses missing a portion of their clientele. "It's horrible," said Aniyah Matthews, 17, a junior. "Everyone doesn't know where they're going. " Academy at Palumbo and Franklin Learning Center have yet to respond to Matthews' application. The lack of news leaves her anxious about where she will spend her senior year. If Matthews does not get accepted to the other schools, her plan is to attend South Philadelphia High School.
June 21, 2013 |
IN THE EARLY 1950s, the Edward W. Bok Vocational-Technical School, at 9th and Mifflin streets in South Philadelphia, was home to about 2,500 day-school pupils. It provided emergency education for thousands of Americans in the field of war production. Bok Tech taught veterans respectable trade skills, seven days a week, so they could find immediate employment, with courses ranging from 12 hours to three years. During World War II, the crew members of the U.S.S. Alaska received training as they awaited their ship at the Philadelphia Naval Base Shipyard.