January 13, 2011 |
Sister Jean Webster considered the people she was feeding her "guests," not simply the homeless or hungry who roam the streets of Atlantic City. So she always served a big helping of "self-worth and dignity" with the fried chicken and scalloped potatoes she dished out five days a week at Sister Jean's Kitchen. Her homeless outreach started more than 25 years ago when she saw a man rummaging through a garbage can and invited him home for dinner. Her mission - she refused to call the place a "soup kitchen" - would grow to feed 400 people a day. Mrs. Webster, 76, a nationally known homeless advocate known locally as "Sister Jean," "St. Jean," and the "Mother Teresa of Jersey," died Monday, Jan. 10, at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center in Atlantic City, where she had been hospitalized since Dec. 22 for a cardiopulmonary condition.
March 16, 2011 |
Most school districts in Pennsylvania have considerably lower graduation rates than previously reported, according to new state figures released Tuesday. The new numbers are based on a more accurate way the state Department of Education is calculating how many 12th graders actually graduated in four years. Using the new method "will help inform efforts to ensure that all Pennsylvania students are prepared for postsecondary education and the workforce," acting Secretary of Education Ronald Tomalis said.
September 17, 1999 |
Oh!Hara's Pub & Restaurant, the waterfront restaurant whose owners sued the city on harassment charges and then closed the doors for the summer, is scheduled to reopen today under new management. Michael Burnett still owns the establishment, but he has handed over day-to-day duties to Michael O'Mara, a chef, and Michael French, a promoter. Burnett's partner, Glenn Hastings, still owns part of the business, but he has relinquished control over the restaurant. "We're reopening under new management because Glenn is working with another company and . . . I've got this other business I've been working on," Burnett said.
June 24, 2004
WHEN THE visitors center building at LOVE Park opened in 1960, its circular shape and glass and stainless-steel construction were lauded as "ultra-modern. " Now it's ultra-old. And except for being a place where Fairmount Park rangers can take an occasional potty break, it's ultra-useless. Known as "the flying saucer" to those who love to hate it, the building's best days are long gone. Time for it to come down to earth. Literally. We're talking demolition. We're talking enhancing the the sight lines of LOVE Park and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
April 7, 1997 |
It was hard to distinguish the aromas wafting through the ballroom of the Hilton over the weekend. Gourmet cheese, fresh lamb, ravioli and, everywhere, the rich smell of fine chocolate. But upstairs, foot soldiers in a quiet culinary revolution were hawking a single ingredient that could turn fine dining on its side: Beer. It's not just for guzzling anymore. So say a Valley Forge restaurateur and two young chefs with prestigious culinary pedigrees who cooked with microbrewed beer during a demonstration at the Northeast regional conference of the American Culinary Federation.
May 18, 1994 |
Except for the sounds of work, the big teaching kitchen at the Restaurant School was silent. No small talk. Just the shuffle of crepe pans being shaken over gas burners, and the tapping of whisks against metal mixing bowls. As the kitchen filled with the aromas of poaching chicken, browning crepes and melting chocolate, several professional chefs went from work station to work station, scrutinizing the skill level of the teen-age competitors. The young chefs - all students at Philadelphia public high schools - had good reason to be serious: They were vying for up to $80,000 in culinary school scholarships and apprenticeships in professional kitchens.
November 10, 1991 |
Frank Verheul's world is an edible canvas. And the 200th anniversary of Mozart's death seemed a fit occasion to create. His creation is now perched on a table in the lobby of Cherry Hill's Sheraton Poste Inn. It is a four-foot-tall portrait of the composer detailed in strokes of powdered and glazed cocoa, its chocolate frame crafted with rosettes and the display set off with lifelike roses sculpted from chocolate and sugar. Verheul, a pastry chef from Hainesport with large, serious blue eyes, began his career in Holland when, at 15, he bucked the family cheese business to work in a bakery.
July 18, 2002 |
With nurses in short supply nationwide, Abington Memorial Hospital is throwing money at the problem. And it's working. Next year's graduating class should be nearly triple last year's class, and for the first time in 12 years, there is a waiting list to get into the school. The hospital is boosting the nursing-student ranks at its Dixon School of Nursing by offering full scholarships and interest-free loans. This year 127 students will begin studying to become nurses.
August 6, 2010
Senate OKs boost to school nutrition WASHINGTON - The Senate approved a sweeping boost to school nutrition programs Thursday, adding $4.5 billion to bring more meals and healthier nutrition standards to low-income children. The legislation, approved without a vote under a bipartisan strategy that sponsors hoped could be swiftly replicated in the House, aims to give added help to jobless and low-income parents. But the House has recessed for the summer, and quick approval appears unlikely, even though it is returning next week to vote on an aid package for states.
July 25, 2009 |
Former Temple star Candice Dupree will start for the Eastern Conference in this afternoon's annual WNBA All-Star Game at the Mohegan Casino in Connecticut, and the 6-foot-2 forward credits Dawn Staley, her college coach with the Owls, for her continuing success with the Chicago Sky. "Having played in the WNBA, Coach Staley did a very good job of preparing me for the league," Dupree said. "She gave me some idea of what it was like to play at this level. " Staley's preparations helped Dupree, a first-round draft pick in 2006, be selected for the All-Star Game three times in her four years in the WNBA.