May 3, 2004 |
Dion's eighth birthday is next week. Unlike many other children his age, he doesn't have any special requests for presents or parties. Basically, he is content just the way things are. But he knows that things will change, that he will be moving, and that his social worker is looking for a family to adopt him. This is a difficult concept at Dion's age. Right now, he prefers to talk about his newest possession, a bike. Riding up and down the sidewalk in front of his house has become Dion's favorite pastime.
May 1, 1992 |
"They're a duo" - that's the way people usually describe Dion, 6, and his brother, Tione, 4. They "take up for one another," says their foster mother. The boys, who are in good health, are only two pounds apart in weight, despite their age difference. Dion, at 51 pounds, is tall and thin; Tione, at 49 pounds, is short and stocky. They entered foster care with a history of neglect, yet both are affectionate, talkative and cheerful. "Dion will tell Tione to take his shoes off and put them on right or they can't go out and play," their foster mother says, chuckling.
August 12, 1998 |
Township Managing Director Carmen Raddi filed an intent to sue the township yesterday, amid unconfirmed reports that he had been fired or asked to resign. Raddi's attorney, James Schwartzman, confirmed that he had filed a writ of summons, indicating that he intended to sue Bristol Township on Raddi's behalf. He would not reveal the basis of the suit. "The suit could be filed any time over the next several weeks," he said. Raddi, on the advice of Schwartzman, also refused to comment on the litigation.
October 9, 1987 |
The professional world premiere of "Revelations in the Courthouse Park," after Euripedes' "The Bacchae," written and composed by Harry Partch. Musical direction/conducting by Danlee Mitchell, staging by George Faison, direction by Jiri Zizka. Design by Phillip Graneto, costumes by Pamela Keech, lighting by Jerold Forsyth, sound by Peter Fitzgerald. Presented by the American Music Theater Festival in the University of the Arts' Great Hall, Broad and Pine streets, through Sunday. Harry Partch's singular vision, an astoundingly original theatrical experience, sends you out with a curious mix of bewilderment and satisfaction.
June 2, 1995 |
Here's why the world needs good foster parents: When Dion and his sister Shannon first came into the home of Celeste Allen- Hill last year, they were given cars and trucks and other toys to play with. They had absolutely no idea what to do with them. Dion was 7 at the time, Shannon was 4. "They had never had toys before," said foster parent Allen-Hill, who lives in the Wynnefield section of the city. "They didn't know how to play with them. It broke my heart, it really did. " There are plenty of other kids like Dion and Shannon.
October 25, 1986 |
Dion was hanging out with the other girls along Norristown's Lafayette Street on Friday, Oct. 10, looking for a "date," when the man walked out of a local tavern and approached her. Tall and husky with long, blond hair and a beard, the man negotiated with Dion - that is her street name - for oral sex. Then he told her, she said, to get into his pickup truck. He wanted to go across the DeKalb Street bridge and park in a place near Bridgeport, just across the Schuylkill. Dion didn't want to go. She preferred, she said, a parking lot off a nearby alley.
July 31, 2011 |
Matt Sullivan never sat in a booth at a restaurant, ever. When you weigh 390 pounds, a booth is a tight, humiliating squeeze. But now he loves booths. Now he weighs 185. "You've got a table open? No, thanks," he'll tell the hostess. "I want a booth. I'll wait. " Oh, and how about this: He had to learn how to run again. When he went out on a tennis court with his new body, "my muscles just forgot how. " He watched his 12-year-old son and imitated him. Matt, 53, was the guinea pig. He is one of 12 Sullivan children, most of whom grew up in Warminster or Willow Grove.
January 19, 1989 |
The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame gave out its fourth round of gold watches last night at the Waldorf-Astoria, inducting Stevie Wonder, Dion, the Temptations, the Rolling Stones and the late Otis Redding, over plates of English pot pie. Though the Hall has done well at luring its honorees to its annual soiree, the Stones remained mercurial to the last. Even as the wine was being poured, no one except guitarist Mick Taylor had announced his presence. When this was noted to Ahmet Ertegun - chairman of Atlantic Records, main wheel in the Hall and the Stones' former boss - he looked surprised and said: "If they don't show, I'll feel sorry.
October 11, 1992 |
More than 7,000 people are expected to walk, march or ride on floats, stagecoaches, motorcycles and various strange contraptions today in the Philadelphia Columbus Day parade, which is being billed as the world's largest. Tenor Luciano Pavarotti will be grand marshal of the procession along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, which will step off at 1:30 p.m., rain or shine. After the parade, Dion, the old-time rock-and-roller, will give a free performance at Penn's Landing, and dignitaries will unveil Philadelphia's Columbus Monument.
June 30, 2013 |
Michael Carter-Williams, the Sixers' first-round pick in Thursday's NBA draft, hails from Massachusetts and played his high school ball in Rhode Island, but he feels like Philadelphia is already his new home. "I feel welcomed already, Philadelphia is a great place," Carter-Williams said Friday afternoon during a news conference at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. "It's not too far from my home and I have a lot of good friends here, from Scoop [Jardine] to Dion [Waiters]