October 7, 2011 |
STATE REP. DWIGHT Evans offers no apologies. Not for any of it. Not for his 30-year effort to revitalize Ogontz Avenue in West Oak Lane. Not for the last decade trying to make Stenton Avenue a corridor of top-notch education choices, with Martin Luther King High School the centerpiece. Not for the "bulldog-on-a-bone" way he lobbied for an educational nonprofit, Foundations Inc., to take control of that school, including backroom pressure that has now cast him as a big-time bully.
December 3, 2013
A LOT'S BEEN written about Philly Democratic Rep. Dwight Evans during his 30-plus years in office, and much of it hasn't been pretty. There were electoral flops for lieutenant governor, governor and (twice) mayor. There were dustups over his West Oak Lane Charter School, his $1 million taxpayer-financed West Oak Lane Jazz Festival, his habit of (legally) accepting gifts, viewed by many - me included - as just plain wrong. So it's easy to write Evans off: another corruptible career pol in a legislature and from a city with ample examples of the same.
February 12, 2014 |
BACK IN 1995, Dwight Evans had had enough of dealing with the ceaseless demands of residents of the 10th Ward in West Oak Lane, where he was ward leader. At least that was what some political observers thought. Evans had made it clear that the daily grind of dealing with the picky details of constituent laments, from pot holes to garbage collection, had gotten old, and he decided to call it quits in September 1995. His successor, Edgar Allen Howard, had no such qualms. Dealing with people's problems was what he always felt he was born to do. "He helped everyone," his son Bruce said.
October 5, 1990 |
He missed the impossible dream season of 1967. He's seen the rest of it, all the details, live and in color. Just 20 years old, fresh off a .300 season at Louisville, Dwight Evans came to Boston for the final 18 games of a pennant race that fell a half-game short of the American League East champion Detroit Tigers in 1972. It was one of those strike-shortened seasons where not every team played the same amount of games. Only Boston could lose by a half-game. And the Red Sox were just warming up for the baseball generation that would take them into the '90s, into the AL Championship Series again, starting tomorrow night against the defending world champion Oakland Athletics at Fenway Park (Channel 10, 8:30)
September 27, 2011
There is no shortage of awful, terrible Philadelphia stories to be told following last week's release of the report by the city's chief integrity officer, Joan Markman, on the Martin Luther King High School fiasco. You have the sordid details of backroom bullying, with an esteemed chair of the school board and a veteran legislator taking turns explaining to out-of-town charter-school operator Mosaica that things are different in Philadelphia and maybe he'd be better off leaving town.
September 24, 2011 |
A bombshell report by the Nutter administration on the backroom political dealings of State Rep. Dwight Evans and former School Reform Commission Chairman Robert L. Archie Jr. over a school contract fell flat Friday with City Council members, who called the men's behavior the stuff of everyday politics in Philadelphia. Several Council members defended Evans for advocating for a New Jersey nonprofit to receive a charter school contract even after the SRC had voted to award it to another company.
September 24, 2011 |
In City Hall, only one cabinet member works next door to Mayor Nutter: Chief Integrity Officer Joan Markman. Her spot at the left hand of Philadelphia's mayor is symbolic. Markman was a lead prosecutor in the U.S. attorney's "bug" investigation of Mayor John F. Street's City Hall. By placing her office so close to his, Nutter signaled that city employees would have to behave. On Thursday, Markman, at Nutter's request, extended her reach to two of the mayor's own allies: State Rep. Dwight Evans and Robert L. Archie Jr., former chairman of the School Reform Commission.
October 10, 1988 |
There are a few teams in sports that reach only for the sky. The Oakland Athletics of 1988 are one of them. They assembled in Phoenix in the final week of February. On the very first day of spring training, they sat down together and talked about where they were heading. They never were interested in merely winning their division. They never were interested in merely getting to the World Series and then saying they were just happy to be there. They were born to be great.
October 23, 1986 |
What do the French say? That there is no whine that can't be corked? That a World Series without controversy is like a day without sunshine? "That ball (Len) Dykstra hit carried back toward centerfield," Dwight Evans said, after the Mets squared the World Series at 2-2, beating the feeble Red Sox, 6-2. "And it went a little further than it should have. They oughta check that kid's bat. And a couple of others too. " Evans was serious. And in a minority. Gary Carter hit two homers to leftfield, helped on their way by a brisk wind.
April 27, 2011 |
Managing a large urban school district may be the hardest job going. These are people's children, and the stakes are enormous. The quality of their education, or lack thereof, becomes the groundwork for the city's future. Even as enrollment dwindles, the Philadelphia School District's problems appear to mutate daily. The latest controversy involves Martin Luther King High School in East Germantown. King's School Advisory Committee (SAC) deliberated weeks before overwhelmingly approving the Atlanta-based Mosaica Turnaround Partners Inc. to operate the institution as a charter.