April 6, 2015 |
The things that drive Kiara Lynn Garcia are dark: her father deported, an uncle shot dead, money worries that color things at home. But Kiara's presence is all light: a sunny smile that warms her whole face, a bubbling curiosity and love of learning, a bone-sure determination that her current circumstances will not dictate her future. "She's got a lot of gifts to unleash on the world," said Ann-Therese Ortiz, a mentor who has known Kiara for four years. Currently, the 12th grader at Kensington High School for Creative and Performing Arts is all in on a project she conceived and is executing largely on her own: a flea market to raise money for her classmates' senior-year expenses.
October 28, 2014 |
Sara "Sally" Berlin, 97, of Center City, a tiny public relations dynamo who pushed to expand and strengthen the Police Athletic League of Philadelphia, died Saturday, Oct. 25, at her home. Born Sara Shaltz, Mrs. Berlin renamed herself Sally. She stood only 4 feet, 10 inches tall, but what she lacked in height she more than made up for with energy and drive, her family said. "Someone called her the ageless dynamo, and she loved that," said son Andy. Mrs. Berlin was credited with encouraging the PAL to expand its reach so it could help more young people.
September 23, 2014 |
THE UNION played a scoreless tie with the Houston Dynamo on Saturday night at PPL Park. The tie kept the Union's unbeaten streak alive at five (3-0-2) and enabled the team to get one point in the standings. With New York and Columbus winning over the weekend, the Union dropped below the playoff line. The Union (9-9-11) are in sixth place in the MLS Eastern Conference, two points and one position out of the playoffs with five games to play. "We needed them," Union goalkeeper Rais Mbolhi said of points left on the field.
September 22, 2014 |
There was a fear the Union would be spent emotionally upon their return to Major League Soccer play after Tuesday's 3-1, extra-time loss to the visiting Seattle Sounders in the U.S. Open Cup. But it wasn't a lack of energy that hurt the Union in a scoreless tie with the Houston Dynamo on Saturday night at PPL Park in Chester. The Union didn't finish several chances, and they ended their season series with Houston at 0-1-2 without scoring a goal in 270 minutes. "The effort was there, and we created chances," said Maurice Edu, who started at midfield and moved to center back when Amobi Okugo replaced Ethan White in the 52d minute.
April 21, 2014 |
A security guard escorted Houston defender Kofi Sarkodie up the tunnel in PPL Park's River End. The Sons of Ben leaned over the railing and banged their palms on top of the tarp-covered walkway. It was the 82d minute of the Union's scoreless draw with the Houston Dynamo on Saturday, and the 17,301 fans in Chester smelled blood. Sarkodie had just been disqualified for his second yellow card, and the Union would finish with a man advantage for the second straight game. And for the second straight game, they could make nothing of it. The Union did not even put a shot on target in the 14 minutes they played with an extra man. They left the field to restless boos after extending their winless streak to six games.
September 16, 2013 |
Clinging to fourth place in the Eastern Conference, the Union entered last night's game against the Houston Dynamo winless in their last four games, having scored just one goal during that time. Another loss, and the Dynamo would pass them in the standings. Houston, in front of a sellout crowd PPL Park, shut out the Union, 1-0, to do just that. The Union, now 10-10-9, have to wait until Sept. 27 before they next play, at Sporting Kansas City. "This has been a tough stretch for us and this night is going to be really difficult to accept," Union manager John Hackworth said after the game.
September 14, 2013 |
Union team manager John Hackworth asked more interesting questions than he was able to give answers to when talking Wednesday about a mystifying performance in Sunday's 1-0 Major League Soccer loss at San Jose. Needing every point in an air-tight playoff race, the Union basically took the first half off. Adding to the insult, former Union midfielder Shea Salinas scored for the Earthquakes in the 15th minute and this was another case of the Union waking up too late. Pretty soon they will go into permanent hibernation if they don't snap out of it. "It was alarming," Hackworth said about the first half performance.
July 11, 2013 |
Joan Myers Brown, formidable and indefatigable founder of Philadanco, was sitting in her office at the company's West Philadelphia headquarters the other day when the phone rang. A woman from Washington was calling. "Where are you going to be July 9 and 10th?" she asked. "I'm going to be in Chile," Brown replied, "with the company. " Philadanco will be performing at the Danza Patagonia festival in Frutillar, Chile - the first American company to be invited to the festival.
July 8, 2013 |
HOUSTON - The Union weren't able to kick the Houston Dynamo when they were down. The Dynamo came into Saturday night's match against the Union in the midst of offensive struggles of historic proportions. But Ricardo Clark's header in the 59th minute not only snapped a team-record scoreless streak of 388 minutes, it also led Houston to a 1-0 victory. "It was a tough, physical game - just a heartbreaker really," said Union forward Aaron Wheeler, who in his first-ever Major League Soccer start had two of the Union's three shots on goal.
July 7, 2013
Saturday at 9 p.m., BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston. TV: The Comcast Network. Records: Union, 7-5-6, 27 points; Houston, 6-6-5, 23 points. Union on the road: 3-3-3. Houston at home: 4-2-2. Goals for: Union, 29; Houston, 19. Goals against: Union, 28; Houston, 18. Last MLS outing: The Union played to a 2-2 draw on Wednesday at Real Salt Lake. On Sunday, visiting Houston lost, 2-0, to the New York Red Bulls. About the Union: The Union are coming off consecutive 2-2 draws vs. FC Dallas and Real Salt Lake despite owning a one-goal lead and a man advantage heading into second-half stoppage time in each game.