May 30, 2016 |
It's hard to think of a contemporary writer as quintessentially Philadelphian as Diane McKinney-Whetstone. The Chestnut Hill resident, who grew up in West Philadelphia, creates characters firmly rooted in the city and its neighborhoods, its parks and streets, its slums and mansions. Anchored by the city, her stories explore the nitty-gritty of life for ordinary people who live on either side of racial and class divides. Her best-selling 1996 debut, Tumbling , was set in South Philadelphia during the 1940s and '50s.
October 28, 2015
Welly Wanging, anyone? Monday was a fun day for England's charitably minded, fun-loving royal trio. Prince Harry , the Duke of Cambridge (may we call him William ?) and Duchess Catherine ( Kate , to those who know and love her) showed up for a meeting of their Charities Forum, greeting dozens of kids from organizations they sponsor. The gathering took place at BAFTA, the British Academy of Film and Television, where the trio watched a 30-minute clip from the new "Shaun the Sheep" production "The Farmer's Llamas," sat down with kids to make mini Shauns and snowmen out of modeling clay, made a short film and took turns flinging a colorful children's rain boot at a gourd-shaped scarecrow head.
February 2, 2015
ISSUE | DRONES End deadly strikes The media have done little to inform the public about the targeted killings the Bush and Obama administrations have orchestrated via lethal drones, especially in countries with which we're not at war, so it was commendable to report on the interfaith conference on drone warfare ("A conference considers the morality of drones," Jan. 25). The conference was attended by people of many faiths who called on the White House "to immediately halt targeted, lethal drone strikes," account for victims, disclose standards for compensating victims, and more.
June 3, 2013 |
Sylvan Tobin, 83, of Haverford, a businessman and philanthropist, died Wednesday, May 29, of natural causes at his home. During a quarter-century as its president, Mr. Tobin transformed Fishman & Tobin Inc. from a small Philadelphia-based maker of boys' suits into a global player in the manufacture of children's products. The firm was cofounded by Mr. Tobin's father, Louis, in 1914. It is now a clothing conglomerate on Chemical Road in Plymouth Meeting. With his partner, Bernard Fishman, Mr. Tobin expanded the business to meet demand for youth-related goods at both ends of the spectrum, from Walmart to Nordstrom, said Mark Fishman, a copresident of the firm.
May 30, 2013 |
To look at Pier 53 today, a thin finger of tree-covered land stretching into the tidal waters of the Delaware River, you would never guess that this was the front door to America for a million immigrants from Europe. From 1873 to 1915, steamships for the American Line dropped off steerage passengers from places like Italy, Poland, and Germany. From there, newcomers sought out relatives in South Philadelphia, or boarded the Pennsylvania Railroad for coal and steel towns to the north and west.
March 12, 2013
AFTER THIS latest mess in Washington, all the politicians should be replaced ! No questions asked. But the American people lack the balls to do it. The American people bitch and moan and do nothing else. Replace them all and I would bet things would change in Washington. Grow your own dope - plant a politician. Steve Vogel Oxford, Pa. America is at a crossroads. We must decide whether this is to be a country that follows the wishes of the Founding Fathers or bows to the wishes of special-interest groups and millionaires.
February 19, 2012 |
NEW YORK - Museums and historic sites, and a trendy new Tribeca restaurant inspired by an old-school Catskills resort. They're all part of Jewish New York, with a heritage that stretches back 400 years and a vital contemporary community that's reinterpreting old traditions for the 21st century. New York City has the largest concentration of Jews in the world outside of Israel, according to the Jewish Databank, which put the city's Jewish population at 1.4 million in 2002. The stories of European Jews who arrived in the late 19th and early 20th centuries are relatively well-known and easy to find in places such as the Lower East Side.
December 21, 2011 |
We've managed to acquire a remarkable family Hanukkah gift: a ship's manifest, an official passenger log that tracks my late mother-in-law's voyage to America in 1920. It's a taproot to family history, part of our clan's collective "Coming to America" story. Had she not made that voyage, nothing would be the same. Hinda Rubache came to these shores and through Ellis Island as a young woman of 22. She sailed from the city of Minsk in Russia, though her immigration papers say Poland because of the ever-changing borders.
July 31, 2011
Planning a trip with the kids? Here is ShermansTravel.com's list of the best places to go. 1. Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, New York City 2. Fenway Park, Boston 3. Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, Alaska 4. Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona 5. Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral, Fla. 6. San Diego Zoo, San Diego 7. The Smithsonian, ...
August 8, 2010 |
Ellis Island figures in so many American family histories that any artist who addresses the last century's great wave of European immigration plugs into a ready-made constituency. So it is with the 28 striking color images, now on display at Doylestown's Michener Art Museum, that New York photographer Stephen Wilkes made at the immigrant gateway between 1998 and 2003. Wilkes worked not in the vast arrivals hall where the intrepid newcomers were processed but in the sprawling 29-building hospital complex.