September 19, 2013 |
THIS YEAR'S Puerto Rican Day Parade will include a series of family-friendly activities intended to avert the disorder that has followed the parade in recent years. Mayor Nutter and other officials announced yesterday that the city will invest significant money in post-parade events, which include a concert at the Dell Music Center in Fairmount Park. Nutter said he did not yet know how much the city would investing. Community groups will contribute $50,000. The changes were spurred by last year's controversy after Lt. Jonathan Josey was filmed striking parade-goer Aida Guzman.
September 19, 2013 |
A year after Philadelphia's Puerto Rican Day parade gained national attention over a video showing a police officer striking a woman, city officials are preparing to have more police supervision at the Sept. 29 event. The parade will also be followed by an official city-sponsored concert at the Dell East Music Center in Fairmount Park to give people a place to continue celebrating. The first Boricua Fest, which will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. that Sunday, will feature local Latino musical acts and the Grammy-nominated rapper Tego Calderon, city officials announced Tuesday.
September 9, 2013 |
The boy who ran up the banks of the Wissahickon Creek to the restaurant overlooking the water was nearly hysterical, an employee there said. But he managed to get out a few words. His father and brother had gone underwater, he said, and hadn't come back up. An hour later, a 13-year-old boy and a 41-year-old man were pulled by rescue crews from the water. Both were unresponsive. The man was pronounced dead by on-site medics at 3:45 p.m.; the boy, five minutes later, police said.
September 6, 2013 |
YOU HAVE a lot of complaints, Philly. You call about them. You fill long, frustrated emails with them. We have frequent spirited face-to-face conversations that go something like this: "Yo, Helen, I'm surrounded by garbage and abandoned houses over here. " "These streets are crazy. I can't even let my kids go outside to play. " "What are these politicians doing, except nothing?" "What are we supposed to do?" I hear you. I really do. They're legit complaints. But way too many of you are resigned to the city disappointing you without realizing you have options.
August 24, 2013 |
Celebrate Lansdale's Founders Day on Saturday with arts, entertainment, contests, train rides, and more at Memorial Park. The fun begins at 9 a.m. with the Lansdale Farmer's Market showcasing local produce. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., there will be an arts and music festival, a 25-year tradition sponsored by the Borough of Lansdale Parks and Recreation Department. Highlights: food, crafts, prizes, and performances by the Walnut Street Chamber Trio and Eric Mintel Jazz Quartet. New Hope Ivyland Railroad's train excursions to Souderton will feature historical commentary provided by a member of the Lansdale Historical Society.
July 27, 2013
Echoing the "eat local" movement, a "plant local" movement has sprouted in the Philadelphia region in recent years. Following the lead of Lower Makefield, Schuylkill and Warrington Townships have passed ordinances requiring new commercial and residential developments to use native plants exclusively in their landscaping. While this horticultural nativism has some ecological merit, such ordinances are not always practical. Their proponents, such as Jim Bray, chairman of the Lower Makefield Environmental Advisory Council, point out that native plants use fewer resources and enjoy a higher survival rate.
July 20, 2013
Special Events American Sailing Tours Daily, 90-min. Delaware River tours on Chinese junk-rigged schooner. Informative History Sail, musical Tropical Sail or romantic Sunset Sail. American Sailing Tours - Pier 24, 401 N. Columbus Blvd. www.americansailingtours.com . $40-$50. Dog Days of Summer Hot Dog Cook-Off & Celebration Hot dog & toppings competitions. Historic Headhouse Square, Second & Pine Sts.; 215-413-3713. Free admission; $5-$25 food and beverage tickets. 7/20. 1-4 pm. Electric Run Evening 5k with music and light installations all along the course Fairmount Park, 4231 Ave. of the Republic; 215-685-0274.
July 20, 2013 |
Nadirah Ruffin's killers forced her to kneel on a bank of the Schuylkill before shooting her to death and dumping her body in the river. That's what three defendants said Thursday in federal court in Camden as they pleaded guilty to their involvement in her death at 3 a.m. March 27, 2011. The three - Shameria Smith, 26; Aziz Sanders, 20; and Deshawn Hicks, 21 - pleaded guilty to a single count of a federal weapons violation, a charge that carries a potential maximum sentence of life imprisonment.
July 16, 2013 |
It was a beautiful day in the West Philadelphia neighborhood Sunday when thousands of runners, walkers, joggers and "Happy People" gathered for the Color Run 5K. Participants begin in white T-shirts and get doused with colored powder at various points during and after the race, ending up in splotchy, striped, and mangled rainbows from head to toe. "It gets in your eyes, your mouth, your ears. But it's worth it," said Alyssa Caimi, 14, of Upper Dublin, who came with her younger sister Emma; her mother, Joni; and friend Megan Mantler.