December 3, 2013
Garden-style reform We need the land-bank proposal under consideration by City Council because garden groups, farmers, and open-space advocates have no viable path to purchase the privately owned, debt-burdened parcels they have stewarded for years ("Land bank can reduce blight," Dec. 2). Without a land bank, deeply rooted community spaces like the Central Club, Sloan Street, and St. Bernard gardens unnecessarily face a sheriff's sale every year without an alternant pathway to permanence.
November 18, 2013 |
PHILADELPHIA Some people jog for exercise, some for fun, some to lose weight or sleep better. Nicole Duchman runs for her health - physical and mental. For her, the steady movement of legs and torso across pavement is a way to allay the emotional trauma of war, experienced as an Army specialist in Iraq. Diagnosed with post-traumatic stress syndrome that can cause her to become irritable and frustrated, running offers respite and freedom. "It calms me down, lets me focus, lets me settle," Duchman said.
October 21, 2013 |
A confrontation staged annually on Kelly Drive between a skinhead group promoting white supremacy and counterprotesters took place on Saturday mostly without incident, with police keeping the sides separated as they taunted each other. About 40 people descended on Fairmount Park on Saturday morning to celebrate Leif Erikson, the Nordic explorer believed to be the first European to step onto North American shores. The rally, the seventh such event, was organized by the Keystone State Skinheads, which in recent years has gone by Keystone United but which still uses the original name on its website and for planning events.
October 18, 2013 |
ARE YOU A skinhead? Anarchist? Peace-loving hippie? Antifascist? Drag queen? Norse-history buff? Well, head down to Fairmount Park, where neo-Nazis will clash tomorrow with a contingent of cross-dressing protesters as the skinheads gather for the seventh annual Leif Erikson Day rally. The neo-Nazi shindig is organized by Keystone United, formerly Keystone State Skinheads, a white-nationalist group whose members will meet at the Thorfinn Karlsefni statue on Kelly Drive to pay homage to the 11th century Icelandic explorer and celebrate their whiteness.
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.