August 20, 2014 |
The most accomplished female athlete Philadelphia has ever produced was back in the city this weekend, witnessing Taney Fever firsthand. How could Dawn Staley miss it? "It's amazing," Staley, still in town, said over the phone Monday morning. "I was at Fairmount Park watching my brother play softball yesterday; I sat back and listened to conversations. " She meant the ones about the Taney Dragons Little League team and pitcher Mo'ne Davis. "They were breaking it down," Staley said.
August 5, 2014 |
Wash Water Wednesday was scheduled to start at 11, but the homeless started arriving by 8 a.m. "Feels amazing," the first woman out of the shower, in her new clothes, hair swept up in a fresh towel, told Crystal Brown, the organizer. "We wash up every day, but it's not the same thing," she said. "Also, it's great to know somebody cares. " Water flowed again - tears. The second woman out of the shower, Stephanie Wilcox, 49, in new green flip-flops with sequins, actually broke into song, right there in the parking lot of the SHARE Food Program, at 29th and Hunting Park Avenue.
July 27, 2014 |
When Anna Piskorska of Blandon, Pa., crossed the finish line in Fairmount Park on Sunday, she'd been on her feet for 24 hours straight. But it was worth it, she said. She took the top prize for female runners in Back of My Feet's Urban Ultra, a 24-hour race held in the park in which runners try to run as far as possible in that one-day period. It was her second win in the Philadelphia race. The only year she hasn't run since it started in 2009 was 2013, because she competed instead in Western States, a 100-mile trail run. Piskorska, 42, first heard about the 24-hour race from a friend.
July 10, 2014
Young fans of the Please Touch Museum who have been exposed to Greek myth might recognize in the museum's plight the story of Icarus, the boy with wax-and-feather wings who flew too close to the sun and fell to earth. The museum's expensive 2008 move from its cozy former Logan Square home to grand Memorial Hall, in Fairmount Park, has saddled it with untenable debt - to the point where, distressingly, creditors are talking about auctioning off treasured exhibits that hold memories for millions of Philadelphia area children of all ages.
June 10, 2014 |
Matt Lutcza of Collegeville and Sarah Morrison of Philadelphia captured the men's and women's titles Sunday in the ODDyssey Half Marathon. Lutcza, 23, is a former distance runner at Moravian College. He crossed the Fairmount Park finish line in 1 hour, 11 minutes, 28 seconds. Mark Schenberger, 21, of Berlin, N.J., was second in 1:12:50, and Shawn D'Andrea, 27, of Blackwood, N.J., was third in 1:13:38. Morrison, 25, ran the steeplechase at Villanova. The Chambersburg, Pa., native completed the 13.1-mile half-marathon course in 1:20:10.
June 10, 2014
TOO many black women are fat. Don't get angry. I'm only quoting the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which says that roughly 80 percent of African-American women are either overweight or obese. Back in 2011, Deneen Young was no exception to this sobering statistic. She carried a whopping 264 pounds on a 5-foot-tall frame. But I'm happy to report that, since that time, she has dropped a whopping 146 pounds and radically changed her lifestyle. She works out six days a week.
May 14, 2014 |
Fairmount Park is to Philadelphia what Central Park is to New York City, yet it has never managed to become the same kind of go-to, citywide leisure destination. While the Schuylkill's banks are often jammed with people, the crowds quickly thin as you push into the hinterlands, the big swaths of greenery known to park officials (but few others) as East and West Fairmount Park. Unlike Central Park, the bifurcated park bordering the Schuylkill between the Art Museum and the Falls Bridge is not all that convenient to most Philadelphians.
May 7, 2014 |
Sally Poole Linvill, 94, formerly of Radnor, a volunteer leader and fund-raiser for community projects, died Sunday, April 27, of dementia at Beaumont at Bryn Mawr, where she had lived for the last 13 years. Born in Canton, Mass., she graduated from the Brimmer School in Boston in 1936, and attended Smith College in Northampton, Mass., for two years. She married John Barton Linvill on June 13, 1942. While he served in the Navy in the South Pacific, she worked at the MIT Radar Laboratory in Cambridge.
April 7, 2014 |
Neighborhood volunteers first began cultivating the idea of converting the ruins of the Reading Viaduct into Philadelphia's own elevated park more than a decade ago. After years of organizing, raising money, and drafting proposals, their efforts - and those of the politicians and professional planners who joined the cause - finally appear ready to bear fruit. Without fanfare, the city and the state have included millions of dollars in their latest budgets toward the first phase of the project: transforming the quarter-mile railroad "spur" that curves through the city's burgeoning Loft District and dead-ends onto North Broad Street.
April 5, 2014 |
For eight hours a day, Angel Perez sits in front of a screen as a troubleshooting computer technician. His free hours are spent juggling friends and family, leaving him little time to relax. "I'm doing 25 things at work and 125 things in my personal life," said Perez, 38, of North Philadelphia. "There are all the stresses we all have. " But every April, Perez finds peace under the blooming cherry trees in Fairmount Park during the annual Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival. Perez, who began volunteering at the event about five years ago, said he can feel the tensions of work and everyday living melt away when he joins others in celebrating these signs of new life.