June 6, 2013 |
A proposal for a Franklin Square 9/11 memorial that was to go before the Philadelphia Art Commission for review and final approval Wednesday was withdrawn from consideration late Tuesday afternoon. Featuring fragments from the World Trade Center, a block of granite from the Pentagon, and soil and stones from the Flight 93 crash site near Shanksville, Pa., the memorial first appeared on a revised commission agenda Monday. The proposal had been backed by an array of powerful city political leaders, including U.S. Rep. Bob Brady and Mayor Nutter.
June 6, 2013
Schwartz's jobs credit aids vets We do need to put veterans back to work once they return to civilian life ("Applause is no substitute for giving a soldier a job," May 27). Fortunately, there's a leader in Pennsylvania who long has been bettering the lives of veterans. U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz's first bill in Congress - signed into law by George W. Bush - created a tax credit for businesses that hire veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. It's a law that helps real people meet real challenges: getting a job, supporting their families, and restarting their civilian lives.
May 31, 2013 |
THREE YEARS AGO, Penn Rugby held its practices at Hill Field, an area one-third the size of a regulation rugby field, while traveling 20 minutes to Fairmount Park for home matches. The same team that coped with terrible field conditions and the inconvenience of traveling to home games is now competing in its first USA Sevens Collegiate Rugby Championship (CRC), set for tomorrow and Sunday at PPL Park in Chester. And the team has to give credit to their home turf, Penn Park. "This is one of the best fields in the Ivy League and one of the best fields around; definitely the best field in Philadelphia," second-year coach Omar Foda said of Penn Park, which opened in 2011.
May 26, 2013
Then beat the drums slowly, play the fifes lowly, Sound the death march as you carry me along, And fire your muskets right over my coffin, For I'm a young soldier cut down in his prime. - "The Soldier Cut Down in His Prime," an old Irish ballad Chris Gibbons is a Philadelphia writer I huddled in the cold rain with my sons, Jack and Ryan, in Yeadon's Holy Cross Cemetery and unfolded the paper that listed the burial registry information of a soldier, Louis Robert McGinnis.
May 18, 2013
The Please Touch Museum was evacuated Friday afternoon because of a fire that started in a storage area near the kitchen. No one was hurt in the fire, which was discovered at 2:30 p.m., and the museum in Fairmount Park is scheduled to open Saturday as usual at 9 a.m., spokeswoman Tory Harris said. It was not clear yet what caused the blaze, she said. She said city firefighters arrived promptly and the blaze was brought under control before causing significant damage. Fire Department officials did not immediately return a request for comment.
May 16, 2013 |
Please Touch Museum president and CEO Laura Foster is stepping down. Foster, leader of the museum for five years, said Tuesday that it was a good time for her to move on. "I want to do some new things," she said. "I want to spend time with my new grandchild. Twenty-two years is a long time," she said, referring to her tenure at the museum, where she initially served as director of development and marketing. Foster said she was not sure what her next career move would be. Her contract is up in November.
May 13, 2013 |
Philadelphians were clearly tired of the Civil War in the days leading up to the invasion. They read regular newspaper accounts of Union setbacks and horrific battlefield losses while wounded soldiers filled their hospitals and fresh military units clogged the streets. To escape, some attended the stage adaptation of Uncle Tom's Cabin at the Continental Theatre; others took in the play Peep O'Day at the New Chestnut Street Theatre or caught a concert by Birgfeld's popular German military band in Fairmount Park.
May 10, 2013
Friday and Saturday on the Schyulkill When: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, rain or shine. Where: On the Schuylkill. Races start at the intersection of Kelly Drive and Hunting Park Avenue and end just before the Columbia Avenue Bridge. TV: Saturday's finals will air live on 6ABC, starting at 11 a.m., and will be streamed on ESPN3.com. Admission: Free. The grandstand at the finish line is the best place to watch. Parking: Park in remote lots in Fairmount Park.