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.
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.
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.
March 23, 2014 |
Another balloon is on its way to the Philadelphia Zoo and the city's skyline will again be graced, albeit for a short while. Mayor Nutter, along with representatives from the Philadelphia Zoo and 6ABC, announced Friday that a balloon is en route from England and should arrive in the next few days. "I'm honored to make this announcement and thrilled we'll all have the opportunity to fly the ZooBalloon, including myself," Nutter said. The iconic balloon was put out of commission Feb. 4 after it suffered irreparable damage resulting from the five to 10 tons of snow that accumulated on it this record-setting winter.
March 22, 2014 |
Unless you've been doing field research in Antarctica, you've probably heard that this is the 30th anniversary of Philadelphia's community-engagement juggernaut, the Mural Arts Program. It's being celebrated with a show at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, a lavish coffee-table book, symposia, and a greater-than-usual deluge of media coverage. Not that the murals have ever been something Philadelphians could ignore. During those three decades, the city agency has left its mark on some 3,600 walls, mostly in the bleaker corners of the city where a little paint isn't the worst thing that can happen.
February 14, 2014 |
MILE AFTER MILE they run in local gyms, going nowhere on the treadmill, staring blankly at a television, unable to outrun the icy doom we've come to call the winter of 2013-14. And on that television, there's either a meteorologist pointing to some nightmarish vortex swirling around us, a reporter standing in a bread aisle as barren as our souls or a governor dishing out the latest state of emergency. All the harbingers of spring - the Phillies' home opener, the yoga pants and bare midriffs in Fairmount Park, or even 50 degrees - seem so far away now, an oasis clouded by a haze of rock-salt grime no amount of windshield-wiper fluid can clear.
January 8, 2014 |
IF THERE WAS something that Tony Woods wasn't into, it probably wasn't worth bothering with. Tony was an exceptional handyman who could fix anything. He did plumbing, electricity, painting, drywall, carpentry, TV, electronics - you name it. Tony was an excellent artist, a painter of landscapes and still lifes treasured by family and friends, and a sculptor working in wood that he wrested from the forests of Fairmount Park. Tony was a writer who published pieces on the Tuskegee Airmen, the Buffalo Soldiers and other subjects in the Philadelphia New Observer.