January 5, 2015 |
I knew about the three sisters from the letters. In 1912 my grandfather, George, left his village of Siderka (then Russia) about an hour north of Bialystok, and never returned. Throughout his life, his brothers Vladimir and Makary sent him letters. Last year my Uncle Walter gave me a box of their letters and we worked on getting them translated. I am a priest, serving the Orthodox Church of the Holy Cross in Medford, and this effort coincided with a trip our Diocesan Bishop Michael was planning to Poland for August 2014.
December 31, 2014 |
Faith Jerome, 76, of Cherry Hill, a longtime nurse and member of the township's school board, died Monday, Dec. 22, at home of pancreatic cancer. When a local school was slated to close in the early 1980s, a friend persuaded Mrs. Jerome to run for the Cherry Hill school board. Fifteen years later, when she decided against seeking a sixth term, former board member James Marino told The Inquirer that "she has great integrity. . . . I can't think of a decision she ever made that she didn't feel she was doing in the best interest of the children of Cherry Hill.
December 24, 2014 |
POPE FRANCIS won't arrive in Philadelphia until September, when the World Meeting of Families convenes. But it's not too soon for local Catholics - and people of all faiths - to start thinking about what to share with him when he comes. Philadelphia could offer Pope Francis a tour of shelters, soup kitchens and other programs in which people with resources (holiday toys, winter coats, tutoring, etc.) give to those without. But our region is also gaining a reputation for adopting another strategy to bridge growing social and economic gaps.
November 8, 2014 |
Chip Kelly voiced support for injured quarterback Nick Foles on Thursday and dismissed the idea that the Eagles had lost confidence in him. "I've got great faith in Nick and I think he's a hell of a quarterback, and I think sometimes he gets [criticized] too much," Kelly said. "I wish there were more people like Nick Foles in our lives. " Foles has endured criticism this season because he had 13 turnovers in eight games, including 10 interceptions. Foles also has thrown for 13 touchdowns and 2,163 yards.
November 4, 2014 |
HOUSTON - Jeremy Maclin darted beyond the Houston Texans' defensive backs for a deep touchdown for the first score in the Eagles' 31-21 win on Sunday. He capped the game with a diving score in the fourth quarter. And every time coach Chip Kelly sees Maclin race past a cornerback or tiptoe the sideline for a difficult reception, he's not at all surprised. "That's what we're coming to expect from Jeremy," Kelly said. The Eagles' brain trust was optimistic that Maclin would thrive in Kelly's offense in 2013 before a knee injury ended his season in training camp.
October 6, 2014 |
The phrase Change doesn't happen overnight wasn't coined by Chip Kelly, but he would probably nod in approval to the rest of Mary E. Pearson's axiom that change is molded by people who don't give up . The coach was asked several times during the last week about changes he might implement in light of the worst offensive performance the Eagles have had under his stewardship, and Kelly's answers each time were relatively the same. "We're always working on our game plan in terms of what we're trying to do, but I also don't think you just drastically change, and we're going to turn into a run-and-shoot offense and throw the ball a hundred times," Kelly said.
October 3, 2014 |
On July 26, 2009, Ryan Caruso rear-ended a car in the northbound middle lane of Roosevelt Boulevard about 2 a.m. His car was disabled in the crash, so, as he sat in the driver's seat, his passenger Patrick Hennessy got out and, with the driver of the other car, attempted to push Caruso's vehicle to the side of the road. It was Hennessy's bad luck that a third car crashed into him, pinning him against the car he was trying to move off the highway. He suffered grievous injuries and, after weeks of treatment, his right leg was amputated just above the knee.
September 15, 2014 |
EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, N.J. - Walfa Caceres was the first of the sisters to make the journey to Atlantic City. It was 1992 and she was 26. New York City, where they had moved to join their father, Toribio Caceres, a former police officer at the U.S. Embassy in the Dominican Republic who now owned a fried-chicken restaurant on 168th Street, had never really suited the Caceres siblings. "Too loud," said Fanny Caceres, five years younger than Walfa. "Too busy. " But in Atlantic City, something clicked for Walfa - particularly when she saw the line of customers stretching for the new French Quarter buffet at Showboat, willing to wait two hours to get inside.
August 14, 2014 |
Julia Pace of Lower Gwynedd will be leaving for college on Thursday. She's excited, but her parents are nervous. Jane Pace worries that her 18-year-old daughter is going to school 2,000 miles away in Arizona when she could have gone to Pennsylvania State University (cheaper, closer, Jane's alma mater). Dad Vince Pace wonders how it'll be with all the kids out of the house. (Julia is the youngest of three.) The Paces are coping with a rite of passage that confronts countless families every summer just before the start of fall semesters.
July 25, 2014
YESTERDAY was my feast day, or, as the Italians call it, my onomastico . Since I live in the United States, it went completely unnoticed. Had I lived in Italy, however, I would have been showered with cards and phone calls. That's because about 75 percent of the paesani are named after saints, and the other 25 percent are named "Sal," which is short for "Salvatore," which means savior. I think you can see why Italian obstetricians also need theological degrees before they're admitted to practice medicine.