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July 25, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
JAYLIN LANDAVERRY'S classmates gathered last night on a busy Feltonville corner with tears in their eyes. They lit votive candles and said a "Hail Mary," their lilting voices lifting above the din of a nearby auto-body shop. At their feet was a memorial to Landaverry, 17, steps away from where a massive fireball had engulfed La Parrillada Chapina, the food truck she had helped her mother run. After weeks of treatment for severe burns, Landaverry died late Tuesday at Temple University Hospital.
NEWS
July 20, 2014 | By Stacey Burling, Inquirer Staff Writer
What can make food more enjoyable for the elderly? There's more to food than taste. Many residential facilities for older people are putting more emphasis on the experience of eating. For one thing, they make the food look good. Kendal-Crosslands in southern Chester County bought bright-colored dishes that contrast with the food so elderly eyes can see it better. "We eat with our eyes," said Elizabeth Kautz, a registered dietitian there. Socializing itself encourages people to eat more, she said.
NEWS
July 19, 2014 | By Clark Mindock, Inquirer Staff Writer
In his sixth - or perhaps seventh - pair of running shoes this year, David Wilcox, 15, ran from the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia to downtown Collingswood. His father, Brett, his aunt, Julie Stuehser, and the family dog, Jenna, ran along with him. Since January, David and Brett Wilcox have been running across the country, 20 miles a day, to promote awareness of genetically modified organisms and mandatory GMO labeling on products. The journey started in a Los Angeles suburb; the goal is to reach Ocean City, N.J., which could be accomplished in days.
FOOD
July 18, 2014 | By Virginia A. Smith, Inquirer Staff Writer
Yes, the kids are learning how to slice and dice, why a nicely set table is important, and the difference homegrown produce can make to health and well-being. But Teen Leadership Corps, an unusual summer program at Awbury Arboretum in Germantown, is about much more: Good work habits, interpersonal and leadership skills, possible job opportunities, and "green" enterprises, such as a farmer's market or herbal-products business. "It's about meaningful work and growing leaders," says Anna Herman, one of its founders.
NEWS
July 16, 2014 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
The founder of a chain of day-care centers in Philadelphia was indicted Monday in federal court on charges of stealing money intended to feed low-income children. Tracey Parson, 44, of Sicklerville, Camden County, also was charged with filing a bogus lawsuit against Philadelphia radio personality Tarsha "Jonesy" Jones that allowed Parson to receive a "substantial" settlement from the company that owns Power 99 and led to the reported firing of Jones. Parson founded Kiddie Kare Child Care & Education Center Inc. in 2008 and allegedly conspired with others to defraud the government for more than 21/2 years, from around December 2009 until June 2012, prosecutors said.
NEWS
July 6, 2014 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
Donna Payne stopped at Bottom Dollar Food for the first time Thursday morning. By the time she reached the checkout line, the 44-year-old Chester resident had a cart brimming with chicken wings, bread, eggs, soda, and popsicles. "This cut down half the price from the other stores," she said. Most of the other stores she visits are not in her own city. Bottom Dollar opened its Chester store last month on Edgmont Avenue, becoming the city's second full-size supermarket. The other one - a nonprofit market called Fare & Square, operated by Philabundance - opened in the fall.
NEWS
July 4, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan, Mike Newall, and Lydia O'Neal, Inquirer Staff Writers
Every morning, La Parrillada Chapina food truck arrived on Wyoming Avenue at 7 a.m. It would stay into the evening, serving coffee to residents on their way to work and lunch to employees in the Feltonville neighborhood. And the Guatemalan fare it served was popular - long lines were not uncommon. On Tuesday evening, around 5:30, the truck's owner, Olga Galdemez, 42, was likely packing up for the night, helped by her daughter and two other family members. Witnesses would tell police that it was after that when they began to smell gas in the air. Moments later, a propane tank attached to the back of the truck exploded into flames, seriously injuring Galdemez, her daughter Jaylin Landaverry, 17, and the two family members, a 27-year-old woman and a 13-year-old girl.
NEWS
July 3, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
OLGA GALDAMEZ always dreamed of opening her own restaurant. When the logistics of a full-scale eatery proved too much, Galdamez set her sights on running a food truck. About two months ago, that dream became a reality. "Cooking is her passion, and everyone loves her food," her niece Yasmin - whose last name is being withheld at Yasmin's request - said last night outside Temple University Hospital. Galdamez, 42, was cooking churrasco , tacos and other traditional Guatemalan dishes inside her truck, La Parrillada Chapina, on Tuesday on Wyoming Avenue near 3rd Street in Feltonville.
NEWS
July 3, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
"IT WAS like a giant C4 blast, like something in 'Counter Strike.' " That's what a 14-year-old boy told the Daily News last night, referring to a plastic explosive commonly used by the military, including the fictional soldiers in that popular video game. Fiction became reality yesterday in Feltonville, when a lunch truck parked on Wyoming Avenue near 3rd Street was enveloped in an devastating inferno that injured 11 people, including a mother, 42, and daughter, 17, who were working inside the truck at the time, police said.
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