December 5, 2013 |
SUE FEOLA pointed to Oxford Avenue near Rhawn Street on a detailed map of Fox Chase and told City Planner Matt Wysong, "My hairdresser's right here, and it's very difficult to get to because there's no public parking. "It's nice to drive there and walk along the street to the meat market and the restaurants," she continued, "but there's only a little parking along the street, and on Saturday night, forget it. " Wysong listened intently and noted Feola's concerns on a big pad next to the Fox Chase map. It was just the kind of thing that Wysong and his City Planning Commission colleagues wanted to hear as they conducted one-on-one sessions with residents at Northeast High School last night.
December 5, 2013
TWO YEARS ago this week, someone drew Vince Masciandaro's name out of a hat, and maybe changed his life forever. Funny thing, he wasn't even there to see it happen. It was Philly Beer Week's annual Belgian collaboration raffle, a contest among beer lovers to accompany their favorite local brewer on an expenses-paid expedition to Belgium. The bar was packed and the decibels were off the chart when Masciandaro's name was called. A hand shot up: "Over here!" A guy jostled his way to the front, cameras flashed, huge cheers - the winner would be going to the famed Brasserie Dupont with Chris LaPierre, of Iron Hill Brewery, in Maple Shade, N.J. "Congratulations - you're in for a helluva trip," I told the lucky fellow, shaking his hand for the photographers.
December 3, 2013 |
For Ashley Trawick, the dilemma was purely academic. "The hardest thing is coming up with the title of my major," Trawick, 19, told Ruth De Jesus, associate dean of intercultural advancement at Gettysburg College. The sophomore from Southwest Philadelphia is eyeing a mix of developmental psychology and education. First-generation graduates from Philadelphia public high schools like Trawick once faced much bigger obstacles: How to get into college, how to afford it, and once among the largely white student bodies, how to fit in. But with a boost from Philadelphia Futures, a nonprofit that helps inner-city students get into and through college, Trawick is on a free ride at the school.
December 2, 2013 |
Sometime between late September and today, people stopped talking about Nate Allen. This is not a bad thing. NFL defensive backs are much like umpires. The less you notice them, the less aware you are of how they're carrying out their jobs, the better. By that standard, Allen has been invisible lately, especially in comparison with the first few weeks of this Eagles season. Those weeks were hard to forget. The Eagles surrendered piles of yards and points in losing three of their first four games, and as one of the starting safeties in a beleaguered defensive backfield, Allen was a conspicuous offender.
December 2, 2013 |
How to jump-start East Market Street has long been a burning issue for planners in Philadelphia. Even as broader Center City has enjoyed a renaissance, the stretch of Market Street east of Broad has languished. The Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust (PREIT), a shopping mall company headquartered in Center City, hopes to help change that. PREIT, over the last decade, has taken control of a key, three-block piece of the East Market Street puzzle. It owns all of the real estate that makes up the Gallery at Market East, which stretches from a Burlington Coat Factory store at 11th and Market to the former Strawbridge & Clothier store on Eighth Street, where The Inquirer is now a tenant.
November 24, 2013 |
Being just a kid himself, 7-year-old Sam Hornikel isn't concerned about his ability to have children of his own yet. He's thinking more about the soccer game he missed, or his math homework. But researchers around the world are working to give boys like Sam - who fought off cancer when he was only 3 years old - the opportunity to have their own family one day. Often, chemotherapy or radiation treatments can harm fertility. Typically, older patients can bank sperm, but for those who haven't gone through puberty yet, researchers are deep-freezing tiny pieces of their testicular tissue.
November 18, 2013 |
ASHBURN, Va. - The planets aligned just right for the Washington Redskins on that March day in 2012. In need of a franchise quarterback, they had engaged the St. Louis Rams in trade talks for the second overall pick in that year's draft. The Rams, with Sam Bradford, did not think they needed a quarterback upgrade and happily agreed to a deal that gave them Washington's sixth overall selection, plus two extra first-round picks and a second-round pick. A little more than a month later, the Redskins smiled broadly when they selected Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III. Those smiles grew bigger still when the kid with the fast feet, sculpted body, strong arm, and the coolest of nicknames - RG3 - led Washington to its first NFC East title since 1999.
November 15, 2013
EARLIER THIS week in Poland, the United Nations opened its 19th Framework Convention on Climate Change. Given the unimaginable devastation wrought on his country three days earlier by Typhoon Haiyan, the remarks of the delegate from the Philippines had a special resonance. "To anyone who continues to deny the reality that is climate change, I dare you to get off your ivory tower and away from the comfort of your armchair," said Naderev "Yeb" Sano. "I dare you to go to the islands of the Pacific, the islands of the Caribbean and the islands of the Indian Ocean and see the impacts of rising sea levels; to the mountainous regions of the Himalayas and the Andes to see communities confronting glacial floods, to the Arctic, where communities grapple with the fast dwindling polar ice caps . . . " That this was the 19th such annual event, and it's still about the "framework" of an agreement, suggests that Sano should not hold his breath.
November 15, 2013 |
* ALMOST HUMAN. 8 p.m. Sunday and Monday, Fox 29. * ALPHA HOUSE. Today, Amazon.com/AIV. IN THE FUTURE envisioned by J.J. Abrams and J.H. Wyman, the "Fringe" producers behind Fox's new drama "Almost Human," police work gets so rough that cops are riding with android partners. In the future envisioned by Amazon, you wouldn't need cable - or a television - to see the kind of show we'd expect to be on HBO or Showtime. Amazon's future is here. Today, the online retailing giant's instant-video service follows Netflix and Hulu into the original programming game with the launch of three episodes of "Alpha House," a very funny political comedy from "Doonesbury" creator Garry Trudeau and journalist Jonathan Alter that could hold its own with HBO's "Veep.
November 12, 2013 |
People who stroll through Chinatown on Saturday nights bathe in the lights of intriguing new restaurants, hip tea shops, and stylish lounges. But moving beneath that shiny exterior, as strong and powerful as an underground river, is a torrent of forces that threaten the neighborhood's very existence. An influx of luxury housing, rising rents and land values, a soaring white population, and slipping Asian population could mean the end of Chinatown's 140-year role as a gateway for immigrants and a regional hub for culture and family.