September 26, 2014 |
Stacy and Scott Pasceri wanted their twin boys to attend a Jewish preschool but couldn't afford it. A patchwork of care at home seemed certain. Then the Elkins Park couple discovered a grant program at Beth Sholom Congregation that not only provided a way in for their 10-month-old twins but a gateway for the young couple as well. Without the program, "we wouldn't have been able to get involved in synagogue life," said Stacy Pasceri, 32. The initiative is part of a new effort at the Old York Road synagogue aimed at opening the doors to Jewish life.
September 25, 2014 |
As with anything involving small children, the monthly Kidical Mass Philadelphia bike ride was running behind schedule on a recent Saturday morning. But before it could get underway, a precautionary pit stop was necessary. "That is true Kidical Mass style," said Dena Driscoll, 30, with a laugh. "Bringing the Ikea potty with you is something that always happens. " Anything goes at this monthly family biking event, which Driscoll brought to Philadelphia two years ago as a way to build a community of parents and kids who can ride safely together.
September 17, 2014 |
Scott Laughton, Taylor Leier, Nicolas Aube-Kubel. They may not make much of an impact with the Flyers this season, but the three forwards - players who have been on the same eye-opening line during rookie camp - could be household names down the road. That's the Flyers' hope, anyway. The three players will be among the prospects on display when the Flyers and Washington Capitals meet Tuesday in a 3 p.m. rookie game in Voorhees. "You don't want to get carried away, but you look at that line, and there's a lot of things that happen," Flyers scouting director Chris Pryor said.
August 20, 2014
M ICHAEL PRIFTI, 60, of Wynnewood; Eric Rahe, 56, of Phoenixville; and Michael Ytterberg, 60, of East Falls, are principals in BLT Architects. The second-generation Center City firm works in mixed-use, multifamily, education and hospitality spaces. I spoke with Prifti, who's managing principal. Q: What sets BLT Architects apart from other firms? A: We don't bring preconceived notions to any opportunity. Our higher-education work has informed our hotel work. Similarly, the hotel work is showing up in residential where there's lots of interplay in the amenity space.
July 27, 2014 |
When he saw his Camden Academy Charter High School guidance counselor in a Rutgers-Camden banquet hall on Friday, Joshua Stauffer, 17, immediately walked over and gave him a big hug. Joe Varga hugged him back. He was proud of his student - and three others he advised - who participated in the three-week college-readiness program that was coming to an end. "I actually don't want to leave," Stauffer said. "This program is amazing. " Over the last three weeks, 40 South Jersey rising seniors have been playing the part of college students.
July 9, 2014 |
The locally renowned lima beans will be back soon at Taylor River Side Farm in Cinnaminson. The latest generations of Taylors are back already. "It feels like home," Peter Taylor, 46, says, sitting on a grand Victorian porch that offers a silvery view of the Delaware River. A child welfare worker and practicing Quaker who grew up in Atlantic County, Taylor had been living in Toronto until last summer. After an aunt and uncle who had been tending the farm retired to California, Taylor moved back to South Jersey with his wife, Lily, and their daughter, Abby.
July 5, 2014 |
Philadelphia is a city in a state of churn. Newcomers in their 20s and 30s are filling up rowhouses by the hundreds, transforming whole neighborhoods overnight. Thanks to an influx of immigrants, more languages than ever pepper our streets. Hardly a week goes by without the opening of a new chef-driven restaurant, but good luck getting a last-minute reservation on Saturday evening. When it comes to Philadelphia politics, though, life appears to be on pause. The city's Democratic Party boss, Bob Brady, has held that job since - are you ready, children?
June 29, 2014 |
United Technologies Corp.'s Sikorsky division won a $1.28 billion contract from the Air Force on Thursday for a new generation of combat rescue helicopters, though the impact for the company's Coatesville plant is unclear. Sikorsky is based in Stratford, Conn., but its operation in Coatesville employs about 875 people. The Chester County facility is involved in producing the new version of Marine One, which transports the president. That $1.24 billion contract was announced in May. The rescue helicopter contract begins with Sikorsky's developing an updated version of the Black Hawk helicopter to replace the aging and existing fleet, but the deal could eventually amount to 112 aircraft.
June 20, 2014 |
HAVING EIGHT children was not enough for Dorothy Reid. She loved children, and mealtimes at her North Philadelphia home could be a scene of barely controlled chaos, featuring not only her own brood but also their friends and neighbors, all happily feasting. "Our house was always full of children," said her son Robert. "Mom may have given birth to eight children, but there were always other children at our house at mealtimes. She fed all who were visiting. She loved children. " Dorothy Mae Reid, matriarch of four generations, a power sewing-machine operator for Philadelphia clothing manufacturers and an active churchwoman, died June 11. She was 93. "Mommy was known throughout North Philadelphia for her baking, especially her German sweet chocolate and Virginia pound cakes," said her daughter Beatrice.
June 19, 2014 |
When Imani Bullock walked onto the stage Tuesday at the Kimmel Center to receive her diploma from Girls' High, she extended a tradition among women in her family that has endured for nearly a century. In 1917, Bullock's great-great-grandmother Lillian Stansbury graduated from Girls' High, setting the template. Bullock's great-grandmother Evelyn Spann followed in 1947. Over five generations, seven women in her family have graduated from the academically rigorous public school known officially as Philadelphia High School for Girls.