December 9, 2014 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
Even the Christmas season evidently can't bring peace on Earth to the contentious Neshaminy School District, where a bitter labor dispute with the teachers' union dragged on for five years, and an uproar over the high school's Redskins mascot and student journalists' free speech made national headlines. Now, the school board is being accused of trying to ram through a controversial consolidation plan - even of stifling parental consent by scheduling a hearing for the same time as their children's holiday concerts.
December 8, 2014 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Staff Writer
Tom "Chico" Stafford is an imposing figure - both physically, at 5-foot-10, 240 pounds, and by what comes out of his mouth. He apologizes for cursing but says he gets frustrated with his African American community. What especially riles the 64-year-old serial entrepreneur are those who ask for handouts and those who allow money to define them. The latter has happened to hip-hop culture, Stafford said, with rappers whose lyrics degrade women and celebrate drugs and gross consumerism getting all the attention - and a good deal of sales.
December 5, 2014 | By Samantha Melamed, Inquirer Staff Writer
Like so many inventions before it, the BKON Craft Brewer began with a tenacious individual, a basement workshop, and a flash of inspiration. In this case, that individual was Dean Vastardis, who then worked at his family's business, Pennsauken's Lacas Coffee. The inspiration? It came from the Food Network. "I was watching Iron Chef and seeing how they sous-vide marinate proteins," he said. "It was very interesting to me how you could take something that would take hours - to marinate meats - and do it in a matter of minutes.
November 21, 2014 | By Helen Ubinas, Daily News Columnist
I HAVE A POSTER hanging in my house advertising a panel discussion at my old newspaper. The title of the panel? "Twenty-somethings Tell Us Why The Paper Sucks. " When I pass by that poster these days, I mostly wonder one thing: "How did no one slap the smug snot out of us?" But the other night, as I listened to a panel of millennials at an event that was part of Young Involved Philadelphia's State of Young Philly, I started to wonder - maybe reminisce is the word - about other things.
October 17, 2014 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
As they flock to urban areas, members of the so-called millennial generation are discovering that they prefer to get around by public transit, biking, or walking instead of driving, according to a report promoted Wednesday at Rutgers University's Camden, New Brunswick, and Newark campuses. "It's basically just saying that transportation investment should be used to accommodate us millennials much more, because we're going to be the people using them in the future," said Rutgers-Camden freshman Samantha Buchner, 18, a member of New Jersey Public Interest Research Group, which held the campus news events.
September 26, 2014 | By Kristin E. Holmes, Inquirer Staff Writer
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 | By Samantha Melamed, Inquirer Staff Writer
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 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
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 | By Clark Mindock, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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