November 7, 2015 |
Behind every neighborhood success story in Philadelphia, there seems to be a rejuvenated park. In West Philadelphia, it was Clark Park . In East Passyunk, it was the Singing Fountain plaza. Northern Liberties can point to its homegrown Liberty Lands . It sounds inconceivable today, but for years cities virtually ignored these little nooks of outdoor space, allowing them to decline into seedy, dangerous, no-go places. But the humble local park is now having its moment, thanks in large measure to a generation that craves public socializing.
October 30, 2015 |
JOSEPH McGILL will spend tonight sleeping where slaves once slept in the Germantown kitchen of 18th-century Cliveden mansion. Tomorrow at 7 p.m., McGill will do what he has done after spending more than 100 nights in former slave quarters in 15 states. He'll talk with the public about "The Slave Dwelling Project," his one-man effort to preserve the scarce, forgotten remains of America's slavery history. "We tend to want to preserve the nice, beautiful homes and tell the nice, beautiful stories of, usually, white men," McGill said.
October 21, 2015 |
An East Germantown man Monday pleaded no contest to raping four girls, ages 12 to 17, in his neighborhood during a 21/2-month stretch in 2013. Prosecutors said Antuane Brown, 25, attacked the girls at gunpoint in separate incidents between March and June 2013. All the attacks happened within five blocks of his home on the 1100 block of Price Street. His trial was scheduled to begin Monday. He faces a maximum sentence of 320 years in prison. "These four young girls and their families have gone through unimaginable pain and suffering because of what Antuane Brown did to them, and today's plea of no contest makes sure he is punished for his crimes," Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams said in a statement.
October 19, 2015 |
Germantown Academy coach Matt Dence saw something special brewing in his quarterback Kyle McCloskey during practice last week. So about 20 minutes before kickoff Saturday at Springside Chestnut Hill, Dence predicted a positive outcome. "I think Kyle is going to have a big game," Dence said. "Last week was his best week of practice. " McCloskey didn't disappoint. The 6-foot-4, 210-pound junior accounted for 308 total yards in the Patriots' 21-12 triumph in the Inter-Ac League opener.
October 12, 2015 |
BOBBY HILL, 14, the boy soprano who sang Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Pie Jesu" for Pope Francis on the parkway, is one of 600 children who find their voices in Commonwealth Youthchoirs, housed in the First Presbyterian Church in Germantown. Many of the boys and girls, grades pre-K through 12, come from underserved Philadelphia public schools, where music programs were early casualties of threadbare budgets. But in Commonwealth Youthchoirs' four programs, they learn to sing as joyfully as Bobby did when he charmed the pope and millions watching in person and on TV. Steve Fisher, choir director of the Keystone State Boychoir, where Bobby sings, said he almost panicked at the papal concert - not because of Bobby, who nailed his solo, but because of the rock Bobby gave the pope afterward.
September 29, 2015 |
Jimmy McAfee has produced five interceptions and three touchdown catches during Germantown Academy's 4-0 start. When the senior's academic talents are added to the equation, it appears he's an ideal Ivy or Patriot League recruit. But for as much as he enjoys football, McAfee plans to concentrate on playing lacrosse and studying economics at Amherst. "I really like the speed of the game, the back-and-forth action, and that there's few stoppages," he said. McAfee, a third-year starter, has shined on the gridiron as a slot receiver, free safety, and kick returner.
September 24, 2015 |
HOLIDAYS WERE special to Jean Carolyn Ford. She not only got a chance to flex her remarkable culinary skills, but enjoyed the sometimes rollicking engagement with family and friends. Known to all as "First," because she was the first lady of her church, she "looked forward to the holidays when she enjoyed those intimate moments, laughing, playing Skip-bo, Phase 10" - both card games - "or just randomly bursting out with a song," her family said. "She was blessed with an infectious and beautiful smile that was both mesmerizing and captivating, and therefore will leave an indelible mark in the lives of everyone who knew her. " Jean Carolyn Ford, an active devotee of the apostolic faith who became the first lady of Ford Memorial Temple of Germantown when her husband became pastor, an exuberant gospel singer, outstanding cook in the Southern tradition, and devoted family matriarch, died Sept.
September 21, 2015 |
The Miraculous Medal is a humble little pendant, a statement of faith, not fashion, worn by many Catholics in one of the church's most popular devotions. Every week, about 1,500 pilgrims come to the National Shrine of the Miraculous Medal in Germantown to pray to the Virgin Mary, whose image adorns one side of the medal. They ask her to put in a good word for them with God, and they thank her for favors received. The shrine, operated by members of the Vincentian religious order and the Central Association of the Miraculous Medal, is all set to welcome many more visitors during the World Meeting of Families, according to the Rev. Carl Pieber, the shrine's executive director.
September 13, 2015 |
On the football field, sometimes beauty is in the eye of whichever sideline you're standing on. On Friday, Prep Charter's Karamo Dioubate and Germantown Academy's Kwasi Ampomah clashed like titans, but neither coaching staff could agree on a winner. Dioubate is a 6-foot-4, 278-pound two-way dump truck committed to Penn State. Ampomah is a 6-foot, 210-pound defensive end built for speed. Truth be told, both bested each other plenty. Ampomah and the Patriots, however, got the last laugh.
September 12, 2015 |
The Virginia man whose abduction of a Philadelphia nursing student triggered a three-state, multiagency search last year described the kidnapping Thursday as "an act of desperation. " Speaking publicly for the first time as he pleaded guilty to a federal kidnapping charge, Delvin Barnes, 38, told a federal judge that he was on the run from authorities in his own state and looking for money to visit his young daughter when he snatched the 22-year-old woman off a Germantown street corner.