February 28, 2014 |
Jenkintown punched its ticket to its second straight District 1 Class A final with a 52-35 win Wednesday night over Faith Christian at Cheltenham. But the Drakes will not get a rematch with the team that knocked them off last season, as No. 4 Girard College fell to top-seeded Phil-Mont Christian, 34-26, in the other semifinal. Emma Dorshimer rallied Jenkintown by scoring 16 of her 20 points in the second half. The second-seeded Drakes outscored third-seeded Faith Christian by 13 points in the second half.
February 21, 2014 |
WHEN RICHARD Leek went to teach at Girard College, he found what many people spend their lives searching for: a fulfilling way to make a difference in others' lives. In this case, the others were students from single-parent and low-income homes, many desperate for the touch of a caring mentor to guide them into challenging lives. Rick, as he was known to family and friends, filled that role as both teacher and coach, not only stimulating young minds but giving his charges pride in their accomplishments.
February 21, 2014 |
When the top jobs open up at some of Philadelphia's most powerful public institutions, the politically appointed boards don't look too far for replacement bosses. Harrisburg lobbyist John McNichol was confirmed Wednesday by his fellow board members as the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority's chief executive officer, a position that will pay $220,000 per year, plus benefits. McNichol had been acting in the job since predecessor Ahmeenah Young was sent away last fall, when the board hired facilities manager SMG to handle day-to-day operations and negotiate new union contracts.
January 31, 2014 |
A Philadelphia Orphans' Court judge on Wednesday said a group that includes Girard College alumni, parents, and students does not have the legal right to object to Girard's plans to end its high school and boarding programs. Administrative Judge Joseph D. O'Keefe denied the group's request to intervene. He held two days of hearings on the petitioners' request in November. "We're disappointed in the outcome, but at the same time, we're gratified we got a chance to be heard," said Joseph Samuel, president of the 3,000-member Girard College Alumni Association.
January 22, 2014 |
WHILE MANY people had a day off from work yesterday, record numbers of volunteers came together in an act of selflessness to celebrate the 19th annual Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Day of Service. Todd Bernstein, founder and director of the nation's oldest and largest MLK Day event here in Philadelphia, said turnout yesterday surpassed his expectations, with a record 125,000-plus volunteers who took part in 1,700 community-service projects throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.
January 22, 2014 |
Inside the cold stone walls of historic Eastern State Penitentiary, a young actor, about the same age as the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was when he was killed, read from King's stirring Letter From Birmingham Jail . In King of Prussia, seven people connected to the Brandywine Peace Community were arrested for trespassing at Lockheed Martin in what they said was a King-inspired act of civil disobedience. And at one of the nation's largest Day of Service events, thousands of people from across the Philadelphia region gathered at Girard College to take part in scores of volunteer projects in the name of the martyred civil-rights leader.
January 21, 2014
As the nation celebrates Martin Luther King Day each year, people ask what the slain civil rights leader would think of race relations today. A different question that might provide some insight toward that is what King would think of the way America honors his memory. One of the nation's largest celebrations of the holiday occurs annually in Philadelphia, where 125,000 volunteers are expected to participate in today's 19th annual King Day of Service. That is rather interesting, because King could never claim a personal victory in this town, or in any other Northern city for that matter.
January 21, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA Nearly 50 years ago, Mel Dorn, then a young civil rights activist, worked closely with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Cecil B. Moore in protests against segregation at Girard College. On Monday, Dorn will be a volunteer in the 19th annual Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Day of Service at the North Philadelphia private school he worked to see integrated. Dorn, 69, who has held a variety of jobs and who currently works as a concert promoter, will be among hundreds of volunteers at Girard College, site of the Day of Service signature project.
January 18, 2014 |
When the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the 20th century's saint of civil rights, told the world about the dreams he had, the list didn't include being lionized alongside American presidents such as Lincoln and Washington. It didn't include a holiday bearing his name on which all Americans, of whatever race, would celebrate the freedoms that only racial equality provides. While most of the MLK Monday holiday is dedicated to events humble, honorable, and often tinged with spirituality, there are parties throughout the weekend that include the sort of respectable dance-centric festivity worthy of King's potent message.
January 15, 2014 |
PASADENA, Calif. - Starting Jan. 27, former 107.9 DJ Abdul "Damage" Muhammad will be co-hosting a new, live daily show for Sean Combs' Revolt network. Too bad the Temple grad's Philly fan base won't be able to see him on TV. Launched to some fanfare in October, Revolt's TV channel, part of what's described as a "multi-genre, multi-platform music network," is one of four minority-owned cable networks chosen by Comcast for distribution on its systems as part of a deal that helped win the company federal approval for its acquisition of NBC. So, why is the network, available in about 20 million homes, including places like Pittsburgh, Seattle and the Bay Area, not on in Comcast's hometown?