September 17, 2014 |
Girard College on Monday asked the city's Orphans' Court to reconsider its recent ruling that the school cannot suspend its high school and boarding programs to improve its finances. The move, one step short of an appeal, came three weeks after Orphans' Court Judge Joseph D. O'Keefe said the boarding and secondary programs were critical parts of the vision the merchant-banker Stephen Girard outlined in his 1831 bequest. The money he left created the free boarding school for poor orphans on a 43-acre site in Fairmount.
September 6, 2014
ISSUE | ARTS FUNDING Board members, bring on the bucks Perhaps it takes an outsider like Michael Kaiser to finally tell the truth to Philadelphia's philanthropic community ("Seeing a way to the future," Aug. 29). The fault is not in the audience or the critics or the stars. It is in constrained budgets that hamper artistic creativity, the lack of endowment funding, and the failure to cultivate individual donors. Indeed, in the interview, Kaiser calls out ineffective boards of directors and enumerates precisely the problems that have kept many of Philadelphia's distinguished arts institutions teetering on the edge of insolvency.
July 30, 2014 |
WHEN MELVIN V. Dorn first got involved in the civil-rights struggle back in the '60s, he thought of himself as a tough kid from North Philly who wouldn't take any guff from anybody. Meeting Martin Luther King Jr. and Cecil B. Moore changed his perspective. King, of course, was famous for teaching the power of nonviolence, and Moore, although a tough ex-Marine, went along. And the kid from North Philly saw the value of the peaceful approach to getting things done, such as the integration of Girard College in the '60s, one of Moore's biggest and most successful campaigns.
July 26, 2014 |
Melvin V. Dorn, 69, a North Philadelphia community advocate and civil rights activist who worked closely with Cecil B. Moore and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., died Monday, July 21, of heart failure at Einstein Medical Center. Mr. Dorn was a stalwart in Philadelphia civil rights efforts, including protests against segregation at Girard College. It was during those protests that Mr. Dorn began working with Moore, the lawyer and civil rights leader. In an interview in January, Mr. Dorn recalled that before he worked with King and Moore, he was a tough teen from North Philadelphia.
July 24, 2014 |
Almost a century ago, a pair of clever British writers published a send-up of history-as-memory titled 1066 and All That: A Memorable History of England, Comprising All the Parts You Can Remember , Including 103 Good Things, 5 Bad Kings, and 2 Genuine Dates . Since then, I'm sorry to report, things have gone precipitously downhill. We remember nothing. History is only what we know, or sort of know, perhaps imparted to us in movies, legal tender, and Fat Albert cartoons.
July 10, 2014 |
The two men sitting behind the ticket table at last month's All City Classic did not bat an eye when Rysheed Jordan breezed past. They knew about Jordan, one of the nation's top recruits coming out of Vaux High School last year. Jordan had changed his Twitter name to "Prince of North Philly" after committing to St. John's in March 2013. Celebrities and princes forgo $10 admission prices. Jordan, who spoke last month about his freshman season for the first time in an interview with The Inquirer, paid his fee by coaching the final game in a series of three high school all-star contests.
June 6, 2014 |
David Beatty was not quite sure what he was going to do with the 6-foot, green-and-gold MVP trophy he won at Friday's All City Classic. Getting it home would not be a problem because his mother drove an SUV to Girard College. But if Beatty needed any advice on what to do with it once he got it home, he could always ask Rysheed Jordan, whom Beatty often seeks for guidance. Jordan is the starting point guard at St. John's. Beatty is finishing his freshman year at Archbishop Carroll.
June 1, 2014 |
Derrick Jones starts some of his mornings with a 4:30 wake-up. The first bell at Archbishop Carroll rings at 7:45. But Jones arrives at the Radnor campus by 5. Assistant coach Kevin Funston waits to unlock the gym for the area's top-ranked boys' basketball player. Once inside, they work together on what Jones calls his "new game. " Jones, who will be a senior in the fall, has played most of his career as a power forward with a knack for high-flying dunks. Now, he uses his mornings to complete a transition to a shooting guard or small forward.
May 30, 2014 |
MORE THAN 20 years ago, Charles "Shoob" Monroe had no idea that the argument he witnessed would help shape not just his own life, but also the lives of so many basketball players in Philadelphia. Back then, Donnie Carr and Terrell Stokes, two South Philadelphia natives, were engaged in a debate that led Monroe, also from South Philly, to conceive the All-City Classic. Carr, then a freshman wing for Roman Catholic, and Stokes, a sophomore point guard for Simon Gratz' consensus ( USA Today, among other publications)
March 28, 2014 |
Lucy D. Savini, 80, of Hainesport, a registered nurse who, in retirement, cared for retired nuns in Philadelphia, died of liver cancer Friday, March 21, at home. Born in the Overbrook neighborhood of Philadelphia, Miss Savini graduated from West Catholic Girls' High School. She earned her nursing degree at St. Agnes Hospital School of Nursing in South Philadelphia and began her career there, before transferring to the former Presbyterian Hospital. Miss Savini was a nurse at Girard College in the 1980s and 1990s, her sister, Rita Giordano, said in a phone interview.