May 21, 2015 |
The Boys and Girls Club in Germantown has all the trappings of the pre-World War I building it is: a third-floor gym; warrens of dilapidated rooms on multiple floors; a chained-off, caved-in pool. Not for much longer. On Tuesday afternoon, Comcast Corp. announced that it would spearhead a $40 million fund-raising drive that will allow the Boys and Girls Clubs of Philadelphia to demolish the Germantown club and replace it with a modern one named after the founder of the media and cable company, Ralph J. Roberts, 95, who lived in Germantown as a young man. Improvements to what will be called the Ralph J. Roberts Boys and Girls Club include a double gym for sports tournaments and a hockey rink financed through Ed Snider's charitable foundation.
April 24, 2015 |
PAT DUNLEAVY was getting some medical tests last December and, for no particular reason, his wife, Alice, said, "He never got his Bronze Star. " Pat Dunleavy, an Army combat veteran of some of the toughest fighting in the South Pacific in World War II, rarely spoke about his experiences. So, it was a surprise to his son-in-law, William O'Donnell, that there were missing commendations. When he asked Pat about it, he got an even bigger suprise. "Billy," Pat said, "they owe me four Bronze Stars.
June 17, 2014 |
As a girl growing up in Galloway Township, just outside Atlantic City, Cierra Kaler-Jones was wowed by the beauty pageant queens who visited her elementary school after they won. "All the little girls dreamed of being Miss America - you look at the crown, and the sash, and the glamor and think it's the end-all deal," she said. But as the newly crowned Miss New Jersey, the Rutgers University student said she now understands the role is much more. "It's about working for your community . . . and being intelligent and a mentor to others," she said in an interview Sunday, a day after she captured the title at the Ocean City Music Pier.
June 13, 2014 |
East Camden Middle School student Vaughn Williams took an idea - about a place both physical and spiritual - and ran with it. Halfway across the country. In Denver on May 9, Williams, assisted by eighth-grade classmate Fredrick Henderson, addressed about 150 people during a national Youth Development Institute conference. Their presentation featured video, a logo (an empty cube), and audience participation. It centered on a notion called "The Third Space," where one can find solitude or community, stress reduction, or strength of purpose.
October 12, 2013 |
The students assembled at the Boys and Girls Club in East Camden stood in stunned silence when Gov. Christie walked into the building Thursday. They were not awed by the governor, but rather by his companion, 7-foot-1 Shaquille O'Neal, the 15-time NBA all-star. "Just remember," O'Neal told the students in a soft baritone, "it doesn't matter where you're from; it just matters where you're going. . . . If Shaq can do it, you guys can do it. " And Shaq certainly did it. He began at age 7 going to the Boys and Girls Club across from the projects in Newark, N.J., where he lived.
June 17, 2013 |
Although Nyaire enjoys playing football and running track, his favorite sport is basketball. In fact, the 14-year-old is so passionate about the game that he dreams of playing it professionally some day. His proudest achievement was winning his first basketball championship at the Boys and Girls Club. His most prized possessions are his basketball and his sneakers. Outgoing, happy, and cooperative, Nyaire gets along well with adults and with his peers. In his foster placement, he cheerfully helps around the house, including vacuuming, doing laundry, washing dishes, cleaning the kitchen, and taking out the trash.
June 15, 2013 |
In an effort to add classrooms to the Knowledge A to Z (KATZ) Academy Charter School in Camden, the city Planning Board approved a proposal Thursday that would eliminate a pool in the Parkside Boys and Girls Club, which houses the school. The school wants to fill in the pool to make room for seven classrooms, bringing its total to 15. The extra classrooms could add 112 students, said Marcella Dalsey, president and cofounder of the charter. The school now has 135 students in the Parkside building and 60 at a former school in the city's Rosedale section.
April 15, 2013 |
The girls on the crowded stage at the Boys & Girls Club of Camden County looked tense and frustrated as they tried to replicate the complicated dance moves members of the Camden Sophisticated Sisters drill team were demonstrating. About 100 girls ages 3 to 18 had come Saturday to audition for the team, which has been featured on CNN and NBC as a bright spot in a troubled city. Tawanda "Wa-Wa" Jones, who founded the team 26 years ago, had not let the prospective members in on a little secret: Almost all would get in. "This is not about the trophies," Jones said as she supervised from below the stage.
August 3, 2012 |
It looks like Shane Victorino wants Philadelphia to know there are no hard feelings over his trade to the Los Angeles Dodgers. In full-page ads in the Inquirer and the Daily News, the suddenly former Phillies outfielder offers his thanks in Hawaiian. "Mahalo Philadelphia and to the Amazing Phillies fans for all the GREAT memories!" says the ad, signed by Victorino and his wife, Melissa. Besides a photo of the couple and their two daughters, the ad has pictures of the Shane Victorino Nicetown Boys and Girls Club building and of the slugger with some club members at Citizens Bank Park.
August 1, 2012 |
OFFICIALS at the Shane Victorino Nicetown Boys and Girls Club said Tuesday that they'll miss the namesake benefactor whose generous contribution funded a major portion of the club's renovation. "We will miss him physically, but his impact will always be remembered," Director Anthony Powell said at the club, which reopened eight months ago, after he heard the news that the Flyin' Hawaiian was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers. "We're sorry that he had to go. " Victorino and his wife, Melissa, donated $900,000 through the Shane Victorino Foundation to renovate the century-old facility at 18th Street and Hunting Park Avenue.