June 26, 2016 |
Arthur Robert Marsden, 92, of Philadelphia, a World War II veteran and former executive director of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Philadelphia, died Sunday, June 19, of pneumonia at Lima Estates in Media. Known as "Bob," Mr. Marsden was born in Philadelphia to Arthur E. and Edna Milner Marsden. He graduated from Northeast High School, and played soccer and basketball at Temple University, where he received both undergraduate and graduate degrees. In March 1943, Mr. Marsden joined the Army to fight in World War II. Trained as a rifleman, he participated in Allied campaigns in the Rhineland, Ardennes, and central Europe, including the Battle of the Bulge.
May 9, 2016
1 A tree grows near State Road and Linden To kick off this year's Love Your Park Week, Mayor Kenney will help plant trees near the fishing pier in Pleasant Hill Park in Torresdale today. More than 100 volunteers are expected to help clean and mulch at the park, starting at 8:30 a.m. The mayor and other dignitaries speak at 11:30 a.m. 2 Juniata Park Parade returns After a 15-year absence, the Juniata Park Parade is back, beginning at 1 p.m. today. This year's parade features the Samuel Fels High School Band and the Polish American String Band.
May 1, 2016
The Boys & Girls Club of Philadelphia hosted the Winemaker's Private Reserve on April 7 at a black-tie event celebrating businessman Pete Musser, a bold change-maker. About 500 attended the event at the Union League. On April 8, the Boys & Girls Club of Philadelphia hosted an evening of fun, friends, wine, and cheese at the Convention Center attended by 3,500. The mission of the organization is to help young people, especially those most in need, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens, and to provide a safe place to learn and grow with the help of caring and professional adults and great programs.
August 20, 2015 |
A lawsuit filed last week accuses the Boys and Girls Club of Philadelphia of negligence related to an alleged lewd assault of a 12-year-old boy by a counselor. The suit, filed in Common Pleas Court, states that on May 8, the boy was among several children taken from the Germantown Boys and Girls Club to a musical at the Kimmel Center by the counselor, Percival Outland. "At all times during the show, defendant Outland exhibited lewd and inappropriate behavior," including grabbing the boy's hand and placing it on his genitals, according to the suit.
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.