July 2, 1996 |
For five years, crack cocaine had Tony Smith in a choke hold. He once spent more than $800 a week on crack and bounced from homeless shelter to homeless shelter. Last year, after the habit cost Smith his fiancee and his job at an Abington tool manufacturer, he decided he'd had enough. "I didn't want to go back to living in and out of shelters," Smith said. "I knew I needed some help in getting my life together. " Help came from One Day At A Time, a transitional housing and substance-abuse program, and the Greater Philadelphia Urban Affairs Coalition's Job Placement for the Homeless Program.
April 19, 1999 |
Valley Forge Military Academy graduates Larry Smith and Gary Stills were selected in the NFL draft Saturday, increasing the number of former Trojans in the NFL to seven. Jacksonville picked Smith, who played at Valley Forge in 1993 and 1994, in the second round with the 56th pick. The 6-foot-5 288-pounder played defensive tackle at Florida State. The Georgia native led Valley Forge in sacks in his two seasons there. Kansas City chose Stills in the third round with the 75th pick.
December 29, 1996 |
In the 39 years that Edgewood Senior Regional High School has been educating children, more than 10,000 students have passed through its halls. Whether members of the Class of '67 or '87, those students are bound together by memories of Eagles touchdowns and Cooper's Folly Road - but not by an alumni association. Until now. A small group of dedicated parents, alumni and administrators have banded together to create an Edgewood Alumni Association. The group met for this first time this month to discuss raising money and compiling a database of all alumni.
June 9, 1999 |
It does pay to be a college graduate. A college graduate's earnings should be at least 62 percent higher than those of someone with only a high school education. The news is even better for college grads earning advanced degrees. The average annual salary for someone with a bachelor's degree is around $48,300, but people with master's degrees earn $54,300 annually. Those whose names begin with "Dr. " have mean annual salaries of $67,500. Lawyers and physicians do even better, of course, earning more than $90,000 on average.
October 23, 2006 |
This summer, shortly after graduating from Temple, I was cleaning out my room in preparation for my move from Philadelphia. Included among the stacks of newspapers was a recent issue of Penn's paper, the Daily Pennsylvanian, that had a cover story about the city falling even further in the percentage of residents with college degrees. For decades, despite city officials' best efforts, many students have been leaving Philadelphia after graduation. This deprives the city of the taxable and disposable incomes of young professionals, as well as the social cachet of being a desirable destination.
November 5, 1991 |
When the first announcement of my 25th high school reunion arrived in the mail, I put it aside for a while and then threw it away. None of that nostalgia stuff for me. Then, a few months later, the second announcement arrived. The reunion organizers, it said, decided to make it a "grand reunion" with many classes from the 50-year history of Philadelphia's Widener School. What began as a reunion of just a few classes turned into a sort of mini- convention of people with disabilities.
May 18, 2008 |
During his inaugural speech in January, Mayor Nutter made a grand promise to double the city's number of college graduates over the next five to 10 years, pointing out that with just 18 percent of the adult population holding bachelor's degrees, Philadelphia ranks a lowly 92d among the nation's 100 largest cities. To achieve this goal, Nutter claimed, "we need to commit our resources - both public and private - to helping those who started college but did not finish, some 73,000 Philadelphians.
May 11, 1989 |
Two 1988 graduates of Methacton High School died Friday night from injuries they received in an auto accident in Valley Forge National Park earlier that evening. Killed were Sara Pontaski, 19, of the 800 block of Sunnyside Avenue in Audubon, and Michele Russo, 18, of Stoughton's Road in Collegeville. Russo, a freshman at Kutztown University majoring in art, was home for the weekend, her family said. Pontaski was a nursing assistant at Plymouth House in Plymouth Meeting. The two were riding in a 1988 Toyota pickup truck that went out of control while headed south on Old Route 363 at the Steel Bridge, according to Upper Merion police.
June 10, 1998 |
For some city high school grads, a few dollars have meant a chance at a future. And yesterday, 26 of them were honored for making the most of that chance. The 26 students graduated from college this spring - partly because of the help they received from the "last dollar scholarships" they received through the Philadelphia Scholars program, which is funded by an endowment of nearly $6 million. Ranging between $200 and $3,000, last dollar scholarships have been awarded to more than 500 graduates from nine city high schools since 1990.
June 29, 1988 |
Alexander Woolcott. Marian Anderson. Mark Blitzstein. Wilt Chamberlain. Stan Berenstain. Pearl Bailey. David Brenner. Frank Piasecki, the helicopter inventor. Guy Bluford, the astronaut. There, I have your attention - which demonstrates my point. The accomplished and famous Americans mentioned above share something in common with nearly 200,000 local schoolchildren: All of them went through the Philadelphia public school system. Yes, this is the very same school system that many Philadelphians have written off as a lost cause - partly, I suspect, because every time journalists like me discuss test scores and busing plans and Constance Clayton and Marvin Schuman, most people fall asleep.