January 8, 2016 |
On the wide spectrum of Mexican options now available in Philadelphia, from the taquerias of South Philly to the high-end nuevo polish of Distrito, Cafe Ynez on Washington Avenue sits somewhere in the middle. The cheery midcentury American decor, with its turquoise accents and boomerang-patterned tables, reflects a love of diners drawn from owner Jill Weber's Midwestern childhood. The brunch-centric menu speaks to the notion of midday comforts, too, especially appealing to the growing neighborhood around the old Graduate Hospital and Point Breeze.
August 24, 2015 |
In 1980, Augustine R. Pirolli was the administrator of Stratford Hospital, a facility that he had helped bring to life during the previous two decades. But, Joseph W. Devine said, "on the last day of December 1980, he had acquired both Cherry Hill Hospital and Washington Township Hospital. "So in January of 1981, he became president and CEO of Kennedy Memorial Hospitals," the new name for the trio. Devine has been president and CEO of that three-hospital organization, now Kennedy Health since 2013.
May 28, 2015 |
When Mike told colleagues he and his wife were expecting a second child, every woman in the office asked, "How's Melanie feeling?" "Absolutely wonderful," he replied. "Because she's not pregnant. " By that time, most of his workmates knew of the couple's long struggle to make a family. Though Melanie and Mike felt certain they wanted children, they married when he was a second-year fellow in gastroenterology at Graduate Hospital and she was in her second year of residency as an OB/GYN, working up to 100 hours a week.
May 19, 2015 |
Frozen yogurt, a basketball clinic, handshakes with military veterans. The six candidates for the Democratic nomination for mayor criss-crossed the city on the last Saturday before Tuesday's primary election. For some voters, there was apparently still plenty of time to decide. "It's competitive," said Charles Benjamin Clarke, a Vietnam vet who was honored at an American Legion event in Southwest Philadelphia. "I probably won't make up my mind until going into the home stretch.
May 6, 2015 |
A Philadelphia jury of six men and six women was selected Monday to hear the murder trial of a Levittown exterminator charged in the 2013 strangling of Philadelphia doctor Melissa Ketunuti. Jason Smith, 39, is accused of killing Ketunuti, 35, a pediatrician and researcher at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, during a Jan. 21, 2013, argument at her house in 1700 block of Naudain Street in the Graduate Hospital area of Center City. Smith, an independent exterminator hired by a Bucks County firm, was assigned to rid Ketunuti's rowhouse of mice.
April 22, 2015 |
IF YOU WANT to live more than 100 years, the key word just might be love . That's what Frances Vann Lewis would have told you. When asked to what she attributed her long life, she had one simple answer: "Love everybody. " Not always a simple assignment in a world of increasing stress, you might say, but Frances - called "Nana" by friends and family - would have insisted on it. After all, she did it. Frances Vann Lewis, who worked for a Horn & Hardart restaurant on South Broad Street and for the former Graduate Hospital, a devoted churchwoman and family matriarch, died Friday at age 102. She was living in the Riverside Presbyterian Apartments in Center City, but had lived most of her life in South Philadelphia.
August 18, 2014 |
When Richard Gliniak and Alan Taylor bought their Carpenter Street houses more than a decade ago, the now-trendy Graduate Hospital neighborhood was still mired in crime and violence. "This was a major drug-dealing area," Gliniak said recently, sitting in his neatly appointed living room. "First month I was here, I looked out the window and three guys were shooting," added Taylor, who said his wife was so discouraged she wanted to give up and move. Gliniak and Taylor were among about six homeowners who bought near 19th and Carpenter Streets through a program for low- and moderate-income residents.
July 18, 2014
A story Thursday about a mental-health-treatment bill misidentified its origination and some of its sponsors. It is a federal bill, and the sponsors include U.S. Reps. Tim Murphy (R., Allegheny), Mike Fitzpatrick (R., Bucks), and Patrick Meehan (R., Delaware). The July 4 "Changing Skyline" column on the Graduate Hospital neighborhood gave an incomplete description of ward leader Marcia Wilkof's position in a 2009 zoning dispute. While she initially opposed sidewalk tables at the Sidecar Bar & Grille, she later changed her stance and endorsed the proposal for outdoor dining.
July 5, 2014 |
Philadelphia is a city in a state of churn. Newcomers in their 20s and 30s are filling up rowhouses by the hundreds, transforming whole neighborhoods overnight. Thanks to an influx of immigrants, more languages than ever pepper our streets. Hardly a week goes by without the opening of a new chef-driven restaurant, but good luck getting a last-minute reservation on Saturday evening. When it comes to Philadelphia politics, though, life appears to be on pause. The city's Democratic Party boss, Bob Brady, has held that job since - are you ready, children?