February 11, 2015 |
FOR MORE THAN a decade, whenever issues related to public education have been debated in Philadelphia, Helen Gym has been right in the middle of the fray. At rallies big and small, Gym, 47, has taken on the job of protester, advocate and all-purpose rabble-rouser on behalf of the city's children and the underfunded schools that so many of them attend. Yesterday, Gym announced that she wants a new job in the fight for better schools and related issues - an at-large seat on City Council.
February 11, 2015 |
Helen Gym is no stranger to speaking before elected officials - sometimes rather loudly. Now, she is vying for a seat at their table. Gym, a Democrat, announced her candidacy for a City Council at-large seat at a lively rally Monday at the Ethical Society on Rittenhouse Square, where she focused mostly on education. A former elementary-school teacher, she has become a fiery advocate for public education funding and a frequent critic of city policies surrounding it. Gym, 47, the mother of three children in Philadelphia public magnet schools, entered the race with the endorsement of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, which has pledged to donate the maximum $11,500.
February 11, 2015 |
When the Erlton Bowl opened in the Ellisburg Shopping Center in 1961, Delaware Township was soon to be renamed Cherry Hill. The space-age bowling center on Kings Highway near Route 70 quickly became one of the township's leisure destinations, especially after fitness guru Jim Correa's gymnasium was added on a few years later. And in the early 1970s, "Uncle Al's Lounge" inside the Erlton Bowl hosted Bruce Springsteen - then so unknown, his last name was spelled in newspaper advertisements as Springstein - in concert.
February 8, 2015 |
Winter continues to drag on through our region, bringing snow and ice and ice again, making outdoor running unpleasant if not dangerous. That means, for some runs, the treadmill is a better option. To me, the treadmill - which I call the dreadmill - is boring. But if my only options are a treadmill run or no run at all, I'll pick the treadmill every time. Here's how to get through those stationary runs - without annoying your fellow runners. Distractions When I retreat to the treadmill, I try to get on the machine in front of the TV that's showing The Price Is Right, which is a lot more entertaining than cable news shows.
February 1, 2015 |
The Northern Liberties Recreation Center sits at 321 Fairmount Ave. It's an unassuming building, whose identity is marked by words in forest green and white paint to the right of the door. Walk in and you may not immediatley know it houses a basketball court, but basketball is played there almost every day. On Friday afternoon, the gym was abuzz as Bodine High - which calls the NLRC home - topped Simon Gratz, 55-48, in a Public League girls' game. Junior Tiana Garvin led Bodine (9-7 overall, 7-4 Public League)
January 29, 2015 |
YOU DON'T HEAR the phrase "gym rat" all that much anymore when it comes to basketball players. Growing up, there is AAU basketball, where a young player has as many as five games a weekend. Add to that the other things going on in a player's life and it doesn't make for a lot of time to just get into a gym and work on shooting and dribbling. Jerami Grant is different. The son and nephew of former NBA players - Harvey and Horace Grant, respectively - he has seen the insides of gym when the fans aren't there and the scoreboard isn't lit. He has embraced the part of the place that isn't about the loudness of the crowd or the adulation thrown upon him. It's why he likes to go to the 76ers' practice facility at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine late at night and just work - on his jumper, on his ballhandling.
January 26, 2015 |
Once you find the plain green door marked "maintenance" inside Camden Catholic, you can't miss the aura of the school's wrestling program. Inside the door and down a stairwell, the steps lead to a wall that reads, "You are walking the green mile . . . pathway to the House of Pain. " If you continue on the green-painted floors and avoid the spare wrestling mats in the hallway, you'll eventually reach the gym. The pictures of seven state champions grace one wall. An opposite wall is covered with 18 pictures of past Region 7 champions.
January 22, 2015 |
The phone rang around 9 p.m. It was the night before a game, and another reporter wanted to talk to Lauren Holden about another impending milestone. The questions were predictable: Is it a distraction? Is it on your mind? Is it hard to block out such a big achievement? Is it tough to sleep? Holden laughed. To her, these all seemed far-fetched. "No," she said. "Right now I'm actually just trying to finish my homework. " Others shower praise on Holden, the speedy, energetic scoring machine, 15 points away from becoming South Jersey girls' basketball's 25th 2,000-point scorer.
January 19, 2015 |
Pieces of history come in all shapes and sizes, and one of the oddest shapes in the history of Philadelphia basketball is found on the third floor of Roman Catholic High School. The school at the corner of Broad and Vine Streets is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year, and so is the little gymnasium that sits atop the original structure, 66 steps from the street and a mile from the ordinary. When the school opened in 1890, James Naismith was still more than a year away from inventing basketball, so it isn't any wonder that the gym wasn't constructed with the game in mind.
January 12, 2015 |
Could a Thai kickboxing gym on Spring Garden Street be the city's next telecom incubator? The tattooed Muay Thai combatants James Gregory and David Platt think so. During one battering workout this spring, Gregory, 35, and Platt, 43, decided to execute on Platt's plan for a pay-to-use WiFi network in gentrifying Philadelphia neighborhoods that would offer an alternative to Comcast Corp. and Verizon Communications Inc. Platt, a network engineer, envisioned a "mesh" of WiFi access points through which people would access the Internet in homes and other places in the neighborhood for $30 a month.