May 23, 2014 |
An eighth-grade student at a Mount Laurel middle school collapsed and died in gym class Wednesday during a leisurely football toss. The Mount Laurel School District did not name the Harrington Middle School student who died. Classmates, including one who witnessed the tragedy, detailed the heartbreaking day. During sixth-period gym class, around noon, the student was playing catch with a football outside, another student in the gym class said. Suddenly, the young man dropped to the ground.
May 15, 2014 |
FROM THE harsh winter, Lisa Conway and Chris Rovner, both mothers of 2-year-old boys, know just how rambunctious toddlers can get when they're stuck in the house. So for the two moms raising kids in Port Richmond's Olde Richmond section and Northern Liberties, respectively, it was a godsend when Fusion Tumbling & Fitness opened at Front and Norris streets in February. "It was the perfect timing, because the weather was not nice," Conway, 32, said on a recent Sunday morning as she watched her flaxen-haired son, Mason, tumble with five other kids from surrounding neighborhoods as part of a weekly tiny-tots tumbling class.
April 7, 2014 |
When William B. Noyovitz told his daughter Margo Orlin that he intended to hike Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania in 2004, she did not discourage him. "I laughed," Orlin said. " 'If you think you can, and you really want to,' " she said she told her father, " 'I would rather you fell off the side of a mountain than off a rocking chair on your front porch.' "He laughed and off he went. " Below the 19,341-foot summit in September 2004, she said, "he got to around 17,000. The altitude got him. " In days, he turned 79. On Thursday, April 3, Mr. Noyovitz, 88, who retired in 1989 as a financial director for General Electric Co. in South Jersey, died at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, after a stroke.
April 4, 2014 |
THE PHYS-ED kids at Germantown High called her Sergeant. In other words, Vivian Motley was a demanding gym teacher who didn't hesitate to raise her voice when called for and pull the ears of recalcitrant students. They loved her. A little discipline didn't hurt when the kids knew that Vivian's heart was in the right place and that her concern was always for their welfare. "As a child, upon entering first grade, I fell in love with teaching," she once said. "Upon entering junior high and finding out that you could teach one subject, I fell in love with gym, and have been in the gym ever since.
April 1, 2014 |
Spend a few hours with Helen Gym, Philadelphia's famously feisty community organizer, and you see a rabble-rouser on the run, dashing from a TEDx talk rehearsal at Temple University to a rally for public education, where she revved up the crowd. Gym speaks "truth to power," said State Sen. Vincent Hughes (D., Phila.), who introduced her at the rally Thursday after first teasing her for "troublemaking. " At a White House ceremony Monday, Gym, 45, a cofounder of Parents United for Public Education, a parent-led school watchdog group; and a board member of Asian Americans United, which advocates for ethnic diversity, will add another label to her brand: Cesar E. Chavez Champion of Change.
February 23, 2014 |
After his death in 2011, Joe Frazier's children filled a Philadelphia storage unit with the heavyweight champion's personal belongings. They saved an oversize photograph of Frazier's knockdown of Muhammad Ali, a trophy celebrating his 1964 Olympic gold medal, and even the ring ropes and punching bags from Frazier's North Broad Street boxing gym. His 11 children planned to keep the collection for themselves. "But then we thought, what would our father think?" said Frazier's daughter, Weatta Collins.
February 13, 2014 |
EVERY NIGHT, just before he shuts his eyes, Devin Bullock squeezes her tight. And when the morning sun peers through his window near 26th and Master in North Philadelphia - she's still there. They've been through a lot together; peas in a pod, a love affair for the ages. Her name is Michelle and she has seen him through the darkest of days. He loves the contours of her body, the smoothness of her touch and that she is always faithful and true. The 6-0 senior guard for New Media has lived on his own since he was 16 years old. His mother chose a different life.
January 30, 2014 |
IT WAS A LOUD pop, almost as if a balloon had burst. Then came the feeling that everyone in the room was staring. Finally, the pain settled in. Pain that hasn't subsided, nearly two weeks after that bullet hit Tyler Lewis' arm. In fact, he says, it's worse since surgeons removed the slug Monday from his right forearm, just below the elbow. It lodged there when Lewis, 17, was shot in the gym at Delaware Valley Charter High School on Jan. 17, allegedly by a classmate he considers a friend.
January 30, 2014 |
AS UNDERDOG stories go, when the Simon Gratz Bulldogs walk into a basketball gym, get your writing materials ready. The tale of the tape at the Simons Community Recreation Center yesterday was a visual account. With referees yet to enter the gym, host Delaware-Valley Charter and its band of long and lively leapers warmed up with a variety of impressive dunks. On the other end: the Bulldogs, whose roster sports several sub-6-footers, finger-rolled their way loose. Senior guard Malik Tyndale noticed the Warriors' aerial display, but the 5-7 guard wasn't fazed.
January 27, 2014 |
Sometimes when you're really good at what you do and you're really quiet in going about it, you get a reputation, one that far exceeds your ego and might be based a little on exaggeration. Take Ricky Beaver, a junior at La Salle College High School who has qualified for USA Weightlifting's national junior championships. Fellow members of the Liberty Barbell Club brag about Beaver's dedication, his long commute five days a week from his Northeast Philly home to the basement gym on Chestnut Street.