July 20, 2012 |
At its monthly board meeting Friday, the Philadelphia Housing Authority approved a deal for Holy Family University and a development partnership to convert 32 vacant acres in Northeast Philadelphia into athletic fields, university housing, and affordable senior apartments. About two-thirds of the land - formerly the Liddonfield public-housing complex - will be used for four athletic fields for the private, Catholic university, which has its main campus on Torresdale Avenue. Charles Calvanese, one of the partners in the project, said the development group needed to complete negotiations with PHA on details of the project.
July 19, 2012 |
Holy Family University could soon take over the 32-acre site of the former Liddonfield public housing project in Northeast Philadelphia to develop athletic fields and university buildings, as well as shops and assisted-living senior housing. The one-member board of the Philadelphia Housing Authority is expected to vote Friday on a resolution to sell the property to Holy Family, said Nichole Tillman, a housing agency spokeswoman. She did not provide further details. In an innovative deal, the university would pay PHA $4.2 million, plus make available $1,040,000 in scholarships for PHA students.
June 28, 2012
Friends' Central has named Ryan Tozer its new boys' varsity basketball coach. Tozer spent the last three seasons as head men's coach at Rosemont College. Before that, he was an assistant for two years at Holy Family and one at La Salle University. Tozer, 29, scored 1,100 career points at Friends' Central (Class of 2001). At Eastern University, in St. Davids, he finished with 1,268 points and was a three-time all-Pennsylvania Athletic Conference selection. The Media resident replaces Jason Polykoff, who stepped down after five seasons to become an assistant at Penn.
June 8, 2012 |
If John O'Connor was ever going to get another chance, this was the place. It's no surprise that when Lafayette College basketball coach Fran O'Hanlon had an opening on his staff this spring, he called O'Connor, his former assistant. The name should ring a bell, if you refer to him as former Holy Family coach John O'Connor. Or if you saw a video that went viral of an angry incident with a player during a drill, one that cost O'Connor his job as head coach at the Northeast Philadelphia school in February 2011.
June 4, 2012 |
Philadelphia Catholics awoke Sunday to some heartening news from the Vatican: Pope Benedict XVI will visit the city in 2015, having chosen it as the site for the World Meeting of Families. Archbishop Charles J. Chaput is in Milan, Italy, where Benedict made the announcement and presented Chaput with the icon of the Holy Family, the symbol of the gathering. An exact date for the event in Philadelphia has not been released. It will be the first papal visit to the city since 1979, when Pope John Paul II drew an audience of 1 million to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
May 22, 2012 |
IF THEY GET WIND of his story, Hollywood producers will be rooting for Tahjere McCall to make the NBA. This kid already has a great story. During his junior season at Engineering and Science High, McCall was your classic, still-feelin'-his-way neophyte. Now he owns a Division I scholarship. The 6-4, 160-pound senior point guard, who earlier had made an oral commitment to D-II Holy Family, has signed with Niagara. Don't feel bad if McCall's name is unfamilar. He literally came out of nowhere.
May 7, 2012 |
A pair of freshmen, Brianna Lancetta of Bishop Eustace Prep and Sarah Kelly of Washington Township High, each scored four goals to lead Holy Family (14-4) to a 15-10 win over Georgian Court (12-7) for the Tigers' first Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference women's lacrosse championship on Sunday afternoon in Lakewood, N.J. Goalkeeper Melissa Jenkins (Interboro) made 12 saves and was named the tourney's most valuable player. Jenkins was joined on the all-tourney team by Lancetta and Kelly, plus teammate Stephanie McNesby (Archbishop Ryan)
May 3, 2012 |
Swarthmore's Karen Borbee was named the Centennial Conference coach of the year in women's lacrosse on Tuesday. Now completing her 19th season, the graduate of Penncrest High and the University of Delaware is a former member of the U.S. national team and is in the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame. Swarthmore's Annalise Penikis and Caroline Murphy (both from Strath Haven High) were named first team all-conference, as was Ursinus' Alyssa Thren (Upper Perkiomen)
May 2, 2012 |
Holy Family's Stephanie McNesby was named the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference player of the year in women's lacrosse on Monday, in a vote by the league's head coaches. The junior from Archbishop Ryan scored 48 goals and helped the Tigers (12-4, 11-1) to their first CACC regular-season title. Wilmington's Jackie Trainer, a graduate of Council Rock and Monmouth University, was voted CACC coach of the year by her peers. Joining McNesby on the first team are Kaitlyn Hall (Wilmington)
April 16, 2012 |
MOST BIG moments in Janet Clark's life happened at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church on a hilly, narrow street in Manayunk. Before Mass Sunday night, Clark recalled life's turning points as she prepared to step inside the 1849 church, a place where she'd been going since shortly after her birth 60 years ago. "My parents were married here. They were buried here. I was baptized here. My children were baptized here," said Clark, her voice quivering. "It's a family here and now it's a family being torn apart," she said.