June 18, 2014 |
EAGLES LINEBACKER Connor Barwin bikes from his Rittenhouse Square apartment to work most days. Riding through Point Breeze in March, he passed a dilapidated basketball court and decided it needed a facelift. He wasn't the first to think so. In fact, Barwin was late to the party. Efforts to revitalize Ralph Brooks Park, at 20th and Tasker streets, had been underway for nearly a year. With support from local nonprofit Urban Roots, the ACE Mentor Program and the Philadelphia Water Department, the goal was to transform the aging park into a local hoops hub on par with New York City's legendary Rucker Park.
May 30, 2014 |
SAYING HE wants kids to play sports but play safely, President Obama called yesterday for more and better research into the effects and treatment of concussions in youth athletes. The issue is one of growing concern for parents who spend weekends driving their kids from one game to another. But without direct authority over youth sports leagues, Obama's ability to address the issue meaningfully is limited to calling for research and trying to jump-start a national conversation to teach parents, coaches and young athletes about concussions - the goal of a summit he hosted at the White House.
May 30, 2014 |
A year after enthusiastically announcing that Philadelphia was throwing in its hat to seek the 2024 Summer Olympic Games, Mayor Nutter has pulled that hat back. Citing concerns about cost and the logistics of hosting other large events here in the near future, Nutter said the timing was just not right. "The time, the effort, the fund-raising, the prospect of creating new venues . . . it is a tremendous, costly endeavor," Nutter said Wednesday. "We decided that, at this time, we would not put in or submit a bid. " The mayor notified the U.S. Olympic Committee earlier this month of the city's decision not to pursue a bid to host the 2024 summer games.
May 25, 2014 |
Lucy is one of the oldest surviving examples of zoomorphic architecture (building in the shape of animals), a male elephant (tusks) who identifies as female. But that only begins to get at the hollow by enduring and evolving heart of Lucy the Elephant, who will host her first same-sex wedding June 7. If Lucy the Elephant is the unofficial mayor of Margate, then Rich Helfant would have to be her chief of staff. "Janitor," he asserts when asked his title. It's also executive director, CEO, all of which sounds ridiculous when you're talking about a wooden roadside elephant 100 feet from the ocean.
May 16, 2014 |
Swenson's Alexis Collopy didn't have to wait long to avenge her loss to Prep Charter. Six days after the Huskies topped the Lions, Collopy took the mound again in a Public League softball playoff game at Prep Charter on Wednesday afternoon. The junior scattered six hits and struck out nine to power Swenson to a 3-2 win. Collopy sits at 115 strikeouts on the season, marking the third time she reached the 100-strikeout milestone. In other playoff action: Ariel Dranoff went 3 for 3, scored four runs and knocked in three to lead host Central over Mariana Bracetti, 16-1.
May 16, 2014 |
WELL, THE FOLKS from Millville had themselves a nice time. That's a good thing, because they seem like nice people. As for your fightin' Phillies? It's hard to figure out where to start. The past 6 weeks have offered us a thorough look at the holes that, as of today, are preventing most unbiased observers from treating this team as a serious contender. The current losing streak - three games after yesterday's 3-0 loss to the Angels - has served as sort of a tasting menu: No, the problem isn't listing problems, it's listing solutions.
May 15, 2014 |
For the second time in six days, Emily Santana netted five goals for the Springfield (Delco) girls' lacrosse team. The stakes were much higher Tuesday afternoon when Santana powered the second-seeded host Cougars past No. 31 Avon Grove, 18-6, in a PIAA District 1 Class AAAA first-round game. Santana added five assists and had 13 draw controls. Last Thursday, Santana scored five goals to help the Cougars close out their regular season with a 14-8 win over Upper Dublin. Katie Ryan chipped in with three goals and Kate Bedard and Jules Clemmons split time in goal, making three saves and one save, respectively.
May 9, 2014 |
Cherry Hill West senior shortstop Sierra Machinski brought Wednesday's Olympic Conference National Division softball game against Winslow Township to a halt in the sixth inning. Machinski's third hit of the game was the 100th of her career, and she was given the game ball to commemorate the achievement. She went 3 for 4 and roped two doubles to lead the host Lions to a 9-7 win. Brittany Robertson struck out 11 to earn the win, and Alicia DeFlaviis also doubled. Machinski joins DeFlaviis in the 100-hit club, as her fellow senior reached the mark earlier this season.
May 6, 2014 |
The fourth-seeded Penn Quakers will face a neighborhood foe Sunday at 3 p.m. in the first round of the NCAA men's lacrosse tournament. Ivy League champion Penn (11-3) will host Drexel (12-4), the Colonial Athletic Association champion, in a game that will be televised by ESPNU. The Quakers have won eight consecutive games, which matches their longest winning streak since 1988. The Dragons also have won eight in a row. Drexel beat Hofstra, 11-10, in triple overtime to win its first CAA championship.
May 3, 2014 |
The Nutter administration, faced with rising concerns over postponed renovations to a Queen Village playground that sits atop one of the nation's most historically significant African American cemeteries, will host a public meeting Monday to hear from as many people as possible about the site's future. The 6:30 p.m. meeting, to be conducted by Mayor Nutter's chief of staff, Everett Gillison, will be at the African American Museum of Philadelphia, Seventh and Arch Streets. At issue is what should happen to Weccacoe Playground, which covers nearly an acre at Queen and Lawrence Streets, and Bethel Burial Ground, where more than 5,000 African Americans were buried between 1810 and the mid-1860s.