June 21, 2016 |
Thousands of parents aren't celebrating the arrival of summer. They're dreading it. That's because 300,000 children in our area will lose their school meals this summer, and local food banks, emergency kitchens, and pantries are bracing for the dire need about to hit. How bad is the problem? In Camden, Philadelphia, and the surrounding areas, hunger is almost twice as pervasive as in the rest of the country. Here, a staggering one in four people face hunger; nationwide, the number is one in seven.
April 27, 2016
ARIES (March 21-April 19). The deal goes down; the exchange favors you. You may not immediately feel the force of your good fortune. Days from now, you'll understand the many benefits of your position. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Relationship drama prevails. Is his love true? How do I win her heart? Will the dish run away with the spoon? It's too soon to tell. The important thing: Don't agonize. GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Your desire for achievement can be like a constant purring need inside you - or a ferocious, roaring hunger.
December 8, 2015 |
The final "Hunger Games" spoiled an early Christmas for the holiday horror comedy "Krampus" to maintain its top spot at the North American box office for the third week running. The Jennifer Lawrence -led film took in an estimated $18.6 million in the U.S. and Canada, bringing its domestic total to $227 million, according to Rentrak estimates yesterday. The anti-Santa Claus thriller (which did not screen for critics) was the only film to debut in the Top 10 this week and brought in $16 million.
November 21, 2015 |
Katniss Everdeen can hang up her bow and arrow now and wipe away that look of sad, defiant rage. With The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 , the final installment in the adventures of a valiant teen and her battle against decadent authority figures and the cynical puppetmasters of a deadly reality-TV spectacle, all the dystopian hooha comes to a crashing end. A franchise that made Jennifer Lawrence a star and made something like $2.3 billion...
November 20, 2015 |
"Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2," an action movie in the form of a dirge, brings a fitting end to the most downbeat pop franchise in mainstream movie history. Gruesome, pessimistic, angry, violent, subversive and also wildly popular - that would worry me, if I were running for public office. The YA world of Suzanne Collins, after all, operates at a modest remove from what the author sees as a just-around-the-corner reality - a logical continuation of economic decline for the middle and lower classes.
September 1, 2015 |
Let us pray that the biggest impact from Pope Francis' visit doesn't come from selling commemorative T-shirts, candles, mugs, and photo albums. The pope may not mind all the tchotchkes with his image being prepared for sale in anticipation of his arrival. But the World Meeting of Families he is hosting wants to give the city a more important keepsake: a reduction in its homeless and hungry populations. Leading that effort is Sister Mary Scullion, executive director of Project HOME, and Anne Healy Ayella, associate director of the Philadelphia Archdiocese's nutrition program.
July 17, 2015 |
THE WORLD MEETING of Families' Hunger and Homelessness Committee is using the pope's visit to Philadelphia as a catalyst to spark dialogue and action to combat homelessness and hunger here and nationwide. The committee, chaired by Project HOME's Sister Mary Scullion and vice-chaired by Anne Healy Ayella, associate director of nutritional development services for the Archdiocese, is focusing on three projects that exemplify the pope's priorities and are designed to have lasting effects after he leaves.
June 23, 2015 |
Anne Marie Jones is bracing herself to tell a story of drug addiction, prostitution, and recovery to a city preparing for a pope. The 48-year-old mother of three clawed her way out of a life on the streets with the help of Dawn's Place, a residential treatment program for women involved in human trafficking. "Here, I found immediate peace and safety," said Jones, sitting at a table at the program's headquarters, where she is now a peer mentor. Jones is scheduled to share her story on Monday at a news conference to announce the formation of a charitable fund aimed at ensuring that the visit of Pope Francis, scheduled for Sept.
June 11, 2015
WHAT'S THE worst non-capital crime there is? Child abuse? Rape? Public corruption? According to at least one of our state lawmakers, the worst crime you can commit is possessing enough drugs to warrant a felony conviction . . . which, in this state could be a small amount of marijuana, or a second offense for possession. Rep. Mike Regan, R-Dillsburg, wants to impose a lifetime ban on food stamp and Temporary Aid to Needy Families benefits to anyone convicted of a felony drug offense.
February 6, 2015 |
For their third stand at Reading Terminal Market, George and Kim Mickel have gone with burgers. Hunger Burger , replacing the Tokyo sushi stand smack in the middle of center court, joins By George, their Italian stand on the Filbert Street side (1990), and Mezze, a Mediterranean takeaway (2003). The name refers more to the Mickels' mission than to a customer's belly. They went to El Salvador with their church to work with King's Castle Ministries, supporting feeding programs.