August 15, 2015 |
City officials released detailed road closure and security fencing plans Thursday for the September papal visit, and said they were working with the U.S. Secret Service to accommodate businesses that need to stay open that weekend. "We, the city, and our many, many partners . . . are working to ensure the World Meeting of Families be held in a safe and secure environment for the Holy Father, and for the hundreds and thousands and millions of faithful who will want to come and see and hear him," Nutter said, flanked by city officials and Secret Service agents based in Philadelphia.
August 6, 2015 |
Seven-year-old Joanna Harris loves to tell stories, ones already written and ones she writes herself. When many of her classmates decided to rehash Disney movies during a school program, she wrote "Ocean Tale," a harrowing adventure featuring two mermaids almost captured by an evil fisherman. (Spoiler alert: Surfer Girl saves the day.) Then the Paoli girl and her family spent July 4 visiting all 10 Once Upon a Nation storytelling benches around Independence Hall, where they learned the program was sponsoring a contest to celebrate its 10th anniversary.
August 5, 2015 |
AOL co-founder Steve Case wants to take in entrepreneurs' new ideas, to pick their brains, before picking one to receive an investment of $100,000. "The idea has to be more than a scribble on a paper napkin," he said Monday. "There has to be something to show, a product with some momentum that needs a boost of cash but hasn't gotten big enough to get the interest of venture capitalists. " Case has been on this mission for a year or so, clocking 3,000 miles on a bus, visiting towns (14 so far)
July 8, 2015
CONTRARY TO the old Army recruiting slogan, July 4 in Philadelphia is not all that it can be. A rain-dappled Saturday held down attendance some, but I think the fault lies elsewhere. The morning ceremonies at Independence Hall lacked a hook, which it once had. More troubling was the evening concert on the Parkway, which has several problems, including scrubbing of any trace of the "P-word:" Patriotism. To some people, "patriotism" smacks of jingoism rather than simple love of country (even though love sometimes means having to say you're sorry)
July 7, 2015 |
The Philadelphia Orchestra, which knows the way to London and Vienna, could use a little help these days finding the neighborhoods of the city in which it lives. In 15 years, the orchestra's wonderful free neighborhood concert series has brought it to North Philadelphia, the Navy Yard, Drexel Hill, and elsewhere. This year, the series consists of two concerts, and you might notice that the next one, July 30, has the intrepid Philadelphians venturing all the way to, well, their usual perch in Verizon Hall.
July 6, 2015 |
With the ink still wet on the Supreme Court's 5-4 pro-marriage-equality ruling, figures from the LGBT movement joined thousands of others at Independence Hall on Saturday for the National LGBT 50th anniversary ceremony. Fifty years ago, in the same location, a polite protest by 40 gay men and women sparked the movement with its demands for equal rights for gay people. That demonstration is seen by many as the birth of the modern gay-rights movement. "For the gay community, this is identical in meaning to the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom," anniversary chairman and co-emcee Malcolm Lazin said before the celebration.
July 3, 2015 |
I MET Benjamin Franklin in a dimly lit Center City bar one night. The dapper gentleman in colonial attire looked like he just wanted to eat his Caesar salad in peace. But c'mon, you try spotting a dude dressed like the man who signed the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution and not striking up a conversation. Or taking a selfie. Or asking if you two could hang sometime. Or all of the above. I know, this city is crawling with people dressed as historical figures - especially this July 4 weekend: Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Rocky.
July 2, 2015 |
WHEN ARCHBISHOP Charles Chaput visited the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility in January, the commissioner of city prisons, Louis Giorla, jokingly told Chaput that the prison would be more than happy to host Pope Francis during his visit to Philadelphia in September. Yesterday, as Giorla stood outside of Curran-Fromhold's walls in front of a throng of reporters, even he seemed surprised at the punch line to his joke: "It came true!" he said. With the release of the official itinerary for the pope's visit to Philadelphia, New York City and Washington, D.C., yesterday, the public got its first glimpse at what Pope Francis wants to get out of his first visit to the United States of America.
July 2, 2015 |
During two whirlwind days in Philadelphia in September, Pope Francis will speak about immigration and religious liberty outside Independence Hall and visit inmates at the city's largest prison. Archbishop Charles J. Chaput said the pope's itinerary says, "I walk with you - and so does the Lord. " Mayor Nutter, who returned last week from Rome as part of a delegation firming up plans for Francis' visit, said he was not surprised by the pope's plans to visit Independence Hall or a prison.
June 29, 2015 |
The Liberty Bell sat across the street, the symbolic copper-and-tin companion to the stately red brick of Independence Hall. But celebrity chef Michael Schulson wasn't wowed by the historic backdrop. In fact, as he listened to a business pitch imploring him to open a restaurant inside the forbidding concrete walls of the nearby Dow building, he was stunned by something more pedestrian: the lack of pedestrians. "It was dead," said the Sampan and Buddakan New York maestro, recalling that September 2013 evening in the heart of colonial Philadelphia.