August 2, 1990 |
On Saturday afternoon in their Newtown Square home, Mohammad Ahadi and his American-born wife, Frances, received gifts from Mohammad Ahadi's family in Tehran, Iran. The gifts included two packets of spice, a pocketbook, a satchel, a handmade pillow covering and rug. Their friend Mahmoud Baghan of Philadelphia, who recenty returned from Iran bearing the cheerful gifts, also informed the Ahadis that "everything" was still needed for victims of the June 21 earthquake that devastated northwest Iran, leaving more than 50,000 people dead, 200,000 injured and 500,000 homeless.
June 29, 2008 |
The scene at King Street Espresso Bar in Gloucester City gave new meaning to the concept of variety show. Ernest Cipolone, 87, of Brooklawn, who has been writing poetry for 60 years, read his verses before an audience for the first time. Afterward his 12-year-old grandson, Peter Cipolone, also of Brooklawn, hoisted his accordion and led the audience in a rousing "Beer Barrel Polka. " The eclectic open-mic night June 21 was the latest event sponsored by the Gloucester City Cultural Arts and Heritage Society, a new group that aims to foster artistic expression among residents of the working-class community of 12,000 on the Delaware River.
April 9, 1996 |
They're out there, that label-hating, Web-browsing, 'zine-reading, grunge-dressing crew. They eke out a living in a subsistence-clerking economy. They act locally, but sneer globally. And they don't seem to much care, most of them, who gets elected president. They're the American citizens who are of voting age, but below 30. And they've been reported as political "missing persons. " From "College Students Talk Politics," prepared for the Kettering Foundation by The Harwood Group, comes this portrait: "While [older]
April 16, 2013 |
When Freedom Academy Charter School was put on state probation last year - its charter was in jeopardy because of poor academic results - it hired a New York charter management organization as an academic consultant while continuing a partnership with a local group to oversee its finances. Eventually, both of those groups submitted bids to run the troubled Camden school as it came up for a five-year charter renewal this year. On Thursday, the state Department of Education renewed Freedom Academy's charter after asking for and receiving a management agreement between Freedom and Democracy Prep Public Schools, the New York charter school network that recently received a $9 million federal grant to expand its footprint.
October 15, 2015 |
A LOCAL GROUP of education advocates has sent Gov. Wolf a letter asking for the removal of Farah Jimenez from the School Reform Commission because of her husband's association with charter schools. The Alliance for Philadelphia Public Schools says it is also concerned about Jimenez's oversight of the school district's Charter School Office, which she details on her LinkedIn page. The group alleges in an Oct. 8 letter obtained by the Daily News that Jimenez, who was appointed to the SRC in February 2014 by former Gov. Tom Corbett, "has taken actions which raise additional problems with her continuing as a Commissioner.
January 24, 1998 |
Nearly 55 years ago, when the Dorchester was torpedoed by a German U-boat, four U.S. Army chaplains drowned after giving up their life vests to soldiers on the sinking troop ship. Unselfish as they were, the clerics probably wouldn't ever want to see two non-profit charitable groups, one old and one new, fighting over use of the name "Four Chaplains. " But the fight has moved into federal court in Philadelphia, and neither side seems willing to call a truce. Friends of the Chapel of the Four Chaplains, a Philadelphia-based group which has been honoring the clerics' memory for more than 50 years, contends that the new group, The Four Chaplains Foundation, based in Minneapolis, Minn.
June 15, 2010 |
When the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2000 that the Boy Scouts of America could set rules as a private organization, even if that meant excluding homosexuals, the Philadelphia chapter disagreed with the exclusionary policy. The local group, the Cradle of Liberty Council, thought scouting should be open to everyone. And the council even adopted a resolution saying it opposed any form of discrimination. But retired Cradle of Liberty CEO Bill Dwyer told a federal court jury Tuesday that he and other leaders realized "in our heart of hearts" that "we couldn't repudiate totally the national position.
September 24, 1992 |
The Grateful Dead's Bob Weir performed with local group Swirled Whale at a benefit concert for Clean Water Action/Vote Environment Committee at the Barn at the Bensalem Country Club on Sunday. Democratic U.S. Rep. Peter Kostmayer, who helped bring the event together, was there. Four hundred tickets were sold, at $20 each. The event was for people 18 - the voting age - and older.
August 18, 1989 |
Two mourners linger at the gravesite after others have left the burial service for Pamela Gleason, the Philadelphia police officer's widow and 36- year-old mother of six children who died in a car accident Sunday. She was buried yesterday next to her husband's grave at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Cedarbrook. Gleason, founder of a local group for widowed spouses of police officers, was praised during funeral services as a woman who "shared her cross with others. "
June 16, 2010 |
When the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2000 that the Boy Scouts of America could set rules as a private organization, even if that meant excluding homosexuals, the Philadelphia chapter disagreed with the exclusionary policy. The local group, the Cradle of Liberty Council, thought scouting should be open to everyone. It even adopted a resolution saying it opposed any form of discrimination. But Bill Dwyer, a retired chief executive of the council, told a federal court jury Tuesday that he and other leaders realized "in our heart of hearts" that "we couldn't repudiate totally the national position.