January 7, 2016
IF MAYOR KENNEY was looking not to raise expectations too high in his inaugural address Monday, he succeeded. The new mayor said the "vision" that would guide his administration would be to "deliver efficient, effective services to all Philadelphians. " Is vision the right word to describe Kenney's goals? Surely, making the buses run on time, keeping the streets clean and offering good policing are admirable goals, but they don't represent the pinnacle of what government should accomplish; it's the base line.
January 2, 2016
Q: I live near a lot of people who go over the top with Christmas lights. Last year, I got into the spirit and got a bunch of lights for the outside of my house. But this year, they were such a tangled mess that I recycled them and bought new ones so I wouldn't need to deal with it. To avoid this next year, how should I take them down? - C.S. A: This is such a great question. Storage is always a big problem, and strings of lights really do tangle easily. The downside to LED lights - and upside, if you think about it - is that we can use long strings because we don't have to worry about the electrical load.
January 2, 2016 |
Thomas Dempster, 81, of Burlington City, who retired in the mid-1990s as a home delivery manager after 25 years at the Philadelphia Daily News, died of heart failure Tuesday, Dec. 29, at Aria Health-Torresdale Campus. "He was a very positive, outgoing individual," said a son, William, co-owner with his wife, Audrey, of Dempster's Sports Pub in Mount Holly. "His father passed at an early age," William said, "and he quit school at 16 to help support the family. " Mr. Dempster grew up in Kensington and, like others, gathered with other teens at Kensington and Allegheny Avenues, daughter Joanne Leicht said.
December 11, 2015 |
Michael DiBerardinis was preaching his personal gospel last Wednesday to parks and recreation directors from across the country, about the importance of working with the people they serve. "You have to value citizen engagement, you have to value citizen involvement," he told the group at the Free Library of Philadelphia's Skyline Room, where they had gathered for a two-day conference. "You have to not only believe in it, but you have to invest in it. " And it's something DiBerardinis has done for almost his entire adult life.
December 9, 2015 |
NASHVILLE - Pete Mackanin's fine handwriting - steeped in his education in the Catholic schools of Chicago's South Side - will return next season to Phillies lineup cards. The manager will not just be simply stroking his calligraphy pen. He will also have full control over who plays and who does not. Dictated lineups, or at least lineups with front-office influence, seem to be a growing trend across baseball. General manager Matt Klentak said that will not be the case with the Phillies.
December 7, 2015 |
Nearly four decades ago, when their two-person traveling party welcomed a third member, Pete Mackanin's wife, Nancy, began keeping a journal. As Mackanin bounced from one baseball job to the next, his family moving from one town to the next, Nancy recorded all of their son's firsts and noted where they were in their lives at every given point. The journal is how Nancy knows the precise number of times she has packed up and moved with her husband: 57, or enough for about 10 lifetimes.
December 5, 2015 |
The Golden Inn in Avalon was sold Thursday to a Chester-based hotel-management company that plans to transform the family beachside resort into luxury lodgings. Icona Resorts declined to discuss the purchase price for the 155-guest-room property, but spokeswoman Molly Mita said it was the biggest hotel transaction in Cape May County history. The company will spend "tens of millions" on renovations, to be completed by development affiliate Achristavest by July 2016, Mita said. Icona renovated Diamond Beach's Pier 6600 into Icona Diamond Beach in 2013.
December 4, 2015 |
It sounds like a good problem to have. For families that observe both Hanukkah and Christmas, there's double the gatherings, double the gifts, and double (or possibly quadruple if said family combines Jews and Italians) the food. Yet this time of year can also be challenging for multi-holiday households. It may mean delicate calendar negotiations, tense budgeting, or surprising surges of usually dormant cultural or religious loyalties. We talked to three chef households about how they balance multiple celebrations and keep the party going through the solstice season.
December 2, 2015 |
Seton Hall University law Dean Patrick E. Hobbs gave each 2015 graduate a quarter, painted red, in a plastic case. "It's a symbol. Red means danger," Hobbs said at the graduation in May. "The quarter is to remind you that in times of trouble, or doubt, or jeopardy, I want you to call me. . . . I'll get you through that moment. " Hobbs has long been a go-to guy in a crisis. Now, Rutgers University has tapped Hobbs to run its athletics department, marred by a string of scandals, including the firing of the basketball coach in 2013 and the arrests of seven football players on various charges this season.
November 24, 2015 |
It's understandable that many Americans fear another terrorist attack on U.S. soil after seeing the carnage inflicted on Paris by operatives claimed by Islamic State. Also understandable, but discouraging, is the exploitation of that fear by poll-watching politicians spouting xenophobic rhetoric to keep their personal ambitions on track. It's no coincidence that 30 Republican governors and one Democrat facing a strong reelection challenge oppose resettling Syrian refugees in their states because terrorists could be hiding among them.