July 16, 2015 |
SARAH Martinez-Helfman, the longtime executive director of the Eagles Youth Partnership, will step down from her post to take over as president of the Samuel S. Fels Fund, the Eagles announced yesterday. Martinez-Helfman has been in charge of the Eagles charity since its inception in 1995. Among its programs for children in the Philadelphia area are the Eye Mobile, Book Mobile and annual playground building. "There was nothing she wanted more than to see the smile of the child who could see better or the child who was able to play on a newly constructed playground," Eagles president Don Smolenski said in a statement.
January 8, 2015 |
THE EMAIL buzzed onto the screen of my phone. Subject: Phillies Statement. The first instinct was one that is beaten into any lifelong reporter: What did I miss? Unlocking the phone, my mind burned through the possibilities. A trade? A free-agent outfielder? Relocation to Havana? Exhale. "With regard to Pedro Martinez . . . " Of course. Pedro. Five years ago, he burned through our atmosphere like some oddity from space, crash- landing in Clearwater en route to Citizens Bank Park and 12 starts that feel like they took place forever ago. Yesterday, he was voted into the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America, the only proper end for one of the most dominant careers the sport has ever seen.
October 5, 2013 |
The Phillies' October roster cleaning continued Thursday when four more players - Michael Martinez, Pete Orr, Zach Miner, and Mauricio Robles - were outrighted off the 40-man roster. It could signal the end for Martinez, one of the worst Phillies hitters in the modern era. Martinez hit .175 with a .175 on-base percentage and .175 slugging percentage in 40 plate appearances this past season. His .495 OPS in 396 career plate appearances is the lowest for any Phillies position player with as much experience since 1919.
September 8, 2013 |
WILLIAM "Cesar" Martinez was 11 when his parents brought the family from Puerto Rico to Spring Garden in the late 1940s. "There were hardly any Spanish-speaking people in this neighborhood," said Martinez, 75, who has lived in Spring Garden for 64 years. But about 1955, he recalled, more and more U.S. citizens from the island started coming to Philadelphia. And like the Martinez family, they began settling in Spring Garden. Today, the Spring Garden neighborhood still has a sizable Latino community, but not nearly as large as during the 1970s, '80s and '90s, said Justino Navarro, vice president of Spring Garden Community Development Corp.
September 6, 2013 |
The wheels on the bus go 'round and 'round, as every schoolchild knows. But do all the lights on the bus go flash and blink? Are the treads on the tires deep and sharp? Do the brakes work? Does the alarm sound when an emergency exit opens? Parents make an act of faith every time they put a child on a school bus. And so, with a new school year dawning, the chairman of New Jersey's Motor Vehicle Commission was on the road this week to assure them that those big yellow boxes on wheels are safe.
May 26, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Darin Ruf was scratched from the starting lineup before Triple A Lehigh Valley's game last night. But Ruf was not in Washington, either. Rather than call up the righthanded power hitter who hit 38 home runs in the minor leagues last year and three more in 12 games with the Phillies last September, the front office called on the 30-year-old utility infielder with the .188 career batting average. Michael Martinez, and not Ruf, infield prospect Cesar Hernandez or even Pete Orr, was summoned to Washington to take Chase Utley's place on the active roster.
April 8, 2013
Various Artists Music from the Motion Picture Spring Breakers (Big Beat/Atlantic ***) When controversial director Harmony Korine hired electronic-dance-music gods Skrillex to cocompose the score to the deranged beach flick Spring Breakers , it was a molten-hot match in hipster-doofus heaven. Add cocomposer Cliff Martinez (onetime Captain Beefheart drummer, who scored Traffic and Drive ), and Spring Breakers star James Franco to the mix, and the whole thing is so hip that Steve McQueen is turning in James Dean's grave.
March 17, 2013
Jose Alfredo Martinez de Hoz, 87, Argentina's former economy minister, died Saturday while awaiting sentencing for human-rights abuses during the military dictatorship. Martinez de la Hoz was Argentina's economy minister from 1976-1981 under military coup leader Gen. Jorge Rafael Videla. After the dictatorship ended, Martinez de la Hoz was tried for rights abuses. He benefited from a 1990 pardon by then-President Carlos Menem, but the charges were restored after the Supreme Court ruled in 2006 that the pardon was unconstitutional.
January 10, 2013 |
ATLANTA - As a kid, J.R. Martinez was scared of Freddy Krueger, the disfigured menace in the Nightmare on Elm Street film series. After a bomb in war-torn Iraq ripped through his Army humvee and burned one-third of his body - including part of his face - Martinez felt as if he had become the living embodiment of Krueger. He was horrified and, for a brief time, suicidal. Nine years later, the former Dalton, Ga., resident is very much alive. While in the hospital, he began sharing his story with other burn victims, and soon became a fixture on the speaking circuit as an inspirational war survivor.
November 9, 2012 |
In a place called the Cornhusker State, you'd better believe Nebraska football is a big deal. In fact, it's the only deal since there are no professional sports teams in the state and just one FBS team. Given all this attention, Cornhuskers redshirt junior quarterback Taylor Martinez receives his share of praise, advice, and criticism. Especially criticism. It's a lot of pressure on a 22-year-old college student, but he finds ways to deal with it. "He handles it in his own way," senior wide receiver and punt returner Tim Marlowe said.