August 1, 2016 |
Stratford's White Horse Tavern was built in 1740 and dismantled in 1965. The borough's 275-year-old black oak tree died eight years ago. And local preservationists fear the 1844 Ephraim Tomlinson Mansion - the sole survivor among the three landmarks depicted on Stratford's official seal - also could disappear. "Every time you lose part of your past, you lose part of yourself," said Ed Claypoole, a member of the borough's Historic Preservation Commission. Once the centerpiece of a busy little village that included three farms, a gristmill, and a sawmill, the handsome brick structure occupies one of three sites the borough of 7,000 hopes to see redeveloped.
February 28, 2016 |
After a disappointing loss in the Catholic League playoffs, Conwell-Egan had plenty of time to stew. The Eagles were idle for more than two weeks before the District 12 Class 2A championship game Friday night at St. Joseph's University's Hagan Arena. Behind senior forward LaPri McCray-Pace's 20 points, the defending state-champion Eagles clawed Mastery North, 70-58, to capture a second consecutive city championship. "The last two weeks of practice have been [intense]," McCray-Pace said.
October 14, 2015 |
A MISPERCEPTION hovers over the Philadelphia Military Academy, one that's soon dispelled when some city parents and students meet with school administrators. "Because of the name of the school, we still get applicants that have a lot of disciplinary issues," said principal Patricia Randzo. "They think that we are a military school for discipline rather than the academics. And we're strictly academics. " Maj. Kenneth Roberts, the school's Junior ROTC commandant, said that "the academy uses a military structure to create opportunities for success . . . This is a learning environment.
August 1, 2014 |
The fallout from a cheating scandal in the Philadelphia School District continues. Three retired teachers surrendered their professional credentials last month for allegedly engaging in "multiple PSSA testing violations" related to Pennsylvania's system of standardized tests, according to the state Department of Education. Information posted on the department's website Wednesday identified the three as Alene S. Goldstein, Deborah L. Edwards-Dillard, and Phyllis R. Patselas. All three agreed to never seek jobs at a public school, charter school, or cyber school, or with a contracted educational provider.
June 6, 2014 |
The state Department of Education has forced a former principal at Philadelphia Military Academy and a one-time teacher at John Welsh Elementary to surrender their professional credentials in connection with a test-cheating scandal involving the School District of Philadelphia. The credentials were surrendered last month, and the disciplinary actions were posted Tuesday on the department's website. The department alleges that as principal at the military school, Robert L. Manning violated the integrity and security of the state's standardized tests by failing "to investigate and report allegations of testing improprieties . . .," and attempted to hinder a subsequent investigation.
March 1, 2014 |
It can't be easy for sci-fi filmmakers to work in the shadows of such classics as 2001: A Space Odyssey or, for that matter, Alien . Two new films try, with mixed success. The latest masterpiece from acclaimed director Alfonso Cuarón ( Children of Men , Y Tu Mamá También ), Gravity is a tense two-character drama that has been nominated for 10 Academy Awards. It stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as the sole survivors of a disastrous explosion that wipes out the crew of a space shuttle who were assigned to make repairs to the Hubble Space Telescope.
January 10, 2013 |
Before making two visits to Annapolis, Mike Brown had doubts about the U.S. Naval Academy's being the right fit for him. "Initially, the idea of going to a military school was kind of foreign to me," the Hatboro-Horsham senior said. "But I fell in love with the school, the coaches, and the players when I went down there. I saw it as a great opportunity. " Brown, a 6-foot-4, 193-pound swingman and third-year starter for the Hatters, committed to Navy, guided by second-year coach Ed DeChellis, in October.
December 22, 2012 |
A shouting and chanting crowd of hundreds told officials Thursday night exactly what they thought of a Philadelphia School District plan to close 37 schools and change grades and shut programs at dozens more. "SOS! Save our schools!" hundreds yelled as they marched up North Broad Street toward district headquarters. "Whose city? Our city! Whose schools? Our schools!" It was a dramatic stand against the planned closings of one in six city schools, announced last week. Closings were not on the agenda of the School Reform Commission's voting meeting, but they quickly became the hot potato of the evening, with students, teachers, parents, and community members demanding answers.
December 17, 2012 |
BEIRUT - An Islamist faction of Syrian rebels captured an infantry base in the northern city of Aleppo, its fighters said Sunday, as forces fighting to topple President Bashar al-Assad advanced on the country's largest city. Also Sunday, Syrian warplanes blasted a Palestinian refugee camp near Damascus, killing eight people and wounding dozens, activists said. Some Palestinian groups in the Yarmouk camp have been backing Assad's regime. The infantry base was the second major army installation taken by rebels in a week in Aleppo.
September 29, 2012
Republican Mitt Romney plans a lucrative breakfast in Philadelphia on Friday, hitting the Union League for a series of receptions that organizers expect will generate from $3.5 million to $4 million for his campaign. Afterward, Romney is scheduled to appear at a GOP rally at Valley Forge Military Academy and College in Wayne, amid speculation that Pennsylvania may have fallen off his campaign's target list of winnable battleground states. The Southeastern Pennsylvania swing is Romney's first visit to the state since July 17, when he held a rally in Westmoreland County and a fund-raiser in Pittsburgh.