September 8, 2014 |
A PLAYER'S first game with a new team in a new city can make for a memorable experience. To that end, Malcolm Jenkins envisions his Eagles debut tomorrow as transpiring nothing like his introduction to the NFL 5 years ago. It came during the Saints' season opener at the Superdome after, on the second play from scrimmage in the second half, starting cornerback Tracy Porter went down briefly with an injury. So on third-and-6, New Orleans stacked the box and blitzed Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, leaving the just-inserted Jenkins, a 21-year-old rookie, to attempt to blanket Calvin Johnson all by himself.
September 7, 2014 |
In the second year of a crusade to woo back students who have flocked to charter schools, officials in the Chester Upland School District have upped the ante with free laptops and headphones. The Chromebook laptop and hugely popular Dr. Dre Beats headphones - which retail for hundreds of dollars - were on the table this summer for students willing to abandon rivals such as Chester Community Charter School and return to Chester Upland classrooms or its new cyberschool. "We realize we're in a competitive environment," said Joe Watkins, the state-appointed receiver tasked with developing a recovery plan for the cash-strapped Delaware County district.
September 6, 2014 |
All Philadelphia School District students are now eligible to receive free meals, officials said Thursday. Students must simply show up to receive the free food - applications are no longer required. "Our goal is to provide as many students as possible with access to healthy, nutritious meals," Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. said in a statement. "We want to keep students' focus on learning, not hunger. " A shift in federal policy means that school systems with at least 40 percent of students living in poverty can apply to offer universal free meals.
September 5, 2014 |
NONE OF US knew what to expect in last season's Eagles opener, the dawn of the Chip Kelly era, on a Monday night at FedEx Field. Washington went in favored by 3 1/2 points, down from six initially, not because of some dramatic uptick in respect for the Birds, but because there was uncertainty over whether Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III would be ready to play, having sat out the preseason as he recovered from ACL surgery. After all, the Redskins were 10-6, defending NFC East champs, the Eagles were coming off a 4-12 season.
September 1, 2014 |
Jonathan Jusino spent his first year out of high school as a stock clerk and sales associate at a clothing store, and found it unfulfilling. "I noticed there was no future for me in the work I was doing," he said. So Jusino enrolled at Community College of Philadelphia last fall as a first step in pursuing a teaching career. With his financial aid, it would have taken him three years to get his associate's degree. But a program introduced by the college this semester will allow him to finish in 21/2.
August 27, 2014
IT'S BEEN a long time coming, but we hope the 10,000 members of the city's blue-collar union approve the tentative contract reached with the city last week. Most members of District Council 33 have gone for seven years without a raise or without other pay increases normally given for longevity and promotions. The average DC33 member earned $35,000 in 2007. Today, when you account for inflation, that salary is equal to $30,000. DC33 members blamed Mayor Nutter for their troubles.
August 25, 2014 |
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities. George Washington might not have slept in Quakertown, but the Liberty Bell did spend the night in this Upper Bucks County borough back in 1777. Unlike the patriots who were moving it out of the reach of the British occupiers of Philadelphia, the bell didn't stay at the nearby Red Lion Inn, but in the back of Evan Foulke's house at 1237 W. Broad St. Both the Foulke house and the inn remain - just two of the many places that make this borough both historic and, as Coldwell Banker Heritage agent Michele Samph emphasizes, "quaint.
August 25, 2014 |
HARVINDER KAUR worked as a nurse in her home country of India. After she moved to Upper Darby with her husband, she hoped to work in the same field. "I was very scared when I came here," Kaur, 35, said yesterday. She didn't want to work in a store. "I thought if I do any other job [other than nursing], I would lose my skills," she said. With the help of the Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians, a Center City-based nonprofit economic-development organization, Kaur was able to get her certified-nursing-assistant license and land her first job here.
August 24, 2014 |
Like to finish your race with a beer? You may want to add the Flying Fish 5K to your calendar. The race, which will be held on Sept. 6, begins at Flying Fish brewery in Somerdale, Camden County, and finishers 21 and over will get a beer at the finish line. The race is part of Great American Brewery Runs, a new series being put on by local breweries and Carl Ewald, who puts on the ODDyssey Half Marathon, a race held in Philadelphia in June. This race series started in May of this year with the Foxtrot 5K, which was held on the grounds of Sly Fox Brewing Company in Pottstown.
August 22, 2014 |
In a small redbrick church in Northeast Philadelphia's Oxford Circle section, an interfaith group of blacks and whites gathered in prayer Wednesday evening for the people of Ferguson, Mo., and a Philadelphia delegation of clergy sent to the troubled town. "We hope this is the last vigil for a young man gunned down," the Rev. Denise Statham told the gathering of about 70 people at Living Water United Church of Christ in the 6500 block of Loretto Avenue. The vigil was in support of Bishop Dwayne Royster, pastor of the church, and other clergy from the city who are in Ferguson in support of protests over the killing of Michael Brown, 18, who was shot by a police officer in the St. Louis suburb.