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.
August 19, 2014 |
What are we to make of this year's NFL newcomers? Remember that when evaluating the fantasy potential of any rookie, talent is rarely the most decisive factor. More relevant is the opportunity presented to the player, which is also a multifaceted equation. Does the rookie have a clear path to a starting gig? Will he join a high-powered offense, or one whose punter is its most lethal weapon? Is he healthy heading into the season, or has he missed invaluable preseason reps because of nagging injuries?
August 18, 2014 |
A seminar that teaches attendees how to grow their own marijuana is coming next weekend to Atlantic City, a town that has broken ground before by dabbling in vices. The course offering will be a first on the East Coast, said Dale Sky Jones, chancellor of Oaksterdam University, an Oakland, Calif., marijuana school that has graduated 18,000 students since its 2007 opening. Never mind that planting your own weed is illegal in the Garden State. And that Gov. Christie has vowed that he will not allow New Jersey to "turn into California" and that he will not waver from the strict, dispensary-only medical-marijuana model.
August 18, 2014 |
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities. If a wealthy descendant of the original Swedish settlers had not dug in his heels, this borough on the Jersey side of the Delaware River from Tacony would still be called Texas . But landowner Isaiah Toy considered that name, given to the stretch of Burlington County shoreline by the Camden & Amboy Railroad, "inappropriate" and, the official...