March 15, 2012 |
Elkins Park's tiny downtown has not been the same since Ashbourne Market closed in 2002. Tucked into a commercial strip just a few blocks long, the market was more than a grocery with a big kosher section. For four decades, it was the convivial hub of the community, where neighbors gathered over bagels and lox on Sunday mornings. Having lost their anchor, however, nearby stores began to falter. Others moved in - including a tasty shawarma joint - only to fail, too. The strip was so barren, said Max Minkoff, that "you couldn't buy an apple" there.
February 27, 2008 |
Members of the Central Co-op swim team, which won the PIAA District 12 team championship earlier this month, picked up where they left off in yesterday's district individual championships at La Salle University. The Co-op swimmers, from Masterman, Carver and the Center for the Performing Arts schools, won nine events, including two of three girls' relays. Megan McFadden, Michelle Towns, Emily Wilhite and Acoya Goines each won an individual event and swam on the Co-op's winning 200-yard medley and 400 freestyle relay teams.
September 12, 2005
THANKS FOR highlighting ways consumers can deal with sky-high heating bills in your editorial "Clip and Save Some Energy" (Sept. 8). The impact of high energy prices will be far-reaching as winter comes, and conservation will be key for all consumers. You also mentioned joining a heating-oil cooperative as a great way to save money, and I could not agree more. I run the Philly area's largest heating oil co-op, PIRG Fuel Buyers. We've been helping consumers save hundreds of dollars every winter for 19 years.
September 28, 2004 |
In our city, the cradle of liberty, there seem to be two Philadelphias. One receives the services it expects and deserves. The other has these ordinary privileges denied or reduced. This is at the heart of the dispute over trash collection here. It is about the haves - those who live in houses - and the have-nots - residents of condominiums and co-ops. Trash collection is not an exciting topic. But it is a compelling, ever-present fact of life. In every home, wastebaskets and trash cans fill up, and their refuse must be emptied and taken elsewhere.
December 16, 2002 |
Even as corporate accounting scandals rocked the country this year, the last place anyone would have expected a financial fracas to crop up was at Philadelphia's oldest and best-known food cooperative. After all, Weavers Way in West Mount Airy is a place that forgoes profit in the name of good citizenry and affordable organic vegetables. This is a store that sells tofu turkeys (called Tofurkeys) downstairs from books on social justice. This is a store where for $30 a year and six hours of donated labor, you can buy cheap groceries and feel like you've made a political statement.
September 17, 1995 |
Enrique Orduna is a junior at Drexel University who will take no tests and write no papers this semester. Instead, he will get up each day and go to work at AMP Inc., an engineering firm in Elizabethtown, Pa. Orduna is one of 2,200 students in Drexel's cooperative-education program (co-op, for short) who take at least two semesters off to gain on-the-job experience. Like hundreds of thousands of college students in co-ops across the country, Orduna is coming to grips with a painful lesson: If you want to increase your chances of getting a good job when you get out of college, you need solid work experience when you're in college.
September 13, 2012 |
Weavers Way Co-op, the beloved and almost comically dilapidated Mount Airy institution, the floor a Jackson Pollock of organic food spillage, reopened its doors Sunday after eight weeks of renovation, the first in 20 years and easily a decade overdue. Only problem? The store is too nice, astonishingly nice. It's like Extreme Makeover: Co-op Edition . "I'm not good enough for this place," announced one member in the handsome downstairs with new wood floors and ambient lighting that replaced the old interrogation-room fixtures.
February 20, 2008
SOMEONE GET Christine Flowers a box of Kleenex, stat! It apparently wasn't enough for her to write an op-ed hit piece on Sen. Obama in which she equated our future occupation of Iraq to our post-World War II alliance with Germany and Japan - an apples-and-oranges comparison if there ever was one. No, it turns out that SHE's the real victim here! Apparently, after earlier stating she couldn't vote for Obama, some of his supporters e-mailed her with accusations of racism.
July 1, 2010 |
Proving what a trouper he is, a weary Glenn Bergman consented one day last week to show a visitor around the shiny, new Weavers Way Co-op that has been the talk, of late, of le tout Chestnut Hill. He'd been up later than usual the night before, entertaining the co-op's nascent band of urban farmers, feeding them a meal of seafood (the protein of choice of flexitarians), and pitchers of mojitos, scented with local mint. Bergman is a former chef, his resumé dating to the era of the Commissary, the iconic '70s cafeteria.
January 15, 2010
PHIL Goldsmith's Jan. 12 op-ed calling for the mayor to tear up the police contract awarded by an arbitrator, is laughable. He blames the city's financial problems on the people who support it most instead of a political party that has been in control for over 50 years. Goldsmith says the city can't afford to lose any more of the middle class to surrounding counties but fails to address the issues causing the flight, like Section 8 housing. Does the present administration know that casino gambling is now legal in Pennsylvania?