November 27, 2013 |
THE WORD around Philadelphia's political, government and community circles was "Let Lana do it. " "If you want it done right, let Lana do it," was the cry. And whatever it was, no one would doubt that Lana Felton-Ghee would not only get it done, but that it would be done the best that anyone could do it. That ranged from political campaigns to civic celebrations, as well as cultural and a vast variety of community events, ranging from the...
November 27, 2013 |
Mary Louise Bernard Ellis, 79, of Mount Ephraim, a member since the 1990s of the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians, a charitable organization, died Wednesday, Nov. 20, at the Vitas Inpatient Hospice Unit of Kennedy Health System in Stratford following a stroke. Born in Gloucester City, Mrs. Ellis graduated from Gloucester Catholic High School in 1951, where she was a member of the glee club. She then worked as a part-time clerk for the post office in Gloucester Heights, where her mother was the postmistress, daughter Maureen Gorlewski said.
November 25, 2013 |
PHILADELPHIA Inspired by the case of a young man with autism who was denied a place on a heart-transplant waiting list, a Philadelphia legislator will soon begin gathering support for a state bill that would prohibit discrimination against people with disabilities who want organ transplants. Rep. John Sabatina (D., Phila.) plans to introduce "Paul's Law" in honor of Paul Corby of Pottsville, whose mother, Karen, said doctors at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania refused to put him on the heart-transplant list because of his autism.
October 29, 2013 |
Within the first few minutes of the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia's 140th anniversary concert with the Kimmel Center organ, you wondered why the two aren't married with children. The two entities seem made for each other. The chorus' robust sound matches that of the Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ, which, in the hands of Michael Stairs, has a versatility that makes the instrument an accompanist in myriad ways, though it roars into the foreground at the right moments. The Friday program explored choral/organ works not often heard for reasons that seem to have little to do with their quality.
October 8, 2013 |
PHILADELPHIA Wei Chen honed his organizing skills as a student during a boycott triggered by racial violence at South Philadelphia High School four years ago. On Sunday, he was awarded a fellowship that will help him continue organizing Asian youth. "Organizing is one of the best ways to change our society," said Chen, who grew up in China's Fujian Province, where organizing was not tolerated. Chen, 22, is one of 10 young people to receive the inaugural Peace First Prize, which is supported by various foundations and which celebrates those who have confronted injustice.
September 3, 2013
Organized labor is so powerful in Philadelphia that people in this town might not realize unions are in real trouble nationally. Labor Day is a good time to reflect on that reality. Just a few days ago, union picketers made the local TV news by blasting the amplified sound of a baby's recorded cries during daily protests of nonunion work at a hotel, disturbing guests and a Center City neighborhood. Weeks earlier, a strike at the Pennsylvania Convention Center threatened a major convention.
August 26, 2013 |
LAKEWOOD, N.J. - Two different people who have observed Phillies first-round pick J.P. Crawford have used the same adjective to describe the 18-year-old shortstop from Lakewood High in Southern California. "He is a polished player, and part of that is that kids from California get to play so much ball year-round," said Joe Jordan, the Phillies director of player development. Crawford, who began this summer at the Phillies Gulf Coast League team, has been recently moved to low-single-A Lakewood.
August 23, 2013 |
WINTERTHUR, Del. - When Tim Mountz plucks a misshapen gem from a row of tomato plants - first admiring the little beauty nurtured from heirloom seed to ripe August perfection - he doesn't just describe the flavor, he rhapsodizes. "You'll taste smoke and spice," says the owner of Happy Cat organic farm, speaking of the Black Plum variety. Next is Northern Lights, a yellow-orange beefsteak with a blossom-end blush and an explosion of honeyed nectar: "It's like looking through the Hubble telescope with Carl Sagan.
August 19, 2013 |
LET'S GET a couple of things straight. First, the Phillies' rationale for parting ways with Charlie Manuel yesterday made some sense. They do not want the next 6 weeks to play out as the the last 4 have, and installing the presumptive manager of the future with 42 games remaining is a logical way to signal the start of a new era. But regardless of the validity of the course of action that general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. and president David Montgomery ultimately...
August 15, 2013 |
IF STATE AND CITY political leaders aren't able to secure $180 million in funding for the School District of Philadelphia, then a group of local congregations may seek to boycott schools when they open Sept. 9, the coalition announced earlier this week. POWER, Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower & Rebuild, a faith-based community organization representing 41 congregations, is calling on the state and city to provide a "safe and quality environment on the first day of school," said a spokesman for the group, Bishop Dwayne Royster.