July 8, 2015 |
The Benjamin Franklin Parkway has often served as the city's grandest stage, relegating its otherwise starring collection of cultural institutions to second billing. Unfortunately, they may not get even that much when Pope Francis becomes the Parkway's most prominent guest in a generation (with all due respect to Beyoncé): Authorities could require the museums to close as a security precaution. With a million or so people expected to gather in Philadelphia for the Catholic Church's World Meeting of Families in September, disruption will be inevitable and safety paramount.
February 24, 2015 |
Tanya Baker and Hyacinth King expected to strike out with Little Miss Betty Wilson, a 64-year-old homeless woman bundled up and seated alone on a subway concourse floor near City Hall on Sunday. It was sunny and above freezing for the first time in days, but the mercury was about to nosedive again in a mercilessly cold winter that has broken records for cold, if not for snow. Outreach workers, Baker and King had a job to do on another Code Blue day in Philadelphia, the 47th so far. They could have forced Miss Betty to go to a hospital for the night.
February 7, 2015 |
In the nine years that she has been accompanying her husband to Botswana, where he directs an ambitious health care program, Cindy Friedman has been unable to do much to help his efforts to reduce the incidence of HIV, train medical personnel, or treat tuberculosis. So Friedman developed her own outreach effort. A well-established fiber artist, she cultivated friendships with government officials, museum directors, and artists working in villages far from the capital, Gaborone. Through those relationships, she has helped foster artist communities and help talented men and women who had little or no training find creative outlets.
January 8, 2015 |
Nancy King Keleher, 76, of Cherry Hill, community outreach director at Virtua Voorhees Hospital and then at Cooper University Health Care, died of cancer on Wednesday, Dec. 31, at Cooper University Hospital in Camden. "She was an incredibly kind and thoughtful person," said Perry Weinstock, chief of cardiology at Cooper University Hospital. When he moved to Cooper from Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in 1998, he said, "one of the first people I met was Nancy. " Besides her administrative work at Cooper, Weinstock said, "she was doing a lot of volunteer work for the Heart Association.
November 24, 2014 |
Dawn Wells is the mother of two young boys, one of whom will turn 3 in February. It is the same age Scott McMillan was when, police say, he was beaten to death nearly three weeks ago by his mother and her boyfriend in their home in Chester County. At her home in Nova Scotia, Canada, Wells heard about the case through social media. "It doesn't matter what part of the world you're from, everyone's affected by this," she said. "It just broke my heart. " She wanted to do something for McMillan and his 6-year-old brother, who police say also was abused.
September 6, 2014 |
With a goal of expanding Jewish enrollment, Drexel University will build a Center for Jewish Life on its West Philadelphia campus. The project will be funded by a $6 million pledge from philanthropist Raymond G. Perelman. "Our goal at Drexel is to make the university a greater school of choice for Jewish students from our region and across the nation," Drexel President John A. Fry said in a statement. The center, scheduled to open in fall 2016, will be named for Perelman.
August 18, 2014 |
Shirley Tax spends her days at Chinatown Medical Services fielding questions from patients who bought health insurance on the Affordable Care Act marketplace. Most of those queries revolve around Independence Blue Cross' best-selling, silver-level Keystone HMO Proactive plan. Tax says patients signed up for the tiered plan without really understanding how it worked. So when they receive a bill they take it to Tax and ask her to explain it. "Most of them didn't have insurance before," Tax, 26, says of her clients, many of whom are immigrants.
August 18, 2014 |
On the wall next to her desk in the North Philadelphia nonprofit advocacy group Action United, Dawn Hawkins has posted the saying "Be the kind of woman that when your feet hit the floor each morning, the devil says, 'Oh, crap, she's up.' " It was Hawkins, a 42-year-old single mother from Strawberry Mansion, who was among the first to bring attention to the restrictions in Comcast Corp.'s discounted Internet Essentials program for low-income families...
June 4, 2014 |
Three recent graduates of the Curtis Institute of Music will become inaugural fellows of ArtistYear, a pilot program designed to bring a year-long AmeriCorps-like community service opportunity to the world of the arts in Philadelphia. The program, launched as part of the Aspen Institute's Franklin Project, which aims to create one million service-year positions by 2023, will kick off in the 2014-15 academic year. Former U.S. Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal, chair of the Franklin Project's Leadership Council, said the project aims to make community service a standard practice for all young Americans.
February 1, 2014 |
As a recruiter for the Almighty, the Rev. Tony Campolo lets few things get in his way. Even a stroke eight years ago prompted defiance. "I know my civil rights," said the hospitalized minister, challenging a doctor's admonition to postpone a week of speeches at Harvard University. (The doctor wound up monitoring Campolo and his condition from a front-row seat.) The Bryn Mawr minister, author of more than 35 books, and onetime spiritual adviser to President Bill Clinton has packed his calendar for years with more than 300 speaking engagements annually to raise charitable funds and tap young people for Christian service.