December 6, 2013 |
For Lauren Huezo and her family, the holidays mean a trip to Longwood Gardens for the dancing fountain, a stop at Macy's to hear the Wanamaker Organ, and a jaunt to the Comcast Center to enjoy the much, much larger-than-life seasonal lobby show. On a recent weeknight, Huezo added to that "must-do" list, huddled with her husband and two sons watching Franklin Square's new offering, "Electrical Spectacle. " "And now we have a fourth," said Huezo, of the Graduate Hospital neighborhood, referring to her holiday traditions.
December 5, 2013 |
Hello there Business was slow at the hot dog booth Lesley and her family staffed for Diablo Japanese-American church's 2007 summer festival in Concord, Calif. - so she used the time to socialize with other volunteers she'd known most of her life. At the always-popular tempura booth, a stranger hustled to dip orders of battered shrimp and vegetables into hula-hoop-size woks of hot oil. "He looked like the Karate Kid with a bandanna around his head to keep the sweat out of his eyes," she said.
December 4, 2013 |
PHILADELPHIA At 6 feet, 2 inches tall and weighing 305 pounds, Christian Massey towered over his brother, his grandmother, and most of the neighbors on Felton Street. But those who knew him described him as a gentle giant, a reserved boy who took his tough upbringing in stride, earning high grades and planning for college. In foster care for most of his teenage years, Massey, 21, attended Marple Newtown High School - where he played football and basketball - and used weekend passes from his group home to visit his family in West Philadelphia.
December 3, 2013 |
For Ashley Trawick, the dilemma was purely academic. "The hardest thing is coming up with the title of my major," Trawick, 19, told Ruth De Jesus, associate dean of intercultural advancement at Gettysburg College. The sophomore from Southwest Philadelphia is eyeing a mix of developmental psychology and education. First-generation graduates from Philadelphia public high schools like Trawick once faced much bigger obstacles: How to get into college, how to afford it, and once among the largely white student bodies, how to fit in. But with a boost from Philadelphia Futures, a nonprofit that helps inner-city students get into and through college, Trawick is on a free ride at the school.
December 3, 2013
AFTER READING your article titled "Growing Pane: L&I to court over Scientologists' blight," I have just one question. If you are going to sue someone for the building they own being boarded up and abandoned - and to quote Paul Levy, president of the Center City District, "It's not only not contributing to the street and acting to the detriment to the city, it's also not a tax revenue" - then why not pick one of the thousands of buildings all throughout the...
November 30, 2013 |
Let us consider what the season has to offer - besides the Black Friday shopping demolition derby, parties soaked with eggnog, and general frenzy wrapped in pretty paper and too many bows. Folks, there's fun to be had amid the madness of gift-buying and wrestling with tangled strings of lights. As ever, the region this year delivers a multitude of events, and, as ever, we're unwrapping the highlights (there are a lot of presents). A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens' enduring 1843 tale becomes a tour de force when Scott Langdon performs every role, from Scrooge to Bob Cratchit to Tiny Tim (not to mention Fezziwig)
November 30, 2013 |
They could have slept in, or at least enjoyed the warmth of a new Thanksgiving pastime: Christmas shopping. Instead, Barry Walton, his wife, and their three children - and thousands of similarly hearty souls - stood bundled against wind and far-from-cozy conditions along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on Thursday morning to be part of a long-standing tradition. "It's a little cold but a lot of fun, so you kind of look past that," Walton, 44, of Mount Airy, said from the sidelines of the 6ABC Dunkin' Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade, the country's oldest.
November 27, 2013
A RECENT National Public Radio report made much of financial troubles in the Philadelphia schools, and shortfalls of a few hundred million dollars. This is an economic problem that could be solved with a fraction of the money taken from the pockets of Philadelphia citizens by the high price of oil. The U.S. currently pays $94 each for 19 million barrels of crude oil every day. Under President Clinton, the price averaged $26 per barrel in today's dollars and the oil companies made good profits at that price.
November 27, 2013 |
Come into city offices ranging from the Free Library to the Department of Records over the next few months and you will, in theory, be asked whether you have health insurance and offered information about Obamacare, including the option of getting a call from a specialist trained in enrollment. The outreach, described by Enroll America, a national nonprofit, as its biggest partnership with a city in support of the Affordable Care Act, will be announced Tuesday by Mayor Nutter. "It is an amazing way to extend the reach that we have in coming into contact with consumers who have no insurance and may be eligible for insurance in the marketplace," said Bill England, Pennsylvania director for Enroll America.
November 26, 2013 |
IF IT HADN'T been for a band of pragmatic dreamers, the neglected and crumbling North Philadelphia community would have remained neglected and crumbling. Among those dreamers - and they were people who knew how to back up their dreams with practical solutions to the problems they faced - was Robert Walden Smith, a man who served the city, especially those in greatest need of help, for more than 25 years. In various ways, Bob Smith helped in the development of North Philadelphia, particularly the Cecil B. Moore Avenue corridor, advised businesses on how to improve their performance, get through bureaucratic red tape, and generally improve their bottom line.