November 29, 2012 |
When Joan Verratti lost her son - her only child - "I lost my way in life," she said. To cope, she threw herself into baking old-fashioned Italian cookies in her South Philadelphia home, giving everything away. That led to a plan to open a bakery, but it fizzled. In 2005, on a whim, she decided to make a batch of limoncello, the lemon liqueur that's an after-dinner staple in Italian cucinas. "It needed tweaking," she said last week, puckering at the memory. Too sour for her taste.
November 25, 2012
Beth Kephart is the author of 14 books, including "Flow: The Life and Times of Philadelphia's Schuylkill River" (Temple University Press) Of the two rivers that carry Philadelphia's dreams toward the sea, it is the Schuylkill that has always snagged a good chunk of my heart. It feels personal to me - the Schuylkill's roving through time, her baptisms and floods, her primeval sheen, her helpless submission to toxins and sludge, her muddy regrets and redemption. The river rises and falls.
November 6, 2012 |
In July, Jefferson University Hospital spine surgeon Alexander Vaccaro threw in his contribution to Philly.com's One Great Idea initiative - a medical town hall meeting, where Philadelphians can ask a panel of doctors anything, cost- and appointment-free. His idea became a reality Thursday, when Vaccaro and three other doctors tackled questions from 30 people for an hour and a half in a brightly colored room of North Philadelphia's YouthBuild charter school. The intimate event gave Vaccaro, also vice chairman of the department of orthopedic surgery at the Rothman Institute, a snapshot of the health issues Philadelphians care about: obesity, diet, high blood pressure, their children's well-being, and teen pregnancy.
October 27, 2012 |
Far too often, housing designed for Philadelphia's poor wears the architectural equivalent of a scarlet letter. Puny windows, unwelcoming front doors, and clunky details virtually scream that the occupants are there on sufferance. Such markers are surely one reason many communities react badly to the prospect of subsidized housing in their midst. A trio of new rowhouses in Logan - yes, that land of sinking homes - could make them change their minds. With their Mondrian-inspired grids of glazed black brick and peppermint-green metal, the facades resemble something you might admire in one of Philadelphia's up-and-coming hipster neighborhoods.
October 22, 2012
Danny Garcia knows where he is from. The holder of three world boxing championship belts at 140 pounds was born and raised in North Philadelphia. The 24-year-old champion still trains at Harrowgate Boxing Club, where he was introduced to the sport at age 10 by his father, Angel. Garcia will proudly carry his Philadelphia boxing roots into the ring Saturday night when he defends his unified super lightweight titles against former champion Erik Morales at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. But Danny Garcia also knows his heritage.
October 18, 2012 |
THE PEOPLE Paper spoke with three voters who still haven't completely made up their minds both before and after Tuesday night's debate. Diane Seeger, 69, Democrat Where she's from: Far Northeast Occupation: Retired Before: Which way are you leaning? I have been leaning toward Obama, but I've been reading different things. My problem is I don't know who is doing what. Even when they're on the TV when they're talking they say, 'He did this,' but they're not talking about what they'll do. What will it take to make up your mind?
October 14, 2012
Two weeks ago, I introduced you to some Philadelphians I consider to be disruptive - innovative change agents who challenge the status quo in their respective fields. Since then, you've e-mailed me a lot of other names. Some - such as fiscal watchdog Brett Mandel and mural maven Jane Golden - are no-brainers. In a town long characterized by a go-along-to-get-along culture, they have the guts to stand up and stand out. I've been most intrigued, however, by the disrupters who have been operating below the media radar.
October 7, 2012
After extensive renovations, the Philadelphia History Museum, at 15 S. Seventh St., has reopened and among the exhibitions is "Face to Facebook," a look at how Philadelphians have pictured themselves from the 17th century to now. Match up the notable Philadelphian with his or her portrait. To learn more about the museum, visit www.philadelphiahistory.org or call 215-685-4830. Answers below. 1. William Penn. 2. Harriet Lee Smith. 3. Charles Willson Peale. 4. George Washington.
September 25, 2012
Chattanooga, Tenn., is trying to lure techies with financial incentives, but some Philadelphians are not impressed. Business, A14.
September 10, 2012 |
They fought so memorably - as valiant men inside the ropes and petulant children outside them - that their names will be combined forever into a single, mellifluous word that conjures up another boxing era, another America. AliFrazier Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier will always be recalled in tandem. Polar opposites in personality, political philosophy, and the public pizzazz they generated during the chaotic 1960s and 1970s, the two legendary heavyweight champions did have at least one thing in common besides boxing ability.