February 14, 2015 |
The Germantown YWCA is nearing its 100th birthday, and the old gal isn't doing so well. The windows of the stately Georgian Revival residence hotel on Germantown Avenue are covered with plywood. Having suffered two fires, her brick walls are a bit wobbly, and there's a hole in the roof. Some would gladly put her out of her misery right now. But without the YWCA, Germantown wouldn't be Germantown. Though the YWCA is fondly remembered as a neighborhood hub, the place where everyone in Germantown learned to swim, it didn't get made a national landmark, or listed on the city and national historic registers, just for having a commodious pool.
February 11, 2015 |
When Clearview Regional High School teacher Jenna Scott informed her students that U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R., N.J.) was coming to their Advanced Placement government and politics class, she told them to do their research and ask about something more than his life. They did, questioning the congressman on Monday on a variety of issues, including the plight of Atlantic City, the implications of the Patriot Act, and the future of the Guantanamo Bay detention camp for terror suspects.
February 9, 2015 |
BY DAY, RODNEY Oglesby represents the interests of the Philadelphia School District in Harrisburg and City Hall as government affairs director. By night, he's raising money as head of a political action committee with strong ties to the charter school movement. Oglesby's employer sees no conflict between the roles. "His activity with the PAC is in line with the [district] policy and what is allowed in the policy," district spokesman Fernando Gallard said yesterday, citing Section 315 of the district's employment policy which "recognizes and encourages the right of its employees as citizens to engage in political activity.
January 27, 2015 |
Eddie Campbell's four tours of duty as a Marine in Korea and Vietnam helped prepare him for the battles that confronted him in Willingboro nearly 30 years later. But there were still a few ambushes. Campbell became a councilman in the predominantly black suburb in 1998 and had to tackle the fallout from white flight, shrinking tax revenue, and spiraling foreclosures. He was first appointed to the governing body after his wife, Doreatha, died of cancer while serving as mayor of their adopted hometown.
January 20, 2015 |
In a typical year, last week's announcement that Montgomery County Commissioner Leslie Richards would leave to become the state's next transportation secretary would qualify as a political bombshell. But 2015 is shaping up as anything but typical. Richards' departure brings the number of high-level elected vacancies in Montgomery to seven, unleashing a political feeding frenzy as dozens of prospective candidates swarm for the chance to run for commissioner, district attorney, judgeships, and row offices.
January 18, 2015 |
The Rosie Herrera Dance Theatre brought some much-needed Miami heat Thursday night to Dance Celebration at the Annenberg Center. The Philadelphia premieres of Herrera's Dining Alone and Various Stages of Drowning: A Cabaret also provided a few good laughs along with some puzzling and thought-provoking moments. Both shared oblique historical and political references and autobiographical material. Herrera's father, a Cuban émigré to Miami, had been both a baker and a waiter.
December 15, 2014 |
NEW YORK - In a year of unusual political volatility, the chatter in the halls of the Waldorf-Astoria was all about who might run in what big races - for Philadelphia mayor and state Supreme Court justice next year and for U.S. Senate in 2016. And when attendees were not trading names of potential candidates, they were speculating about controversies surrounding U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah and Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane and debating how Gov.-elect Tom Wolf will respond to a budget crisis and a solidly GOP legislature when he takes office Jan. 20. This year's event featured some real news, with Supreme Court Justice Ronald D. Castille's comments on Kane, and the incoming Senate majority leader saying he was ready to talk budget deal with Wolf.
December 10, 2014 |
TRENTON - A state legislative committee's investigation into last year's lane closures at the George Washington Bridge was a cover to "take down" Gov. Christie and boost the political career of its cochairman, GOP lawmakers charged in a new report Monday. Democrats on the New Jersey Legislative Select Committee on Investigation, led by Assemblyman John S. Wisniewski (D., Middlesex), "repeatedly misled the public; manipulated media coverage via false leads, seemingly unlawful leaks, and baseless claims; charged taxpayers millions of dollars to promote political fiction; and accomplished nothing meaningful for the public good," the 119-page report says.
December 8, 2014 |
From the pork barrel to Pigasus - a hog nominated for president by the Yippies in 1968 - swine have served as an enduring American political metaphor. That's fitting given the outsize power of big agriculture, which extends even to this age of urbanization and our most urban state. Consider New Jersey's latest messy encounter with pork policy. Gov. Christie recently vetoed a bill banning the use of so-called gestation crates, which large hog farms use to cruelly confine pregnant sows so closely that they can't turn around.
November 28, 2014 |
It's a neat trick. Fulfill retrograde girlish fantasies (tall, handsome, rich prince whisks you away from your dreary chores and your lousy dresses), while also pandering to the demands of contemporary gender politics: offer empowerment, self-actualization, and any other politically correct goal on the current curriculum. And this touring production of the Broadway show Cinderella , at the Academy of Music for the Thanksgiving holiday week, adds to the PC effect with a veritable rainbow of actors in the ensemble.