November 21, 2014 |
THE FOURTH annual Harvest on Henry event last month was no pie-in-the-sky venture. It raised $13,000 to support the educational agricultural opportunities at Henry Got Crops CSA, a community-supported agriculture partnership between Saul High School, Weavers Way Food Co-op, Weavers Way Community Programs and Fairmount Park. The daylong festival gave Saul students a chance to interact with the public and featured farm-inspired activities, such as hay rides, pumpkin crafts and - to show off students' cooking skills - a pie-baking contest.
November 4, 2014 |
Claudia Sherrod held high hopes for the Walter G. Smith School, an imposing structure on the National Register of Historic Places at 19th and Wharton Streets in Point Breeze. She and others in the community were stricken when the Philadelphia School District shuttered the building in 2013 amid its continuing budget crisis. But news that Independence Charter might buy the building thrilled neighbors, said Sherrod, the president of the Point Breeze Community Development Coalition. Independence Charter is one of the city's top schools - with a waiting list of hundreds of students for its school at 16th and Lombard Streets in Center City.
October 16, 2014 |
IT'S A RACE in reverse, you might say. Mayor Nutter yesterday announced the launch of a citywide competition among big buildings to show the lowest energy costs, with a national prize awaiting the winners after a year. The Energy Reduction Race will tally the energy bills of the participating commercial skyscrapers in the city and will be judged by the U.S. Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency. The "race" ends Sept. 30, 2015, when each of three top-performing buildings will be awarded $5,000.
October 10, 2014
THE GREAT American Beer Festival awards are such a tease. Like brazen tarts, the judges tempt us time and again with medals for seductive, mouthwatering brands that just beg you to take a drink. But we can only look, never taste. These award-winners are one-offs. Brewpub seasonals. Special blends. They come and go, peeking out at you like a Maxim magazine nip-slip. Beers like Two Brothers Sour Beer #2 , from Illinois, named the best wood-aged beer in America. I'm sure it's a fine beer; it outpolled more than 100 other entries in the category.
September 16, 2014 |
Tony Auth, 72, of Wynnewood, the Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist and mainstay of The Inquirer's editorial page for four decades before resigning in 2012 to become a digital artist, has died. Mr. Auth had been under treatment for metastatic brain cancer. David Leopold, his friend and curator, said he died at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania on Sunday, Sept. 14, four days after his supporters had announced a fund-raising effort for an archive devoted to his work at Temple University.
September 10, 2014 |
APPLE WILL CLAIM the center stage today with announcements of new, bigger, maybe even renamed iPhones and, most likely, the maker's first entry in the smart-watch category. Should you dump your current gadgets on the resellers market? Buy Apple stock? All will be revealed at 1 p.m. with an event streaming at apple.com/live . Here's what it will take to get Gizmo Guy hustling off to the Apple Store. The 'iPhone 6' * Screen sizes of 4.7 and 5.5 inches are widely confirmed, up from the current 4-inch on the iPhone 5S and 5C. Phone makers like Samsung have been eating Apple's lunch with larger-screen models.
June 12, 2014 |
Graduating from the University of Pennsylvania with a strong desire to change the world and an excellent plan for how to do it? A new Penn program may fund you. Penn president Amy Gutmann has created "engagement prizes" of up to $150,000 - $50,000 for living expenses and $100,000 for project execution - for students with the most promising plans to improve local, national, or global conditions in the year after their graduation. "We want to maximize the encouragement we can give our students who do well by doing good in the world," Gutmann said Tuesday.
May 18, 2014 |
CHICAGO – Ending up with Julius Randle might not be bad for the 76ers if they drop below the top three spots in Tuesday's NBA Draft Lottery. The former Kentucky power forward is one of the headliners of the June 26 draft. The 6-foot-9, 250-pounder is being compared to Memphis Grizzlies power forward Zach Randolph. Randle finishes well around the rim and has a solid face-up game. Randle is also effective in pick-and-rolls and on pick-and-pops. The Texas native averaged 15 points and 10.4 rebounds and was an Associated Press all-American third-teamer as a freshman last season.
May 7, 2014 |
AS HAPPY As Sixers coach Brett Brown was yesterday when point guard Michael Carter-Williams was named NBA rookie of the year, he said he could not yet exhale. It's too early in the process for one moment of success to cloud the picture of how much more work there is to do in this remake of the Sixers' franchise from the bottom to the top. Brown knew exactly what he was getting into when he accepted the task of coaching the Sixers last August, but even though he has been transparent with himself and the fan base about the nature of the challenge, he needed a reason to breathe a tiny sigh of relief.
May 6, 2014 |
NEWARK, N.J. - On one level, the race to succeed U.S. Sen. Cory Booker as mayor of New Jersey's largest city is a local political contest with the candidates debating issues familiar to urban America: intractable violent crime, a struggling school district challenged by charter schools, a perpetual battle to attract development and create jobs. Behind the scenes, though, the May 13 nonpartisan election is shaping up as a battleground for a bigger prize: control of Essex County and, in turn, an edge in a possible Democratic primary for the next gubernatorial election.