May 11, 2016 |
A new public health concept - combining medical care with recreation and education - came to brick-and-mortar life with Monday's opening of the South Philadelphia Community Health and Literacy Center. Parents can take their kids to the third-floor pediatric clinic and then visit the primary-care center a floor down for their own health needs. A branch library will soon open at ground level, with a special section where patients can learn more about their health issues. The new recreation center will open next month, providing exercise as a foundation for healthy living.
December 14, 2015 |
Robert A. Glascott, 81, of Plymouth Meeting, a coach, boys' camp official, Penn Relays organizer, and retired college recreation director, whose work touched the lives of thousands of young people, died Monday, Dec. 7. Mr. Glascott died of pulmonary fibrosis at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. A native Philadelphian, Mr. Glascott distinguished himself at Roman Catholic High School in football, basketball, and track. In 1951 and 1952, he was named all-Catholic, all-scholastic, and all-city as a football player and twice received awards from the Maxwell Football Club.
November 14, 2015 |
Michael DiBerardinis, Philadelphia's parks and recreation czar and a longtime cabinet appointee to two mayors, is Mayor-elect Jim Kenney's choice to be his managing director. Kenney is to announce the choice of DiBerardinis for the top cabinet post at a news conference Friday, a city hall source with knowledge of Kenney's decision said. The source spoke on condition of anonymity. DiBerardinis will be one of three high-level appointments to be announced Friday. Currently parks and recreation commissioner and a deputy mayor in the Nutter administration, DiBernardinis will be moving up to a post that the mayor-elect has said will take on more authority.
February 26, 2015 |
Along hundreds of miles of railroad tracks, mourners stood silently, reverently, as a doleful whistle and wisps of smoke and steam announced the approaching funeral train. Many wept and bowed their heads as it passed. In towns where the locomotive stopped, thousands surged forward, pushing and jostling to get a better view. Bands played melancholy tunes and preachers offered up solemn prayers. They focused on a dark maroon railcar, swathed in black crepe, carrying the martyred Abraham Lincoln, who had come on another train four years earlier to tell throngs at Independence Hall that he'd "rather be assassinated on this spot than surrender" the country.
February 20, 2015 |
A coalition of civil liberties and antidiscrimination groups has joined with prosecutors, police, medical professionals, and political activists to launch a campaign to make New Jersey the next state in the nation to legalize marijuana. Under the name New Jersey United for Marijuana Reform, the coalition includes the state chapters of the ACLU and the NAACP; Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, and the president of the state Municipal Prosecutors Association, which last year voted in favor of legalization for adults.
October 9, 2014 |
Philadelphia's ambitious $2.4 billion, 25-year storm-water management program hinges on innovative practices such as porous pavement, green roofs, and rain gardens to soak up the first flows of rainfall. Anything to keep storm water from overwhelming the sewer system and overflowing into area rivers and streams, carrying road oil and litter and raw sewage with it. But, in the final analysis, sometimes you have to bring on the tank. On Tuesday, the city formally cut the ribbon on a $46 million project on Venice Island in Manayunk that includes a massive tank to hold the storm water and raw sewage that in an earlier time would have gushed into the Schuylkill during big storms.
June 6, 2014 |
An arbitrator ruled that nine part-time city recreation workers who were fired last year for double-dipping in government salaries must be reinstated and awarded back pay. In December, Inspector General Amy Kurland found that 13 part-time recreation leaders had violated the city's dual government jobs ban by working for other agencies while on the city payroll. They included 10 full-time teachers, two U.S. Postal Service workers, and an investigator for the state Attorney General's Office.
April 30, 2014 |
Imagine: A Berkshire Hills back road on a scenic summer evening in 1974. One of my best friends is at the wheel, Zep is on the eight-track, and the skunky musk of marijuana is in the air. The guy in the back exhales and hands me a torpedo-size joint. "This stuff," he says languorously, "should be sold as a cure for cancer. " Forty years later, one might think such a marketing campaign is actually happening. The Garden State is among 20 that have authorized the sale of medical marijuana for palliative purposes, which I heartily support.
April 10, 2014 |
FORMER UNIVERSITY of North Carolina and NBA star Kenny Smith was in Philadelphia yesterday. He, along with Coors Light, donated $25,000 to the Urban League of Philadelphia as part of the Coors Light Full Court Refresh program. The money will be used to restore the Leon H. Sullivan Center at 3601 N. Broad Street. The likes of actor Kevin Hart, University of South Carolina women's basketball coach Dawn Staley and NBA players Markieff and Marcus Morris have played at the Sullivan Center, which is a part of the Zion Baptist Church.
March 26, 2014 |
TRENTON A prime author of New Jersey's medical marijuana law wants the state now to emulate Colorado and legalize the recreational use of pot by adults. Citing the windfall Colorado is enjoying from marijuana sales, State Sen. Nick Scutari (D., Union) announced Monday that he had drafted a bill to legalize marijuana for recreational use and hoped to get it assigned to a committee as soon as possible and then posted for a vote. New York and Rhode Island have similar bills in legislative committees.