June 6, 2016
B.G. Kelley is a Philadelphia writer Graduation season is here, and I am thinking of two of the finest, most determined students I've met in my 17 years of teaching a writing course at the inner-city, faith-based International Christian High School. Both were recent valedictorians. Both surmounted financial and personal hardships. Both work while going to college. We've kept in touch. Brian Vazquez just finished his third year at La Salle University, where he is studying to become a clinical psychologist.
April 29, 2016
NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock gave his views on the top Philadelphia-area players in Thursday's draft: Will Fuller, WR, Notre Dame, Roman Catholic High School: Fuller is a guy that is a legit 4.3 [seconds in the 40-yard dash]. There aren't many of those walking the Earth. I think he'll go in the first round. If he slides into 2, he'll go quickly. His hands aren't as natural as you'd like, but, boy, can he track the deep ball. Jihad Ward, DE, Illinois, Bok High School: Jihad Ward has upside written all over him. Plus, he's a great story.
February 25, 2016 |
Notables at the NFL Combine Here are some notable players with local ties expected to attend this week's NFL Combine in Indianapolis: From local high schools Eli Apple, CB (Ohio State and Eastern High School): Apple left Ohio State after only two seasons. He is considered one of the top cornerbacks in the draft and a potential first-round pick. Will Fuller, WR (Notre Dame and Roman Catholic High School): What Fuller lacks in size (6-foot-0, 172 pounds), he makes up for with speed.
December 16, 2015 |
Jim O'Neill was the go-to guy in his family for anybody with a problem. "You could go to him with any problem and he would always have a solution," said his son, Jim Jr. And it was not hard to imagine that his father would fulfill the same role for the police officers he worked with for 30 years on the force. You can picture Jim as he popped an El Producto in his mouth and leaned back to listen to whatever was on the mind of the troubled one. To say Jim was devoted to his family would be a gross understatement.
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.
September 18, 2015 |
THERE MAY BE NO more telling example of what kind of a man Bill Keenan was than the way he treated the disabled people who attended an annual Catholic retreat in Malvern. "Bill was one or the most unselfish people I've encountered," said Ed Seiders, head of Our Lady of Confidence Catholic Retreat at the Malvern Retreat House. "He was always toward the back of the line, making sure the stragglers to the dining hall felt as appreciated as the ones who were first in line. " If someone in a wheelchair needed a push, Bill would be there.
September 10, 2015 |
It was a decision nobody should have to make. But the judge had no choice. The life or death of a woman suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis - paralyzed, in constant pain, and begging to die, was his decision alone. It was probably the toughest call that Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Nicholas M. D'Alessandro would ever have to make. After interviewing Thelma Stussy, 51, who could only blink her eyes and nod, in her room at Neumann Medical Center in Kensington, along with members of her family, he ruled in April 1990 that the hospital could turn off the respirator that was keeping her alive.
September 9, 2015 |
IT WAS a decision nobody should have to make. But the judge had no choice. The life or death of a woman suffering from amyotropic lateral sclerosis, paralyzed, in constant pain and begging to die, was his decision alone. It was probably the toughest call that Common Pleas Judge Nicholas M. D'Alessandro would ever have to make. After interviewing the woman, Thelma Stussy, 51, who could only blink her eyes and nod, in her room at the Neumann Medical Center in Kensington, along with members of her family, he ruled in April 1990 that the hospital could turn off the respirator that was keeping her alive.
June 20, 2015 |
Raushaun Williams started reading at age 3, and at 4 took an IQ test that identified him as gifted. But in the classroom, he was restless, and when he started kindergarten, he was regularly suspended. Several years and schools later, family and teachers point to the West Philadelphia teenager, now 16, as a role model for his upward academic trajectory. The Roman Catholic High School graduate is headed to Drexel University, where he intends to study biology this fall on a full scholarship.
June 11, 2015 |
It used to be that the typical father gleefully awaited the day he could teach his children to mow the lawn. It was a rite of passage - a sign the kids were growing up, and a respite for tired knees. Today, that suburban chore has all but died. Instead, the parents go to work, the kids go to school, and the streets fill up with landscaper trucks. Crews roll mowers out, cut the grass with lightning speed, then head on to the next house, bills paid by mail. It's a situation that invariably raises the question: What's the matter with kids today?