July 1, 2016 |
Roman Catholic High School hired Matt Griffin as its new head basketball coach on Wednesday. An assistant coach under Speedy Morris at St. Joseph's Prep the last two seasons, Griffin is a graduate of St. Joseph's Prep who played basketball at both Rider University and Boston University. A captain for both college teams, he helped Boston qualify for the NCAA tournament in 2011 by winning the America East Championship. Griffin, the son of former St. Joseph's University head coach John Griffin Sr., replaces former Roman coach Chris McNesby, who resigned in May after two straight state-championship seasons to spend more time with his family.
June 30, 2016 |
"You reap what you sow. " That's Paul Kuzan's favorite quote, according to his Facebook page. Kuzan, who allegedly killed his new wife with a crossbow Sunday night in Northeast Philadelphia, professed Christian faith but dabbled in drugs, alcohol, and prostitutes, his ex-wife's father said Tuesday. "He claims that he was into religion," said Richard Orr. "But every commandment that I know of he broke, including, 'Thou shalt not murder.' " Kuzan, 41, was charged with murder and possessing instruments of a crime in the death of his wife of nine days, Pamela Nightlinger, 42. Police said Kuzan shot her with a high-velocity crossbow as she sat in a chair at their home on the 3100 block of Willits Road.
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.