April 17, 2016
On April 8, the Community Center at Visitation hosted its Hope Gala at Woodcrest Mansion at Cabrini College. The center in Kensington, one of the 10 poorest districts in the country, provides a safe place for community outreach, education, and recreation. More than 120 attendees, including the center's executive director, Sister Betty Scanlon, came together for a cocktail reception, dinner, and dance presentation by the Vietnamese Fan dancers. The Young Leader Community Service award went to Marc Mater.
November 11, 2015 |
Adapted from a recent online discussion. Question: My twin sister graduated from college last May and began a new - very high-paying - job in January. She's incredibly smart with work and school but doesn't always make the best choices with men. For example, she has been in a relationship with "Jim" for over a year to hear her tell it, but Jim refuses to admit they are dating or even friends. She recently moved about an hour away for her job. She wants him to quit his job and move in with her. They are having sex; she says she loves him and doesn't want to push him to make a formal commitment.
August 25, 2015 |
Matthew Lee, 29, a Ph.D. student from the University of Pennsylvania's nursing school, received a Fulbright Scholarship. His research focuses on how video games can be applied to therapeutic use. Lee, a Cerritos, Calif., native, previously was awarded an International Game Developers Association scholarship for his work with video games and mental health. He has eight years of experience in developing games and was trained as a game designer. In 2014, he founded game design studio AFK Studios, which was invited to the 2014 G-20 Global Business Challenge in Australia to talk about how video games could address global challenges with water-related issues.
April 6, 2015 |
GEORGE WAS the first openly gay man I knew. But over the years, I often wondered if the George I knew as a kid was the same man others did, the ones at the other end of a morning cab ride he'd take from my aunt's neighborhood in the Bronx to his job - in banking, I think - somewhere in Manhattan. I'd watch him as he got into the cab, always in a suit, serious and reserved as he folded his huge frame into the back seat and told the driver where to go. At the end of the workday, another cab would drop him off and I'd watch again as he'd disappear into his apartment only to emerge shortly after in the outfit he favored in the summer: jean shorts, a colorful tank top, and chancletas - sandals that punctuated every step as he made his way to my aunt's apartment.
March 5, 2015 |
In 1918, when she was 6, Thelma Davis' father, David, died in Mahanoy City, Schuylkill County. Her mother, Harriet, had to send Thelma and her four siblings - from 2 years old to 10 - to live in what is now Mooseheart Child City and School in Illinois. Opened in 1913 by the Moose fraternal organization, "at the time, it was the model place to raise a child" who lacked a parent or a nurturing home, a granddaughter, Kathy Simpkins, said. A relative, James J. Davis, is credited by the organization with the concept, Simpkins said.
February 4, 2015
ISSUE | SAFE HOME Hard-hitting spot could save lives During the Super Bowl broadcast, the No More campaign to end domestic violence aired a powerful spot that I'm sure many viewers are still thinking and talking about. For 30 seconds, more than 100 million people were asked to consider what it's like to live in fear in their own home - while far too many members of this same audience knew what it was like from personal experience. Issues of domestic violence have made international headlines at various points throughout the pro football season, but the truth is that these incidents persist as a silent epidemic despite the glare of public scrutiny.
January 16, 2015 |
TWO DECADES later, Andy Callaghan, a 25-year veteran police sergeant, still can't forget the sound of the bullet whizzing by his ear. It was winter 1995. As he had done dozens - maybe even hundreds - of times, he geared up to serve a warrant, this time in Southwest Philadelphia. He knew that facing gunfire and having to shoot back to stay alive was always a possibility. But he didn't anticipate it that night. "It was a Thursday. I was exhausted from court and work," Callaghan, 48, recalled recently in his office at the Livengrin Foundation for Addiction Recovery campus in Bensalem, where he serves as director of the First Responders Addiction Treatment Program.
January 11, 2015 |
Siobhan Reardon's first move as head of the Free Library of Philadelphia in 2008 could have left her permanently vilified in this town. Faced with a 20 percent cut in city funding and a 34 percent drop in state money, she and Mayor Nutter proposed closing 11 libraries, including four historic Carnegie libraries, to bridge the gap. Residents protested and a lawsuit stopped the proposal, which Nutter later called the worst of his tenure....
December 20, 2014 |
A Philadelphia woman pleaded guilty to manslaughter Thursday in the death of her 11-year-old daughter, who was shot by her two-year-old brother. Tiffany Goldwire, 31, of West Philadelphia, had told her older son, a 14-year-old, to put the loaded .357 revolver in a safe place, according to police. Her two-year-old found the handgun under a bed and fatally wounded his sister, Jamara Stevens, in the bedroom as she was texting her friend. Goldwire's attorney, Eugene Tinari, said that because the gun had been cocked, it required little force to pull the trigger.
July 4, 2013 |
While I'm away, readers give the advice. On sweating every little choice you make with a baby: I have a 6-month-old who is fun but challenging; I didn't get the "easy" baby that my mother told me I'd get. I desperately tried to get right with my totally reasonable decision to wean her at 3 months. My sister told me in the midst of one of my many early anxiety attacks: "All the things that are 'best' for baby are tiny fractions of a percentage point better than the 'second best' things.