March 2, 2012 |
Melvin R. "Randy" Primas Jr., 62, the first African American mayor of Camden and a prominent force for decades in the city's economic recovery efforts, died Thursday, March 1. Mr. Primas, who had bone-marrow cancer, lived in Fort Mill, S.C., at the time of his death. A member of a prominent Camden family, Mr. Primas was first elected to City Council at age 23 and was elected mayor at 31. Affable and optimistic in a city beset by crime and poverty, Mr. Primas won the support of residents and business leaders as he tried to redevelop Camden's Delaware River waterfront and restore vitality to the city's neighborhoods.
January 25, 2012 |
Fatimah Ali, 56, a fierce advocate for social justice who broadcast her views on local radio and wrote a column for the Philadelphia Daily News from 2006 to 2011, died in her sleep Monday, Jan. 23, in her North Philadelphia home. One of her daughters, Khadija Ahmaddiya, said the cause of death was not known. "She lived life on her own terms," said her former husband, State Sen. Vincent Hughes. "She was very thoughtful, very insightful, very intelligent, and very committed to social change.
December 22, 2011 |
President Obama recently spoke in Osawatomie, Kan., the site of Theodore Roosevelt's New Nationalism speech in August 1910, to set the major themes for his 2012 reelection campaign. What would the Rough Rider have thought of his successor's invocation of his call for social justice and a strong president to implement that program? While it is impossible to say what a man who died in 1919 would have thought of contemporary events, the broad themes of Obama's speech - economic inequality, the need for regulation, and the use of government power - echoed what Roosevelt had to say a century ago in his own race for the White House.
December 2, 2011 |
Friday Gingery goodness The best of Philadelphia's baking scene will compete Friday at the Gingerbread Showcase, where an abundance of painstakingly decorated gingerbread houses will be displayed. Local dignitaries and media personalities will select the winning house. The creations will be auctioned, but dinner guests can also win one of the houses. A seasonal holiday buffet and musical entertainment are part of the evening. Guests who arrive before 8:30 p.m. will receive a free auction ticket, but they can purchase more to increase their chances of winning.
November 18, 2011
I AM REALLY DISAPPOINTED in the Daily News editorial calling on Occupy Philly to go ( "Move On, Occupy!" Nov. 15). You begin by claiming Dilworth Plaza is "for all of us" but apparently that means only the parts of "us" that you deem appropriate to be there. All of us means all of us, period. That means the rich of us, the poor of us, the homeless of us who live there, the commuters of us rushing through, and those of us fighting for something. You can't have it both ways. Next, you complain that the protest is costing the city too much.
September 20, 2011 |
A LAWYER who made house calls! No, that's not a joke. Richard F. Furia did just that during the 40 years he practiced law in the Philadelphia area. "As a lawyer, Richard believed in doing whatever it took to make sure his clients' rights were protected," his family said in an obituary. "He was an 'old-school' lawyer who made house calls whenever his clients needed him - days, nights, weekends and holidays. " Such dedication to the needs of those who hired him was a hallmark of Richard's practice.
July 29, 2011 |
FRANK BENDER, who helped identify hundreds of victims of violence and bring many of the perpetrators to justice over a long career as a forensic sculptor, was confronted by his greatest challenge that fall of 2000. He had to sculpt a face where there was no face. The skeletal remains of a woman had been found in a wooded area of Manlius, N.Y., a town near Syracuse. The skull was a shell and there was no face. Told it was impossible to create something out of nothing, Bender rose to the challenge.
June 13, 2011 |
Edythe Scott Bagley, 86, sister of Coretta Scott King, steward of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy, and an arts and education pioneer, died Saturday, June 11, at her home in Cheyney, Chester County. A teacher at Cheyney University for 26 years, Mrs. Bagley was the force behind the establishment of a theater-arts major there in 1980, her family said. She retired from the college in 1996. She was a close confidante of her younger sister, and recently completed a biography of Coretta Scott King, due out next year from the University of Alabama Press.
May 13, 2011
Antiques/Art/Crafts Art Star Craft Bazaar More than 100 local & national artists present handmade items that reflect the quirky aesthetic of Art Star. Penn's Landing, Columbus Blvd.; 215-922-2386 (2FUN). www.artstarcraftbazaar.com . 5/14. At Your Service Auction Benefit auction to support the NAA. Newark Arts Alliance, 276 E. Main St., Suite 102, Newark, Del.; 302-266-7266. 5/14. 6-9 pm. Blast From the Past Classic Car Show Antique, classic & muscle cars, music, Chili Cook-off.
April 1, 2011 |
A former adjunct professor who was forced to leave Chestnut Hill College because he is gay is co-teaching a course at the University of Pennsylvania. The Rev. James St. George said Thursday night that he had co-taught several of the Monday classes in the course Religion, Social Justice, and Urban Development with professor Andrew Lamas. St. George said Lamas had invited him to co-teach the course this semester and was directly compensating him. He said Penn had not hired him. Penn spokesman Ron Ozio said Thursday night he was unaware of the arrangement until informed by reporters and could not immediately comment.