July 14, 2016
By Mark Tyler As I joined thousands of leaders and members of the African Methodist Episcopal Church at our bicentennial celebration against the backdrop of a nation in turmoil, a question floated in the air: Is there no balm in Gilead? The question is a verse in the Bible raised by the prophet Jeremiah and is timely after the tragic events of last week. We are a nation in search of a healing. Alton Sterling, a father of five, was shot and killed in Baton Rouge, La., when he was approached by the police.
July 10, 2016
On June 10, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) hosted its grand finale to its fund-raising competition with the announcement of the 2016 Man and Woman of the Year. The Eastern Pa. chapter of LLS, the world's largest voluntary health agency dedicated to finding cures for blood cancer, set a goal of raising $500,000 in the competition, which started March 29. About 400 attended the event at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel. The $384,000 in proceeds will go toward finding a cure for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease, and myeloma.
July 7, 2016 |
Michael Fraser, chief executive officer of the Pennsylvania Medical Society, is resigning to become executive director of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials effective next month, both groups announced Tuesday. Fraser, a sociology PhD who has held various positions in public and policy inside and outside government, took over the 16,000-member physicians' group headquartered in Harrisburg in August 2013. "Mike led PAMED at a time of change, making tough decisions to strengthen and re-position our organization," said board chair David Talenti.
June 16, 2016 |
The dates were so bad, so epically awful, that Angie started blogging about them: The man whose ex-wife showed up in the middle of their restaurant dinner and threatened to kill herself. The guy who suggested they meet in front of a bar, then confessed that he didn't drink and was strapped for cash. There were men who wanted to get married in a hot minute, men who bore no resemblance to their online profile pictures, men who sweated profusely even while sitting still. It was enough to make Angie, then a naval architect in Washington, rethink her longtime life plan: the "forever" guy, the baby, the white picket fence.
June 6, 2016
On May 5, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania hosted its 2016 Founders Award dinner at the Union League. The Historical Society of Pennsylvania is one of the oldest historical organizations in the United States and houses one of the largest family history libraries, with more than 600,000 printed items and 21 million manuscripts. More than 235 attendees enjoyed the dinner-and-cocktail reception. Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Eric Foner was presented the Founder's Award, and documentary filmmaker Sam Katz was honored with the Heritage Award.
June 2, 2016 |
A woman whose body was found on a Society Hill street on May 7 died of natural causes, the Medical Examiner's Office said Tuesday. Lorraine Grant, 58, suffered from heart disease, Jeff Moran, the office's spokesman, said. She was found unresponsive on South Fifth Street near Lombard about 10:35 a.m. Saturday, May 7, and was pronounced dead 10 minutes later by medics at the scene, police have said. firstname.lastname@example.org 215-854-2592 @julieshawphilly
May 16, 2016 |
The Camden County Historical Society is back, and so are "Nipper," Lord Camden, and former Camden Mayor Gwendolyn Faison. The society's grand reopening Sunday will feature a new, permanent display of an original stained-glass window depicting the trademark RCA-Victor terrier. A recently restored Raphael Senseman portrait of the British aristocrat for whom the city is named, and a panoramic new mural by Philadelphia artist Donna M. Backues, highlighting notables such as Faison, also will greet visitors for the first time.
April 22, 2016 |
The law signed by Gov. Wolf on Sunday legalizing medical marijuana in Pennsylvania provides for an ambitious set of research programs to track how the drug works on the 17 health conditions listed in the law. But investigations are already underway, and the Pennsylvania Medical Society held a telephone conference Wednesday to discuss recent scientific findings. Many doctors remain dubious of pot's health benefits and are wary of the politics driving legalization. But the evidence of its effectiveness in some conditions is slowly mounting.
March 26, 2016 |
Having great chamber music easily accessible a couple of times a week in town is greeted as the natural order of things. But it was hardly inevitable, and is largely thanks to one man: Anthony P. Checchia, founding artistic director of the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society. Checchia's modesty has obscured the scale of his feat; PCMS, now 30 years old, is presenting about 60 concerts per season. Checchia's fans finally caught up with him Thursday night. They filled the Perelman Theater to hear speeches, stand for an ovation in his honor, and cheer board chairman Jerry G. Rubenstein when he thanked Checchia for building "arguably the greatest chamber music series in the U.S. " No one is likely to argue.